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Rule of Law & Transparency
Does FIFA’s corruption hurt the beautiful game? No.
Does FIFA’s corruption hurt the beautiful game? Yes
Colombia's <i>pimpineros</i> struggle to survive in the shadowy, violent world of border gas smuggling.

Likely top stories this week: results in the race for governor of Baja California; protests over legislation in Peru; Costa Rica approves same-sex civil unions; Brazil responds to surveillance reports; and UNASUR divided over Evo Morales’ flight interruptions.

Responding to weeks of protests in over 100 Brazilian cities against corruption and government spending, President Dilma Rousseff sent Congress a proposal package on Tuesday, which included a referendum to make the country’s political system more representative.

The continued demonstrations reflect broad popular concern for the need to improve social equality.

On Wednesday, Brazil’s Supreme Court upheld a corruption conviction against a former congressman and sentenced him to prison—the first time a congressman has been imprisoned since the 1988 constitution was put in place.

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