June 9, 2014

Brazil Is Totally Screwed

Shannon Sims, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

But if the piles of garbage seemed high after Carnaval, imagine during the World Cup. Hosting the world's biggest sporting event, which begins on June 12 and runs for a month, was supposed to be an opportunity for Brazil to showcase its organization, development, and competence. But with corruption rife, infrastructure crumbling, and constant street crime in the country, most Brazilians sense that this opportunity offers more bad than good. They await the Cup's arrival the way high school students might await a test they haven't studied for.

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