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´Peoples´ Cup´ camp pressures
Brazil ahead of World Cup

CNN, by Shasta Darlington

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/11/2014 6:55:41 AM

Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Almost overnight, a patchwork of plastic tents appeared on an empty piece of land less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the World Cup stadium as a show of force from Sao Paulo´s working poor. In a matter of weeks, more than 3,000 families joined the squatters settlement known as the "People´s Cup," hoping to use the global sporting event as a platform to pressure the government to provide low-income housing. On a recent morning, Jucilene de Oliveira was working in the communal kitchen -- a lean-to made from plastic tarps and plywood -- preparing lunch

      


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´Peoples´ Cup´ camp pressures
Brazil ahead of World Cup
CNN, by Shasta Darlington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/11/2014 6:55:41 AM     Post Reply
Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Almost overnight, a patchwork of plastic tents appeared on an empty piece of land less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the World Cup stadium as a show of force from Sao Paulo´s working poor. In a matter of weeks, more than 3,000 families joined the squatters settlement known as the "People´s Cup," hoping to use the global sporting event as a platform to pressure the government to provide low-income housing. On a recent morning, Jucilene de Oliveira was working in the communal kitchen -- a lean-to made from plastic tarps and plywood -- preparing lunch

   

 

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There’s trouble when too much showbiz sneaks into politics. Entertainment and shrill trappings often trumps even simple truths before distracted voters; valuable and authentic moments can get lost in the manufactured hubbub. The situation is fraught with peril for politicians and presidential hopefuls scrambling to establish their “brand”. Hillary Clinton’s monumental return to public radar is a test case. The public isn’t completely overwhelmed quite yet. Why, even a new poll of Democrats reveals that only a quarter of them say she should run for president “unopposed”. Meanwhile, the Mrs. Clinton’s massive marketing caravan is on the move. She has a new

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