Brazil’s crime crisis worsening / Robert Muggah and Ilona Szabó de Carvalho 

With the World Cup coming to town this month, Brazilians are busily preparing for a party. But keep your wits about you if you want to join in — these are dark days for Brazil.

The country now registers the highest homicide rate in almost three and a half decades. According to recently released data, 56,000 citizens were violently killed in 2012. And 15 of the world’s 50 most dangerous cities are located there. Hardly surprising, recent polls suggest that security tops Brazilians’ agenda as the No. 1 concern, ahead of education and health.

With all this bad news, you might think the federal government is busily preparing a national strategy to improve safety. You would be dead wrong. SEE MORE…

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