There’s a simple idea that economic growth is good for democracy. A widely accepted truth, that when a citizen doesn’t have to worry about simple survival they can do more to get engaged with their governance. Educated, comfortable and free they can hold leaders to account. It’s an idea that goes back to Lipset in […]
This is an extract from the book ‘The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London’, by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of PLATFORM, which traces their journey along the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan oil pipeline. A previously published extract can be found here. DAY 3, 17:55 – 815 NM – 3,464 KM – SOUTHERN […]
With the kind permission of the authors, Bright Green is publishing two excerpts from “The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London”, a travelogue written by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello of Platform and published by Verso this month. In a unique journey from the oil fields of the […]
Tim Flatman, writing from Juba, South Sudan The “international community”, a nebulous concept at the best of times, achieved rare unity in its desire for and welcoming of an agreement between South Sudan and Sudan on oil transportation fees, disguising its self-interest by arguing the agreement will stop the two countries from returning to war. […]
A London Green Party film reveals the depth of the city’s air quality crisis, with 4,000 Londoners a year dying from air pollution. But the rest of the country has a long way to go before it takes the issue as seriously as the capital.
What links the suffering of the indigenous Cree Indians of Alberta, Canada, the international arms trade and the President of Belarus to a vibrant cultural event in Belfast, Northern Ireland? The answer is Ulster Bank’s sponsorship of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s; or as it’s now called, the ‘Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.’ The […]
New Zealand trades on its unspoiled, Middle Earth image, with tourism slogans ‘Clean & Green’ and ‘100% Pure’. Ashley Erdman discovers the truth is very different.
To say that the West’s involvement in Libya was all about oil was always far too simplistic. For any country to commit military force, a number of people must conclude that this is necessary. Each will have their own reasons, each a number of justifications. No war has one cause, no bombing a single explanation. […]
Vince Cable has finally admitted the extent to which the UK economy is screwed. In an interview with the Guardian, he outlines the fact that we depended far too much on financial services, the scale of global inflation, and the rapidly increasing role of China in setting prices and outcompeting us. Politicians have failed, he […]
1) This isn’t just a No Fly Zone. Today, there have been reports of French planes bombing Libya, and firing from the air at tanks. So, the first thing that we have learned is that, as predicted, there is no such thing as a No Fly Zone which is only a No Fly Zone. This […]keep looking »