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A journey to 'communities of the ideal'

A journey to ‘communities of the ideal’

A while back James Marriott made a journey to two communities – each of which tries to approach an ideal. This is his reflection on the experience. The first, La R.o.n.c.e in the Morbihan region of Brittany, is being established on an abandoned farm by six activists and artist-activists, two of whom, John Jordan and...
Exciting week for ending the licence to spill

Exciting week for ending the licence to spill

Why do BP and Shell need cultural institutions (Tate, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery), consumer brands (Lego, Waitrose) and universities? The simple answer is so that the rest of us think we need them. As the Tate’s lawyer explained BP’s sponsorship, if they didn’t think they were getting something out of it, they wouldn’t do...
Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

“No you can’t get through down there. They’ve got a full set of anti-terrorist police. Machine guns and all. They’ll jump out at you if you go beyond that fence. Mind you, it helps keep the crime down in the village”. The tall man with white hair straggling out from under his black hat and...
BP and #IndyRef - the need to constrain corporate influence in our democracy

BP and #IndyRef – the need to constrain corporate influence in our democracy

Around about 3.00 am on the morning of Friday 19th September, whilst anxiously watching the results come in on the Scottish Independence Referendum, we heard one of the commentators on STV ‘Scotland Decides’ explain his view that after months of the politicians being unable to help the voters make their decision, ‘business leaders’ had stepped...
On the Oil Patrol in Russia

On the Oil Patrol in Russia

 This is a guest blog by Asti Roesle from Greenpeace. I have just been in the Republic of Komi, Northern Russian, taking part in an oil spill patrol by Greenpeace Russia and the local NGO Save the Pechora Committee which is run by local volunteers. Sadly, I am discovering many parallels between the situation caused by Shell...
Tate's argument for keeping BP sponsorship secret just doesn't add up

Tate’s argument for keeping BP sponsorship secret just doesn’t add up

Today we’re in court with Tate over a long running struggle to get them to say just how much sponsorship money they’re getting from BP. Working alongside Freedom of Information specialists Request Initiative, we’ve put a lot of time and energy in to trying to find out this figure, and this is why it’s important....
BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

BP: stop fuelling repression in Azerbaijan

This morning I stood outside BP’s International HQ in St James’s Square, London. I was attending a solidarity action for a missing protest. We should have been supporting a similar demo in Azerbaijan’s capital but there were no banners outside BP’s offices in Baku this morning. A woman in the distinctive blue tabard of Baku’s...
After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

After nearly three years of legal struggle, is Tate going to shed light on BP sponsorship details?

On Thursday Tate is going to be appearing before the Information Tribunal over their lack of disclosure about conversations around BP sponsorship and about the amount of money that they’re getting from BP.It’s in Tate’s interest for people to think that it couldn’t possibly survive without BP’s dirty money, but we don’t think that’s true....
BP's #IndyRef position - returning a political favour for Deepwater intervention?

BP’s #IndyRef position – returning a political favour for Deepwater intervention?

BP CEO Bob Dudley has once again stepped into the Scottish Independence Referendum debate, declaring via a special BP press release: “As a major investor in Scotland – now and into the future – BP believes that the future prospects for the North Sea are best served by maintaining the existing capacity and integrity of...
I'm going to Scotland to canvass for independence. Here's why.

I’m going to Scotland to canvass for independence. Here’s why.

 (Mika Minio-Paluello will be blogging from Scotland for the next two weeks. This first blog is written in Mika’s personal capacity rather than from a Platform perspective. Next week, Platform will be releasing new research that challenges the dominant perspectives around oil on both sides of the independence debate) I’m not Scottish. I don’t have...
The secret motives that drive climate denial are about to be exposed….

The secret motives that drive climate denial are about to be exposed….

New website DeSmog UK aims to smoke out industry-forged climate denial and begins by naming funders of Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation. “Climate deniers are always highly intelligent, scrupulously honest and ideologically sound,” some wit once observed. “But never all three at the same time.” The quip raises one of the most fascinating questions...
Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Platform was invited to present to the Geohack workshops that are part of the Fascinatecon conference in Falmouth this week. A version of the following was given via skype by James Marriott to an audience of ‘artists, gamers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked’ in the Performance Centre, Penryn Campus, University of...
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