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Feminism In Libya: After Gaddafi's Glass Ceiling, New Risk Is Islamist Repression

Often with multiple passports, the “foreign” vanguard in the battle for women’s rights in Libya must shift their attention from the evils of dictatorship to the risks of pious Islam.

Women marching last May in Tripoli (Magharebia)
Women marching last May in Tripoli (Magharebia)
Richard Werly and David Wagnières

TRIPOLI - They refer to themselves as the "strange women." And for good reason - they all grew up under the dictatorship, but through family ties and education managed to stay on the margins of Muammar Gaddafi's system and the traditional women's roles that are present everywhere in the Libya, a country dominated by conservative Islam.

The most audacious of them do not even wear the hijab, the veil that younger women carefully swaddle their faces with, "to look like a beautiful moon." Most of them are not married, having successfully resisted family pressure or arranged marriages. Their passports have often served as a shield.

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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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