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A Cheque Written in Blood: the Niger Delta remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa

A Cheque Written in Blood: the Niger Delta remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa

It’s the middle of the night but I can’t sleep. It’s quiet apart from the dull hum of the aeroplane engine and the erratic, staccato snoring of the man next to me. There’s no need to put on one of the films. It’s the pictures in my mind that are keeping me awake. I see...

Artists call on Southbank Centre to end Shell sponsorship on anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s execution

A group of artists, musicians and authors who have all performed at the Southbank Centre have signed a letter calling on the arts institution to drop Shell sponsorship on the 18th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and the Ogoni 9. [1] The 21 artists, including actor Mark Rylance, playwright Mark Ravenhill, the...
The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

Since I joined Platform in July, I have seen the high-spirited Farzana passionately preparing for the “Shake! – Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power course”, organising its different activities and coordinating with other facilitators (Ed, Zena and Sai) in order to make it even better than the previous sessions. The third  course  was...
Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Global Frackdown 2 will be taking place on Saturday 19th October. It is an initiative that is aiming to bring together community actions from all over the world to challenge hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, so we thought it would be good to hear from someone in Algeria about the situation there. Algeria has made some amendments...
Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

By AkpoBari Celestine, Head of Community at Social Action and National Coordinator of the Ogoni Solidarity Forum Almost a month after the Ogoni fishing community of Bodo rejected a 7.5 billion Naira offer for massive spills which Shell accepted liability for, Bunu, another Ogoni farming community in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State was...

Platform in 50-minute live TV feature on The Oil Road, Democracy Now, 8th October 2013

From Caspian Sea to Arctic to Middle East, How Oil Pipelines Threaten Democracy & Planet’s Survival. Interview with Anna Galkina, James Marriott (of Platform), and author of ‘Carbon Democracies’ Timothy Mitchell, with anchor  Amy Goodman.    
PACE’s failure to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its Council of Europe obligations leads to sharp increase in political arrests

PACE’s failure to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its Council of Europe obligations leads to sharp increase in political arrests

This morning, I knelt handcuffed and gagged outside the European Court of Human Rights, alongside a picture of Rashadat Akhundov, a 29 year-old Azerbaijani activist with the N!DA civic movement who has been detained since March. Akhundov was initially arrested on politically motivated charges of weapon possession, but now faces more serious charges of inciting...

‘Art & Activism, Water & Oil, Then & Now’

2 articles by Platform in ‘The Environment’ magazine, Sept 2013 (CIWEM) 1st by Jane Trowell on 30 years of Platform, 2nd by Kevin Smith ‘The arts must not be used to cleanse the reputations of dirty business’ on oil sponsorship of the arts
Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny

Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny

*** For immediate release *** Saturday 17 August 2013 Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny Armed Extraction: The UK Military in Nigeria https://platformlondon.org/p-publications/armed-extraction/ A UK government official has raised questions over the impact of UK military aid to Nigeria, admitting that “we’ll never know how effectiveit is.” The government...
Algérie : L'approvisionnement de l'Europe en gaz algérien est-il plus important que les droits humains ?

Algérie : L’approvisionnement de l’Europe en gaz algérien est-il plus important que les droits humains ?

Cet article ecrit parHamza Hamouchene est apparu initialement sur le journal Algerien, El Watan Avec la réduction dramatique de la production de gaz de la Mer du Nord, promouvoir  l’Algérie en tant qu’exportateur majeur de gaz naturel est devenu une stratégie économique impérative pour l’Europe. Le pays se distingue par sa position particulière dans la politique énergétique...
Arms, oil and Algeria - Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

Arms, oil and Algeria – Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

A guest blog by Hamza Hamouchene, who is currently at Platform researching UK’s energy interests in Algeria. With the production of North Sea gas dwindling dramatically, developing Algeria as a major natural gas exporter has become an economic and strategic imperative for the EU. The country features heavily in both EU and UK energy policies and has...
Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

It’s 8.30am and we are outside the Shell Centre doorstepping staff on their way into work. Another day, another Shell protest. The difference today is we are handing out sponges with a message on the back: “clean up the Niger Delta.” Some of the staff smile nervously as they approach us and some of them...