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Islamization Of Crime: How ISIS Recruits Seasoned Criminals

Even as ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq, its jihadists are bringing the war to Europe's capitals in minutely planned terror attacks. It is a scenario driven by a new kind of criminal profile.

The arrest in Brussels of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam
The arrest in Brussels of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam
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Florian Flade and Alfred Hackensberger

BERLIN — A dangerous game of hide and seek between ISIS and European intelligence and security agencies has begun, and the latter have so far been foiled. More than 160 dead and over 700 wounded in ISIS terror attacks in Europe since Nov. 13. The jihadists have quite successfully brought scenes of war to the democratic cities of the Old Continent.

The terror attacks were not only planned long in advance but had also been announced to the world. European intelligence services hadn't been very concerned when ISIS started its lethal campaign in Syria and Iraq more than two years ago. Its agenda was confined to "regional … conquest of more territory," to "gain more area in which to exert their influence." Al-Qaeda, so intelligence officials surmised, was still a much more dangerous and better organized adversary than ISIS.

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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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