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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?

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

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...
Fossil Free EBRD - Tweet Action!

Fossil Free EBRD – Tweet Action!

Tweet #coalfreeEBRD and tell the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to end loans for all dirty energy projects starting with coal. Today, as the United Nations climate talks are taking place in Warsaw, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is attending the International Coal and Climate Summit. This lobby event is organised by...

Fossil Free EBRD! – Tweet Action

Tweet #coalfreeEBRD and tell the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to end loans for all dirty energy projects starting with coal. Today, as the United Nations climate talks are taking place in Warsaw, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is attending the International Coal and Climate Summit. This lobby event is organised by...
Toxins in the rivers and toxins in the body politic - the battle over Line 9 in Canada

Toxins in the rivers and toxins in the body politic – the battle over Line 9 in Canada

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 fourth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from James Marriott in Ontario. York University, Toronto, Ontario...
The Oil Road in Washington - Constructing Caspian Pipelines on Capitol Hill

The Oil Road in Washington – Constructing Caspian Pipelines on Capitol Hill

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 fifth of a series of blogs on the journey is adapted from a talk that James Marriott gave at...
Sounds that TEAS don't want you to hear... Repression in Azerbaijan

Sounds that TEAS don’t want you to hear… Repression in Azerbaijan

The London-based European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is a well funded lobby group. The organisation is closely associated with the Aliyev regime and promotes the interests of this repressive government. TEAS use their wealth and connections to silence Azerbaijani voices. When they held a jazz reception at the Labour party conference Platform attended and brought with...

Platform in 50-minute live TV feature on The Oil Road, Democracy Now, 8th October 2013

From Caspian Sea to Arctic to Middle East, How Oil Pipelines Threaten Democracy & Planet’s Survival. Interview with Anna Galkina, James Marriott (of Platform), and author of ‘Carbon Democracies’ Timothy Mitchell, with anchor  Amy Goodman.    

The Oil Road at Rutgers University NJ – 10 October 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:00 PM Center Hall, Busch Campus Center 604 Bartholomew Road Rutgers University NJ Hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Join CMES for a talk by James Marriott about his and Mika Minio-Paluello’s book, The Oil Road: Journeys From The Caspian Sea To The City Of London. From Caspian drilling...
PACE’s failure to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its Council of Europe obligations leads to sharp increase in political arrests

PACE’s failure to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its Council of Europe obligations leads to sharp increase in political arrests

This morning, I knelt handcuffed and gagged outside the European Court of Human Rights, alongside a picture of Rashadat Akhundov, a 29 year-old Azerbaijani activist with the N!DA civic movement who has been detained since March. Akhundov was initially arrested on politically motivated charges of weapon possession, but now faces more serious charges of inciting...