by Alice Salles of The Anti-Media
This year’s Olympics have a particularly romantic setting: Rio de Janeiro.
In the 1950s and 60s, Rio’s most prominent artists were international stars, which made the popularity of “Bossa Nova” the perfect opportunity for Brazilians to share their culture and approach to life with the world. But throughout the following decades, Brazil changed considerably in the eyes of foreigners. It became the land of corruption, misery, police brutality, and a savage drug war, which was partially responsible for over 60,000 homicide cases in 2014, alone.
But as athletes from all corners of the globe compete in the Olympic spirit, news outlets forget about the country’s problems.
Here’s a rundown of the five most concerning issues facing tourists, athletes, and Brazilians themselves during this year’s leading international sporting event.
1. In Brazil, political protesters are granted very little freedom of…
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