Welcome To Hell

by Jeffrey P. Snider
Alhambra Partners

Whether or not the Olympics in Brazil go off without any serious difficulties is actually an open question. There have been some athletes refusing to attend due to concerns over the Zika virus, while police and firefighters greeted travelers flying into the country through Rio’s airport with a sign that said “Welcome to Hell.” There are rumors reported in the Portuguese news that the public health system is close to collapse, with no money to pay doctors and nurses as well as police and firefighters. With the eyes of the world nearly upon it, the nation of Brazil seems ready to show off instead what happens in an acute “dollar” shortage.

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