UN Official at UPF Conference in Tokyo

From the (Moon-owned) UPI:

Japan should not risk losing its leverage in the world by cutting its aid to developing countries too dramatically, a retired senior Japanese diplomat has warned. Yasushi Akashi, a former U.N. undersecretary-general, questioned the decision of Japanese politicians to decrease the country’s official development assistance, or ODA, in order to achieve domestic financial goals.

…Akashi was speaking at a weekend conference held in Tokyo by the Japanese chapter of the New York-based international NGO, the Universal Peace Federation. The organization advocates U.N. reform that would allow the world body to work toward global interests, rather than national interests, and in a manner that would enlist religious traditions and spiritual values in the resolution of international disputes.

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UPF to Hold Conference in Bangkok UN Building

From the Manila Star:

Rep. Jose de Venecia Jr. of the fourth district of Pangasinan will not attend the [ State of the Nation Address] and will instead go to a United Nations conference Bangkok, Thailand.

He said this would also be the launching of the Southeast Asia Peace Initiative organized by officials of the Thai government and the Universal Peace Federation…He said the UN meeting would be offering solutions to the problems in Muslim Mindanao, East Indonesia, Southern Thailand, Sri Lanka, among others.

A look at the website for United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is based in Bangkok, reveals the following:

International Leadership Conference (28 July 2008), Conference Room 1, organized by the Women’s Federation for World Peace (Thailand) (WFWP)

The WFWP was founded by the world’s “True Mother”, Rev. Moon’s wife, and it is part of the UPF. It should be noted, though, that the ESCAP website lists this event as a “non-ESCAP” event – so it’s not quite a “United Nations conference”.

Moon’s attempts to gain influence at the UN were discussed in this 2001 essay.

Ambassador for Peace Turns Rogue

Oh dear – from the Sydney Morning Herald:

OSMAN SOFTIC is a man of peace and a man of love.

The imam is a scholar of theology, a former president of the Bosnian Islamic Council, and a leading member of the Universal Peace Federation.

Those who know him are at a loss to explain what happened last August when Softic invited his sister-in-law to look at a flat he was proposing to buy…Softic called her into the unit’s bathroom, grabbed her, and slammed her head three times against the porcelain basin so it cracked. Later he had strangled her on the lounge floor and left her for dead. Ms Resic woke up about four hours later, barely able to move, and eventually managed to call help…Facing charges of attempted murder, Softic has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness. He is also facing an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm…

UPF Organises 14 “Global Peace Festivals” for 2008

“Chosen nations” to be this year’s vehicles for Rev Moon and his dynasty are:

Asunción (5 July)
Washington D.C. (9 August)
Kinshasa (31 August)
Nairobi (31 August)
Ulanbataar (9 September)
Ottawa (4 October)
Seoul (9 October)
Kuala Lumpur (18 October)
Tokyo (15 November)
Vienna (16 November)
London (22 November)
Lebanon (28 November)
Manila (12 December)
Jerusalem (16 December)

UPF Ambassadors Scold Ahmadinejad on Holocaust

From Colorado Confidential, in 2006:

…Sam Zakhem, an immigrant from Lebanon born in 1937, began his political career in 1974 when he was elected to the state House.  In 1977, he served as the chair of the Finance Committee.  He later served in the state Senate.In 1996, Sam Zakhem was one of five Republicans who ran in the primary for the 6th Congressional District after the retirement of Republican Dan Schaefer…

After his election defeat, Sam Zakhem was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Ambassador to Bahrain, a position he held until 1989.

In 1997, Sam Zakhem was nominated by beer baron Pete Coors to be chairman of the Colorado Republicans, a bid he eventually lost.

Zakhem is still an ambassador, though: with the UPF. In a recent column he tells us that:

Iran…must stop the inflammatory rhetoric and the unnecessary threats against Israel. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not help the Palestinians’ cause by denying the Holocaust.

The Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular showed remorse for the Jews when the Nazis were liquidating them. Moreover, Palestine was a refuge for those Jews. (This fact was shared with Ahmadinejad by myself and three of my colleagues, all members of the Universal Peace Federation, when we met with the President last September 19, in New York).

The founder of the Universal Peace Federation, meanwhile, has his own views on the Holocaust, which he explained in 2003:

To recreate Israel, the church and the state must become one as Cain and Abel. Instead they became one with Rome and captured and killed Jesus. They united with Rome…Jewish people, you have to repent. Jesus was the King of Israel. Through the principle of indemnity Hitler killed 6 million Jews. That is why. God could not prevent Satan from doing that because Israel killed the True Parents. Even now, you have to determine that you will repent and follow and become one with Christianity through Rev. Moon.

St. Kitts & Nevis Politicians Embrace “One Family Under God”

From the St. Kitts & Nevis Sun:

Deputy Political Leader of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) Shawn K. Richards and Vice President of the Youth for Change group, Yvette Herbert, were among 500 young leaders who attended the Universal Peace Federation’s Global Peace Festival and International Leadership Conference under the themes “One family under God” and “Toward a new paradigm of leadership and good governance”, both held in Asuncion, Paraguay, South America from the 2-6 July.

At the conclusion of the events, Herbert, amongst others was acknowledged as an Ambassador for Peace.