Shanty towns http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35792/all en Harrison Ford visits Rio de Janeiro housing project http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/harrison-ford-visits-rio-de-janeiro-housing-project <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rio de Janeiro, Feb 18 (EFE).- U.S. actor Harrison Ford visited the Babilonia "favela," or shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro to become more familiar with a housing program for families currently living in a nearby environmental preservation area.</p> <p>The actor who played Indiana Jones was accompanied by his wife, actress Calista Flockhart, and their son Liam, and they were welcomed by Municipal Housing Secretary Pierre Batista.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/harrison-ford-visits-rio-de-janeiro-housing-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazilian society Entertainment Favela Shanty towns War Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:16:37 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767069 at http://www.globalpost.com Rio police set to occupy slum near airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/rio-police-set-occupy-slum-near-airport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rio police on Friday prepared to occupy slums near the city's international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup.</p> <p>Officials said 1,100 police backed by 200 navy commandos in armored vehicles were poised to punch into the Caju complex -- a shantytown home to some 20,000 people near Rio's port -- at dawn Saturday.</p> <p>Police said their next target would be violence-plagued Mare, an area near the airport largely controlled by drug gangs and a para-police militia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/rio-police-set-occupy-slum-near-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Poverty Shanty towns Socioeconomics AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:02:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771479 at http://www.globalpost.com Rio police move to occupy slum near airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-move-occupy-slum-near-airport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazilian police on Sunday moved to occupy slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup.</p> <p>The operation, which began at 4:55 am local time (0755 GMT), involved hundreds of police backed by mechanized units of the military, which entered the favelas of Caju and Barreira do Vasco and began establishing control of their narrow streets.</p> <p>There was no immediate reports of resistance from residents of the township.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-move-occupy-slum-near-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Poverty Shanty towns AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 10:15:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772015 at http://www.globalpost.com Rio police occupy slum near airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-occupy-slum-near-airport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazilian police on Sunday occupied crime-infested slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport and seaport as part of efforts to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup.</p> <p>The operation, which began at 4:55 am local time (0755 GMT), involved more than 1,300 police and members of the military backed by mechanized units of the Brazilian navy, which entered the favelas of Caju and Barreira do Vasco and seized control of their narrow streets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-occupy-slum-near-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Poverty Shanty towns War AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 13:15:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772076 at http://www.globalpost.com Rio police occupy slums near airport, seaport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-occupy-slums-near-airport-seaport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazilian security forces seized control of two crime-ridden slums near Rio de Janeiro's international airport and seaport Sunday in a new bid to drive out drug traffickers ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.</p> <p>More than 1,500 police and navy commandos backed by armored vehicles punched their way into the narrow streets of the Caju complex in a dawn operation that lasted about 25 minutes and went off without a hitch.</p> <p>Some 200 civilian police officers simultaneously occupied the Barreira do Vasco shantytown, the public security secretariat said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130303/rio-police-occupy-slums-near-airport-seaport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Shanty towns States of Brazil War AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 17:15:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772223 at http://www.globalpost.com Lightning operation takes Rio shantytowns to ensure Olympic travel route http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/lightning-operation-takes-rio-shantytowns-ensure-olympic-travel-rou <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rio de Janeiro, Mar 3 (EFE).- A lightning operation conducted without incident by Brazilian security forces early Sunday morning allowed authorities to regain control of two "favelas," or shantytowns, in a strategic part of Rio de Janeiro forming part of the roadway corridor for the 2016 Olympic Games.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/lightning-operation-takes-rio-shantytowns-ensure-olympic-travel-rou" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Brazilian society Shanty towns War Agencia EFE Mon, 04 Mar 2013 02:46:38 +0000 Agencia EFE 5772520 at http://www.globalpost.com Swimming: Phelps rules out Rio return http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/swimming-phelps-rules-out-rio-return <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US swimming legend Michael Phelps said Monday there was no chance of him coming out of retirement to compete in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.</p> <p>"I'm done, I'm done," Phelps said after meeting children from Rio's Rocinha favela on the sidelines of the Laureus Sports Awards.</p> <p>Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, retired from swimming after bagging four golds and two silvers at last year's London Olympics.</p> <p>But the 27-year-old Baltimore Bullet ruled out any chance of a comeback in Rio.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/swimming-phelps-rules-out-rio-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Michael Phelps Michael Phelps Shanty towns Swimming AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:15:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5780256 at http://www.globalpost.com Gunshots interrupt peace run in Rio de Janeiro http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130526/gunshots-interrupt-peace-run-rio-de-janeiro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gunshots erupted ahead of a foot race for peace in Rio de Janeiro favela on Sunday, delaying the start by an hour as police stepped up security along the route, a race spokesman said.</p> <p>The incident comes as the city prepares for a visit from Pope Francis -- his first international trip since becoming pope in March -- for World Youth Day in late July.</p> <p>The country has also been working hard to improve security ahead of high profile gigs hosting the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 summer Olympics.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130526/gunshots-interrupt-peace-run-rio-de-janeiro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Shanty towns States of Brazil AFP Sun, 26 May 2013 18:15:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5846460 at http://www.globalpost.com German tourist shot and seriously wounded in Rio slum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130531/german-tourist-shot-and-seriously-wounded-rio-slum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRASILIA (Reuters) - A German tourist was shot and seriously wounded in the stomach on Friday in one of Brazil's largest slums, where drug traffickers still control areas despite a crackdown in 2011.</p> <p>Frank Daniel Benjamin, 25, was shot in an alley of the poorest section of the Rocinha slum on Rio de Janeiro's south side, a police statement said. A local resident picked him off the ground and carried him to a police unit from where he was rushed to hospital with a serious wound to the liver.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130531/german-tourist-shot-and-seriously-wounded-rio-slum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Favelas Shanty towns Socioeconomics Thomson Reuters Sat, 01 Jun 2013 00:45:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5849780 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil fine-tunes security for Confed, World Cup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130611/brazil-fine-tunes-security-confed-world-cup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazil is fine-tuning its security apparatus to contain endemic violence during next year's football World Cup and ensure the safety of the hundreds of thousands of people who will visit the country during the planet's most-watched sporting event.</p> <p>"Public safety is a major preoccupation but we have put in place a strategic plan that we are currently perfecting," Valdinho Caetano, the secretary in charge of major events at the ministry of justice, told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130611/brazil-fine-tunes-security-confed-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Brazilian society Shanty towns War AFP Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:40:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5855883 at http://www.globalpost.com 9 Killed as cops battle gang in Brazil slum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130625/9-killed-cops-battle-gang-brazil-slum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rio de Janeiro, Jun 25 (EFE).- Nine people were killed in clashes between police and members of a gang of drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Brazilian authorities said Tuesday.</p> <p>The battle began Monday night with the killing of a police sergeant and a neighborhood resident, which spurred a police operation to occupy Nova Holanda, one of a cluster of "favelas," or shantytowns, known as Complexo da Mare.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130625/9-killed-cops-battle-gang-brazil-slum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Brazilian society Politics Shanty towns Agencia EFE Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:02:35 +0000 Agencia EFE 5867397 at http://www.globalpost.com No time for Rio's poor to protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/no-time-rios-poor-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>More than 1.5 million people have taken to the streets across Brazil during the Confederations Cup to protest poor public services as well as the cost of staging this event and next year's World Cup.</p> <p>But some of the poorest citizens of all, those who live in the favelas or slum regions of big cities such as Rio, say they just cannot spare the time.</p> <p>They agree Brazil needs better hospitals and schools.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/no-time-rios-poor-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Poverty Shanty towns Social Issues Socioeconomics AFP Sat, 29 Jun 2013 04:32:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5870906 at http://www.globalpost.com Manure-dump effort to deter homeless prompts lawsuits against Abbotsford, B.C. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130724/manure-dump-effort-deter-homeless-prompts-lawsuits-against-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The use of chicken manure in an effort to deter a homeless encampment is now causing a stink of another kind for officials in Abbotsford, B.C.</p> <p>Several homeless people plan to launch lawsuits with the help of a social advocacy lawyer, claiming compensation after their property was lost or damaged when the excrement was spread over their camp site and in another incident where city police officers are accused of damaging tents and pepper-spraying belongings.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130724/manure-dump-effort-deter-homeless-prompts-lawsuits-against-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Homelessness Labor Law Shanty towns Tent city The Canadian Press Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:32:21 +0000 The Canadian Press 5892716 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope tours Rio slum ahead of meeting with young Catholics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130725/pope-tours-rio-slum-ahead-meeting-young-catholics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Francis toured a a Rio shantytown Thursday after receiving the keys to the city and blessing the Olympic flag, before meeting with throngs of young Catholics on Copacabana beach.</p> <p>Under a pelting rain, the pontiff arrived aboard his white jeep at the Varginha favela, a community of 1,000 people which for decades was under the sway of narco-traffickers until it came under police control less than a year ago.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130725/pope-tours-rio-slum-ahead-meeting-young-catholics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Human Interest Religion Shanty towns States of Brazil AFP Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:35:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5893598 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope tells Brazil slum youths to battle injustice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130725/pope-tells-brazil-slum-youths-battle-injustice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rio de Janeiro, Jul 25 (EFE).- Pope Francis on Thursday visited a Brazilian shantytown that until recently was controlled by drug traffickers, where he urged young residents to fight against corruption and injustice.</p> <p>Amid heavy security measures, Francis visited the Rio de Janeiro "favela" of Varginha.</p> <p>The pontiff was welcomed with jubilation by the 2,500 residents of the favela, most of whom live in houses constructed of castoff items and cardboard and who cleaned and decorated the streets for the occasion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130725/pope-tells-brazil-slum-youths-battle-injustice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazilian society Shanty towns States of Brazil Technology Agencia EFE Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:32:14 +0000 Agencia EFE 5893979 at http://www.globalpost.com