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1 week ago

Happy in Rio – video explanation for English Speakers:

0:00 - Cariocas (as well as most Brazilian people) can't stand to hold an empty beer can or a cigarette end for long and prefer to dump them on the floor instead of looking for a waste container.

0:10 - Palácio Guanabara (Guanabara Palace) is the official residence of the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral. There's plenty of information about his "deeds" on Google...

0:13 - Traffic jams became part of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other metropolis' cultural heritage. And they are no longer restricted to rush hour commutes or specific neighborhoods... Public transportation is ridiculously bad and people are influenced by automakers to spend half their wages for 5 years in order to buy their "freedom" from traffic. 

0:19 - Subway work: In Rio, Metrô Rio subway trains cover less than 1/10 of the urban area, works are always overpriced and the governor's wife has a partnership on the law company that represents Metrô Rio. How convenient, huh?

0:29 - Public security barely works in tourist neighborhoods (Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon). Whenever you feel like taking pictures outdoors, do it a your own risk!

0:37 - Airports are a whole separate chapter. International Airport (GIG) also known as "Galeão" or "Tom Jobim" is far from downtown and tourist neighboorhoods. Taking a legal taxi to your hotel is a true Russian roulette. On the way to the hotel you get a glimpse of the real Rio, while passing by slums and polluted stinky rivers. Santos Dumont airport (SDU) has such a short track that landings and flights are canceled whenever there's a severe rain or fog.

0:41 - Almost 20% of the population survives with less than US$300 a month. Violence, thefts, traffic and crack addiction epidemy are routine for many citizens all over the country.

0:45 - "Mário Filho" is the alternative name to Maracanã Soccer Stadium. It's recent renovation costed more than 70% of estimated price: US$ 700 million!!! (overpriced works involving politicians and companies are cultural in Brazil). At the same time government says there's no money to buy cancer drugs and repair crumbling hospitals and public schools.

1:00 - Narrow corridors for pedestrians due to construction of new subway station at Leblon. Cars still have the preference here...

1:14 - Anonymous punishers decided to make justice with their own hands. A black teenager has been beaten, stripped off his clothes and locked to a light post with a U lock (Breaking Bad?). Police found out that two of the publicly praised (by some) punishers have already committed crimes themselves...

1:16 - Worldwide influence of American culture is undeniable, but some rich Brazilian people dream with the very annexation of their neighborhoods to the US (as you can see by that ridiculous copy of the Statue of Liberty in front of a huge mall at Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro)

1:25 - Subway in Rio is always crowded and they only work from 5am to 12am. Air conditioning issues and delays are daily routine for Cariocas.

1:27 - City of Music: another white elephant. It was supposed to be a cultural center, but it hardly works and government has already spent more than US$ 250 million on it.

1:30 - Viaduto da Perimetral - While the city of Rio suffers from lack of investments in public health, education, security, housing, etc., mayor Eduardo Paes decides to spend millions on making the city "look good" for tourists coming for World Cup and Olympics and demolishes an important viaduct that used to connect two of the main roads of the city, increasing traffic jam lengths and time.

2:52 - Waste collectors when on strike for better salary and city got covered with garbage during Carnaval period. After lots of manifestation, mayor Eduardo Paes agreed to increase their wage (from US$400 to US$500 a month)

3:57 - Lack of inspection has caused many manhole to explode due to the contact between underground electricity cables and leaking of methane gas. 

Now you know why visiting Brazil is " an adventure " ...

Happy in RIO
1 week ago

The Brazilian comedic group Jeitinho Carioca made a fun, sarcastic video to express their dissatisfaction with the World Cup. The actors dance happily to Pharell's hit song while highlighting issues Brazilians have to deal with on a daily basis. Check it out!

2 weeks ago
World Cup 2014: Brazil bracing for violent anti-government protests over waste, unfinished projects

"This work here that's right by the stadium, I think they'll get it finished," said Atilio Martinelli, who runs a locksmith business near the building site. "It'll be done poorly and at the last minute, but they'll at least finish it. But there is no way they'll finish most of the other projects. It's going to be a great humiliation for us."

Instead the construction delays have become an embarrassment for many, stoking public anger over poor public services, the high cost of living and corruption scandals. Many Brazilians now say that even if their beloved soccer team wins the World Cup on July 13, the country will have already lost.

Brazil is officially spending just over $11 billion on the World Cup, though some think the number is much higher. An additional $15 billion is being spent on the Olympics, to be held in Rio in 2016.

FIFA, football's world governing body, is chipping in $1 billion of its own money for the World Cup, which generates more than 90 percent of FIFA's $5 billion income over a four-year cycle.

"The IOC and FIFA want the newest, fanciest, most spectacular facilities for every event," Matheson said. "All the risks are put on the host country or city, but all the revenues are going to the IOC or FIFA."

Eighty percent of the $3.5 billion earmarked for the 12 stadiums is public money, although former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised years ago no public money would be used.

At least four of the venues are likely to be "white elephants" in cities without top-division football clubs. 

Brazil's former national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has been scathing, calling World Cup preparations "a joke."

"We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country," said Parreira, who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 1994 and is an assistant this year to coach Felipe Scolari. "We know the World Cup is about stadiums, but it's not only about stadiums. Fans can't live in a stadium."

in Brazil, where a woeful public health system is hobbled with crumbling infrastructure and a chronic shortage of doctors, especially in poorer areas. This is part of the reason the government spending billions on the World Cup fuels protesters' rage. At rallies, demonstrators routinely demand "FIFA standard" hospitals, a reference to the high-quality new stadiums. At rallies, demonstrators routinely demand "FIFA standard" hospitals, a reference to the high-quality new stadiums.

There is widespread, palatable anger toward the government and business leaders over the perception they misspent billions on stadiums that won't benefit people after football's big event, or public works projects that may never be finished.

"Ordinary people have been forgotten," Barbosa said. "They invested a lot in the World Cup and forgot the people."


Peaceful protests against Brazil World Cup continue


Local reports claim twice as many police officers accompanied protesters in Sao Paolo on a march on Thursday as they took a stand against Brazil’s hosting of the football World Cup in less than three months.

It is one of a number of peaceful demonstrations where activists have expressed their anger at the cost of the tournament.

Protesters believe the money should instead be spent on education, healthcare, transport and tackling crime.

2 weeks ago
World Cup 2014: the boos from Brazil


“The protests against the World Cup really bother the government because they want to sell the image abroad that we have no problems,” 

Among the demands from the protesters were free public transport, greater public spending on education and health care, and better security. And they soon became targeted at the World Cup: banners reading “Fifa Go Home” and “There Won’t Be a World Cup” became a familiar sight.

“People say Brazil is an emerging country, but it’s emerging from nothing,” says Luciano Cardoso, a residents’ association leader. “We’re 88th in the world for education. In my opinion, the World Cup gives no benefits at all because 70 per cent of the spending on works is public money. So why didn’t they do it before if they had so much money to invest, to give to Fifa, as a donation?”


Among the grievances are the evictions required to make way for infrastructure, often affecting some of the 11 million people who live in favelas, or informal shanty-type communities. Compensation of £13,000 from the government in Porto Alegre has left many out of pocket, with an equivalent property now costing between £17,500 and £20,000.

Meanwhile in Rio, “Imagina na Copa” – which translates as “imagine this during the World Cup” – has become the catchphrase of taxi drivers, directed at all manner of shortcomings, including road works and traffic jams.

Brazil World Cup protests: teenager dies as a million people take to the streets

2 weeks ago
Brazil World Cup: Fifa scraps speeches to avoid protest

Football's world governing body, Fifa, has announced that there will be no speeches at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June.

Last year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed by fans at the opening match of the Confederations Cup - a curtain-raiser for the World Cup.

Protesters took to the streets of many Brazilian cities shortly before the Confederations Cup in June 2013.

They denounced corruption and the perceived high cost of preparations for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

"Friends of Brazilian football, where is the respect and the fair play, please?" intervened Mr Blatter, who then became the target of the protests at the Brazilian capital's brand-new National Stadium.


Hundreds arrested in Brazil as protest against World Cup spending grows violent

Almost a thousand people peacefully took to the streets on Saturday in the south-eastern city to express their discontent over the high government expenditure on the World Cup, which Brazil is going to host in four months.

“There will be no Cup!” and “Cup for the rich, scraps for the poor!” protesters chanted according to AFP.

Although the rally began peacefully, it descended into chaos as some demonstrators started smashing bank windows, constructed roadblocks, and set piles of garbage on fire in the streets. While some told the agency that violence escalated after police refused to allow the rally to carry on, others pointed at masked ‘Black Bloc’ anarchists in the demonstrations.

Stun grenades were fired and tear gas deployed in order to disperse the gatherings.

2 weeks ago

Brazilians protest World Cup in song 'I'm Sorry, Neymar'


Sung in Portuguese, one of the song's lyrics is, "We have beautiful and monumental stadiums. In the meantime, schools and hospitals are about to fail ... an abyss between the two Brazils."


I'm sorry Neymar,
But during this World Cup I won't be cheering for you,
I'm tired of watching our people fading slowly on TV shows,
In the meantime FIFA worries about standards,
We're guided by thieves that play dirty to win,
I'm sorry Neymar, I'm not cheering this time.

As the World Cup nears, Brazilian youth take to the streets


More than a thousand youth, most in their 20s, were arriving via unreliable and overcrowded trains and buses — a failing public transportation system that was, in fact, the focus of this anti-World Cup demonstration. It was the latest in a series of protests that continues to grow as the international tournament nears.

Keep this thread for Brazil postings!
2 weeks ago

A note here -

This thread will be kept free for items on BRAZIL - there is enuf there for a long thread!

[And again, many thanks - and green stars! - to Jeanie for keeping us up-to-date on this!]


I have started ANOTHER NEW THREAD [there were already old ones] for items on the Gulf States, specifically mainly on Qatar.

Altho the issues are very similar, still it makes it clearer to keep the two kinds of items separate.


I have moved some of the postings to the new thread. If anybody posts in the "wrong" threads, I will just move them! So, don't worry if your thread is moved, it is just for clarity and convenience!

1 month ago

About Pelé and Ronaldo: They’re known here as FIFA’s marketers. Their popularity and credibility in Brazil has decreased a lot ever since they started supporting FIFA.

 Ronaldo is known for doing everything for money and for many scandals (Spending absurd amounts of money with futile stuff and having affairs with transvestites while his fiancé was pregnant and many people think he faked the whole seizure story in 1998 final against France, the whole things sounds fishy and many people say he and other players got big money to lose the match). His concern with political and social problems in Brazil is null – he could have done a lot to help his country, being a billionaire and having achieved popularity, but no he prefers to stuff his face  and consort with corrupt people now…

Pelé is the best footballer in history. And that’s all he is: you would think a guy who was born in a favela and faced all the problems related to poverty, lack of infrastructure and racism, would be the first to do something for his country as soon as he had achieved status and popularity, right? But no, he stands on the same ground as Ronaldo, not a single important contribution. During 1995 to 1998 he was our Federal Sports Secretary and people were expecting him to change a lot the way football clubs were administrated to end corruption, absurd salaries for players and fight racism in matches by making stricter laws against this in CBF (our national football committee) – and this last one should be a personal matter for him. That was the very least we expected from him. Well, Mr. Edson Arantes do Nascimento ended his term as he began: the best footballer in history and that’s all.  

1 month ago

About Romario: He is one of the few good politicians we have in our country, he attends every single meeting  and passed many bills and projects helping the population (the voting of his anti-corruption draft-bill that makes corruption a heinous crime is being conveniently delayed by other members of the congress. He authored many bills that help people with special needs – he’s got a daughter with Down Syndrome-, and draft-laws that will curb excessive costs and corruption by politicians and contractors when building public venues). Because of his honest comments about FIFA’s crooks, the event’s organizers and media have sort of banned him: you won’t see his name mentioned anywhere. People who tell the truth are undesirable to FIFA.  

Brazil football legend Romario calls FIFA president Joseph Blatter a “corrupt thieve” and Sepp J
1 month ago

The 1994 World Cup winner talked about the World Cup organization in an interview with cable sports TV channel ESPN Brazil, where he expressed his discontent with FIFA for getting richer at the expense of Brazil.

"That guy is one of the biggest blackmailers in the world of sports, he had been sacked, then he blackmailed the corrupt FIFA president who is a son of a b.."

The former striker, who is currently a federal deputy in Brazil's senate added: "Blatter and Valcke are two thieves at FIFA who are well-known among Brazilians, but there are many others at both FIFA and Brazil's FA, who are going to become billionaires at our expense and nothing is being done. And our government and president are also becoming richer."

Romário has also criticized the cost of the Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba, he said:

"We have spent an absurd amount of money with the World Cup already, and from now on it will become worse.

"Many of these works, such as the Atlético Paranaense stadium, are now in an emergency stage, the bidding contests won't be in the usual bureaucratic system, in order to ensure the money is available, so something that would cost 20 will now costs 60."

His latest attack on FIFA came following Valcke's comments about Romario, saying that he is ''the worst person in the world,'' and calling the former Barcelona striker "anti-FIFA, anti-Jerome Valcke, anti-everything."


Romario responded to the secretary-general during a congressional hearing held by Brazil's Tourism and Sports Commission. He was quoted by Spanish newspaper AS as saying: ''We can't expect anything from FIFA, where we have a blackmailer called Valcke and a corrupt thief and son of a bitch called Blatter."


"Rest assured that I'll always keep an eye on what is being spent on the World Cup with public funds. I wouldn't trust [Valcke] if I had to give him 10 reals to buy me bread and milk.

"We have spent an absurd amount for the World Cup and going forward it will get even worse. Brazil has a lot of thieves, that's the truth.

"I have spoken and I will repeat here. Now we have to cheer for Brazil to win on the field because it would be perfect for football but off the pitch we've already lost and there is no way to reverse it."


Romário said: “For the history of this guy (Valcke), he is one of the biggest racketeers in world sport. He did blackmail with FIFA’s president (Blatter), who is a thief, corrupt and a son of a b*tch. Sorry for that expression, but this is what we coexist with.

"Valcke even said that the World Cup in Brazil will be one of the worst in the history of FIFA.

“This guy comes here in my country says these speeches and everybody claps their hands and all is alright.”


On the news:

1 month ago


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Brazil stadium workers 'weeks without pay':



Video comparing Hiroshima and Brazil 65 years later...

2 months ago

Thanks Jeanie. Interesting article.

2 months ago

Rposting the link for the first story:

Sepp Blatter urges Brazil protesters not to link grievances to football:

2 months ago

Jeanie, the first link in your post is not found, got this message: Whoops! That page cannot be found. Now that's embarrassing.

Video was good. Shared that. Signed and shared the petition as well. Still need to go back to some of the other links though included under the video. Thanks.

2 months ago

Jeanie, thank you for all your posts and for keeping us up-to-date on this.

Most recent posts will now be ON TOP for better tracking of this IMPORTANT STORY.

So glad you're with us and getting the Inside View out here.....

No, I'm not going to the world cup
2 months ago
Sepp Blatter urges Brazil protesters not to link grievances to football

His appeal looks likely to fall on deaf ears.

He and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff were booed by the crowd at the opening ceremony of the Confederations Cup. This are unlikely to be the last insults they hear.The protests are expected to escalate with bigger rallies and Despite Blatter's appeal, it is unlikely the two will remain apart. 

Fifa's tournaments have become a focus for many demonstrators, who feel the 12 stadiums that the country has built or renovated at huge cost show how public money is spent on projects that benefit construction companies and TV stations rather than on hospital and schools.

This argument has been eloquently expressed in English in a popular YouTube video titled "No, I'm not going to the world cup" which has drawn more than 1.5m views.



2 months ago

When Big Money puts his hand on sports....

Anyway, big sporting (sporting?) events like these are just to keep spectators on their couch watching television so they won't miss any of the ads....

2 months ago

Migrant construction workers in Doha, Qatar.

The ITUC has warned that up to 4,000 could die before the 2022 World Cup without meaningful reform of worker conditions.


185 Nepalese died in 2013.

2 months ago

Anti-World Cup protests planned in 36 Brazilian cities on Saturday

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, January 23, 2014 17:58 EST

Protesters demonstrate against the perceived exploitation of workers in Qatar, the location of the 2022 World Cup, before a UEFA Congress in central London on May 24, 2013. [AFP]

Opponents of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil said they have scheduled protest demonstrations in 36 cities for Saturday.

Under the slogan “there won’t be a Cup”, the Rio Anonymous group called for the protests on its Facebook page Thursday, calling it “the first action this year to say no to the World Cup.”

Organizers are railing against police violence, inadequate social services and the billions of dollars being spent on staging the World Cup, which is to be held in 12 host cities from June 12 to July 13.

“The goal of the protests is to fight for the interests of the people and of any person who wants a country with more justice and less inequality,” they said.

“FIFA (world’s football governing body) go home” and “There won’t be a Cup,” they added in an appeal also carried on Twitter.

The call appears to be a bid to revive last June’s nationwide street demonstrations, which brought more than one million people onto the streets nationwide to press for similar demands.

Saturday’s demonstrations would take place across Brazil, including in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Brasilia, organizers said.

In Rio, scene of several protests since last June’s massive demonstrations against corruption and the cost of the World Cup, the highlight will be a rally outside the famed Copacabana Palace hotel on Copacabana beach.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic capital and most populous city, a protest is planned near the MASP art museum on the central Avenida Paulista.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

3 months ago

PLEASE VOTE FOR FIFA: PUBLIC EYE AWARDS 2014 (scroll down, the last one)

Irresponsible business practices in the spotlight!

FIFA’s World Cup contributes to the violation of several human rights, such as the right to adequate housing, the right to free movement, the right to work and the right to protest.

The winners of the two awards of shame will be announced at a press conference, scheduled to take place on January 23, 2014, in the same week as the annual meeting of the WEF. You can follow the announcement of the winners on twitter in real time.

Exploitative working conditions, environmental sins, intentional disinformation, or other human rights violations: In advance of the World Economic Forum (WEF) a shortlist of those companies with the worst corporate social responsibility records will be put to vote on the Public Eye website. And those singled out will surely feel the heat: Our renowned naming&shaming awards shine an international spotlight on corporate scandals and thereby help NGO campaigns succeed.

3 months ago


3 months ago

Sorry for any typos or grammar, in a hurry here.

3 months ago
Before you even think about coming to Brazil, please watch this video so you can be prepared to what WILL happen to you. As a Brazilian, I can affirm that everything he says is true. Please BOYCOTT 2014 WORLD CUP. We don't want it in our county. What we want is more schools, security, a decent health system and less corruption. Here's the link to the video and instructions on how to turn the subtitiles:
Turn on the subtitles: click on the second icon on the lower right corner of the player, then choose English captions and turn them on: 
#ChangeBrazil - HELP US [ENG sub] - DONT GO TO FIFA 2014 WORLD CUP:

This is a great page with more info on how to boycott FIFA's 2014 World Cup (what products not to buy, who are the corrupt politicians behind, what this unwanted event will cause to our society...):

A World Cup Boycott? Count Me In - The Wall Street Journal
3 months ago

These surveys were published in VEJA magazine, one of the most respected and unbiased political magazines in Brazil. This cartoon shows very well what 2014 World Cup represents to Brazilian politicians and contractors, as well as to Joseph Blatter, Jerome Valcke and other FIFA's crooks:

And this is what it means for millions of Brazilians:

No structure for our schools nor decent salaries for our teachers...

Hunger and poverty...

Crime and violence skyrocketing... (No decent police, as they don't get decent salaries and criminals at large because of flimsy laws). Just one detail of this pic: every cross represents 1000 people that were killed in Rio in 1 year due to crime or violence.


3 months ago

1-Are you looking forward to Brazil's World Cup? 75% "ARE NOT."

2-Are you pleased with the fact that Brazil will host the next World Cup? 73% "ARE NOT".

3 months ago

1- In your opinion what will be the impression left by 2014's World Cup? 79% said "negative".

2-In your opinion what will be the impression left by our country for the foreigners that will come to Brazil for the World Cup? 78% said "negative".

3 months ago

Among the following words, which do you think that will represent better Brazil's World Cup?

72% - Corruption

12% - Disappointment

7% -Party

3% - Success

2% - Victory

1% - Defeat

2% - I don't know

1% - None

Some surveys...
3 months ago

Thank you for the invitation and posting my comment, BMutiny. These are some surveys about 2014 World Cup (they should call it "World Coup" to be fair...) that were answered by Brazilians and published in magazines (translations are below):

1-Are you in favor of using public money to build or repair stadiums for the World Cup? 85% said "NO".

2-Are you in favor of building new stadiums in capitals that already have at least one big stadium? 88% said "NO".

3-Do you think the World Cup will bring good things for the populations, not considering the stadiums? 68% said "NO".

FIFA response
3 months ago

Geez, can they say "tone deaf"?

3.3 Billion for 12 {!} Stadiums for Soccer
3 months ago
Brazilian judge suggests turning World Cup stadium into prison facility

Remember how Brazil is building $3.3 billion in stadiums for next year’s World Cup, including some in cities that don’t even have soccer teams? Apparently one of them, a $275 million facility in the city of Manaus, only has four World Cup matches total scheduled, after which nobody knows what to do with it — or nobody did know, until a Brazilian judge had a brainstorm:

Alvaro Corado, spokesman for the Amazonas state court system, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Judge Sabino Marques had proposed a novel idea.

“He would, perhaps, suggest to the government of the state of Amazonas that the stadium be used as a processing center for prisoners after the World Cup,” Corado said, quoting Marques.

Yes, a “novel idea.” Because that’s not going to bring up any uncomfortable associations at all.

Anyway, it’s just a suggestion, but one that helps indicate what a train wreck the 2014 World Cup is shaping up to be. Though at least eight years later Brazil will be able to point at the 2022 World Cup and say that at least its white elephant stadiums weren’t built by indentured servants.

Posted in World Cup 2014, World Cup 2022

FIFA reassures Brazilians angry over hosting of World Cup that they’ll still host the World Cup

FIFA has finally responded to the massive protests that have rocked Brazil in the wake of the nation spending $3 billion on facilities for hosting next year’s World Cup. (Among other things.) And the world soccer body’s message is: Don’t worry, you’re still going to get to host the World Cup!

“The World Cup will be held in Brazil,” [FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke] told BBC Sport.

“The first game will happen in Sao Paulo, the final will be in Rio. There is no plan B.” …

“But the most important thing for us is to detach the World Cup or the Confederations Cup from these problems. We are not the answer to all problems and we are definitely not the reason for such a crisis. We are just part of what Brazil is doing for the next 20 years.”

3 months ago
Brazil Stadium CrashA metal structure atop of the Itaquerao Stadium is seen after a collapse in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Part of the Itaquerao stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said (AP)
Scandal, Corruption, Bribery, Hasty & Unsafe Construction - what else is new?!?
3 months ago

Two workers were killed on Wednesday when a crane collapsed at the stadium hosting the opening match of next year's World Cup of soccer, causing damage to the exterior and renewing questions about whether Brazil will be ready to host the event on time.


Construction workers had been racing to finish the stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, prior to a December deadline imposed by world soccer body FIFA.

Andres Sanchez, a former president for the Corinthians soccer club who is helping oversee construction, told reporters that a crane collapsed while lifting a piece of the stadium's roof into place, sending the piece tumbling down.

He said the cause of the accident was still unclear, adding that any possible delay to construction was "the least of our worries."

Odebrecht SA, the industrial conglomerate building the stadium, said it planned to restart work at the site on Monday, but the union representing the workers said construction could be frozen for up to 30 days while authorities investigate.

Two workers at the site were killed, Sanchez said, with no additional casualties. Emergency officials had previously given conflicting information on the death toll and injuries.


The incident casts yet another shadow over Brazil's preparations for the World Cup, which have been plagued by delays, accidents, cost overruns, and public anger over government waste that contributed to massive nationwide street protests last year.


Workers have now been killed at three World Cup stadiums - in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Manaus. Officials have expressed worries about facilities in Manaus and Cuiaba' being ready by a December deadline, and Wednesday's accident seems likely to delay Sao Paulo as well, though it's unclear for how long.

My Comment on the News Item:
3 months ago

[Will post this in the group "Bloody Olympics", the subject of which has expanded to include Abuses connected with World Sporting Events such as World Cup Soccer in Brazil, AND, later, in Dubai...]

ANOTHER scandal in connection with the World Cup in Brazil, is the many Accidents and even Deaths, as workers are driven by 60-hour and more working weeks, to hastily put up stadiums without adequate care taken for their safety.... same thing is happening in Dubai.
These "world-class" sports events are exploitative and LETHAL - and that includes the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. Hosting the Olympics in Athens didn't do GREECE any good economically, did it? or anywhere ELSE the Olympics were held...

Big Sports benefit only a FEW, the INVESTORS clean up big-time, and Tax-payers fund their expensive Stadiums, Premium Seating for them, and other Luxury Amenities! Meanwhile, the Taxpayers get NOTHING and the Cities themselves go DEEPLY INTO DEBT... it's a RACKET. A CRIMINAL SCAM.
And the Elite Rich get to have their fancy Playground, funded by US, by you and me...!
There should be another way for Athletes to compete fairly and proudly, a way that's not EXPLOITATIVE...

Boycott not just the Games, few of us can afford the Travel anyway...
Boycott the NETWORKS carrying them, and, especially, BOYCOTT THEIR CORPORATE SPONSORS, and write and tell their Corporate Sponsors WHY you are doing so...

Cribbed the Info from Jeanie, have invited her to join the group!
3 months ago

Jeanie S. (153)

Before you even think about coming to Brazil, please watch this video so you can be prepared to what WILL happen to you. As a Brazilian, I can affirm that everything he says is true. Please BOYCOTT 2014 WORLD CUP. We don't want it in our county. What we want is more schools, security, a decent health system and less corruption. Here's the link to the video:

This is a great page with more info on how to boycott FIFA's 2014 World Cup (what products not to buy, who are the corrupt politicians behind, what this unwanted event will cause to our society...):

A World Cup Boycott? Count Me In - The Wall Street Journal      

#ChangeBrazil - HELP US [ENG sub] - DONT GO TO FIFA 2014 WORLD CUP: Turn on the subtitles: click on the second icon on the lower right corner of the player, then choose English captions and turn them on:
Big Sports exploits EVERYONE but the Corporate Sponsors
3 months ago

A car pulls up. The girl climbs in.

This is a common scene around the stadium in Fortaleza, considered Brazil's child prostitution capital and a magnet for sex tourism, according to local authorities.

Transvestites also work the dusty pavements of this newly renovated thoroughfare but young girls are in higher demand. "As soon as they hit the avenue they're picked up," says Antônia Lima Sousa, a state prosecutor who works on children's rights in Fortaleza. "It's really a matter of minutes. You'll find them around town during the day too."

Despite more than a decade of government pledges to eradicate child prostitution, the number of child sex workers in Brazil stood at about half a million in 2012, according to the National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor, a non-governmental organisation.

That's a fivefold increase since 2001, when 100,000 children worked in the sex trade, according to estimates by Unicef, the UN children's charity.

And with the World Cup approaching in June, officials and campaigners fear an explosion in child prostitution as sex workers migrate to big cities from interior states and pimps recruit more young people to meet increased demand from local and foreign football fans.

"We're worried sexual exploitation will increase in the host cities and around them," says Joseleno Vieira dos Santos, who co-ordinates a national programme to fight the sexual exploitation of children at Brazil's Human Rights Secretariat. "We''e trying to co-ordinate efforts as much as we can with state and city governments to understand the scope of the problem."

But the authorities have a battle on their hands

The Brazil World Cup Soccer Thread
3 months ago

There are also items in the News about HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS involving WORKERS constructing the built-in-haste Stadium for the FIFA events - sound familiar???

Yes, much the SAME THING as is happening with overworked, underpaid workers constructing the Soccer Facilities in QATAR - hey, those millionaires and billionaires who are SPONSORING those Games, got where they are now by PENNY-PINCHING and SCREWING OVER THE WORKING CLASS! So this is CONSISTENT...

Somewhere I saw a Petition in protest - will look for it.


World Cup Soccer as bad as Olympics - now it's Brazil
3 months ago

Brazil's Child Sex Trade Soars as 2014 World Cup Nears
World  (tags: Child Prostitution Brazil )
Michael  -

Officials and campaigners fear explosion in child prostitution amid rising demand from football fans