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Extra! Amazon Rainforest 'On Fire' On Brazilian Front Page

A record number of fires have been raging for three weeks.
A record number of fires have been raging for three weeks.
Lawson Mario

Estado de Minas"s Aug. 23 front page

Pegou Fogo. "On Fire."

Belo Horizonte-based daily Estado de Minas chose this straightforward, yet impactful title for its Friday edition, letting the dramatic photograph of Amazon rainforest burning tell the story.

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reports that forest fires have increased by 84% this year compared to the same period last year.

Farmers often set fires illegally to clear land — a practice that has been made easier by the policies of Brazil's populist president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently undermined the country's environmental agencies, and even accused NGOs of setting fires themselves.

The issue gained such momentum that French President Emmanuel Macron called it an "international crisis." "Our house is burning," he tweeted, saying the issue ought to be discussed during the upcoming G7 summit in Biarritz.

Bolsonaro, for his part, admitted that Brazil lacked the resources to control the fires, while insisting that foreign governments should not interfere with what he considers a Brazilian issue.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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