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World Cup 2014: Denying rumours with actual facts

Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. News agencies report that the government is negotiating with those organizations protesting the World Cup regarding their grievances to minimize the disruption to the sporting event. Investigations are also underway regarding police violence against protestors, Vermelho reports. (Xinhua)

2014 FIFA World CupOver the last months, the Dilma Rousseff administration and the Workers’ Party (PT) have been the target of a massive campaign in the media and the social networks against the hosting of the World Cup. Criticisms can always improve any given project, yet what we are witnessing in Brazil, now with international repercussions, is a pessimism and disinformation campaign led by the opposition, with critical support from the big media, in an attempt to undermine the government. This campaign makes use of fair claims made by the population for improvement in public services for the purpose of promoting a rhetoric hinged on the inefficiency of the State and public spending. It also seeks to separate the holding of the Cup from the federal government, simultaneously criticizing it yet mobilizing pro-Cup feelings to boost big business profits. Our international friends in sectors of the left have shown concern over news of the potential passage of legislation that would favor crackdowns on protests and social movements, in light of the 2013 demonstrations. Given this major disinformation campaign, we would like to share some facts with our friendly foreign parties.

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Indigenous boy protests on pitch during World Cup opening ceremony

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading 'Demarcation Now!' at the World Cup's opening ceremony.

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ at the World Cup’s opening ceremony | Luiz Pires/CGY

2014 FIFA World Cup(June 16) – One of the three Brazilian children who released white doves during the World Cup opening ceremony used the occasion to demand recognition of Indian land rights – but his protest was censored byFIFA.

Immediately after releasing a white dove, Jeguaká Mirim, an indigenous Guarani boy, held up a red banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ But his courageous protest was not broadcast, as the TV cameras swiftly cut away.

Jeguaká’s father, Guarani author Olívio Jekupe, said that the act “showed the world that we are not standing still… My son showed the world what we need the most: the demarcation of our lands.” Continue reading

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Ecology, music and football

Itaquerao Stadium. “The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football," the show's artistic director, Daphne Cornez, told FIFA | AP

Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo. “The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,” the show’s artistic director, Daphne Cornez, told FIFA | AP

Simple and speech-free was the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 on the pitch of the Sao Paulo stadium this Thursday. The opening ceremony, the shortest in history of the event, was brimming with ecology, music and football.

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Eduardo Galeano, the World Cup and the corporatization of soccer

2014 FIFA World Cup[Introduction from TomDispatch] Over the next few weeks, we will see all that is beautiful and all that is damned in soccer at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Hundreds of millions will swoon at the sight of the gods of the global game — Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, Italy’s Andrea Pirlo, England’s Wayne Rooney — plying their exquisite trade across the newly built or expensively refurbished stadiums on which Brazil, according to the Wall Street Journal, has spent $3.6 billion over the last few years. Continue reading

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Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

2014 FIFA World CupPress TV has conducted an interview with Harry Brown, an author and lecturer at the School of Media, Institute of Technology, in Dublin, about mass demonstrations in Brazil against the Copa de mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014 2014 FIFA World Cup. This will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview, which however forms only part of an interesting discussion with a number of other guests. For the full video discussion, click here: Elites use World Cup to solidify power: Analyst

Press TV: The game of soccer, or football depending on where you live, has turned into this multi-billion dollar business, from the millions and more recently the tens of millions that are being paid to their players in terms of their salaries. Has money affected this sport? Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic spirit

”The Olympics are like the heralding of another possible world, the world of solidarity, in which humanity will live together like one great family.” The distinguished Brazilian writer, FREI BETTO, argues for a human-centred Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, which would demonstrate how the Brazilian people are assured of the basic rights of human beings such as food, health and education. Continue reading

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Legacies: Lives lived / past progressive – Doctor Sócrates

Remembering Doctor Sócrates, who made the game beautiful

Corinthians fans held a banner that read “Socrates, rest in peace” before a match against Palmeiras in Brazil (Nacho Doce/Reuters)


BRASILIA (December 8, 2011) — A MOMENT of silence was observed in all of Brazil’s soccer stadiums, accompanied by much applause, during the last day of the National Football Championship in memory of the former player and doctor Sócrates, who died during the early hours on December 4 at 57 years of age, as a result of an intestinal infection. Players on the Corinthians team from São Paulo dedicated their fifth title to him with their right fists raised, just as he celebrated his goals as the celebrated captain of the national team during the World Cups of Spain ‘82 and Mexico ‘86. Continue reading

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