Shell: master of the makeover?

11 December 2020 — DESMOGUK

A fresh policy, a new logo, a sharp haircut, a feel-good ad.

Rebranding – personal, professional or political – is a powerful tool that can reshape the narrative and win over hearts and minds.

Shell is a master of the makeover. Looking at its Twitter account, you might assume the company had recently burst forth, Phoenix-like from the flames, on an altruistic mission to help us irresponsible individuals fight our carbon-filled existence – asking innocent questions like “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?”

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News Flash: Billionaires Don’t Like Socialism

3 February 2020 — FAIR

CNBC: Billionaire Investor Leon Cooperman: Movement to the left 'is a risk' for the market
by Alan MacLeod

Big news, everyone! Billionaires don’t like socialism.

In response to a rising progressive tide in the United States, a new genre of stories has emerged in corporate media: rich guys warning against taxing them, or really changing anything about the system at all. Just as the press are keen for you to know that Medicare for All is a very bad idea (FAIR.org, 4/29/19), they are equally anxious to make sure that the voices of beleaguered, unheard plutocrats are given as much of a boost as possible.

Shell knew about climate threat decades ago by Jessica Corbett

8 April 2018 — Climate & Capitalism – Common Dreams, April 5, 2018

Corporate liars exposed

Secret documents reveal that the giant oil company’s scientists warned executives about the global impact of fossil fuels as early as 1981

Royal Dutch Shell’s scientists warned the oil giant about the threat that fossil fuel emissions pose to the planet as early as the 1980s, according to a trove of documents obtained by a Dutch journalist and published Thursday at Climate Files.

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“The Shell Game” and the Osama bin Laden Documents By Lauren Harper

8 July, 2013 — Unredacted 

A before and after shot of the Abbottabad Compound, site of the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden. Adm. McRaven seems to be trying to erase the US records of the raid the same way Pakistan tried to erase the compound itself.

What could possibly compel the government to go out of its way to hide the official record on the most important raid in history? It’s hard to fathom, but a recent Associated Press article by Richard Larner shows that the Pentagon is doing just that by sending all its records on the Osama bin Laden raid to the CIA, effectively sealing them into the “FOIA black hole” of government secrecy, and it has Archive Director Tom Blanton wondering if we have a “shell game in place of open government.”

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Syria: EU Nobel Winners, Dodgy Deals, Clinton and Osama bin Laden’s Ally By Felicity Arbuthnot

7 December, 2012Global Research

Marking abandonment of the last shred of pretense of observing the rule of law, the Nobel Peace Prize winning European Union Foreign Ministers are to meet with the leader of the Syrian insurgency in Brussels on Monday 10th December, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star.

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The New Game in the 'Syrian Opposition': Redistribution of Roles and Functions By Olga CHETVERIKOVA

3 December 3, 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

After a failed attempt to start a comprehensive civil war in Syria, the West began to sculpt the image of the «Syrian opposition» in a new way.

So far the «alternative» to the government of Bashar al-Assad, sitting in Turkey, is the Syrian National Council (SNC, also called the «Istanbul council»); it is funded by Qatar and is under the full control of French military intelligence, the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE).

Most of the members of the Istanbul council are representatives of the «Muslim Brotherhood».

The main fighting force is still directed by Turkey and it equips the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is recruited from Syrian army deserters and criminals, «al-Qaeda» insurgents, Salafists and jihadists…

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Black Agenda Report October 3, 2012 — Occupy the Debates, Int'l Criminal Court on Trial, How Mass Incarceration Changes Everthing

3 October, 2012Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

I’ll be watching the debates. Not on CNN or ABC, but online at Occupy the Debates or at Democracy Now or Free Speech TV, where the third party candidates and others have a chance to answer questions and comment in real time.

Make war, make money: UK profits from Libya mess — RT

11 November 2011 — RT

NATO may have ended its operations in Libya, but the Western presence is far from over, with big companies replacing the warplanes. The countries that bombed the oil-rich state are now getting lucrative contracts to rebuild it.

First, British bombs tore it apart. Now, British companies will get paid to put it back together. Libya is open for business, and UK firms are being encouraged to join the gold rush.

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Make war, make money: UK profits from Libya mess — RT

11 November 2011 — RT

NATO may have ended its operations in Libya, but the Western presence is far from over, with big companies replacing the warplanes. The countries that bombed the oil-rich state are now getting lucrative contracts to rebuild it.

First, British bombs tore it apart. Now, British companies will get paid to put it back together. Libya is open for business, and UK firms are being encouraged to join the gold rush.

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