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Winning against the odds – How an Egyptian community stopped BP in its tracks

(Video produced by Mosireen, supported by Platform & EIPR) We recently visited a small Egyptian town that fought off plans by giant BP to build a gas terminal on its land as part of an $11 billion project. After a year of delays, the oil company was forced to re-route its proposed pipeline and processing...

‘Oil City’ ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

Today’s the last day of Platform’s performance ‘Oil City‘ – the spy-thriller for the post-Occupy age. I went last Thursday with the same bare information as any non-Platform person would have. For the past two weeks, at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, audiences of 6 people have been taken on an intense and beautifully crafted set...

‘Oil City’ in The Guardian

By Lyn Gardner

‘Oil City’ in The Big Issue

By Sally Brammall

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

This briefing compiles numerous examples of Shell fracking around the world, but does not claim to be an exhaustive list. By timing the release with Yoko Ono’s involvement in the Meltdown Festival at the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, we hope to: Increase awareness of the enormous role that Shell is playing in expanding fracking operations all...

‘Oil City’ in We make money not art

From the Niger Delta to the City of London: taking the fight to Shell

There are moments sometimes when you are suddenly struck by the realisation that this is what life is about. I am not talking about being in the green fields at Glastonbury after a rather potent chai tea. I am talking about the feeling of a tiny, temporary re-balancing of the injustice of the universe –...

Shell AGM: “With patience and saliva the ants devour the elephant”

Just returning from the Annual General Meeting of Shell at Den Haag in the Netherlands – tired but exhilarated by the experience. As with the AGM in 2012 there was a powerful array of civil society groups from all over the world taking the time and devoting the energy to travel to the grey, rain...

Gulf Coast organisations respond to Liberate Tate’s ‘BP Trial’ performance

Last week saw art-interventionists Liberate Tate carry out a week long performance in Tate Modern, with three different performers whispering excerpts from the BP trial transcripts for an hour every day. Using specially constructed frames to hold a mobile phone, the performers filmed themselves and live-streamed their delivery so that people from all over the...

“Gaz de schiste – c’est fasciste!” – Don’t Frack Algeria

On Monday Algerian activists in London protested against fracking plans, as Minister of Energy and Mines Youcef Yousfi was presenting to the Algeria British Business Council. The chants of “Gaz de schiste! C’est fasciste!” and “No Fracking Way!” could be heard clearly inside the hall, provoking giggling. As the Minister paused, the refrain of “Youcef...

Rewriting the future: Achebe, literature, and activism

  Nigerian write Chinua Achebe died last Thursday at the age of 83. He is a key figure in world literature and a writer who along with others utterly changed the way cultures pre- and post-imperialism – and pre-missionary – imagined representing themselves. In so doing, he bolstered the challenge to western and white supremacist...

Photo story of Fares road blockades and resistance to Dana Gas

Residents of the village of Fares near Aswan have suffered from collapsing homes, a flooded school and ruined orchards, after mysterious waters started rising out of the ground. The puddles and ponds started to appear after oil company Dana Gas began conducting seismic testing in the mango groves next to Fares. For several years, the...