Press Roundup Tuesday 15 September 2009

By Press Office
September 15, 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.

Peace & War

French 'launch raid on militants in Somalia'
Up to four foreign military helicopters carried out a raid on militants in southern Somalia today, it was reported.

Europeans put on alert to provide more troops for Afghan campaign
It will be up to Britain and other European states, and not the United States, to provide reinforcements for Afghanistan if it is decided more troops are needed, Nato sources said today.

Lord's Resistance Army terrorises Congo after Ugandan crackdown
1,200 killed and more than 2,000 kidnapped in Democratic Republic of Congo as Joseph Kony's LRA spreads chaos in central Africa.

Netanyahu: There will be no construction freeze
Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told lawmakers that Israel will not totally freeze West Bank settlement construction.

Comment: Peace in the Middle East is possible
Benny Morris is wrong about Israel and Palestine – the two-state solution is not doomed, but we must be pragmatic.

Religion & Society

Church of England launches radio ad
The Church of England is to launch what is believed to be its first radio advertising campaign.

British Hajj pilgrims will need flu jabs
British Muslims will need an injection against seasonal flu if they are travelling to Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj pilgrimage, under new travel rules.

Listen up, rappin' crew, come on in and take a pew... church tries to appeal to the young
In the beginning, the elders gathered and set up a mighty cry: How are we to get young people into church? And, lo, they decreed: Let there be rap.

Comment: Pope Benedict bashes the bishops
Pope Benedict has denounced power-seeking bishops. But which ones did he have in mind?

Sex & Gender

South African church faces child sex abuse claims
A church in South Africa that provides refuge for thousands of homeless Zimbabweans is investigating allegations of child sex abuse.

Caster Semenya getting trauma counselling as she pulls out of race after being branded a hermaphrodite
The rumours about her gender couldn't stop South African runner Caster Semenya from trouncing the competition to become the world's 800m female champion last month.

Comment: Legislating gay hate in Lithuania
If the Baltic state perseveres with new homophobic laws, it has no place in the European Union.

Crime & Justice

Shoe-thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi was tortured while in jail, brother says
Prison doctors repeatedly injected “unknown substances” into the reporter who threw his shoes at the former US President George Bush, his family claimed yesterday.

Spain urged to end detention regime
An international human rights group has called for an end to incommunicado detention in Spain.

Economy & Politics

Unions put their candidates in place to push Labour to the left
Union leaders are quietly preparing to push the Labour Party to the left after the next general election by installing favoured candidates in seats around the country.

Comment: Helena Kennedy: This is our chance to seize power – it may be the last one we get
We cannot leave the task of making change happen to politicians alone.

Community & Family

Comment: British pessimism about social mobility is bringing us down
The UK could do with a dose of American optimism when it comes to social mobility, writes Lee Elliot Major.

Ecology & Environment

Boris Johnson ups carbon footprint by courtesy flight to New York
Boris Johnson will today help out British Airways's commercial interests by speaking out against using video conferencing as a way of doing business, at a press conference in New York which he is attending courtesy of four business class tickets provided by the airline.

Globalisation & Development

Aid will not come before reforms, EU tells Mugabe
Zimbabwe can expect no major financial aid or lifting of sanctions until it carries out promised democratic reforms, the first European Union delegation to visit for seven years has warned.

Life & Death

Indonesia adulterers to be stoned to death
Adulterers will be stoned to death under draconian new laws voted in to the Indonesian province of Aceh on Monday.

People & Power

Republic group urges transparency over Prince Charles’ lobbying
Fresh allegations of lobbying by the Prince of Wales demonstrate the “urgent need for greater transparency” around his influence, campaigners said last night.

Race & Identity

Comment: Don't give extremists the satisfaction
The English Defence League's targeting of Harrow Mosque is an attempt to provoke and sow discord. We shouldn't rise to it.

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