As the Olympics Near, Brazil and Rio Let the Bad Times Roll

In 2009, when Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games — beating out Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago — Brazil was flying high. Although it had not escaped the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, it had suffered less economic damage, and come back more quickly, than other countries, including the United States. With the economy booming, the federal government felt so flush that its popular president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had instituted a series of expensive social programs that helped push millions of poor Brazilians toward a better life. The Economist magazine predicted that Brazil would soon be the world’s fifth-largest economy, leapfrogging Britain and France.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Most first-world people just don’t realize what a hell-hole the slums of Rio really are.
    Those municipal minded death-squads had better get cracking if they’re to make the 2016 Summer Olympiad a safe and wholesome destination.

    That really is a serious commitment by Brazil to putting their best foot forward that is totally in the spirit of the Olympic Games, when you think about it.

    Few countries are willing to send men armed with guns into their sewers and favelas in order to kill their surplus feral population just so the attendees at an international sporting event won’t have to get their throats slashed for their iPhones.
    Some fights just don’t have any good guys in them.

  • Maggat

    Glad I don’t live there. Check out the water tanks on the roof tops.

  • Dana Garcia

    Maybe the Rio games should have some special crime events, like tackling muggers or escaping muggers.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s going to be Heeeelarious.