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First Signs Of Dissent In Moscow After Putin-Medvedev Announce Top Jobs “Swap”

After public endorsements aimed at returning Vladimir Putin to the presidency and making current President Dmitry Medvedev the next prime minister, the first of what may be many protests took place away from the glare of TV by Russians demanding true demo

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Medvedev and Putin
Alisa Ivanitskya and Alexander Chornik

MOSCOW - Usually no more than 20 people bother turning up to the opposition meetings of a group that calls itself ‘The Committee with Five Demands." But the latest gathering in central Moscow's Pushkin Square was different, coming after Dmitry Medvedev's public endorsement Saturday of the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency – and Putin's returning the favor by backing Medvedev for Prime Minister.

Taking place in the central Moscow, far from the glare of the media focused on , the protest saw more than 500 people turn out -- unhappy at their country's stage-managed democracy exemplified by this apparent "swapping" of Russia's top leadership posts. Protesters are expected to get more vociferous in the run-up to next year's elections, jolted into action after Saturday's announcement at the United Russia convention.

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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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