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An Egyptian protester hangs a placard on his back depicting a U.S. dollar note with a picture of president Mohammed Morsi and Arabic that reads "the American spare tire," during clashes with riot police, unseen, after protesters closed down a main street and jammed the traffic flow, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday. In Cairo, skirmishes erupted on Tuesday between street protesters and riot police in a main street overlooking the Nile, a day after protesters set fire to police vehicles in the same area.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
NEW YORK: The overwhelming news in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics has been about the rampant dysfunction of the host city, Rio de Janeiro, and for good reason. The stories are gruesome and sensationalistic, filled with the kinds of pulpy details that make a mental imprint deeply difficult to dismiss.