Analysis: How a conspiracy theory about the Amazon forest echoes in Bolsonaro’s policies today

Analysis: How a conspiracy theory about the Amazon forest echoes in Bolsonaro’s policies today

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In 2000, when the internet in Brazil was still in its infancy, an email with an alarming message about the Amazon went viral. It claimed that the United States and the United Nations had taken the forest from Brazilians and transformed it into a protected area — a falsehood, but one that reflected a long-running conspiracy theory still promoted today by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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