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Brazil risking reputation
on World Cup, Olympics

Associated Press, by Stephen Wade

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Posted By:Write2Right, 11/28/2013 1:17:45 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Preparing for the World Cup and Olympics is putting Brazil´s reputation on the line, giving South America´s biggest country a chance to boost its profile while also exposing it to mounting pressure and unrelenting scrutiny. The deaths of two construction workers at a stadium in Sao Paulo that will host the World Cup opener in 6 1/2 months highlight the strain of organizing two mega-events under tight deadlines and high expectations. Violent street protests that began in June during the Confederations Cup - a warm-up tournament for the World Cup - have raised questions about why a country

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: otronome, 11/28/2013 2:01:31 PM     (No. 9632812)

Besides the tragedy of the collapse, the big political mess related to this stadium is only growing.

The World Cup is always a source of graft and corruption but Lula/Dilma are taking the looting to new heights. This particular stadium is essentially a half a billion dollar gift from Lula (the ex-president) to his favorite football club, Corinthians. It is in the middle of nowhere, unneeded and one of a dozen boondoggles associated with building of venues for soccer and olymoics. Expect lots of protests for the next several years

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/28/2013 2:08:50 PM     (No. 9632817)

I´m still glad Brazil was awarded the 2016 Olympics over Chicago. Imagine ´The O´ handing out corrupt contracts all over Chicago, and the events being as well planned at OBamacare.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Fb2002, 11/28/2013 2:20:43 PM     (No. 9632820)

Brazil is a dump. Socialist have ruined the country. Although the Brazilian people are industrious, the vote in pathetic, corrupt governments. São Paulo is a complete mess. High crime rates and no infrastructure to speak of. The airport is old and in disrepair. Socialism makes a mess of things. I went to Brazil in 1980, it was modern, clean and thriving with no crime. Then thy started a move toward socialism, and everything went to hell.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 11/28/2013 2:51:40 PM     (No. 9632831)

The protests are due to come back with a vengeance. The Confederation Cup protests were only a warm-up. The police have been restricted in reacting because of the elections and the restrictions has built up rage within them. If burning, looting, and violence take place like the protesters are promising the police will have to be turned loose and it wont be pretty. Dilma has not kept her promises made during the Confederation Cup in response to the protests. Of course her promises of more school, teachers, hospitals, doctors, ect. could not be kept because the $30 billion has spent on stadiums and graft.
No middle class to speak of because of a poor educational system. The government lies about its progress. The hospitals are way below substandard. The media is not allowed to say anything unacceptably negative about Brazil. (Sounds a little like where we are headed.) I see a chance for the military to take over again - that´s one reason why I got out.

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