Press Roundup Wednesday 30 September 2009

By Press Office
September 30, 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

By 2050, 25m more children will go hungry as climate change leads to food crisis
Twenty-five million more children will go hungry by the middle of this century as climate change leads to food shortages and soaring prices for staples such as rice, wheat, maize and soya beans, a report says today.

Increase in sea levels due to global warming could lead to 'ghost states'
Global warming could create "ghost states" with governments in exile ruling over scattered citizens and land that has been abandoned to rising seas, an expert said yesterday.

India promises 12,000% boost in nuclear capacity by 2050
India announced the world’s boldest nuclear power development plan yesterday, saying that it could boost its atomic capacity by 12,000 per cent by 2050 to end crippling power shortages while limiting carbon emissions.

China 'expanding' African oil reserves
China is seeking to massively expand its African oil reserves by bidding for up to six billion barrels of Nigerian crude, according to a leaked letter from the office of the President of Nigeria.

Comment: It's too late to seal a global climate deal. But we need action, not Kyoto II
Climate is too complex an issue to get in one gulp. If Copenhagen can pave the way for practical steps, an agreement can wait.

Peace & War

Young girl is killed by RAF leaflet drop in Afghanistan
A young Afghan girl suffered fatal injuries after a box of public information leaflets, dropped from an RAF transport aircraft over Helmand province, landed on top of her.

Nato is in Afghanistan for the long haul, says Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The Nato Secretary-General assured President Obama yesterday that the alliance would stay in Afghanistan “as long as it takes to finish our job”.

Iran warns West against 'past mistakes'
Iran said on Tuesday it would refuse to discuss a newly declared nuclear plant at forthcoming international talks and cautioned Western powers it could curb cooperation further if they repeated "past mistakes."

Comment: Mark Steel: Iranian missiles and a PR triumph
Ahmadinejad uses these tests to look powerful to his own population.

Comment: Three pressure points to make Iran crumble
The Tehran regime is taking a beating at home and abroad. President Obama should ditch his conciliatory tone.

People & Power

Why should I be ashamed? 25 years after Brighton bomb, Labour lets unrepentant Martin McGuinness into the Grand Hotel
Labour caused outrage yesterday by inviting Martin McGuinness to its annual conference in Brighton - the scene of the IRA's murderous attack on Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet.

Anti-abortion campaigners attack Barack Obama health care plans
Anti-abortion campaigners are attempting to derail Barack Obama’s health care plans by claiming that they will effectively subsidise terminations.

Republican Trent Franks calls Barack Obama an 'enemy of humanity'
Trent Franks, a Republican congressman who called Barack Obama an "enemy of humanity", has tried to clarify his remarks, claiming that he was only referring to the president's policies related to abortion.

Israeli minister Ehud Barak faces war crimes arrest threat during UK visit
Israel received an uncomfortable reminder of international anger over the Gaza war today when lawyers representing 16 Palestinians asked a London court to issue an arrest warrant for its defence minister, Ehud Barak, who is visiting Britain.

Life & Death

Up to 100 dead after tsunami strikes South Pacific coast
Up to 100 people are feared dead after a powerful undersea earthquake struck in the South Pacific between Samoa and American Samoa.

Horror of Guinea stadium massacre that killed 157
Thousands had marched to the football stadium in downtown Conakry on Monday to protest against Guinea's military junta.

24 people killed in church collapse
At least 24 people have been killed and dozens injured after a church collapsed on them while they were sleeping in Nepal.

Why are so many France Telecom workers dying?
In the past 19 months, 24 workers have committed suicide. Shocking? Not when compared to previous years' totals.

Community & Family

Supermarkets killing the traditional British village, warns Duke of Edinburgh
The traditional British village is under threat because of the encroachment of supermarkets and big retail centres in the countryside, the Duke of Edinburgh has warned.

Comment: Community is all-important. If only Whitehall would listen
Let the developers and the super-wealthy experience a bit of austerity for a change.

Economy & Politics

Brown promises referendum on scrapping first-past-the-post voting if Labour wins election
A Referendum on ending Britain's historic first-past-the-post voting system will be held if Labour wins the next election.

The Sun backs Conservatives at next General Election
Britain's biggest selling daily newspaper announces today it has withdrawn its support for Labour and will back the Conservatives at the next election.

Religion & Society

The miracle of Saint Thérèse
We rarely go to church, yet tens of thousands of us have flocked to see the remains of a 19th-century nun as they tour Britain. Why? Paul Vallely looks for answers in Preston.

Pope album has an agnostic and a Muslim writing songs for it
An agnostic and a Muslim are among the composers writing music for the Pope's new album.

Sex & Gender

German politician forced to apologise after anti-gay slur against man tipped to be next foreign minister
A German politician has been forced to apologise after an anti-homosexual slur put the sexuality of the man tipped to be the country's next foreign minister in the spotlight.

ASA bans ads for implying sexual violence and underage sex
The advertising watchdog has banned three ad campaigns for showing irresponsible images of women involving violence and underage sex.

Race & Identity

France tells Britain: let in all migrants
France last night admitted it was fighting a losing battle against illegal migrants – and demanded Britain should open its doors to them.

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