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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...

NON VOGLIAMO LE COMPAGNIE PETROLIFERE! – Una comunità italiana dice NO al gasdotto

This an Italian translation of a Platform blog. Many thanks to Maria Stefanizzi for her translation and to Comitato No Tap where the Italian version was originally posted. Alessandro Mancini mentre parla sbatte la mano su di un tavolo quadrato in legno. Sono seduta in una calda cucina a parlare di gasdotti con Alessandro e...

We don’t want the oil companies! – Italian community says no to pipeline

This blog is also available in Italian. The future is alternative, sustainable sources of energy. We don’t want the oil companies! This can be an independent state, a Puglia free from the oil companies Alessandro Mancini slaps the wooden table square with his palm as he talks. I am sat in a warm kitchen discussing...

UK foreign policy & the Algerian dictatorship – “an ideal relationship?”

A guest blog from Hamza Hamouchene of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign and author of our newly published report Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Grab and Human Rights in Algeria. After more than six months of researching and documenting the British energy interests in my country Algeria, I feel extremely happy that the Algerian-British relations came under scrutiny from the...

BP et le Royaume-Uni interpelés sur des accords de gaz et d’armement avec le régime algérien

BP et le Royaume-Uni interpelés sur des accords de gaz et d’armement avec le régime algérien. En marge d’une conférence d’affaires sur les investissements en Algérie, des militants appellent au respect des « droits humains » en Algérie et s’opposent à « l’accaparement britannique du gaz algérien ». Lundi 10/02/2014 A distribuer immédiatement Des photos de qualité « impression » et...

Reinforcing Dictatorships – Britain’s Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria

UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grids and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel interests. As a result, the Conservative government has courted the Algerian regime and supported arms sales between British companies and Algeria as well as encouraging an expanded role for BP....

Pollutants and Petcoke: Environmental struggles and the Great Lakes

Whiting, Indiana I begin to walk back, away from Lake Michigan, along 129th Street – following the route of the cab that brought me here. Only then does the scale of this place truly dawn on me. It is vast. The largest oil refinery in the Mid West stretches in all directions, line upon line...

Support Political Art in Azerbaijan

Art for Democracy website – for human rights in Azerbaijan from epitype on Vimeo. Support Art for Democracy here. Dictatorships, like the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, don’t just rely on violence, intimidation and fossil fuels to secure their power. They also need a ‘social license to operate’, especially in other countries like the UK. Our...

Hague’s Azerbaijan gas pipeline deal attacked

BP-led offshore expansion plan worth $45bn angers human rights activists Jim Armitage

Hague heads to Azerbaijan amidst election controversy for “mega gas deal”

On Tuesday Foreign Secretary William Hague will be one of the first European politicians to visit Azerbaijan after Ilham Aliyev’s internationally condemned re-election as President. Hague will be there to attend the ceremony for the signing of a pipeline agreement that will see two trillion cubic meters of gas pumped from Azerbaijan to Europe. Hague...

Will Hague prioritize “gas grabbing” over human rights in Azerbaijan visit?

Today Foreign Secretary William Hague will be one of the first European politicians to visit Azerbaijan after Ilham Aliyev’s internationally condemned re-election as President.  Hague will be there to attend the ceremony for the signing of a pipeline agreement that will see two trillion cubic meters of gas pumped from Azerbaijan to Europe. Hague will...

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...