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Lebanese Fashion: Where Mediterranean Air Meets Parisian Lights

With Elie Saab as their leader, Rabih Kayrouz, Zuhair Murad, Georges Hobeika and Georges Chakra round out the “Fab Five” of Lebanon’s high-end design world.

Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture (Burrs and Berries)
Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture (Burrs and Berries)
Joel Morio

PARIS - During this past week's fashion shows, an eastern wind was blowing on the runways of Paris. And even as France has begun to question the very necessity of ultra high-end fashion collections, half a dozen Lebanese designers have kept a certain elite idea of couture alive with the help of design studios that employ hundreds of seamstresses.

Elie Saab, one of a handful of foreign designers recognized by the French Chamber of High Fashion, is the most famous of these Oriental designers. Stars walk red carpets around the world in his creations. Dresses from his new collection unveiled on July 6 will shine ever greater this year, reflecting light through hundreds of Swarovski crystals. Long, short, pleated or veiled, these luxurious outfits made of muslin or lace are embroidered with tiny velvet flowers or bits of mink, and took between 50 or 100 hours to make.

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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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