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Oil company mega-profits and the dwindling public purse

Oil company mega-profits and the dwindling public purse

Yesterday, The Observer ran a story about George Osborne promising to crack down on multinationals avoiding tax in some of the world’s poorest countries. Anger over corporate tax avoidance at a time of massive cuts 
to public spending has placed the issue on the political agenda, especially since widespread popular protest sparked by UK Uncut. The money...
Making a Killing: Oil Companies, Tax Avoidance and Subsidies

Making a Killing: Oil Companies, Tax Avoidance and Subsidies

Oil company mega-profits are being made at the expense of the public purse, as youth centres shut, hospitals struggle and the queues at food banks grow. Companies like BP & Shell receive major government support including direct subsidies and military and diplomatic services, but seem to pay very small amounts of UK tax in comparison...
Top 12 journeys on The Oil Road - Travel writing around the Mediterranean & the Caspian

Top 12 journeys on The Oil Road – Travel writing around the Mediterranean & the Caspian

A heavily shortened version of this list by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello first appeared in the Guardian in January 2012. In researching The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London, we feasted on others’ descriptions of the mountains and plains, villages and cities, open seas and jagged coastlines...
The Oil Road at the Mosaic Rooms, London, Thur 13th December

The Oil Road at the Mosaic Rooms, London, Thur 13th December

James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello will be discussing The Oil Road at the Mosaic Rooms in Kensington. 13th December, 7pm, free The Mosaic Rooms A. M. Qattan Foundation Tower House 226 Cromwell Road London SW5 0SW   In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres...
The Oil Road on Deutsche Welle

The Oil Road on Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle bring The Oil Road to life with sound and music. Words provided by Platform’s Anna Galkina and James Marriott.
'No more money for arms deals' - but what about fossil fuels?

‘No more money for arms deals’ – but what about fossil fuels?

Last week, a cross-party inquiry called for Parliament to review the use of public money to support arms exports. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on international corporate responsibility said Parliament should debate introducing a ‘prohibition list’ of projects that the Government refuses to underwrite. They suggested arms sales should be at the top of it....
The Oil Road - reviews, interviews and analysis

The Oil Road – reviews, interviews and analysis

 The Oil Road has been getting an incredible response from the press, blogs and activists alike. We’ve cobbled together a selection of the best quotes from reviews with links to  the full articles. “An elegantly written travel book…a distinctive blend of travelogue, reportage and history…will make you think the next time you fill the tank”...
The Oil Road at the City Book Fair, Tues 13th November

The Oil Road at the City Book Fair, Tues 13th November

PLEASE NOTE DATE/TIME CHANGE – NOW TUES 13TH NOV, 2.30pm We’re excited to have been invited to take part in the City Book Fair (“the biggest ever book fair for the financial markets”), where James Marriott will be presenting The Oil Road.  Sandwiched in between sessions such as Second Generation Exotic Options and Fat Tails and Extreme Events...
The Oil Road at Shared Planet, Sheffield, 10-11th November

The Oil Road at Shared Planet, Sheffield, 10-11th November

Platform will be hosting a workshop at Shared Planet – the UK’s biggest student conference on global justice, organised by People and Planet. Shared Planet 2012 will be at Sheffield Hallam University on 10-11th November. Europe imports more oil & gas than the US, China and India combined – driving war, pollution and poverty. This massive...
The Oil Road at Woolfson and Tay, London, 1 November

The Oil Road at Woolfson and Tay, London, 1 November

Woolfson and Tay bookshop, cafe and gallery in Bermondsey will host a talk with Platform’s James Marriott and Emma Hughes on new book The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London.  Tickets are free but book online here or call 020 7407 9316. Thursday 1st November 2012, 7pm Woolfson and Tay 13 Bermondsey Square...
Predator elites, BP and The Oil Road on BBC Newshour

Predator elites, BP and The Oil Road on BBC Newshour

Mika Minio-Paluello discusses “The Oil Road – A Journey from the Caspian Sea to the City of London” on BBC Newshour from the BBC studio in Cairo. The conversation explores how BP is disrupting lives along the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, and how predator elites in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey collude with the corporations to maximise profits....
Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, gave a speech last week accusing oil company BP of “false promises” and “gross mistakes”. In a country where regime and corporation are closely intertwined – and almost symbiotic – what is going on behind the political theatre? Why the public outburst? Aliyev revealed that Azerbaijan had lost $8 billion in...