Press Roundup Tuesday 3 November 2009

By Press Office
November 3, 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

Church of England to encourage tree planting to combat climate change
The Church of England is to encourage tree planting and ''eco-twinning'' with the developing world as part of efforts to combat climate change.

Clergy face up to fall in earthly rewards
Some clergy on the receiving end of the Church of England’s pensions consultation document are sanguine about its effect.

Pope John Paul II 'to be beatified within months'
The late Pope John Paul II could be beatified within months, setting him on the path to full sainthood, according to reports in Italy.

Row is brewing with Catholic Church over visionary claims at shrine
A stand-off between Catholic Church authorities and a self-proclaimed visionary threatens to escalate into a major showdown next month.

French and Russians in battle over ownership of Russian Orthodox cathedral
Worshippers in the French city of Nice took on the Russian state on Monday in a court battle over the ownership of the biggest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside the mother country.

Ecology & Environment

Global warming could create 150 million 'climate refugees' by 2050
Global warming will force up to 150 million "climate refugees" to move to other countries in the next 40 years, a new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) warns.

Number of airline passengers 'could fall because of climate fears'
The number of people flying could be cut by nearly half over the next 30 years as air travel becomes socially unacceptable, leading engineers have said.

Climate change will melt snows of Kilimanjaro 'within 20 years'
The snows of Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa – may soon be falling on bare ground following a study showing that its ice cap is destined to disappear entirely within 20 years, due largely to climate change.

Animal activists outraged by Nepal’s plans for mass animal sacrifice
Plans to sacrifice more than 500,000 animals during a two-day religious festival in Nepal this month have met with the wrath of animal rights activists, who have called for the 300-year-old ritual to be banned.

Economy & Politics

New expenses system will not be in place before the election
The new MPs' expenses system aimed at cleaning up the House of Commons will be delayed until after the general election.

Tory MP apologises for 'gas chambers' expenses email
A Conservative MP was ordered to apologise by David Cameron after he likened the plight of politicians over expenses to the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Comment: MPs' expenses: our democracy depends on this clean-up – and it’s not going well
Where is the solid foundation on which a better form of politics might be built, asks Mary Riddell.

Comment: Restore authority fast and face down the mob
The voters are angry over expenses. Politicians must harness the court of public opinion or we will never move on.

Education & Culture

Why has the popular head of a Catholic school in west London been suspended?
Cardinal Wiseman School in Ealing, west London, is proud of its headteacher. Its website trumpets a "track record of outstanding achievement" beginning in September 1997 when "a new headteacher, Mr Patrick, arrives."

Comment: The place of faith in state education

Comment: Schools must be blind to religion
My alma mater, JFS, is a model of exclusive, damaging social homogeneity. Its admissions policy can't be justified.

Comment: Not all cultures are equally valid and commendable

Globalisation & Development

Karzai handed second term after Afghan election run-off cancelled
Almost ten weeks of political paralysis in Afghanistan was brought to a close yesterday when a presidential election run-off was cancelled and President Karzai was declared the winner after the withdrawal of his only rival.

Outcry against 'colonial' takeover by BP of Rumaila oilfield in Iraq
The British oil giant BP will today take control of Iraq’s biggest oilfield in the first important energy deal since the 2003 invasion. The move has created uproar among local politicians invoking resentful memories of their nation’s colonial past.

Comment: Billions of dollars in aid but nothing in return from Afghanistan
What price honesty and cooperation from Karzai?

Peace & War

Deserters and conscientious objectors 'should be remembered at Remembrance Day services'
Conscientious objectors and those shot for cowardice or desertion should be acknowledged in Remembrance Day services as part of an attempt to 'accurately reflect' the realities of war, a Christian group has said.

Clinton backtracks on Israeli settlements after Arab anger
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, was forced into an awkward diplomatic pirouette yesterday, insisting to Arab foreign ministers that Washington had not capitulated to Israel's continuing hunger for new Jewish settlements even if statements she had made 24 hours earlier seemed to imply exactly that.

Comment: In remembering, we must not forget the realities of war
When Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the First World War trenches, died this summer, he was said to embody the sacrifice made by thousands of troops.

Sex & Gender

Christian registrar should not be disciplined over same-sex marriage refusal
A Christian registrar should not have been disciplined for refusing to carry out same-sex "marriages" because modern human rights should not be allowed to "obliterate religious beliefs held for millennia'', the appeal court has heard.

Anti-homophobia vigil for gay cop PC James Parkes after attack in Liverpool
More than 1,500 people last night took part in a candlelit vigil for a gay policeman who was battered by yobs.

Girls of today are 'stressed, drunk and discriminated against', report finds
Girls as young as 11 say they are "severely stressed", drinking so much alcohol they lose control and feel discriminated against, a landmark survey by the Girl Guides has found.

Community & Family

Children living in poverty on rise
The number of children in families living on benefits has increased by 170,000 over the past year, with child poverty growing in affluent as well as traditionally hard hit areas, according to a new report.

Revealed: hidden misery of children trafficked to Britain
Hundreds of children trafficked to Britain each year are being failed by social workers, teachers and doctors, it is claimed today in a report which uncovers the hidden misery of the international trade in young labour.

Life & Death

Let my baby die, says mother
A mother has called for her baby boy to be allowed to die to save him from leading a "miserable, sad and pitiful existence". The child's mother supports doctors who went to court yesterday asking a judge for permission to switch off her son's life support.

£2million bid to prevent suicides
A major campaign to cut suicides was launched yesterday following the spate of Bridgend tragedies.

Race & Identity

Man in court accused of racially abusing BNP leader Nick Griffin
British National Party leader Nick Griffin was racially abused by a man who made threatening "gun gestures" towards him, a court heard today.

Labour finally admits: we got it wrong on immigration
Home Secretary Alan Johnson provoked fury last night by admitting at last that Labour has made massive mistakes over immigration policy.

Crime & Justice

Think about criminals' human rights, orders DPP
Crown prosecutors were instructed yesterday to consider the Human Rights Act before they try to bring a criminal to book.

People & Power

Radovan Karadzic 'regretted that not all Bosnian Muslims died at Srebrenica'
Radovan Karadzic's one regret was that some Bosnian Muslims "got away" and were not killed in the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's first genocide since the Second World, prosecutors alleged on Monday.

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