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The Gentrification of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

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Posted on Dec 3, 2013

As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the “corporations are people” argument to the test. These discoveries and more below.

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