Press Roundup Friday 27 November 2009

By Press Office
November 27, 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

Dublin Archbishops colluded over abuse
The Catholic church in Ireland yesterday offered abject apologies following a report which exposed in harrowing detail how its most senior figures had covered up thousands of cases of child abuse by priests.

Church had immunity to conceal sex abuse, says report
The Catholic hierarchy in Ireland was granted immunity to cover up child sex abuse among paedophile priests in Dublin, a damning report revealed today.

China jails five underground church leaders
A Chinese court has sentenced five leaders of an underground Protestant church to jail terms of up to seven years.

Christian Side Hug is YouTube hit as celibate rappers warn of 'sinful' hugging
A celibacy-advocating rap group has been advocating “Christian side-hugs” in a hit YouTube song, because frontal hugs are “sinful”, reports Tom Chivers.

Circumcising boys for religious reasons 'could breach Human Rights Act'
Circumcising boys for religious reasons is akin to pulling out their fingernails and could be a breach of the Human Rights Act, an academic has warned.

Comment: Men of all faiths and none can together restore trust in business
In an era where the chairman of a multinational firm holds more power than the leaders of most countries, boards need to revisit who they are working for, and why.

Peace & War

Afghanistan 'needs political solution'
The struggle in Afghanistan will not be won by military means alone, Gordon Brown admitted last night as he warned that it must be accompanied by a political solution.

Mohamed ElBaradei tells Atomic Energy Agency he has hit ‘dead end’ with Iran
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday that he had reached a “dead end” in his investigation into Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme.

Head of German armed forces resigns amid accusations over Afghan military strike that killed 30 civilians
The head of the German armed forces Wolfgang Schneiderhan has resigned over reports the military withheld information about an air strike in Afghanistan believed to have killed dozens of civilians.

Brown vows to block summit bid
Gordon Brown has vowed to block Sri Lanka's bid to host the next summit of Commonwealth leaders, in retaliation for the Colombo government's handling of its military campaign against the Tamil Tigers earlier this year.

Comment: Obama follows Bush on landmines
The US has announced that it won't sign the global landmine ban treaty. So much for the Nobel peace laureate.

Ecology & Environment

China pledges to slow emissions
China has made a pledge to slow its carbon emissions, nearly halving the ratio of pollution to GDP over the next decade.

Summit may help climate change deal
This weekend's summit of Commonwealth leaders beginning in Trinidad will act as an "important springboard" to an international deal on global warming, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

West 'should pay to save forest'
Brazil's president has insisted that the rich West should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, saying it has caused much more past environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world's largest rainforest.

Scientists target Canada over climate change
Prominent campaigners, politicians and scientists have called for Canada to be suspended from the Commonwealth over its climate change policies.

Economy & Politics

House of Lords peers to get £200
Plans to pay members of the House of Lords a new £200-a-day fee for turning up on 150 days a year, plus overnight and travel costs, caused anger yesterday.

UKIP to target Islamic fundamentalism with leadership election
The UK Independence Party is set to head in a fresh direction, fighting radical Islam, with the election today of a replacement for Nigel Farage as its national leader.

Comment: Hung parliaments are only good for whips and scribblers
They can enliven politics and force leaders to think twice. But they are rare and a recipe for factions rather than consensus.

Race & Identity

Net migration falls by one-third
Net migration – the number of people who come to live in Britain minus the number who move abroad – fell by more than a third to 163,000 last year, its lowest level since Poland joined the European Union.

Labour's 3 million migrants
Three million immigrants have come to Britain during 12 years of Labour rule, shock figures revealed yesterday.

Comment: Hideously diverse Britain: stranger in a strange land
How do we stop people like Margery feeling they are now part of a small white minority?

Sex & Gender

Comment: A gay witch hunt in Uganda
Why are the English archbishops silent over Uganda's grotesque anti-homosexuality bill?

Comment: A Commonwealth of homophobes
Despite the Commonwealth's commitment to human rights, its member states include prominent anti-gay tyrannies.

Comment: Liverpool's bishops defend gay rights
Amid so much hypocrisy, it's heartening to hear two church leaders speak up for gay and lesbian members of their flock.

Education & Culture

Faith schools 'better at tackling extremism'
Faith schools are better at tackling extremism and promoting race relations than ordinary comprehensives, research suggests.

Why Conservatives failed the test on Islamic schools
Conservative Party officials made two basic errors in their attack on two schools said to be run by a radical Islamic group, it emerged yesterday.

Crime & Justice

Commission calls on South Korea to apologise for wartime massacre
South Korea should make a formal apology and pay compensation to the families of thousands of civilians massacred on the orders of the Government during the early months of the Korean War, an official investigation recommended yesterday.

Life & Death

Men executed for selling children
China has executed two men for abducting and selling 15 children, many of whom were taken as babies or toddlers and have not yet been reunited with their parents, state media said.

People & Power

Iran seizes Nobel Peace Prize from human rights lawyer
Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi's medal, the human rights lawyer said yesterday.

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