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            Tag Archives: Brazil

            Adidas Stops Selling Sexual World Cup T-Shirts

            T-shirts withdrawn by Adidas for the Brazil World Cup.

            Adidas has two raunchy t-shirts in the run up to the 2014 World Cup.

            But this time it wasn’t a Mormon mother who was horrified at the indecent t-shirts, it was Brazil’s ministry of women’s affairs that launched a series of complaints that the shirts sexualized the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s image and associated Brazil with sexual tourism.

            One of the now discontinued t-shirts read “Looking to score?” next to a bikini-clad woman with open arms. The other had an “I love Brazil” heart resembling a upside down thong-clad butt.

            The ministry of women’s affairs said the t-shirts were not only offensive to Brazilian women but also exposed them to the “barbarism” of sexual predators.

            “This is all the more shocking in a country体彩手机在线怎么下载 that just elected a woman as its highest authority, which brought greater respect for women and zero tolerance for any form of violence against them,” a ministry statement said.

            Dilma Rousseff – Brazil’s first female president – also reacted to the sexual stereotype scandal.

            “Brazil is happy to receive tourists for the World Cup, but it is also ready to combat sex tourism,” she said on Twitter.

            Even Brazil’s tourism board was outraged over the Adidas apparel, urging the sportswear giant to pull the shirts from its shelves. The country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s tourism board, Embratur, says it is vehemently against any products that link Brazil’s image to sex appeal and the tourism ministry declared that “such an attitude indirectly contributes to committing crimes such as sexual child and adolescent exploitation”.

            Following the controversy, Adidas, one of the main sponsors of the World Cup, decided it was better to just stop selling the t-shirts.

            “Adidas always pays close attention to the opinion of its consumers and partners,” the company statement read.

            It was either that or Dilma Rousseff would have to go around buying out every store’s inventory Mormon Mom Style.

            Brazil Should Have Built a Vagina Stadium… And Other News

            Brazil Stadium

            Brazil’s World Cup stadium partially collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least three people.

            The workers were killed when an evil crane collapsed while lifting a piece of the stadium’s roof into place, causing the roof to buckle and destroy part of the stands. Brazil has been rushing to finish the Itaquerao Stadium in order to meet FIFA’s December deadline to have all 12 venues ready – but now that the crane has cause damage to the exterior many are wondering if they will be prepared. Considering the workers’ union is halting construction for 30 days while authorities investigate, I’m going to go with ‘not prepared.’ Looks like they should have

            , deal with a bunch of obese ‘mistakes’ running around in nine months.


            Current Event Cat of the Day: Brazil Style Spying

            Current Event Cat - Brazil Spying on US

            After repeatedly ridiculing the United States for its excessive espionage and cancelling a state visit to Washington, Brazil was forced to make an awkward confession: they also spied on countries – including the U.S.

            Brazil admitted that it had spied on diplomats from the U.S., Russia, Iran and Iraq. However, they insist the spying, which involved following diplomats and monitoring activities at the U.S. embassy, happened a decade ago.

            Also, Brazil’s justice minister, Jose Eduardo Cardoso, says his country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s surveillance activities were “completely different” from those carried out by the evil United States.

            “I see completely different situations. What happened in relation to Brazil and other countries was a violation. Emails and phone calls were violated, which is an affront to Brazilian sovereignty,” Cardoso told reporters.

            And what about Brazil’s spying activities? Well, they were simply “counter-intelligence” operations intended to uncover whether other countries were spying on them. Spoiler alert: they were. But apparently they needed an Edward Snowden type leak to figure out what their “counter-intelligence” operations couldn’t.

            If Brazil really wanted to stay under America’s radar, they should borrow a trick or two from China体彩手机在线怎么下载: smog. The smog in China体彩手机在线怎么下载 has become so smoggy that it’s As the air pollution in China体彩手机在线怎么下载 gets more and more hazardous, the Chinese will be shielded from government observation by thick blankets of smog. But if you think this is the incentive China体彩手机在线怎么下载 needs to reduce air pollution – think again! China体彩手机在线怎么下载’s solution: build better surveillance cameras – or just rip off a design from another country体彩手机在线怎么下载.

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            NSA Head to Step Down… And Other News


            The NSA is getting re-branded!

            Army General Keith Alexander will step down after eight years on top of the NSA. The White House downplayed suggestions that Alexander’s decision to retire was because of the damage done to the NSA’s reputation after the Edward Snowden leak fiasco. But there’s nothing like a fresh face to win over the American public! As for Keith Alexander, you can add in a happy retirement note to your next email – he’ll find it.


            Current Event Cat of the Day: Brazil’s Violent Teacher Protest

            Current Event Cat - Brazil Overhaul Violent

            Demonstrations calling for the complete overhaul of the education system turned violent in Rio de Janeiro after a small group of protesters threw fireworks, grenades, and tear gas. What doesn’t turn violent in Rio de Janeiro?

            The protest, which began peacefully, attracted 10,000 – 50,000 demonstrators (the police and teachers’ union have slightly different versions of the event). But the scene turned violent after the marchers reached city hall and the sun went down. A few protesters threw firebombs at public buildings and riot police naturally responded by firing tear gas into the crowd. A handful of “black bloc” anarchists smashed a City Hall gate while others broke into banks and tried to steal cash from the ATMs. Some even set banks on fire. If we can’t have money, no one can?

            The thousands of striking teachers and their supporters who were in the streets on Monday night were demanding better pay plus a complete overhaul of the education system. Ambitious! The demonstrators have already rejected the government’s proposals of a 15 percent pay rise. But they probably figured if Brazil was spending gazillions on the Olympics and the World Cup they could spare a bit more than 15 percent for the pubic education system.

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            North Korea Totally Needs a Luxury Ski Resort… And Other News

            North Korea luxury ski resort

            Forget the crippling poverty, the widespread media censorship and the rampant human rights abuses – North Korea needs a luxury ski resort!

            The question is, who in North Korea can afford to go to a luxury ski resort? Kim Jong-un and… well just Kim Jong-un I guess. Maybe he built it so he won’t be tempted to go to Japanese Disneyland and pull a Kim Jong-nam (Kim Jong-un’s infamous half brother who ruined his chances as North Korea’s leader by sneaking into the amusement park). Or perhaps the multimillion-dollar ski resort was built to stick it to South Korea who is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. Regardless of the reason, the project suffered a few set-backs (aside from the fact that only 0.02 percent of the population know how to ski) – Switzerland, Austria and France have all refused to sell ski lifts to North Korea because of ongoing sanctions on the sale of luxury goods to the communist state. North Korea called the refusal to sell ski lifts a “serious human rights abuse.” Huh.


            Current Event Cat of the Day: Dilma Rousseff

            Current Event Cat - Dilma Rousseff

            If there’s one person who hates the NSA more than Edward Snowden, it’s Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

            Dilma Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the United Nations General Assembly as an opportunity to yell at the U.S for violating human rights and international law through espionage – including spying on her email. Those must be some pretty racy emails if she’s U.N angry (i.e super angry) … perhaps some love notes to her?

            Dilma Rousseff wasn’t just putting on an angry show for the U.N. – last month she canceled a planned visit to Washington at the last minute after the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the United States had monitored her phone calls, as well as Brazilian embassy calls and spied on the state oil corporation, Petrobras.

            But since robbing Washington of her presence wasn’t enough to get the message across, the Brazilian president took to the UN stage to protest America’s love of spying. Rousseff told the assembled leaders that Brazil had been a target of intrusions and intercepts and there was no excuse for this kind of behaviour – not even to protect nations from terrorism!

            “The arguments that the illegal interception of information and data aims at protecting nations against terrorism cannot be sustained. Brazil, Mr President, knows how to protect itself. We reject, fight and do not harbour terrorist groups,” Dilma Rousseff said to the crowd.

            “In the absence of the right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion, and therefore no effective democracy. In the absence of the respect for sovereignty, there is no basis for the relationship among nations.”

            She’s totally hiding something…

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            Current Event Cat of the Day: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

            Current Event Cat - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

            Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called her top cabinet members for an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s most widespread protests in two decades.

            The protests began more than a week ago over transport fare rises, but have since grown to include government corruption and the cost of next year’s football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As of Friday about a million protesters were believed to be in the streets of 80 cities clashing with police as they rally against corruption and public transport. Brazilians get really upset about public transportation – so much so that several cities have already cancelled the scheduled transit fare hikes. But like in Turkey with Gezi Park, the protests are not just about the transit fares any more.

            So far the death total is only at one: a man was killed when a driver—angry that the demonstrations had made it impossible to drive through S~ao Paulo—plunged straight into a crowd of protesters with his car in the ultimate act of road rage.

            Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s emergency meeting to discuss the situation will include top Cabinet members and hopefully a lot of coffee. Until now, Rousseff was largely silent about the whoe thing, perhaps hoping it would sort itself out. Her response – or lack of one – has been criticized by the Brazilian media.

            “Dilma Rousseff and (Brasilia Gov.) Agnelo Queiroz are the epitome of Brazilian rulers,” wrote political commentator Fernando Rodrigues in the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s biggest newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo.

            “They embody the perplexity and the lack of leadership capabilities of several parties’ politicians vis-a-vis the new phenomena of protests without leaders or defined proposals. … It seems they are just waiting and hoping the tsunami will end.”

            Hopefully the emergency meeting will productive – otherwise the Confederations Cup could be cancelled!!

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            Brazil Protests Turn Violent… And Other News

            Brazil Protests

            Well, this isn’t great publicity for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil…

            Brazil’s nationwide protests turned violent on Monday, prompting police in Rio de Janeiro to fire rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who were burning cars and ravaging buildings. Approximately two hundred thousand Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest government corruption, rising public transportation costs, and the belief that the billions of dollars spent preparing for the World Cup and the Olympics could have been put to better use (i.e. education, healthcare, anything that is not a stadium). Don’t fret Brazil – it could be worse: Over in Russia, the government is being while preparing for the Sochi Winter Games.

            Brazil Pulls “Happy Prostitute” Ad Campaign

            Happy Prostitute

            Brazil’s health ministry has removed a web page proclaiming “I am happy being a prostitute.” Apparently there’s no such thing as a happy prostitute.

            The message was part of a wider education program aimed at reducing the AIDS-related stigma suffered by sex workers. But critics say it glorified prostitution, especially in Brazil, a country体彩手机在线怎么下载 with a child prostitution problem.

            “We are fighting childhood prostitution and here comes a campaign encouraging it,” federal deputy in a recent congressional committee meeting.

            The slogan, “I’m happy being a prostitute” was part of the web campaign for International Prostitute Day, but apparently the government was simply testing it out and didn’t mean to publish it just yet.

            Health Minister Alexandre Padilha stepped in to remove the ad, telling reporters:

            “I do not think this is a message the ministry should be sending. Our campaigns orient people how to avoid sexual transmitted diseases.

            “For as long as I remain in office, an ad like that will not be part of our campaigns!”

            The ministry, however, will continue with its current message but remove the “happy prostitute” references. The safe sex campaign will go ahead with the tagline “Not ashamed of using a condom.”

            Prostitution is expected to increase (possibly skyrocket?) in Brazil as the country体彩手机在线怎么下载 prepares for the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. The “happy prostitutes” in the ad campaign don’t look too happy about it though. They look a little weathered…



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