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Monthly blog archive November, 2011

Pillage not development: Egypt’s military junta & the European public banks

(this article initially appeared in Bankwatch Mail 50) Bread, freedom, dignity, social justice. These were core demands articulated during the democratic and inspirational Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square at the beginning of this year. Beyond this, there was widespread support for improved public services to the poor, a shift from subservience to US foreign policy,...
Platform Promenade - Guest blog by participant Hester Berry

Platform Promenade – Guest blog by participant Hester Berry

Hester Berry is a landscape painter who participated in the recent series of Platform Promenade – Oil and the City. This is her account of the experience. ‘Twas a cold and misty morning. Our little group gathered at a pre-determined location near Liverpool Street Station to await instructions. All we had been told was that we...

Tullow sues Heritage – Uganda pays the price; court papers published for $300m oil trial

Guestblog by Taimour Lay, Former Platform researcher, Uganda and DRC. Download the full court papers (30 megabytes) A court case in London between Tullow and Heritage will reveal much of what went wrong in the battle over Uganda’s oil. It is a long way from the shores of Lake Albert to the new commercial court...
Read online now - Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil

Read online now – Not If But When: Culture Beyond Oil

Now available to read online – click on the Issuu link above, or you can download the publication as a pdf here. For hard copies by post visit this page for a range of payment options or you can purchase it from the Live Art Development Agency online shop here. December 2011: Art collective Liberate...
RBS and Climate Week - who dumped who?

RBS and Climate Week – who dumped who?

News has reached us that RBS isn’t sponsoring the 2012 Climate Week, due to take place in March. RBS was a controversial sponsor of last year’s event, which many saw as an opportunity for the bank to gain some ill-deserved environmental credentials in the face of public criticism over its appalling record of fossil fuel...
Eni misled shareholders over gas flaring in Nigeria

Eni misled shareholders over gas flaring in Nigeria

A new report by CRBM, Corner House and FoE Nigeria and others condemns oil majors Eni, Total and Shell for their record of environmental and social devastation in Nigeria. It also dissects EU ‘energy security’, arguing that a policy that locks the EU into dependence on fossil fuels leads to increased conflict and climate chaos. FOR IMMEDIATE...

Mass environmental justice uprising engulfs Damietta on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast

The popular movement against a Canadian petrochemical plant has forced the Egyptian government to shut down the Agrium-Mopco gas-fertiliser factory, after residents shut down highways, bridges and a deepwater port, and battled the Egyptian military in the street. Grainy photos and video-clips  tweeted out – especially by Al-Jazeera’s @Mansourtalk – show locals standing up to...
“All that is solid melts into air”

“All that is solid melts into air”

I struggle to overcome the fear of disappointment, struggle to overcome the fear of future embarrassment. The media shouts of constant imminent financial collapse, of each day bringing a greater crisis than the last. I stumble through the hourly accounts, believing – perhaps hoping – that tomorrow will bring news of a return to normality,...
Something to celebrate - the Keystone Pipeline victory

Something to celebrate – the Keystone Pipeline victory

James Marriott, who coordinates Platform’s tar sands work, blogs on the recent news of the Keystone Pipeline victory announced last night.   The day breaks with fantastic news from Washington DC! The Obama Administration has decided to conduct a review into the planned Keystone XL pipeline – a review of 12 months which may well kill...