The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
Remote tribes are supposedly safeguarded by a UN declaration, yet a recent alleged mass murder shows they are still vulnerable.
For a century, Brazil's Catholic Church has sent holy statues out to parishioners' homes. A new study finds that these visits create a local subeconomy, benefitting families and the church.
In Rio de Janeiro, a stray bullet kills or injures one person every seven hours.
Brazil claims mining and logging will boost the economy and help it protect the environment. But there is little evidence this works.
The sub-imperial formation called BRICS, which pretends to be a progressive global force could be divided by a series of crises.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
The 2017 Global Innovation Index shows that most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean could do much more to tap their innovation potential
The rise of the middle class in Africa is fuelling consumer economies and protection policies. But they tend to be disconnected from sustainability issues.
When financial times are tight, only those with soft power ambitions can see the economic sense in World Cups or Olympic Games.
The great dream of cars running on sustainable petrol has not bitten the dust. Here's why.
The spectacle of two countries confronting systemic corruption and bad government says a lot about the state of Latin American democracy.
The sounds and sights of Brazilian feminist funk.
Now that a judge has convicted Luiz Inacio da Silva of corruption and sentenced him him to almost a decade in prison, what's next for the country that loves him?
In one bloody week in June, 181 Rio residents were shot, including a baby in utero. It's now impossible not to notice that city's once-lauded favela "pacification" strategy has all but collapsed.
As a former president goes down for nine-and-a-half years, Brazil's judicial structures are weathering the political crisis well.
By speaking their truths in societies that would rather not know, queer painters, female rappers and other outsider artists are pushing the bounds of gender and sexuality in the developing world.
The 2015 Zika outbreak in South America brought the virus to global attention. But tracing the history of the virus in West Africa can give clues to tackling future outbreaks.
One of the world's most spectacularly unpopular president might yet make it through.
Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.