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Scientists blame US President Donald Trump that the World is rushing towards the Doomsday

The board called Trump's comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal and his disbelief in climate change

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Washington, Jan 27, 2017: Scientists here have announced that the world is rushing towards the doomsday, partly because of the “words and actions” of US President Donald Trump, a media report said.

The minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close the world’s leading scientists think we are from destroying the planet, was moved forward to two and a half minutes to midnight, ABC news reported on

Thursday. Midnight on the clock represents doomsday.

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The Bulletin’s science and security board decided to advance the clock “in part based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States,” it said in a news release on Thursday.

The board called Trump’s comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal and his disbelief in climate change “disturbing” and said his “statements and his actions as President-elect have broken with historical precedent in unsettling ways.”

Trump tweeted in December 2016 that the US “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

In January 2014, Trump said in a tweet, “Global warming is an expensive hoax!” and in November 2012, Trump claimed in a tweet that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

During his election campaign Trump promised to back out of the Paris accord.

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The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the higher the chance of a global cataclysm, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the group that sets the time on the symbolic clock.

The clock’s minute hand is assessed each year, and the clock’s time “conveys how close we are to destroying our civilisation with dangerous technologies of our own making,” the Bulletin said on its website.

Apart from Trump, the Bulletin said it also considered factors such as “strident nationalism worldwide … a darkening global security landscape that is coloured by increasingly sophisticated technology and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”

In 2016, the scientists announced the clock remained at three minutes to midnight because of climate change and “extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity” by the modernisation of nuclear weapon arsenals.

In 2015, the clock was moved to three minutes to midnight, from its place at five minutes to midnight in 2014.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons under the Manhattan Project.

The scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later as an expression of concern about the use of those weapons.

The decision to move the clock’s time is made by the group’s science and security board, in consultation with its board of sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates.

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Brown: The colour of toil but non-acceptance across the West?

"This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied."

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  • Kamal Al Solaylee’s book Brown highlights the problems of ‘brown’ people in Trump’s rule
  • Donald Trump is often accused of malingering the image of brown people
  • this book cites many examples of discrimination which brown people go through

Title: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone); Author: Kamal Al Solaylee

All our social development and our technological advancements don’t seem enough to eradicate our long-persisting atavistic sense of difference based on appearance, which though long-suppressed is now emerging free from its restraints — as proved by the recent intemperate comments by US President Donald Trump on immigrants from a certain set of countries.

Trump’s thinking, as seen in his off-the-cuff remarks, underscore that the questionable classification of race, expressed by the obviously evident and inescapable feature of a person’s skin, is well alive — and extends beyond the white-black binary. What about the yellow, or rather, the (as necessary for the global economy but far more exploited) brown?

Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons
Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons

Trump is only one leading manifestation of the malaise facing brown people — which include West Asians, Latin Americans, North Africans, and South and Southeast Asians — and far beyond the West too or from the “Whites”, says Yemeni-origin, Egypt-bred, Canadian journalist-turned-academician Al Solaylee in this book.

Trump’s victory “largely (but not exclusively)” rode on demonising Mexicans, galvanising sentiment against Muslims and championing white nationalism, the vote for Brexit was mostly pioneered by those with a restrictive view of Englishness, the record of Canada under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives — all these are obscure racial conflicts brewing in the US and Europe for decades now.

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“Examine these tensions closely and you’ll find a strong anti-brown sentiment at the core,” says Al Solaylee as he traces the response to, as well as the experiences of, the residents of Global South, who are forced to migrate to — and much needed in — the Developed North for various reasons, not least of which is the latter’s colonial record.

“Brown as the colour of cheap labour continues on a global scale… brown bodies undertake the work that white and older immigrant Americans refuse to do (and those black slaves were forced to do in previous centuries).

These are low-skill, labour-intensive jobs in unforgiving climates,” he says, but also that these are not limited to the Western nations but also in the more affluent parts of Asia itself too.

“This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied; our presence as Muslims or religious minorities is offered as an example of the tolerant, diverse societies in which we live, but we continue to be feared,” says Al Solaylee.

And there is no difference whether this is deliberate or mistaken as he goes to cite the cases of the racist slurs on Sikh volunteers feeding the homeless in Manchester in the wake of the May 2017 terror attack, or the fatal shooting of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the US in February 2017 by an American who thought he and his friend were Iranians and screaming at them to “get out of his country”.

Al Solaylee contends we think of brown as a “continuum, a grouping — a metaphor, even — for the millions of darker-skinned people who, in broad historical terms, have missed out on the economic and political gains of the post-mobility, equality and freedom”. They are now living, he says, among former colonial masters where they are “transforming themselves from nameless individuals with swarthy skins into neighbours, co-workers and friends”.

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And it is their story he tells — both in their homes from the Philippines to Sri Lanka and workplaces from Hong Kong to the Gulf as well as Western Europe and North America.

Al Solaylee, however, starts with first recounting his own childhood experience on learning he is brown after seeing an English movie featuring a white child and coming to terms with “brownness” in his journeys around the world and interactions with other browns (fairness creams figure largely as well as the concern that he settle down) as well as Brown’s significance in nature and culture.

He then takes up the human obsession with race, despite the concept being debunked, except in politics before his exploration of the experiences and consequences of being brown around the world.

A stirring travelogue, incisive social and political comment and a passionate cry to rise above unavoidable consequences of geography and genes, this invaluable work rises in importance beyond its subject to be a seminal guide to the world today — and what it will soon be — particularly the US. IANS