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40 years ago under Kennedy, Brazil also had a populist president … At that time the Kennedy administration organised a military coup … It had a domino effect throughout the continent. Noam Chomsky, lecture Merrimack College, ‘The Onslaught Against Freedom and Democracy Led by the Bush Administration Reactionaries;
The Brazilian Health ministry estimated that hundreds of thousands of children die of hunger every year. Noam Chomsky
Over here the gringos go down pretty well – they like the blue eyes. Ronnie Biggs, Great Train robber
The weather is glorious, the opportunities are marvellous and the natives are friendly. Ronnie Biggs
Don’t ask me what a typical Brazilian is because I don’t know what a typical Brazilian is. But Romario was a typical Brazilian. Bobby Robson
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro violent drug gangs operate with impunity with no regard for human life. Now after decades of chaos Brazilian authorities are attempting to restore order. They are using military-like force. And a new approach to policing. This bold offensive is referred to as pacification. But will it work, and can it work in time? Rio is racing against the clock as both the World Cup and the Olympics come to town. Vanguard: Gang Wars in Rio
After the war Franz Stangl found refuge in Brazil. He made a comfortable life for his wife and three daughters. Nazi Hunters: Stangl & Wagner, PBS 2010
Brazil: the new regime tortured 50,000 people. Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States VII: Johnson, Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune, Showtime 2012
Do you have blacks too? George Bush to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington DC 8th November 2001
As it is for the good of all and the general happiness of the nation, I am ready and willing. Tell the people I’m staying. Pedro I
Brazil – they’re so good it’s like they are running round the pitch playing with themselves. John Motson
Nearly all the Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts – it’s a fabulous kaleidoscope of colour. John Motson
Brazil has rediscovered itself, and this rediscovery is being expressed in its people’s enthusiasm and their desire to mobilize to face the huge problems that lie ahead of us. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Look at me and tell me if I don’t have Brazil in every curve of my body. Carmen Miranda
If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my children, I would be burning the rain forest too. Sting, International Herald Tribune 14th April 1989
A big hairy monster ... The Mapinguari, as he is known in Brazil, is said to live deep in the Amazonian jungle where according to hundreds if not thousands of eye witness reports he ferociously defends his territory and sends shivers down the spines of locals. Destination Truth s2e5, Skyfy 2008
The New York Times ran a feature on the creature last year. ibid.
A six-foot-tall sloth-like animal with reddish fur that can stand on two legs. ibid.
Josh travels to South America following reports of giant anacondas slithering in the jungles of Brazil. Destination Truth s2e6
Sightings of the giant anaconda date back hundreds of years but no scientific evidence of the creature has ever been found. ibid.
Welcome to Rio ... and perfectly waxed bodies on the beach ... The real heart of the city is here - Rio's famous favelas ... Welcome to Rio, BBC 2014
Rio has more than a thousand favelas. ibid.
Massive illegal street parties. ibid.
One hundred friendly eyes watch our children play on the streets. We don't even need to lock our houses. ibid.
We embrace change ... We have satellite TV. ibid.
The favelas belong to us: we’ve created our own way of life. Free from government interference. Where opportunities can be seized and people dare to be different. Now we’re locked in a battle to preserve our way of life. Welcome to Brazil II: War
In the months leading up to Pacification, the police put drug traffickers under pressure with more and more frequent raids. ibid.
Most of us won’t see our 50th birthday. ibid.
One in five of us live in parts of the city you tourists will never know – Rio’s famous favelas. These gang-run shanty towns are dotted all across our marvelous city. Welcome to Rio III: Ingenuity
Famously sexy yet deeply religious ... We’re having a little tidy-up. ibid.
The Dump isn’t the only victim of Rio’s clean-up operation ... They have reduced guns and crime on the streets, but Rio’s police are real party-poopers. ibid.
You get to see pretty ladies on the beach. Pure joy! ibid. beach-panner
Life on a landfill. ibid.
Seven of them squashed together in the shack. ibid.
Brazil: the largest country in South America. Home to the world’s greatest rainforest, to the biggest river system, famous for its sun, sea and samba. Today, it’s one of the world's fastest growing economies. Seven Wonders of Brazil, BBC 2014
When the Portuguese came to Brazil they wanted to exploit this country for its natural resources. ibid.
Our final wonder of Brazil – the Carnival. ibid.
Tourists are the number one target … The change that I got from my taxi is fake money. Scam City s1e1: Buenos Aires, 2012
A problem is counterfeit money … This fake money is everywhere I turn. ibid.
Pickpocketing has been raised to a fine art. ibid.
‘Here in Argentina it is known as Burundanga; it’s a drug that has an immediate effect.’ ibid. bird in hotel room
Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. Scam City s1e3: Rio de Janeiro
65,636. Carnival: everyone looks suspicious – I am trapped. ibid.
China’s incredible hunger for resources threatens the world’s largest rain forest. Justin Rowlatt, The Chinese Are Coming 2/2, BBC 2011
In the home of the bikini cheap Chinese imports have flooded the market. ibid.
Many more children, forced onto the streets to support their families, are being beaten and tortured by the police. Reuters report
95,631. The favelas of Rio and other major cities mix extreme poverty with drugs, guns and violence – sometimes less than a mile from the most fabulous dwellings overlooking the beaches of Ipanema or Copacabana. ibid.
Sao Paulo has eclipsed Rio, becoming the great epicentre both of Brazil's crazed spurt of economic growth and the uncontrollable rise of its organised crime. ibid.
Surrounding this urban vortex lies a network of prisons that are among the most overcrowded in the world. The conditions for the prisoners are atrocious and there exists a permanent state of low-level warfare among inmates, and between inmates and the warders. ibid.
A tale of a country whose people are deeply proud of their achievements and viscerally angry about the injustice and corruption encountered daily. ibid.
This commercial anti-Americanism helps to sustain popular support for the trade in illicit goods. ibid.
In Brazil 43% of the infant population dies of hunger. The Hour of the Furnaces ***** 1968