by Michael Robinson, NIPSA Global Solidarity Committee

Free trade deals are in the news again. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU has been held up by Belgium and Donald Trump, now President of the USA (really) has indicated that he intends to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as soon as he gets installed in the White House and completes a garish redecoration of the Oval Office. (He’s bound to.)

by Stephen McCloskey, Director, Centre for Global Education

In January 2016, 400 children aged 7-13 years were enrolled on to a new two year project in the Gaza Strip funded by the NIPSA Developing World Fund. The project is jointly managed by the Centre for Global Education in Belfast and our partner in Gaza, the Canaan Institute, a dynamic Palestinian non-governmental organisation highly experienced in education, facilitation and capacity-building. The aim of the project is to provide psycho-social support to children suffering the acute effects of trauma caused by three wars in Gaza since 2008 and the grinding poverty created by a ten year Israeli siege. The project also supplements the children’s education because, like most young people in Gaza, they can only attend school for half a day because of a chronic shortage of school buildings. The project is delivered through four community centres in Gaza: the Never Stop Dreaming Center in Khan Yunis (southern Gaza); the Heker El Jame Youth Association, Deir el Balah (central Gaza); the Rural Family Development Association in Moghraga, a village 10 km south of Gaza City; and the Palestinian Women’s Development Society, Bureij, a refugee camp in central Gaza.

Politics and Disability in Ethiopia

The NIPSA-funded project to help Ethiopian trade unions develop their skills and expertise in the area of disability rights is really taking off now. And Ethiopia certainly needs a little solidarity from friends outside.

ICTU briefing document: No Deal: Why Unions Oppose TTIP and CETA.


Trade Union Friends of Palestine (TUFP) was formed in 2006 in response to the policy commitment of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to ‘campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people’. In 2007 ICTU adopted a policy of full support for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to help bring about an end to the occupation, colonisation and repression of Palestine, and to help achieve full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel and to support the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

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