Violence, Brazil and the Olympic Games

After watching the games for a while it is interesting to see how German (and international) media and athletes talk about the Olympic Games in Rio. There are complaints about empty stadiums and arenas, even though the organizers claim that everything is sold out,...

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The Guardian: Rio Olympics – view from the favela

The great series of The Guardian continues as a warm-up for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: The Rio Olympics – view from the favelas, articles written by community journalists which are people actually living there. This is really impressive and sometimes...

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What is a favela?

When in Brazil it is hard to avoid hearing about them. “Don’t take the wrong exit or you will end up in a favela” is one sentence you might hear, or “he’s from the favela” when talking about people – be it football star or...

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Rio Olympics: view from the favelas

Shortly after moving back from Brazil to Germany I was interviews by a radio station (sorry, German only) about the situation about the Olympic games in Rio. It was 100 days before the start and the opening question was: do Brazilians care? My answer was: not at all....

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