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Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
With World Cup, Brazil shows its successes and shortcomings
With World Cup, Brazil shows its successes and shortcomings

When Brazil won the right to host soccer's World Cup, the idea was to show the world a new country, a welcoming and capable place that had made great strides in growing its economy and reducing inequality. Despite a few close calls, Brazil did manage to stage one of the world's premier sporting events. But image-building aside, the games also provided a good look at Brazil as it really is: a young democracy making strides on many fronts but still grappling with deep social problems and sparse services for its people. As the country puts the World Cup behind it, those tensions will play out this fall in a presidential campaign and then in preparations for another huge global...

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