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New York Times gets involved in Rio Olympics Games catastrophe controversy

Monday, July 4th 2016 - 09:45 UTC
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The Times’ opinion page article titled “Brazil’s Olympic catastrophe” cast a harsh light on what can be expected in August The Times’ opinion page article titled “Brazil’s Olympic catastrophe” cast a harsh light on what can be expected in August
“It’s official: The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster,” began the article by Vanessa Barbara, a columnist for Brazil’s Estado de Sao Paulo daily “It’s official: The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster,” began the article by Vanessa Barbara, a columnist for Brazil’s Estado de Sao Paulo daily
Paes tweeted about Barbara’s article, which was published Friday. “She writes a pile of untruths on what she read on social media.” Paes tweeted about Barbara’s article, which was published Friday. “She writes a pile of untruths on what she read on social media.”

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor lashed out Sunday at an opinion piece in The New York Times which warned of “catastrophe” at next month’s Olympic Games.

 Mayor Eduardo Paes is on the defensive a month before the August 5 opening ceremony. Crime is on the rise, Rio state needs an emergency bailout to pay police salaries and hospitals, and a poll Sunday found nearly a third of local residents predict failure for the first Games staged in South America.

Paes, who this weekend also complained about the state government’s performance and a lack of “leadership” in the police, next turned his ire on the most influential US newspaper.

The Times’ opinion page article titled “Brazil’s Olympic catastrophe” cast a harsh light on what the journalist described as incomplete and unsafe venues, as well as fears over spread of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus.

“It’s official: The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster,” began the article by Vanessa Barbara, a columnist for Brazil’s Estado de Sao Paulo daily and a Times contributor.

“Lamentable”, Paes tweeted about Barbara’s article, which was published Friday. “She writes a pile of untruths on what she read on social media.”

Reflecting longstanding rivalry between Brazil’s two biggest cities, Paes noted that Barbara was not a Rio native. She’s “from Sao Paulo, without an idea of what’s going on,” he tweeted.

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  • Conqueror

    And Guanabara Bay is totally safe for human use, is it?

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 10:05 am 0
  • :o))

    Hosting of Olympics and the granting of the hosting by the committee is merely a farce!

    It mainly is for the “Give & Take” under the table [or across the offshore compainies] amongst those who are in High-Places.

    Sadly and shamefully; it is the least about promoting sports and athleticism.

    Capiche?

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 10:20 am 0
  • The Major

    Anyone going to the Brazil olympics want their head examining. I would not go there if someone paid a first class flight and put me up in a five star hotel for free

    Jul 04th, 2016 - 03:36 pm 0
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