Press Roundup Monday 5 October 2009

By Press Office
October 5, 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

The West's 'spiritual toxic waste' has blighted Africa, says Pope
The Pope has accused the West of exporting its moral failings to Africa like 'spiritual toxic waste'.

Queen 'appalled' at Church of England moves, claim Vatican moles
When Pope Benedict visits this country next year, he is expected to stay at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen. The warmth of her welcome will come as no surprise to the Pontiff, if senior sources at the Vatican are to be believed.

Christian preacher refused entry to Britain under rules intended to fight extremism
Christian evangelist Benny Hinn, from Texas, has been refused entry to Britain after falling foul of new rules drawn up to combat hate crimes and extremism.

Muslim groups hit out over 'funding with security strings attached'
The government is facing a rebellion over its anti-terrorism strategy from Muslim groups that claim public funding to tackle social deprivation has been made contingent on security co-operation.

Comment: Could God die again?
Death of God theology was a 1960s phenomenon that casts light on the narrowness of the current debate.

Comment: What are we inviting people back to?
Society is changing and the church must understand this, without compromising its beliefs, if it is to appeal to outsiders.

Comment: Faith without god
Does society depend on faith in god, or faith in moral truth? Can it survive without either?

Economy & Politics

MPs expenses probe to be delayed again
The official review into MPs expenses will not conclude until the New Year, throwing the run-up to the general election into chaos, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Tory plans to reform parliament would give voters chance to alter bills
Voters will be given the power to rewrite laws under Tory plans to transform the way parliament works by importing a popular scheme championed by Barack Obama in last year's US election.

David Cameron warned over Tory human rights stance
Two leading Conservative thinkers today urge David Cameron to drop his pledge to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights.

Globalisation & Development

Research highlights needless death of a million babies
More than than a million newborn babies are dying needlessly every year around the world because of lack of care in their first month of their life, according to research.

World poverty guru ‘fails’ to spread wealth
With a Nobel peace prize in one pocket and invitations from presidents and prime ministers in another, Muhammad Yunus is arguably the world’s most popular banker.

Comment: Rageh Omaar: Hungry children deserve better than this
On current trends, this key Millennium Development Goal will not be met.

Peace & War

Army chief General Sir David Richards: We need more troops in Afghanistan
General Sir David Richards said yesterday that sending reinforcements would enable the Nato coalition to win the "psychological battle" against the Taliban while reducing casualty.

Iran agrees to allow UN inspectors to view secret nuclear plant
International inspectors will visit Tehran's uranium enrichment site later this month, a move being heralded as the start of better relations between Iran and the West.

‘Dear Leader’ welcomes Chinese comrade to boost hopes of a nuclear agreement
The Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, arrived in North Korea for talks with its reclusive leader Kim Jong Il yesterday amid hopes of advancing nuclear disarmament by the pariah state after months of tension.

Ecology & Environment

Boris Johnson to reintroduce pollution zone a year after UK deadline
Boris Johnson will reintroduce the third phase of the low emission zone – which bars the most polluting vehicles from entering London – in 2012, one year after Britain is expected to meet a crucial deadline on reducing dangerous airborne particles.

US climate bill not likely this year, says Obama adviser
The White House has said for the first time that it does not expect to see a climate change bill this year, removing one of the key elements for reaching an international agreement to avoid catastrophic global warming.

Education & Culture

Teach Gaza children about Holocaust, UN tells Hamas
The United Nations' refugee agency is planning to include the Holocaust in a new human-rights curriculum for Gaza's secondary-school pupils, despite strident opposition to the idea from within Hamas.

Comment: Evan Harris: We owe it to the sick to support this research
Animal-human hybrid embryo research needs legal permission, good scientists and more funding.

Life & Death

Libya pressing for landmines payout
Libya is pressing Britain for compensation for the deaths and injuries caused by thousands of landmines left behind by the British Eighth Army during its North African campaign fighting the Germans and Italians in North Africa in the Second World War.

The great drought: Disaster looms in East Africa
Rotting carcasses testify to the scale of the disaster looming in East Africa.

Sex & Gender

Number is up for 'anti gay' registration plates
Transport chiefs have withdrawn two registration numbers from an auction in case they offend gay people.

Comment: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: It's time to stand up and fight the new misogyny
Ours is the age of libertine sexism and verbal debauchery.

Race & Identity

Anti-Jewish coup claims spark anger
A Jewish civil rights organisation has voiced alarm over conspiracy theories claiming Jews and Israel played a part in ousting the Honduran president and the attempts to dislodge him from his refuge in the Brazilian embassy.

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