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Monthly blog archive December, 2010

Wikileaks cables reveal BP cover-up in Azerbaijan

New Wikileaks cables about another major offshore gas leak in the Caspian give a rare insight into how BP attempts to control the public narratives when it hits crisis and failure. Writing a book about the company’s Caucasus pipelines, we’ve been all over the region, digging for the truth behind these events. Now the sudden...

Oil activist in DRC slams repression & Perenco secrecy during interview

Pastor Jacques Bakulu has been campaigning against oil companies operating in western Congo for over 20 years. The secretive Anglo-French company Perenco took over Chevron’s concession in 2004 and claims to be producing 25,000 barrels a day. None of its four contracts are publicly available. In February this year Perenco were once again accused of pouring...

New poetry on climate justice launched: No Condition is Permanent

PLATFORM and African Writers Abroad proudly present 19 poets and 29 poems in a new volume crackling with acute observation and arresting calls to justice. The collection features powerful new work from acclaimed performance-poets Simon Murray (Sai Murai) and Dorothea Smartt, commissioned during PLATFORM’s season “C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture” (Arnolfini, Bristol, England in...

Wikileaks cable shines light on ENI corruption in Uganda; Heritage offered to pay bribes in Congo

• SECRET US CABLE SHINES LIGHT ON ENI CORRUPTION IN UGANDA • HERITAGE OFFERED TO PAY BRIBES IN CONGO ‘’If Tullow’s allegations are true – and we believe they are …” US Embassy, Kampala, 17 December 2009 A secret United States diplomatic cable (below and here) published by Wikileaks last week has exposed the real politics...

Wikileaks: Shell “Infiltrated” Nigerian Government

A single diplomatic cable from Wikileaks has sparked a public relations disaster for Shell in Nigeria. Following a frontpage story in The Guardian on Thursday 9th December, Shell’s vice-like grip on Nigeria’s oil resources has been exposed. The leaked cables are highly revealing. Shell executive Ann Pickard boasts about infiltrating the Nigerian government with informants, and describes how...

Wikileaks Cable: Shell’s Grip on Nigeria Revealed

Tonight The Guardian revealed how Shell uses a wide network of informants to infiltrate top government departments in Nigeria. The revelations are contained in a secret US embassy cables leaked via whistleblower website  Wikileaks. The cable confirms what communities in the Niger Delta have long suspected. Shell wields enormous power over Nigeria and is actively exploiting...

BREAKING: Ken Saro-Wiwa was framed, secret evidence shows

Last night coalition partners SpinWatch released fresh revelations  in The Independent on Sunday exposing how Shell financed Nigerian military crackdowns on the minority Ogoni people and detailing new evidence to suggest Saro-Wiwa was framed by the military. This stream of revelations has emerged following a year of dedicated research into the evidence amassed against Shell...