Our comrade Andalusia was in Brasil, for many weeks, reporting on the demonstrations around the World Cup. Here are some links to a few videos & radio clips she produced about housing and labor issues related to the World Cup as well as a review of Dave Zirin’s great new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil.
Soccers Hidden Cost
From Upside Down World
Reviewed: Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Fight for Democracy by Dave Zirin, (Haymarket Books, May, 2014).
A piece of street art, depicting a crying boy with a plate that holds a soccer ball in place of food has gone viral, exposing Brazil’s popular discontent with the World Cup. While the mural was painted after sports commentator Dave Zirin wrote his latest book Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Fight for Democracy, the book contains an explanation of the image’s volatile history. In Brazil’s Dance with the Devil, Zirin peels back the colorful FIFA curtain of publicity that currently blankets sporting sites across the globe to reveal the repression, deaths, displacement and corruption that paved the way to the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics to follow.
Read the rest at Upside Down World
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