Published on Aug 6, 2013
A fifth of Rio de Janeiro’s population, or around 1.6 million people, lives in favelas. Ten thousand live on the Morro da Providencia, a hill near the city’s central station.
The first favela sprung up here more than a century ago. Now hundreds of houses are threatened with demolition. With Brazil hosting next year’s soccer World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, Rio authorities have vowed to pacify the unruly favelas. One of them is Morro da Providencia, which also happens to sit on some of the most valuable real estate in the city.
Jewish Artists – The Influence of Exiles | Arts 21
Uploaded on Nov 13, 2011
It’s well known that many Jewish scientists and artists fled Nazi Germany. Less well known is their cultural influence in the countries that took them in. A major study by the Moses Mendelssohn Center in Potsdam focuses on just that. We spoke with the Center’s Director, Julius H. Schoeps.
Drugs Thrown over Prison Walls (Footage)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
A lucrative business on Winnipeg’s streets has turned into a busy enterprise behind bars.
Prison officials at Stony Mountain Penitentiary are seeing a spike in what are called ‘throw-overs’ – people throwing drugs over the prison walls to be picked up by inmates inside.
Sheriff: Tennis Balls With Drugs Thrown Over Jail Walls
New Orleans, Louisiana
An undercover investigation inside the Orleans Parish Prison has led to the arrest of more than a dozen people accused of smuggling contraband into the jail, the sheriff said Friday.
Pigeons smuggling drugs and mobile phones to inmates
São Paulo, Brazil
Inmates have been using pigeons to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into a South American prison, it was revealed today.
Guards at the jail near Sao Paulo had noticed a rise in the amount of narcotics being seized from prisoners and were mystified until they spotted some distressed pigeons struggling to remain airborne.
They found that inmates at the prison in Marilia had been training the birds to fly in goods with the aid of small pouches on their backs, avoiding the high-tech security faced by visitors.
Officials revealed the carrier pigeons had been trained inside the jail and lived on the roof of the building where prisoners would take their deliveries before smuggling the birds out again through friends and family.
The method was foiled after workers noticed some pigeons having difficulty flying due to the weight of the goods.
Prison director Luciano Gamateli told Globo TV: “We have sophisticated equipment to search people when they go in, but they avoided this by finding another way to bring in cell-phones and drugs.”
Brazil’s prisons are notoriously overcrowded and well-known for their lax security, with drug and mobile phone use common among inmates.
Last year prisoners at one Sao Paulo jail used their phones to orchestrate a wave of attacks against police and public property.
Pigeons Used to Smuggled Drugs
Brazilian prison authorities have discovered a new smuggling scheme used in jails. Carrier pigeons are being used to deliver drugs and mobile phones to inmates. Here’s more on this story.
Brazilian prison authorities have recently discovered inmates smuggling in drugs and mobile phones through an unusual channel. The inmates of Sao Paulo state penitentiary were using carrier pigeons to get the goods inside the jail. The prison is located in Marilia, some four hundred fifty kilometers away from the city of Sao Paulo. Inmates were kept under close surveillance when it was discovered they were somehow getting contraband. The jail’s security guards only began to suspect the pigeons had a connection to the increasing amount of drugs and phones inside the cells after they observed some birds were having difficulty in flying. This was confirmed once prison officers found out that some of the birds had small backpacks attached to them. Wanderlei Gatti, a pigeon breeder, believes the prisoners have been taming the birds themselves.
[Wanderlei Gatti, Pigeon Breeder]:
“Someone is breeding these pigeons inside the cells and they are being tamed inside the prison.”
The penitentiary also intensified the search to relatives before weekly visits after a woman was caught leaving the prison with two carrier pigeons inside a box. Investigations later revealed that one of the inmates had managed to tame the birds and make a nest in his cell. The pigeons would then be passed on to people outside the prison through the visitors. Police chief Paulo de Souza said it was surprising that such old-fashioned methods were still being used.
[Paulo de Souza, Police Chief]:
” In the digital era we still find this situation involving post pigeons.”
Carrier pigeons were first used by the Egyptians and the Persians over three thousand years ago.
Drugs Smuggling Pigeon Caught In Colombia
January 19, 2011
In Colombia, a pigeon has been caught trying to smuggle 45 grams of marijuana into a prison.
Videos, photos and written documents left by the man who shot dead 12 students in Brazil have been released. 23-year-old Wellington Oliveira killed himself after carrying out the 7 April massacre in the Rio de Janeiro school he attended as a child. The country has been shocked by the magnitude of the killing; there had never been a school shooting like this in Brazil. But the young man’s own words released on Friday did little to help the country come to terms with his actions. In videos and letters, Oliveira mentions God, quotes the Bible extensively, and discusses the quotations in long, rambling passages. He also says the attack was motivated by the bullying and humiliation he suffered as a student and continued to suffer into adulthood. He cites Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho as “a brother” along with a Brazilian teenager who in 2003 shot and wounded six students in the school where he’d studied, then killed himself. Cho was the Virginia Tech student who in 2007 shot 32 people to death and committed suicide. Like Cho, Oliveira blames school officials and bullies for the attacks he is about to commit. “I hope this serves as a lesson, especially to those school officials who stood by with their arms crossed as students were being attacked, humiliated, ridiculed,” Oliveira says in one video. He adds: “If these officials had uncrossed their arms earlier and done something to fight against these types of practices, what happened may not have happened at all. I would still be alive. All those who I killed would still be alive. If you remain with your arms crossed, you will be forcing more brothers to kill and die.”
CCTV video of Brazil school shooting, panic as gunman kills 12 kids in Rio
(WARNING – Some may find scenes in the video disturbing)
This dramatic footage shows children fleeing from a killer who shot 12 kids dead and wounded at least 12 others in Rio de Janeiro school shooting, Brazil. A 24-year old former student of the public school where the tragedy took place, entered the building and opened fire in two classrooms. He shot himself afterwards. The country’s President has declared 7-days of mourning for the victims. The massacre is the first of its kind in Brazil, mirroring school shootings in the U.S.
Gunman kills ‘defenceless’ children in Brazil
Police have released amateur footage and CCTV of a shooting massacre at a Brazil school that left 12 children dead.
Over a million revellers turned out for the “Black Ball” street carnival parade, according to the organisers on Saturday. The legendary samba troop, which has been performing for ninety-three years, attracted people of all ages who celebrated in black and white polka dot outfits in honour of the group’s name….