The postponement of President Dilma Rousseff's US state visit is a blow. But her domestic political standing may be as much a factor as anger over NSA spying.
Angered over allegations of US spying in Brazil, President Rousseff canceled her state visit this week. Her government also launched a 'big brother' style domestic surveillance program.
Newly published documents released by Edward Snowden indicate the US spied on the presidents of both countries.
After 450 days holed up in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz, the Bolivian opposition politician Roger Pinto left the country with the help of unauthorized Brazilian diplomatic action.
Many investors saw the BRICS as the next big economic project that would never fall to the same boom and bust cycles that are at the heart of Western economic models.
Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, and others are traveling abroad as never before as the world's growing middle classes get itchy feet.
Brazil's Mídia Ninja is a citizen media group that's been covering widespread protests through live streaming and other social media tools.
Brazil has changed immensely since Julia Michaels moved there 30 years ago, but the change came slowly. She sees recent protests as a pivotal shift.