Photos: Police on "Pacification Patrol" in a Rio Favela

Before the games began, there was a bloody showdown. 

The World Cup of Dissonance
Yesterday's opener proves that we don't know what to expect from this World Cup.
June 13, 2014

World Cup 2014's shaky opening proves that we don't know what to expect from the tournament, on and off the pitch. 

Here's Hoping This Brazilian World Cup is Half as Wild as the Last One
Blackmail, dropouts, and upsets, oh my
June 11, 2014

Blackmail, dropouts, and upsets, oh my

How I Got My Soccer-Hating Son to Watch the World Cup
A sticky solution.
June 10, 2014

Step one: Let him believe Michael Bradley is "Captain America."

Welcome to Goal Posts III
June 10, 2014

Welcome to Goal Posts III, TNR's World Cup Blog

Slavery, Sex and the Roots of Brazil's Transcendent Style of Soccer
Reflecting on my alternate life as a Futebol fanatic
June 10, 2014

Brazil's fraught racial and sexual history with soccer—and my family's fraught history with Brazil.

An Unreal Photo of a Brazilian Soldier During a Pre–World Cup Favela Operation
May 04, 2014

Sometimes a picture looks too good to be true. This is so good I wondered if it might be one of those scenes lit and staged by David Levinthal, using little model soldiers.

Scientists Discover A New Dolphin and It Is Already Endangered
Why are Ph.Ds debating about this on Twitter?
January 23, 2014

Marine biologists discover the first new river dolphin since 1918 and there may be only 600 left: their debate on Twitter.

Brazilians Are Taking Over Miami. Can They Take Over Art Basel, Too?
December 06, 2013

This week, amidst the whir of art-world mega-fair Art Basel Miami Beach, local developer Nadim Achi unveiled a new plan for the Surf Club residential and resort complex on northern Collins Avenue.

This Is What ‘Progress’ Looks Like in Pre-World Cup Brazil
November 26, 2013

The developing world has provided 90 percent of worldwide urban population growth recently, and in 2008 made human beings majority-urbanite for the first time in history. You could perhaps find no better emblem of this trend than Brazil.