Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff stands in a vehicle during a civic-military parade in Brasilia to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day on Monday.  Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

The depths of the institutional and ethical crisis facing Brazil have been laid bare by a new survey of the country’s congress, which reveals more tha(...)

An inflatable doll depicting former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison attire during a recent protest against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in São Paulo. photograph: paulo whitaker/reuters

Brazil’s transformation from investment community darling to black sheep gathered pace this week as evidence mounted that the country’s political clas(...)

President Dilma Rousseff:  Hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets on Sunday  to demand her impeachment. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians are expected to take to the streets on Sunday in the latest round of the campaign to force President Dilma Rous(...)

Dubious alliances: Brazil’s president and candidate for re-election Dilma Rousseff greets supporters in Teresina, Piaui, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ichiro Guerra/EPA

To understand the Janus-faced politics of Brazil, you could do worse than visit Residencial Ouro Preto, in Maceió, the capital of the northeastern sta(...)

Demonstrators are detained by riot police near the Rio de Janeiro government palace during the “National Day of Strikes, Stoppages and Protests”  on Thursday, July 11th. “It is hard to escape the impression that for all the sound and fury in Brasília, in the long-running stand-off between Brazil’s citizens and their politicians the politicians are holding their ground.” Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Although the protests that rocked Brazil last month have ended – for now at least – the country’s politicians are making every effort to show they hav(...)

A demonstrator embraces a police commander in a gesture of peace during a protest in Salvador. Photograph: Reuters/Valter Pontes

Up to 750,000 people took to the streets of cities across Brazil over the weekend in renewed demonstrations against the country’s political class desp(...)