An appeals court ruling against popular Brazilian ex-president Lula has hotly divided Brazil. A legal scholar argues that this is a case of activist judges taking their anti-graft crusade too far.
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?
As a former president goes down for nine-and-a-half years, Brazil's judicial structures are weathering the political crisis well.
By exposing, prosecuting and sentencing Brazil's corrupt politicians, prosecutors, judges and citizens are draining the swamp that has overwhelmed the country for so long.
Brazil's place within the BRICS bloc is becoming questionable. Since the new President Michel Temer took over, Brazil's foreign policy has shifted away from BRICS ideals to favour western interests.
Luis Inacio 'Lula' da Silva's center-left policies helped lift millions of Brazilians out of poverty, earning him the title 'leader of the poor.' It's a legacy worth preserving.
Brazilians are disgusted with all their politicians. Can anyone take control?
Lula led an unprecedented shift in the country’s foreign policy towards the global South. He also helped elevate Brazil to the status of a global player. But, six years on, disillusionment reigns.