"I want to learn Portuguese so that I can eventually learn more about [Brazil's] ongoing destruction of the favelas (or poor shanty towns) in preparation for the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016," says Rebolledo. "This is an immediately pressing human rights issue about housing policy: the poor are being evicted from their homes so that the growing economy of Brazil can accommodate the international spotlight of the Olympic Games. It raises many interesting issues, both legal and moral."
Fluency in Portuguese, he explains, will help him understand what people say, in their own words.
A recent article in the New York Times: 'Slum Dwellers Are Defying Brazil's Grand Design for Olympics,' explores the issue in depth.
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