Press Roundup Tuesday 22 September 2009

By Press Office
September 22, 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.

Life & Death

Sierra Leone facing 'human rights emergency', says Amnesty International
Amnesty International is warning of a "human rights emergency" in Sierra Leone, which has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. One in eight women in the west African country risk dying during pregnancy or childbirth, compared with one in 4,500 in the developed world, an Amnesty report says.

David Cameron: Assisted dying is a danger to our society
David Cameron has condemned the decriminalisation of assisted suicide and warned that helping the terminally ill to die is 'dangerous for society'.

Comment: It’s my life and I demand to end it when I want
Seventy years ago Sigmund Freud’s doctor helped him to die. Now more and more of us want that same final choice.

Comment: Is Keir Starmer exceeding his authority over assisted suicide?
Time was when the Director of Public Prosecutions was a figure who operated in the greatest secrecy.

Comment: Jeremy Laurance: Should it be a crime to help someone end their life?
Our cheery subject for today is suicide. Some years ago, a family friend took her own life. She was the widow of a doctor, with no children, in her 80s, and starting to become increasingly infirm, though she wasn't suffering from any terminal illness.

Comment: Call to stop relaxation of assisted suicide rules amid questions about Lord Phillips' role
Plans to relax the laws on assisted suicide have been thrown into doubt after a group of lawyers questioned the role of Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Britain’s most senior judge.

Economy & Politics

Lib Dem £1m home levy 'to help low paid'
Owners of houses worth more than £1 million should pay an additional tax worth an average of £4,000, the Liberal Democrats announced yesterday.

Gordon Brown's plan for Chinese to put world economy back in balance
Gordon Brown is to set out proposals at the G20 this week aimed at boosting Chinese consumer demand and ending the global economy's reliance on the American shopper.

Comment: We can’t afford the moral high ground
In tough economic times, Britain cannot be too picky about whom it does business with.

Comment: A deathbed conversion will do. It's now or never for PR
If Labour has any shred of will left to regain the high ground from such depths, it will deliver a vote on electoral reform.

Peace & War

Army draws up plan to send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan
Britain is making plans to send up to 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to meet the call for reinforcements made by the US commander in Kabul.

Lib Dems call for an end to war in Afghanistan
The Liberal Democrats will become the first major political party to call for an end to Britain's war in Afghanistan.

US plays down hopes of ending deadlock on Middle East
Any lingering hopes that today's US-Israeli-Palestinian summit convened by President Barack Obama will have a positive outcome on the Middle East peace process appear to rest entirely on whether the White House has an unexpected tactic up its sleeve.

Labour backing away from plans to replace Trident nuclear deterrent
Labour may be backing away from plans to replace Trident, as senior government figures predict that the pledge will be struck from the party’s election manifesto next year.

Religion & Society

Family life breaking down because of texts and emails warns Bishop of Stafford
Family life is breaking down because of the emails and text messaging and the church is at risk of becoming a “lifeless, dangerous and useless distraction,” a leading Bishop has warned.

Bishop: Church of England must be less M&S and more like Aldi
The Church of England must shed its middle-class “Marks & Spencer” image and become more akin to Aldi, a bishop has warned.

Why St Therese of Lisieux is the hottest ticket in town
She makes crowds swoon, is booked to the end of next year and after landing on British soil for the very first time is the hottest ticket in town – not bad considering she’s been dead for 100 years.

Comment: The consumer model of God
In the US religion does not drive politics. It's the other way round.

Ecology & Environment

China ready to take lead in war on global warming
China will unveil “impressive” measures at a high-powered summit in New York today that could help to unlock global talks on climate change, according to the UN climate chief.

Airlines to slash emissions, says British Airways chief Willie Walsh
The chief executive of British Airways is to announce an agreement by the aviation industry to cut its carbon dioxide emissions to 50 per cent of 2005 levels by 2050.

Comment: Climate change's cold reality
The UN has ensured the failure of a global climate change deal by ignoring the US and embracing Kyoto's flaws.

People & Power

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasts of holocaust row
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has said he is proud to have prompted international outrage with his latest remarks denying the Holocaust.

Closure of Calais 'Jungle' will not stem flow of migrants
“There will be other Jungles,” the 16-year-old Afghan said. “There are lots of forests around here.”

Community & Family

Age of consent storm over BBC debate about making sex legal for girls under 16
A BBC programme is to feature a call for the age of consent to be lowered.

Globalisation & Development

Extra $1bn for healthcare in world's 72 poorest nations
Gordon Brown will this week announce an extra $1bn to pay for more vaccines and immunisation for children in the developing world and boost healthcare systems.

Race & Identity

Police cite riot fears to delay case against BNP teacher Adam Walker
The case against a teacher and British National Party member accused of religious intolerance has been postponed because police fear it will cause flare-ups in the community.

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