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US News The Amazon isn’t on fire, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells the U.N. General Assembly; it’s full of riches

11:41  25 september  2019
11:41  25 september  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday rejected calls for foreign intervention in the burning Amazon , telling world leaders his country would use the rainforest’ s resources as it sees fit. The Amazon isn ’ t in flames, he told the U . N . General Assembly in New York, but brimming with riches .

Brazil ' s President Jair Bolsonaro told the United Nations on Tuesday that indigenous people in the Amazon were to blame for fires in the rainforest this year and attacked the In a pre-recorded speech to a remote session opening the U . N . General Assembly , the far-right leader rebutted international

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday rejected calls for foreign intervention in the burning Amazon, telling world leaders his country would use the rainforest’s resources as it sees fit. 

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Here in Brazil , that human activity has human names and faces: those of Jair Bolsonaro , the It is insufficient, and arguably offensive, for already developed and rich western powers which have done The Amazon belongs to Brazil , but the need to save the planet belongs to all of humanity, and all of

President Jair Bolsonaro has insisted that the Brazilian areas of the Amazon rainforest are sovereign territory. He said it was a "fallacy" to describe the Amazon as the heritage of humanity and a "misconception" that its forests Brazil - home to more than half the Amazon rainforest - has seen.

The Amazon isn’t in flames, he told the U.N. General Assembly in New York, but brimming with riches. And Brazil will decide how to develop it.

“We are open to explore our potential in a sustainable way, through partnerships that add value,” Bolsonaro said. It was his first address on the world stage since the worst fires in a decade hit the Amazon this year.

In a speech peppered with references to God, socialism and patriotism, he said foreign powers with an eye on Brazil’s natural riches “have an interest in keeping indigenous people living like cave men.”

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri © Thomson Reuters Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Brazil ’ s President Jair Bolsonaro attacked the “environmental psychosis” of European leaders concerned over his administration’ s plans to develop the Amazon rainforest, and insisted that the numbers showing sharply increased rates of deforestation were “lies.”

It was the first time Bolsonaro had invited foreign journalists to his weekly media breakfast and he entered the room with a breezy “good morning” – in “I perfectly understand the level of the poisoning that is done to Brazil by the foreign press.” His affable mood changed when questions turned to the

Flanked by a team that included an indigenous supporter, he said vast tribal lands are filled with gold, diamonds and uranium waiting to be explored. 

Marina Silva, a former environmental minister who presided over a massive reduction in deforestation in the 2000s, said Bolsonaro’s speech would further alienate Brazil from global efforts to preserve the environment.

“It is unfortunate, worrying and very sad to see Brazil, which was once a protagonist in the environmental agenda, deny the reality of the grave problem of deforestation,” she said. “Only someone completely deranged and delirious can negate that which the eyes can see.”

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The Amazon isn’t on fire, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells the U.N. General Assembly; it’s full of riches

  The Amazon isn’t on fire, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells the U.N. General Assembly; it’s full of riches In a speech peppered with references to God, socialism and patriotism, he railed against foreign powers and vowed his country will use the Amazon’s resources for development.A special message from MSN: Now is the time to take urgent action to protect our planet. We’re committed to stopping the devastating effects of the climate crisis on people and nature by supporting Friends of the Earth. Join us here.

The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro , addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, decried the notion that the Amazon forests are “a As fires have surged in the Amazon , the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ’ s disdain for environmental-protection measures has drawn

Since Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took office, governmental measures to curb illegal fires have shown Most fires in the Amazon are set by land-grabbers and wildcat ranchers, seeking to transform parts " It ' s hard to say when it ' s going to happen, but we are seeing that it is coming faster than we

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​The fires, which continue, have been blamed largely on loggers and farmers, who set them to clear land for pasture and agribusiness. Bolsonaro campaigned last year on promises to open the Amazon for development; deforestation rates there have nearly doubled since he took office in January. 

In August, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research detected more than 30,000 fires in the Amazon, triple the number for the same month in 2018.

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Bolsonaro’s administration has dismissed the fires as seasonal, but critics have blamed lax environmental oversight. International criticism and calls for foreign intervention have rankled Bolsonaro, who has cast them as attacks on Brazil’s sovereignty. 

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“Every country has its problems,” he said. “But the sensationalist attacks that we have suffered, in large part at the hands of the international media, because of the fires in the Amazon, awoke in us a feeling of patriotism.

“It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is a world heritage.”

A Pataxo indigenous man attends the launch of the report on violence against indigenous peoples in Brazil, at the headquarters of the National Conference of Bishops in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. A Brazilian Catholic Church agency says invasions of indigenous lands have jumped in the first nine months of President Jair Bolsonaro administration. © ASSOCIATED PRESS A Pataxo indigenous man attends the launch of the report on violence against indigenous peoples in Brazil, at the headquarters of the National Conference of Bishops in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. A Brazilian Catholic Church agency says invasions of indigenous lands have jumped in the first nine months of President Jair Bolsonaro administration. Bolsonaro rejected a $22.2 million aid package offered by the Group of Seven last month to help fight the fires. He has said any assistance must respect Brazil’s sovereignty. 

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In describing the wealth of the Amazon, Bolsonaro named the Yanomami tribal land in northern Brazil. The research institute Oswaldo Cruz Foundation reported this year that illegal mining there is so rampant that more than half the population has mercury poisoning.

Bolsonaro read a letter of support signed by an indigenous agricultural group denouncing exploitation by “countries who still see in Brazil a colony without rules or sovereignty.”

Jair Bolsonaro standing in front of a box: Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in New York. © Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in New York. “The United Nations has played a fundamental role in the suppression of co­lo­ni­al­ism, and we cannot allow this mentality to return to these rooms and corridors at any pretext,” Bolsonaro said. “We cannot forget that the world needs to be fed.” 

Indigenous and environmental activists said the president and the indigenous supporter who appeared with him, Ysani Kalapalo, do not represent them.

“He wants to deliver our land for exploration, and we will never abide by this position,” said Sônia Guajajara, head of the Brazilian indigenous People’s Association. “The indigenous movement across the five regions of this country do not agree with Bolsonaro’s politics. We will continue fighting, opposing and making ourselves foes of this government.”

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