Opinion: The Fear in Brazil

Brazil faces new “lost decade” after taking two steps forward, one back … again

Opinion by Jeb Blount

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – I got back to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after a month in the United States, the longest I’ve been away from my adopted country and my Brazilian family, in two decades.

Yet almost as soon as I returned, the joy of being reunited with my wife and daughter, the pleasure of returning to my home in this marvelous city was overwhelmed by a fear I’ve never felt before.

I’m not saying I haven’t had plenty to be frightened about since I arrived in Brazil’s 26 years . . .

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