“Heritage called in the cavalry” – investigation reveals oil company’s role in Congo killings

Documents sourced by Platform play a key role in a new Corporate Watch investigation revealing how British oil company Heritage triggered a Ugandan military operation that led to six Congolese individuals being killed, including a three-year-old child. The two-year investigation in East Africa exposes a cover-up and raises further concerns over oil extraction in the...
"The Oil Road" - in search of a subtitle

“The Oil Road” – in search of a subtitle

Platform has submitted a complete manuscript of “The Oil Road” to Verso; it’s gone to the copy-editors now and will be published in May (with a different cover!). But we’re still trying to pick a sub-title – do you have any suggestions? Here’s a blurb about the book, and we’ve copied some possible subtitles below....

Egyptian businessman admits personal motivation for gas deal with Spain / Eni

Businessman Hussein Salem – on the run from corruption charges in Egypt –  admitted his personal & political motivations in signing Egypt’s controversial gas export deals with Israel (via pipeline) and Spain (via Damietta LNG), in discussion with Egyptian journalist Mohamed Heikal: “Yes I made gas deals with Israel. We have a lot of gas...

The Ugandan draft oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight

Platform has released a new briefing analysing Uganda’s draft “Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill” The report – entitled “The Ugandan Upstream oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight”, highlights the lack of parliamentary oversight, transparency, or consultation or involvement of affected communities in the proposed oil law. At the same...

Pillage not development: Egypt’s military junta & the European public banks

(this article initially appeared in Bankwatch Mail 50) Bread, freedom, dignity, social justice. These were core demands articulated during the democratic and inspirational Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square at the beginning of this year. Beyond this, there was widespread support for improved public services to the poor, a shift from subservience to US foreign policy,...

Tullow sues Heritage – Uganda pays the price; court papers published for $300m oil trial

Guestblog by Taimour Lay, Former Platform researcher, Uganda and DRC. Download the full court papers (30 megabytes) A court case in London between Tullow and Heritage will reveal much of what went wrong in the battle over Uganda’s oil. It is a long way from the shores of Lake Albert to the new commercial court...

Mass environmental justice uprising engulfs Damietta on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast

The popular movement against a Canadian petrochemical plant has forced the Egyptian government to shut down the Agrium-Mopco gas-fertiliser factory, after residents shut down highways, bridges and a deepwater port, and battled the Egyptian military in the street. Grainy photos and video-clips  tweeted out – especially by Al-Jazeera’s @Mansourtalk – show locals standing up to...

Egyptian Oil Ministry protestors break through police barricade

Yesterday hundreds of protesting petroleum ministry workers broke through police barricades, pushing towards the Egyptian Cabinet’s offices in downtown Cairo. Large workers’ protests take place every day, demanding contracts and a minimum wage of 1200 Egyptian pounds a month. Al Ahram English reported that on Tuesday

اوروبا و الخصخصة في مصر

نائب رئيس الوزراء الانجليزية نيك كليج كان في القاهرة الخميس المماضي و قال انه يدعم الثورة المصرية. لكن اي ثورة و الذين الثورة؟ وعد كليج ٥ مليين دولار الان في مخال “المساعدة التقنية” و ٣٨ مليار في المستقبل, خلال يد البنك الدولي و “البنك الاوروبي للاعمار و التنمية” (ُي ب ر د).  تقرض و تستثمر...

Egyptian oil workers strike over conditions

Egyptian oil workers at the SUMED pipeline terminal on the Red Sea went on strike and protested demanding better employment rights this week, showing their power to slow the transit of crude from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean. The striking workers help dock and unload very large tankers that use the SUMED Red Sea-Mediterranean pipeline...

London-based oil-mercenary company marches into Libya

Oil and private military/mercenary company Heritage has muscled its way into Libya. The London-based oil company is the first new foreign oil company to buy its way into Libya, after acquiring a controlling 51% stake in Sahara Oil Services – which apparently brings the right to bid for and operate oil and gas licenses in...

Uganda demands end to oil clause that freezes weak regulation

The Ugandan government is insisting that British oil company Tullow Oil, France’s Total and Chinese group CNOOC drop the stabilisation clause from their oil contract of Lake Albert before approving the $10 billion oil project. The original contracts were leaked by PLATFORM in 2010. Meanwhile Ugandan opposition MPs are unhappy that Museveni’s government allowed disputes...