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Monthly blog archive June, 2011

Geoengineering and synthetic life – BP’s “solutions” to climate change and the energy crisis

While drilling holes in the Atlantic seafloor and mining tar sands, BP has also been working with Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics to geoengineer microbes that could be injected into tar sands to release methane and create algae-based biofuels, according to Jim Thomas of etc group writing for The Ecologist yesterday. He also investigates BP’s role in driving science-fiction schemes to re-engineer atmospheric...

Report: 2 Protesters Shot and Gov’t Official Killed in Ogoniland

Disturbing news has emerged that on Sunday 12 June, 2 Ogoni youth were reportedly shot dead by Nigerian police following a protest against the relocation of Bori Camp military base to Ogoniland. A government official who was backing the Rivers State Government’s plan was also reported killed in a retaliation. Saharareporter’s investigations revealed that trouble...

Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre to Welcome Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial ‘Battle Bus’

LAUNCH EVENT: Saturday 25 June, 12-2pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX. MAP: View Larger Map A spectacular life-size steel bus, created as a memorial to Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, will be officially welcomed to its new home in Tottenham as part of Civic Day celebrations on Saturday 25 June....

Ogonis File Class Action Lawsuit in UK Over Shell Oil Spills

The Ogoni community of Bodo has filed a class-action lawsuit at the High Court in London against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. The case concerns damages caused by two major oil spills from Shell’s Trans-Niger pipeline in 2008-9, both the result of equipment failure. It took Shell several months before they finally clamped the pipeline....

Podcasts from the Niger Delta

Listen to PLATFORM’s series of podcasts marking 15 years since the execution of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The podcasts feature activists who are pushing for social change in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Introduction: Episode I: Fifteen Years of Not Getting Justice Episode II: Patrick’s Podcast Episode III: “Comrade Che”