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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The Olympics

Rio de Janeiro’s Forgotten Legacy of Slavery Shadows the Olympics
While many public records about the extent of slavery have been destroyed, the past—with which Brazil has never truly reckoned—cannot easily be forgotten
As the soft glow of the sun began to rise over the piazza at the heart of thiscity’s Olympic celebrations, the statue of the Viscount of Mauá, from whom this square takes its name, silhouettes against the amber sky. The Olympic flame will soon be burning nearby. An extravagant Museum of Tomorrow, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, juts out into Guanabara Bay, while a gleaming Olympic Boulevard stands as the centerpiece of Rio’s redeveloped port./.../

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