Trouble in Paradise: the ugly face of the Rio Olympics

The Olympics open this Friday under a cloud of corruption, alleged land grabs and citizen displacement

31st July, 2016
Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro with the Maracana stadium in the background

What’s in a name? When it comes to the sign outside the athletes’ village in Rio de Janeiro, everything. It reads ‘Ilha Pura’, meaning ‘Pure Island’ in Portuguese, and will be the moniker for the 3,600 upper-class apartments the accommodation will be turned into after the Olympics. With estimated price tags of more than €500,000 a pop, it’s in stark contrast to the minimum monthly wage here of €220. So its title, with strong and...

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