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Monthly blog archive July, 2014
European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has promised up to €700 million for the disastrous Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline. In a statement the Managing Director for Energy at the public bank said “the EBRD will invest €600-700 million in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.” The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP) is a huge piece of infrastructure...
Interviewing Mahienour: revolution and climate change

Interviewing Mahienour: revolution and climate change

Support Mahienour I spent several months earlier this year trying to interview my friend Mahienour El-Massry, a pivotal Egyptian revolutionary from Alexandria. She had been sentenced in absentia to 2 years in prison in January, but hadn’t been arrested yet. That didn’t mean she was safe – the police could have arrested her from her home...
BP using crackdown to steamroll unpopular project in Egypt

BP using crackdown to steamroll unpopular project in Egypt

BP is back in Cairo. The multinational never quite left, but intense community opposition put its flagship North Alexandra project on hold during the last three years. With former military leader Abdel Fattah El-Sisi firmly installed in the President’s chair, now BP has seen an opportunity to restart drilling and construction.  CEO Bob Dudley was...
Oil money and theatre - questions from the Green Room

Oil money and theatre – questions from the Green Room

Last night saw a wide variety of folks from the world of theatre come together to discuss the growing controversy of oil sponsorship of the arts. Many in theatre now recognise that climate change and environmental damage are pressing issues that need to be addressed, both in the very content of the work, and the...
All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

Landing at Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku I thought I knew what to expect. This was my second trip to Azerbaijan’s capital city, and I still had vivid memories of my first, the year before. Back then, I arrived at night and Baku seemed like one of the most opulent places on earth. The drive...
Picture This - artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Picture This – artist Raoul Martinez on why oil sponsorship must end

Over the past week we’ve published chapter by chapter the text from our new report ‘Picture This’ against BP’s sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Award. Below is the final chapter, ‘Picturing the Future’, brilliantly and calmly reasoned by artist Raoul Martinez. Raoul has been 3-times shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and has...
'Picture This' report extract - BP's ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & 'artful dodging'

‘Picture This’ report extract – BP’s ongoing Gulf Coast disaster & ‘artful dodging’

Last week we published a critical new report ‘Picture This – A Portrait of 25 years of BP Sponsorship‘, timed with the opening of the National Portrait Gallery London’s new ‘BP Portrait Award’ exhibition. In a series of blogs, we are featuring extracts from the report. Today’s blog shares devastating testimony and analysis from two...