Searching “Brazil” on google, the first few pages are all soley dedicated to soccer.
Living in Brazil, I can say that football seems to be the main focus media wise. In the United States we do this with pop-culture and celebrity tabloids. It’s the idea that we fill their heads with enough mindless bullshit perhaps they will fail to notice the world around them crumbling. Perhaps they will forget that they have to work over 5 months in the year to pay for taxes alone. Perhaps they are not smart enough to notice that insanely high taxes do not cover any type of social care. Their public health care is shit, their educational system is a joke. It’s really a joke. The entire government is a joke at this point. Literally, Sao Paulo has a clown in their senate.
Study: Does income inequality get under the skin? A multilevel analysis of depression, anxiety and mental disorders in São Paulo, Brazil
-Methods We analysed a sample of 3542 individuals aged 18 years and older selected
-living in areas with medium and high-income inequality was statistically associated with increased risk of depression, relative to low-inequality areas. The same was not true for anxiety
-Conclusions In general, our findings were consistent with the income inequality theory, that is, people living in places with higher income inequality had an overall higher odd of mental disorders, albeit not always statistically significant. The fact that depression, but not anxiety, was statistically significant could indicate a pathway by which inequality influences health. http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2013/08/01/jech-2013-202626.short The richest man in Brazil is worth 17 billion
"This is a shame, this is our money that they used for these tournaments," said demonstrator Jaisson Peres. "Millions and millions spent and we don't get anything in return." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/16/brazil-world-cup-protests_n_3450150.html
"I'm upset that all public money for construction, hospitals and schools is being used to build stadiums without any utility," said student Ana Leticia Ribeiro. "After the World Cup, no one will use this."
The stadium in Brasilia was one of the most expensive of the six built ahead of the World Cup warm-up tournament, costing about $600 million.
Most Brazilians feel that the biggest football festival in the world, along with the foundation of their country, is being stolen from them.
“Dilma, please call me ‘World Cup’ and invest in me. Signed, Education” said a poster in a protest. The Brazilian government has already spent $13.7 billion on the World Cup, and the overall investment is set to be over $14 billion, only a little less than the annual national budget for education ($37 billion).
“Social movements claim that 170,000 people are threatened of or have already been removed from their homes, mainly in impoverished communities, or favelas. The residents who can prove ownership of the land (who are not numerous) end up receiving compensation ranging from $1,500 to $5000 or a monthly stipend worth less than $300.” The evictions are often violent, and the whole process lacks transparency and consultation with the local communities. In Morro da Providência, a centenary slum in Rio de Janeiro, people found out that they were to be evicted when their houses were marked overnight with paint, without any previous negotiation. In all cases, the favelas are well located, in places where the land value skyrocketed because of the World Cup, and therefore prone to estate speculation.
Since the Brazilian government signed a contract with FIFA in 2007, laws have been speedily approved to guarantee FIFA’s interests under the General Legislation of the World Cup.
The rise of Brazil has been one of the greatest economic success stories of the last decade. Record levels of foreign investment, millions of people lifted out