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Picture This – A Portrait of 25 Years of BP Sponsorship

Download the report, or browse online below. How bad does a company have to be before an arts organisation refuses to be associated with it or take its money? How much outcry does a sponsor’s primary business have to provoke before a line is drawn? What kind of critique should send alarm signals up and...

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....

‘The Bus’ memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the move…

Today, the Bus moved from Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham where it has been for three years, round the corner to Hale Village where it will be throughout 2014. The Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa, aka The Bus, is a spectacular steel sculpture by artist Sokari Douglas Camp. Platform commissioned it in 2005, the...

Activists accuse Britain of ‘gas grab’ in Algeria despite human rights abuses

Terry Macalister, The Guardian Protesters plan to target investor conference at London Stock Exchange on Monday

The dream of America – a family history of mining and migration

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 ninth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from Pennsylvania… Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Long hours under rough blankets....

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...

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.    

Reclaim the power: connecting the dots

This August, we will be at Reclaim the Power camp at West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire, and we hope you will join us! Here are three reasons why: 1) More frontier gas means more repression and environmental injustice This January, David Cameron made the first official visit to Algeria post-independence. While arms sales are...

إدكو – مجتمع منسي يقف في وجه المزيد من التدهور البيئي

(Guest blog by Reem Labib of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The original is here) إدكو المدينة الساحلية الجميلة بمحافظة البحيرة التي تطل على البحر الأبيض المتوسط شرقي الأسكندرية، يقطنها مجتمع رزقه منذ القدم في الصيد بين الماء العذب في بحيرة إدكو وماء البحر. وإلى جانب الصيد الذي يمثل النشاط الاقتصادي الأول للسكان، يوجد...

Winning against the odds – How an Egyptian community stopped BP in its tracks

(Video produced by Mosireen, supported by Platform & EIPR) We recently visited a small Egyptian town that fought off plans by giant BP to build a gas terminal on its land as part of an $11 billion project. After a year of delays, the oil company was forced to re-route its proposed pipeline and processing...

Don’t throw activist histories away: Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

18th February, London There were over a 100 artists, activists, community workers, young people, archivists & conservators, educators, parents, grandparents, policymakers. We were taking part in talks, creative “Groundings” sessions, a parallel youth conference, music & poetry performances, from the fabulous El Crisis, younger talented artists, and the more experienced, discussing race and power, creativity and...

London-based oil-mercenary company marches into Libya

Oil and private military/mercenary company Heritage has muscled its way into Libya. The London-based oil company is the first new foreign oil company to buy its way into Libya, after acquiring a controlling 51% stake in Sahara Oil Services – which apparently brings the right to bid for and operate oil and gas licenses in...