Focus Magazine

Militant Care And Hope.

In struggles for justice, how we think, learn and act shapes real solidarity 0n May 4th, Comhlamh hosted a first Wednesday debate under the theme ‘What does migrant solidarity look like?’ The panel was composed of migrant justice activists Neltah Chadamoyo, Lucky Khambule, Razieh Nikoomanesh and Caoimhe Butterly, and chaired by Gavan Titley. “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting

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Berta Cáceres’ Legacy

Early in the morning of March 3, Berta Cáceres was assassinated as she slept. The Honduran activist’s assassination shines a light on the risk of death for environmental defenders in Latin America. Berta  Cáceres cofounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH, in order to defend the territorial rights of indigenous and campesino people against logging and other extractive

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A Greek Tragedy.

  Photo Credits: Jublilee Debt on Flickr. Jubilee Debt Campaign members dressed as bankers outside the European Commission hold Greece hostage     Eilis Ryan of the Debt & Development Coalition writes about recent events in Greece and draws out the lessons we need to learn. From the election of Syriza in Greece last January on a platform opposed to unjust debt, we have

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#Focus97 Is Back From Print.

Focus Magazine is Ireland’s leading magazine on global development issues and is produced and edited by one of our Comhlámh member groups, it reflects the range of interests and hot topics being discussed by our members. The latest edition just arrived back form the printers. Here’s a list of the range of content covered: A photographer shares her experiences of using her art form

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Have You Any Ideas For Our Next Two Editions Of Focus?

Pictured: Colm Ashe  from Nurture Africa is seen here proof checking the first of our new look Focus magazines before we sent it to print.   We’ve made great strides with Focus over the past while, upping its print run to 5,000, making it fully self-sustainable and with a solid distribution network across the island. Comhlámh is hoping to publish two more issues of Focus magazine

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From Edenmore To El Alto.

Photo Credits: Jamie Goldrick captures a campaigner in Broadstone. Patrick Bresnihan takes a look at how water is transforming how politics happens in our communities. In February, Comhlámh hosted a First Wednesday debate which put the ongoing resistance to water charges and Irish Water into a global context of popular struggles for water justice. The evening debate ‘From El Alto to Edenmore’ opened with

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The Rocky Road To Democracy In Burma.

  Photo Credit: lewishamdreamer | Activists mark the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007. Aine Rickard takes a look at how the recent news from Burma about the beating and arrest of student protesters reflects the current direction of democratic reform in the country. From positive beginnings, it has become clear that the much hoped-for reform process has not only stalled, but

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Organising Against Direct Provision On Campus.

 Photo credit: Caroline Reid | A protest in Athlone against the Direct Provision system. Jimmy Billings and Aidan Rowe give us the background to the UCD Against Direct Provision Campaign. Introduced on 10 April 2000 as a temporary emergency measure, the system of ‘Direct Provision and Dispersal’ is 15 years old last month. In this time, it is estimated that the Department of Justice

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The Rhythm Of Afrobeat.

Photo credit: André Sanches | Some members of Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble pictured in 2014.   Sive Bresnihan looks at how  Fela Kuti’s funky mix of musical styles is alive and thriving in Dublin town. Formed in 2012 and comprising of 15 plus musicians from almost as many countries, Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble is known for its collaborative style, high energy performances and infectious grooves. Recently,

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