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#Focus96 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. Patrick Breshihan takes A look at how How Water

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What the Frack is That?

In Focus94 Rory Fogarty discussed Fracking; the controversial extraction process that meets local protests across the world. Exploratory fracking contracts have been awarded in Fermanagh, as the UK government pursues a pro-fracking economic policy, are protests worldwide the sign of things to come for Ireland? Hydraulic fracturing is the extraction of natural gas from shale rock by injecting a mixture of water, oils, sand

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Just The TTIP?

In Focus94 Raémann Trádáil of the Comhlámh Trade Justice Group took a look at the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU. What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a monster, IS IT A MONSTER? as The Automatic once sang. They might well have been talking about the new trade agreement being negotiated between the US and EU – “TTIP”,

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Breaking The Silence.

In Focus94 Freda Hughes of Phoenix FM looked at why racism in Dublin 15 goes unreported. Are the findings of the project a microcosm of the situation in Ireland at large? Economic downturn has had an impact on attitudes towards migrants in Ireland. Many who see themselves in competition for insufficient local authority houses, school places and welfare payments perceive migrants as a threat. As

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Focus94 Just Landed Back From Print.

That’s right, Ireland’s leading magazine on development issues with a local twist has landed back from print. All 5,000 copies of the thing. Ran  by one of our member groups, Focus is open to your involvement and shaping. Right now we need a hand distributing the thing nationwide. Included are the following articles; What The Frack Is That? Rory Fogarty takes a look at the

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Focus 94 Has Gone To Print.

The latest edition of Focus has been shipped off to print. We expect it back on Thursday. Focus is the efforts of a volunteer membership group within Comhlamh. There is plenty of scope for new people to get involved. To do so, we recommend signing up to our email list where we send out calls for content and notification of our meetings. Included are

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Ever Wondered How To Get A Campaign Off The Ground?

From a conversation in a pub to international recognition, the Limerick branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign developed into a impressive public awareness outfit.Back in 2005 for Focus73 Stephen Rigney found out how they did it. It’s great what can come out of few hours spent in the pub. Take the Limerick branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), for instance. Sean Clinton

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Food Security in Sierra Leone

In Focus89 David Traynor described the attempts of Sierra Leone to strengthen and develop its agricultural sector while protecting the environment   Sierra Leone has faced many challenges since its emergence from a decade of civil war in 2002. In particular returning displaced peoples faced the daunting task of rebuilding their livelihoods. This included rehabilitating their farms, rice fields and livestock numbers. With a

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Do Everyday Goods Fuel War?

Wars in developing countries may seem remote from us in Ireland. In Focus76 Derek O’Halloran wrote that the link may be as close as the humble can of beans. From expensive luxuries like diamonds, to mundane necessities like tin cans and mobile phone components, many of the goods we use in our daily lives come from conflict regions. Because of a lack of accountability and traceability, our

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The Human Rights Situation In The West Bank

In Focus85 Stephen McCloskey wrote about the human rights situation of Palestinians after a trip to the West Bank In November 2009, an Irish delegation of 22 people visited the West Bank to assess the human rights situation for Palestinians living under occupation. Our programme included meetings with human rights activists and NGOs based in both Palestine and Israel. The recurring issues that surfaced

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