Press Roundup Friday 11 September 2009

By Press Office
September 11, 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

Comment: The right gains ground
Lambeth runs the risk of heading a communion synonymous with the agenda of the American right.

Comment: Fundamentalism's flaws
Fundamentalist currents have moved Orthodox Judaism in the UK to the right. But there are signs of resistance to them.

Comment: All God's creatures
Christians and philosophers have tended to neglect the problem of animal suffering. So what should we believe?

Comment: Blair warns of ‘dark side’ of religion
The former Prime Minister calls for tolerance and members of all faiths to treat each other as ‘equal’.

People & Power

Raped and beaten for daring to question President Ahmadinejad’s election
Ardeshir, an engineering student dressed in jeans and T-shirt, tells his story in a corner of a Tehran park obscured by trees — he no longer trusts telephones or the internet.

Human Rights Watch investigator accused of collecting Nazi memorabilia
Tension between the Israeli government and Human Rights Watch, the international body that has been critical of the Israeli military's tactics in Gaza, has intensified over revelations that one of the watchdog's investigators is a collector of Nazi memorabilia.

Dalai Lama stumped by political correctness in Prague
The Dalai Lama on Thursday added a new entry to his English vocabulary - "political correctness" -oddly enough in Prague, a liberal city known for leniency towards the incorrect.

Crime & Justice

Australian teenager faces jail over home abortion
An Australian teenager faces seven years in prison after being ordered to stand trial for organising her own home abortion in the first such prosecution in Australia in over half a century.

Prisoners driven insane on Japan's death row, says Amnesty
Japan's new government is under pressure to abolish the death penalty after the human rights group Amnesty claimed the country's death row inmates are being driven insane and exposed to "cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment.

Race & Identity

‘Racist’ gibe leads to calls for minister Brice Hortefeux to quit
The French Interior Minister faced calls for his resignation last night after he was caught on camera making apparently racist remarks directed at Arabs.

Muslim abused by RAF officers, tribunal hears
A Muslim RAF medic was called a "terrorist" and "Paki" and was assaulted by superior officers while on duty in Afghanistan, a tribunal heard today.

Sex & Gender

Cold war paranoia: when being gay was a crime
At the height of the cold war, the police began a crackdown on gay people in Britain.

Petition prompts No. 10 apology over code breaker Turing
Gordon Brown issued an apology to a Second World War code-breaker who committed suicide after being found guilty of gross indecency with another man.

Peace & War

Afghan warlord General Atta Mohammad Nur warning raises fear of election violence
One of Afghanistan’s most powerful warlords has defended the popular right to protest against the presidential election results, raising fears that the country could be engulfed by violence if supporters of the losing candidates reject the poll as being rigged.

Ecology & Environment

President Sarkozy braves opposition to introduce personal carbon tax levy
President Sarkozy claimed the mantle of world green leader yesterday and braved public opposition to impose a carbon tax intended to transform the way the French use energy.

Economy & Politics

Brown ponders voting referendum on poll day
A referendum to change Britain's first-past-the-post voting system could be held on the same day as the general election next spring, under proposals being discussed by ministers.

Life & Death

Lord Phillips: I sympathise over assisted suicide
Britain’s most senior judge has said that he sympathises with terminally ill people seeking to end their own lives.

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