The German shooting star of “a different” political journalism Tilo Jung went to Brazil with his interview series “young&naive” and he talked to Glenn Greenwald about the current situation in Brazil and the US. As always Greenwald’s leftish view and reasoning sheds a lot of light. My favorite quote about Trump: “he is genuinely emotionally instable” and “his voters want to burn down the political system.” Yes, that makes a lot of sense. “Hillary Clinton is a sociopathic and evil person who’s going to kill huge amounts of innocent people for her own political gains.” Looking at it like this, the situation in Brazil doesn’t seem that bad…
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, then there was the long discussion about the green water in one of the swimming pools. But over all people seem to be quite content about the organization of these Olympics. Unfortunately there are also some news reflecting more the “real” Brazil: a gold-medal winning American swimmer being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, and the story of a German canoe coach who suffered a life-threatening injury in an accident while in a taxi. What most of the English-speaking news outlets don’t mention but was discussed in German media is, that this coach had been brought to an official “olympic” hospital, but couldn’t be treated there, so he had to be brought to a hospital across town which took another 45 minutes (and very critical minutes with an injury like this). Following Brazil’s first gold medal won by a girl from an favela there have been some articles about the phenomena “favela”. The guardian has a nice, short video about this very controversial and difficult topic. On a lighter side you can watch Brazils gymnasts winning a totally surprising silver and bronze medal and how much they couldn’t believe it.
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 depressing material by people who not only know the favelas, but experience them every day.
About the financial situation of Rio de Janeiro (in the view from Maré):
Long-term effects of the serious lack of police in favelas (in the view from Rocinha)
Life surrounded by violence (in an overview article about the project):