Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

French President Emmanuel Macron says the government will find a way to delay tax increases on fuel during periods when world oil prices are rising. (File/AP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

  • The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes
  • People in India, Mexico and Indonesia have protested higher fuel prices in recent years

PARIS: The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world.
The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday.
But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators say are desperately needed to help wean the world off of fossil fuels and slow climate change.
Macron says he is trying to prevent the end of the world, but protesters say they're just trying to make it to the end of the month.
It's not just France. People in India, Mexico and Indonesia have protested higher fuel prices in recent years.
The anger highlights how difficult it can be to discourage fossil fuel consumption by raising prices.


Head of Qatari opposition to launch community debate center in London

Updated 19 May 2019
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Head of Qatari opposition to launch community debate center in London

​LONDON: Khalid Al-Hail, spokesperson of the Qatari Opposition Movement, announced on Sunday the launch of his Majlis (Arab-styled Community Debate Center) in London, with the inauguration ceremony expected later this month.
​“I believe it is a great idea to launch this Majlis; where people can informally meet within an intellectually-inspiring and friendly atmosphere, to discuss, debate and exchange views and ideas on various political, strategic, and social issues.” said Al-Hail.
​“What’s more, I believe this initiative will be paramount in bringing together the British and Arabs residing in this country together, and help foster relations and accomplish a better mutual understanding, and strengthen the values of peaceful co-existence and tolerance.” Al-Hail added.

​“We also aim to enlighten the Qatari case, and introduce the views, values, and endeavours of the Qatari Opposition, in addition to creating a platform for constructive networking between Qataris and Arabs on the one side, and British experts and public opinion makers,” Al-Hail said.
​He also said “to achieve those goals, we will carry out various daily activities with live coverage, including speeches delivered by experts followed by Q&A sessions, presentations, documentaries, and round-table discussions.”
The Qatari Opposition Movement is a political movement striving for a peaceful change of the Qatari regime, and for a constitutional monarchy that embraces the time-honored values of the Qatari people, establishes a rule of law and institutions, and democracy in the country.