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Bolsonaro appoints climate change denier and conspiracy theorist as foreign minister

BRAZIL’S president-elect Jair Bolsonaro named a man as right-wing as himself today to be the country’s next foreign minister when he takes office on January 1 next year.

Mr Bolsonaro announced on Twitter that the career diplomat Ernesto Araujo will lead the country’s foreign affairs, tweeting that he has been “a diplomat for 29 years and a brilliant intellectual.”

He wrote: “Brazilian foreign policy must be part of the moment of regeneration that Brazil is experiencing today.”

Mr Araujo, who campaigned for Mr Bolsonaro and has praised US President Trump, has a history of climate change denial and belief in right-wing conspiracies. In an October post from his blog, Metapolitics, he wrote that the left perverts legitimate concerns to “serve their political project of total domination.”

He wrote: “The left has appropriated the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change, the climatism.”

Thousands of scientific reports from all over the world, he claimed, have ignored data suggesting there is no correlation between rising temperatures and CO2 emissions.

“[Scientists and the left have] created a ‘scientific’ dogma that no-one else can contest on pain of being excommunicated from good society — exactly the opposite of the scientific spirit.”

In an earlier post this year, Mr Araujo invoked the right-wing conspiracy theory of “cultural Marxism,” which holds that feminism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, Marxism, communism and socialism will bring on the downfall of the West.

In a September blog post called “Metapolitics 17 — Against Globalism,” Mr Araujo wrote: “I want to help Brazil and the world liberate themselves from globalist ideology.

“Globalism is economic globalisation that has come to be piloted by cultural Marxism. Essentially it is an anti-human and anti-Christian system.

“Faith in Christ means today to fight against globalism, whose ultimate goal is to break the connection between God and man, make man a slave and God irrelevant.”

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