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A False Promise of Prosperity

An analysis of UK Prosperity Fund support to the oil and gas industry Based on official Foreign Office data, this briefing reveals that the UK’s Foreign Office spent funds from the Official Development Aid budget to promote shale gas drilling in China, as well as supporting expansion of oil and gas industries in Brazil, Mexico,...

UK government spends aid money on promoting fracking

News just in: the UK is spending its official development aid funds to promote fracking abroad. The Foreign Office financed two projects in China to “export UK expertise in shale gas development”, aiming to create “an improved business environment” for UK companies. Our research, released today in collaboration with Friends of the Earth and Christian...

Report: Foreign Office spends aid budget on ‘promoting fracking’ abroad

0.01am 19 November Research released by Platform today [1] reveals that Foreign Office spent funds from the UK’s Official Development Aid budget to promote shale gas drilling in China, as well as supporting expansion of oil and gas industries in Brazil, Mexico, India, and Myanmar. Foreign Office ran 16 strategic projects to expand fossil fuel industries...

Victory at Leith Hill! Divest Fracking! Resisting sites of speculation

This piece was written before the news of the draconian jail sentences passed on those opposing fracking in Preston, Lancashire … but that bitter ruling does not destroy the reality that shortly before that decision we celebrated a Victory! The News of an Amazing Victory! We wrote of it as follows … The permission to...

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

This briefing compiles numerous examples of Shell fracking around the world, but does not claim to be an exhaustive list. By timing the release with Yoko Ono’s involvement in the Meltdown Festival at the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, we hope to: Increase awareness of the enormous role that Shell is playing in expanding fracking operations all...

Shell Security Spending Data Mapped on Guardian Data Blog

Platform and the Guardian Data Blog have mapped Shell’s global security spending for 2008. The graphic is based on leaked internal financial data. You can find Platform’s full briefing on this issue here.  

A game as old as empire

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the...

Alcatraz on the Gulf

BP exploits migrant workers in the Emirates, by Mafiwasta – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 5. In the United Arab Emirates, unrestrained capitalism operates without the tiresome inconveniences of democratic institutions and media intrusion. Not surprisingly the world’s multinationals have flocked to its shores, lured by low set-up costs, tax-breaks and...

Weapons of Mass Disruption: Fossil fuels and the Iranian nuclear crisis

Matthew Taylor and Paul Ingram, British American Security Information Council (BASIC) – This feature report was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, issue 4. As the crisis between the international community and Iran escalates, the media continue to focus exclusively on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  The nuclear issue is one part of the story. The international...