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Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Platform was invited to present to the Geohack workshops that are part of the Fascinatecon conference in Falmouth this week. A version of the following was given via skype by James Marriott to an audience of ‘artists, gamers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked’ in the Performance Centre, Penryn Campus, University of...

Tony Blair will advise on controversial gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Italy

Jamie Doward, Observer

Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it

Press release by Bankwatch, Counter Balance and Platform For immediate release: August 19 Azerbaijan political prisoners list published with report’s authors on it London — Human rights activists in Azerbaijan published yesterday a list of 98 people (1) who are currently political prisoners in the country run by the authoritarian regime of Ilham Aliyev. Ironically,...
European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

European Public Bank promises €700 million for the Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has promised up to €700 million for the disastrous Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline. In a statement the Managing Director for Energy at the public bank said “the EBRD will invest €600-700 million in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.” The Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP) is a huge piece of infrastructure...
All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

All that Glitters. Azerbaijan and the Olympics

Landing at Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku I thought I knew what to expect. This was my second trip to Azerbaijan’s capital city, and I still had vivid memories of my first, the year before. Back then, I arrived at night and Baku seemed like one of the most opulent places on earth. The drive...
Le Renforcement Des Dictatures – Accaparement du gaz par le Royaume-Uni et les violations des droits humains en Algérie

Le Renforcement Des Dictatures – Accaparement du gaz par le Royaume-Uni et les violations des droits humains en Algérie

Télécharger ce rapport BP a signé sa première joint-venture en Algérie en 1995, trois ans seulement après le coup d’état militaire qui a annulé les premières élections législatives en Algérie depuis l’indépendance du joug colonial français. Le contrat a été signé alors qu’une guerre civile brutale faisait rage, avec la violence systématique de l’État et...
Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

Gas grabs and 5 questions to power at the Caspian Corridor Conference

The Euro Caspian Mega Pipeline is a massive infrastructure system designed to suck gas out of the Caspian into Western Europe. Construction of the pipeline involves politics and finance as much as it does concrete building materials,  and the conference I’m about to go to is one in a series of events attempting to make...
تقرير يكشف عن خسائر تقدر على الأقل بـ 10 مليار دولار نتيجة لفساد صفقات تصدير الغاز في عصر مبارك

تقرير يكشف عن خسائر تقدر على الأقل بـ 10 مليار دولار نتيجة لفساد صفقات تصدير الغاز في عصر مبارك

خسرت مصر نحو 10 مليار دولار من إيرادات الغاز من 2005 إلى2010، وفقا لتقرير صدر اليوم عن المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية و بلاطفورم بعنوان “فساد تعاقدات الغاز في عصر مبارك“، فقد سمحت العقود المبرمة في عصر مبارك بتصدير مليارات الأمتار المكعبة من الغاز إلى الأردن وأسبانيا وإسرائيل بأسعار بخسة. واستخدم تقرير المبادرة المصرية الصادر مؤخرا...
NON VOGLIAMO LE COMPAGNIE PETROLIFERE! - Una comunità italiana dice NO al gasdotto

NON VOGLIAMO LE COMPAGNIE PETROLIFERE! – Una comunità italiana dice NO al gasdotto

This an Italian translation of a Platform blog. Many thanks to Maria Stefanizzi for her translation and to Comitato No Tap where the Italian version was originally posted. Alessandro Mancini mentre parla sbatte la mano su di un tavolo quadrato in legno. Sono seduta in una calda cucina a parlare di gasdotti con Alessandro e...
We don't want the oil companies! - Italian community says no to pipeline

We don’t want the oil companies! – Italian community says no to pipeline

This blog is also available in Italian. The future is alternative, sustainable sources of energy. We don’t want the oil companies! This can be an independent state, a Puglia free from the oil companies Alessandro Mancini slaps the wooden table square with his palm as he talks. I am sat in a warm kitchen discussing...
UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship - "an ideal relationship?"

UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship – “an ideal relationship?”

A guest blog from Hamza Hamouchene of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign and author of our newly published report Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Grab and Human Rights in Algeria. After more than six months of researching and documenting the British energy interests in my country Algeria, I feel extremely happy that the Algerian-British relations came under scrutiny from the...
Reinforcing Dictatorships - Britain's Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grids and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel interests. As a result, the Conservative government has courted the Algerian regime and supported arms sales between British companies and Algeria as well as encouraging an expanded role for BP....