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Oh The Stories They'll Tell: Rio’s Steamy Carnival Never Disappoints

After four frenetic days, Rio’s annual extravaganza has come to an end – but not before adding to Brazil's Carnival lore with a bevy of fresh anecdotes. One infamous drug dealer, for example, couldn't resist temptation, and came out of h

No shortage of sequins and feathers (Leandro's World Tour)
No shortage of sequins and feathers (Leandro's World Tour)
Nicolas Bourcier

RIO DE JANEIRO – Curtain down, party's over. After four days and four nights of unfettered celebration, corpulent King Momo – the symbol of all the excesses of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival – has handed the keys to the city back to the mayor.

The wild mood of these "fat days' (the name comes from the eating frenzy that used to precede the sober fast of Lent) went on until the early morning hours this past Sunday, as the sumptuous processions of the six best samba schools paraded, for the second time in a week, in the Sambadrome.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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