Jovita Rosa in front of Brazil’s congress building in Brasília: ‘In Brazil it is not the lack of money that explains poor public services but corruption, and corruption flourishes because hidden business interests do not want public services to work.’ Photograph: Tom Hennigan

When Jovita Rosa approaches people while canvassing in Guará, a satellite city of nearby Brasília, most strike an inherently suspicious pose. Even her(...)

A security guard walks in front of the Planalto Palace In Brasilia as it is lit up in the colours of the Brazilian national flag ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

There are parts of Brasilia, Brazil’s federal capital created out of nothing in the middle of the country in the late 1950s and early ’60s, that seem (...)