Rio, between the First World and the Middle Ages: bad coverage from international press for Brazil

At the same day that Mayor Eduardo Paes was announced as the chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership in New York, the city of Rio de Janeiro was featured on two articles of renowned newspapers ‘ The New York Times” and “Der Tagesspiegel” from Germany, calling attention to the reality of social inequality and poverty in Rio’s state capital. The city declined to comment.

In an ironic text, the American journalist Michael Kimmelman on NYT says that local authorities, stimulated by the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, are striving to reinvent the city – whose background is in the Third World – and make it a First World economy.
The story states that in the city, the corruption and and the division of social classes are almost as unmovable as the mountains. “Rio is a city divided in itself,” says Kimmelman.

NYT article on a divided Rio
NYT article on a divided Rio

The German publication, which talks about the issue of dengue in the favelas of Rio, the scene of misery and abandonment of Complexo da Maré is compared to the period of the Middle Ages. ” The houses are built close together, the streets are narrow, the hygiene, poor. The confusion of people , animals and goods allows association with the Middle Ages, ” writes the German journalist Philipp Lichterbeck, who remembers that the community is still ” in the hands of traffickers. ‘

Reform the Port receives criticism from the  ‘NYT’

One of the heaviest criticisms made by American journalist on NYT in regards to the reform of the Port Zone. In the article, the project is considered “above all, a big move for the large commercial real estate, and yet another example according to critics, of a government tied to real estate developers.”

Elsewhere, Kimmelman says the housing estates of the Minha Casa, Minha Vida project, that proliferate through the city, the buildings are dark and made of poorly made concrete” .

Fact is that the image of Rio has been negative abroad. This week , the U.S. Consulate gave a warning about increased mass robberies in tourist areas.

 

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.