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Janice Perlman: “There are so many things in Rio that are never talked about and that are absolutely heroic.”

Janice Perlman: “There are so many things in Rio that are never talked about and that are absolutely heroic.”
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JP: From an early age I had become very interested in how knowledge, research and participation in another culture can generate benefits for local communities. I believe this can be done by establishing a connection between these communities and the level of policy via a bridging person, or by giving a voice to people who […]

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Pluralism in a favela: A story of violence and evangelicalism

Pluralism in a favela: A story of violence and evangelicalism
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Author: Simon Marijsse Locked in between the arms of Avenida Brasil, Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela, Complexo da Maré (map), a conglomeration of 16 favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro, has resisted attempts of police pacification so far. Back in 2014 Maré hit the international news when it was occupied by 1400 police […]

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Who pacifies the market? Community policing and gentrification in Rio de Janeiro

Who pacifies the market? Community policing and gentrification in Rio de Janeiro
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Author: Simon Marijsse, currently residing in Rio de Janeiro, researching interventionist policies in Favelas and their effects on subjectivity, security and religion. The image of the beautifully constructed settlements dispersed around, in, and throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro increasingly taps into a romantic ideal of sexy bohemianism. When Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio […]

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Europe’s hesitance towards China’s market economy status reframed

Europe’s hesitance towards China’s market economy status reframed
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Author: Simon Marijsse Despite public outrage around the globe, an overall deficit of transparency at the negotiation tables, and warnings by notable economists, Free Trade Agreements (FTA) relentlessly proliferate around the globe. TCLAN, TTIP, and now, on the 4th of February, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed by its participants. Compromising over 40% of the […]

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Refugee diaspora groups: Bridges between civil society and the state

Refugee diaspora groups: Bridges between civil society and the state
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Author: Simon Marijsse In the Netherlands a group of six NGO’s advanced the manifest “save their souls” mobilizing the Dutch population. The same activism is visible in Belgium, where grass root initiatives like #Welcome The Refugees and Civil Platform demonstrate how the refugee crisis solicits a tremendous effect in terms of global citizenship and cross-culture solidarity. […]

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A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?

A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?
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Author: Simon Marijsse Last October, the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) destabilized the status quo on Haram Al-Sharif by political provocations in the annexed East-Jerusalem. In response, a new generation of youngsters without political affinity to Hamas or Fatah took to the streets voicing their frustration. It is a generation that perceives itself deprived of a […]

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