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Murtaza Shibli Introducing 7-7 Muslim Perspectives Event

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‘Muslims were also victims of what followed 7/7. Again and again in the book there are examples of utterly decent, patriotic, and law-abiding citizens who were abused, spat at and seen as the perpetrators themselves.’ Peter Oborne said last night in a book launch in the House of Lords of the book ‘7/7 Muslim Perspectives’, compiled by Murtaza Shibli.

Peter Oborne, the conservative commentator, writer and broadcaster continued, ‘The book serves a very important purpose. There has been a failure in public discourse since 7/7. Very understandably in many ways, the discourse concentrated on the innocent victims first of all. That is correct. We just prayed for them just now. The second concentrated on the terrorists themselves. One of the things that does take a lot of courage to say and seems indulgent but is very true. The third focus was the Muslim community who were also victims of what followed. All Muslims were branded as terrorists in some newspapers. We in the press bear and continue to bear a heavy responsibility for this situation. The British press’s culture of victimisation needs to be confronted.’

Read more: 7-7 Muslim Perspectives Booklaunch

7-7 Muslim Perspectives

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FIVE YEARS ON – BRITISH MUSLIMS SPEAK OUT ON IMPACT OF JULY 7 BOMBINGS

British Muslims give condolences, and provide findings for future resilience

Our first thoughts and prayers are for those remembering loved ones and friends lost or injured in the 7 July 2005 London bombings. This was the worst act of domestic terrorism Britain has ever experienced.  The shock of finding that the perpetrators were young apparently well integrated British Muslims has caused many to question the role of Muslims in the UK.

The July 7 bombings affected British Muslims in an unprecedented way as questions about their loyalty, Britishness and the nature of their  belonging in our society created endless discussion, academic research, government interventions and media speculation. 

Read more: 7-7 Muslim Perspectives

Africa Day NYC

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New York, United States - Speaking at the New York City celebration of Africa Day, May 25, 2010 hosted by the African Union and the United Nations African Ambassadors' Spouses Group (UNAASG), in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that peace and sustainable development in Africa was one of the world body’s priorities, and outlined a major personal effort that will take him to the continent no less than three times in the coming month. 

Earlier, messages marking the 47th Africa Day and the 50th Anniversary of independence for 17 African nations were read on behalf of the President of the UN General Assembly by H.E. Mr. Michel Tommo Monthe, Ambassador of Cameroon, Vice-President of the General Assembly and Chair of the Africa Group for the month of May (photo below).

Read more: “Africa Reshaping Global Agenda,” UN Secretary-General at African Union / Universal Peace Fedn event

Africa Day Celebrated - Interfaith Peace Meeting Birmingham

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14th June 2010

We held a local Women's Federation for World Peace - Universal Peace Federation event in Birmingham to recognize the United Nation's Day for Africa. Over 100 people came together, with representatives from 12 different African countries present.

Our first speaker was Rev Charles Ilunga, currently training for the Methodist ministry. He graphically described the horrors which he witnessed and experienced in Congo, and from which he and his family had to flee at barely a moments’ notice.

Read more: Celebrate Africa Day 2010 - Birmingham

World Environment Day 2010 Panel

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'We are the product of 14 1/2 billion years of evolution but the next 14 1/2 years will prove if we are viable as a species' stated Lawrence Bloom to add a sense of perspective to the World Environment Day 2010 commemoration event. Chair of the UN Environment Programme for Green Economy Initiative and World Economic Forum, Davos for Global Agenda Council on Urban Development, Bloom emphasied that we are suffering from a 'crisis of values' and that we had lost our sense of interconnectedness to each other and the world around us. Murad Qureshi AM commented that the competing models of economic and political theory that had inspired large sections of society in the past are now all being challenged in an unprecedented manner.  This included environmentalism based on neo-classical economics.

Read more: World Environment Day 2010 - Challenge of the Environment

Manal Timraz and Barbara Payman Forgiveness and Reconciliation

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The One Day Conference titled ‘Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Interpersonal Relationships and in the Community’, was chaired in the morning by Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke and in the afternoon session by Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid, both distinguished figures in the interfaith world. ‘A very unique day for this UPF chapter,’ observed Rev. Braybrooke. ‘The most inspiring thing was the true stories of eminent people. They spoke with conviction, belief and understanding about peace. We looked at the importance of forgiveness in personal healing and how each of us has a role to play. You can curse the dark or light a candle, it all depends on your attitude.’

Read more: Forgiveness and Reconciliation June 6th 2010