Press Roundup Wednesday 14 October 2009

By Press Office
October 14, 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 Archbishop of Canterbury calls for an end to economic growth to save the planet
The Archbishop of Canterbury called for an end to economic growth to save the planet.

Pope to Make His First Visit to Rome Synagogue
Pope Benedict will make his first visit to Rome's Jewish synagogue in January, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Aceh outrage over Miss Indonesia
Clerics in Indonesia's conservative Muslim province of Aceh say they are outraged that an Acehnese woman has won the title of Miss Indonesia.

Boy's Sikh dagger in school ban
A Sikh boy has been withdrawn from a north London school after he said he wanted to wear his traditional dagger.

American married couple appointed consultors for Pontifical Council for the Family
A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the Pontifical Council for the Family says they will bring their experience in a ministry dedicated to helping troubled spouses reconcile to the job.

Duke of Edinburgh visits Catholic shrine before Pope's stay at the Palace
Mandrake reported last week that the Queen is said by senior sources at the Vatican to have "grown increasingly sympathetic" to the Roman Catholic Church.

Handsome Muslim men accused of waging 'love jihad' in India
Muslim fundamentalists in India have been accused of waging a "love jihad", using charming young men to lure girls into converting to Islam with promises of marriage.

Comment: St Thérèse: the politics behind the relics
It may be popular among ordinary Catholics, but the cult of St Thérèse serves the hierarchy's political purposes well.

Comment: Helder Câmara – Brazil's archbishop of the poor
On the 10th anniversary of his death, Brazil remembers a champion of the poor who fought the forces of conservatism.

Economy & Politics

£90k paybacklash
Hundreds of MPs face paying back up to £90,000 for their mortgage interest claims in the expenses scandal, it was revealed last night.

Clegg urges tougher expenses action
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has called on Sir Thomas Legg to reopen his files for another look at the "worst offences" in the MPs' expenses saga - including "flipping" the second home allowance and claiming for non-existent mortgages.

Koran row MP wins his fight to visit UK
A far-right Dutch politician has had a ban on him by former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith lifted on appeal.

BBC ‘endangering public’ by inviting BNP leader to Question Time
The BBC was accused yesterday of threatening public safety by its decision to invite the British National Party leader Nick Griffin on to its Question Time programme.

Arise Lord Gorbals: Shamed former Commons speaker Michael Martin becomes a peer
With bitter irony, Michael Martin was today sworn in to the House of Lords as the corridors of Parliament were once again gripped by the expenses scandal.

Comment: The coup behind the Tories’ clap for poverty
It wasn’t just a trick to win an ovation. It took one man 20 years to put the poor in the mainstream of Conservative politics.

Comment: Our weakened parliament
As the gagging of the Guardian shows, the transfer of power away from MPs is damaging our democracy.

Peace & War

Hillary Clinton: It's time for talks with the Taliban
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said it was time to start a dialogue with the Taliban.

Support grows for 'troops out' call
More than a third of voters believe British forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan, according to a new poll.

Maybe we can buy our way to victory in Afghanistan, says general
Afghan insurgents should be offered amnesties and removal from the coalition’s “wanted" list if they lay down their arms, says the British general charged with coaxing fighters away from their extremist leaders.

Hillary Clinton talks to Russia about Iran and nuclear weapons cuts
Hillary Clinton pledged not to sacrifice US support for human rights in Russia in its attempt to reset relations with the Kremlin and begin a new era of co-operation over global security threats such as Iran’s nuclear programme.

UN-backed Congo military offensive a 'humanitarian disaster'
A UN-backed offensive to destroy a Hutu rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has had disastrous humanitarian consequences, with more than 1,000 civilians killed, 7,000 raped, and 900,000 forced from their homes.

Palestinian faith in Obama 'evaporates'
Palestinian political leaders have expressed acute disappointment in the Obama administration, saying their hopes that it could bring peace to the Middle East have "evaporated" and accusing the White House of giving in to Israeli pressure.

People & Power

No remorse as the Brighton bomber speaks at Westminster
Brighton bomber Patrick Magee showed no remorse last night as he addressed a meeting on “reconciliation” at the House of Commons.

Washington to tone down criticism of Russian human rights record
Washington will tone down its criticism of Russia's human rights record in order to win Kremlin backing for possible sanctions against Iran, it has been claimed.

Forcing asylum-seekers to return to Iraq is 'inhumane'
More than 40 Iraqi asylum-seekers are to be forcibly returned to Baghdad this week in the first deportations to southern Iraq since the start of the war more than six years ago.

Stalin's grandson loses libel action
A Russian court ruled against Josef Stalin's grandson in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator had sent thousands of people to their deaths.

Kidnapped Irish priest seen alive in Philippines
An Irish priest who was kidnapped in the southern Philippines earlier this week has been seen alive in an area known to be a stronghold of Muslim militants, a military official said.

Ecology & Environment

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu backs carbon capture strategy
President Obama’s top climate change official has thrown his weight behind a global deployment of technology to trap and store carbon emissions released by burning coal.

Comment: The ecocidal moment
The climate and financial crises reveal an amnesia about the human calling. Heed Moses: choose life.

Race & Identity

White working class feel 'excluded'
Traditional white, working class communities in England feel "under pressure" from social and economic changes, ministers are to warn.

Comment: Johann Hari: The looming threat of terror that comes from the far right
The threat comes not from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays.

Life & Death

Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 a year
About 70,000 women die every year and many more suffer harm as a result of unsafe abortions in countries with restrictive laws on ending a pregnancy, according to a report.

Sex & Gender

Comment: The subtle art of misogyny
We too easily over-value work by male artists and under-value that of women. We must wake up to our anti-women society.

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