Press Roundup Friday 4 December 2009

By Press Office
December 4, 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.

Ecology & Environment

Climate deal achievable, says Brown
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to insist that a deal to avert catastrophic climate change is "achievable" at next week's UN-sponsored conference in Copenhagen.

India aims to cut 'carbon intensity' by 25%
India aims to reduce its “carbon intensity” by 2020 by up to 25 per cent compared with 2005, the country’s Environment Minister has announced, echoing similar commitments by China and the US before the Copenhagen climate change conference.

Ocean warming 'damaging Galapagos'
Ocean warming and human activity have devastated the coastal wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, scientists have warned.

Comment: How I wish that the global warming deniers were right
Are you prepared to take a 50-50 gamble on the habitability of the planet?

Comment: Sir Paul McCartney and his 'green’ celebrity friends should put up or shut up
Actors and rock stars must lead by example and not lecture us on environmental issues, says Charlie Brooks.

Comment: A green industrial revolution calls
Copenhagen pledges on carbon emissions will mean little unless we do some radical thinking about how to finance them.

Peace & War

Demand for Trident to be scrapped
A 100-strong coalition of celebrities, religious leaders, campaigners and politicians has urged the Chancellor Alistair Darling to axe Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system.

Support the Afghan war, says Army chief
The head of the British Army says the war in Afghanistan will become "unsustainable" unless it has support back home, and more must be done to make up for past failures to persuade the public of the justification for the mission.

Blair secrecy 'prevented preparation for Iraq war', inquiry is told
Military chiefs were banned from buying equipment for British troops for months before the invasion of Iraq because Tony Blair did not want anyone to know he was preparing for war.

Pakistan has not cut ties to militants, says Robert Gates
Pakistan has still not cut its ties with Taliban groups fighting Nato troops in Afghanistan, United States defence secretary Robert Gates has claimed.

Jewish West Bank settlers vow to defy Netanyahu's building freeze
Defiant West Bank settler leaders rejected a personal plea from the Prime Minister yesterday to respect a government-ordered residential construction freeze, vowing to keep confronting security forces sent to enforce the edict.

Comment: Barack Obama’s plan is seriously flawed. We need more
The US President has given us a strong military plan, but where was the political strategy — and the famous confidence?

Race & Identity

Migration chief calls for college inquiry
The government's senior adviser on migration has called for an inquiry into more than 600 degree-awarding further education colleges to check that their overseas students are employed in highly skilled jobs in Britain after they graduate.

'City of a thousand minarets' disgruntled at Swiss vote
But official reactions will be subdued in a country - Egypt - where minority Coptic Christians wanting to build new churches have been met with strong resistance.

Comment: Escaping the 'minority reflex'
Tariq Ramadan's latest book provides a blueprint for how Muslims in the west can negotiate their different identities.

Education & Culture

Ed Stourton named as new presenter on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme
The broadcaster Ed Stourton is to be the new presenter on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, one year after he was sacked from Today.

Comment: Intelligent design is not science
That intelligent design should be taught as an alternative to evolution is not only very bad science, it's unchristian too.

Globalisation & Development

Primark faces new claims that it uses sweatshop labour
Primark was embroiled in a new row over the treatment of sweatshop workers today as shareholders gathered to celebrate record profits at the budget clothing chain.

Comment: Population offsetting? Fertile ground for ridicule
The idea that developed nations should pay for poorer countries' birth control to offset emissions sends out the wrong message.

Life & Death

Former British soldier faces death by firing squad in Congo
Former British soldier, Joshua French, is facing death by firing squad in the DR Congo after losing his appeal against a murder conviction.

China sentences five Uighurs to death over Xinjiang riots
A Chinese court sentenced five people to death today for killing a police officer, kicking bystanders to death and other crimes during ethnic riots in the western region of Xinjiang in July.

Community & Family

Comment: Why the state should invest in wedlock
David Cameron's super-disciplined Conservatives are threatening each other with divorce – over marriage.

Economy & Politics

Gordon Brown slammed over “class war” election strategy
Gordon Brown was accused of “complete hypocrisy” last night as a furious row erupted over Labour’s “class war” election strategy.

People & Power

Freed priest Michael Sinnott flies home after ordeal
Father Michael Sinnott, the Irish priest held for a month in captivity at the hands of Philippine rebels, has made an emotional return home.

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