The Zika scare is not just a medical issue in Brazil, but an economic one. Organizers are worried the scare will keep tourists away from the Rio carnival, crucial for the country's battered economy.
The Rio Olympics were a breeding ground for corruption that left behind crumbling mega-projects. But they also emboldened locals to organize and raise their voices against Brazil's plutocracy, Andrew Purcell reports.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
It is home to the largest rainforest in the world. It has miles of sandy, deserted beaches, and stunning flat-topped mountains. It invented samba and a drink called caipirinha. So why does Brazil have so few tourists?
Brazil's world-famous Carnival has commenced across the country, drawing thousands to the streets. But this year's celebration also comes amid a recession and fears of a crime surge.
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