"Asia Energy PLC is a London-based AIM quoted company whose primary activity is the development of the coal basin at Phulbari in Northwest Bangladesh into a world-class open pit coal mine
Its objective is to start mining activity in 2006 adhering to the highest national and international environmental and social standards. At full production, the mine will produce 15 million tonnes a year of mostly export quality metallurgical and thermal coal."
The demonstrations took place on Saturday 26th August
Then this statement on Asia Energy's website:
"Statement re. Suspension
Asia Energy PLC (“the Company”) became aware this morning of press reports quoting a junior minister in Bangladesh stating that the Bangladesh Government is cancelling all existing agreements with Asia Energy. The Company had not received any communication from the Government to this effect. In view of this the shares of Asia Energy were suspended from trading on the AIM Market at 08:40 hrs (BST) this morning.
The Company is seeking to clarify the reported remarks of that minister and to determine the Government’s position towards the Phulbari Project.
The shares of the Company will remain suspended from trading pending a further announcement.
The Company will keep the market informed of developments."
Asia Energy details
Address - London UK 2nd Floor, Foxglove House 166 - 168 PiccadillyLondonW1J 9EF
Other forms of communication tel: + 44 (0)20 7290 1630fax: +44 (0)20 7290 1631
As per previous posting we need to link this with the Climate Camp at Drax - UK company nicks coal from Bangladesh, fucking over people who live there, bring it here (note the 15 million tonnes/year is 'mostly export'), burn it at places like Drax, add emissions and fuel climate change which... floods places like Bangladesh. The science of climate chaos informs us that this is what is happening. With this prior knowledge, to continue with the act is thus Genocide.
Any good ideas for solidarity work/actions, or just do it...
London Thursday 7 September 2006
The first idea is to recognise the truth about energy colonialism and robbery that is taking place across Asia African and South America today.
The second is to recognise that it is the principle that has to be attacked first – greed against nature and greed against people. The people of Bangladesh are often collectively described as being ‘poor’ as if the alleged poverty is genetic and inherited.
Poverty is direct result of robbery like they are engage din doing Phulbari.
In Bangladesh there is constant agitation against energy robbery. But that agitation is not reported in the western media
In fact in Bangladesh itself, the ‘media’ too is complicit in the energy robbers’ plans.
They are prone to divert the facts and the impacts of the tragedy in Phulbari away from the main cause and into the party political corners.
The two ‘leading’ English language papers fell over themselves pleading for the Bangladesh Governbemntt the demands of the mining company ASIA ENERGY
One, the Daily Star, which is touted by most trendy western media visitors to Bangladesh, even managed to find an allegedly Australia-based ‘Bangladeshi’ who was denouncing the Bangladeshi protesters at Phulbari!
There is a great deal of work that is needed in getting the truth ion the record first and then doing the work of defending and respecting nature, leaving the people of the land to use their proximate energy and benefits that nature naturally brings to them and recognising the natural rights of all creatures on the planet.
Most of the migration that is now taking place away from Asia and other parts of the world towards Western European destination is directly a traceable to energy and resource robbery by Western conglomerates that are aided and abetted by Western regimes,
Stop this and you stop migration on the scale that we are witnessing now.
© Muhammad Haque/AADHIKARonline 2006