அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு

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அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு.

'' நீதி, மதம், அரசியல், சமுதாயம் சம்பந்தமான எல்லாவித சொல்லடுக்குகளுக்கும் பிரகடனங்களுக்கும் வாக்குறுதிகளுக்கும் பின்னே ஏதாவதொரு வர்க்கத்தின் நலன்கள் ஒழிந்து நிற்பதைக் கண்டுகொள்ள மக்கள் தெரிந்துகொள்ளாத வரையில் அரசியலில் அவர்கள் முட்டாள்தனமான ஏமாளிகளாகவும் தம்மைத் தாமே ஏமாற்றிக்கொள்வோராகவும் இருந்தனர், எப்போதும் இருப்பார்கள். பழைய ஏற்பாடு ஒவ்வொன்றும் எவ்வளவுதான் காட்டு மிராண்டித் தனமாகவும் அழுகிப் போனதாகவும் தோன்றிய போதிலும் ஏதாவது ஒரு ஆளும்வர்க்கத்தின் சக்தியைக் கொண்டு அது நிலைநிறுத்தப்பட்டு வருகிறது. சீர்திருத்தங்கள், அபிவிருத்திகள் ஆகியவற்றின் ஆதரவாளர்கள் இதை உணராத வரையில் பழைய அமைப்பு முறையின் பாதுகாவலர்கள் அவர்களை என்றென்றும் முட்டாளாக்கிக் கொண்டே இருப்பார்கள். இந்த வர்க்கங்களின் எதிர்ப்பைத் தகர்த்து ஒழிப்பதற்கு ஒரே ஒரு வழிதான் உண்டு. அது என்ன?

பழைமையைத் துடைத்தெறியவும் புதுமையைச் சிருக்ஷ்டிக்கவும் திறன் பெற்றவையும், சமுதாயத்தில் தாங்கள் வகிக்கும் ஸ்தானத்தின் காரணமாக அப்படிச் சிருக்ஷ்டித்துக் தீரவேண்டிய நிர்ப்பந்தத்திலிருக்கிறவையுமான சக்திகளை, நம்மைச் சூழ்ந்துள்ள இதே சமுதாயத்துக்குள்ளேயே நாம் கண்டுபிடித்து, அந்தச் சக்திகளுக்கு ஞானமூட்டிப் போராட்டத்துக்கு ஸ்தாபன ரீதியாகத் திரட்ட வேண்டும். இது ஒன்றேதான் வழி. ''

மாமேதை தோழர் லெனின்
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

India and the First World War

போயர் யுத்தம்: போலிச் சுதந்திரமும் போக்கிரி காந்தியும்

 

Meet Sergeant Major Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
 
Manimugdha S Sharma
| TNN | Oct 2, 2014, 09.11 PM IST

NEW DELHI: British steamer SS Kinfauns Castle had reached the English Channel from Cape Town in South Africa in August 1914 when one of the passengers received important news: the British Empire was at war with Germany. Upon reaching Britain, he would declare unconditional support to the British war effort and propose to raise an Indian volunteer unit. He was barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi*

(*Born: 2 October 1869, Porbandar, India Assassinated: 30 January 1948, New Delhi, India ENB)
























Historians and political pundits have forever struggled to explain why the apostle of peace and non-
violence had rendered support to the British Empire in the First World War*(*28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.ENB)

Some say Gandhi was a loyalist who had great faith in the British; some say Gandhi was an opportunist who tried to use the Great War to extract political concessions from Britain. Gandhi himself struggled to explain it and gave contradictory statements to justify his stand right up to the mid-1920s. But until the end of the war, Gandhi understood Britain's cause to be a righteous one and worth fighting for.

 "We have to understand that Gandhi was a politician back then, and like all politicians, he did contradict himself several times. But at that time in India, there was no demand for total independence or 'poorna swaraj' but dominion status. So it wasn't just Gandhi but most political leaders of that time, cutting across party lines, supported in varying degrees the British war effort," says military historian Squadron Leader Rana T S Chhina (Retd).

 By late August, 1914, it had become clear to Gandhi that the Indian Army would be deployed on the Western Front and there could be many Indians wounded needing medical care.
So Gandhi proposed to raise an Indian ambulance corps that was soon sanctioned by the British war office. It was not the first time that Gandhi had appealed to Indians to join a British war: during the Second Boer War in 1899-1902 and Zulu War in 1906, Gandhi, then in South Africa, had raised an Indian ambulance corps in which he served as a sergeant-major of the British Army. In the next five months, Gandhi managed to inspire many Indians to join the corps, some of whom later served in hospitals in Southampton and Brighton where Indian war casualties were treated. In this cause, he was aided by his wife Kasturba and Sarojini Naidu, who also drew up a resolution for unconditional support to the British Empire.


Gandhi himself took nursing classes, though he soon fell ill with pleurisy and couldn't himself tend to the Indian wounded. "Gandhi is considered to be an icon in Indian military medicine. We still have a photo of him in military uniform at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune," says Brigadier MSVK Raju (Retd), formerly the head of psychiatry at AFMC.

In the next few years, Gandhi continued to espouse the cause of the British, though he also fought British imperialism through Champaran satyagraha in 1917 and the Kheda satyagraha in 1918. In fact, after Kheda satyagraha ended, Gandhi aggressively started campaigning for the war as a recruiting officer of the empire. This time, Gandhi wasn't recruiting non-combatants but fighters. Other leaders like Gopalkrishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mohammed Ali Jinnah also endorsed the empire's cause in varying degrees.

 According to UK-based author Vedica Kant, who is in India for the launch of her first book, 'If I die here, who will remember me? India in the First World War', Gandhi was different from other leaders. "Like others who demanded or expected concessions from the British in return for support to the war, Gandhi, right from the beginning, gave unconditional support. Gandhi was also instrumental in expanding the recruiting bases of the Indian Army to Gujarat and other places: places that didn't have the so-called martial races as identified by the British. By 1918, the empire was in dire need of men and they had to look to Gujarat, Bengal, Madras etc for recruiting," Kant says.

 One of the many recruiting centres in Gujarat was set up at Pollen Dharamshala in Godhra (now mostly remembered for the Sabarmati Express burning incident of 2002). There, on April 16, 1918, a large gathering of Thakores of Rewa Kantha Agency and Panch Mahals, and common people heard Gandhi present a report on his recruiting work. He said Kaira area had contributed the most in Gujarat. Gandhi then donated a sum of Rs 102 from his own pocket for the war effort. At the end of the day, Rs 4,500 had been collected for the war; Rs 1,000 more came from a ticketed concert held in the evening. The government, in gratitude, awarded bonuses to both recruits and recruiters.


Then on June 26, 1918, Gandhi addressed a mass gathering in Borsad taluka and said, "Voluntary enlistment is the right key to self-government, to say nothing of the manliness and broadmindedness it confers. The honour of our women is bound up with it inasmuch as by enlisting ourselves, we shall acquire that capacity for self-defence, the absence of which at present makes us unable to protect our women and children... The opportunity for military training now open to us all will not present itself in the future... A man who is afraid of death is constitutionally incapable of passive resistance. For a proper appreciation of the true significance of passive resistance the power of physical endurance needs to be cultivated.

























After the alone can practise 'ahimsa' who knows 'himsa' not in the abstract but in fact."

he war, though, following the British government backtracking on its assurances of granting self-government to India and coming up with repressive measures, Gandhi lost faith in the empire. He and many others started seeing the Indian soldiers who volunteered for the war as mercenaries.

"That's where we went wrong. The Indian Army fought with the consent of the Indian leadership. And that's why our soldiers cannot be called mercenaries. Now, people today may not like it that so many Indians fought for the empire, but you can't just write them out of history," Kant says.

 It was this politics between the British and Indian leaders that robbed the Indian soldier of his rightful place in history.

(Write to this correspondent at manimugdha.sharma@timesgroup.com)

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

புதிய ஈழம்: ENB செந்தோழர் பச்சையப்பனுக்கு ஈழச் செவ்வணக்கம்

புதிய ஈழம்: ENB செந்தோழர் பச்சையப்பனுக்கு ஈழச் செவ்வணக்கம்: தோழர் பச்சியப்பன்  மறைந்தார். ``அவரின் இலட்சியம் மறையவில்லை. பாலக்கோடு - தமிழக உழைக்கும் மக்கள் மத்தியில் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றத...

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

கட்சித் தோழர் பச்சியப்பனுக்கு கழக மக்கள் சிவப்பு அஞ்சலி!

கட்சித் தோழர் பச்சியப்பனுக்கு

கழக மக்கள் சிவப்பு அஞ்சலி!

தோழர் பச்சியப்பன் மறைந்தார்.

வரின் இலட்சியம் மறையவில்லை. பாலக்கோடு - தமிழக உழைக்கும் மக்கள் மத்தியில் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றது, அவரும் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றார், என்றும் வாழ்ந்து கொண்டே இருப்பார்! பச்சியப்பன்  வித்துடல் கூட, எங்கே புரட்சித் தீயை பற்ற வைத்து விடுமோ என்று அஞ்சி ஆளும் வர்க்கத்தின் நக்சல் ஒழிப்பு பிரிவு இரங்கல் நிகழ்ச்சியைக் கூட வேவு பார்த்தது, வெட்கக் கேடானது.

போலிச் சுதந்திரம், போலி ஜனநாயகத்தை எதிர்த்து நாட்டின் விடுதலைக்கு, நிலப்பிரபுத்துவ  ஒடுக்குமுறையை எதிர்த்து கிளர்ந்தெழுந்த நக்சல்பாரி், தன்னியல்புப் புரட்சி இயக்கத்தில் தன்னை இளம் வயதில்  இணைத்துக் கொண்டு போராடிய போர் வீரர் தோழர் பச்சியப்பன் .

புரட்சிகர இயக்கத்தை ஒடுக்க  தமிழக காவல்துறை தொடுத்த பல்வேறு விதமான அடக்கு முறைகளை எதிர்த்து கதிகலங்க வைத்த களப் போராளி பச்சியப்பன் .

1980 ஆம் ஆண்டுகளில் நக்சல் ஒழிப்பின் ஒரு பகுதியாக, காவல்துறை தோழர் பாலனைக் கைது செய்து  படுகொலை செய்த, பாலக்கோடு சீரியம்பட்டி பொதுக் கூட்டத்தை தலைமையேற்று நடத்தியவர் தோழர் பச்சியப்பன்.

நக்சல்பாரி இயக்கத்தின் நரோத்தினிய* - தன்னியல்புத் தனிநபர் பயங்கரவாதப் பாதையை, விமர்சன சுயவிமர்சனம் செய்து மார்க்சிய லெனினிய வழியிலே,இந்திய மக்கள் ஜனநாயகப்  புரட்சியினை நிறைவேற்றப் போராடும் ம.ஜ.இ.க வின் முன்னணி செயல்வீரர், பிரச்சாரப் பீரங்கி.

தோழர் பச்சியப்பன் கலைப்புவாதம், திருத்தல்வாதம் , தொழிற்சங்கவாதம் போன்ற பல்வேறு விதமான மார்க்சிய விரோத போக்குகளை எதிர்த்துப் போராடிய பாட்டாளி வர்க்க போர் வீரன்!

இவ்வாறு தன் வரலாற்றுக் கடமையை நிறைவேற்றி விடைபெற்ற தோழர் பச்சியப்பனின் இறுதி ஊர்வலத்தில்  ம.ஜ.இ.க தோழர்கள்,கழக மக்கள்,உற்றார் உறவினர், நண்பர்கள் பெருந்திரளாக பங்கேற்று  சிவப்பு அஞ்சலி வீர வணக்கம் செலுத்தினர்.

தோழர் பச்சியப்பனின் இறுதி ஊர்வலக் காட்சிகள்;






 
தோழர் பச்சியப்பன் நாமம் நீடூழி வாழ்க!
கழகப் பணி தொடர்க!
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* நரோத்தியம்: ரசியப் புரட்சிகர இயக்கத்தில் 1860-70 ஆம் ஆண்டுகளிடையே தோன்றிய ஒரு குட்டி முதலாளித்துவப் போக்கு.நரோத்தியவாதிகள் எதேச்சாதிகார முறையை ஒழிக்கவும் நிலப்பிரபுக்களின் நிலத்தை விவசாயிகளுக்கு கொடுக்கவும் விரும்பினார்கள்.அவர்கள் தம்மைத்தாமே சோசலிஸ்டுக்கள் என்று கருதினார்கள்.ஆனால் அவர்களது சோசலிசம் கற்பனாவாதமானது......மக்கள் என்பதற்கு ரசிய மொழியில் நரோத் என்பர்.இதனால் நரோத்தியவாதிகள் என்ற பெயர் பெற்றனர். 1880-90 ஆண்டுகளில் நரோத்தியவாதிகள் ஜாராட்சியுடன் சமரசம் செய்து கொள்ளும் பாதையில் இறங்கினர்.பணக்கார விவசாயிகளின் -குலாக்குகளின்- நலன்களைவெளியிட்டனர்.மார்க்சியத்தை எதிர்த்துப் போராடினர்.
( லெனின் தேர்வு நூல்கள் 12(4) பக்கம் 274-5)

Friday, 9 June 2017

மஹியங்கனையில் முஸ்லிம் கடைகள் தீக்கிரை!





Source: Jaffna Muslim

நல்லாட்சி நாடகமாடும் சிங்களமே, நல்லிணக்க எதிரி ஞானசார தேரரைக் கைது செய்!



June 6, 2017   /
author: COLOMBO TELEGRAPH/

Muslim-Owned Shop Torched In Wijerama

Another Muslim-owned shop in Wijerama, Nugegoda has been petrol bombed at 1 AM on June 6th. While the police have deployed 4 teams to arrest Galagoda Atte Gnanasra, this is the 5th big shop that has been set on fire.

“Fortunately, the shop owners have adopted a brilliant fire protection system by filling water into plastic bottles behind the front door so that if petrol bombs are throw, the plastic bottle will burst and the fire would be doused,” a ship owner in Wijerama told Colombo Telegraph.

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph, a member of the Muslim Council said: “While the President is talking about discussions among religious leaders to resolve ethnic conflicts, the Muslim economy is being set on fire on a daily basis. The president must immediately order the arrest of these arsonists or force the IGP to resign if he cannot do his job.”


The following is a documentation of the violence against Muslims during the last 5 weeks:

1) 16th April, 2017 – Petrol Bombs thrown at shops in Godapitiya

Four shops owned by Muslims were attacked with petrol Bombs in Godapitiya, Porruva,. This incident went unreported due to the pressure brought in by the local police. This was not even reported in the social media by local residents, fearing further police intimidation. Even after a month, the police have still not been able to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of this act of violence.

20th April, 2017 – Land Grab at Irrakamam in Mayakkali




 2)  1/2 Acres of Muslim land was forcible taken over in Irrakamam in Mayakkali. No police action has been taken even after complaints have been lodged.

25th April 2017 – Incitement by Ven. Gnanasara Thero in Irrakamam.

Ven. Gnanasara thero visited Irrakamam and made a very provocative speech violating his bail conditions. Police complaints have been made and no action has been taken up to todate.

8th May 2017 – Myanmar Boat People

Ven. Gnanasara Thero claimed at a press conference that refugees from Myanmar had arrived in Sri Lanka with the intention of invading our land. These refugees were arrested at sea by the Sri Lankan navy while they were attempting to flee to Australia by boat due to the astrocytes of the racist Myanmar government. This statement was purely meant to provoke the Sinhala Buddhists.

10th May 2017 – Vesak celebrations

Vesak celeberations with Bodhi pujas were undertaken in Irrakamam in Mayakkali which is a predominantly Muslim area to provoke them, but the Muslims showed much restraint and no untoward incidents were reported.


May 14th 2017 – Theratening Muslims in Onegama in Pollonaruwa

A group of Buddhist monks led by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero threatened Muslims in Onegama in Pollonaruwa and broke their huts and livelihood means. The Police who were present did not attempt to stop this mob from causing this violence. Hiru TV showed the destruction of the huts of the Muslims. Here again, Ven. Gnanasara Thero insulted Allah subahanauwa ta’aala in the most demeaning words by talking about Allah’s balls. His exact words were, ” They have placed Allah’s Balls here. They say there is no physical being called Allah and yet, they have kept his balls here”. Defaming of Allah subahanauwa ta’aala, is the most blasphemous insult that no Muslim will tolerate. Police complaints have been made with video evidence and the they have failed to take any action yet.

15th May 2017 – Attack on the Muslim Village of Selvanagar in the Trincomalee District.

The entire Muslim population of Selva Nagar in Thoppur (Tricomalee District, bordering Seruvila and Muthur electorate) has been threatened by a mob from outside led by Buddhist monks.  A large number of Muslims have fled the area due to this intimidation. The local temple (Pansala) currently owns six acres and they are now attempting to claim 49 acres of Muslim lands insisting that these are archeological sites. Muslims have been living and in possession of these lands for over a hundred years. Residents claim that these extremists are trying to drive them out as the LTTE did during the ethnic conflict.

15th May.2017 – A fire had broken in Panadura Mosque .

It is suspected that extremist elements may have attempted to set the mosque on fire using a petrol bomb. This is the second petrol bomb attack. They had also set alight a garbage dump close by. No police action has been initiated.

15th May 2017 – Masked men attack Kohilawatta Ibrahim Jumma Mosque – Unidentified men had arrived on motorbikes and attempted to attack the mosque. When some workers who were doing some renovations came out, they had left on their bikes..

16th May 2017 – Insults Allah:

Once again, Ven. Gnanasara Thero insults Allah subahanauwa ta’aala in the most demeaning way at a press conference.

16th May 2017 – Attack on Muslim Selva Nagar in Thoppur

A large group of Buddhist extremists numbering about 200 had gone to Selva Nagar in Thoppur with clubs and swords and caused extensive damage to 16 houses and property. No police action has been taken despite several complaints.

16th May 2017 – Gang Attacks Kohilawatte Mosque

The Kohilawatte Mosque, in Sedawatte, was attacked with stones and clubs, around 1:30 p.m.  by an unidentified gang, resulting in extensive damage, Wellampitiya Police has been provided CCTV footage of the attack and no arrests have been made as yet.

May 17  2017 – Two Shops In Panadura Attacked


Two Muslim owned shops were attacked in Panadura and extensive damage caused to its furniture, equipment and fittings. One was a bakery and the other was a communications facility.

May 18th 2017 – Last Chance Electrical showroom burnt

The Last Chance show room in Wennappuwa has been set on fire and burnt down completely on the night of 17th May. The losses are estimated at several millions.

21st May 2017 – Mallawapitiya mosque in  Kurunegala  Attacked

A procession led by Ven. Gnanasra, which was going to Ibbagamuwa, was stopped by police. There after, Ven. Gnanasara and other Buddhist extremists claimed that they were being stopped at the call of the Muslims and abused in raw filth. They called on the crowd that had gathered to attack the Muslims. Six petrol bombs had been hurled at the Mallawapitiya mosque causing damage. Police have not arrested anyone yet.

21st May 2017 – A Cosmetic Shop in Elpitiya burnt.

A cosmetic store owned by a Muslim has been set on fire causing extensive damage and millions in losses. Police have still failed to make a comprehensive investigation.

22nd May 2017 – A leather Store in Wijerama Junction, Maharagama set on fire.

A leather store belonging to a Muslim at Wijerama Junction, Maharagama has been set on fire during the night and completely burnt. Losses are estimated to run in to millions.

22nd May 2017 – A shop been set on fire in Kahawatta.

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Sri Lanka continues hunt for controversial Buddhist monk
Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-07 16:39:25|Editor: xuxin

COLOMBO, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday that the police were continuing search operations to hunt for a controversial Buddhist monk wanted for making alleged hate speeches and attacks against the minorities in the island country.

Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said according to information, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero, was in the country but was still in hiding.

"I do not know why there is a delay but police are continuing to search for him," Senaratne said.
He added that there was an arrest warrant against the monk.

Gnanasara Thero's party is accused of instigating a recent wave of hate attacks against the country's Muslim minority.

"He is wanted in connection with obstruction of justice, hate speech and several other crimes," the police said in a statement recently.

His party, the BBS, said Gnanasara had gone into hiding fearing he could be assassinated.
"The monk is at a secret location," BBS spokesman Dilantha Vithanage told reporters in Colombo last week.
"We have told him not to venture out as he could be assassinated after he is arrested."


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Govt. minister protecting Gnanasara Thera: Rajtha  


Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne said today a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera and CID detectives have been deployed to take him into custody over allegations of inciting religious and racial hatred.

Responding to a journalist at yesterday’s weekly news briefing, he said it would be a difficult task for the police to arrest him if he was being protected by a minister.

Journalist: There are media reports that he is being protected by a minister.

Spokesman: Possible. That is why the police have been unable to arrest him. Sri Lanka is not such a big country nor were there so many hiding places for him to hide.

Journalist: Why only Gnanasara Thera. Why don't the police arrest Tamil and Muslim racists?
Minister: He has been directed to appear in Court to answer allegations made against him by the Police. His language is extremely insulting and he has called Muslims Thambiyas and Marakkalayas. He has also allegedly attempted to incite people against other ethnic groups. The Muslim and Tamil politicians have not done that but have demanded their rights. Talking about your rights or making a statement to that effect will not create divisions among people.

Journalist: Mosques have been attacked even after Gnanasara Thera has gone under ground. That means he is not responsible for the attacks.

Minister: True. But anyone who wants to prove his innocence can attack a mosque. He said some Eastern Muslim MPs met him recently to complain about the attacks on Muslims and he will discuss the matter with them shortly and appraise the President and the Prime Minister on this matter.
(Sandun A. Jayasekera)
 

பிரித்தானிய பிற்போக்குக்கு விழுந்த பேரிடி

 
Corbyn said May had called the election to assert her authority. “She wanted a mandate. Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go.”





Wednesday, 7 June 2017

UK Economic model is broken- and our leaders know it

Britain’s economic model is broken: this is our first post-crash election

To see what I mean, open Theresa May’s manifesto. Straight away, she gets stuck into the “burning injustices” of modern Britain, demands “a modern industrial strategy” and a country “in which work pays, with a higher national living wage and proper rights and protections at work”. Just five paragraphs in, and she’s using language that would have made Gordon Brown stutter. This is the same Tory prime minister who wants a cap on energy prices, talks about “a new centre ground”, and investigates the Victorian practices of the gig economy’s overlords.

Something bigger is happening here than the usual Punch v Judy. Kevin Farnsworth, a social scientist at the University of York, has put the manifestos for the two main parties from every election since 1945 through a cutting-edge piece of software – then asked it to assess how alike they were in concepts and phrases. The result? The Conservative manifesto is closer to Labour’s than at any point since the second world war.
Saying ain’t doing, of course. To see how little a promise can be worth, just ask Nick Clegg about tuition fees. Yet manifestos remain the clearest summaries of what each party is thinking. And in 2017, May’s Conservatives are a world away from the Cameroons. No more wish fulness about a “big society”, nor any bluster about a “long-term economic plan”.

May’s Conservatives worry about fairness, left-behind regions and depressed wages – just like Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. I can critique her solutions – indeed, give me a minute and I shall – but that one fact marks a massive break with previous elections.

Unlike when David Cameron battled Ed Miliband, the country this pair of party leaders see is more alike than it is different. Both Corbyn and May look out on a workforce that is still poorer than it was in 2008; provinces and nations whose economies are mere feedstock for the spivs up from London; and a public deemed too uncouth for the tailored professionals of Westminster.Let me put it another way: this is Britain’s first post-crash election. Over the decade since the collapse of Northern Rock, one or both parties have pretended that things are basically fine; that the game isn’t rigged; that a few tweaks will fix the clearly malfunctioning economic model. This election is the first in which both party leaders drop the happy-clappy, catch up with just how bad things have got – and, at last, grope around for fixes.The point at which the false beliefs of Westminster bumped into the solid reality of Britain will be marked up as June 2016, when the de-industrialised and disenfranchised communities of south Wales and the north-east delivered Brexit for the coffee-morning pensioners and bug-eyed libertarians of the south. Of all the contenders for the Tory leadership, May was the first to see that the vote was a register of popular discontent.

It takes decades for an ideology to die – but among the power elites of London, you can finally see it happening. What the cultural theorist Jeremy Gilbert calls “The Long 90s” – the decade and a half that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall and ended with the collapse of RBS – – and that spanned Tony Blair, The Fast Show, garden decking, golden rules for public spending and an ever-growing finance sector – is coming to a close.

What replaces it is a much harder question. It took a Miliband for Labour to fess up that Britain’s economic model – for which, under Blair and Brown, it was heavily responsible – was broken. May is clearly way out in front of her party, and the confusion is daubed all over her manifesto. The Tories want to stand up for the little guy, while cutting taxes for big corporations: to invest more, even while sticking to an austerity programme. May clearly wants to leave open the option to raise taxes, while Michael Fallon believes that option should be shut down – now..
As a non-believer in New Labour, Corbyn has no such ideological awkwardness, while John McDonnell is one of the few people in the Labour party who didn’t subcontract out their economic thinking to Brown and Ed Balls. But still, their team admit they have a way to go in rethinking Britain’s economy – and they are having to do so against a famously hostile parliamentary party. The result is Corbyn’s manifesto, which is chiefly remarkable for its unabashed defence of basic social democratic values. It’s the programme you imagine Brown would like to have delivered – if only he hadn’t been so busy triangulating.
But behind the scenes, the party is doing much deeper thinking. I have seen an internal Labour report commissioned by McDonnell. It forms one part of what could be a far more radical programme after Thursday night. Some of the lines in it will give the Daily Mail stories for days – such as calling for a overhaul of the BBC trust (which is “dominated by appointees from the corporate and financial sectors”) and hundreds of millions in public money to be spent on establishing workers co-ops. For the sympathetic reader, however, it contains some of the most imaginative thinking around economic democracy to come out of the party in decades (not saying much, sadly). In that, it sits alongside the speeches made by Corbyn’s team last week about the need for “industrial patriotism”, and to give public backing to new sectors.

All of this is miles away from exit polls and ballot counts in draughty school halls. But the bottom line is this: anyone who hoped 2016, the year of Trump and Brexit, was a one-off in political volatility is about to be mightily disappointed. What lies ahead is a long period of flux as both Labour and Tories grapple with what a post-crash Britain should do. It will be rough and bumpy – but necessary for their survival. Although it may not look that way from the studio sofas.

Source: The Guardian UK

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Trump weighs in on Qatar rift with Gulf neighbours

Trump weighs in on Qatar rift with Gulf neighbours

US President Donald Trump throws his weight behind efforts to isolate Qatar over claims it supports 'extremism'.

 
Trump's statement contradicts US government's call for a dialogue to solve the Gulf crisis [Reuters]
US President Donald Trump has weighed on the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia, saying his trip to the Middle East is "already paying off".

In a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday, Trump referenced Qatar when he said leaders of the Middle East have stated that they "would take a hard line on funding extremism".

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" Trump said.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding......extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

The Qatari government has no immediate response to Trump's tweet.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said it is grateful to Qatar for support of US military presence and "enduring commitment to regional security".

Qatar and Saudi alongside five other countries are currently locked in a diplomatic dispute, over Doha's role in the region.  

Conflicting US message

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington DC, said the latest post of Trump only complicates effort to diffuse the situation.

"This is not just a tweet," Culhane said, adding that it could signal a US foreign policy shift towards a Gulf ally, which hosts the largest American base in the Middle East.

"We will be watching. I can tell you from the defence department perspective, from the Secretary of State perspective, they don't want this [dispute] to continue.
 
US says Trump 'committed to resolving' Gulf Arab diplomatic crisis
 
"They want the sides to de-escalate. This couple of tweets does exactly the opposite."

Our correspondent also said that Trump's latest statement shows that he is not in line with people in his own administration.

"Just because the president tweets something it does not mean that it is changing the foreign policy. That may sound strange but thats where we at in this new era of social media."

On Monday, Dana Shell Smith, US ambassador to Qatar, posted an embassy statement saying that the "US supports Qatar's efforts in combating terrorism financing, and appreciates its role in coalition against ISIL."

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had also issued a statement encouraging the parties involved in the Gulf dispute to sit down and address their differences.

Only last May 21, Trump met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, Al Jazeera's Culhane reported, the US leader "bragged about how much military equipment the US sold" to Qatar.

"If you believe that they are the sole funder of extremism, it seems unlikely that you would want to supply them weapons."

In 2015, the US sold an estimated $17bn worth of weapons to Qatar, representing 42.5 percent of total US arms sales that year.

On May 21, Trump met with leaders of the Middle East and its allies in Saudi Arabia [Reuters]
Source: Al Jazeera
 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Russia to sell missile system to NATO member Turkey

S-400 Triumph: Russia to sell missile system to NATO member Turkey

Russia and Turkey have agreed on all technical aspects of purchasing the S-400 Triumph, the world’s leading anti-ballistic missile system.  
Negotiations have been taking place since 2016 and now both sides have to deal with the money matter as each missile system costs $500 million.
 
According to CEO of Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov, Ankara is ready to buy the S-400 Triumph with a loan if it’s granted by Moscow.
 
Meanwhile, Turkey also wants to get joint production of the anti-ballistic missile system on its territory. Yet Russia isn’t ready to agree on this issue.  
 
The S-400 Triumph (or SA-21 Growler) is capable of intercepting all types of warplanes and rockets, including fifth generation fighter jets and ballistic missiles, at a range of 400 km.
It’s also the only system in the world that can hit targets at heights ranging from five meters to 40 km.
Source: RIA Novosti
 
 

Woman rushed to hospital after being raped in north London park


Woman rushed to hospital after being raped in north London park



A woman was rushed to hospital after being raped in a park in north London, police said.

Officers and paramedics were scrambled to the scene in Camden Gardens shortly after 11pm on Sunday.

The victim, aged in her 40s, was rushed to a central London hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The park was cordoned off while officers investigated the alleged incident. The crime scene remained in place on Monday morning.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The victim is being supported by specialist officers.

“No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.”

Source: ES

காஸ்மீர்- NIA raids: Resistance leaders’ meet thwarted

NIA raids: Resistance leaders’ meet thwarted
 
*Road leading to Geelani’s house blocked
*Mirwaiz under house arrest;
*Malik detained
*Trio calls for protest after Friday prayers

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 6 2017 12:23AM

File Photo-NIA
Police thwarted on Monday a meeting of the Joint Resistance Leadership, who were scheduled to announce their response to the raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) during the past two days.

The leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were scheduled to meet representatives of the business community also and later address a press conference at the Hyderpora residence of Geelani.

However, a big police contingent deployed outside Geelani’s residence did not let anyone to move towards his house.

Geelani has been confined to his residence for most part of the past seven years.

Mirwaiz had already been placed under house arrest at his Srinagar residence, while Malik was detained by police at his Maisuma residence.

Media advisor to Hurriyat (M) Advocate Shahidul Islam, whose house was raided by an NIA team, too had been placed under house arrest on Sunday.

NIA has claimed that it recovered cash and other valuables during these raids on the residences of pro-freedom leaders, activists and a few businessmen in Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Srinagar.

A Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman said that several other leaders and activists of the amalgam, including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Peer Saif Ullah, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Altaf Shah, Raja Meraj u Din, Muhamad Ashraf Laya and Omer Adil Dar, were confined to their homes by government forces.

He said a posse of policemen entered the office of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Geelani’s organization, which operates from his Hyderpora residence.

“We strongly condemn these arbitrary measures. These curbs and restrictions are unjustified and illogical,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Calling the restrictions as “state-sponsored terrorism”, the statement said that by choking space and strangulating genuine voices, the authorities are following their “fascist dogma, thus creating anarchy in state”.

A JKLF spokesman said that Malik spoke to a few reporters before his detention and told them that “police started an oppressive campaign against the leadership from Sunday evening”.

 “These arrests, house arrests and other oppressive measures are a glaring example of J&K being run according to martial law,” he said.

“It has become a custom of rulers to suppress every voice before it is raised and this suppression is naked fascism and state-sponsored terrorism,” the spokesman said.

Reacting to the arrests and curbs on the meeting, a Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman said, “Mirwaiz was scheduled to attend the joint resistance meeting at Geelani’s residence. But the anti-Kashmiri state resorted to its usual tactic of curbing the leadership through force, once again showing that Kashmir is ruled by the forces’ might.”

 ‘PROTEST ON FRIDAY’

The resistance leadership has asked people to demonstrate after Friday prayers against the raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) during the past two days.

The call for the protest came after the government forces thwarted a meeting between the resistance leadership and business leaders who were scheduled to discuss the raids on Monday.

The NIA has claimed it recovered cash and other valuables during these raids, which began after a TV sting operation claimed that a few resistance leaders admitted to receiving funds from Pakistan for the resistance.

“Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house arrest and all roads leading to his house were firmly sealed. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was once again put under house arrest and Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and lodged in sub jail Kothi Bagh,” said a statement issued by the Joint Resistance Leadership.

“Not allowing the Joint Resistance Leadership to meet has become the norm for the state authorities who have to keep up the farce of normalcy through repression at the bidding of their masters in New Delhi, as they will be shown the door.”

“The leadership said post-Friday prayers, peaceful protest should be held across Kashmir against the witch-hunt, coercion and intimidation of resistance activists, leaders and members of the business community.”

The people will also protest, the statement said, against “India electronic media’s propaganda war against Kashmiris and its shameless attempt to discredit people’s freedom struggle”.

The joint leadership said the people and the leadership will continue to pursue their movement for the right to self-determination till it is achieved.

Referring to the raids being conducted by the NIA, the statement said, “Such moves to intimidate and harass pro-freedom leaders and activists is the government of India’s admission that it has not been able to politically defeat the people's struggle for freedom in J&K.”

“The government of India has completely failed in crushing the people's revolt, despite its largest military concentration in J&K which has unleashed a reign of terror and has been torturing the people for the past seven decades,” the statement said.

“Yet all repressive means and methods adopted to defeat or subdue the people and leadership’s unflinching resolve and commitment to their struggle for freedom have miserably failed. Kashmirs are defiant.  They have made up their mind that they will get their fundamental right even if they are killed, blinded, tortured, maimed, made to disappear, jailed, terrorized, harassed, beaten or humiliated ,” it added.

The Leadership said the people will not be “terrorized into submission”.

“The chief of the Indian army openly said that the army is here to instill fear in the people and his political colleagues in power endorsed that all is fair in war and it is the discretion of the army to take action as they deem fit in the war zone of Kashmir,” the statement said.

“After these brazen admissions of being at war with unarmed civilian population of Kashmir and ‘all being fair’ in such an unequal war, it comes as no surprise that this government can stoop to any level or employ any bullying means to intimidate pro-freedom activists and leaders and traders in order to shift focus from the people's revolt against forcible control,” the statement said.

The Leadership said the government of India was not interested in resolving the issue but had been “making efforts to malign and sideline the resistance leadership”.

“The high-decibel propaganda, rather vilification campaign against the people of Kashmir, leadership, business community, the youth and students now by Indian electronic media, whose interests are backed by the government of India and many of who are on the payroll of their agencies, is part of an aggressive strategy aimed at undermining and weakening the people's movement and distort the narrative of the Kashmir dispute,” the statement said.

The life for the pro-freedom leadership, activists and workers was never to be expected to be “a bed of roses” and they will be the targets of those suffering from the “arrogance of power”, the statement said.

“Incarceration, solitary confinements, detentions or worse is and will be their fate. They experience it daily. And like those they lead, their commitment to the cause of self-determination for people is firm and their promise to represent the just cause and work towards its resolution made to the people and the creator will last as long as they live. The leadership is ready to face every challenge thrown its way,” the statement said.
 

அரசியல் அமைப்புத் திருத்தம்! All parties have agreed to include ‘Unitary status’ in constitution

All parties have agreed to include ‘Unitary status’ in constitution
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 01:00
 
Sandasen  MARASINGHE

Highways State Minister Dilan Perera
All political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have agreed to include the term ‘Unitary Status’ into the new constitution that is being formulated, Highways State Minister Dilan Perera said .

He made these observations yesterday at a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Head Office in Colombo.

He said that some media had carried incorrect news.

He said the term Unitary Status is in the Sinhala translation of the constitution and not in the English and Tamil translations.

“What members like me maintained was to include the term Unitary Status into the English and the Tamil translations of the Constitution,” Perera said.

“The TNA also has agreed to include the term ‘Unitary’ into the constitution”, he said.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

Qatar calls decision by Gulf nations and Egypt 'unjustified', saying allegations against Doha have 'no basis in fact'.

 
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives say they are severing diplomatic relations with Qatar.

The Saudi kingdom made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday, saying it was taking action for what it called the protection of national security.

The news agency released a statement in which it accused Qatar of "harbouring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region".

 
The three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries, Reuters news agency reported.

Saudi also closed the border and halted air and sea traffic with Qatar, urging "all brotherly countries and companies to do the same".
 
 
The statement appeared to be timed in concert with an earlier announcement by Bahrain, which was similarly cutting ties and halting air and sea traffic between the two countries.

'Unjustified'

Qatar's foreign ministry said it regretted the measures by the Arab nations, calling the decisions "unjustified".

"The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact," the statement said, adding that the decisions would "not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents".
"The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its [Qatar's] sovereignty as a state," it added.

 
Bahrain's foreign ministry issued a statement saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital, Doha, within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

The UAE said in a statement it was cutting off all ties with Qatar. It also ordered Qatari citizens to leave te country within 14 days and banned its citizens from travelling to Qatar.

Egypt also announced the closure of its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation "to protect its national security", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Later on Monday, the Maldives said in a statement that it took the decision to sever diplomatic ties "because of its firm opposition to activities that encourage terrorism and extremism".

UAE-based carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and FlyDubai said they would suspend flights to and from Qatar beginning Tuesday morning.

It was not immediately clear how Monday's announcement would affect other airlines.

 
A Saudi-led coalition which for more than two years has been fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen separately announced that Qatar was no longer welcome in the alliance.

Yemen's internationally recognised government also cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of working with its enemies in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, state news agency Saba reported.

A senior Iranian official said the measures by the Arab nations would not help end the crisis in the Middle East.

"The era of cutting diplomatic ties and closing borders ... is not a way to resolve crisis ... As I said before, aggression and occupation will have no result but instability," Hamid Aboutalebi, deputy chief of staff of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted, referring to the coalition's involvement in Yemen.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a statement on Monday while on a state visit in Australia, urging the Gulf states to stay united.

"We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences," he said in Sydney.

"If there's any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] remain united."

Tillerson said despite the impasse, he did not expect it to have "any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism in the region or globally".

"All of those parties you mentioned have been quite unified in the fight against terrorism and the fight against Daesh, ISIS, and have expressed that most recently in the summit in Riyadh," he added, using alternative names for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, also called for dialogue to resolve the dispute.
"We see the stability in the Gulf region as our own unity and solidarity," Cavusoglu told a news conference.

"Countries may of course have some issues, but dialogue must continue under every circumstance for problems to be resolved peacefully. We are saddened by the current picture and will give any support for its normalisation".

Hacking dispute

The dispute between Qatar and the Gulf's Arab countries escalated after a recent hack of Qatar's state-run news agency. It has spiralled since.

Following the hacking on Tuesday, comments falsely attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, were broadcast in Qatar.

Qatar's government categorically denied that the comments, in which the country's leader expressed support for Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and Israel - while suggesting that US President Donald Trump may not last in power, were ever made.

"There are international laws governing such crimes, especially the cyberattack. [The hackers] will be prosecuted according to the law," Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's foreign minister, said on Wednesday.

UAE-based Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya kept running the discredited story, despite the Qatari denials.

Source: Al Jazeera

Sunday, 4 June 2017

ஐக்கிய இலங்கையில் `நுஹ்மான் மாமாக்கள்`!


 Human rights commission urges President to tackle hate crimes
June 2, 2017   10:58 pm

An independent human rights watchdog has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to tackle the alleged hate crime attacks from Buddhist extremist groups targeting the country’s minority Muslim community.

In a letter to Sirisena, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka asked the government to fully implement the rule of law to bring the perpetrators of racial hatred to book.

The commission has urged the president “to take all the necessary actions against the instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting the Muslim community”.

Envoys of many countries, including Australia and Canada, have visited a prominent mosque here to express their solidarity with the country’s Muslims who allege that their religious places have come under hate crimeattacks from Buddhist extremist groups.



The Muslim community has been disturbed by an escalation of attacks against them since mid April. Several places of religious practice and Muslim-owned businesses have been attacked, the commission said as it also complained of police inaction in tackling the situation. The commission said that it has been alarmed by the racial hatred and hate speech targeting Muslims.

The letter further states: “The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is gravely concerned about the acts of violence and aggression targeting the Muslim community, which have aggravated in recent days.

The Commission notes that previously similar conduct led to the violence at Aluthgama in June 2014, resulting in the loss of lives and destruction of property. We also do note that to date no meaningful action has been taken to make those responsible for instigating and perpetrating the Aluthgama violence accountable.

The Commission is alarmed at the hate speech conveyed over social media as well as some mainstream media targeting the Muslim community and Islam, which seek to instigate people to commit violence against the Muslim people, their religious institutions and businesses.

The Commission also wishes to bring to the attention of Your Excellency the spate of attacks on places of Christian religious worship in the recent past, which adds to an alarming trend of religious bigotry and intolerance which has gone unchecked.

There is no doubt that such expressions of hate and violence targeting a specific community amount to crimes under the ICCPR Act, No 56 of 2007 and the Penal Code of Sri Lanka. It is necessary that the perpetrators of such acts are apprehended and dealt with according to law. Laws existing on the statute books without implementation have a corrosive impact on the Rule of Law. As such it is essential that these laws are implemented in the best interests of the country.

Both national law and international human rights obligations of Sri Lanka obligate the government to prevent such acts of violence and to take timely action to stop the spread of hate speech, which foster and promote violent conduct. Failure to do so will be a black mark on the human rights record of the country and will be another serious obstacle to the reconciliation process in our country, on which Your Excellency has placed much emphasis.

In these circumstances the HRCSL requests Your Excellency to give urgent directions to Ministry of Law and Order and the Inspector General of Police to take all necessary action against the instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting the Muslim community as well as other religious minorities.”

-With inputs from agencies

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900


graph of share of energy consumption in the United States, as explained in the article text


Fossil fuels have made up at least 80% of U.S. fuel mix since 1900

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration,
 

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80% of total U.S. energy consumption for more than 100 years. Recent increases in the domestic production of petroleum liquids and natural gas prompted shifts between the uses of fossil fuels (largely from coal-fired to natural gas-fired power generation), but the predominance of these three energy sources is likely to continue into the future.

graph of energy consumption in the United States, as explained in the article text

For the first several decades of American history, families used wood (a renewable energy source) as a primary source of energy. Coal became dominant in the late 19th century before being overtaken by petroleum products in the middle of the 20th century, a time when natural gas usage also rose quickly. Since the mid-20th century, use of coal increased again (mainly as a primary energy source for electric power generation), and a new form of energy—nuclear electric power—emerged. After a pause in the 1970s, the use of petroleum and natural gas resumed growth. Petroleum consumption decreased in recent years, but natural gas has continued to provide a greater share of U.S. energy consumption. In the late 1980s, renewable energy consumption (other than wood and hydroelectric) began to appear, increasing significantly in the mid-2000s. In 2014, the renewable share of energy consumption in the United States was the highest (nearly 10%) since the 1930s, when wood represented a larger share of consumption. Renewable energy is a small but growing piece of the U.S. energy mix. The greatest growth in renewables today is in solar and wind power, which along with geothermal and biomass, are included in other renewables.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration,
 
 
Principal contributor: EIA Staff
 

US $200 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidy You've Never Heard Of

Flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (Credit: Pixabay)  

The $200 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidy You've Never Heard Of

Amir Jina, Contributor

Now for an actual fact: The costs of climate change are real. Scientists and economists, myself included, may go back and forth on how high the actual cost is, but it is definitely greater than zero. This cost can be summarized by an important number called the Social Cost of Carbon—the cost to society of emitting an extra ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That cost reveals itself in different ways. For example, rising temperatures will lead to more heat-related deaths, and less time in the labor market (more on that in my previous Forbes post).

The U.S. emitted 5.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2015, with a cost per ton of $36 (the current Social Cost of Carbon). That means the U.S. is paying $200 billion to cover the costs of all the emissions being burned. In effect, it’s a $200 billion hidden subsidy to the fossil fuel industry. This $200 billion is a cost in real money—in lost labor productivity, healthcare costs, increased energy expenditures, coastal damages—that is paid somewhere in the world for each ton of carbon dioxide that is emitted.
The Trump administration has argued that fossil fuels are not on an equal playing field due to “job-destroying regulations. They’re right about one thing—the playing field is not equal. Numbers on the exact direct fossil fuel subsidies in the U.S. vary, but it’s probably on the order of $20 billion being handed out to the fossil fuel industry each year. That’s on top of the $200 billion hidden subsidy they’re already getting for polluting our air and contributing to climate change.

Regulations like the Clean Power Plan and the meager $15.4 billion the U.S. spends subsidizing clean energy are supposed to even out this playing field. But the simplest, most efficient, way for society to make sure it’s a fair game and decrease the damages caused by climate change would be to pay the price for those damages. Doing so would mean the fossil fuel industry would need to pay their fair share, and so would we if we keep using those fossil fuels. There would then be a greater incentive—without subsidies—to transition to clean energy. Emissions would decrease.  And, the price we would have paid to adapt to climate change would get lower over time.
Instead, the opposite is happening. With time, the cost of climate change is adding up, and new costs we didn’t even know about are getting added in as the science behind climate change and its impacts grows. For example, we’re learning a lot more about the impact of major storms on economic growth. This will worsen with climate change. So, the $36 per ton we currently use as the Social Cost of Carbon could be much larger.

The National Academy of Sciences released a recommendation in January to update the process for forming the Social Cost of Carbon, pointing out ways that the newest science can transparently inform this important calculation. This is a crucial effort. Unfortunately, an anti-scientific manipulation of this recommendation would place it, and us, in an uncertain future.

The Social Cost of Carbon is the best scientific and policy tool to level the playing field and fix the current market failure where the fossil fuel industry pays zero. Without it, and a concerted effort to set it at the right price, the uneven playing field will only continue to widen. And, the Trump administration’s early actions to expand fossil fuels only exacerbate this. Not only do those actions not make sense economically, they are also anti-scientific and dangerous. The fact is, if we don’t pay the right price now, we’ll be paying a much greater price in future.