Energy security - why the fuss over two little words?

Energy security – why the fuss over two little words?

Kim Bryan is Media and Communications officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology, where Platform and PIRC co-hosted a seminar last week called “Energy Security – a toxic frame for progressives?” as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Here she guest-blogs her thoughts on taking part in the seminar. Plans are afoot to...

More on Prirazlomnaya

WWF Russia has just released a comparative analysis of a number of Gazprom’s projects, including the notorious Prirazlomnaya rig. On 6 September Gazprom held a press conference … practically in response to the publicity campaign by NGOs. At the conference, Gazprom Head of offshore technology Vladimir Vovk conceded that a finalised technical plan did not...
Culture Beyond Oil Publication Launch - Tuesday 29th Nov @FreeWordCentre

Culture Beyond Oil Publication Launch – Tuesday 29th Nov @FreeWordCentre

New Arts Publication – ‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’                   TUESDAY 29th November – Free Word Centre 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA IMPORTANT – Previously this event had been advertised on Monday 28th November. Due to circumstances outside of our control, this date has been changed to Tuesday 29th...
'Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil' - order your copy now

‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’ – order your copy now

‘Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil’ is a publication that sets out to discuss oil sponsorship of the arts. The single issue, limited edition publication features artworks in dialogue with the BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe and articles that set out the compelling arguments for an end to BP and Shell’s murky involvement with...

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.”
Britain on Trial - one of the particpants writes....

Britain on Trial – one of the particpants writes….

(Gloria Dawson came along to our Britain on Trial event, organised as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Here she writes about her experiences of the day. You can follow Gloria on twitter @g_dawson) I was really excited to go along to ‘Britain on Trial,’ partly because I didn’t know what to expect...
A quick plug for our new (and beautiful) printed reports

A quick plug for our new (and beautiful) printed reports

Counting the Cost, Platform’s new report on Shell Nigeria, is now available in print! Please buy your copy here. The report looks and feels incredible, thanks to our amazing designers at Ultimate Holding Company. Buying a copy of the report enables Platform to do more campaigning for human rights and corporate accountability in Nigeria. Your support...

More of Blair’s dodgy mates

Sarah Legge from Platform writes: This article in the Financial Times on last Saturday caught my eye – Blair works on makeover for Kazakhstan. “Tony Blair has added Kazakhstan to his roster of oil-rich clients, advising the authoritarian Central Asian regime on economic reforms and how to present a better face to the west. The...
Violence and Gentleness - Reverend Billy on the Occupy Movement

Violence and Gentleness – Reverend Billy on the Occupy Movement

Our friend, performance preacher, Reverend Billy of the Church of the Earthalujah guest blogs some of his thoughts on the ‘Occupy’ movement and recent police brutality at Occupy Oakland. Waking up anxious to be clear, to have an incite and then somehow state what I believe to be true, clearly.  It is raining outside, 4:30...

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
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...
'Britain on Trial' event in The Guardian

‘Britain on Trial’ event in The Guardian

Check out this coverage of Shake! and Leeds Young Authors’ event on institutional racism in The Northerner blog. You don’t want to miss this unique collaboration between young people, Leeds University’s MA Activism and Social Change, Leeds Bicentenary Transformation Project, Leeds Black Film Club, chaired by Esther Stanford-Xosei of Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition of Europe. The...