Press Roundup Wednesday 16 September 2009

By Press Office
September 16, 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.

Ecology & Environment

World Bank spends billions on coal-fired power stations despite own warnings
The World Bank is spending billions of pounds subsidising new coal-fired power stations in developing countries despite claiming that burning fossil fuels exposes the poor to catastrophic climate change.

Poor nations will struggle with World Bank’s climate change plans
You might think that we could do without another big report on climate change but this one from the World Bank is overdue and badly needed.

US planning to weaken Copenhagen climate deal, Europe warns
Europe has clashed with the US Obama administration over climate change in a potentially damaging split that comes ahead of crucial political negotiations on a new global deal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Doctors warn of global health catastrophe unless climate change is fixed
A failure to tackle climate change will lead to a ''global health catastrophe'', leading doctors warned today.

Peace & War

UN accuses Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza
A fact-finding team from the United Nations has accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza. The investigation set up by the Human Rights Council concluded that Israeli forces had been systematically reckless in their use of white phosphorus during the Gaza war earlier this year.

Uruguay and US fear arms race in South America
Uruguay and the United States expressed concern today that recent weapons purchases could lead to an arms race in South America.

Russia lends Venezuela $2bn to buy tanks and missile system
President Hugo Chavez said that Russia has agreed to lend Venezuela $2.2 billion (£1.3 billion) to finance the purchase from Moscow of weapons including 92 tanks and advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

Trident faces the axe as defence is slashed by Labour AND Tories after next general election
The Trident nuclear deterrent and other big defence projects face sweeping cuts whoever wins the next election.

Religion & Society

Archbishop of Canterbury: 'No repentance in the City'
Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he feared that the City was returning to business as usual with no ''repentance'' for the excesses which led to the economic collapse.

France's hardline immigration minister Eric Besson calls for 'debased' burkha to be banned
France's hardline immigration minister has launched a fresh demand to ban the burkha - decribed by president Nicolas Sarkozy a sign of 'subservience and debasement'.

Cuba allows religion in prisons for first time in 50 years
The Cuban government has given permission for religious services to be held in the island's prisons for the first time in 50 years, a church official said on Tuesday.

Economy & Politics

Call to extend BNP jobs ban
Unions want British National Party members banned from working in public services.

Senior government figure will face showdown with the BNP on Question Time
Gordon Brown last night confirmed that Labour will field a senior cabinet minister to take on BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time.

People & Power

Gaddafi’s heir leaves clue to his world vision in his Phd
Buried away on the dusty shelves of a London library is a student’s vision for a new world order.

'I was tortured' claims Iraqi who threw his shoes at Bush
Sheep are slaughtered and jubilant supporters gather in honour of the release of the unrepentant journalist.

Race & Identity

Comment: Mark Steel: So has anyone really been 'Islamified' against their will?
The most effective opposition comes when people refuse to be intimidated.

Comment: Don't repeat this mistake
The government should not use the same flawed tactics with the far right that it used on Muslims.

Crime & Justice

Government unveils plans to close UK's 'libel floodgates'
Plans to clamp down on internet libel and libel tourism will be unveiled by ministers today.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Plight of the real slumdogs
International action is needed to alleviate the appalling sanitary conditions in which the rag-pickers of Mumbai and Delhi live.

Life & Death

Lethal injection for killer Romell Broom delayed after botched execution
An execution in Ohio was delayed for a week last night after prison technicians failed to find veins suitable for a lethal injection in the arms of a convicted child killer.

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