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Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

As the tourists head to the airport,a chastened Brazil is left to pick up the pieces. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Brazil loses the Cup, loses hope, loses everything

It’s a very bleak day in Brazil, with the country’s World Cup hopes smashed by Germany. Django Merope Synge reports on the mop-up in Rio.

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Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind — and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey’s man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

The sunburnt, drunk tourists of the World Cup are having the time of their lives. But they’re certainly not seeing the real Brazil. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

The World Cup starts in just a few months. But Dan Moss, an Australian freelance journalist in Cuiaba, says Brazil is nowhere near ready to host the showcase of the world game.

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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

Think you’re hearing more Spanish on George Street? You’re not imagining things — the number of Latin American students studying in Australia is soaring. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras looks at why.

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Notes from the Brazilian spring: it’s about more than bus fares

It started about the cost of bus fares — but the Brazilian spring has morphed into something much bigger. Brazilian-Australian journalist Naiara Carrillo explains why they’re revolting, and points to early successes.

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Global Post | LINKS|

Brazil’s biggest slum no longer under drug cartel control

It took 3000 members of Brazil’s security forces to take control back of the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janiero from drug cartels. The favela “pacification” is part of preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

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WikiLeaks update: defying Bush, Brazil backed Criminal Court in 04-05

More from Brazil in today’s Wikileaks cables dump, with the South American nation’s strong support for the International Criminal Court (defying George W. Bush) documented in 2004-05. Luke Miller reports.

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Boston Globe | LINKS|

Brazil’s deadly favela drug war

Last week a war broke out in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Watch as the Brazilian police force arrive with tanks and guns and battle drug traffickers armed with automatic weapons, while journalists and citizens hide behind houses and try to escape.

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Green swing joins the samba as a favourite in Brazil

The new wave of female political leaders is not the only coincidence to come out of the samba-loving Brazil, says freelance writer Leo Codutti.

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When democracy smiles at me, I go to Rio

The biggest general election of 2010 takes place on Sunday when Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country, elects its new president, congress, governors and state legislatures. Democracy works well in Brazil.

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Why inflation sucks in France

When you are in too much of a hurry to get the words out, things can go wrong as the former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati found to the amusement of many watchers of political television interviews this week.

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Economist | ECONOMY|

Can Brazil become a major economy?

In 2001 Goldman Sachs contentiously listed Brazil as one of the world’s largest emerging economies. This analysis of four key areas - commodities, petroleum, demography and urbanisation - shows why Sachs’ claim wasn’t far off the mark.

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Google | ONLINE|

Google maps government censorship requests around the world

Google reveals — via Google Maps, naturally — the number requests to censor content received from governments worldwide, in six months alone. Brazil tops the list, though a big red question mark still hangs over China.

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Letter from…Rio de Janeiro: a streetcar named Desire

The bright lights of Rio make it feel like you’re living in a permanent fast lane with no drop-off zone in sight, writes Grant Doyle.

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Foreign Policy | JOURNALISM|

The biggest stories you didn’t read about in 2009

Foreign Policy looks at ten huge stories that that flew under the global media’s radar in 2009, like China’s suspicious naval deal with Brazil, America’s role in Uganda’s civil war and Russia’s role in the murder of Chechens around the world.

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World Politics Review | ENVIRONMENT|

The Amazon: one jungle, many interests

Amazonian countries are meeting today to establish a mutual negotiating position for Copenhagen. But from Columbia to Brazil to Venezuela, each country has its own interests to protect — and they aren’t always ones that put the environment first.

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Slate | ENVIRONMENT|

How saving the Amazon went out of fashion

Time was, you couldn’t turn on a TV or open a magazine without seeing some do-gooder celebrity ranting about the Amazon rainforest. So why don’t we hear about it anymore? Did we save it? Er, no, says Brendan Borrell, but the issue is about to become fashionable again.

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Political economy: Rate hike didn’t go far enough

If a 3% interest rate is “imprudent:, 3.25% is hardly prudent. Why the Reserve bank did not hike by 50 points last month is difficult to fathom, writes Henry Thornton.

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In tourism, even libel can be a world away

Libel tourism has been catapulted into the headlines after aviation writer Joe Sharkey was served a writ for defamatory statements he says he didn’t make in Brazil after surviving a mid-air collision in 2006.

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The Economic Times | ECONOMY|

Does hosting the Olympics pay off?

Olympic host cities are usually lucky to even break even on the net cost of hosting the Games. But there are some unmeasured financial boons for staging such “mega events”, as seen with the huge surge in Brazilian stock prices yesterday.

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The Field | THE REST|

Brazil puts the heat on Honduras

The ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has returned and is in hiding, while the coup continues and the world’s media misreports events. It’s no wonder free elections are impossible.

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The Independent | THE REST|

Honduras in crisis: riots and a smuggled President

In a move sure to grab the attention of world leaders at the UN summit, the deposed president of Honduras has made a dramatic return to his homeland after months in exile.

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