Brazil: Something to Cheer About

Latin America has many dictators and detractors, but they do not raise the passions that its heroes do. Last week, as Brazil almost dissolved into pandemonium, the cause was not politics but soccer. When its team had defeated Italy 4-1 to win the World Cup in Mexico City, the country erupted in what Jornal do Brasil bannered as THE BIGGEST CARNAVAL IN HISTORY.

Empty streets filled with honking processions of cars, samba bands and conga dancers who happily chanted "Bra—sit! Bra—sil! Bra—sil!" In Rio, fireworks exploded in the evening sky, while air-force...

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