Press Roundup Friday 4 September 2009

By Press Office
September 4, 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

Berlusconi sex exposé forces editor to resign
The editor of a daily newspaper that is the mouthpiece of the powerful Italian Bishops' Conference sensationally resigned yesterday, less than a week after being exposed as a convicted sex pest by the daily newspaper controlled by the Berlusconi family.

Louis Susman reaches out to Muslims on 9/11
Louis Susman, Barack Obama's former campaign fund-raiser, whose appointment as Ambassador to the Court of St James's I revealed in March, has two engagements in his diary next week which will, he hopes, symbolise the "inclusiveness" of the new administration.

Comment: The Anglican right at the crossroads
As Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali retires, are conservative Anglicans beginning to see Islam as the main threat to their values?

Race & Identity

British National Party forced to admit non-whites
The British National Party is poised to give up its whites-only membership policy after a legal challenge accusing it of racial discrimination.

Police arrest Muslim community leader who claimed he was abducted by racists
A Muslim community leader who claimed last week to have been abducted from his own home by racists as part of a British National party hate campaign, has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Peace & War

Comment: Obama must provide a 'peace horizon'
The Annapolis peace talks may have failed, but Barack Obama must try to maintain the positive momentum that now exists.

Sex & Gender

Comment: When I think of my trial, I pray my fight won't be in vain
For wearing trousers, I face 40 lashes. This is the brutal reality of Sudan: we live in fear of those who should protect us.

Economy & Politics

Salmond to push ahead with referendum Bill
The Nationalist government in Scotland yesterday made clear its intention to bring forward legislation to hold a referendum on independence towards the end of 2010, claiming that devolution has become “a glass ceiling” for the country.

Crime & Justice

Comment: Charity and punishment
The voluntary sector has long played a vital role in prisons. But running a jail is a troubling step too far.

Ecology & Environment

Entire cabinet signs up to 10:10 climate change campaign
Gordon Brown and his senior ministers all committed to cutting their personal carbon emissions today as the entire cabinet signed up to the 10:10 climate change campaign.

Life & Death

British grandmother in appeal to escape death row
A British grandmother is to stage an 11th-hour appeal against her execution in Texas as her lawyers tell judges today that she has been the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.

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