By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff made her final national address of 2013 on Sunday, December 29th. Broadcast on radio and television, the approximately twelve-minute speech summarized the events and the government actions taken during the at times turbulent year and emphasized that 2013 is ending "better than it started."
Confidence about the country's future was a reoccurring theme in the speech as Rousseff stated in the opening minutes; "Brazil is entering 2014 with energy and optimism and with . . .