All About Brazil

BRAZIL / 9 DEC 2011

Police arrested a community leader from Rio de Janeiro's biggest favela, in a reminder of the ambiguous role that such figures have been forced to play, acting as intermediaries between…

BRAZIL / 28 NOV 2011

More than 130 inmates escaped in two mass prison breaks from separate facilities in Brazil over the last three days.

BRAZIL / 28 NOV 2011

A new study indicates that the number of homicides in Rio de Janeiro favelas that have been "pacified" by elite police units has fallen by 50 percent in less than…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 25 NOV 2011

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense has deployed 6,500 troops along its border with Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru in a huge operation aimed at combating drug trafficking and organized crime.

BOLIVIA / 22 NOV 2011

Brazil, Bolivia and the U.S. canceled the public signing of a trilateral agreement on reducing coca crops in Bolivia, with officials from that country suggesting La Paz wanted more specific…

BRAZIL / 21 NOV 2011

Paraguayan officials have protested against Brazil’s police and military operations along the shared border, which aim to crack down on the trafficking of weapons and drugs between the two…

BRAZIL / 14 NOV 2011

Brazil-based blogger Julia Michaels reports on the much-anticipated police take-over of favelas in Rio de Janeiro's South Zone, and an interview with now-captured drug gang boss "Nem."…

BRAZIL / 10 NOV 2011

Brazilian police arrested a gang leader trying to escape a Rio de Janeiro favela in the trunk of a car.

BRAZIL / 8 NOV 2011

Authorities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state have issued arrest warrants for nine people in connection with an extortion ring that demanded bribes from those visiting inmates.

BRAZIL / 3 NOV 2011

Brazil’s Federal Police arrested a group allegedly trying to smuggle electronic equipment from Paraguay into northern São Paulo state, driving a police car into the wing of the suspects' plane…

BRAZIL / 28 OCT 2011

Brazil's community police program will deploy a new unit to the Rio de Janeiro shantytown closest to the city's sports stadium, ahead of the upcoming World Cup and Olympics.

BRAZIL / 26 OCT 2011

Brazil's elite military police are trying to build ties with communities and undo the harm done by officers who allegedly abused residents in Complexo da Mare, a favela which has…

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