Press Roundup Friday 14 August 2009

By Press Office
August 14, 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

French Muslim woman wearing 'burkini' banned from Paris swimming pool
France’s struggle with Islamic dress has moved into the swimming pool after a 35-year-old woman was banned from bathing in her “burkini”, a head-to-toe swimsuit.

Minister Jim Fitzpatrick criticises Muslim weddings segregation
A government minister today criticised the segregation of male and female guests at Muslim weddings, saying it was "strange" he could not sit with his wife.

Swiss move to ban minarets as 'symbols of Islamic power'
The normally sleepy Swiss country town of Langenthal has become the focus of a virulent right-wing campaign to ban minarets from all mosques in the Alpine republic on the grounds that they symbolise ideological opposition to the country's constitution.

Archbishop of Canterbury: Hell is being alone for ever
The Archbishop of Canterbury has described hell as being stuck by himself for ever.

Comment: God's lottery for losers
There is a link between the religion that preys on the poor and opposition to rational health care.

People & Power

Abercrombie & Fitch told to pay disabled worker Riam Dean £9,000
A law student who was prevented from working on the shop floor of a clothing chain because her false arm was contrary to its “look policy” has been awarded more than £9,000 by an employment tribunal.

Kenyan mothers too poor to pay for treatment locked up in hospital
As a poor woman from the slums, Monica Wanjiku knew that gaining admission into a maternity hospital would be difficult. Leaving was to prove much harder.

Peace & War

Israeli soldiers killed unarmed civilians carrying white flags in Gaza, says report
Israeli soldiers shot dead 11 unarmed Palestinian civilians carrying white flags during Israel's offensive in Gaza earlier this year, according to a report from Human Rights Watch, which said Israel had failed to investigate the killings adequately.

Comment: Military action is dangerous fantasy. We could live with a nuclear Iran
Pre-emptive strikes have no part in serious debate. We must deal with the clerics as self-interested statesmen, not fanatics.

Crime & Justice

Fifth of Britons unknowingly aid child trafficking, according to survey
More than a fifth of Britons may be unknowingly contributing to child trafficking, a survey published today reveals.

Ecology & Environment

Australia carbon trading scheme blocked in parliament
Australia could have a snap election after opposition and Greens senators blocked the progress of the world's most ambitions carbon trading scheme through the parliament's upper house.

Economy & Politics

David Cameron plans big cuts in ministers' pay if Tories win election
David Cameron is planning to make his ministers take significant salary cuts if he forms the next government, senior sources have told the Guardian.

Education & Culture

Education agencies are not raising standards, says think-tank
The salary of the chief inspector at Ofsted has risen by 70 per cent since 2002 and overall staffing costs at the school inspectorate have increased by more than a third.

Globalisation & Development

Burmese villagers 'forced to work on Total pipeline'
French energy giant accused of profiting as new testimony gives shocking insight into junta's labour regime.

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