SHOCKING wildfires have been spreading across Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and there are no signs of the fires stopping any time soon. But what caused the massive rainforest fires to break out and when did it start? Here's the latest. What started the massive fire in the Amazon rainforest? Wildfires are common in the dry season, but are also deliberately set by farmers illegally deforesting land for cattle ranching. Conservationists have blamed the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, for the current Amazon rainforest fires, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land. Since becoming president, Bolsonaro has opposed protections for the rainforest, saying the land should be used for agriculture and mining. The National Geographic has blamed the blaze on deforestation. Thomas Lovejoy, an ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, said: “This is without any question one of only two times that there have been fires like this. “There’s no … [Read more...] about What started the Amazon rainforest fires and how bad is it?
President Donald Trump designated Brazil a “major non-NATO ally” on Wednesday, making good on a pledge he made to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in March of greater military cooperation. The move, announced by the White House on Wednesday, will give the Brazilian military preferential access to American weaponry and training facilities that other nations outside of NATO cannot access. The announcement comes four months after Trump publicly promised Bolsonaro greater security cooperation.“I intend to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, maybe a NATO ally,” he said at the time. “I’ll have to talk to a lot of people but maybe a NATO ally – which will greatly advance security and cooperation between our countries.” Brazil joins 16 other countries in attaining major non-NATO ally status in a list that includes South Korea, Australia, and Argentina. Colombia is the … [Read more...] about U.S. Designates Brazil ‘Major Non-NATO Ally’
A prison riot triggered by gang rivalries in the state of Pará, Brazil, left at least 57 dead – including 16 beheaded – on Monday, leaving authorities to identify the fallen, relocate the culprits, and prevent a revenge attack. Authorities believe the attackers are members of Comando Class A (CCA), an organized crime gang that has risen in prominence in northern Brazil, where the riot occurred. CCA members reportedly attacked inmates known to be members of the Red Command (CV) gang, initially locking them in a prison annex and setting it on fire. Reports indicate that, in addition to beheading, smoke inhalation appears to have killed the highest number of inmates.The riot is the deadliest since 1992, but only the latest since May. Brazil has long struggled with prison overpopulation enabling violence, as officials have no choice but to place members of rival gangs near each other and guards are often significantly outnumbered. Police are reportedly still working on … [Read more...] about 57 Dead, over a Dozen Beheaded in Brazil Prison Riot
A fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova emerged in the late 1950s and gained a worldwide following in the 1960s, pioneered by Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim, who composed the iconic Girl From Ipanema, which was sung Gilberto, his wife Astrud Gilberto and others. … [Read more...] about João Gilberto, Brazilian bossa nova pioneer, dies at 88
News / World by Press Association 26/06/2019, 1:23 am Updated: 26/06/2019, 1:29 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Brazil’s Supreme Court has denied a petition to release former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who is serving a sentence for corruption. In a three-two vote, a panel of Supreme Court judges rejected freeing da Silva while they consider a petition from his defence team demanding his release because of alleged inappropriate behaviour by the judge in the case. Da Silva is serving his sentence in a police station in Curitibia. He has been held since April 7 2018. Da Silva’s lawyers argue then-judge Sergio Moro offered guidance to prosecutors in investigations that led to da Silva’s conviction. Mr Moro has said he did nothing improper. Da Silva was president in 2003-2010 and was convicted of corruption over a beachfront apartment that prosecutors say he received from a construction company. … [Read more...] about Brazil’s top court denies petition to release ex-president