Press Roundup Thursday 17 September 2009

By Press Office
September 17, 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

Pilgrims queue around cathedral as St Thérèse tour hits Portsmouth
Not since the Reformation, and perhaps not even before then, has England seen a pilgrimage quite like this.

Sikh police officer 'left humiliated for refusing to remove turban during training’
A Sikh police officer was “humiliated” by his Greater Manchester Police colleagues after refusing to remove his turban for training and undergoing practices that would breach his faith, an employment tribunal heard.

Comment: Archbishop of Canterbury's views on City capitalism veer close to populist sloganeering
Capitalism has lifted more people from poverty and hunger than any other force in history, including religion, says Madsen Pirie.

Comment: St Therese of Lisieux: come out, atheists, and fight
The grand tour of the saint’s relics is preposterous nonsense.

Comment: St Thérèse: the Catholic Jade Goody
It's the very ordinariness of St Thérèse of Lisieux, whose relics are now touring Britain, that makes her so popular.

Ecology & Environment

Trafigura offers deal to 31,000 Africans over dumped waste
A British oil trader has offered to settle a court case brought by 31,000 Africans who say that they were injured by the dumping of waste — the largest personal injuries class action mounted in an English court.

Ed Miliband announces boost for green jobs
Energy and climate change secretary announces funding for a new factory that will make the largest offshore windblades in the world.

Shipwreck may hold radioactive waste sunk by mafia off Italian coast
Italian ministers and officials were today holding urgent consultations following the discovery of an unmarked wreck that prosecutors believe was used by the mafia to sink radioactive waste.

Comment: Copenhagen begins in Beijing. The world waits
It could be the most crucial question we face today: just what is China's climate change strategy?

Peace & War

Unions debate Israeli goods boycott in protest at military actions
Union leaders were locked in talks last night over whether to recommend to their delegates a boycott of all consumer goods produced in Israel.

Israel moves to discredit 'war crimes' report
Israel launched a diplomatic offensive today in an attempt to discredit a damning UN report that accuses it of committing war crimes during the Gaza offensive.

US to scrap European missile defence shield
Barack Obmama will shelve plans drawn up by the Bush administration to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to reports in the US.

Bob Ainsworth: Trident nuclear plan will go ahead
Trident will be replaced under a Labour Government, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth insisted yesterday.

Globalisation & Development

India's damned generation: young go hungry despite economic boom
India is condemning another generation to brain damage, poor education and early death by failing to meet its targets for tackling the malnutrition that affects almost half of its children, a study backed by the British Government concluded yesterday.

Comment: Ian Birrell: Why are repressive regimes given the succour of British aid?
A mission to eliminate poverty is laudable. But ours is riddled with contradictions.

Race & Identity

Foreign Office chief accused of saying: Blow Israel off the face of the Earth
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office civil servant told a Jew that the Israelis should be “blown off the face of the Earth” during an altercation at a gymnasium, a court was told yesterday.

Race row erupts over Carter claim
After lurking near the surface of political discourse in America for months, awkward questions about race and bigotry burst into the open yesterday after Jimmy Carter forthrightly suggested that "an overwhelming portion" of the more violent opposition to President Barack Obama and his policies has to do with the colour of his skin.

Crime & Justice

Home secretary orders review of control orders for terror suspects
Alan Johnson, the home secretary, today ordered a review into the controversial control order regime that sees terror suspects kept under virtual house arrest.

Sex & Gender

Maggie who? Harman airbrushes Thatcher from her list of most powerful women in politics
It was meant to celebrate the achievements of the most powerful women in politics. But for Harriet Harman it seems the merits of one female politician were not quite enough to make the grade.

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