All posts by Ajibola Adigun

Journalism under attack in Kenya

In a desperate attempt to avoid criticism, members of the Kenyan Parliament have resorted to attacking the press.

Kenyan journalists are being forced to endure costly lawsuits or withhold the truth, and as a result, the Kenyan press is gradually being suppressed.

A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) provides an insight into the current situation in Kenya. After interviewing more than a dozen journalists, and reviewing published accounts, the CPJ found that Kenyan reporters, editors, and publishers are exposed to threats of violence, prosecution, imprisonment, and the withdrawal of crucial advertising revenue. The media is manipulated by dominant corporations, and news outlets are subject to the whims of their politician-owners, and the publishers who want to cozy up to power.

Read the rest on YourCommonwealth here.

New EPA mandate hurts poor without reducing emissions

As global leaders met in Paris at the Climate Change Conference to discuss the challenges of global warming, the Environmental Protection Agency released new requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard,  for 2014 to 2016. The agency requires that 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuel be mixed with America’s gas supply.

This is a toxic mix for the man on the street.

While global oil prices fall, the mandated injection of renewable energy into the energy mix prevents consumers from benefiting. And it doesn’t even  benefit the majority of corn farmers that it is purported to help. Instead, it offers gains to the lucky few, who know the right people in the right places.

A soon to be released study examining the effect of the Renewable Energy Mandates on the economy reveals that the mandate is as bad for the country as it is for the counties in the corn belt states.

Contrary to the expectations of the corn farmers in Iowa, Illinois, and elsewhere, these states are no better off than they were when the federal mandates were first introduced by President George W. Bush.

Read the rest on Watchdog here.