A few years ago, a substantial majority of Brazilians supported holding the World Cup in their country. By last May, the share had declined to half - astoundingly low for some of the world's most enthusiastic soccer fans - with small but strident protests persisting across the country. The President's opponents want the protests to disrupt the games, damaging Brazil's international image; some are even hoping for Brazil's team to lose.
Let's also shine the light on a very successful program operating in Brazil, one that is a model for other nations. Brazil's school feeding program is part of a series of initiatives that have dramatically reduced hunger and malnutrition.
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Symbols can be valuable tools, but when Fuleco is facing a sudden death match against habitat loss -- in a region with a deforestation rate of 0.7 percent a year, one of the highest in the world -- money talks.
A draw for the USA gets them into the knockout Round of 16. A win gets them the second placed team in Group H, thus probably avoiding dark horses Belgium.
Confeitaria Colombo was one of my first stops when I got to Rio... the Queen of England ate here, so I figured if it was good enough for her, it had to be great for me!
Regardless of your feelings about his playing style, Suarez will be remembered not for the 31 goals he scored in 33 Premier League games last season, but for his maddening penchant for biting opponents. I think we can all agree that's a shame.
Seriously: Rio makes L.A. look uptight. Come prepared to bare it all. This isn't a town that likes to cover up. This means you should leave your inhibitions home, too.
It's 110 degrees in the desert. Driving, I stare out at the desolate, barren landscape thinking this is how I feel -- after Italy's game against Uru...
Why do Latins win at Jeitinho? Maybe it's a by-product of Catholic rebellion, maybe it's the fresh memory of military governments and the urge to be free, maybe it's the heat, but whatever it is, the English and Americans should wake up to it.
Italy has the right to feel aggrieved. It remains to be seen if FIFA bans Suárez from the rest of the tournament or chooses to stick its head into the sand.
Fan Fest are official FIFA spaces where the public can watch games. The crowds were massive and while there was expected to be a large demonstration against the World Cup, it never materialized.
Paul was an English-born octopus who led a relatively sedate aquatic life in an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, until he became an instant worldwide celebrity when he started correctly and consecutively predicting the outcome of all of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches.
I love the seafood in Rio and wanted to go straight to the source for my next meal -- the ocean!
If Sunday's enthralling USA vs Portugal game didn't blow you out of your seat, hello, please check your pulse!
Sugarloaf Mountain is well known for having some of the most amazing views of Rio. I had to check it out for myself, so I took my Univision crew up to the top and I couldn't believe the views!