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Brazilian Supreme Court Requests President to Explain the Use of Armed Forces in the Amazon

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According to Plantao Brasil, STF (Brazilian Supreme Court) Minister Carmen Lucia gave President Jair Bolsonar and Defense Minister Fernando Azeved five days to provide information on the use of military forces on the border with Venezuela and indigenous lands in the Amazon states. The information request was posted on September 2.


The text of the request states that the decree and decree authorizing the use of the armed forces in actions against deforestation and fires between May and November of this year contribute to

"A real militarization of Brazil's environmental policy, blatant opposition to constitutional prescriptions and the usurpation of the authority of environmental authorities, especially the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA)."

The Supreme Court's request was fulfilled at the request of the Green Party and concerns the military operation called "Green Brazil-2", during which the activities of state ecologists were practically stopped, the military flooded the Amazon, but illegal tree felling and forest fires not only did not stop, but even intensified. Moreover, the actions of the military in the Amazon were supported by the military lobby in the government, which blocked financial reserves of the environmental institutions IBAMA and ICMBIO, which paralyzed the activities of environmentalists in the region and led to suspension of all operations to combat deforestation.

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Rodrigue Maia said on September 3 that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro is in favor of dismantling environmental institutions, and stressed that this has a "suicidal effect" on the country's economy and development.

It is noteworthy that the claims of the Supreme Court against Bolsonar regarding the militarization of the Amazon and the war with IBAMA almost completely repeat the arguments and facts that were presented a year ago in an article in the "Military Review" under the heading "Under the guise of environmental cooperation. American militarization of the Amazon", with only one difference - no mention of the role of the United States and the federal police in this process.

The assumption predicted in this article about the desire of the Bolsonaro government to abandon cooperation with India and China, whose satellites transmitted space images of the Amazon forests to ecologists, also came true. On August 31, the Brazilian federal police signed a satellite imagery contract with the American company Planet, closely cooperating with the American spy agency NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency).


The 39 millionth contract, concluded even without bidding, caused bewilderment from Brazilian environmental scientists, who said that the images from the Sino-Brazilian and Indian satellites were no worse. The federal police are justifying their cooperation with the United States by the increased need to track environmental crimes from space.

Brazilian Supreme Court Requests President to Explain the Use of Armed Forces in the Amazon

However, not all causes of deforestation are criminal in nature, and it is somewhat strange that the Brazilian Ministry of Environment did not take any part in financing the project, and the contract with Planet was financed from the budget of the National Public Security Fund (associated with the Ministry of Justice and the federal police).

It also became known that the Brazilian Ministry of Defense has allocated 145 million reais for acquisition of satellites to track the Amazon, but satellites do exactly the same job as Brazil's existing space monitoring tools. The Defense Ministry says the procurement funds were raised by the federal police as a result of anti-corruption operations.
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 6 September 2020 05: 41 New
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    Brazilian Supreme Court Requests President to Explain the Use of Armed Forces in the Amazon
    Big brother will need a lot of wood after a democratic pogrom.
  2. nikvic46
    nikvic46 6 September 2020 06: 59 New
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    Once a clever man said that the Siberian taiga and selva of the Amazon are the lungs of the planet Earth. American corporations are building roads, cutting down the jungle in huge quantities. And there is a small war between the population of these places. Those who got a job are in favor of transformation. road nature, of course, are fighting this arbitrariness. What you will not see only on the Amazon. In some areas of this river, even pirates are operating. In general, the picture is interesting.
    1. Reviews
      Reviews 6 September 2020 07: 50 New
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      Quote: nikvic46
      Once a clever man said that the Siberian taiga and selva of the Amazon are the lungs of the planet Earth.

      Strictly speaking,> 3/4 of oxygen is produced by phytoplankton. And this phrase was already about a century, then they did not know a lot.
      The role of forests is different. They regulate the climate, shelter animals, and much more. But their role in oxygen replenishment is somewhat exaggerated.
  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 6 September 2020 07: 07 New
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    Brazilian federal police have signed a satellite imagery contract with the American company Planet, which works closely with the American spy agency NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) ...

    Nothing has changed in Latin America over the past 100 years. As the American imperialists used it for their own selfish purposes, it is still using it to this day ...
  4. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 6 September 2020 07: 14 New
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    I am Aunt Charlie from Brazil, where there are many, many wild monkeys in the forests.
    laughing
    Judging by the publications of the author, and he, without a doubt, is deeply in the subject, for two years now, as the United States, with the hands of Brazil, must conduct full-fledged military operations in Venezuela. However, the predictions did not come true and this is good. Venezuela has a mouthful of worries even without Brazil.
    By the way, in the Amazon several years ago there were some problems with Russian tourists. What is the essence of the matter and how did it end?
    1. CPLCRB-press
      6 September 2020 07: 45 New
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      Here is the most complete article about this story with tourists http://cstcommand.com/index.php/countries/yuzhnaya-amerika/braziliya/item/34-14-let-za-pasport-rf-kak-rossiyane-v-brazilii -slomali-mashinu-gosudarstvennogo-terrorizma
      1. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 6 September 2020 07: 48 New
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        Thank you, I will definitely study the materials in your links! hi
    2. CPLCRB-press
      6 September 2020 07: 46 New
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      And here's another enchanting story with a tourist (in the same Amazon) http://cstcommand.com/index.php/countries/yuzhnaya-amerika/braziliya/item/68-braziliya-manaus-god-tyurmy-dlya-rossiyanina-zashedshego -po-oshibke-na-voennyj-ob-ekt
      1. A. Privalov
        A. Privalov 6 September 2020 08: 27 New
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        Quote: CPLCRB-press
        And here's another enchanting story with a tourist (in the same Amazon)

        Ah, "Russian traveler Denis Saltanov"! He is also known for his adventures in Indonesia.
        We have such a traveler here - a blogger, Alexei Lapshin, who has been traveling around the world for twenty years and constantly entering into various conflicts with the migration authorities of dozens of states. So, he reached Nagorno-Karabakh, fell under the sanctions of Azerbaijan, was detained and deported by Father Father, according to the Interpol warrant, sat in an Azerbaijani zinzan, almost died there, and now he is suing the Azerbaijani authorities in the European Court.
  5. Engineer Schukin
    Engineer Schukin 6 September 2020 07: 15 New
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    The 39-million contract, signed even without a bid, caused bewilderment among Brazilian environmental scientists, who said that the images from the Sino-Brazilian and Indian satellites were no worse.

    Forgive me, which grouping in Brazil, India and China is no worse than the grouping Planet Labs?
    PL has 350-400 satellites in orbit, a world leader by far in the daily monitoring of surface changes on Earth.
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 6 September 2020 07: 20 New
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    Soon the planet will remain without lungs, the forests of Brazil and Siberia ...
  7. CPLCRB-press
    6 September 2020 07: 54 New
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    We are talking about the quality (resolution) of images of a particular region - the Brazilian segment of the Amazon. Available satellites
    Quote: Engineer Schukin
    The 39-million contract, signed even without a bid, caused bewilderment among Brazilian environmental scientists, who said that the images from the Sino-Brazilian and Indian satellites were no worse.

    Forgive me, which grouping in Brazil, India and China is no worse than the grouping Planet Labs?
    PL has 350-400 satellites in orbit, a world leader by far in the daily monitoring of surface changes on Earth.

    We are talking about the quality (resolution) of images and a specific region - the Amazon. Brazilian institute INPE claims that the existing satellites fully fulfill their task and the parameters of the images are no worse than Planet Labs.
  8. CPLCRB-press
    6 September 2020 07: 55 New
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    Quote: parusnik
    Soon the planet will remain without lungs, the forests of Brazil and Siberia ...

    Siberia is less affected due to the fact that there are mostly coniferous forests, which produce less oxygen.
    1. parusnik
      parusnik 6 September 2020 08: 08 New
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      Siberia is less affected due to the fact that there are mostly coniferous forests, which produce less oxygen.
      ... Well, don't care then, if so, let everything burn and cut down ... smile
      1. CPLCRB-press
        6 September 2020 09: 30 New
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        Quote: parusnik
        Siberia is less affected due to the fact that there are mostly coniferous forests, which produce less oxygen.
        ... Well, don't care then, if so, let everything burn and cut down ... smile

        Well, why so at once))) Simply the lesser importance of Siberia as a global factor affecting the atmosphere explains why the world community is more stressed during fires in the Amazon. Well, the Siberian fires are, of course, also a disaster and disgrace.
  9. And why do you need
    And why do you need 6 September 2020 10: 15 New
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    Does Trump know about this? This is not a democratic country, sanctions are needed. How can you be against the president?
    1. CPLCRB-press
      6 September 2020 15: 11 New
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      Quote: Why do you need it?
      Does Trump know about this? This is not a democratic country, sanctions are needed. How can you be against the president?

      Brazil's new president is Trump's best friend.
  10. fa2998
    fa2998 6 September 2020 12: 14 New
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    Quote: CPLCRB-press
    Just the lesser importance of Siberia as a global factor affecting the atmosphere,

    We have a GLOBAL swamp in Siberia. It contains millions of tons of methane, only now frozen by permafrost. It thaws in some places only in summer. How will it be without forests is a big question, it may end with a greenhouse effect in the Earth format. hi
    1. CPLCRB-press
      6 September 2020 15: 10 New
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      Quote: fa2998
      Quote: CPLCRB-press
      Just the lesser importance of Siberia as a global factor affecting the atmosphere,

      We have a GLOBAL swamp in Siberia. It contains millions of tons of methane, only now frozen by permafrost. It thaws in some places only in summer. How will it be without forests is a big question, it may end with a greenhouse effect in the Earth format. hi

      Wow. One spark and a new "Tunguska methiorite" can happen.
  11. CPLCRB-press
    6 September 2020 15: 02 New
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    Quote: A. Privalov
    Quote: CPLCRB-press
    And here's another enchanting story with a tourist (in the same Amazon)

    Ah, "Russian traveler Denis Saltanov"! He is also known for his adventures in Indonesia.

    Yes, Saltanov made history in Indonesia. He is there again with his Indonesian wife. As for Lapshin, he is certainly not as harmless and peaceful as Saltanov and there were formally grounds for his detention, but the proportionality of the punishment also raises many questions.