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Are they really having a World Cup there?

December 17, 2009

From Eve Fairbanks’ latest dispatch from Johannesburg:

I love Johannesburg, but I had been wondering how the hell hundreds of thousands of foreign soccer fans will navigate this violent, chaotic city. Jo’burg is infamous for car-jackings and home invasions, a security squad nicknamed the “Red Ants” that evicts squatters with crowbars, and urban blight so extensive that most big businesses have fled downtown for the suburbs. The latest trend is the hijacking of entire buildings.

At least it’s not Detroit.

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