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Rio’s Slums Might Be Left in Even Worse Shape After the Olympics

The Rio Olympics are just a few months away, and it’s not looking good for the city. The water is still polluted, stadium budgets have been slashed, and a scary virus is frightening athletes and spectators. Now, there’s also growing concern that the Games will be a financial disaster—and the poorest areas of Rio will bear the brunt of this failure. Read More >>

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Google and Microsoft are Mapping Favelas So They Can Sell Things There

The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil's favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country's residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths. Read More >>

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Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio’s Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialise in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often, and their techniques are evolving. Read More >>

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This Time Lapse of Rio de Janeiro Will Take Your Breath Away

Everyone agrees that Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city with beautiful beaches filled with beautiful people doing beautiful things. Everyone can also agree that the favelas in Rio show another side of the city where people's lives are seemingly next to, on top of and even inside other people's lives. This wonderful time lapse by Joe Capra captures all of Rio de Janeiro—its natural beauty, its crowded slums, its landmarks—and it's just perfect. Few cities can look this good. Read More >>