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'Impossible' Soccer Comeback On Barcelona Front Page

FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8
FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8

L'Esportiu, March 9, 2017

FC Barcelona's stunning victory over France's PSG last night at Camp Nou earned a succinctly shocked (and triumphant) front-page headline in the Catalan-language sports daily L'Esportiu. For those linguists keeping score at home, L'Impossible ("The Impossible") reads exactly the same in the Catalan and French languages. Headlines in France, though equally stunned, were not so cheery: L'Equipe sports daily used: "Inqualifiable," a word play which means both that PSG didn't qualify for the quarterfinals, and that their pitiful performance was beyond description.

Barca beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1, in one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history, scoring three goals in the last seven minutes — allowing Lionel Messi, Neymar and company to recover from a 4-0 first game deficit and advance to the next round.

Read more about the heart-stopping game here.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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