Brazilian Bolsonaro destroys Amazon, cartoon

Brazilian Bolsonaro destroys Amazon, cartoon

This cartoon by Argus in the Netherlands is about Brazilian right-wing president Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest. The caption says Logging of Amazon stimulated by Bolsonaro.

Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon. By Joe Catron.

This 23 August 2019 video is called The Amazon isn’t “Burning” – It’s Being Burned.

Amazon fires in Brazil

This 24 August 2019 Science Insider video says about itself:

Why The Amazon Fires Are Such A Big Deal

As of August 20, more than 74,000 fires have been recorded across the Brazilian Amazon. That’s nearly double the total number of fires in 2018. So, what happened? Environmental groups blame Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has indicated that protecting the rainforest is not a priority. They say Bolsonaro has emboldened ranchers … to set fire to forests to acquire more land, now with impunity. Scientists warn that the results may be devastating. They say the Amazon is near a tipping point, beyond which the forest could turn into a dry savannah.

This 23 August 2019 video is called Amazon fires: the tribes fighting to save their dying rainforest.

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is being ravaged by fire. More than 74,000 fires have burned in the country since January, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research — with 9,500 new forest fires igniting since just last week, the result of the natural dry season and fires intentionally ignited to clear forest. Black smoke billows from treetops, spreading across parts of South America and even shrouding the coastal city of São Paulo in near darkness. The fires, along with concerns about biodiversity and climate change, have triggered global alarm: here.

NASA Pictures Capture Amazon Fires All the Way from Space. The images are a shocking representation of a dire situation: here.

Amazon rainforest burning, update

This 24 August 2014 video says about itself:

From the South: As the Amazon continues to burn we’re joined live by social and environmental policy specialist Adriana Ramos – who works in an advocacy team focusing on Amazon conservation – to discuss the situation and what can be done to both bring the blaze under control and mitigate its consequences.

Satellite imagery reveals that at least a quarter of the Amazon rainforest is on fire or covered in soot and ash across the four Brazilian Amazonian states: Amazonas, Rondônia, Mato Grosso and Pará: here.

Brazil’s far-right president facing international backlash over devastating Amazon fire: here.

Environmentalists demand Bolsonaro halt the Amazon’s destruction. Extinction Rebellion leads protest outside Brazil’s London embassy: here.

Extinction Rebellion activists protest outside the Brazilian Embassy in London, England against President Jair Bolsonaro's inaction on the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 23 August 2019:

Editorial: It’s capitalism that has set the Amazon alight

FRENCH and Irish threats to block the EU-Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil takes action on accelerating deforestation demonstrate the power of protest to deliver positive change.

President Emmanuel Macron might sniff that Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro lied to him at the G20 in June, when he apparently expressed concerns for the environment.

If so, Macron is easily hoodwinked. That Bolsonaro’s government would be an environmental disaster has been obvious since before it came to power.

This is a man who revels in the name “the tropical Trump”, taking his inspiration from the world’s most powerful climate change denier; who has transferred decisions on the demarcation of indigenous lands from the National Indigenous Affairs Ministry to the agribusiness-dominated Ministry of Agriculture; who appointed a man who claims climate change is a Marxist plot to empower China as foreign minister.

Even from a president with a better record, the idea that a few verbal commitments would neutralise the threat posed to the environment by the EU-Mercosur deal is untenable. A treaty known informally as the “cows for cars” agreement was condemned by environmental campaigners as soon as its terms were known.

As eco-activist group Fern’s Perrine Fournier said when it was signed: “This trade deal is a double whammy for the planet: it will exacerbate deforestation and encourage the production of big, dirty cars.”

Well before his victory in a travesty of an election in which the frontrunner, socialist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was barred from standing and thrown into jail on charges so flimsy they have provoked international derision, Bolsonaro had sought to exploit resentment of wealthy Westerners whose environmental protection fad was denying Brazilians the right to develop their own land.

His response to Macron’s criticisms this week is in that vein, saying his French counterpart has a “colonial mindset”.

But for all his nationalist rhetoric, Bolsonaro’s economic programme represents a step back towards semi-colonial servitude when compared with that of Workers Party leaders Lula and Dilma Rousseff, whose stress on co-operation between global South countries to resist exploitation by the main capitalist powers gave Brazil a genuinely independent foreign policy.

One that contrasts to today’s fawning on Washington and connivance at US attempts to break other Latin American countries such as Venezuela which refuse to bend the knee.

If deforestation is being driven by the home-grown agribusiness industry, the so-called “ruralistas”, these Brazilian suppliers are at the bottom of the global food chain. Tearing up regulations to facilitate the supply of raw materials to Western corporations recreates the colonial relationship.

This does not mean that Macron or Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on their belated panic over images of the Brazilian rainforest in flames. Growing climate protest by people who have woken up to the scale of the threat is forcing politicians to act.

Macron’s fear for the planet didn’t trouble his conscience when “liberalising” the French transport system to remove restrictions on unnecessary duplication of routes by multiple companies as part of bids to deregulate and privatise the railway system.

The Amazon on fire may be more eyecatching than a green light for privateer coach travel but, like the EU-Mercosur deal itself, Macron’s transport deregulation points to a deeper problem.

The rallies demanding “system change not climate change” have grasped something the French president has not: a world economy driven by capitalism’s constant need to maximise profit is behind the unsustainable assault on the planet’s natural resources.

Treaties and institutions promoting the “free market” rights of corporations and impeding the democratic rights of peoples to stand in their way will only accelerate the destruction of the environment, even if they include supposed safeguards. This applies to the EU itself, not just the agreements it signs with other trading blocs or nations.

Amazon rainforest burning, far-right Brazilian Bolsonaro fiddling

This 22 August 2019 video says about itself:

Bolsonaro blames Amazon rainforest wildfires on green groups | DW News

Brazil‘s right wing president Jair Bolsonaro says non-governmental organisations may have intentionally started wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to embarrass him and his government. He offered no evidence to back up his claim.

The truth is that Bolsonaro‘s rich supporters start many of these fires: ranchers wanting to replace the rainforest with agribusiness for them to get even richer. To do that, the Bolsonaro supporters murder native Americans living in the forest; inspired by Bolsonaro’s anti-native Brazilian rhetoric and policies.

According to Brazil’s space agency, a record number of almost 73,000 forest fires were recorded in the country already this year. The Amazon forest produces one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and absorbs one-quarter of all the CO2 taken in by the earth’s forests. Losing the Amazon rainforest could mean losing one of the world’s greatest natural defenses against climate change.

This Instagram post by Dutch model Doutzen Kroes gives more honest information on the Amazon fires than environmentalists-smearing Bolsonaro does. One point of criticism: Ms Kroes writes about ‘farmers’ starting the fires. While better names for these rich people are ranchers, big landowners, landlords.

This 17 August 2019 video is called Brazil’s Bolsonaro Permitting “Brutal, Fast” Decimation of Amazon Rainforest.

This 22 August 2019 video shows that, contrary to Bolsonaro, the left-wing government of neighbouring Bolivia is acting against the wildfires in its part of the Amazon.

This 23 August 2019 musical parody video from Britain is called O Prodígio – Fire Starter (Bolsonaro as The Prodigy).

It is a parody of the The Prodigy song Fire Starter.

It says about itself:

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is O Prodígio on Amazon-burning new single, “Fire Starter”.


Fuck you, I am Jair Bolsonaro

I’m the trouble starter, tree incinerator
Eco genocider, fuck you birds and spiders!
I’m a firestarter, death to Amazonia
I’m a firestarter, liberals I’ve owned ya!
I’m a firestarter – okay, send in the farmers!

Fuck indingenous people, so what if it’s not legal?
They should use their tears to put out Jair’s fires
I’m a firestarter for the agricultural sector
Eco genocider, carbon dioxider
Get used to CO2, soon there will be no you

Fuck you all!

Now, after a storm of indignation all over the world, Bolsonaro has given in somewhat. He says he will send the army to the Amazon to fight fires.

Here is a video about Latin Americans demonstrating against Bolsonaro’s fires.