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‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

Phew! There’s been so much going on this last week in terms of various interventions and speaking out on the controversial subject of BP sponsorship that at times it’s been hard to keep up. Here’s handy timeline to help keep people in the loop. Things had already been simmering away following renowned actor Mark Rylance...
Tullow Oil's foul play in Ghana

Tullow Oil’s foul play in Ghana

  Sunderland FC’s controversial sponsorship deal with a Tullow Oil front group was featured in today’s Independent: There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices on the continent. Tullow...
Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC's oil sponsorship deal

Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC’s oil sponsorship deal

At Platform we’ve been very focused on looking at how oil companies use cultural institutions to plaster over their controversial operations, but just yesterday a UK-based oil company moved into the sports sector. The Guardian reported that Premier League Sunderland AFC had secured “pioneering African sponsorship” with Invest in Africa. The article makes Invest In...
The Egyptian Revolution & Environmental Justice - Platform on Resonance FM Thurs 8pm

The Egyptian Revolution & Environmental Justice – Platform on Resonance FM Thurs 8pm

As both candidates claim to have won Egypt's Presidential elections, the military launches a "quiet coup", imposes martial law and awards itself legislative powers. Meanwhile, popular and grassroots struggles for social and environmental justice continue in Egypt. Tonight on Resonance FM, tune in to hear Platform's monthly radio show featuring Mel Evans & Mika Minio-Paluello...
Mark Rylance, BP & the Olympics

Mark Rylance, BP & the Olympics

It was heartening to hear Mark Rylance on the Today Programme this morning talking about his involvement in the Olympics opening ceremony and his discomfort about BP (and McDonalds) sponsorship. The award-winning actor, theatre director and playwright said that he’d been asked to take part, and the interviewer suggested he could have said no, to...
Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

In this summary of the historic first hearing in Bodo v Shell, Platform reveals that a growing wave of oil spill claims could be on the horizon, exposing the oil giant to major financial liabilities. Shell showed little sign of remorse at its first appearance before a UK court after causing “devastating” oil spills in...
Shell in the dock over major oil spills in Nigeria

Shell in the dock over major oil spills in Nigeria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shell will appear in the High Court in London today to be held accountable for its oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Over 11,000 Nigerians from Bodo town in the Ogoni region of the Delta are suing Shell over the environmental damage caused by two devastating oil spills in...
Bodo v Shell court documents

Bodo v Shell court documents

Here are the documents filed for the claimants in the landmark lawsuit Bodo v Shell. The case has its first hearing at the High Court in London today. Shell has admitted liability for two major oil spills in Bodo town, Rivers State, Nigeria in 2008 and 2009. Over three years on, Shell has failed to clean...
Nazim Hikmet: "The Oil Road" meets "The Ballad of those who drink the Sun"

Nazim Hikmet: “The Oil Road” meets “The Ballad of those who drink the Sun”

To mark Sunday’s performance of “The Ballad of Those tho Drink the Sun” celebrating the life and work of Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, Platform is publishing a book excerpt on Nazim Hikmet, poetry & technology, the Euphrates versus BP’s Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. This is an edited excerpt from our upcoming book “The Oil Road: A Journey...
New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

Oil watchdog Platform has launched an online timeline which maps out the leaked US embassy cables on oil conflict in the Niger Delta. You can view the timeline here. Some 4,521 leaked US cables came from Nigeria between 2001 to 2010. The idea behind the timeline is to provide easy access to the wealth of information contained in these...
Governance & Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta @ London South Bank University - 21 June 2012

Governance & Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta @ London South Bank University – 21 June 2012

  5pm till 8pm on Thursday 21 June 2012 Abbey Centre, London South Bank University Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line) RSVP Grimot Nane, Seminar Coordinator, email: [email protected], tel: 07735 365915.    You are cordially invited to attend an IDEARS series seminar organised by the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University. The seminar...
Is BP trying to pull a "climategate" with Gulf research emails?

Is BP trying to pull a “climategate” with Gulf research emails?

Two oceanographers are accusing BP of attacking academic freedom after a subpoena from the company forced them to hand over more than 3,000 confidential emails relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. After BP and the Coast Guards asked Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for help in order to assess the magnitude of the damage caused by...