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‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

Phew! There’s been so much going on this last week in terms of various interventions and speaking out on the controversial subject of BP sponsorship that at times it’s been hard to keep up. Here’s handy timeline to help keep people in the loop. Things had already been simmering away following renowned actor Mark Rylance...
Tullow Oil's foul play in Ghana

Tullow Oil’s foul play in Ghana

  Sunderland FC’s controversial sponsorship deal with a Tullow Oil front group was featured in today’s Independent: There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices on the continent. Tullow...
Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC's oil sponsorship deal

Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC’s oil sponsorship deal

At Platform we’ve been very focused on looking at how oil companies use cultural institutions to plaster over their controversial operations, but just yesterday a UK-based oil company moved into the sports sector. The Guardian reported that Premier League Sunderland AFC had secured “pioneering African sponsorship” with Invest in Africa. The article makes Invest In...
RBS & ECGD offer billions in public money to expand Caspian fossil fuel infrastructure

RBS & ECGD offer billions in public money to expand Caspian fossil fuel infrastructure

While the Tory government forces through unpopular cutbacks to the NHS, education and pensions, British public institutions plan to invest hundreds of millions – if not billions – of pounds into new fossil fuel infrastructure on the Caspian. Both the British Export Credit Agency (the ECGD – recently rebranded "UK Export Finance") and the Royal...
The Egyptian Revolution & Environmental Justice - Platform on Resonance FM Thurs 8pm

The Egyptian Revolution & Environmental Justice – Platform on Resonance FM Thurs 8pm

As both candidates claim to have won Egypt's Presidential elections, the military launches a "quiet coup", imposes martial law and awards itself legislative powers. Meanwhile, popular and grassroots struggles for social and environmental justice continue in Egypt. Tonight on Resonance FM, tune in to hear Platform's monthly radio show featuring Mel Evans & Mika Minio-Paluello...
Mark Rylance, BP & the Olympics

Mark Rylance, BP & the Olympics

It was heartening to hear Mark Rylance on the Today Programme this morning talking about his involvement in the Olympics opening ceremony and his discomfort about BP (and McDonalds) sponsorship. The award-winning actor, theatre director and playwright said that he’d been asked to take part, and the interviewer suggested he could have said no, to...
Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

In this summary of the historic first hearing in Bodo v Shell, Platform reveals that a growing wave of oil spill claims could be on the horizon, exposing the oil giant to major financial liabilities. Shell showed little sign of remorse at its first appearance before a UK court after causing “devastating” oil spills in...
Controversial Cairo PPP refinery receives $3.7 billion from World Bank, EIB, EFG Hermes

Controversial Cairo PPP refinery receives $3.7 billion from World Bank, EIB, EFG Hermes

A refinery expansion inside urban Cairo is receiving hundreds of dollars in "development" lending, despite a popular campaign against construction. The Mostorod Refinery Project – part-owned by private equity firm Citadel Capital – is situated in Northern Cairo, between Shobra El-Kheima and Mostorod. Opposition to the public-private partnership has focused on forced evictions, pollution and...
Shell in the dock over major oil spills in Nigeria

Shell in the dock over major oil spills in Nigeria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shell will appear in the High Court in London today to be held accountable for its oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Over 11,000 Nigerians from Bodo town in the Ogoni region of the Delta are suing Shell over the environmental damage caused by two devastating oil spills in...
Opportunity - 3 day workshop with Platform and Live Art Development Agency

Opportunity – 3 day workshop with Platform and Live Art Development Agency

Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love: Live Art Workshop on the Problems of the Oil Economy and Oil Sponsorship of the Arts with Nicole Garneau  August 9-12, 2012 Application deadline: July 9 Art-Oil-Numbers-Bodies-Love is a 3-day intensive workshop in which participants will be encouraged to try different strategies for producing small solo and collaborative live art gestures or mini-performances on the subject of...
Bodo v Shell court documents

Bodo v Shell court documents

Here are the documents filed for the claimants in the landmark lawsuit Bodo v Shell. The case has its first hearing at the High Court in London today. Shell has admitted liability for two major oil spills in Bodo town, Rivers State, Nigeria in 2008 and 2009. Over three years on, Shell has failed to clean...
Nazim Hikmet: "The Oil Road" meets "The Ballad of those who drink the Sun"

Nazim Hikmet: “The Oil Road” meets “The Ballad of those who drink the Sun”

To mark Sunday’s performance of “The Ballad of Those tho Drink the Sun” celebrating the life and work of Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, Platform is publishing a book excerpt on Nazim Hikmet, poetry & technology, the Euphrates versus BP’s Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. This is an edited excerpt from our upcoming book “The Oil Road: A Journey...