Is this the future we want for Egypt?

The fisherperson in the cartoon is asking “Is this the future that we want for Egypt? The company BP in Idku.”
Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

Chatting art and politics with Margaret Harrison

A total honour, Margaret Harrison visited us at Platform today, and gave us a copy of her brilliant Words and Texts 1969*2010. Harrison founded the London Feminist Liberation Art Group, her work has been exhibited all around the world, and remains as fresh and as challenging as when she first burst upon the scene. The first...
Camp Frack is coming - can they do it like the French did?

Camp Frack is coming – can they do it like the French did?

Next weekend Camp Frack will come together to stop fracking for shale gas in the UK. It’s happening in Southport, and I’m excited about it not only because that’s where my Granny’s from, but because it marks a push to follow in the footsteps of French groups and stop fracking before it really gets going....
Two films that put tar sands campaigning in to context

Two films that put tar sands campaigning in to context

Here are two short films that put tar sands campaigning into a historical and political context. The Justice for Aboriginal Peoples’ Campaign launches – this is the history that banks and oil companies operating in Alberta follow on from: This is Montana Women For…, a group of women who recently participated in Tar Sands Action...

Oil corporations preying on Libyan oil – video with Greg Muttitt

“When Western powers look at the region, they talk about humanity and democracy, but they’re thinking about oil,” says Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire, which examines oil and politics in occupied Iraq. “The great fear is that just as they did in Iraq they’ll create a democracy that serves British interests or...

2100 people in US set to block tar sands pipeline

The Guardian has called it “the largest act of civil disobedience in US history”.  Following calls for Tim de Christopher’s imprisonment to be the US climate movement’s ‘Rosa Parks moment’, Tar Sands Action has mobilised thousands of people for an act of collective civil disobedience in a continuous two-week sit-in in front of the White House....

Full interview from Spoonfed on oil and arts sponsorship

Last week Spoonfed covered the oil sponsorship of the arts debate – here is the interview Tom Jeffreys did with PLATFORM in full: 1. What impact does sponsorship by, say, BP have on your view of an arts instituion and the work it exhibits? Tate is currently working hard to cut their carbon emissions and share information...

RBS finances cluster munitions – Amnesty International

Amnesty International are launching a campaign to stop RBS finance for cluster munitions. AI report that RBS provided finance worth $80 million last year, despite having signed up to a treaty banning cluster bombs.  Support their campaign here.
Top 5 reasons why tar sands cover-up "ethicaloil.org" is a seriously dirty trick

Top 5 reasons why tar sands cover-up “ethicaloil.org” is a seriously dirty trick

The “Ethical Oil” advertising website promoting Canadian tar sands was launched last month.  Neocon political communications advisor Alykhan Velshi’s rebrand of tar sands draws up a myth of “ethical oil” in opposition to the so-called “conflict oil” elsewhere in the world. It looks at first like a Yes Men-style parody of some of the pro-tar sands...
Spoonfed on corporate sponsorship of the arts

Spoonfed on corporate sponsorship of the arts

Great piece by Tom Jeffreys with several quotes from Kevin Smith of Platform exploring the various facets and complexities of corporate sponsorship of the arts, looking at ethics and censorship issues. A useful reference is made to the dropping of Trafigura from the Young Masters art prize – “Sponsorship relationships with brands of this sort...

RBS financed Canadian Tar Sands company goes under

Big Canadian tar sands company’s downfall shows that RBS’ tar sands finance is risky and reckless. OPTI Canada Inc. is in the process of being acquired by Chinese oil and gas exploration and production company CNOOC Ltd. CNOOC will pay US$2.1m for the Alberta-based company focused on developing major oil sands projects in Canada. OPTI Canada has...

RBS, what are you waiting for?

Yesterday the Royal Bank of Scotland held their 2011 Annual General Meeting at their Gogarburn headquarters on the industrial edge of Edinburgh (see Press Association video with Clayton Thomas-Muller from Indigenous Environmental Network and myself). The conference centre was flanked by press jesting with shareholders about diminishing returns. Much of the press group made a dash for...