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Leo DiCaprio Has Response for Brazil Prez

'We did not fund the organizations targeted'

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's accusation that he helped fund environmental NGOs that were setting fire to the Amazon , and the answer is no, he did not, reports CNN . "The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand... More »

Brazil Leader Targets A-List Actor Over Amazon Fires

Jair Bolsonaro points finger at Leonardo DiCaprio for rainforest blazes

(Newser) - Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that Bolsonaro claims are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil.... More »

Environmentalists Alarmed Over Latest Amazon Data

Deforestation is at an 11-year high, Brazil says

(Newser) - Environmentalists are ringing alarm bells after Brazil released its latest data on the Amazon rainforest, CNN reports. According to the government, the rainforest lost nearly 3,800 square miles over 12 months through July 2019, marking an 11-year high in deforestation and a 29.5% increase over the year before.... More »

Bolsonaro Waging War on ... Bic Pens

Amid feud with Macron, Brazil president says he'll stop using pen 'because it is French'

(Newser) - The US-China trade war might be grabbing most headlines, but things just got serious in the spat between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work," said Bolsonaro in announcing that he's going... More »

Now Bolsonaro Might Take That $22M, on One Condition

Brazilian president wants Emmanuel Macron to apologize

(Newser) - So maybe Brazil will take that $22 million after all. After a rep for President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the aid package offered by the G7 and mocked French President Emmanuel Macron while doing so early Tuesday, Bolsonaro hours later indicated he actually would accept it—on one condition. The Washington ... More »

Brazil Rejects G7 Money to Fight Amazon Fires, Trolls Macron

Government says Europe should use funds to 'reforest'

(Newser) - With thousands of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government has decided it is more interested in trolling Emmanuel Macron than in accepting assistance. After the G7 offered $22 million to help Brazil fight the fires, a spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the offer and mocked... More »

Macron: Brazil President 'Incredibly' Rude to My Wife

French leader accuses Jair Bolsonaro of making 'disrespectful comment' about Brigitte

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro have been publicly sniping over the wildfires in the Amazon. Now things have turned personal. On Monday, Macron accused Bolsonaro of insulting his wife, Brigitte. "For him to have made incredibly disrespectful comments about my spouse—what can I say... More »

Amazon Fires Catch the World's Attention

Even amid disagreement over just how bad they are

(Newser) - It's the dry season in Brazil, meaning wildfires are burning all over the country, including in the Amazon rainforest. In fact, the Brazilian agency in charge of monitoring fires—the National Institute for Space Research—reports that a record 74,155 blazes were burning as of this week, up... More »

Whistleblower: Brazil Is Aiding in Amazon's Destruction

About 2.5 acres of rainforest are destroyed every minute

(Newser) - "It feels like we are the enemies of the Amazon." That's according to a senior environmental official in Brazil, where satellite images show a chunk of Amazon rainforest the size of a soccer field is being destroyed every minute. Speaking anonymously to the BBC , the official describes... More »

He Was to Fly With Brazil's Prez —Then Came Luggage Search

Airman accused of smuggling cocaine into Spain ahead of G20

(Newser) - A promise to curtail drugs and crime helped Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro get elected last year—hence why NPR reports the arrest of a member of his G20 party is so embarrassing. Brazilian Air Force Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues—serving as flight steward on a military plane en route to... More »

Brazil Prez Backs Off Holocaust 'Forgiveness'

Israel had criticized Bolsonaro's statement

(Newser) - After drawing criticism for remarks suggesting the Jewish genocide during World War II could be forgiven, Brazil's president now says that isn't quite what he meant. Jair Bolsonaro had said Thursday of the Holocaust: "We can forgive, but we can't forget. That's my phrase. Those... More »

Brazil May Revise Textbooks to Eliminate Mention of 'Coup'

Government says military's ouster of president was merely an 'institutional shift'

(Newser) - In 1964, the military in Brazil ousted President Joao Goulart, setting up a dictatorship infamous for its brutality that would rule for the next two decades. The ouster may sound like the very definition of a coup, but the current government of Brazil thinks otherwise. The education minister plans to... More »

Sea of Mud and Waste Leaves 9 Dead, 300 Missing

Dam collapse devastates Brumadinho, Brazil

(Newser) - Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing. Nearly a full day since the disaster happened, finding many more... More »

New Government Calls Bundchen a 'Bad Brazilian'

Agriculture minister angered by environmental activism

(Newser) - The agriculture minister in Brazil's new administration has declared that supermodel Gisele Bundchen, one of the country's most famous citizens, is a "bad Brazilian." Her offense: criticizing deforestation and calling for environmental protections. In an interview Monday, Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country'... More »

New President Promises to 'Free Brazil' From Socialism

'Our flag will never be red,' Bolsonaro says

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil's president Tuesday, taking the reins of Latin America's largest and most populous nation with promises to overhaul myriad aspects of daily life and put an end to business-as-usual governing. For the far-right former army captain, the New Year's Day inauguration... More »

Bolton: These 3 Countries Are the 'Troika of Tyranny'

He slams leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela

(Newser) - More than 16 years after arguing that George W. Bush should add Cuba, Syria, and Libya to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea in the "Axis of Evil," John Bolton has coined a new term. In a policy speech at a conference in Miami, the national security adviser dubbed... More »

Brazil Votes for Radical Change

Far-right congressman Bolsonaro elected president

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro, a brash far-right congressman who has waxed nostalgic for Brazil's old military dictatorship, won the presidency of Latin America's largest nation Sunday as voters looked past warnings that he would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil. The former army... More »

'Brazil's Trump' Falls Just Short of Stunning Victory

Bolsonaro will face Haddad in second round

(Newser) - A far-right former army captain who expresses nostalgia for Brazil's military dictatorship won the first round of its presidential election by a surprisingly large margin Sunday, but fell just short of getting enough votes to avoid a second-round runoff against a leftist rival. Jair Bolsonaro, whose last-minute surge almost... More »

'Brazil's Trump' Stabbed at Campaign Rally

Jair Bolsonaro suffered serious wounds to abdomen

(Newser) - A Brazilian presidential candidate who has campaigned on getting tough on violent crime was stabbed in the guts while mixing with the public at a rally Thursday—and analysts say it could secure his victory. Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old whose divisive, right-wing policies have earned him the nickname "Brazil'... More »

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