“Barack Obama is like the manager of Burger King – all presidents are including Bush. But you never get to see the franchise owner. We need to go to where the real architecture of government is – and it’s not in a president, it’s in a global scheme.” – KRS-One
Russell Brand has spoken to Newsnight about his “alternative to corporate hegemony”. Presenter Evan Davis quizzed the comic about his ownership proposals for General Motors but was told it was a “silly administrative quibble”.
From school children to night fishermen, solar lighting in Kenya is transforming the lives of thousands of people. As the sun sets over developing countries, more than a billion people are either plunged into darkness or forced to rely on polluting light sources such as kerosene.
While clean energy alternatives exist, switching to them has been slow and in Kenya, more than 80 percent of the country’s 40 million inhabitants rely on kerosene, candles and torches as their main source of light.
But the development of an all-in-one solar electricity system that powers lights, radios and phones is revolutionising thousands of households and businesses.
Robin Forestier-Walker travels to Kenya’s Rift Valley to see how innovative financing, distribution and product design is heralding a new era in solar lighting.
Last week tens of thousands of people protested in Hong Kong during China’s national holiday, but now it’s Monday and people are going back to work and school. Protesters gave up some of their claimed turf at the government headquarters to let employees get in the building; but they have not given up their fight. We check in with two young demonstrators to hear why they’re still out there.