The impact of mega events in Brazil

If you’re curious about the evolution of reactions within Brazil to the World Cup, this one’s for you.

My friend Nayana Fernandez who is a journalist at the Latin American Bureau and has written extensively on Brazil, has compiled a list of provocative articles covering the impact of the World Cup on Brazilian society and politics.

Latin American Bureau - indie media reporting on reporting from the viewpoint of the region’s poor and marginalised communities

Latin American Bureau – indie media reporting from the viewpoint of the region’s poor and marginalised communities

Naya’s reading list

Rio on Watch
Yellow Card campaign
Amnesty International
Survival International
Copa Pública (in Portuguese)


The Dark Side of Rio’s World Cup by Catalytic Communities and partners
Public Domain by Paêbiru Produções
Aldeia Maracanã by Nayana Fernandez
No I’m not going to the World Cup by Carla Daudén


Aldeia Maracanã marks 513 years of Indigenous Evictions in Brazil” by Nayana Fernandez (Mar 19, 2013)

Brazil: Indigenous Community Evicted as 2014’s World Cup Approaches” by Nayana Fernandez (April 2, 2013)

FIFA Beware! Journalist Teams Up with Brazil’s World Cup Victims” by Andrea Dip (May 31, 2013)

Uprising in Brazil: An Extraordinary Moment for Change” by Nayana Fernandez (June 25, 2013)

Why people are protesting against the World Cup” by Marina Amaral (June 26, 2013)

Brazilian football: Rich fans only, please” By Ciro Barros and Giulia Afiune (Aug 27, 2013)

The Never-Ending Eviction: Demolition, protest and police violence in a Rio favela” by Felicity Clarke (Jan 13, 2014)

Brazil: World Cup security locks in repression” by Raul Zibechi (April 8, 2014)

Força Nacional: Brazil’s New Praetorian Guard?” by Ciro Barros (May 2, 2014)

Brazil: Favela pacification at the heart of new violence” by Jordana Timerman (May 6, 2014)

Brazil: Why Is Blackwater helping to train the World Cup security squads?” by Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff (May 9, 2104)

A Brazilian Street Artist Has Created the World Cup’s First Viral Image by Jeremy Stahl (May 20, 2014)

World Cup 2014: 22 Staggering Images Of Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes Taking On The Riot Police With Bows And Arrows” by Jessica Elgot (May 28, 2014)

Drought fuels World Cup blackouts fear” by Kieran Cooke (May29, 2014)

Beautiful Game – Deep in the Brazilian Jungle, Villages Host Their Own World Cup” by John Lyons (May 30, 2014)

Brazil’s poor stage an alternative World Cup” by Elisabeth Gorman (June 3, 2014)

Check out in London (UK):

Manifest-Action Brazil‘ a photography exhibition about the violations of human rights in Brazil, at the Amnesty International UK in London from 9 June – 14 July 2014 – Launch event June 16 with films screening and round table discussion.

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