- 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
August 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
A slum in Rio de Janeiro Sergio Moraes / Reuters
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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