The signs aren’t looking good for the South American nation’s future, and they point to similar problems in the U.S.
Jair Bolsonaro, a leading Brazilian presidential candidate, is stabbed during a campaign event, suffering severe blood loss. His attacker has been arrested.
Police clash with supporters of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who gathered to protest his incarceration. The former official has been sentenced to 12 years.
It's easy to lose the habits and values of democracy, but incredibly hard to get them back.
With a fragile democracy in upheaval, news is primarily coming from a right-leaning media monolith and social media, which tends to reinforce rather than expose biases.
Maybe certain other countries (ahem, USA) can learn from Brazil's example, as the Brazilian people elected their first female president on Sunday, and the significance of the event wasn't lost on President-elect Dilma Rousseff.
Dozens of cities in Brazil were in a state of emergency Tuesday after massive flooding in the north of the country killed at least 43 people and left more than 115,000 homeless, according to CNN.
During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Brasilia on Thursday, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the startling assertion that the current worldwide economic catastrophe was caused by "white people with blue eyes." Perhaps that last detail was thrown in to graciously let brown-eyed Brown off the hook.