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Smoke from a thousand miles away: Who set the Amazon on fire?

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Bolsonaro came into power sending all these signals to ranchers and miners and soy farmers - everybody who's interested in ripping down the rainforest - that he wasn't going to punish them. He cut the budget of the governmental agency fighting global warming by 95%. He butchered all the regulatory agencies protecting against deforestation on indigenous reservations.

Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports from under the cloud of the burning Amazon - as swathes of the rainforest go up in flames, decades of 'development' policies imposed by the Global North and destructive extractive and agricultural export complex unleashed by president Jair Bolsonaro lit a thousand matches in the jungle.

Brian wrote the article The Day the Sky Went out for Brasilwire.

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Brian Mier is co-editor at Brasil Wire and Brazil correspondant for TeleSur English's news program From the South.

 

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