Brazilian parliamenarian Bruno Araujo (centre) celebrates with fellow congressmen after his vote in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was enough to confirm the process. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

When Brazil’s best loved clown Tiririca was elected to congress in 2010 there was much gnashing of teeth among commentators about what his victory sai(...)

Protesters carry signs during a demonstration organized by various organizations and movements in Brasilia. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

When Marco Feliciano was appointed to head the human rights and minorities commission in Brazil’s c(...)