The fact is while the UPP and Military Police (Police Militar) feed a lie to the media that the pacification programme is working and winning the hearts and minds of the residents in the Favela da Rocinha, the reality on the ground is that one gang has been replaced by another in uniform.
Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral has called on an emergency meeting in a bid to contain the violence as the streets of Leblon and Ipanema were last night turned into a scene from Tahrir square in Egypt as protests turned violent.
UNICEF has put the number of street children living and working on the streets of Brazil as high as two million. As many as one in three of these children will likely die before their 18th birthday.
Ferdinand's fragile body is susceptible to injury and for that reason he almost certainly won't last as long as Giggs, Scholes or any of the age-defying centre backs of the last 10 years. But when fit, he remains a valuable asset for United.
Yet due to the qualification requirements for Rio 2016, it seems unlikely that we will see an incarnate of a Team GB football team any time soon.
It's been a very exciting and emotional two weeks cheering on the Olympians, but the highlight for me was Cameron leaving a legacy of London 2012 beyond even our exceptional haul of medals by hosting a global hunger event bringing together sportspeople and senior politicians from Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh and India. When he could have been celebrating his twin gold medals elsewhere, instead the Somalia-born Mo Farah was running up a temporary race track outside Number 10 Downing Street to angle his spotlight towards global hunger.
Tonight's Opening Ceremony for the London Olympics will undoubtedly bring wry smiles and pangs of melancholy to those attending. Though there is another part of the capital which will do just as much. In fact it's already at it.
How would I rate Rio? 6 out of 10 - maybe even seven if, crucially, what they declared now leads to real action, rather than self satisfaction. And that's now up to our politicians.
The BioRegional delegation in Rio had a little celebration when the final version of the UN Rio+20 outcome document was published this week and we could see our influence in several places.
The final Rio+20 outcomes and goals need to acknowledge the role of animals and their welfare within food production and wider society, and make on-going political and financial commitments to guarantee that we can feed the world's growing population sustainably and humanely.