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Arts cuts, oil sponsorship & Osborne's North Sea tax breaks

Arts cuts, oil sponsorship & Osborne’s North Sea tax breaks

This piece (originally titled “From oil to art, liberating culture”)  is reprinted from The New Home Front II: Policies for Ecological, Social and Economic Renewal that was launched by Caroline Lucas MP in September 2012, outlining a range of policy proposals designed to set the UK on a path to a clean, green future. Since...
The Oil Road - reviews, interviews and analysis

The Oil Road – reviews, interviews and analysis

 The Oil Road has been getting an incredible response from the press, blogs and activists alike. We’ve cobbled together a selection of the best quotes from reviews with links to  the full articles. “An elegantly written travel book…a distinctive blend of travelogue, reportage and history…will make you think the next time you fill the tank”...
A secret military subsidy - pirates and oil corps

A secret military subsidy – pirates and oil corps

New Internationalist featured a blog from Platform on our new briefing A Secret Subsidy: Oil companies, the Navy and the response to piracy. Here’s what we wrote: This week the Combating Piracy Conference has been taking place in London, behind closed doors. This industry-organised event brings together representatives from European Union, NATO and oil and...
A Secret Subsidy - Oil companies, the Navy and the response to Piracy

A Secret Subsidy – Oil companies, the Navy and the response to Piracy

British oil companies are promoting a ‘fight against piracy’ to get a vast hidden military subsidy. In the process they have got an unprecedented amount of influence over UK military policies. Oil companies have talked up the risk from piracy to justify the use of Navy frigates, drones and helicopters to protect corporate oil assets...
The Oil Road at the City Book Fair, Tues 13th November

The Oil Road at the City Book Fair, Tues 13th November

PLEASE NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE – NOW TUES 13TH NOV, 2.30pm We’re excited to have been invited to take part in the City Book Fair (“the biggest ever book fair for the financial markets”), where James Marriott will be presenting The Oil Road.  Sandwiched in between sessions such as Second Generation Exotic Options and Fat Tails and Extreme Events...
The Oil Road at Woolfson and Tay, London, 1 November

The Oil Road at Woolfson and Tay, London, 1 November

Woolfson and Tay bookshop, cafe and gallery in Bermondsey will host a talk with Platform’s James Marriott and Emma Hughes on new book The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London.  Tickets are free but book online here or call 020 7407 9316. Thursday 1st November 2012, 7pm Woolfson and Tay 13 Bermondsey Square...
Predator elites, BP and The Oil Road on BBC Newshour

Predator elites, BP and The Oil Road on BBC Newshour

Mika Minio-Paluello discusses “The Oil Road – A Journey from the Caspian Sea to the City of London” on BBC Newshour from the BBC studio in Cairo. The conversation explores how BP is disrupting lives along the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and how predator elites in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey collude with the corporations to maximise profits....
Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, gave a speech last week accusing oil company BP of “false promises” and “gross mistakes”. In a country where regime and corporation are closely intertwined – and almost symbiotic – what is going on behind the political theatre? Why the public outburst? Aliyev revealed that Azerbaijan had lost $8 billion in...
This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

At the end of September, the merry band of Bard-based interventionists, the Reclaim Shakespeare Company struck again in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shortly before the BP-sponsored performance of Twelfth Night was due to begin, three actors took to the stage to perform a short piece addressing the issue of the controversial sponsorship relationship, including lines such as: Alas,...
Bowing to a dead dictator: pipelines, personality cults and the US Ambassador

Bowing to a dead dictator: pipelines, personality cults and the US Ambassador

Azeri democracy activists were enraged when in September, the new US Ambassador to Baku bowed down in front of the memorial to the late dictator Heydar Aliyev, father of the current dictator Ilham Aliyev.  The State Department initially tried to claim that Richard Morningstar had only laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial to...

Paul Mason discusses #TheOilRoad at the LRB Bookshop

On 4 October 2012, Newsnight economics editor, Paul Mason, was supposed to join Platform to discuss The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London at the LRB Bookshop. Unfortunately, Paul was called away at the last minute for filming, so he kindly made a pre-record of himself discussing some of...
Shell Classic International: A musical mask and a social licence

Shell Classic International: A musical mask and a social licence

A guest post from musician Chris Garrard. Tonight, the new season of the Shell Classic International concert series will open at the Southbank. The first piece of this first concert is Benajmin Britten’s ‘plea for peace’, the Sinfonia da Requiem. The unpleasant irony is that Shell, the sponsor of these concerts, have now spent in...