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Justin Frewen is a freelance journalist and has worked as a Consultant with
the UN since 1997. He is also currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at
the University of Galway.
His articles are frequently published on this site and can be accessed below.
Haiti's problems did not start with the earthquake of January 2010, but are due to a long history of exploitation by external forces. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the manner in which the surviving victims of the earthquake continue to be treated in the country's 'tent cities', writes Justin Frewen.Tackling Financial Exclusion
In the context of a global economic crisis, the issue of financial exclusion is urgent. There can be no excuse for governments who fail to honour their commitment to the most vulnerable members of society while shovelling ever increasing heaps of cash into the insatiable maw of the financial sector, writes Justin Frewan.Indigenous Land Rights in Australia
Given the history of native title in Australia, it is difficult to see how indigenous land rights can ever be truly respected through the current legal system. Rather, the non-indigenous population must genuinely acknowledge and redress the wrongs of the past, writes Justin Frewen.The EU and Soft Power: An Iron Fist Behind the Velvet Glove
The European Union claims to use a ‘soft power’ approach to international relations, advancing foreign policy objectives through cooperation. But the methods used to reach ‘consensus’ on trade agreements with weaker nations are distinctly coercive, writes Justin Frewen.Industrial Accidents and Global Inequity: Bhopal and BP
The Bhopal and BP disasters - spaced a quarter of a century apart - contain a number of lessons for those working to promote global justice. Corporate wrongdoers should be held fully accountable, both in terms of financial responsibility and for the actions of their executives, writes Justin Frewen.Trade Not Aid?
The current free trade model promoted by the World Trade Organization prevents developing countries from introducing economic reforms suitable to their own poverty-reduction needs. A ‘one size fits all’ approach will never alleviate inequality and hunger, writes Justin Frewen.Hunger in the South
In a food system driven almost exclusively by the market-value of commodities, hunger is largely a result of insufficient income. Agricultural production must be completely rethought to prioritise the nutritional needs of people, particularly those living in poverty, argues Justin Frewen.The Socio-Economic Realities of Mental Health in Ireland
There is a general readiness on the part of the Irish public for a redistribution of resources to address the issue of inequality, which lies at the heart of so many mental health problems. This demands a radical overhaul of our economic structures and systems as well as political action, argue Justin Frewen and Anna Datta.Time to Revisit the Millennium Development Goals?
Although the Millennium Development Goals offer hope for a certain number of those living in poverty, growing global inequality condemns many to continued marginalisation. The setting of abstract targets is no panacea for the planet’s poor and hungry, writes Justin Frewen.Debt Burden Cripples Poorer Nations
While the burden of debt is crippling poorer nations, cancellation of what is outstanding is not enough. There is an urgent need to restructure the current financial framework if a sustainable solution is ever to be realised, argues Justin Frewen.The 'Old' Evils of Poverty, Hunger and Inequality
Growing global inequality presents a major obstacle in the fight against poverty. Redistributing resources more fairly requires a greater cooperation between governments that eschews the current ‘cut-throat’ nature of international free trade competition, says Justin Frewen.
|Climate Change & Environment|
|Global Financial Crisis|
|Global Conflicts & Militarization|
|IMF, World Bank & Trade|
|Poverty & Inequality|
|Aid, Debt & Development|
|The UN, People & Politics|
|Food Security & Agriculture|
|Health, Education & Shelter|
|Land, Energy & Water|
|Economic Sharing & Alternatives|