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Egyptian Dwarfs Fight For Their Rights

It's a different kind of Arab Spring in Egypt that you may have missed.

Egyptian Dwarfs Fight For Their Rights
Jano Charbel

ALEXANDRIA Ahmed Fouad is an employee at the Health Ministry in Alexandria. He's also one of the roughly 75,000 dwarfs* currently living in Egypt. His job makes him a minority in this already marginalized group, which is largely barred from the workplace due to infrastructural discrimination.

In addition to endemic social prejudice and ridicule, many dwarfs say government neglect has led to widespread problems for their community, from pervasive unemployment to a lack of affordable healthcare. Fed up with the status quo, they've begun in recent years to organize and fight back against this host of socio-economic obstacles.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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