Press Roundup Friday 7 August 2009

By Press Office
August 7, 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.

Religion & Society

Britain's secret mission to expose Scientology leader as 'fraud'
British diplomats compiled evidence 30 years ago that the founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard, was a "fraud", according to National Archive papers.

Comment: Covenant and Schism
There may be some good reasons for the Church of England to sign up to the Covenant. But the bishop of Croydon's are absurd.

Comment: The church must recognise us
LGBT people have participated in Anglican life for centuries and we need the communion.

Ecology & Environment

Cloud ships on course to beat climate change, says Copenhagen study
They sound like ideas from a Jules Verne novel, but giant engineering schemes designed to alter the climate offer the cheapest way of avoiding catastrophic global warming, according to a growing number of scientists and green-minded entrepreneurs.

Quick climate changes fixes come with huge dangers, warn scientists
Plans to reduce global warming by blasting jets of water into the atmosphere or placing mirrors in space could have devastating consequences, two climate scientists warn today.

Education & Culture

Staying in education 'is a matter of life and death’
Fifteen per cent of school-leavers not in employment or education are dead within ten years, research suggests.

Britain pledges £8.5bn boost for education in war zones
Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nepal, Nigeria and Yemen cited as top priorities.

Race & Identity

Romanians who fled Belfast as victims of racism make quick return
Romanians in Belfast who sought refuge in a church from racists and then received travel costs to return home are back in the city, it emerged yesterday.

Northern Ireland's finance minister in 'anti-racism industry' row
Northern Ireland's finance minister has accused anti-racism groups of exaggerating the scale of the racism to gain public funding. Sammy Wilson, who is also a Democratic Unionist MP, claimed there was an "anti-racism industry".

Peace & War

Tensions high as anniversary of South Ossetia war approaches
Russian and Georgian troops were on high alert today, on the eve of the first anniversary of their war over the disputed South Ossetia region.

People & Power

Comment: Anti-Semitic mudslinging of the worst kind
Where is the evidence to support charges against the Tories' new ally, asks Stephen Pollard.

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