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“Don’t Be Afraid Of Secularism...” How Erdogan’s Egypt Tour Looks In Turkey

Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a splash on his so-called "Arab Spring" tour, landing in Cairo to a "rock star" welcome and later telling an interviewer that Egypt should embrace secularism. This is how

Prime Minister Erdogan (10 O'Clock)
Prime Minister Erdogan (10 O'Clock)
Umit Cetin

"Turkey defines secularism as the principle that the state is equidistant from all religions. Secularism is definitely not atheism. I recommend that Egypt too adopt a secular constitution." These are the words of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a high-profile Egyptian television interview during his first visit to Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

After landing to an enthusiastic welcome in Cairo, Erdogan spoke to Mona el Sali, Egypt's most famous talk show host. His emphasis was on the issue of secularism and his comment in the taped interview that "secularism doesn't mean being opposed to religion" caused a stir in the Islamic world, particularly in Egypt which is debating whether a new constitution should be secular or religious in nature.

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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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