Well since winning the Confederation Cup, the mood of the country has changed a little again. You see Brazilian flags pop up all over on cars, hanging from balconies and at the top of residential flag poles. I think this win has taken the edge off the demonstrations and a lot of people have gone back to everyday life. Don't get me wrong, the people are still watching and the frustrations are still there, it has just taken a back seat for now. There are, however, large demonstrations going on daily in cities
4) Many of my Brazilian friends have continued to express the frustration that Brazil as a country pays a high taxation rate and they feel like they see little benefit of this. Roads are becoming privatized as companies move in and replace non toll roads with tolls. These changes would seem to reduce the tax burden on the people but it has no affect on the amount of money they pay in taxes. This is just one example of how government works in the country.
5) There are still a rumblings about the amount of money spent on the upcoming international sporting events, but I recently read about the Winter Olympics in Russia and the escalating costs because of corruption there. I personally think these large sporting organizations need to figure out a way to curb this corruption in order to maintain a good image in the public. It will be interesting to see how the people of Brazil look at the World Cup over the next eleven months. Clinching their fifth world cup could put all this turmoil aside, but then again loosing could erupt into massive unrest.