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Bolsonaro at UNGA: disappointed but not surprised

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Jair Bolsonaro had the first word. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

As is tradition, Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro opened the debates of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday morning. Those hoping for a moderate, conciliatory speech were left wanting; those who expected chaos were vindicated.

In a little over 30 minutes of oratory, Jair Bolsonaro—constantly squinting his eyes to read the distant teleprompter—unleashed wave after wave of bizarre rhetoric, with healthy doses of aggression and misinformation, and a pinch of pure insanity.

UN General Assembly: Half an hour of madness

Mr. Bolsonaro started as he meant to go on. “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a new Brazil,...

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