Press Roundup Friday 22 January 2010

By Press Office
January 22, 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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Peace & War

Jack Straw turns up the heat on Blair by telling inquiry: I could have stopped Iraq war
Jack Straw denounced Tony Blair's slavish backing for President Bush over the Iraq War yesterday and revealed a deep split on whether regime change to topple Saddam Hussein was legal.

Terror alert at Indian airports after hijack threat
India has increased security at its airports and warned its domestic airlines about a possible hijack attempt by Islamic militant groups following Western intelligence reports.

Brown in Iraq quiz before election
Gordon Brown will appear at the Iraq inquiry before the election.

Miliband outlines Afghanistan goals
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said he hopes an international conference on Afghanistan will spur a shift in the burden of security in the country to the Afghan government.

Comment: Iraq inquiry: read between the lines
Jack Straw seemed happy that certain documents could not be published – but the inquiry is kicking out against the restriction.

Ecology & Environment

Past decade warmest on record, say Nasa scientists
The past decade was the warmest on record, proving that global warming has continued “unabated”, according to Nasa scientists.

Fewer hurricanes predicted in next century - but they will be more destructive
Fewer but more ferocious and destructive hurricanes are likely to occur in the next century as a result of global warming, a new climate study suggests.

Comment: A pragmatic fight for animal rights
Despite criticism, we at Peta believe compromises and funny antics are necessary to the real work of animal protection.

Education & Culture

One in 10 schools shun 'Britishness' lessons
Hundreds of schools are failing to teach children about “Britishness” in the classroom, according to Government inspectors.

Schools to screen film about homophobic bullying
A film on homophobic bullying is to be screened in all UK secondary schools next month.

It’s as if they want me executed, says culture chief enduring hate campaign
The letters and emails come in a daily tide. “Filth!” they cry. “Shame on you”; “You are a very sick person”; “The soul that sinneth shall DIE”. For the past six months, the head of Glasgow’s museums and art has been under siege from Christian fundamentalists, who have vowed to oust her from her job.

Community & Family

Cameron: UK in 'social recession'
Tory leader David Cameron will warn that Britain is in a "social recession" even deeper than its economic one as he steps up pre-election campaigning.

Comment: We need fairness, not a stiff upper lip
Cameron must know that Victorian proselytising about morality and responsibility is never going to lift people out of poverty.

Economy & Politics

Cameron to cut seats in Commons by 10 per cent
David Cameron will rush through a 10 per cent cut in the number of MPs if he wins power this year in an attempt to boost the Conservative Party's prospects of a second victory at the following general election.

Comment: Don't be surprised if a protest movement flowers in Britain
British voters feel hostile towards the political class for a variety of reasons.

Globalisation & Development

Google and China row: Internet censorship is modern Berlin Wall, claims Clinton
Hillary Clinton today ramped up a censorship row between Google and China as she called for unfettered internet access worldwide.

Comment: We can turn Haiti around
Structured support must be given to fragile states in the long term – not just when disaster strikes.

Life & Death

'We may be killed in 3 days'
A Brits snatched with his wife by pirates fears they will be executed in "three or four" days.

UK rescuers leave Haiti quake zone
British rescuers are packing up and heading home from devastated Haiti, saying it would be an "absolute miracle" if anyone else was found alive in the ruins.

People & Power

Mass migration of quake survivors begins
After the disaster: exodus. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are clogging up Port-au-Prince's pavements, ports and bus stations, hoping to flee the ruined capital.

Comment: The Prince charms us, but he hasn’t moved us
Like all Brits, William is receiving a warm welcome in Australia, but his reception won’t set back our case for a republic.

Religion & Society

Religious riots spread despite Nigerian troops
Sectarian violence spread to two more cities in central Nigeria last night, after troops brought calm to Jos by forcing residents to stay indoors.

Comment: The power of the preacher
Churchgoers still value the sermon, with 96.6% looking forward to hear the preacher speak. Below, one of John Donne's from 1625.

Sex & Gender

French companies forced to reserve 40% of boardroom posts for women (just don't tell Harriet Harman)
Large companies in France are to be forced to reserve at least 40 per cent of  their boardroom positions for women.

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