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Extra, July 5th

The Tuesday edition of Brazilian newspaper Extra features a picture of policemen, occupying a portion Rio de Janeiro's international airport Tom Jobim to protest unpaid salaries as security fears rise a month before the Summer Olympics are set to open.

"It is horrible," reads the front-page headline, a quote from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about the safety situation of the city for the Olympic Games, which will take place between August 5 and 21.

Rio security forces are suffering from the effects of the country's worst recession in decades, to the point where they sometimes have to ask for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper. Rio state's governor, Francisco Dornelles, declared a state of financial emergency last month.

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In Sudan, A Surprise About-Face Marks Death Of The Revolution

Ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was the face of the "stolen revolution". The fact that he accepted, out of the blue, to return at the same position, albeit on different footing, opens the door to the final legitimization of the coup.

Sudanese protesters demonstrating against the military regime in London on Nov. 20, 2021

Nesrine Malik

A little over a month ago, a military coup in Sudan ended a military-civilian partnership established after the 2019 revolution that removed President Omar al-Bashir after almost 30 years in power. The army arrested the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and, along with several of his cabinet and other civil government officials, threw him in detention. In the weeks that followed, the Sudanese military and their partners in power, the Rapid Support Forces, moved quickly.

They reappointed a new government of “technocrats” (read “loyalists”), shut down internet services, and violently suppressed peaceful protests against the coup and its sabotaging of the 2019 revolution. During those weeks, Hamdok remained the symbol of the stolen revolution, betrayed by the military, detained illegally, unable to communicate with the people who demanded his return. In his figure, the moral authority of the counter-coup resided.

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