[Really-OT] Rio is at a state of war

Phil Davis revdev at pdslabs.net
Fri Nov 26 13:43:22 EST 2010

This morning there was a piece in the Wall St Journal on Rio's violence. (Photos 
Wow. So sorry Andre! Stay safe, my friend!


On 11/26/10 10:20 AM, Andre Garzia wrote:
> Stephen,
> Thanks for the email. Yes, things are bad in here and it appears that it
> will get worse before getting better. I live in Niteroi, neighbor city of
> Rio. Just a 20 minutes ride from here to there where I work. My parents are
> from São Paulo which is their own criminal nightmare in itself. Rio has a
> really odd landscape/topography with the city at sea level and the slums on
> the hills and small mountains, makes everything hard.
> Our new president is an ex-guerrilla fighter who kidnapped U.S. Ambassadors
> in exchange of liberty for political prisioners, she is also very hard to
> deal with according to my girlfriend who is a journalist. I don't like the
> new president, almost cried when she got ellected but hey, there were worse
> options...
> damn this country will get crazy the next four years...
> Not enough people know about Rio and Brazil in "Real Life", all they know is
> old Hollywood stereotypes. If they knew that here in Rio, the violence
> already killed more than the vietnam war then they would think twice about
> calling this a peaceful place. At least now they are seeing on TV that it is
> a war, finally, after 30 years someone is telling the truth.
> Eeek! the army just deployed 800 soldiers in Rio right now, things are about
> to get ugly...
> :-/
> Well, I will be at the next conference, it will be good to have some days of
> this whole situation.
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Phil Davis

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