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Rich seams or dark pools? UCL and BHP Billiton

Rich seams or dark pools? UCL and BHP Billiton

Last week we took part in an interesting afternoon of discussion at UCL called Rich Seams or Dark Pools? Fossil Fuel Funding and Research. The event was following in the wake of an internal controversy within UCL over Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton giving US $10 million to fund two new research bodies: the Institute...
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...
The battle of definitions: ‘no subsidies for the oil industry’

The battle of definitions: ‘no subsidies for the oil industry’

The oil and gas industry enjoys no subsidy from government, nor are we asking for any. – said last week by Oil&Gas UK CEO Malcolm Webb at the Oil Politics conference at Aberdeen University (I should mention that there were several more substantial conversations at this conference that I will take a little time to write...
Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Asking all the right questions? Tate à Tate Audio Tour

Last Tuesday, a group of 14 students from Middlesex University’s BA Fine Art course visited Tate Modern to do the Tate à Tate alternative audio tour. The group are studying on the module ‘Art and the Community’ with Loraine Leeson and Alberto Duman, and were booked in to come to Platform’s space afterwards for a...
London Late - The Big Money Games

London Late – The Big Money Games

London Late: The Big Money Games is a spoof newspaper that critiques and pokes fun at some of the more controversial sponsors of the Olympic Games, including BP, Addidas, Rio Tinto, G4S and Dow Chemicals. The paper has been produced by five organisations – the London Mining Network, the anti-poverty charity War on Want, the...
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...
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...

Wiwa v Shell: The day of reckoning

First published in Reuters. By Ben Amunwa When the news broke of a settlement in the Wiwa v Shell case, a cacophony of responses soon flooded my inbox. Hailed as a victory for human rights by some, others felt disappointed that Shell could throw money in the face of justice. In such a high profile and emotive legal...