Press Roundup Friday 18 September 2009

By Press Office
September 18, 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

General David Petraeus: allied failure ‘would intoxicate terrorists’
The Taleban have grown in strength and influence as the fortunes of the coalition forces have deteriorated in Afghanistan, the overall commander of US forces in the Middle East said last night.

Obama scraps Star Wars and gambles on Russia
Barack Obama took a massive foreign policy gamble yesterday when he scrapped plans for a missile defence shield in Eastern Europe — a major concession to Russia.

Revealed: the £130bn cost of Trident replacement
The combined cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system and building, equipping and running two large aircraft carriers will be as much as £130bn, far more than the government has admitted, an in-depth study of the huge defence projects will reveal tomorrow reveals today.

Exclusive: Army chief: 'We must tackle Taliban grievances'
The British commander tasked with helping to bring to an end eight years of war in Afghanistan by persuading the Taliban to lay down their arms believes many in the enemy ranks have "done nothing wrong".

Yemen accused of killing scores of civilians in air strikes
More than 80 civilians were killed when an air raid blasted a makeshift camp of displaced people in northern Yemen, witnesses said on Thursday, as the army pursued its offensive on Shiite rebels.

Israel 'will attack Iran this year' if West does not cripple Tehran with sanctions
Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year if the West has not launched an attempt to destroy the regime with crippling sanctions, a former senior defence official has claimed.

Religion & Society

Most Rev Vincent Nichols: pray every day to remain healthy
People should pray every day if they wish to remain healthy, according to the new Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols.

Jedi ejected from Tesco for wearing hood
The founder of the Star Wars-inspired Jedi faith has accused Tesco of religious discrimination after he was banned from wearing a hood in one of its stores.

Comment: Let the credulous kiss their relics. It's no weirder than idolising Beckham
Sending the bones of St Thérèse to Wormwood Scrubs sounds ghoulish, but a test of tolerance is indulging the irrational.

Ecology & Environment

India challenges US by agreeing to impose limits on carbon emissions
India wrong-footed the United States and other rich nations yesterday by agreeing for the first time to set numerical targets for curbing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Scotland unveils world's first carbon budget
Scotland today unveiled the world's first "carbon budget" to link greenhouse gas emissions with government spending, revealing that its plans will emit the equivalent of four coal-fired power stations next year.

Economy & Politics

TUC backs off from Israel consumer boycott
Union leaders backed off from calling for a comprehensive boycott of consumer goods produced in Israel after frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations at the TUC Congress yesterday.

Comment: Rigid party conferences are the enemy of the new politics
Party conferences should be forums for innovation and lively debate, not bland, tightly controlled festivals of backslapping.

Community & Family

Comment: Much to gain from expanding Dad's role
Unequal sharing of childcare duties not only fuels the gender pay gap, it also reinforces traditional roles we'd benefit from changing.

Globalisation & Development

Almost 4 million Kenyans on food aid as drought deepens
The devastating drought sweeping across Kenya is causing widespread hunger, thirst and, in the case of cattle, death. Pictures of hundreds of cow carcasses being tipped into a mass grave near Nairobi highlight the scale of the natural disaster – and the clumsy or even negligent efforts of the government to deal with it.

Life & Death

Death penalty opponent Keiko Chiba made Japanese Justice Minister
The new Japanese Government has in effect suspended the death penalty by appointing an outspoken opponent of capital punishment as Justice Minister.

People & Power

'Torture, murder and rape' — Iran’s way of breaking the opposition
On July 8, a young student was arrested in Tehran for protesting against President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election. The security forces clubbed Amir Javadifar, 24, so badly that he was treated in hospital before being taken to the notorious Evin prison. His father was later called and told to collect his corpse.

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