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February 2011

Two Irish Films Among the Nominees at the Cinema for Peace Gala

Film Base

Juanita Wilson’s AS IF I AM NOT THERE and the documentary THE PIPE directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill have both received nominations for the Cinema for Peace Awards which celebrate outstanding cinematic work which highlights the human condition and human values.

AS IF I AM NOT THERE has been nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year for bringing attention to crimes against humanity and particularly women in Bosnia. Other films nominated in this category include The Social Network, The Kings Speech and The Kids Are Alright.

Judicial review sought

The Connaught Telegraph

An Taisce, the national trust of Ireland, is seeking a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála's approval for the final section of the Corrib gas pipeline. The environmental organisation's chairman Charles Stanley-Smith his members were very disappointed with the planning appeal board's decision.
"We consider that the implications of this decision go far beyond the Corrib gas pipeline and have major repercussions for the status of implementation of European Directives in Ireland. In this instance, An Taisce has concerns both in relation to Irish and European Law.

The Erris Beo pipedream

Tom Gillespie - The Connaught Telegraph

[Shell to Sea] What Tom Gillespie failed to mention in this article is that Erris Beo is being bank-rolled by Shell

The People, the Pipe and the E540 oil and gas giveaway

Lily - Indymedia

The People, the pipe and the E540 oil and gas giveaway
Report from Belmullet Public Meeting 21st Jan 2011

The Belmullet Public Meeting was a great success and after hearing the ABP decision the day before, was a good chance to reflect on all the achievements of the campaign these last 11 years and why it is still the ‘wrong project in the wrong place’.

Blast At Egypt Gas Terminal 'Caused By Leak

Sam Kiley and Pete Norman - Sky

The head of Egypt's natural gas company says a fire at a terminal supplying Israel in the northern Sinai Peninsula was caused by a leak - not terrorist activity.

The fire after the explosion could be seen 44 miles away

The fire following the explosion could be seen more than 40 miles away


Sweeney stirs up a storm with small print on poster

Paddy Clancy - Irish Independent

Independent general election candidate Ann Sweeney had tea with a difference yesterday.

Her soothing cuppa was accompanied by a scathing condemnation of what main party politicians have done to Ireland.

Supporters who looked closely at one of her election posters were able to read her disgust at her country being in hock to the IMF and EU. In unparliamentary language, the small print read: "B****x to the bailout".

Shell: Clean-up goes on for Niger Delta – and oil company’s reputation

John Vidal - The Guardian

Shell's image is still mired by claims over oil spills, Ken Saro-Wiwa's hanging and WikiLeak's revelations of infiltration


Campaign Trail

Jamie Smyth - Irish Times

Fianna Fáil takes a pasting from US publications 

The US media can’t seem to get enough of our economic problems or the looming general election.

Fresh from Michael Lewis’s 13,000-word forensic examination of Ireland’s boom to bust in Vanity Fair , the New York Times penned a strongly worded editorial on Friday savaging Fianna Fáil’s management of the economy and urging a new government to renegotiate its debts with the EU.

Shell makes nearly £1.6m profits every hour

• Full-year profits hit $18.6bn
• Drivers are the losers, road lobby says
• Chief exec says: don't complain to us
• Government under pressure to delay rise in fuel duty
• Poll: time for a supertax on the oil giants?


Concerns rise over Gullfaks oil field

Nina Berglund - View & News from Norway

Norwegian oil industry regulators and environmental organizations were sounding new alarms over the weekend, after learning that state oil company Statoil had shut down as many as 50 wells at its Gullfaks field in the North Sea last fall because of leaks and other safety problems. Employees have said they’re afraid to go to work on the field.