It is tempting to liken this week’s surprising protests in Brazil, which have attracted huge crowds in the country’s biggest cities, to another movement a couple of years ago in the Northern Hemisphere. But there are important differences between Brazil’s unrest and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
More than a hundred people were arrested and dozens wounded as police in Sao Paulo clashed with activists last night in the latest and most rowdy in a rising tide of protests against bus fare increases in Brazil.
Ziyavudin Magomedov became a billionaire with the help of state contracts during the ascent of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, whose deputy was the businessman’s college friend. Now Medvedev is down, Vladimir Putin is up, and Magomedov’s fortunes are waning.
Monica Piaia’s catering company in downtown Cuiaba, the capital of the Brazilian grain-belt state of Mato Grosso, is doing so well that she has tripled her staff and acquired a third building since 2010 to handle a sixfold increase in demand.
Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc., the operator of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and London’s O2 arena, teamed up with billionaire Eike Batista and Brazil’s largest construction company to run Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium for 35 years.
The University of Kansas became the second-favorite to win next season’s college basketball men’s championship with the addition of Andrew Wiggins, the top-rated high school recruit in North America, oddsmakers said.
The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon show little of the evil genius displayed on Sept. 11, 2001, only diabolical fiendishness. But the bombings occurred at a place, near the finish line, and a time, four hours after the race began, when crowds would be dense.