Brazil’s next president could develop the Amazon—and wreck the planet

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Mother Jones—This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As the vast Brazilian rainforest steadily dwindles, so do our chances of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. And with the possible election of Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “Trump of the Tropics” and far-right frontrunner in the Brazilian presidential election, a crucial […]

How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president. Jair Bolsonaro is the monstrous product of the country’s silence about the crimes committed by its former dictatorship Many people in Brazil cannot bring themselves to utter the name of the rightwing extremist expected to win the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. On social networks, the former army officer Jair Bolsonaro is often referred to simply as “the thing”. To understand why Bolsonaro evokes such dread, consider some of the things he has said in the...