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Monthly blog archive August, 2011
Crackdown intensifies in oil region - Shell pledges to keep paying Syrian regime

Crackdown intensifies in oil region – Shell pledges to keep paying Syrian regime

The crackdown on the Syrian uprising has intensified in the eastern oil region around Deir Az-Zour. According to the FT, The towns of Mayadin and Burhama were attacked on Wednesday, according to the Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist group, with tanks and machine guns used during mass arrest campaigns. Another local resident said she had...
Two films that put tar sands campaigning in to context

Two films that put tar sands campaigning in to context

Here are two short films that put tar sands campaigning into a historical and political context. The Justice for Aboriginal Peoples’ Campaign launches – this is the history that banks and oil companies operating in Alberta follow on from: This is Montana Women For…, a group of women who recently participated in Tar Sands Action...

Gulfsands ends payments to Assad’s cousin – but continues supporting Syrian regime with $8 million every week

Documents revealed by the FT amid concerns raised by Avaaz show that Gulfsands Petroleum, the London-listed oil and gas company, agreed to give a share of profits from its production activities in Syria to a company controlled by Rami Makhlouf, the first cousin of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The company has also paid more than...

Oil corporations preying on Libyan oil – video with Greg Muttitt

“When Western powers look at the region, they talk about humanity and democracy, but they’re thinking about oil,” says Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire, which examines oil and politics in occupied Iraq. “The great fear is that just as they did in Iraq they’ll create a democracy that serves British interests or...

2100 people in US set to block tar sands pipeline

The Guardian has called it “the largest act of civil disobedience in US history”.  Following calls for Tim de Christopher’s imprisonment to be the US climate movement’s ‘Rosa Parks moment’, Tar Sands Action has mobilised thousands of people for an act of collective civil disobedience in a continuous two-week sit-in in front of the White House....

Full interview from Spoonfed on oil and arts sponsorship

Last week Spoonfed covered the oil sponsorship of the arts debate – here is the interview Tom Jeffreys did with PLATFORM in full: 1. What impact does sponsorship by, say, BP have on your view of an arts instituion and the work it exhibits? Tate is currently working hard to cut their carbon emissions and share information...

BBC: Shell spill: what happened & why it matters to Shell

An in depth account of the Shell’s North Sea oil spill – the largest in a decade – and why it matters, by BBC Business News, with mention of Platform, Greenpeace & others. Shell spill: What happened and why it matters to Shell By Damian KahyaBusiness reporter, BBC News Environmental groups are furious that the...

RBS finances cluster munitions – Amnesty International

Amnesty International are launching a campaign to stop RBS finance for cluster munitions. AI report that RBS provided finance worth $80 million last year, despite having signed up to a treaty banning cluster bombs.  Support their campaign here.

Nigeria could lose billions under new oil law

Today, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) warned that Nigeria stands to lose billions of dollars in oil revenue over the coming years if the new oil law, the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is passed unamended. “NEITI does not see the rationale for passing a bill that is designed to reduce government revenue from petroleum operations...