June 12, 2014

How to Be a Good World Cup Host

Erin Conway-Smith, Global Post

The Associated Press

Feel it, Brazil. The soccer World Cup is here. The world is watching, the fans are pumped and the Brazilian people are — well, not exactly at fever pitch with excitement. Angry protests are continuing over the gobs of money spent on stadiums despite Brazil’s sluggish economy, myriad social problems and devastating gap between rich and poor.

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Will Brazil's Cup Spotlight Burn Too Bright?
Brad Brooks, Associated Press
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