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Friday, July 08, 2005

Further Update. 20.00 hrs. GMT. Friday.
Now 50+ killed ....and still more bodies to recover from Tube site.
80 people seriously injured still in hospital.

Latest Update: 37 people killed and 700 injured.
This is such a tragic waste of life.
What kind of Religious Mullah or Cleric can preach that killing innocent people is God's will?
Whose God condones such wicked actions in his name? Not mine.
R.I.P. to all those innocent souls who lost their lives today.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London's Bomb Blast will not destroy the spirit of Londoners - and may help the G8 Summit to achieve more cohesive outcomes.

Today is is a sad day for London, a tragic day for those injured commuters (and their families) and the worst day for the families of those who lost their lives so randomly and indiscriminately at the hands of nameless terrorists today.

But these terrorists will not win in the end.
Our Western democracy is rooted in better and fairer principles.
Random terror attacks will not destroy the will of free people to uphold free speech and the right to live in peace and dignity alongside our neighbours.
If anything, the G8 summit Leaders will be drawn together against terrorism, simply because they are all uniquely in the same place to feel the outrage when terrorists randomly killed and injured innocent people in London today.

Meanwhile, those who peacefully protest at this G8 Summit for Fair Trade, reduced Dept and freedom from poverty and tyranny in the rest of the world have a powerful example today of the need for positive outcomes from the G8 summit.

Ironically, the terrorist bombers today may have quelled the more violent street thugs heading for Gleneagles, who are not real G8 protesters, but use occasions like this to create anarchy and street violence against the Police in the guise of lawful protesters. Violent protest is more about anarchy and civil disruption than the clearly stated aims of the peaceful Live8 protesters.

Ultimately, the carnage in London today may cause the G8 Leaders to show more solidarity in fighting Al Qaeda terrorism, as well as making real progress towards some of the stated aims of the Live8 campaign to reduce poverty and tyranny in Africa.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I've not been able to blog for a few days/weeks; but today seems too important not to echo what's happening in the big world out there TODAY.

Live8 is a big wake-up call to the G8 leaders to try and "...Make Poverty History".

This Live8 event today (broadcast simultaneously around the world) is probably the biggest wake-up call to the G8 leaders, the leaders of the most powerful countries in the world, that we are watching and waiting for a clear signal ...that they are listening!
They can only show us they are listening by their subsequent actions next week at Gleneagles.

Like millions of people around the world, I am watching the opening acts on TV.
Bono of U2 made a powerful opening message when he said "...the G8 leaders can make history by making Poverty history."
Let's hope the G8 leaders actions speak louder than rhetoric by announcing real tangible measures that will benefit the non G8 countries, like Africa, by helping to eradicate poverty, malnutrition and premature death.

*Every day 30,000 people die unnecessarily from extreme poverty (UNICEF Statistics, www.childinfo.org)
*Every three seconds a child dies from preventable causes (Grow Up Free From Poverty, 80 Million Lives, 2003)
*Each year 3 million children die in their first week of life (DfID, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, 2004)
*In sub-Saharan Africa more than 12 million children have been orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS (DfID, Factsheet, 2004)
*During 2003 an average of 14,000 people a day became infected with HIV. 40% of infections were in women and nearly 20% were in children. (UNFPA, State of the World Population, 2004)

By adressing 3 key measures
1) Trade Justice.
2) Drop the Debt.
3) More and better Aid.

How the G8 leaders achieve these aims is a measure of their personal commitment, political cunning and economic expertise, given that we expect nothing less than measurable actions and meaningful progress to "...make poverty history".

Mr. Blair is hosting this historic G8 meeting between USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia from 6th – 9th July in Gleneagles.
If Live8 means anything (Well done Sir Bob Geldorf, Midge Ure and Bono) it is about raising awareness, demonstrating global concern and demanding our G8 Leaders act now. So, this Gleneagles meeting, for us, is now about leadership and action.
Tens of Millions of us in Britain and Hundreds of millions around the world will be waiting and watching to see how well G8 leaders meet our clearly expressed and simple expectations.

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