World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

Jun 30, 2014

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

| Jun 28, 2014

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

When the last U.S. ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic Naval Base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of Amerasians fathered ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom’s domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving ...

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

Jun 16, 2014

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig both treated themselves to new cars. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments. A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker Corp., announced ...

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

Jun 11, 2014

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

A majority of “rumors” swirling in Beijing target government officials and the rich, state-run media said on Wednesday, underscoring popular resentment at society’s “haves” amidst deepening inequality in China. “About 64 percent of the rumor samples in the research involved hatred of officials, 58 ...

Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

May 25, 2014

Soccer's crown jewel can't hide Brazil tensions

by David Goldblatt

Brazil, by both area and population, is the fifth-largest nation on Earth. Its economy is perhaps the sixth- or seventh-largest and will soon surpass those of France and Britain. Yet this great state has barely registered its presence globally. In the complex flux of ...

May 19, 2014

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, the Atlantic beach destination of Natal was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. A nationwide economic boom was transforming the once-sleepy backwater into a fast-growing city typical of the new ...

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

May 19, 2014

Brazilians face broken World Cup promises

When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, the Atlantic beach destination of Natal was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off. A nationwide economic boom was transforming the once-sleepy backwater into a fast-growing city typical of the new ...