Something to celebrate - the Keystone Pipeline victory

Something to celebrate – the Keystone Pipeline victory

James Marriott, who coordinates Platform’s tar sands work, blogs on the recent news of the Keystone Pipeline victory announced last night.   The day breaks with fantastic news from Washington DC! The Obama Administration has decided to conduct a review into the planned Keystone XL pipeline – a review of 12 months which may well kill...
Protest Exposes Shell's Grim Record on Human Rights

Protest Exposes Shell’s Grim Record on Human Rights

Last night Shell came face to face with its grim record on human rights in Nigeria at a corporate event for London’s bright young entrepreneurs. Protesters in haunting costumes from London Rising Tide stormed the Shell Live Wire event, unfurling a large banner and distributing leaflets to event attendees.         Watch the video by you and...
Own Up, Clean Up, Pay Up: Amnesty's new report on Shell

Own Up, Clean Up, Pay Up: Amnesty’s new report on Shell

Amnesty International today demanded that Shell immediately pay $1 billion towards an initial clean up fund for the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta, a scheme recommended by the UN this August. A new report today published by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) has called on Shell to...
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...