Category: Brazil

MST National Coordination: Burning the Amazon is a crime against humanity

“The Amazon is a territory of life, food, water, and cultures, not destruction, death, and exploitation”

Tom Phillips: Protesters besiege Brazilian embassies worldwide over Amazon fires

Activists condemn president Jair Bolsonaro’s failure to defend the forest as his supporters condemn ‘global left’

Marjorie Cohn: Amazon Fires Will Have Global Consequences. The UN Must Act

The Amazon is burning. Nearly 75,000 fires have started in the iconic Brazilian rainforest this year to date, an 84 percent increase from the year before. Since August 10, a spate of intentionally set fires have been raging in the Amazon. But Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, let them burn for two weeks before sending Read more…

Dean Baker: Brazil, the Amazon, and Global Warming

The rich countries lack of concern for the environment made it cheaper for them to develop. Now poorer countries, who are struggling to develop, are being told that they need to respect the environment for the good of the planet

David Miranda: Fires Are Devouring the Amazon

The ongoing destruction of the Amazon is taking place because of policy choices made by those who now rule Brazil

Vijay Prashad: Camp Marielle Vive, home for the landless

About two million people have — with the flag of the MST — seized land across Brazil. Brazil’s land is some of the most polluted on the planet, with high doses of pesticides and fertilisers saturating the soil.

Andrew Miller: How Bolsonaro Emboldened Brazilian Agribusiness

The United Nations is calling for the protection of the Amazon amid fears that thousands of fires raging across Brazil and some parts of Bolivia are rapidly destroying the world’s largest rainforest and paving the way for a climate catastrophe

Lee Fang: GOP Lobbyists Help Brazil Recruit U.S. Companies to Exploit the Amazon

One-fifth of the Amazon has already been destroyed in the past 50 years; further industrialization of the rainforest risks destroying another fifth, a loss that would be catastrophic for the global ecosystem

Juan Cole: 74,000 Amazon Wildfires Plunge Sao Paulo into Darkness

If our supposed 24-hour news channels can’t tell us about the truly central story for our lives, then they are pretty useless

Brian Mier: Media Blackout on Brazil’s Anti-Bolsonaro Protests

Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil’s far-right president?

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