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BBC: Shell spill: what happened & why it matters to Shell

An in depth account of the Shell’s North Sea oil spill – the largest in a decade – and why it matters, by BBC Business News, with mention of Platform, Greenpeace & others. Shell spill: What happened and why it matters to Shell By Damian KahyaBusiness reporter, BBC News Environmental groups are furious that the...

On not always labouring furiously

“The mind should not be kept continuously at the same pitch of concentration, but given amusing diversions… Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after a rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmlands, so uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a...

Shell sponsorship and censorship at Southbank Centre?

On 29th June, the Arts Council England finally announced its new “Catalyst Arts” philanthropy programme, aimed at pushing arts organisations towards a US-style corporate and private philanthropy culture. It’s ironic that 3 days later, PLATFORM had a close encounter with censorship from a major arts venue, the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, London. As part of the...

Death knell or crying wolf?

In April the Chancellor, George Osborne, launched his ‘Fair Fuel Stabiliser’. This linked the rate of tax paid by oil companies to global oil prices. When the price of oil was above $75 a barrel, the rate of tax on North Sea oil profits would rise, with the additional revenue used to lower the price...

The other offshore tax regime

The lobby machine kicked into action following the announcement by George Osbourne of plans to raise £10 billion over the next 5 years from the oil industry. Ex-PLATFORMer Greg Muttitt, author of the forthcoming book Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq explains in this guest blog why the outraged claims of the oil...

BP’s botched Arctic deal and the extent of the Foreign Office’s support

An article on the front page of the Business Section of the Telegraph today has used Freedom of Information requests obtained by PLATFORM to show how BP has used the Foreign Office to cement a controversial deal in Russia, even when the legality of the deal was in doubt. A Channel 4 Dispatches episode this evening by investigative journalist...

Arctic Anxiety – new report on BP’s attempts to drill in the arctic

‘Arctic Anxiety – BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil’ can be downloaded fromhttp://platformlondon.org/aa.pdf In the wake of Thursday´s arbitration ruling that has delayed BP´s Arctic alliance with Rosneft, Foreign Office minutes sourced through FoIA and a new report published by PLATFORM and Greenpeace UK reveal ongoing high-level support for BP without...

New report released today – RBS coal finance on launch day of RBS-sponsored Climate Week

Download the report – www.platformlondon.org/dm.pdf Watch the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuWGg6a__gE Check out the online presentation summary – http://prezi.com/2zc3gxujogli/dirty-money/ All over the world, diverse groups from community activists to schoolchildren, small businesses to faith-based networks, are starting to take action on climate change. Big business is following suit, but often with tactics that bring their integrity into question. Climate...

Power & Privilege Training

Power and privilege training has become commonplace in US social justice activism over the past decade as an integral part of making real and lasting change. Here in the UK, interest in engaging with this practice and developing our own models in a different context is growing; in Bristol in 2009 activists held a Race...