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Monthly blog archive August, 2013
Margaret Atwood talk at the Southbank Centre - sponsorship, Shell & dystopias

Margaret Atwood talk at the Southbank Centre – sponsorship, Shell & dystopias

Chris Garrard is an activist and composer who was lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold out Margaret Atwood talk last night at the Southbank Centre. You can read Chris’ blog here and an interview with him about his chamber-opera version of The Handmaid’s Tale here. Last night, I went along to see...
Margaret Atwood says "we must talk" about Southbank Centre and Shell

Margaret Atwood says “we must talk” about Southbank Centre and Shell

The wonderful author Margaret Atwood is speaking tonight at the Southbank Centre about her new book MaddAdam, the highly anticipated trilogy, coming after Oryx and Crake, and After The Flood. The trilogy is an important work in the emerging field of climate change literature, with a dark, specualtive look at a dystopian future where the...
Fracking, Balcombe and international solidarity

Fracking, Balcombe and international solidarity

Hamza Hamouchene is researching the oil and gas sector in Algeria with Platform. Over the weekend he went to the Reclaim The Power camp in Balcombe to give a workshop, take part in a plenary and the protests on Monday. You can read his previous blog on Algeria, gas and human rights here. The Reclaim...
Gazprom polar bear ‘gift’ seeks to gloss over the reality of Arctic drilling

Gazprom polar bear ‘gift’ seeks to gloss over the reality of Arctic drilling

NB This blog post was part of an internet hoax instigated by Greenpeace and The Yes Men. You can read more about it here. Check out this ‘video news release’ from the giant Russian energy  company Gazprom, celebrating its new partnership with Shell to drill for  oil in the Arctic. The bear in the film...
Arms, oil and Algeria - Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

Arms, oil and Algeria – Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

A guest blog by Hamza Hamouchene, who is currently at Platform researching UK’s energy interests in Algeria. With the production of North Sea gas dwindling dramatically, developing Algeria as a major natural gas exporter has become an economic and strategic imperative for the EU. The country features heavily in both EU and UK energy policies and has...
Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

It’s 8.30am and we are outside the Shell Centre doorstepping staff on their way into work. Another day, another Shell protest. The difference today is we are handing out sponges with a message on the back: “clean up the Niger Delta.” Some of the staff smile nervously as they approach us and some of them...