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Monthly blog archive December, 2013
Gulf Coast Residents Urge David Cameron to Withdraw UK Support For BP

Gulf Coast Residents Urge David Cameron to Withdraw UK Support For BP

Gulf Coast residents have sent a letter (full text below) to David Cameron, urging the UK to withdraw a statement of support recently submitted to a US court on behalf of oil giant BP.  In November 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) banned BP from participating in new federal contracts due to a...
Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Art for Democracy website – for human rights in Azerbaijan from epitype on Vimeo. Support Art for Democracy here. Dictatorships, like the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, don’t just rely on violence, intimidation and fossil fuels to secure their power. They also need a ‘social license to operate’, especially in other countries like the UK. Our...
Will Hague prioritize "gas grabbing" over human rights in Azerbaijan visit?

Will Hague prioritize “gas grabbing” over human rights in Azerbaijan visit?

Today Foreign Secretary William Hague will be one of the first European politicians to visit Azerbaijan after Ilham Aliyev’s internationally condemned re-election as President.  Hague will be there to attend the ceremony for the signing of a pipeline agreement that will see two trillion cubic meters of gas pumped from Azerbaijan to Europe. Hague will...
Protest in London today in solidarity with Kazakhstan oil workers

Protest in London today in solidarity with Kazakhstan oil workers

Oil industry trade unionists and other campaigners in London today demanded that UK foreign secretary William Hague put pressure on Kazakhstan to release workers jailed for their part in a seven-month strike in 2011. Campaigners handed in a letter at the Foreign Office, and then demonstrated at the Kazakh embassy. The protest marked the second...
Statoil ends music sponsorship after growing controversy in Norway

Statoil ends music sponsorship after growing controversy in Norway

Ragnhild Freng Dale reports on an important development in anti-oil sponsorship campaigning in Norway. October 2013 marked an important milestone for the Norwegian artists fighting the oil sponsorship of the arts in their country: Statoil ended their longstanding Bylarm-sponsorship for pop and rock music. Stretching six years back in time, Statoil and ByLarm have collaborated...
Statoil sponsoring tennis? You can NOT be serious!!

Statoil sponsoring tennis? You can NOT be serious!!

  Sunniva Taylor and Christopher Garrard report back from the Statoil-sponsored Tennis Masters that took place in London recently. Statoil, the 66% Norwegian government owned oil and gas company, were the big name corporate sponsors of this year’s Tennis Masters at the Royal Albert Hall, for the second year running. The event lasted five days...

The EBRD should not finance oil drilling in Egypt

Today the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is voting on a $50 million loan for oil drilling in Egypt. This is the first major loan by the bank in Egypt since the military takeover in July 2013. The EBRD seems eager to ignore the principles in its founding agreement promoting “initiatives in countries committed...
Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

A few weeks ago we were crammed into a small radio station studio in Port Harcourt. We listened with bated breath to our friend Celestine AkpoBari from the Ogoni Solidarity Forum being interviewed.  “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the...
Tate members AGM dominated again by BP sponsorship controversy

Tate members AGM dominated again by BP sponsorship controversy

  Sunniva Taylor and Louisa Wright report back from another fiesty session at the Tate Members AGM. This year’s Tate Members AGM on Friday 6th December was once again dominated by controversy about BP sponsorship. Three members announced their resignation and difficult questions were asked about the morality and necessity of ongoing BP sponsorship. Outside...