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Monthly blog archive October, 2011

More of Blair’s dodgy mates

Sarah Legge from Platform writes: This article in the Financial Times on last Saturday caught my eye – Blair works on makeover for Kazakhstan. “Tony Blair has added Kazakhstan to his roster of oil-rich clients, advising the authoritarian Central Asian regime on economic reforms and how to present a better face to the west. The...
Violence and Gentleness - Reverend Billy on the Occupy Movement

Violence and Gentleness – Reverend Billy on the Occupy Movement

Our friend, performance preacher, Reverend Billy of the Church of the Earthalujah guest blogs some of his thoughts on the ‘Occupy’ movement and recent police brutality at Occupy Oakland. Waking up anxious to be clear, to have an incite and then somehow state what I believe to be true, clearly.  It is raining outside, 4:30...

Egyptian Oil Ministry protestors break through police barricade

Yesterday hundreds of protesting petroleum ministry workers broke through police barricades, pushing towards the Egyptian Cabinet’s offices in downtown Cairo. Large workers’ protests take place every day, demanding contracts and a minimum wage of 1200 Egyptian pounds a month. Al Ahram English reported that on Tuesday
Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

A total honour, Margaret Harrison visited us at Platform today, and gave us a copy of her brilliant Words and Texts 1969*2010. Harrison founded the London Feminist Liberation Art Group, her work has been exhibited all around the world, and remains as fresh and as challenging as when she first burst upon the scene. The first...
'Britain on Trial' event in The Guardian

‘Britain on Trial’ event in The Guardian

Check out this coverage of Shake! and Leeds Young Authors’ event on institutional racism in The Northerner blog. You don’t want to miss this unique collaboration between young people, Leeds University’s MA Activism and Social Change, Leeds Bicentenary Transformation Project, Leeds Black Film Club, chaired by Esther Stanford-Xosei of Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition of Europe. The...

اوروبا و الخصخصة في مصر

نائب رئيس الوزراء الانجليزية نيك كليج كان في القاهرة الخميس المماضي و قال انه يدعم الثورة المصرية. لكن اي ثورة و الذين الثورة؟ وعد كليج ٥ مليين دولار الان في مخال “المساعدة التقنية” و ٣٨ مليار في المستقبل, خلال يد البنك الدولي و “البنك الاوروبي للاعمار و التنمية” (ُي ب ر د).  تقرض و تستثمر...

Tax breaks ‘crucial’ for Arctic oil

On Friday 14th October, Texas governor and US presidential candidate Rick Perry unveiled his ‘jobs and energy’ policy which “resembles a wish list for the oil and gas industry” according to the New York Times. The plan, available online, involves scaling down the “job-killing” Environmental Protection Agency and opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...
TAKE ACTION: Demand corporate accountability

TAKE ACTION: Demand corporate accountability

The Global Greengrants Fund has set  up an online petition calling on Shell to immediately clean up its appalling pollution in the Niger Delta and end its daily human rights abuses. The action has collected over 9,900 signatures since Wednesday. Let’s see if we can hit 10,000 by the end of today! Please sign the...
Shell hit with $1bn US lawsuit over Nigeria pollution

Shell hit with $1bn US lawsuit over Nigeria pollution

Within a day of the US Supreme Court decision to hear the case of Kiobel v Shell, which accuses Shell of complicity in crimes against humanity and human rights abuses in Nigeria during the 1990s, the oil giant was hit by another class action lawsuit for 50 years of pollution in the Niger Delta. AFP...