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Fossil Fuel Finance – Divest/Invest

The climate transition changes everything. The next decade will require a wholesale recalibration of how our society and economy function. This creates opportunities to place democracy and social justice at the heart of our future political and economic structures. Platform data research and analysis shows that UK local government pensions are worth nearly £300 bn...
Corporate Power

Corporate Power

“The planet today is the battlefield of a 4th world war (the 3rd was the so-called ‘Cold War’). The aim of the belligerents is the conquest of the entire world through the market. The arsenals are financial; there are nevertheless millions of people being maimed or killed every moment… Globalisation is merely the totalitarian extension...

Crackdown intensifies in oil region – Shell pledges to keep paying Syrian regime

The crackdown on the Syrian uprising has intensified in the eastern oil region around Deir Az-Zour. According to the FT, The towns of Mayadin and Burhama were attacked on Wednesday, according to the Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist group, with tanks and machine guns used during mass arrest campaigns. Another local resident said she had...

Oil spill exposes Shell’s ticking timebomb

The Gannet Alpha spill in the North Sea is a stark reminder of the dangers of ageing rigs and oil company PR

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – August 2011

remember saro-wiwa SPECIAL UPDATE: SHELL OIL SPILLS IN OGONI Dear RSW supporters, In the last 48 hours, oil giant Shell’s appalling record of pollution in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta has come under intense scrutiny. Below are some of the key stories, links and videos on this urgent issue. Please share them widely...

Shell has admitted liability but has a long way to go to make amends

This article first appeared in The Guardian, Comment is Free on 4 August 2011. by Patrick Naagbanton, as told to Ben Amunwa Oil spills destroyed my village in Nigeria and decades of environmental and social injustice are still to be addressed Shell’s admission of liability for two massive oil spills in 2008-09 in my village of...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2011

remember saro-wiwa RSW NEWSLETTER JUNE 2011 Dear RSW supporters, After a short break we are back this summer with events, news and audio podcasts. Launch of the Living Memorial at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre Saturday 25th June, 12pm – 2pm The Bernie Gran Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX The Bernie Grant Arts...
Off The Deep End - Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

Off The Deep End – Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

This Platform report provides in-depth analysis of these trends and alerts policy makers to the environmental and safety concerns around present and planned offshore drilling in the UK North Sea and the Falkland Islands. It exposes significant capacity shortfalls in government inspection agencies and highlights key areas where better regulatory oversight is urgently required to...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – January 2011

remember saro-wiwa NEWS ACTION AND EVENTS – JANUARY 2011 Dear RSW supporters, Happy (Old) New Year! Thanks for your support over the last 12 months. With your continued engagement, we look forward to making a bigger impact in 2011. NEWS: Shell Faces Grilling in The Hague Shell was called before the Dutch Parliament today toface questions from lawmakers and...

Interview: Shell’s Grip on Nigeria exposed

Platform’s Ben Amunwa was interviewed on the BBC World Service following revelations on Wikileaks about Shell’s infiltration of the Nigerian government. In a leaked US diplomatic cable, Shell executive Ann Pickard boasts about how Shell “had access to everything” that was discussed in “all the relevant ministries”. The leak exposes Shell’s colonial control over Nigeria’s...

World remembers Saro-Wiwa hangings

This blog post first appeared in the Comment Factory on 12 November 2010. World remembers Saro-Wiwa hangings by Ben Amunwa Fifteen years ago, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian military government, in collaboration with Shell Nigeria. The oil giant is under fresh scrutiny after secret documents revealed in The Guardian expose how Shell tried to cover...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – November 2010

remember saro-wiwa UPDATES, PODCASTS & GLOBAL EVENTS Dear RSW supporters,15 years ago today, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian military government. Last year, Shell paid out $15.5 million to settle accusations that the company played a part in the killings. Yet for many Ogoni people who were shot, killed, raped or tortured –...