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.
Until now, complaining in Brazil has served as a common outlet for dealing with issues like high crime and corruption. Will protests morph into a larger movement? Spread to other countries?
Protests across Brazil have grown larger as inflation and economy woes mount.Though the protests were sparked by a bus fare increase, they now face the challenge of rallying behind a common goal.
The phrase is used frequently to complain about Brazil's problems, and how they'll worsen during megaevents. It's also the name of a new nonprofit aiming to highlight the positive in Brazil.
Car companies around the world appear to be cutting corners in models sold in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
With its cultural and linguistic ties to Africa, Brazil may have key advantages over fellow BRIC China.