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Behind the Rio Games Lies a Calamity on an Olympic Scale


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Behind the Rio Games Lies a Calamity on an Olympic Scale

Sue Branford

As the Olympics gets underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians and foreigners alike will almost certainly have a great time. Despite the delays, the protests and the Zica virus (now apparently under control), there is a lot going for these Olympics: no other people in the world are as good as the Brazilians at organising spontaneous street parties; the weather is warm but not sweltering; and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

But this should not mask the disturbing political changes that are happening in Brazil at this very moment.


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Just how widely disliked is Dilma after winning 54 million votes just 18 months ago. I know she is widely disliked by the neoliberal powers that exist in her own government as well as our own. And I also know the fall in world oil prices contributed mightily to the economic woes of Brazil, but what did or didn't Dilma do to earn the ire of her millions of supporters?


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See Petrobras scandal, it runs deeeep!


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"no other people in the world are as good as the Brazilians at organising
spontaneous street parties; the weather is warm but not sweltering; and
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world."

Huh?!! Is this the same Rio about which it has been said that raw sewage can be seen floating down its waterways? (Kind of takes the thrill out of going to Ipanema Beach), and that there have been numerous construction delays resulting in facilities as well as housing not being complete on time for the games?

Pity the Brazilians and do not contribute to the dysfunction of their failed state by patronizig the Olympic Games by going there or watching them on TV.