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Who needs the World Cup anyway?

Very few people trust my intentions when I tell them that I will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer to learn Portuguese, at the very same time that Brazil will be hosting the World Cup. They put air-quotes around words like «research» and «language classes», assuming that I

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Sports and Politics on Display Again

As Brazil prepares to host two of the world’s largest sporting extravaganzas, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup has already offered a preview of what we may see over the next few years as the country takes its place in the global spotlight.

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