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Monthly blog archive September, 2011

Uganda demands end to oil clause that freezes weak regulation

The Ugandan government is insisting that British oil company Tullow Oil, France’s Total and Chinese group CNOOC drop the stabilisation clause from their oil contract of Lake Albert before approving the $10 billion oil project. The original contracts were leaked by PLATFORM in 2010. Meanwhile Ugandan opposition MPs are unhappy that Museveni’s government allowed disputes...

President Jonathan: ‘Our system has collapsed’

In a speech to mark Nigeria’s 51st anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, President Goodluck Jonathan talked openly about how the systemic breakdown of government institutions in the ‘giant of Africa’. The Daily Trust reports: Jonathan said the country has been running on a deficit budget because the institutions that are supposed to protect public...

UpRise Anti-Racism Festival was amazing

On Sunday, various Shakers were revelling in “Community is Home”, UpRise’s 2011 Festival happening across 14 venues in Dalston, Hackney. The day was bright and warm, and the vibe was fantastic. Boris Johnson’s decision to remove funding from the original “Rise” Festival did not deter the many committed individuals and organisations from making this incredibly...

Free University of Liverpool, full of love

(a personal view…) “Why free?” “Who is it?” “What scares you?” “What trouble do you expect to get into?” “What existing structures and conventions of universities do we want to ditch?” “How Liverpool is it”? “Are we students? Who are we?” “How will we know when people/we are committed?” “Is it about curriculum or freeness?...

Egyptian communities protest BP expansion plans

Egyptian communities concerned about a proposed BP gas plant on the Mediterranean coast have organised protests, including a sit-in on the site, road blockades and a raid on BP’s local office, as reported by Egyptian paper Al-Masry Al-Youm. The residents of Idku, east of Alexandria, are opposing plans to pump gas ashore from BP’s offshore...
Event: Energy Security, A Toxic Frame For Progressives?

Event: Energy Security, A Toxic Frame For Progressives?

PLATFORM and PIRC are running a day-long workshop on the 4th of November in Machynlleth, Wales on the problems with using ‘energy security’ as a frame in campaigning. The rise of ‘energy security’ within policy discussions has led many civil society organisations to alter the way they talk about climate change and energy. Yet is...

An abdication of responsibility

When a government responds to one of the worst oil spills in its waters for a decade by appointing the former Chairman of Shell to advise on cutting regulation of the offshore oil and gas industry, something has clearly gone wrong. If the government wants to ramp up extraction from deeper waters but is unwilling to...

European Commission proposes increase in powers to control energy resources abroad; Libya next on the agenda

The European Commission has for the first time submitted proposals for a concerted public foreign energy policy – termed ‘External Energy Policy’ within Euro circles. The EU has been acting collectively to control oil & gas resources and transit routes for many years – financing pipelines with public funds, lobbying for access to African, Middle...

UK’s ageing oil rigs are close to collapse, video footage shows

This is the frightening reality of oil extraction in the UK North Sea. Video footage and documents leaked to the the Scottish Sunday Express shows that Shell’s oil rigs are ready to collapse. RUSTING RIGS SPARK FEARS OF OIL TRAGEDY By Paula Murray   SHOCKING footage has emerged showing the dire state of Britain’s rust- ing oil...