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Brazil Wants to Clean Up Its Reputation, but Justin Bieber Isn’t Helping


Brazil is ready for the big time. The country will host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, and it’s ready to assume its role as one of the world’s largest and most influential economies, proving to everyone that there’s more to Rio de Janeiro than samba dancing, acai berries and drug dealers. Oh, and prostitutes.

They’re having a bit of trouble with that last point, though. In anticipation of the big events, the Brazilian government is running “a ‘hygienization’ campaign” that consists of doing its damndest to shut down the city’s most notorious brothels.

A couple of problems: prostitution is legal in Brazil (though the act of “running a bordello” isn’t) and the tabloid media can’t seem to get over its fascination with celebrities visiting Rio for…well, you know.

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Brazil Rethinks ‘Happy Prostitute’ PSAs

There’s a subtle art to PSAs, those heavy handed, publicly funded campaigns designed to remind us taxpayers to stand away from the platform edge, resist donating money to panhandlers, and avoid the dangers of tobacco (thank you, C-3PO).

But before last week, we’d never heard of a government’s PR team working to convince the rest of the world that local prostitutes are healthy, happy, and proud of their chosen line of work.

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Brazilian President Rousseff Speaks for Women, Emerging Countries

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff today became the first woman to ever open debate at the United Nations General Assembly, making her speech a call for an end to gender discrimination and the dominance of just a few of the world’s nations.

She called upon all countries affected by the economic recession (which is all countries) to play a role in its solution. Brazil, an emerging market itself, is vying for membership on the U.N. Security Council. However, the President’s focus on domestic issues has prompted some to say she’s not using the foreign policy “marketing tool” that her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, did.

She also received support from the chamber when she pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Above, we have a translated video of Rousseff’s speech.