Articles by Jonathan Watts

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Amazon Deforestation: Bolsonaro Government Accused of Seeking to Sow Doubt over Data
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 5 Aug 2019

1 Aug 2019 – The Amazon forest is being burned and chopped down at the most alarming rate in recent memory, but the Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro is focused on reinterpreting the data rather than dealing with the culprits, monitoring groups have said.

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Amazon Deforestation Accelerating Towards Unrecoverable ‘Tipping Point’
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 29 Jul 2019

25 Jul 2019 – Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, according to the latest government data, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. Data confirms fears that Pres. Jair Bolsonaro’s policy encourages illegal logging.

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Brazil Abolishes Huge Amazon Reserve in ‘Biggest Attack’ in 50 Years
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 28 Aug 2017

Brazilian president has dissolved Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold, with critics warning of irreversible damage.

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Ecuador Presidential Hopeful Promises to Evict Julian Assange from Embassy
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 13 Feb 2017

• Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says costly asylum no longer justified
• WikiLeaks founder has been living at London embassy for four and a half years

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Brazil Salutes Chico Mendes 25 Years after His Murder
Jan Rocha and Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 23 Dec 2013

That Dec. 22 murder, far from killing off the forest conservation campaign, has boosted its profile throughout the country and across the world, influencing a generation of conservationists and policymakers. Mendes is now a symbol of the global environment movement.

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Uruguay’s President José Mujica: No Palace, No Motorcade, No Frills
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 16 Dec 2013

The 78-year-old ‘world’s poorest president’ is a former member of the Tupamaros, notorious in the 1970s for bank robberies, kidnappings and distributing stolen food and money among the poor. He was shot by police six times and spent 14 years in a military prison, much of it in dungeon-like conditions.

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