Press Roundup Tuesday 10 November 2009

By Press Office
November 10, 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.

Peace & War

Call for national cemetery to honour fallen war heroes
Demands are growing to create a national cemetery for war heroes.

Palestinians consider abandoning peace process
The Palestinian leadership outlined a fresh strategy of defiance towards the United States yesterday by announcing its intention to consider a formal abandonment of the Middle East peace process.

Ahmadinejad tells US: ditch Israel and fulfil your promises
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, effectively spurned Barack Obama's offer of renewed ties between Washington and Tehran last night by making it conditional on the US abandoning support for Israel.

North and South Korea exchange fire at sea
The two Koreas briefly exchanged naval fire along their disputed western sea border earlier today, with a North Korean ship suffering heavy damage before retreating, according to South Korean military officials.

Comment: The only options are to double up in Afghanistan or leave
At a risk of sounding callous, the number of casualties is actually small for a war.

Comment: Graveyard of empires could claim more careers
It is Gordon Brown feeling the heat over Afghanistan now, but the Tories too must decide if this is a war worth fighting.

Religion & Society

Pope allows married Anglicans to become Catholic priests in bid to tempt them to defect
The Roman Catholic Church is to allow married Anglican converts to become priests in a radical concession to tempt them to defect.

Pope 'is not trying to lure Anglicans into the Catholic Church'
Pope Benedict XVI is not trying to lure Anglicans into the Catholic Church, his spokesman said on Monday.

Miracle cure Roman Catholic deacon visits Britain
Jack Sullivan, the Roman Catholic deacon whose cure from a crippling spinal disease after praying to a Victorian cardinal was approved as a miracle by the Vatican, has begun a six-day visit to Britain.

Comment: The pope's Anglican division
The Apostolic Constitution setting out the terms on which Anglicans may convert has been published. What will it mean?

Comment: The Vatican's small print for Anglicans
The details of the Pope's offer to disaffected clergy have now been published. The jargon is unfortunate but the meaning is clear.

Comment: Thirty-five years of women in charge
Catholics and Anglicans can draw important lessons from Judaism's journey towards accepting female rabbis.

Economy & Politics

Poll contains warning signs of a tiny Tory majority
Perhaps it may not be so easy after all for David Cameron to win an overall Commons majority. The latest Populus poll for The Times, undertaken over the weekend, underlines the obstacles. Both main parties are down a point.

Labour forces secret inquests Bill through the Commons
Secret inquests which will bar bereaved families and the public from attending hearings into controversial deaths were forced through Parliament last night.

Mainstream parties attack BNP's 'nasty message of hate'
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have urged voters yesterday in Glasgow North East not to vote for the British National Party in Thursday’s by-election.

Higher taxes as Harman wages new war on wealth
Labour ministers are pressing for an onslaught of swingeing tax raids on middle-income households in a new “class war” on wealth.

Comment: Chipping away at free speech
Government attempts to override a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred bill illustrate its determination to attack rights.

Life & Death

China executes nine people over riots that left 200 dead
Nine men have been executed for participating in violent ethnic riots in China's mainly Muslim north-west that left nearly 200 people dead.

Facing the death penalty: Mugabe puts key ally of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister on trial for terrorism
A key ally of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has gone on trial today for terrorism.

Washington sniper to be executed without revealing how many victims he shot
John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind behind the murderous Washington sniper spree of 2002, is due to be executed in Virginia on Tuesday without revealing exactly how many victims he claimed.

Down's syndrome abortions 'are double official level' as doctors spare women's feelings
Twice as many unborn babies are being aborted because they have Down's syndrome as official figures disclose, an independent body revealed yesterday.

'Mayan 2012 apocalypse theory' not true, NASA says
The world is not coming to an end on December 21, 2012, NASA insisted on Monday in a rare campaign to dispel rumours fuelled by the internet and a new Hollywood movie.

Crime & Justice

Ex-British soldier admits he saw colleagues kicking Iraqi prisoner minutes before he died
A former soldier yesterday broke the silence surrounding the brutal death of an Iraqi prisoner in British Army custody.

Demands grow for 'weapon dogs' to be brought to heel
The number of dangerous dogs used by criminals is soaring, sparking an epidemic of dog-related crime which has seen the number of animals seized by police nearly double in a year, and a three-fold increase in people needing hospital treatment for bites.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: In the same leaky boat on climate change
The Maldives and Britain are united in the face of environment crisis – and we take inspiration from underwater politics.

Education & Culture

Comment: A birthday present for Darwin
The teaching of evolution in primary schools will be an important defence against the ignorance of intelligent design.

Globalisation & Development

New law defuses Iraqi ballot row
Iraq's parliament yesterday passed a long-delayed election law paving the way for a national vote in January after overcoming a potentially explosive row over the disputed city of Kirkuk, lawmakers said.

People & Power

Ex-cabinet minister Paul Boateng becomes director of private military firm after lobbying to water down anti-mercenary laws
A former Cabinet minister has become a director of a private military company after lobbying South Africa to water down anti-mercenary laws.

Race & Identity

Comment: Gordon Brown should say the unsayable: immigration has been a boon
Who else will staff hospitals and care homes, pick potatoes and sweep streets, asks Mary Riddell.

Sex & Gender

Male doctors earn £15,000 a year more than women, study reveals
Female doctors working in the NHS are paid thousands of pounds a year less than their male colleagues as a result of widespread discrimination and a "hostile culture" at work, a study reveals.

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