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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...
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...
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...
Fraud, Freedom and Fossil Fuels: Azerbaijan’s Elections

Fraud, Freedom and Fossil Fuels: Azerbaijan’s Elections

The fittings of Committee Room 6 at the House of Commons – thick carpet, green leather chairs, portrait of 18th century Prime Minister William Pitt and view over the Thames – suggest a solemn and sedate atmosphere. But last Thursday the debate raged furiously, back and forth. Mainly between Murad Gussanly, UK representative of the...
Energy Subsidies in the UK - Submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry

Energy Subsidies in the UK – Submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry

In April 2013, the Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into Energy Subsidies in the UK. This inquiry was planning to “investigate what should constitute ‘subsidy’, the extent of energy subsidies in the UK for nuclear energy, fossil fuel energy and renewables, and what the Government should be doing to identify and eliminate those subsidies...
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.    
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...
News from Virginia - The most difficult retreat of all

News from Virginia – The most difficult retreat of all

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott are travelling in North America as part of a book-tour to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. You can find more info about their confirmed speaking dates in Virginia, the Bay Area, Toronto, Baltimore and Washington DC, New Orleans and...