“Smart Slums”

Today’s featured article introduces the term “smart slums” to describe RIO favelas that are trying new and inventive ways to create cleaner energy and reduce weight.  Read on to find out how urban planners and footballers have figured out how to light the fields at night with energy created by the players themselves.


Children in Brazil slums play football into

“They see death at every corner”

This is how Bezerra de Mello, founder of the Uere school in RIO, describes the consequence of the city’s drug wars on its children.  At this particular school, drills are held often in order to prepare children for the unfortunate inevitable: shootouts.


Schools caught in crossfire in violent Rio de Janeiro slums

Police Robots a Routine Safety Measure

Despite large economic deficits, Rio de Janeiro’s bomb squad unit trumps similar units in South America.  Read on for more on how debt-stricken Rio has managed to build such an advanced defense system and why its routine use has sparked public outrage and ethical concerns.


Rio de Janeiro’s police robot removes and detonates unexploded grenades that drug traffickers leave behind in their battles with the police and rival gangs.

When The “Off-Limit” Tour Goes Too Far

A great tour guide offers “off-limit,” exclusive peeks inside the life and inner workings of a city or structure.  Grand Central Station guide, Dan Brucker, made a three decade long career out of doing just that.  However veteran guide, Brucker may have gone too far, offering access to the Grand Central Terminal that was deemed a little TOO off-limits for the MTA.  What do you think–was the MTA too harsh in suspending Brucker?




“God is the Only Option for the Poor”

Lacking the services typically provided to formal neighborhoods such as transportation, sanitation, and healthcare, favelas increasingly receive more and more attention from evangelical churches in the absence of the government.  Read on for more on evangelicalism’s battle against poverty and violence in Brazil’s favelas.


The Cantagalo favela in southern Rio de Janeiro is home to two Catholic churches and at least 15 evangelical churches, according to a local pastor. March 26, 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Chris Arsenault/ Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Using Art to Empower Women and Demand Equality

Today’s featured article is sure to provide the motivation you need to be bold this week.  Whether teaching art to children or displaying their own, these women are demanding an end to violence against women.  Experience their determination to be heard, and to convince others to stand, through this a beautiful display of their bold portfolio.


Graffiti artist Maiara Viana Rodrigues paints a mural at her home neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 7, 2017. "We use graffiti to end violence against women," says the 25-year-old designer and visual artist. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)