Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
– John 8.32
An information leak is, by definition, an apocalypse, and the apocalyptic panorama of the pirates of Panama is only the latest in a series. Brazil’s wave of scandals that began with the oil company Petrobras has spread to engulf hundreds of politicians involved in various schemes. In the US, Hilary Clinton has been hemorrhaging emails, and FIFA was spotted off-side in one of Europe’s recent scandals. 2016 is turning out to be the year of the apoca-leaks, and there may be more to come.
Closer to home, The Times published an article yesterday on the Edinburgh Festival ending its sponsorship deal with BP. They cited “a difficult economic environment”, but the data speaks for itself. BP gave a measly £10,000 to the festival last year, while giving its management bonuses of millions. From the FT to the Guardian other media outlets have reported BP’s failing deals, and while there has been a backlash the information speaks for itself.
Activism can be about providing a space for stories to circulate. On Sunday, BP or not BP set up an unauthorized pop-up exhibition, bringing voices from around the world to the great court of the British Museum. Objects from West Papua, Egypt, Iraq, Mexico, Colombia, the UK and elsewhere illustrated stories of BP’s involvement in wars, oppression, environmental destruction and kidnapping of opponents. The press coverage has been massive, and it may be the first time that a shamanic object has been mentioned in The Telegraph.
Check out the History of BP exhibition online.