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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...
The Carbon Web

The Carbon Web

Oil runs through every sector of society. London, our city, is one of the global centres of the oil industry. Oil companies use the city to extract a combination of financial, political, legal and technological services that enable them to produce, pump, transport, refine and sell oil and gas.  For more than a decade, Platform...

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...

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...
Death knell or crying wolf?

Death knell or crying wolf?

This briefing by Platform and Greenpeace examines George Osborne's changes to North Sea tax, and how the oil industry might not have it as bad as they are making it out to be. It then considers ways in which the Chancellor may respond to the industry’s campaign against the changes.

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...

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 –...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – August 2010

remember saro-wiwa UNEP REPORT: ANALYSIS & ACTION Dear RSW supporters, Following coverage in The Guardian today of UNEP’s outrageous decision to “exonerate” Shell over oil spills in Nigeria, we present analysis of this controversial issue. Read on and take action below. Global Outrage at UN Report The UNEP’s report is in direct conflict with local environmentalists and communities who have witnessed...

Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria

Platform coordinated this letter in the Observer newspaper, originally published on 4 July 2010. Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico –...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2010

remember saro-wiwa DEEPWATER HORIZON: COMMENT & ANALYSIS Dear RSW supporters, We present fresh analysis of what the BP disaster could mean for the Niger Delta. You can add your opinion here. Media enquiries: Ben Amunwa on +44207 357 0055, [email protected]   The $20 Billion Question On day 57, the US government forced BP to allocate $20 billion...