Press Roundup Friday 8 January 2010

By Press Office
January 8, 2010

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

Video of Sri Lankan soldiers executing naked Tamils 'authentic': UN
Video footage appearing to show Sri Lankan soldiers executing blindfolded and naked Tamils is probably genuine, a UN human rights investigator said on Thursday.

Defiant Yemen tells US soldiers to keep out
Yemen insisted yesterday that it could handle its own mounting security challenges without any direct foreign intervention, pointedly warning Washington to learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Israel to pay compensation to UN
Israel has agreed to pay the UN around $10m in compensation for damage caused to UN buildings in Gaza during last year's war, according to diplomatic sources.

Comment: The danger of hired guns
Private security contractors are set to make up half of the military presence in Afghanistan, but has the US lost control of them?

Comment: We must focus on Sudan before it's too late
A Government ensnared in recession and mired in its own version of civil war has allowed Sudan’s tragedy to slide down its agenda, writes Mary Riddell.

Religion & Society

Malaysia church attacked over Allah
Churches in Malaysia were bracing themselves for further attacks by Muslim protesters today, hours after two arson attacks, apparently provoked by a controversy over the use by Christians of the word Allah.

Comment: The church fights back against Islamification
Lord Carey's brave call to limit immigration is a timely defence of Christian values, says Damian Thompson.

Comment: Fewer Muslims for the Archbishop
Lord Carey's call for a cut in immigration makes no sense unless you realise that the immigrants he fears are Muslims.

Comment: To what extent does Anjem Choudary represent the Muslim population?
Who represents whom within Muslim communities, indeed any community, is contested ground, writes Jamie Bartlett.

Race & Identity

Scotland Yard admits race discrimination in deal to end boycott
Scotland Yard bosses have admitted discrimination still exists among its officers as part of a deal to end a race row that plagued Britain's biggest force for 16 months, the Guardian has learned.

'Women to face £700 burka fine'
Women could be fined £700 for wearing a burka under a proposed new law in France.

Community & Family

Sharp rise in sham marriages
The number of suspected sham marriages has leapt by more than half in the past year, according to new figures.

Ecology & Environment

£100bn for UK's biggest offshore wind programme signals new era for renewables
The UK government will announce a £100bn programme today to build thousands of offshore wind turbines that will kickstart the next phase of renewable power generation in Britain.

Economy & Politics

Watchdog accused of ducking confrontation over MPs' expenses
Sweeping reforms proposed to clean up the MPs' allowances system following the expenses scandal may be watered down under a plan drawn up by Parliament's new watchdog.

Education & Culture

Comment: Hideously diverse Britain: Students' right to hear radical ideas
News that the would-be plane bomber ran an Islamic society at university prompted fears that student politics can create extremists.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Sri Lanka's human rights disaster
A year after the murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge, the country's human rights record is still poor.

Life & Death

Texas executes convicted cop killer
A man convicted of gunning down a police officer during an attempted bank robbery was put to death on Thursday in the first execution of the year in Texas.

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