Press Roundup Monday 14 December 2009

By Press Office
December 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

British Muslims most patriotic in Europe
Muslims in Britain are the most patriotic in Europe according to a new study.

Britain's tolerance to Islam results in more than 1m Muslims setting up home here
More than a million Muslims have migrated to Britain because it is more sympathetic towards Islam than other European countries, a study has found.

French politician calls for burka ban under equality and public safety laws
France could ban face-covering by Muslim women under a law drawing on sexual equality and public safety.

Comment: Rowan denounces Ugandan law
A lot better late than never, Rowan Williams has denounced the Ugandan homophobe bill.

Comment: Just for once, the Archbishop is right ... treating Christians as cranks is an act of cultural suicide
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, comes in for a lot of stick - not least from columnists like me.

Comment: Christians shouldn't be blaming others
It's not PC enforcers who are guilty of neglecting to keep up the spirit of Christmas.

Comment: When tolerance is taken too far
Telegraph View: Haringey Council seems determined to evade its responsibility to ensure that Muslims are integrated into British society.

Peace & War

Secret document exposes Iran’s nuclear trigger
Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

Obama gives Afghan strategy a year
US President Barack Obama has said he would know by the end of next year if his Afghanistan strategy was working and promised to change direction if the US military was not on course "in terms of securing population centres" from Taliban militants.

Russia and China pressed by West to agree tougher Iran sanctions
The United States, Germany, France and Britain will push Russia and China at a meeting expected to be on Friday to agree to new UN sanctions against Iran.

British troops misled into deadly Iraq war by Blair's 'sycophancy', says former DPP
British soldiers were misled and cajoled into a deadly war in Iraq because of Tony Blair's sycophancy towards George Bush, a former prosecutions chief has claimed.

Israel grants millions to Jewish settlers on West Bank
The Israeli government has listed several Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as "national priority zones", entitling the communities to more than £25 million in extra state funding.

Bishop praises Taliban 'loyalty'
The Taliban "can perhaps be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to each other", the new bishop for the Armed Forces has said.

Ecology & Environment

Copenhagen stalls decision on catastrophic climate change for six years
The key decision on preventing catastrophic climate change will be delayed for up to six years if the Copenhagen summit delivers a compromise deal which ignores advice from the UN’s science body.

Climate change talks 'not on track'
International talks to tackle global warming are not on track to deliver the ambitious agreement needed to protect the planet, Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband has warned.

Brown and Sarkozy's charm offensive secures £7bn for African climate fund
Two leaders put differences aside for second day running to gain agreement on tackling emissions.

Police arrest hundreds of protesters in second day of clashes
Hundreds of protesters are guarded by Danish riot police after a weekend of violence at the climate change talks in Copenhagen.

Comment: Can China get by without coal?
One of the world's biggest polluters is starting to clean up its act. Malcolm Moore reports on a green revolution.

Economy & Politics

Bring it on, says Cameron as Labour set for snap election
David Cameron put the Tories on general election alert yesterday amid growing speculation that Labour is preparing for a snap poll in March.

MPs expenses claims praised by House Of Commons speaker
Commons Speaker John Bercow yesterday sparked outrage by praising MPs over their expenses claims.

Comment: Putting the House of Lords in order
Self-regulation must achieve high standards of openness and accountability if the public is to have faith in the second chamber.

Globalisation & Development

Libya still jailing dissenters, says Human Rights Watch
Libya is still imprisoning people for their political views, years after committing itself to reform, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Iran's Khamenei issues stern warning to opposition
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, warned opposition leaders on Sunday to distance themselves from protesters he accused of acting against the Islamic regime's late founder Ayatollah Khomeini.

Comment: China must be held to account for its political repression
In admiring Beijing's progress to economic superpower status, it is easy to forget how far it lags behind in terms of tolerance of dissent.

Life & Death

Christian doctors in boycott of 'back-door euthanasia'
Thousands of Christian doctors have boycotted a public consultation on assisted suicide.

Comment: Assisted suicide should never be just another choice
There are some concerns and arguments that never make the headlines as much as the financial crisis or MPs’ expenses, perhaps because we would rather ignore them.

Community & Family

Comment: This looming ageing crisis needs some grown-up solutions
It could be as serious a threat as climate change, yet so far politicians have barely considered what needs to be done about our ageing population.

Crime & Justice

David Miliband steps up bid to hide proof of torture
Efforts will be stepped up tomorrow to suppress evidence of British involvement in the unlawful treatment of a UK resident, Binyam Mohamed, who says he was tortured in Pakistan, Morocco, and Afghanistan before being secretly rendered to Guantánamo Bay.

Education & Culture

Islamic school condemned by Cameron is cleared
David Cameron's allegation that a school was linked to Islamic extremism was dismissed yesterday by authorities. Investigations by Haringey Council found no evidence of "inappropriate influence" at the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation (ISF) school, in Tottenham, north London.

People & Power

Queen to hand duties to William
The Queen is to hand over substantial public duties to Prince William to help him prepare for the day he becomes king, it was reported last night.

Race & Identity

Stop abusing child refugees (says illegal immigrant from Darkest Peru)
Paddington creator and other authors and actors send letter to Downing Street.

Sex & Gender

Texans vote in woman as first openly gay mayor for city of Houston
Houston has become the largest US city to elect an openly gay mayor.

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