7/10 Soccer State of Play

digest note:
USA dominated world soccer, suddenly like its "ISIS/ISIL/IS" dominated the 'middle east', as the US desperately tries to 'restructure' its gameplan by wrapping up the festering crisis of its world destruction into a massive sweep to 'recover'. piecemeal defeats. (Iraq crisis with Robin Wright and Les Gelb, CFR President Emeritus 6/15/14 http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60406197)
From the revved-up 'final solution' to Palestine, splitting Iraq, Syria and any nations it can't dominate into manageable pieces, US strategic communications revises its bizarre 'narratives', as the full-spectrum dominance information and surveillance war wraps the world with DARPA help, while also helping lead research on the neurogenomic 'reverse-engineering' BRAIN project.
The US finance capitalist state's internal and external crises interact dynamically: defeated by national resistance guerilla wars, confronted by the growing collaboration among 'upsurging' capitalist rivals' blocs allied with the two major US rivals China and Russia, its national security agenda necessarily becomes a less 'friendly face' fascist dictatorship by the hour.
The soccer 'go-usa-ims-puking-uber-nationalism driven,and framed by this geostrategic context, also signals desperate new developments.

Brazil's World Cup run over but political ramifications still unclear...analysts split over impact on Dilma Rousseff's re-election campaign
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/09/brazil-world-cup-postmortem...

Everyone wants to talk to Brazil's President Rousseff, except Obama
www.theguardian.com/ commentisfree/ cifamerica/ 2012/ apr/ 11/ brazil-president-rousseff-obama-

Brazilian president Rousseff: US spying a 'breach of international law'... scathing speech to UN general assembly the most serious diplomatic fallout over US spying revelations
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/brazil-president-un-speech-...

Dilma Rousseff .. could deprive Dilma Rousseff of a second term... Eduardo Campos: Real v. official Brazil.
Economist, www.economist.com/topics/dilma-rousseff -

Soccer: social remedy against violence
FEATURE STORY 7/7/14 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/07/07/mundial-2014-futebol...
...Besides its great achievements during the World Cup, the region has found in soccer an effective partner for combating and preventing delinquency...Paradoxically, the sport that triggers violence on and off the field can also be a tool for achieving the opposite... “It is a sport that brings people together, that generates passions, that attracts, that is collective, that requires interaction, for which reason it has great advantages for use as a tool for instilling in children and young people skills that enable them to peacefully resolve conflicts,” says Martha Laverde, an education expert at the World Bank. Thus the conclusion seems clear: if you live where there are high rates of violence and delinquency, the best thing to do is not to call the police but to build a soccer field. However, Laverde warns the reality is not so simple. “It is not the game for the game itself, there has to be intent...”

Brazilian blogger described World Cup attendees as “whiter than Norway .” A NYT poll published in the Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's leading broadsheet proved him right: “67% of attendees were white, 90% came from Brazil’s top economic classes”at Saturday’s Brazil-Chile match...More than half of Brazil’s population identified themselves as black or of mixed race in the 2010 census,” according to the AP. (Only Nigeria has a larger black population.) ...

World Bank Brazil
http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/brazil
With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 2.253 trillion in 2012, Brazil is the world's seventh wealthiest economy. It is also the largest country in area and population in Latin America and the Caribbean. The country will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, demanding massive investments in areas such as urban and social development and transport infrastructure...While stimulus measures undertaken so far failed to lift economic activity, signs suggest that the business cycle may finally start to gather forward momentum.Still, Brazil’s strong domestic market is less vulnerable to external crisis, Brazilians benefit from stable economic growth, relatively low inflation rates and improvements in social well-being.
The financial sector has weathered the slowdown well so far. The banking system has remained sound and resilient....
Foreign direct investment remains more than sufficient to cover the current account deficit, which has hovered around 2.2% of GDP. Portfolio flows showed significant volatility however due to changing interest rate differentials and imposition of financial transaction taxes...The main outlook risks relate to the external environment, however mitigated by high foreign reserve levels (about US$380 billion), favorable external debt composition, a current account fully covered by foreign direct investment and an overall low degree of trade openness...but it faces important challenges combining the benefits of agricultural growth, environmental protection and sustainable development....

The World Bank Group Five Institutions, One Group Headquarters... Washington, DC
Global Reach
The World Bank 2012-2015 Strategic Partnership Strategy guaranteed US$ 5.8 billion in investments for the first two years...support for a sustainable Brazil directed at improving quality of life through better local services in urban and rural areas, and efficient management of Brazil’s abundant but fragile natural assets...http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/brazil/overview#2.

Brazil Technology and Demand Side of Open Governance <">">http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/multimedia/technology-and-demand-side-open-governance-rio-grande-do-sul-brazilmp4>

World Bank IFC GCGF - http://www.gcgf.org/ifcext/cgf.nsf/Content/OECD_LAC
...Achieving Effective Boards - A Comparative Study of Corporate Governance Frameworks and Board Practices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and PeruIFC GCGF

What Corporate Governance Elements Predict Firm Value: from Brazil...key words corporate governance, boards of directors, minority shareholders...
http://www.gcgf.org/ifcext/cgf.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/BlackB2/$FILE/Black%2c+B.%3b+DeCarvalho%2c+.

TV Set Fever Over Football World Cup Threatens Brazilian Health
5/1/14 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/05/01/brasil-copa-mundo-mu...

Most Brazilian Soccer Players Earn Under $650 per Month
6/7/14 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/06/07/brasil-pobreza-desig...
The country’s social inequality is reflected in the fact that eight of every 10 soccer players live on less than US$ 650 a month...the most visible part of a sport as unequal as the society it represents. Brazilian elite soccer players are young and globalized... The team has the highest market value of those participating in the World Cup at over US$ 700 million..."Brazilians’ income continues to be low overall...in the case of soccer players, it is even lower,” says Claudia Baddini, World Bank social protection expert...
These and other social issues have garnered increasing attention ever since one of the most unequal societies in the world was selected to organize the World Cup, especially in the case of those who have chosen sports as their livelihood. The challenge for Brazil is not to forget these pending tasks once the World Cup is over.

BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF
3/26/13 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-25/brics-nations-plan-new-bank-to-...

CAPITALIST RIVALS CHALLENGE CRUX OF US GLOBAL HEGEMONY;

​BRICS nations near New Development Bank deal could challenge IMF, WB
The final decisions concerning the creation of the bank are expected by BRICS leaders at Brazil summit 15-16 July.
7/9/14
President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Dilma Vana Rousseff, Prime Minister of the Republic of India Manmohan Singh, second left, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma, from left, pose for group photographs. (RIA Novosti)
The BRICS emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are days from agreement on the $10 billion New Development Bank and a $100 billion currency pool... that could challenge global [US dominated] IMF and World Bank lenders... "We havereached agreement that in the current conditions of capital volatility, it is important for our countries to have this buffer, a so-called “mini-IMF”--- a financial organization which could quickly react to capital outflow, providing liquidity in hard currency, in particular in US dollars,” Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. said...it will be able to begin lending in 2016...Currently BRICS countries, over 40 percent of world population, account for over 25 percent of global GDP... the New Development Bank will be a small World Bank and International Monetary Fund rival, but will serve as a reminder to the US of the shift in the global economy towards the developing world.

"Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival"
March 8, 1992 NYT, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D7173AF93BA35750C0A...(excerpts)
This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace....
Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia.

There are three additional aspects to this objective:
First, the U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.
Second, in the non-defense areas, we must account sufficiently for the interests of the advanced industrial nations to discourage them from challenging our leadership or seeking to overturn the established political and economic order.
Finally, we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role. An effective reconstitution capability is important here, since it implies that a potential rival could not hope to quickly or easily gain a predominant military position in the world.[...]

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD IS IMPERILED. AND AT A FUNDAMENTAL LEVEL, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENSE IT. A NUMBER OF RECENT POLLS SHOW THAT MORE AMERICANS THAN EVER BEFORE -- NEARLY 60 PERCENT, IN SOME CASES -- BELIEVE U.S. POWER IS WANING....
7/3/14 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/03/have_we_hit_peak_americ...?
Average Americans do not experience the world through the lens of great-power rivalry or U.S. leadership abroad...Yet American leadership and engagement remain essential...If the United States wants the international system to continue to reflect its interests and values...THE RELATIVE ECONOMIC DECLINE OF THE UNITED STATES IS A FACT. For the first time in 200 years, most growth is occurring in the developing world, and the speed with which that shift -- * a function of globalization (all emphases by the digest)-- has occurred is hard to fathom...This shift reorders what was...a historical anomaly: the transatlantic dominance of the past 150 years....the world's "economic center of gravity" decisively moved toward Europe and the United States, which have since been the primary engines of growth. Today, however...U.S. wealth is not shrinking in absolute terms -- and continues to benefit from globalization -- but the U.S. and its allies are losing might compared with potential rivals....
FOR ALL THESE CHALLENGES TO ITS INFLUENCE, THE UNITED STATES RETAINS ENORMOUS POTENTIAL STRENGTH. Far more than other great powers, it has the advantages and resources -- political, economic, geographic, geologic, and cultural -- to maintain the greatest freedom of action over the long haul. But it needs to focus on its competitiveness, beginning with a few key priorities. America's fiscal policy affects everything else and because the current trajectory is unsustainable, entitlement reform is inevitable. The only question is when it will begin. A number of fixes that could have the most significant impact are straightforward...enhancing productivity... increasing the retirement age...Investing effectively in infrastructure -- long a U.S. comparative advantage, now increasingly a relative weakness -- would boost productivity and growth over the long term. So would reforming corporate tax laws to encourage companies to bring profits home....be ruthlessly strategic in prioritizing the principal source of its military advantage: technological superiority. This means focusing increasingly scarce defense dollars on next-generation weapons, such as stealthy bombers and quiet submarines, and on the assets that make them smarter than their enemy counterparts -- command, control, communication, and computer systems, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

* Re: "A function of globalization": Capitalism, 'globalized',imperialism, ultimately produces its own gravediggers, Marx analyzed.
And Fascism is capitalism in crisis, as Lenin said

USAID-SOROS NGOs soft power players:

Brazil: Investigate Police Response to World Cup Protests
6/26/14 Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/06/25/brazil-investigate-police-response-wo...
(São Paulo, June 25, 2014) – Brazilian authorities should conduct thorough and impartial investigations into allegations of excessive force by police in crowd-control operations during the opening weeks of the World Cup, Human Rights Watch said today. More than a dozen people were injured in confrontations between protesters and police, including five journalists
“If violence erupts during protests, the authorities need to restore order, but that doesn’t give the police license for excessive force,” said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch....Use of unlawful force by police is a longstanding problem in Brazil, perpetuated by frequent failure to ensure abuses are properly investigated and those responsible are brought to justice Human Rights Watch said...

Brazil protest gets support in a World Cup host city
http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-brazil-protest-recife...
Rights activists said police used excessive force last week removing members of Occupy Estelita and Urban Rights from an area sold by the federal government to private developers. Video of authorities using rubber bullets, batons, and tear gas in an area known as Cais Jose Estelita in Recife, a World Cup host city, widely spread online... “We want the current plan replaced with one discussed with the population before approved...” stated Ricardo Alves, a lawyer working World Cup host city,with Urban Rights.

The National Security Archive continuing to hide secret US documents, "hails Obama admin." to appease Brazil, fracture unity of BRICS rivals,
Declassified Diplomacy with Brazil: National Security Archive Hails Obama Administration Decision to Assist Brazilian Truth Commission
6/20/14 http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/declassified-diplomacy-with-br...
...Visiting Brazil for the World Cup soccer competition, Biden announced the Administration would conduct further review and release of still secret U.S. records to help to the Brazilian Truth Commission investigating human rights abuses under military rule, due to issue its final report at the end of 2014. The documentation, Biden stated, would be “of particular interest” to President Rousseff who was a political prisoner and torture victim during the military regime. (Diário do Podar, June 17, 2014) ...the US supported military coup to depose Brazilian President Joao Goulart and its military rulers during the dictatorship....The National Security Archive obtained the release of portions of this critically important historical record through the Freedom of Information Act, and posted a number of files relating to the U.S. role in the 1964 coup...

The National Security Archive omits funding by Soros/Open Society Foundations
http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/about/
The Archive’s $2.5 million yearly budget comes from publication revenues, individual contributions and foundation grants including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

National Security Archive
5/29/14
Online Bill of Rights in Brazil... a model for other countries... like Turkey and Russia expanding government powers to regulate the internet.

note: The National Security Archive, still hiding US documents, "hails Obama admin." attempts appease Brazil, fracture unity of BRICS bloc rivals:

Declassified Diplomacy with Brazil: National Security Archive Hails Obama Administration Decision to Assist Brazilian Truth Commission
6/20/14 http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/declassified-diplomacy-with-br...
...Visiting Brazil for the World Cup soccer competition, Biden announced the Administration would conduct further review and release of still secret U.S. records to help to the Brazilian Truth Commission investigating human rights abuses under military rule, due to issue its final report at the end of 2014. The documentation, Biden stated, would be “of particular interest” to President Rousseff who was a political prisoner and torture victim during the military regime. (Diário do Podar, June 17, 2014) ...the US supported military coup to depose Brazilian President Joao Goulart and its military rulers during the dictatorship....The National Security Archive obtained the release of portions of this critically important historical record through the Freedom of Information Act, and posted a number of files relating to the U.S. role in the 1964 coup...

Open Society Justice Initiative Involvement 2010
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/litigation/gomes-lund-v-brazil
The Open Society Justice Initiative filed an amicus curiae brief to the Inter-American Court together with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the Open Democracy Advice Centre...
Brazil failed to comply with the right to the truth by failing to disclose or de-classify relevant records held by the armed forces, and adopting secrecy laws that obstruct access to the truth...