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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...
New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

Oil watchdog Platform has launched an online timeline which maps out the leaked US embassy cables on oil conflict in the Niger Delta. You can view the timeline here. Some 4,521 leaked US cables came from Nigeria between 2001 to 2010. The idea behind the timeline is to provide easy access to the wealth of information contained in these...
Piracy - Don't believe the Hype

Piracy – Don’t believe the Hype

An article published on Maritime Executive's website last week claimed that “pirate attacks against commercial ships, especially by Somalia and Africa's east coast, are becoming increasingly violent and frequent”. Quoting the International Maritime Organisation, the article stated that global piracy reached its peak in 2011. But NATO figures, published in January, paint a rather different picture....
Take the money and run? New piece by Platform on arts and corporate sponsorship in Arts Professional.

Take the money and run? New piece by Platform on arts and corporate sponsorship in Arts Professional.

Read the piece here. We welcome any comments. Arts Professional is a leading national bi-weekly news and analysis magazine for arts managers, fundraisers, and policy-makers. AP invited Platform to write this after reading the Study Room Guide of the same name which Live Art Development Agency commissioned from Platform earlier this year.       
Is BP trying to pull a "climategate" with Gulf research emails?

Is BP trying to pull a “climategate” with Gulf research emails?

Two oceanographers are accusing BP of attacking academic freedom after a subpoena from the company forced them to hand over more than 3,000 confidential emails relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. After BP and the Coast Guards asked Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for help in order to assess the magnitude of the damage caused by...
BP sponsors lobby group that welcomed executions in Egypt "to restore order" in post-election crackdown

BP sponsors lobby group that welcomed executions in Egypt “to restore order” in post-election crackdown

BP is sponsoring a business lobby organisation that enthusiastically welcomed election promises to crack down on dissent in Egypt with executions and brutal force, aiming to crush the revolution after the imminent Presidential elections AmCham  – the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt – hosted Mubarak-era Prime Minister and current Presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq for...