The 10 athletes competing without a flag or anthem at the Rio Olympics are challenging conceptions of nationalism, as well as reminding the world that the growing refugee crisis must be addressed.
Like most global sporting events, the international games divert us from the real work of solving societal ills, channel far too many resources away from human needs and amplify nationalist fervor and existing divides.
From his jungle abode overrun with animals high above Rio de Janeiro, the crusading journalist spoke with New York Times columnist David Carr about experimenting with his new reporting enterprise, public distrust of its money-soaked patron and the need for strong points of view in the news.
As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the "corporations are people" argument to the test. These discoveries and more after the jump.
People protesting corruption, poor public services and a corresponding heavy tax burden disrupted a Rio de Janeiro military parade Saturday celebrating Brazil's independence day. Five people were injured and 10 were arrested in the clash.
A few-cent rise in public transportation prices led to protests Monday across Brazil involving more than 100,000 people angered over heavy-handed policing, poor public services and high costs for the World Cup.