Press Roundup Monday 14 September 2009

By Press Office
September 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

Lord Falconer suggests Archbishop of Canterbury’s stance on assisted suicide lacks Christian compassion
Lord Falconer has suggested that the Archbishop of Canterbury’s stance on assisted suicide lacks Christian compassion.

Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.

Britain in moral crisis, warns Bishop of Rochester
The Bishop of Rochester has warned that Britain is facing a moral crisis.

Comment: People must come first
There are many ways of being Conservative; some more enlightened than others.

Comment: We need to confront Islamist extremists, not conciliate them
The conviction of the terrorist bomb plotters shows that we need to confront the Islamists, and show that being Muslim and Western are indeed compatible, says Ed Husain.

Ecology & Environment

Staff in carbon footprint trial face £100 fines for high emissions
People who emit more than their fair share of carbon emissions are having their pay docked in a trial that could lead to rationing being reintroduced via the workplace after an absence of half a century.

Switzerland's explosive war effort threatens environmental disaster
Down at the bottom of Switzerland's deepest lake is one of the country's murkiest secrets. For here is disturbing evidence of Switzerland's little-known Second World War defence effort. It poses a potentially devastating threat to the Alpine nation, 70 years after the conflict.

Comment: Protecting climate change refugees
Communities hardest hit by climate change are also the poorest. Their right to compensation and protection needs to be made law.

Economy & Politics

Polls show Conservatives winning argument over public service cuts
Gordon Brown has suffered another blow after polls suggested the Tories are winning the row over public service cuts.

EU to appoint human rights commissioner
A powerful new European commissioner for human rights who is expected to push for new protection for asylum seekers and workers is set to be appointed later this year.

Comment: Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran cannot be Islamic by name but pro-western within

People & Power

Veterans minister wants disabled ex-soldiers to quit Forces
Thousands of unfit and disabled Service personnel, including Afghanistan casualties, will be encouraged to leave the Armed Forces for civilian life under a planned efficiency drive.

Afghan apostate 'faces death' if deported
An Afghan who fled to Britain after renouncing Islam faces being stoned to death if he is returned to his native country, the British Humanist Association has warned.

Comment: Sholto Byrnes: Should Robert Mugabe be now forgiven his crimes?
Prosecuting one man can't remove the complicity of all the others.

Peace & War

George Mitchell tries to secure Israeli settlement freeze to revive peace talks
President Obama’s envoy to the Middle East was last night locked in intense negotiations to secure agreement on a settlement freeze and revived peace talks before a possible summit in New York next week.

Talks end 30-year US-Iran standoff
The first formal talks between Iranian and American officials since the breaking of diplomatic relations almost 30 years ago have been given the go-ahead by President Barack Obama.

Race & Identity

Right-wing protesters fail to disrupt pro-Palestinian march
Right-wing protesters failed in their attempts to disrupt a pro-Palestinian march in central London on Sunday.

Comment: Assimilation is not a dirty word
We should distrust those who use scare tactics that warn of loss of ethnic identity. Minorities today need not fear cultural oblivion.

Crime & Justice

US grants legal rights to 600 Bagram prisoners
The Pentagon is expected this week to announce steps to bolster the minimal legal rights of some 600 prisoners held at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, that will allow them for the first time to hear the specific charges against them and challenge the basis of their detention.

Life & Death

Families 'kept in the dark' as doctors make life-or-death decisions
One in four families are not informed when doctors decide that a patient in hospital is dying under a widely used NHS scheme for palliative care, a national audit has found.

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