Press Roundup Monday 12 October 2009

By Press Office
October 12, 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.

Economy & Politics

Expenses row rages on as MPs return
MPs are returning to Westminster after the long summer break to find the expenses row still rumbling on.

MPs told: Hold on to exes
Greedy MPs were last night told to refuse orders to pay back their expenses.

David Miliband in fresh attack on Tory links with far-Right MEPs as Hillary Clinton visits Britain
Foreign secretary David Miliband today launched a fresh attack on the Conservative party’s links to far-Right European politicians.

Comment: A tainted Westminster reduced to ashes
If a fire in 1834 was 'divine retribution', then parliament today is a candidate for God's wrath, says Philip Johnston.

Comment: A clueless BBC is giving the BNP the legitimacy it craves
The Newsbeat interview shows how shaky is the corporation's grip on the far right. It must rethink before Question Time.

Peace & War

Gordon Brown 'considers cutting nuclear warheads by a quarter'
Gordon Brown is considering cutting Britain's arsenal of nuclear warheads by a quarter, it has been claimed.

Hillary Clinton and David Miliband tell Iran: time is running out for nuclear deal
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, turned the spotlight on Iran on Sunday, warning that the “world will not wait indefinitely” for an agreement over its nuclear programme.

Israeli officials warn against support for UN report
A jittery Israeli government reacted furiously yesterday after a top British diplomat voiced support for aspects of a UN report that could lead to prosecution of Israeli army officers for alleged war crimes.

Terror group ends violence
Terror group the Irish National Liberation Army – responsible for more than 100 killings, including the murder of a Tory MP – announced yesterday it was renouncing violence.

The 'evil' Real IRA have no backing in the U.S. declares Hillary Clinton ahead of visit to Northern Ireland
There is no financial support for the 'evil enterprise' of the Real IRA coming from American sympathisers, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted today.

Religion & Society

Pope canonises five new saints
Pope Benedict canonised five new saints on Sunday, including a 19th-century priest whose work with leprosy patients on a Hawaiian island has been hailed by US President Barack Obama as inspiring those helping Aids sufferers in today's world.

Archbishop of York attacks Belle de Jour for glamourising prostitution
The Archbishop of York has condemned the glamourisation of prostitution as a "middle-class trade".

Priest who contracted leprosy after working with ostracised patients is made a saint by Pope Benedict XVI
A priest whose courageous work with leprosy patients has been likened to the efforts of those battling the stigma of AIDS was today elevated to sainthood.

Comment: The Bible: lost in conservative translation
The Conservapedia project to eliminate 'liberal bias' in the Bible is one of the shinier gems of ridiculousness from that website.

Comment: A sermon to mark the end of military operations in Iraq
This was a conflict where some of the highest-level questions were unusually hard and sharply argued over.

Ecology & Environment

Climate change protest on Parliament roof
More than 20 environmental campaigners are still on the roof of the Palace of Westminster in a protest over climate change, while another 20 are being held by police.

Drivers should be forced to pay per mile to save the planet, finds climate watchdog
Motorists should be forced to pay to drive on the busiest roads to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the Government's climate change watchdog says today.

Recession 'threatens UK effort to tackle global warming'
The recession is threatening the vast investment needed in green housing, power and transport and could seriously undermine Britain's efforts to meet its targets for tackling global warming, the government's climate change advisers warn today.

Race & Identity

Beeb hits back over BNP slot
The Beeb yesterday defended its interview with a BNP activist who said England star Ashley Cole was not "ethnically British".

Police arrest 48 in Manchester race demonstrations
Police made 48 arrests yesterday in Manchester as thousands of protesters clashed during rival race marches.

Comment: Christopher Caldwell: Immigration made America strong - but it threatens to ruin Europe

Sex & Gender

Call to sack Dannii 'bisexual' jibe
Dannii Minogue has apologised for a gaffe about a finalist’s sexuality live on X Factor as fans called for her to be fired.

Obama promises to cheering crowd (and Lady GaGa) to end ban on gays serving openly in the military
Thousands of homosexual and lesbian activists marched through Washington today after President Obama pledged to end the ban on gays serving openly in the US military.

Comment: Peter Tatchell: What is stopping the President from striking down this ban?
Over the weekend, President Obama pledged, yet again, to repeal the ban on openly lesbian and gay people serving in the US armed forces. As in the past, he offered no time-scale, just promises, promises.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Paul Collier: The flight of finance from Africa
Money has drained back to the richest nations, where the risks are much lower.

Comment: No more excuses for Africa
Africa must own up to and challenge the role its morally bankrupt elite are playing in the continent's underdevelopment.

People & Power

Apartheid leader Eugene Terre'Blanche returns to politics
Eugene Terre'Blanche, the once-feared white supremacist leader of apartheid South Africa, has returned to politics, pledging to revitalise the Nazi-style Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB).

Irish priest abducted by gunmen in Philippines
Gunmen believed to be Islamic militants kidnapped a 78-year-old Irish priest in the troubled southern Philippines on Sunday, police said.

Community & Family

Britons eager for return to past
Nine out of 10 people would like to see a return to traditional values, a survey has found.

Crime & Justice

Murder and torture allegations 'covered up by Royal Military police'
Allegations of murder and torture by British troops on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan were covered up by the Royal Military Police, it has been claimed.

Education & Culture

Comment: Gove's plan to set schools free
Michael Gove's ideas aimed at harnessing the social capital of communities should be welcomed by faith groups.

Life & Death

Stephen Fry begs China to spare life of mentally ill Briton facing death by firing squad
Actor Stephen Fry is calling for the Chinese government to spare the life of a British man facing death by firing squad after being convicted of drug trafficking in China.

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