Terrorist attack survivor fights extremism with peace

Bjørn Ihler (right) is introduced by Forum host Mike Smith

'Breivik is just a man. I wanted to face him. I wanted to understand him as a human being not just a violent extremist,' Bjørn Ihler, a survivor of the Anders Breivik terrorist attack of 2011, told a captivated audience at the Initiatives of Change centre in London on 1 November.

Understanding terrorism - a survivor's view

Oslo city, Norway after Anders Breivik’s 2011 bombing.

You are warmly invited to a Stories of Trust interview with Bjorn Ihler on the theme of understanding terrorism.

We should not let violence beget violence

As we progressively see images of extremism, violence and revenge in the UK, on our television sets, in our newspapers and on our news feed, Jodie Marshall, a National Coordinator with Initiatives of Change (IofC) UK, reflects on the action she can take as an individual and possible actions those of us within our network in the UK and internationally might take.

Paris November 2015

La Belle Equipe

A Muslim mother wrote: 'These attackers, they seem to forget we also are French and we stand with all our fellow French citizens against the same front, as well as in our Arabic countries. As a Muslim myself, my suffering is doubled and some time it is silent...Doubled because as a French person I suffer, and because these attackers act in the name of my religion.' Charles Danguy, who lives in Lorraine in the area known as the three borders area (France, Luxembourg and Germany), asks'Where have we gone wrong if so many young French have to go to Syria to find a purpose in life and a decent or meaningful place?'

My thoughts on Paris

La Belle Equippe by Edward Peters

Frédéric Chavanne, who lives in Paris, wonders what will be the consequences on our society that have been traumatized by these events and hopes that they will force us to more unity and a deeper concern for what needs to change in our society and world wide.

Building bridges

Howard Grace and Musa Aliyu address sixth formers on building bridges

Howard Grace, who has talked alongside a young Nigerian Muslim to 60 Sixth Forms, sent this letter to the Newbury Weekly News on 19 November, wishing to address the alienation between Christians and Muslims. A slightly amended version was also published in the 27 November issue of 'the Friend', which is the national UK Quaker weekly magazine.

Mercy, not mercilessness, is a value worth defending

La Belle Equipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

7/7 survivor relives escape from bombed train

Jacqui Daukes

Ten years on from the 7/7 bombings, one of the survivors remembers those who helped her and the people who lost their lives in the atrocity. Jacqui Daukes was on the Piccadilly Line tube train which was blown up between King's Cross and Russell Square. Twenty-six people on her train were killed.

Comment on Charlie Hebdo killings

Three commentaries have been produced in response to the recent attack on the Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, as well as one of them appearing in the local press.

Do we have freedom to offend?

John Munro

Do we have freedom to offend? To belittle, to mock, to insult? Yes, we do, here in Britain, but we must accept the possible consequences of our actions. That’s what’s happened in Paris.

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