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The Oil Road - Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The new Paperback edition has a brand new Afterword… “★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” – Time Out (book of the week) “An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next...
EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

Yesterday (3rd July) the European Commission published a document outlining its policy position on the Arctic region. Alarmingly, one of the action priorities listed in the press release is "Promotion and development of environmentally friendly technologies that could be used by extractive industries in the Arctic". In the Communication full text (p9) they add: In...

The Oil Road @ Marxism – 7pm Saturday 7th July

Book Preview @ Marxism: "The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London" Saturday 7 July 2012, 7-8:30pm • Venue: University College London (Archeology Lecture Theatre) James Marriott & Mika Minio-Paluello Saturday's Programme at Marxism

Nazim Hikmet: “The Oil Road” meets “The Ballad of those who drink the Sun”

To mark Sunday’s performance of “The Ballad of Those tho Drink the Sun” celebrating the life and work of Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, Platform is publishing a book excerpt on Nazim Hikmet, poetry & technology, the Euphrates versus BP’s Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. This is an edited excerpt from our upcoming book “The Oil Road: A Journey...
New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

New timeline launched on oil and conflict in Nigeria

Oil watchdog Platform has launched an online timeline which maps out the leaked US embassy cables on oil conflict in the Niger Delta. You can view the timeline here. Some 4,521 leaked US cables came from Nigeria between 2001 to 2010. The idea behind the timeline is to provide easy access to the wealth of information contained in these...
Planes, claims and Arctic extraction

Planes, claims and Arctic extraction

In April the Canadian House of Commons passed an 'austerity' budget that included the loss of 19,200 public sector jobs, cutting federal programs by $5.2 billion per year and raising the retirement age from 65 to 67. Yet Canada is significantly less austere when it comes to their military spending. This week it was announced...

Exploring The Oil Road – Two Platform events in Bristol and London

There are two Platform events coming up which explore themes in our forthcoming book The Oil Road by Mika Minio and James Marriott, due out in September. The first event is a talk in the Bristol Festival of Ideas – What if we left the oil in the ground? Taking place at Arnolfini on Sunday 20th...
UK DfID implicated in money-laundering investigation

UK DfID implicated in money-laundering investigation

Our friends at Corner House and Jubilee Debt Campaign have monitored how the UK government has given aid money to corrupt private equity firms in Nigeria. Below is the press release. It’s long, but well worth reading if you want understand how Western aid policy can undermine development. Campaigners slam Government’s development approach as DfID-backed...

British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy

Evidence submitted by Platform to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee: UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense of human rights and engaging with popular and oppositional opinion.
Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: "British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy"

Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy”

Platform made a submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry, “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy” on 30 November 2011. AS 15 Written evidence from PLATFORM SUMMARY 1. UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense...
Arctic Anxiety: BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil

Arctic Anxiety: BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil

Friday 25 March 2011: In the wake of Thursday´s arbitration ruling that has delayed BP´s Arctic alliance with Rosneft, Foreign Office minutes sourced through FoIA and a new report published by PLATFORM and Greenpeace UK reveal ongoing high-level support for BP without a formulated policy position or any public or parliamentary debate. Campaign groups are...

External Energy Policy

Our work on foreign energy policy explores some of the intellectual, philosophical and historical underpinnings of contemporary ‘energy security’ discourse – a deliberate use of language designed to foster anxiety about energy supplies and engender resource wars. We aim to evaluate the real-world impacts of this seemingly innocuous view of energy policy and unpack some...