Press Roundup Monday 11 January 2010

By Press Office
January 11, 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.<--break-->

Peace & War

Iran can be bombed says General Petraeus
The US military commander for the Middle East and the Gulf region has confirmed that the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Iran's nuclear facilities.

Yemeni leader 'to talk to al-Qaida'
Yemen's president has said he is ready to talk to al-Qaida members who have renounced violence.

U.S. envoy George Mitchell in loans guarantee 'threat' to Israel over Middle East peace process
A U.S. peace envoy has suggested that the U.S could penalise Israel financially to force it into making concessions in the Middle East peace process.

Sudan dismisses warnings by activists of possible war
Sudan dismissed warnings from aid groups and activists that it was sliding back to war, as it marked the fifth anniversary of a faltering peace deal with the south and prepared for two divisive votes.

North Korea calls for peace talks
North Korea has called for peace talks with the US and an end to sanctions as a condition for resuming multilateral negotiations aimed at its denuclearisation.

Comment: The best way to help Palestine
Combatants for Peace's joint Israeli-Palestinian protests value constructive bond-forging over antagonistic posturing.

Race & Identity

Islamic group abandons anti-war march through Wootton Bassett as it faces Home Secretary ban
A controversial Islamic group tonight abandoned plans for an anti-war march through a town where processions for dead British soldiers are held as it was revealed that it would be banned within days.

Pope Benedict XVI denounces riots in Italy and asks residents to 'respect' migrant workers
Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the riots that have torn southern Italy over the last few days, and called for residents in the Calabrian town of Rosarno to recognise that migrant workers have equal rights.

Malaysian churches attacked in feud
Eight churches have been attacked over three days amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims, sparking fresh political instability that is denting Malaysia's image as a moderate and stable Muslim-majority nation.

Comment: So dignified, so British... the Muslims who put Mr Choudary to shame
I think to Hell with Mr Anjem Choudary and his plan to stage a political parade through Wootton Bassett. Mind you, I also suspect that he is just a publicity-seeking phoney blowhard who speaks for almost nobody and who wants me to write about him.

Education & Culture

Faith schools facing admissions curb
Faith schools are increasingly being robbed of the power to select children on religious grounds following an overhaul of admissions rules, according to Christian groups.

More than 230 schools have ditched Christian assemblies
Almost 100,000 pupils are being taught in schools which have dropped Christian assemblies in favour of Islamic or multi-faith worship.

Religion & Society

More than half of population believes nation is divided by religion, finds government-backed study
More than half the population believe Britain is deeply divided along religious lines, according to an official survey.

Catholic ban on women priests 'illegal under Harriet Harman equality bill'
The Roman Catholic ban on women entering the priesthood will become illegal under Harriet Harman's controversial Equality Bill, according to Christian charity, CARE.

Community & Family

Cameron: '70million is too many. I'll cut immigration by 75 per cent'
Immigration would be cut by as much as 75 per cent under a Conservative government to prevent Britain's population hitting 70million, David Cameron said today.

Crime & Justice

British soldiers 'tortured and murdered Iraqi grandmother'
British soldiers are being investigated over allegations they tortured and murdered a 62-year-old Iraqi grandmother.

Economy & Politics

'Quotas' plan for girl MPs
Compulsory quotas to boost the number of women MPs should be imposed on parties, a report demands today.

Sex & Gender

Comment: The love that still dare not speak its name
In the week that two Malawians go on trial for violating anti-gay laws, Daniel Howden finds that their experience is all too common in a continent of legalised homophobia.

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