BRAZIL’S BOLSONARO PUSHES BACK ON CRITICISM OVER AMAZON FIRES
On August 22, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro conceded that the record number of fires raging in the Amazon may be due to farmers illegally setting fires, but told foreign powers not to interfere with Brazil’s sovereignty. Government figures indicate that fires in the Amazon have risen 83% compared to the same period last year. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern over the fires on Twitter, calling them an “international crisis” that should be discussed at the upcoming G7 summit. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics/as-amazon-burns-brazi….