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Special Report | The 2016 Olympics: Government Dysfunction, Police Violence, Broken Promises

  • Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence
  • How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.
  • Part 1: Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games
  • Part 2: The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

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Part 1: Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games

Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Dave%20Zirin%2C%20Sports%20Writer%2C%20The%20Nation.jpgAugust 05, 2016 | 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 country. He says that ahead of today’s opening ceremony, residents of heavily policed and displaced neighborhoods plan a major march to Rio’s "Olympic City."

 

Amy Goodman: I wanted to turn to the American tennis star Serena Williams, who just arrived in Rio and was asked about the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Dave Zirin: sports editor for The Nation magazine and author of Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. He is also the host of Edge of Sports.

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Part 2: The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.

Alex Cuadros, the Atlantic

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Aug 1, 2016 | The Rio de Janeiro you see advertised in videos promoting the Olympics is the iconic one everyone knows: Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. But that’s just a tiny slice of this sprawling metropolis of 12 million people, most of whom live miles from the beach. You can see the other Rio, their Rio, as you drive into town from the international airport, past the walls enclosing the freeway: a sea of red cinderblock shacks stacked precariously atop one another, with narrow roads snaking in between. One in seven Rio residents make their home in so-called favelas like these.

When Brazil won the right to hold this year’s Summer Games back in 2009, it seemed ready to vault into the club of developed nations. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, then the country’s wildly popular president, pitched the Olympics as an opportunity to develop Rio’s infrastructure, and remake the city into a new world capital. But this was also a rare moment of Brazilian self-confidence—one ultimately undone by hubris.

Alex Cuadros is a writer based in New York. He is the author of Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.

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Photographer Documents The Lesser-Known Victims Of Gun Violence — Those Who Survived

Kathy Shorr’s “Shot” chronicles the physical and emotional scars of gun violence across the United States.

Priscilla Frank, the Huffington Post

http://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/scalefit_970_noupscale/57a1f4072a0000fa01fb466d.jpeg?cache=sggpiwuluj Standing with a group of friends outside of her high school, Karina became the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting fueled by gang revenge. She was 16. (Aurora, Colorado, 2010) KATHY SHORR

08/03/2016 | Karina was standing with friends outside her Aurora, Colorado, high school when she was shot. The unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, Karina had to become a wheelchair user at 16 years old. 

Stories like Karina’s are as horrific as they are commonplace. Homes, schools, movie theaters, nightclubs, religious centers, small businesses and city streets — there are virtually no places on American soil safe from the possibility of gun violence

Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, the Huffington Post

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Chomsky: America Is on the Decline: Guess Who's to Blame?

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Noam Chomsky wants to make America great again, but you’ll never believe who he thinks will save it.

Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

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July 15, 2016 | Noam Chomsky has some tough love for America.

"The United States is a victim of self-inflicted wounds which are significantly harming the economy and society in many ways," Chomsky recently stated, though he also admitted that, "even with the neoliberal policies, since President Reagan and comparable to Europe, the U.S. remains, in realistic terms, the richest country in the world and has enormous advantages. Still a position of overwhelming power, but “not as what it was, in particular, with regard to Latin America.”

But Chomsky remains hopeful both for Latin America and the U.S. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. 

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Garrison Keillor: Praise the Lord, I've seen the dark.

This is scriptural prophecy come to life, the seven-headed beast, the whore of Babylon, the woman with snakes coming out of her head, all of it. It's here. Now.

Garrison Keillor, Washington (DC) Post / Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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At the Republican convention, the darkness became visible. Now we’ve begun fortifying the basement walls with sandbags and laying in barrels of fresh water and K-rations. Times files

Friday, July 22, 2016 | A week ago I felt good about America but no more. Coyotes are running freely in the streets of our big cities, the stock market is teetering on the verge of collapse, the monetary system will soon go belly-up, China and North Korea and Iran have a knife to our throats, our schools are in chaos, politicians corrupt, the media stupefied by political correctness, and everywhere you look you hear foreign accents. We are on the edge of the abyss.

At my house, we've begun fortifying the basement walls with sandbags and laying in barrels of fresh water and K-rations. We refuse to be at the mercy of the government when liberals decide to shut down the water supply.

Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.

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Beautiful words from the mighty Robin Williams .... gone but never, ever forgotten.

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Make your life Spectacular

 

Spotted Portsmouth

July 24, 2016

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