The Dark Side of Hosting the Olympics

The Dark Side of Hosting the Olympics

This summer, Los Angeles officials reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2028 Olympic Summer Games. For its trouble, the city hopes to generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues. However, over the past few decades,...
Brazilian Order and Progress

Brazilian Order and Progress

Every four years, Brazilians wrap themselves in their cheerful green, yellow, and blue flag emblazoned with the Portuguese words “ordem e progresso.” The slogan, which translates as “order and progress,” stretches across a puddle of stars....
A Climate of Extra Credit

A Climate of Extra Credit

Naturally, the World Cup is drawing attention to Brazil, the host nation and the tournament’s leading contender. But shortly before the soccer tournament began, two studies highlighted by National Geographic also called attention to South America’s biggest...
Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs

Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs

As Manuel, a Colombian farmer, showed me his peppercorn crops ravaged by the defoliant sprayed in a futile effort to kill his neighbor’s drug crops, he explained why the Drug War could never be won. No matter how much money or chemicals drug warriors threw at...
The Luxury Fortress in Your Future

The Luxury Fortress in Your Future

A dozen years ago, Brazil ranked as the world’s most unequal major nation. Brazil’s most affluent 10 percent were grabbing nearly 50 times more income, on average, than Brazil’s poorest tenth, over double the U.S. gap. Amid this intense inequality,...
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