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The EBRD should not finance oil drilling in Egypt

Today the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is voting on a $50 million loan for oil drilling in Egypt. This is the first major loan by the bank in Egypt since the military takeover in July 2013. The EBRD seems eager to ignore the principles in its founding agreement promoting “initiatives in countries committed...
Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

A few weeks ago we were crammed into a small radio station studio in Port Harcourt. We listened with bated breath to our friend Celestine AkpoBari from the Ogoni Solidarity Forum being interviewed.  “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the...
A Cheque Written in Blood: the Niger Delta remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa

A Cheque Written in Blood: the Niger Delta remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa

It’s the middle of the night but I can’t sleep. It’s quiet apart from the dull hum of the aeroplane engine and the erratic, staccato snoring of the man next to me. There’s no need to put on one of the films. It’s the pictures in my mind that are keeping me awake. I see...
Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Global Frackdown 2 will be taking place on Saturday 19th October. It is an initiative that is aiming to bring together community actions from all over the world to challenge hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, so we thought it would be good to hear from someone in Algeria about the situation there. Algeria has made some amendments...
Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

By AkpoBari Celestine, Head of Community at Social Action and National Coordinator of the Ogoni Solidarity Forum Almost a month after the Ogoni fishing community of Bodo rejected a 7.5 billion Naira offer for massive spills which Shell accepted liability for, Bunu, another Ogoni farming community in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State was...

‘Art & Activism, Water & Oil, Then & Now’

2 articles by Platform in ‘The Environment’ magazine, Sept 2013 (CIWEM) 1st by Jane Trowell on 30 years of Platform, 2nd by Kevin Smith ‘The arts must not be used to cleanse the reputations of dirty business’ on oil sponsorship of the arts
Is Lord Risby's trip to Algeria a warm up for DSEI arms sales?

Is Lord Risby’s trip to Algeria a warm up for DSEI arms sales?

Special trade envoy Lord Risby is off on a trip to Algeria this week following on from a trip by Cameron earlier on in the year. The trip is happening just before the controversial DSEI arms fair takes place in London. A number of groups, including us, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Algeria Solidarity Campaign...

Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny

*** For immediate release *** Saturday 17 August 2013 Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny Armed Extraction: The UK Military in Nigeria https://platformlondon.org/p-publications/armed-extraction/ A UK government official has raised questions over the impact of UK military aid to Nigeria, admitting that “we’ll never know how effectiveit is.” The government...
Arms, oil and Algeria - Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

Arms, oil and Algeria – Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

A guest blog by Hamza Hamouchene, who is currently at Platform researching UK’s energy interests in Algeria. With the production of North Sea gas dwindling dramatically, developing Algeria as a major natural gas exporter has become an economic and strategic imperative for the EU. The country features heavily in both EU and UK energy policies and has...
Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

Shell told to clean up Delta on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

It’s 8.30am and we are outside the Shell Centre doorstepping staff on their way into work. Another day, another Shell protest. The difference today is we are handing out sponges with a message on the back: “clean up the Niger Delta.” Some of the staff smile nervously as they approach us and some of them...

Shell employees given ‘Niger Delta’ sponges on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

** For Immediate Release ** Monday 5th August 2013 Activists handed out sponges to Shell employees on their way into work at the Shell centre in London this morning with “Shell – Clean up the Niger Delta” written on them. The protest took place on the second anniversary of the UNEP report that stated that...
Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

Memory Before Oil: A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s

The picture above captioned as A Niger Delta Village In the 1960s (Before Oil) has sparked much discussion on online forums in Nigeria. While there have been debates about its veracity, what is interesting is the way that it provides a catalyst for people’s memories about the region before oil. Here is one comment that...