Posts By Justin Frewen

Financial Exclusion in Ireland

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Given the current state of financialisation of society, access to basic financial services can facilitate the effective management of one´s income as well as helping provide for the future. The can also be of assistance…

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Some Reflections on Iraq and Oil

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The blood of Iraq boils black. Bubbling beneath the surface in a sandy womb, Iraq´s oil reserves resemble an iceberg. The `known´ and officially confirmed oil deposits amount to some 115 billion barrels. At over…

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Combatting Mental Health Stigma

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted stigma and the associated discrimination as comprising the “single most important barrier”  facing people with mental health and behavioural issues. The World Psychiatry Association and World Association for…

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Mental Health and `Capacity´

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For legal purposes, the term capacity refers to a person´s ability to make an enforceable decision for themselves, one that has legal significance. In general terms, capacity is concerned with an individual´s competence to understand…

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Millennium Development Goals

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Despite the expenditure of over US$2.5 trillion in official development assistance (ODA), billions of people continue to live in conditions of the direst poverty. Hunger and inequality stalk their lives as they struggle to survive….

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State-Building and the UN

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The first decade of the 21st century has been a difficult one for the UN, as its credibility has taken a serious battering. Incidents such as the international furore provoked by the Volker report on…

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