Press Roundup Wednesday 5 August 2009

By Press Office
August 5, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Crime & Justice

Harriet Harman digs in her heels to demand tougher rape law
Harriet Harman has vetoed a review of the rape laws at the eleventh hour, complaining that the proposals fail to address the concerns of women.

Witness at John Demjanjuk trial whose last wish is to see justice
Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Kurt Gutmann — a German Jew who once served in the Black Watch — has waited for more than 60 years to see someone tried for the murder of his mother and brother in Nazi death camps.

Pressure mounts over allegations of British complicity in torture
Ministers came under fresh pressure today over detailed allegations of complicity in torture, with Gordon Brown being asked whether the attorney general would investigate them and human rights groups joining MPs and peers demanding an independent inquiry.

G20 death: police officer could face manslaughter charge
Prosecutors have been asked to consider whether the Metropolitan police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstration should be charged with manslaughter.

Ecology & Environment

End domestic flights and turn to rail, minister says
Domestic air travel should be replaced by high-speed rail, the Transport Secretary declared yesterday.

India sets out ambitious solar power plan to be paid for by rich nations
India plans to generate 20GW from sunlight by 2020, putting green energy targets of developed nations in the shade.

Government 'set to miss its own emissions targets'
The Government is still producing 2.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and is not doing enough to meet its own targets on emissions, MPs will warn today.

Peace & War

Hezbollah stockpiles 40,000 rockets near Israel border
Three years after Israel fought a bloody war in Lebanon against Hezbollah, there are fears that hostilities could erupt again — this time with the militant group better armed than ever.

Barack Obama is close to revealing plan for Middle East peace
The Obama Administration is close to presenting its plan for peace in the Middle East to Israel and the Palestinians, senior officials said yesterday.

Religion & Society

Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour in Poland alienates worshippers and Lech Walesa
Madonna, who was brought up as a good Catholic girl, is taking her Sticky and Sweet tour to Poland, the heartland of European Catholicism — where the faithful, backed by the Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, have made it clear that they will not welcome the pop star.

Community & Family

First the civil partnerships, now the civil dissolutions
In terms of break-ups and heartache, gay couples are starting to catch up with their straight counterparts. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a big fall in civil partnerships and a sharp increase in same-sex dissolutions.

Economy & Politics

John Bercow spends £20,000 on refurbishments
John Bercow, the new House of Commons Speaker, has ordered a £20,000 refurbishment of his grace-and-favour residence at the Palace of Westminster.

Education & Culture

Senior BBC journalists fear ban on working with charities
Senior journalists at the BBC fear that it will ban presenters of its news and current affairs programmes from working with charitable organisations.

Globalisation & Development

India blocks Unicef from using Plumpy’nut to treat malnutrition
India has stopped the UN children’s agency from using an imported high-energy peanut paste to treat children in two of its poorest states despite malnutrition rates there being worse than in subSaharan Africa.

Race & Identity

Comment: Citizenship proposals are 'un-British'
While we need to clarify the rules for obtaining British citizenship, curtailing people's freedom of expression is a big mistake.

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