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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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Where Now For Alternative Trade?

For Focus94 Eamon Murphy of Comhlámh’s Trade Justice Group discussed the future of Alternative Trade, now that the European elections are over. The European Elections have come and gone, and the results have been well dissected by the media. Eleven MEPs from across the political spectrum have taken their seats in Brussels and most people will now turn away, barely concerning themselves with the goings

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Justin Kilcullen Goes For The Senate.

Many years before he was the head of Trocaire, Justin Kilcullen spent two years working in Tanzania. When he came home, none of his friends could relate to his life changing experience. In this video he told us how: Comhlamh was somewhere I could meet like-minded people who had similar experiences and together that we could begin to do something to help continue the

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It’s One Year Since The Disaster At Rana Plaza

Tomorrow, Thursday 24th of April is the first anniversary of the disaster at Rana Plaza and the Comhlámh Trade Justice group as part of the Clean Clothes campaign are taking action to mark this anniversary. According to the Bangladesh government, more than 1,100 people died and about 2,500 were rescued from the disaster when the building collapsed on April 24, 2013. And while some

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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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Podcast: Do We Need Trade Rather Than Aid?

Here’s a recording of last week’s edition of our regular #FirstWedsDebates in the Twisted Pepper. As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, we delved into the relationship between trade and aid. The proposition we tabled asked “Is the Trade not Aid mantra a smokescreen for greater penetration of northern business into southern economies?” It was a bit of a stellar line up and speakers included:

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Key Terms In The Trade Debate Explained.

In Focus87 Janet Horner and Deirdre Kelly explain a few of the key terms used in discussions on trade. Civil society: All civic and social organisations and movements that participate in a society, separate from the institutions of a government. Duty-free goods: Goods that are bought or sold between countries with no additional import or export tax. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs): Trade Deals being negotiated between European Union countries

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10 Reasons to Shout Louder about Unfair Trade

In Focus87 Deirdre Kelly reminds us of the importance of tackling global trade injustice. Before you finish eating breakfast this morning you’ve depended on more than half the world.’ (Martin Luther King Jr.) The half of the world we depend on to get our breakfast – tea, coffee, orange juice, bananas, sugar – is the poor half. This dependence is not just for breakfast

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