Press Roundup Wednesday 26 August 2009

By Press Office
August 26, 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.

Life & Death

China organ donation system dependent on executed prisoners
China today announced the launch of its national organ donation system, revealing for the first time the extent of its reliance on transplants from executed prisoners.

Iranian prosecutor demands death penalty for reformer
An Iranian prosecutor has called for the death penalty for a senior reformer put on trial yesterday for allegedly plotting pro-democracy protests. Saeed Hajjarian, a former minister, was accused of acting against national security, a crime punishable by death, in the fourth mass trial of moderates after Iran's disputed election. The prosecutor called for "maximum punishment".

Iranian man to be stoned to death despite moratorium
An Iranian man convicted of adultery is to be stoned to death despite a moratorium being agreed by the judiciary last year.

Economy & Politics

Jack Straw to outline Lords reforms but warns of 12-year delay
Reformers will have to wait more than a decade before the House of Lords is replaced by a predominantly elected chamber, Jack Straw, the justice secretary, will announce today.

Cherie Blair: number of female MPs 'unacceptable'
Cherie Blair, the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, has said the dearth of female MPs at Westminster is "unacceptable".

Peace & War

Barack Obama on brink of deal for Middle East peace talks
Barack Obama is close to brokering an Israeli-Palestinian deal that will allow him to announce a resumption of the long-stalled Middle East peace talks before the end of next month, according to US, Israeli, Palestinian and European officials.

Comment: Peace plans come and go. Obama may have to try a wholly new approach
Unless talks address the core, existential issues of 1948, optimism about a new Middle East effort is likely to fade fast.

Ecology & Environment

New Lanark ‘eco’ town will build on reformer’s ideals
A century after the social reformer Robert Owen pioneered a kinder, more communal way of living at New Lanark, a charity is adopting his model to build Scotland’s latest new town.

Religion & Society

Comment: Only Muslims can change their society
The US invasion of Afghanistan had nothing to do with its women – change in Islamic nations must come from within.

Race & Identity

Comment: Ivan Fallon: ANC's ugly attempt to fan flames of anti-white prejudice

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