Category: South America

Sonia Shah: Do the Olympics Actually Make the World Less Healthy?

If Zika does expand thanks to the Olympics, it won’t be the first pathogen to exploit a mass sporting event

Dave Zirin: Now That the Games Are Over, the Real Olympic Drama Begins in Rio

The Olympics are over, but they have set the stage for a wider social conflict over the future of the city

Dave Zirin: Olympic Joy in the Face of Erasure

On the mat, Rafaela Silva won for her marginalized favela. In the streets, activists are winning the right to protest

Glenn Greenwald: Bernie Sanders Denounces Brazil’s Impeachment as Undemocratic, Calls for New Elections

Sanders’ statement is strong and unequivocal. Perhaps most significant is his call for the U.S. Government to “demand that this dispute be settled with democratic elections”

Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes attending the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, such as tennis champion Serena Williams and players from the NBA, WNBA and other countries. Polls show more than 60 percent of Brazilians think hosting the Games will hurt their Read more…

Joao Pedro Stedile: We have to present a new project that can overcome neo-developmentalism

The crisis opens up a new time of change

Adam Talbot: ‘C is for Corruption’: The Rio Olympics from A to Z

From police killings to forced evictions and environmental destruction; the Olympic Games in Rio are cause for an alphabet soup of misery and suffering

Dave Zirin: Budget Failures, Displacement, Zika—Welcome to Rio’s $11.9B Summer Olympics

The multibillion-dollar Olympic mirage that has been erected “for the English to see” is at risk of complete collapse

Mark Weisbrot: Brazil’s impeachment crisis undermines investor confidence

The interim government is doubling down on austerity, and has generated all the investor confidence of a big, fat banana republic

Jules Boykoff: Let the Games Begin

The Rio Olympics are taking to the extreme the overblown promises and neoliberal development now typical of the games

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