Press Roundup Tuesday 12 January 2010

By Press Office
January 12, 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

Race & Identity

Home Secretary bans Islam4UK group that threatened Wootton Bassett rally
The order banning the Islamist group which planned to march through Wootton Bassett carrying empty coffins is to be extended, the Home Secretary announced today.

Israel orders new fence to keep out African migrants
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the construction of two massive fences along his country's southern border with Egypt in a bid to keep out African asylum seekers he claims are threatening the country's Jewish character.

Christians standing firm on 'Allah'
Malaysian Christians are standing firm on their right to use the word Allah to refer to God despite attacks on churches that raised concerns about freedom of religion.

Comment: Bright lights of hope in Europe are a beacon for migrants
The solution to Europe’s tension over immigration does not lie in the violence of southern Italy in the past week, or in the government’s sharp and inflammatory response.

Comment: Cameron's empty immigration promise
The Tory leader says he would reduce net migration to Britain – but it is far more complicated than his sound-bite suggests.

Comment: Cross-cultural marriage is no picnic
Marrying someone from another faith and race can involve huge familial strain – it's not something to be fetishised by liberals.

Religion & Society

Muslim prisoners 'refuse to take part in group therapy as it's against religion'
Muslim prisoners are refusing to take part in group therapy sessions saying it's against their religion to talk about their 'past crimes' in front of others.

Nun's 'miracle' cured cancer after doctors left no hope
Grandmother Kathleen Evans believes she is only alive today thanks to a miracle by a nun who is about to become Australia’s first saint.

Comment: Green is the First Commandment
Now the Pope has come out as an ecological activist, observes Christopher Howse.

Comment: Labour's Equality Bill should not be tolerated
Telegraph View: ambiguities in the wording may penalise the Catholic Church and institutions linked to it.

Comment: Blasphemy, an unjustified privilege
Religion is exactly the kind of institution that needs to be exposed to criticism, not exempted from it.

Globalisation & Development

Afghans more optimistic about future, poll suggests
Afghans feel more optimistic about the future, according to a survey published on Nato's bloodiest day in Afghanistan for two months.

Oxfam suffers as donations drop by 15 per cent
Oxfam suffered a 15 per cent fall in the amount of goods donated to its shops last year. It said that despite figures showing a rise in retail sales, donations of clothes, books, toys and crockery continued to be down during January.

Guinea under international diplomatic pressure
Amid secret meetings and international envoys, the military rulers and their foes in the west African state are under strong pressure to aim for elections.

Peace & War

Obama: 'We're at war with Al Qaeda and we'll do whatever it takes to defeat them'
The U.S. is at war with Al Qaeda and will do 'whatever it takes' to overcome the terror organisation, Barack Obama declared yesterday.

Yemeni officials admit they are losing the battle against al-Qaeda
Yemeni officials have admitted they are losing the battle against al-Qaeda and the terror group is extending its reach into remote regions where state control has all but disappeared.

Six more Western troops die as surge increases casualties
Six Western troops, including three Americans, were killed yesterday in Afghanistan, underscoring warnings that casualties will increase as more foreign troops stream into the country and step up efforts against the Taliban.

Economy & Politics

Campbell: the moment of truth
Alastair Campbell faces potentially explosive questioning today over his role in overstating the reliability of intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weaponry, as he becomes the first major political figure to appear before the Iraq inquiry.

Tory MP to repay £1,500 expenses
A Conservative MP has been made to repay £1,500 after an official inquiry which found that he had wrongly claimed more than £50,000 of taxpayers' money to rent a flat his company owned.

Community & Family

David Cameron tells struggling parents that money doesn't help bring up kids
David Cameron yesterday told struggling parents that money does not matter when you are bringing up children.

Crime & Justice

Four due to face trial without jury
Four alleged armed robbers are due to appear in court for the start of the first serious criminal trial to be held without a jury in England and Wales.

Education & Culture

Comment: Why does Labour hate faith schools?
Government ministers are playing politics with a valuable national asset, says Cristina Odone.

Sex & Gender

Gay rights go on trial in California
The first federal trial to determine if the US Constitution prohibits states from outlawing same-sex marriage got under way yesterday, with the two gay couples on whose behalf the case was brought among the first witnesses.

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