A worker pulls a storage bin in the Olympic Park a day after the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
Paulo Prada, Reuters: With Games gone, hard reality sets in for Brazil
Until now, people in Brazil had something to look forward to.
Despite deep recession, a presidential impeachment, and a corruption scandal ensnaring the political and corporate elite, the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro shone on the horizon like a sliver of light from a sunnier era, when Brazil appeared to have its act together.
But that was extinguished with the Olympic flame at Sunday's rainy closing ceremony. Now, Latin America's largest country, its dreams shattered, once again finds itself falling far short of its economic and political potential.
"There is nothing left to disguise the hard reality that we now face," says Roberto Romano, a philosopher, author and commentator on Brazilian society. "This grandiose idea that many believed in until recently has nothing to support it anymore."
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 22, 2016
In Syria, Russia and the United States fight for the Middle East -- Peter Apps, Reuters
Russian Bombers in Iran Are a Symbol, Not a Strategy -- Mark Katz, National Interest
Analysis: Turkey’s potentially momentous shift on Assad -- Dan Perry and Zeina Karam, AP
Why the Ayatollah Thinks He Won -- Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal
Saudis expect little from next US leader -- Bruce Reidel, Al-Monitor
The Syria "What If" That May Haunt Obama -- W. Robert Pearson, Real Clear World
Putin's ever-shrinking circle shows a return to Soviet politics -- William E. Pomeranz, Reuters
Vladimir Putin’s Plan Trumps Obama’s Scolding -- Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report
U.S. Searches For New Venezuela Strategy As Maduro Hangs On -- Franco Ordonez, Miami Herald
There’s one group of minority immigrants in the US that is surprisingly pro-Trump -- Renuka Rayasam, Quartz
Who Would Work for Trump? -- Joe Gould, Defense News
Making Sense of Trump and His National Security Critics -- Rebecca Gordon, Tom Dispatch
A Clinton Win Means An Expanded War in Syria -- Daniel Larison, American Conservative
Is Obama’s Drone War Moral? -- Matt Peterson, The Atlantic
Obama Unlikely to Change U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy -- Michael Knigge, Real Clear World/DW