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Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond - The Economic War, part 4

Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond – The Economic War, part 4

Shell declares it may go back into Cambo and the oilfield’s exploration license is extended by two years. The British government pushes for renewed drilling in the UK North Sea. There is public outcry at the Chancellor’s failure to defend households from the attack on living standards driven by price inflation. The Russian government announces...
Time to kick Oil out of Football? – The Economic War, part 3

Time to kick Oil out of Football? – The Economic War, part 3

Roman Abramovich under sanctions! Chelsea up for sale! Scandal engulfs Everton FC as a key donor Alisher Usmanov is added to the UK government’s list of ‘named Oligarchs’. The Economic War has opened a new front on the pitch. Football is pulled into the Russian invasion of Ukraine just as Western corporations and the oil...
Hail to the dockworkers! A Tale of Three Tankers - The Economic War, part 2

Hail to the dockworkers! A Tale of Three Tankers – The Economic War, part 2

You can track them still on MarineTraffic.com … the MV Seacod, the MV Boris Vilkitsky and the MV Pearl. Three ghost ships of the energy system, the spirits of the Economic War. All three of these vessels broke out of the fog that normally swathes the constant trade in oil and gas. All three neared...
Ukraine & the grip of gas – caught in the machine of Crude Britannia

Ukraine & the grip of gas – caught in the machine of Crude Britannia

The newsfeeds hiss and rumble with stories of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are all of us left waiting. Is this truly going to happen, a military conflict between Russia and NATO? Or is this a fevered concoction that aids the Kremlin, the US Administration, and the UK’s flailing Prime Minister? Will the...
Power Station Giant Down... and commemorate!

Power Station Giant Down… and commemorate!

Last Wednesday, at 11am, another giant landmark in the history of UK fossil-fuel power crashed to the ground. Never mind a landmark, this was also a giant seamark that aided navigation at the start of the Thames and Medway estuaries for hundreds of vessels every day. Its end came with two huge bangs that juddered...
Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

Offshore: Iran, BP, Algeria & Boris Island

“No you can’t get through down there. They’ve got a full set of anti-terrorist police. Machine guns and all. They’ll jump out at you if you go beyond that fence. Mind you, it helps keep the crime down in the village”. The tall man with white hair straggling out from under his black hat and...
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...

Egypt lost $10 billion in corrupt gas contracts, as daily blackouts spread

Egypt lost $10 billion in gas revenues from 2005-2011, according to a report launched yesterday by EIPR and Platform. Contracts signed during the Mubarak years allowed the export of billions of cubic metres of underpriced gas to Jordan, Spain and Israeli-occupied Palestine. Some of the individuals behind these deals were convicted of corruption. EIPR and...
It exists because it exists - Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

It exists because it exists – Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The tenth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from Maryland … St John’s Church, Baltimore, Maryland “Crabs...
Winning against the odds - How an Egyptian community stopped BP in its tracks

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...
Egypt bails Jordan out with gas worth $2bn - despite own energy & financial crisis

Egypt bails Jordan out with gas worth $2bn – despite own energy & financial crisis

Middle East Monitor reported that The Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Khaled Tharwat, has denied media reports which claim that Egypt intends to reduce the amount of natural gas exported to Jordan prior to cutting off the supply completely by June. In a press statement published by official Jordanian media outlets, Ambassador Tharwat said, “There is...
Just how 'criminal' does BP need to get for it to violate Tate's ethics policy?

Just how ‘criminal’ does BP need to get for it to violate Tate’s ethics policy?

Point 4.1b of Tate’s Ethics Policy (that you can download here) states that Tate will not accept funds in circumstances when: The donor has acted, or is believed to have acted, illegally in the acquisition of funds, for example when funds are tainted through being the proceeds of criminal conduct. I’m not from any sort...