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Dave Zirin author of the new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy explains why Brazilians are protesting against the World Cup, the unique style of Brazilian style, the growth of the moment against FIFA and the world cup in Brazil, FIFA as “invisible dictators”, celebration capitalism and shock capitalism, how the World Cup is destroying the relationship between Brazilians and Soccer, the anti working class and anti civil liberties measures pushed through ahead of the World Cup, how protests against the World Cup have become more radical, wildcat strikes and direct action, the power of Pele speaking out against the World Cup and the standing in solidarity with Brazilians as they protest neo-liberalism during the cup.

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Chuffererd says:

More discussion on #FIFA corruption and crimes. Next Qatar where they have
murdered 4000 migrant slaves to build #FIFA stadiums. How is this
different than just machine gunning them down in those same stadiums?

Daniel Tibirisa says:

I can somewhat forgive this guy for not being aware of the fact that Brazil
did indeed have an (actually several) armed revolution against Portuguese
rule, since most Brazilians are also unaware of this fact, but really, if
you are going to come here and do a study on our culture you might actually
try reading a bit more deeply about our history rather than just take the
standard historical cliches and just run with them. Also, Brazil was
involved in a major war that happened around the same time as the American
Civil War and it also had a huge impact on the formation of our national
identity *and* was an important factor in the eventual abolition of slavery
further down the line. That was the Paraguayan War of 1865-70. So please,
do a little bit more research.

Anyway, to say that Brazil’s self-identity was built around soccer is
somewhat reductionist and kind of demeaning. Not to say that it isn’t an
important element in our culture, and that we are not proud of the fact
that Brazilian soccer has come to be seen as an art, but it would be
comparable to saying that France’s self identity is based on French
cuisine.

Rockn Outt says:

When Sam says “FAI FA” it just makes him look unbelievably out of touch
haha

sannan khan says:

aslkm my dear friends

armanrei says:

@ 21:08

“It’s so weird because for some reason the Olympics still hold on to this
notion that they can only be in one city in a country”

Completely untrue, during the London Olympics there were some events held
up here in Glasgow. Some were even held in Cardiff if I recall correctly. 

The Lakers Showtime says:

“FAI FA” – kinda like Europeans saying “N-Ha-L” for NHL. 

cheezus says:

Literally the only person on earth who cant pronounce FIFA correctly. I
think it’s safe to say Sam doesn’t watch soccer or play video games.

kOwl poet says:

That way I expected Everywhere Soccer (Football) 

luchpockets says:

Great show

PolakFury says:

I like Football

mars Cubed says:

There was/is a documentary on BBC ATM.. (still up on the BBC site,
although unfortunately it will be locked to many unless accessed through a
UK IP), which examined the areas around the stadia in Brazil.

It did so from the perspective of the favelas (sprawling slum areas) and
looking in particular at child prostitution.. which is rampant in Brazil
ATM.
It painted a grim picture of extreme poverty.. people living in conditions
of no sanitation, zero security, endemic hard drug use, gang violence and
exploitation.. all in the shadow of enormous new Soccer facilities, which
stand in such contrast to their impoverished surroundings, that they almost
appear to have been transplanted in from another world., which in some
sense they were.. standing as they do in the midst of 3rd world indigence.

Apparently the cost of the stadiums is only a small fraction of the budget
for social improvement.. however the stadiums have become a symbol of
dissatisfaction at the direction Brazil is taking, highlighting the sense
of alienation, dire financial misery and intense desire for social justice.
The protests against football tournament spending, come on the back of
other demands, such as demands for access to education, healthcare,
housing..

The Workers’ Party are the privatizers in Brazilian politics.
The Social Democratic Party are the international private market faction,
and even more fiercely neoLiberal/conservative.

It gives one a sense of how the much of the population must feel as though
they are trapped between a rock and a hard place.
Parties to the left of the current Political establishment also exist,
including strong Trotskyist and genuine worker’s rank and file
organizations which are breaking through.
Sadly, I am no expert on Brazil.. most of the above is gleamed from looking
into it’s politics recently.
However the left in general appears to be growing ATM, gaining seats in
Govt and the Senate.
But just as everywhere else.. what happens will depend more on regular
people organizing, uniting and pushing for change in the streets, than it
does from speeches in the corridors of power. 

sunyavadin says:

The hell is a “Faiyfa”?

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