27 February 2010

Not so Carnival

I don't really know that much about Brazil's domestic situation. I know a little about the president, the nation's impressive oil and natural gas resources, and some of the cultural aspects, and have long had good friends from Brazil.


I was shocked by the photo accompanying this article, which may not be unique to Brazil. The article describes areas of Rio that are ruled by juvenile criminal elements.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Had a co-worker who lived in Brazil for three years as a plant manager. He was driven to work every day on a different route every day. Nevertheless, he was car-jacked at gun point twice. He lived in a double gated community as well. MY favorite story was that they had a plan that if he received a phone call from a certain person, to leave the country immediately. Oddly, he looks back to his time there fondly and considered retiring there. I hear good things about the country, but can not imagine living a in a place where there is a large element of lawlessness.

Lowdogg said...

We had a client who lived there for several years and really enjoyed it, and also enjoyed significant protection from his firm.

Still, I'm with you.