Press Roundup Friday 28 August 2009

By Press Office
August 28, 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

President Medvedev is a Buddhist goddess
His 'divinity' became apparent during a visit to a monastery in eastern Siberia.

Humanists call for tourism boycott of Noah's Ark Zoo
A secular group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a ''Creationist'' zoo which questions the traditional view of evolution.

Comment: A committee against Islamophobia
Anti-Muslim prejudice is finding expression in more hate crimes. We need to tackle the problem at a nationwide level.

Comment: The Catholic church and euthanasia
It's popularly believed that Catholics are anti-euthanasia. Do Catholics believe we don't have the freedom to do as we like?

Comment: Who will define blasphemy?
Ireland's new prohibition on blasphemy taints an otherwise good and long overdue piece of defamation legislation.

Peace & War

Dalai Lama’s Taiwan trip ‘threatens peace moves’
China has condemned Taiwan for inviting the Dalai Lama to visit the island, saying that its actions threatened to “sabotage” recent improvements in the traditionally tense relations between the two sides.

War in Darfur is finished, claims UN commander
The six-year war in Darfur is effectively over, according to the United Nations military commander in the region. The conflict that has cost 300,000 lives, according to UN estimates, and displaced up to 2.7 million people has ended, General Martin Luther Agwai said yesterday.

Comment: Mad, bad and dangerous for our Armed Forces
If you intervene in a country such as Congo or Somalia (or Afghanistan), you must not lose your nerve halfway through.

Community & Family

Brown plans to take cash from the poorest families
Gordon Brown is facing a Labour revolt over plans to cut the benefits of the poorest families by up to £15 a week, The Times can reveal.

Baby boom fuels jump in British population to 61.4 million
A baby-boom fuelled by rising fertility rates and immigration has pushed the population of the United Kingdom to more than 61 million for the first time.

Economy & Politics

American Civil Liberties Union attacks David Miliband over UK/US extradition treaty
A US civil liberties group backed by a host of Hollywood celebrities has attacked the controversial extradition treaty which could see British computer hacker Gary McKinnon shipped to the United States on computer hacking charges.

Globalisation & Development

Israel hobbling West Bank economy, says Tony Blair
Israel's delaying tactics over the launch of a new Palestinian mobile phone network could deal a substantial blow to the West Bank's economy, Tony Blair warned yesterday in his capacity as the international community's Middle East envoy.

Life & Death

Ayatollah Khamenei moves to protect dissidents from death penalty
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, moved to forestall death penalty verdicts against prominent dissidents yesterday by dismissing allegations the accused were linked to foreign powers.

Race & Identity

UN criticises Australia's treatment of Aborigines as 'racist'
The United Nations has accused Australia of being "entrenched" with racism after an inquiry into the treatment of the country's Aboriginal population.

Sex & Gender

Caster Semenya is a hero – but in South Africa being different can be deadly for a woman
Women of 'suspect' femininity still face violent retribution.

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