On Strikes, Cops, Bribes and A Comically Grotesque FIFA

On Strikes, Cops, Bribes and A Comically Grotesque FIFA

Two days before the start of Brazil's $14 billion World Cup, this is happening: Subway workers have voted to continue "indefinitely" a strike that has crippled São Paulo; street protests by thousands of homeless citizens, indigenous peoples and many others are ongoing, as is escalating police violence, including rubber bullets and tear gas, against them; the anti-World-Cup Twitter hashtag #NoVoyABrasilPorque ("I am not going to Brazil because")  savaging the screwed-up priorities behind the games is trending worldwide; and FIFA head Sepp Blatter has blasted as "destroyers" critics of the bizarre decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, where temperatures reach 120 degrees - a decision reportedly reached thanks to millions of dollars in Qatari bribes. The World Cup is like sausage, says John Oliver: You don't wanna know how either's made.

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