Ogonis File Class Action Lawsuit in UK Over Shell Oil Spills

The Ogoni community of Bodo has filed a class-action lawsuit at the High Court in London against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. The case concerns damages caused by two major oil spills from Shell’s Trans-Niger pipeline in 2008-9, both the result of equipment failure. It took Shell several months before they finally clamped the pipeline....

Book Launch 23 May: Fuel on the Fire – Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Join PLATFORM and War on Want for an inspiring evening of debate and discussion for the exclusive book launch of Greg Muttitt’s gripping new book on Iraq and Oil. Time: Monday, May 23 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Khalili Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG Nearest tube: Russell Square View Larger Map Oil lies at the heart of...

SHAKE! getting young people creative at The Stephen Lawrence Centre

My name is Ed, and I teach about politics, religion and philosophy, and one of the other things I do is volunteer at PLATFORM. For most of the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying the privilege of summer holidays, but this week I’m participating in an experiment. It’s a course for young people called SHAKE!. Conceived by...

Big Oil sponsorship map of London

‘Blood And Oil’: BBC Drama on the Niger Delta Crisis

The Niger Delta crisis is coming to an audience of millions as BBC 2 screen the long anticipated and award-winning drama, ‘Blood and Oil’ on prime time television. Guy Hibbert’s tense thriller (starring Naomi Harris (28 Days Later), Johdi May (Defiance) Patterson Joseph and David Oyelowo) follows two women as they investigate the  circumstances that...

Shaping the Future: global art residency launched by families of Ken Saro-Wiwa and Stephen Lawrence

‘Shaping the Future’: a PLATFORM residency programme of art, activism and education launched with a fiery spectacle at 5pm on Tuesday 10th November at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Lewisham, London. ‘Shaping the Future’ is led by the arts and ecology group PLATFORM, and speakers at the launch included the Mayor of Greenwich, Doreen Lawrence,...

NNEKA triumphs at MOBO awards

Can you feel My heart is beating? Many times she sang those words, wrapping up the pain and endurance of Niger Deltans, for years she shook the wall of indifference around her, and finally, we were moved. On 1st October, NNEKA was awarded this years’ MOBO (Music of Black Origin) prize for best African Artist....

“We’ve shut the bank down!”

This news also came in on Tuesday via the climate camp twitter: “climatecamp: 12 climate campers have just blockaded RBS. Go campers go! Big group about to leave for Bank of England too” “climate camp: Up to 20 campers inside rbs. On second floor too. Dressed as construction workers. More info as it arrives!” “climatecamp: Cyclists...

Stealing the “S” from Shell – tar sands activists hit London

Most of my news from this year’s Camp for Climate Action arrived by twitter: “climatecamp: Balcony of Shell building occupied, big ‘Shell’ sign now reads ‘hell’…” “climatecamp: Tarsands activists are now giving speeches at bp headqrtrs having stopped by at national portrait gallery in Trafalgar square” “climatecamp: Bp is one of the biggest players in the extracion...

BP piggybacks on London Olympics to generate social acceptance

BP brand hypocrisy continues, with Marketing Magazine reporting on the company’s plans for the London Olympics in 2012. Energy company BP has appointed agencies Landor and Ogilvy to handle its sponsorship of London 2012. Tony Hayward, executive director of BP, said that […] as BP is the UK’s biggest company with headquarters in London, the 2012 Olympics...

Travelling: London-Syria

Travelling by train across Europe & Turkey was a beautiful and exciting way to get to Syria. Without the teleport effect of airplanes, mountain ranges are more than bumps on a flat surface and the Danube remains a mighty river rather than just yet another waterway. How did I get to Syria: Thursday 16 July...

NNEKA, sensational Niger Delta singer in London

AFRO-POP LIVE, SHAKARA & remember saro-wiwa proudly present future superstar… NNEKA After touring with Lenny Kravitz in Europe, NNEKA, who is originally from the Niger-Delta, plays London’s CARGO on Thursday, showcasing songs from her second Album ‘No Longer At Ease’ which is stirred by the injustices taking place in her homeland. With support from some...