Human-rights organizations are supposed to defend universal principles such as the rule of law and freedom from state repression. But when they are based in the United States and become close to the US government, they often find themselves aligned with US foreign policy.
Dilma's supporters are intent on saying that once Temer takes office, Brazil will enter a dreadful and dark period. They are pretending that Brazil's problems haven't already started, and that the PT has done nothing wrong.
In the end, most Brazilians saw the Rio Olympics as a waste of money well worth it for bringing the country a measure of hope and joy -- none greater than winning the first gold medal in man's soccer to complete the nation's unsurpassed record of achievement in the world's most popular sport.
Brazil now also has the ugly distinction of being the country with the most killings of environmental activists. It is unlikely that the new right-wing cabinet, tightly tied to agribusiness interests, will do much to prevent these murders.
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer has so far been a disastrous ruler in terms of women's rights. Putting Fátima Pelaes in charge of women's issues would be like appointing a former torturer to head the Human Rights Committee or asking a fox to guard a henhouse.
In light of all this information, this situation can only be described a coup. The conversations between Jucá and Machado make it even clearer that there is great similarity between what is happening now and what took place in 1964.
Michel Temer was little known outside of political circles until his appointment as Rousseff's Vice President, but the 75-year-old politician -- who served as speaker of the lower house of Congress three times -- knows the ins and outs of his party and of Congress.
The automatic rise of Michel Temer to power, thanks to the collapse of Dilma's government, doesn't solve the political and ethical crisis that Brazil currently faces. On the contrary, this supposed solution may fan the flames.