Ramadan Shopping Attack in Eastern Afghanistan: At least 89 people dead; Taliban says it didn't do it. (Haqqani, sources wonder?) Taliban does take responsibility for killing two of the outgoing president's team in a separate attack.
How Badly Did Brazil Lose This World Cup?: Spike Friedman took a look at the larger questions around World Cup success and failure—people dead and displaced, infrastructures half-built—on Slog yesterday. From his post:
Is funding the World Cup fundamentally different than what’s happening with sports in Seattle or is it merely different by a matter of degree? Because our growing problems with poverty and homelessness are still considered tolerable, we're entitled to pursue packing a fourth and fifth major professional sports team into our mid-sized American city, while watching our largest research institution spend a quarter of a billion dollars renovating a football stadium while in-state tuition grows at five times the rate of inflation?