Press Roundup Friday 2 October 2009

By Press Office
October 2, 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

Vatican issues Lisbon Treaty warning to Irish voters
The Vatican has made an unexpected last-minute intervention on the eve of Ireland's Lisbon Treaty referendum with a warning the European Union threatens the country's "identity, traditions and history".

Ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of fight to keep ‘Jews for Jesus’ out
Israel is using an ultra-Orthodox group to crack down on Messianic Jews — who believe that Jesus is the Messiah — and prevent them from staying in the country, officials have told The Times.

New archbishop seeks to inspire lapsed Catholics
The Roman Catholic church must address the challenge of "reaching and touching" families who have strayed from the religion, one of its most senior figures said yesterday, as he was revealed as the new archbishop of Birmingham.

Comment: Faith in the marketplace
People of religious faith have a unique opportunity in the present financial crisis to offer their values to the marketplace.

Comment: Bernard Longley: the quiet choice
The new archbishop of Birmingham is part of a generation of conservatives being installed by Pope Benedict.

Comment: Jesus is their healthcare provider
Christian conservatives in the US support healthcare co-operatives – but only for deserving, like-minded souls.

Peace & War

Iran ducks out of nuclear confrontation with West
Iran appeared to pull back from confrontation with the West over its nuclear programme last night, agreeing to admit inspectors to a newly revealed nuclear plant and to surrender some of its enriched uranium to be processed abroad, a concession which could delay or at least complicate its efforts to acquire a nuclear bomb.

Back your general and send more troops, David Miliband urges Barack Obama
David Miliband urged President Obama to embrace a renewed “hearts and minds” strategy in Afghanistan as ministers indicated that they would not send more British troops unless the US adopted such an approach.

Palestinians cry 'blackmail' over Israel phone service threat
Israel is threatening to kill off a crucial West Bank economic project unless the Palestinian Authority withdraws a request to the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged Israeli crimes during last winter’s Gaza war.

Tories’ ‘No.10 cabinet for war’
David Cameron's first act as Prime Minister would be to form a war cabinet to get a grip on the Afghan conflict, he vows today.

Economy & Politics

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.

BNP 'exploiting military charities' as it plans to hijack poppy appeal
The BNP has been exploiting public support for British troops by holding fundraising drives for military charities.

Comment: We must fight BNP, not just try to ignore it
Later this month, British National Party leader Nick Griffin will be on the panel of the BBC's Question Time programme. It is a totemic achievement for his political movement and the far-Right in Britain, granting Griffin and the BNP all the dignity of the political mainstream.

Life & Death

Indonesian earthquakes death toll expected to hit thousands as rescuers desperately dig through rubble for survivors
Thousands of people are feared to have died after two powerful earthquakes rocked Indonesia.

Life expectancy could reach 100
More than half of babies born in affluent homes can expect to live to 100 if current life expectancy trends continue, it has been claimed.

Community & Family

Exclusive: Cameron to slash £2,000 off taxes for married couples
David Cameron will next week unveil Tory plans for a £2,000 annual tax cut targeted directly at middle-income families, the Daily Express can reveal.

Crime & Justice

BAE dogfight on bribery charges as arms giant battles to save 30,000 UK jobs after fraud office vows to prosecute
Defence giant BAE Systems has pledged to fight Britain's largest corruption case to save tens of thousands of jobs.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: Earthquakes across Asia Pacific: we need a global strategy to deal with natural disasters
As the death toll in the Asia Pacific region mounts, questions are being asked about why more deaths could not have been prevented, writes Mike Goodhand.

Education & Culture

Head of St Paul's, Dr Martin Stephen, attacks 'divisive' faith schools
The head teacher of one of the country’s leading independent school has criticised the country’s faith schools, arguing that they are divisive and fail to teach respect for other faiths.

Globalisation & Development

Nestlé to stop buying Grace Mugabe dairy's milk
The Swiss food giant Nestlé on Thursday announced it would stop buying milk from a Zimbabwean dairy controlled by Robert Mugabe's wife.

People & Power

Comment: The firm with a 'back door key to Number 10'
BAE's intimacy with Tony Blair's government was legendary. But the company cannot bank on any favours now, says Andy McSmith.

Race & Identity

Comment: Hideously diverse Britain: Saltdean takes a stand against racism
The plight of a Muslim family is aired in a Catholic church.

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