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World in Brazil
What is the social side of La Copa? Victoria Livingston writes about social inequality for Fair Observer, concluding that the current mood in Brazil is "one of apprehension and frustration. " With the elimination of Spain in the group stage, and England's in the air, we recommend you to read this TIME article focusing on the historical World Cup upsets. Just think of North Korea in 1966 of Cameroon in 1990... Who are the new "underdogs"? In South Africa four years ago, many complained about the actual football that was used ("Jabulani), but this time, it seems that Adidas prepared the best ball to date, writes the Economist.
Getting to Brazil by airplane is the most viable option for the football travelers. In this BBC report, read and watch about the enthusiasm that was surrounding the flying experience a couple of decades ago, Frank Sinatra, and what it meant to be part of the "jet set".
Spanish national team might have lost the two games in Brazil, but Spain has got a new king, Felipe VI, this week. Read more about opportunities and hurdles for the new ruler of Spain in this the Economist article.
Guns and butter - but this time we deal with the former. For the first time since the 16th century, the combined military spending in Asia overcame that of Europe. Listen to the podcast by IFRI, a prominent French think tank. Here you can learn about the state of the nuclear forces in the world, in a report issued by SIPRI, a think tank from Stockholm. Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - a topic which causes concern and confusion at the same time. In this New York Times article read about the origin of this group (and its name) which unsettled the security dynamics in the Middle East.
Our regular readers have heard about Thomas Piketty by now. This French economist has so far established himself both as a household name and a subject of great public debate. Here is the podcast of Piketty's public lecture organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on June 16th. Stay tuned for the debate on capitalism and inequality in the 21st century.
Let us know how is your reading in the comments section below. Welcome are also the discussions on the World Cup!