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Remember Saro-Wiwa? Shell would rather you didn’t

The Guardian, full page advert. On November 10th 1995, the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged by the Nigerian government. He was executed, alongside eight of his colleagues from the Ogoni people, for campaigning against the environmental devastation of the Niger Delta by Shell and other oil companies. The central abuse which Ken fought...

Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth?

The Guardian by Kevin Smith Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth? It will send shockwaves through boardrooms if the predictions of the executed campaigner are proved right in a US court. As shareholders gather today in London and The Hague for Shell’s annual general meeting the board is facing difficult questions over the company’s environmental and human...

New Research Reveals That Shell Is World’s Most Carbon Intensive Oil Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19th May, 2009 London – Research by four leading environmental organizations released today to coincide with Royal Dutch Shell’s Annual General Meeting, reveals the carbon intensity of the top international oil companies.  Shell is now the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. The research examined...

Activists Put Shell Under Fire As Trial Approaches

Protests planned for Shell’s annual shareholder meeting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 14th May, 2009 London & Den Haag – With one week to go until Shell stand trial in New York for human rights abuses including the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa, activists will turn up the heat on Shell at their Annual General Meeting next Tuesday...

ShellGuilty: International Coalition Targets Shell At Jazz Fest For Human Rights And Environmental Wrong Doing

ShellGuilty campaign demands Shell clean up in Louisiana and Nigeria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24th April 2009 NEW ORLEANS—Amplifying demands by environmentalists in Louisiana that Shell clean up the coast, campaigners have launched www.ShellJazzFest.com, a mock version of the official Jazz Fest website that tells the truth about Shell’s human rights and environmental record. In addition...

Whose Bank? Our Bank! – RBS & the Future

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. Between October 2008 and March 2009, the Treasury pumped £33 billion of public money into ‘bailing out’ the Royal Bank of Scotland, to the point where the bank is now 90% owned by the UK taxpayer. Yet the government continues to insist that...

RBS driving conflict in the Congo

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. Despite relying on government funds and insurance for survival, RBS is still pumping millions into oil extraction in conflict zones. In March 2009, RBS was part of a consortium of 14 banks that lent $1,890 million to the Irish company Tullow Oil –...

The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa

Sept/Oct 2008 – SABLE literary magazine – Ben Amunwa – The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa – feature article on Remember Saro-Wiwa Text & pdf to follow.

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...

Energy Security – for whom?

Some commentators saw this summer’s G8 meeting in St. Petersburg as a clash of empires, with Vladimir Putin using the theme of “energy security” to reassert Russia’s global power. What has received less attention is how the concept is intended to bring ever-increasing supplies of energy to all of the G8 countries, potentially at the...

The Fight for Oil in Africa’s Last Colony

Natalie Sharples of War on Want explores oil and independence in Western Sahara – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 5. Over the past decade, Western Sahara’s struggle for independence from Morocco has played out through resource politics. With potential offshore oil and gas reserves, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)...

The true cost of big bank’s bucks

PLATFORM investigates the role of RBS in financing oil and gas projects around the world – This report was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, issue 4. February saw Britain’s private banks including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), HSBC and Barclays post record profits. Revenues were boosted by the high oil price and the...