Little over eight months since they impeached their last president, now Brazil's Michel Temer is facing demands for impeachment and new elections amid a scandal around alleged illicit payments to a jailed politician.
Brazil is among the latest countries in Latin America to create a truth commission to investigate abuses during the country's military dictatorship. But as John Otis reports, there's little confidence in Brazil that the truth commission will do much good.
Environmentalists around the world have their eyes on Brazil. A controversial new version of the Forest Code, the law designed to protect Brazil's forests, has passed through parliament and awaits President Dilma Rousseff's signature.
Brazil's environmentalists have been pushing the nation's president to roll back the sweeping environmental changed the country's Congress passed. They got some of what they want, but another environmentalists is pushing for a radical change in how we think about climate change treaties.
As the global economic crisis has consumed more and more time and attention, focus on the global warming crisis has waned. So it wasn't surprising when President Barack Obama chose not to attend the Rio+20 conference this week in Brazil, and it also was unsurprising when there was little progress reported there.
Brazil was ruled by an abusive military dictatorship decades ago, like many other South American countries. But alone among its neighbors, Brazil has resisted efforts to confront and deal with that past. A new Truth Commission has been established to investigate, but no concrete actions are expected.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has postponed a state visit to the US next month because of allegations leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Brazilians are angry that the US has been intercepting their emails and phone calls.