Soren Scholvin (Hanover) and Andres Malamud (Lisbon): Is there a Geoeconomic Node in South America? Geography, Politics and Brazil’s Role in Regional Economic Integration. John Paul Rathbone reviews Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power by Michael Reid. Brazil let its citizens make decisions about city budgets — here’s what happened: New research on "participatory institutions" shows how effective they can be. The gun library: Graham Denyer Willis on an ethic of crime in Sao Paulo. Suketu Mehta is in the violent favelas of Brazil. Brazil is “totally screwed”: Shannon Sims on how the land of sun, sex, and soccer couldn’t be more down about the World Cup. Mariana Assis on the Brazilian discontents behind the World Cup stage (and more). Yes, Brazilians still love soccer, but they hate the World Cup and what it has come to represent. Sara Afzal on 11 problems Brazil doesn't want the world to see before the World Cup. Lara Pham on Brazil’s World Cup: The good, bad and unequal. Mike LaSusa on race, class and the World Cup in Brazil. Matt Slaughter and Jaana Remes on Brazil’s own goals. Mac Margolis on how Brazil's Rousseff goes offside. Diego von Vacano and Thiago Silva on Brazil’s protest paradox: The World Cup offers an opportunity for protests in Brazil but is not the main reason those protests are taking place. Will protests and scandals ruin public attitudes toward hosting the World Cup? If Brazil cares about its legacy, it won't silence World Cup protesters. Fernando Alcoforado on false patriotism of Brazilian people with the World Cup. Leon Krauze on the pleasures of rooting against Brazil: No team has ever acted so entitled to World Cup glory. Alex Bellos on Neymar, Brazil pin-up.