Press Roundup Thursday 1 October 2009

By Press Office
October 1, 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

West gives Iran three months to prove it does not want nuclear weapons
The West will give Iran until the end of the year to prove its nuclear programme will not be used to manufacture weapons.

Georgia started war with Russia, but Moscow over-reacted, says EU report
An independent report has blamed Georgia for starting last year’s five-day war with Russia, but said Moscow’s military response went beyond reasonable limits and violated international law.

Israel to release 20 Palestinian women in return for Gilad Shalit video
Israel will free 20 Palestinian women prisoners in return for a video of a soldier held in Gaza, in a breakthrough in nearly three years of indirect talks with Hamas, officials have said.

Comment: Marching to world domination
China celebrates 60 years of communism with a display of military might that should worry the West.

Economy & Politics

President Blair ‘within weeks’
Tony Blair is set to be made the first President of Europe in weeks, The Sun can reveal.

Supreme Court move separates Parliament from judiciary
Judges who preside over the highest court in the land will become Justices of the Supreme Court today, losing their time-honoured tenure of the House of Lords.

Comment: Morals and markets at Labour conference
Banks must learn to embed a sense of the common good in their activities if they are not to be socially harmful.

Religion & Society

Bernard Longley to be named Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
The new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham will be announced on Thursday.

Comment: Now you can do Christmas even if you don’t do God
Atheists are shaking off their joyless image and trying to put forward a positive face. But most of all they just want to have fun.

Comment: The church has mountain to climb
To get me back to church, my vicar would have to do some radical rethinking.

Crime & Justice

International court to act over Kenyan election violence
The International Criminal Court prosecutor intends to pursue charges against "those most responsible" for Kenya's 2008 post-election violence, his office said yesterday.

Comment: Rape: the unprosecuted war crime
The UN's bid to prevent the use of rape as a weapon has come to little, as thousands of victims still wait for justice.

Ecology & Environment

Prince of Wales launches campaign to save rainforest
The Prince of Wales has launched a ground-breaking "SOS" text campaign to save the rainforests, backed by some of the world's biggest companies and celebrities including Sting, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry.

Could pesticides be to blame for disappearance of the honey bee?
Honey bees are being wiped out by a new generation of pesticides, it is claimed today.

Education & Culture

Teaching ban for BNP members to be examined
Any teacher found to be a member of the British National Party (BNP) faces being banned from the classroom after the Government announced it is to launch a fresh attempt to stamp out racism from Britain's schools.

Comment: A paedophile photograph... Polanski... why on earth does the arts world think it is immune from morality?

People & Power

Landmark China gesture sparks fury
Politicians and supporters of Tibet have reacted with fury after red and yellow lights shone from the top of the Empire State Building in a tribute to communist China's 60th anniversary.

Sacked envoy Peter Galbraith accuses UN of 'cover-up' on Afghan vote fraud
The top American in the UN mission in Afghanistan was fired yesterday after refusing to take part in what he called "a cover-up" of fraud in the Afghan election.

Community & Family

Children born from donated sperm or eggs can trace genetic siblings, under new laws
Children conceived by egg or sperm donation will have the chance to find their biological siblings once they turn 18 under new laws which coming into effect, authorities said.

Globalisation & Development

South African rights group launches Nestle boycott over Mugabe milk
A South African rights group has launched a campaign for a consumer boycott of Nestle products over the firm's purchase of milk from a Zimbabwean farm controlled by Grace Mugabe, revealed by The Telegraph at the weekend.

Life & Death

Suicidal woman allowed to die after taking overdose because doctors feared saving her life would have been 'assault'
A young woman with a history of mental illness was allowed to die after swallowing antifreeze because she had written a letter declaring she did not want to be saved.

Sex & Gender

Harriet Harman urges Arnold Schwarzenneger to 'terminate' prostitute website
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman called on California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today to shut down an American website that allows British men who use prostitutes to rate their experiences.

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