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Now that the dust has settled: 7-1 and beyond

  Nothing felt right the day of the game. After weeks of clear and sunny skies, an ominously dark cloud had extend its way over Rio de Janeiro. Everyone was trying to fake optimism in the wake of Neymar’s injury. Maybe because relatively few German fans made it to Rio before

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Soccer and Solidarity

It has been delightful traveling through Mexico and Central America during the World Cup. I normally don’t follow soccer, although it has been impossible not to do so during the last month. The one element that has completely surprised me has been the dedicated regional solidarity with Latin American teams.

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The «Chic» Favela

As I continued to ruminate on my experiences in the “The ‘Eco-Favela’” and watch the World Cup, I traveled from Brazil back to my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan and then on to Europe, stopping to visit friends in Paris before I present at a conference in London.

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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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