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What does the backlash over the Sydney Biennale sponsorship controversy say about the art world?

What does the backlash over the Sydney Biennale sponsorship controversy say about the art world?

Guest blog post by Dr Alana Jelinek I have argued in the past that there are inherent problems with contemporary public-private funding models invented with the New Labour government and made very prescriptive since the year 2000 across subsequent governments of all hues. We can see just how prescriptive is its potential in the current...
'The Bus' memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move...

‘The Bus’ memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move…

Today, the Bus moved from Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham where it has been for three years, round the corner to Hale Village where it will be throughout 2014. The Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa, aka The Bus, is a spectacular steel sculpture by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. Platform commissioned it in 2005, the...
Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Sign the petition: Shell must clean up its oil pollution in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta is one of the most polluted places on earth, laid to waste by an oil industry that does not respect people or the environment. It wasn’t always that way. Before Shell first discovered oil in Nigeria in 1956, it was a globally important wetland habitat with rich biodiversity, providing livelihoods for people for centuries. A...
Perenco: Oil Production At Any Cost

Perenco: Oil Production At Any Cost

Download the report or browse online below. Who are Perenco? Perenco are an independent Anglo-French oil and gas company. Its headquarters are located in London but it also has offices in Paris and the Bahamas. Founded by Hubert Perrodo (1944-2006), the company is now run by CEO, Jean-Michel Jacoulot, and still partly belongs to his...
UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship - "an ideal relationship?"

UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship – “an ideal relationship?”

A guest blog from Hamza Hamouchene of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign and author of our newly published report Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Grab and Human Rights in Algeria. After more than six months of researching and documenting the British energy interests in my country Algeria, I feel extremely happy that the Algerian-British relations came under scrutiny from the...
BP et le Royaume-Uni interpelés sur des accords de gaz et d’armement avec le régime algérien

BP et le Royaume-Uni interpelés sur des accords de gaz et d’armement avec le régime algérien

BP et le Royaume-Uni interpelés sur des accords de gaz et d’armement avec le régime algérien. En marge d’une conférence d’affaires sur les investissements en Algérie, des militants appellent au respect des « droits humains » en Algérie et s’opposent à « l’accaparement britannique du gaz algérien ». Lundi 10/02/2014 A distribuer immédiatement Des photos de qualité « impression » et...
Reinforcing Dictatorships - Britain's Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grids and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel interests. As a result, the Conservative government has courted the Algerian regime and supported arms sales between British companies and Algeria as well as encouraging an expanded role for BP....

Activists accuse Britain of ‘gas grab’ in Algeria despite human rights abuses

Terry Macalister, The Guardian Protesters plan to target investor conference at London Stock Exchange on Monday
Shell cancels 2014 Arctic drilling - Arctic Ocean & Inupiat rights reality check

Shell cancels 2014 Arctic drilling – Arctic Ocean & Inupiat rights reality check

Today Shell announced it was canceling its 2014 drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. This is a guest blog by Faith Gemmill, Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), on the court decision that forced Shell’s hand, and the Indigenous rights context behind it. Last week the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...