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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...

Shell employees given ‘Niger Delta’ sponges on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

** For Immediate Release ** Monday 5th August 2013 Activists handed out sponges to Shell employees on their way into work at the Shell centre in London this morning with “Shell – Clean up the Niger Delta” written on them. The protest took place on the second anniversary of the UNEP report that stated that...
Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

The picture above captioned as A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s (Before Oil) has sparked much discussion on online forums in Nigeria. While there have been debates about its veracity, what is interesting is the way that it provides a catalyst for people’s memories about the region before oil. Here is one comment that...
Putting Oil before People - Cameron in Kazakhstan

Putting Oil before People – Cameron in Kazakhstan

So David Cameron’s been cozying up to Kazakhstan’s autocratic president Nursultan Nazarbayev, talking up ‘a new relationship’ between Britain and Kazakhstan and claiming that trade between the two countries could total £85bn. Cameron did briefly mention a letter he received from Human Right’s Watch which detailed President Nazarbayev’s appalling record on democracy and human rights...
Calling students and HE staff - how fossil fueled is your university?

Calling students and HE staff – how fossil fueled is your university?

Last week we took part in a hugely inspiring meeting of more than 500 international climate activists at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, with people networking and learning the skills that they need to shift power away from fossil fuel companies and to communities working for justice-based solutions to the climate crisis. The meeting was...
'Oil City' ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

‘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’ reviewed in Red Pepper

by Siobhan McGuirk

‘Oil City’ in The Big Issue

By Sally Brammall
Climate Commons: literature, climate change and activism. Free event, Wed 19th June, London

Climate Commons: literature, climate change and activism. Free event, Wed 19th June, London

Climate Commons: literature, climate change and activism Readings by Tony White, Hayley Newman & James Marriot Wednesday 19th June 2013, 6pm to 8pm, Proboscis Studio, Farringdon, London. NB – Proboscis studio is NOT wheelchair accessible Book a free place on Eventbrite Tony White’s latest novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South is published as an exclusive free ebook by the Science Museum, with...

‘Oil City’ in We make money not art