Press Roundup Friday 11 June 2010

By Press Office
June 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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Ecology & Environment

Confidence in climate science remains strong, poll shows
Climate science's winter of discontent has not made a large impact on the British public's attitudes to global warming, according to poll of over 1,800 people.

How doubts about global warming are on the rise after 'big freeze' winter and emails row
Global warming scepticism is rising, a major poll shows.

BP oil spill: US doubles estimated size of slick
The United States has more than doubled the estimated size of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, as BP’s chairman was summoned to a White House meeting with President Barack Obama.

Comment: Asia's silent victims of pollution and emissions
The global south is struggling with industrial emissions, always playing catch up in a bid to fix the ailments it has created.

Religion & Society

Pope defends celibacy for priests
Pope Benedict XVI strongly defended celibacy for priests as a sign of faith in an increasingly secular world, insisting on a church tradition that has increasingly come under scrutiny amid the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Vicar 'married hundreds in fraudulent ceremonies'
An Anglican vicar deliberately breached Britain's immigration laws by conducting hundreds of sham marriages between Africans and Europeans, a court heard yesterday.

Comment: Religion has a rich tradition of taking animal ethics seriously
A Malaysian minister's comments about God and animal testing shouldn't be used to brand religion as a regressive force.

Community & Family

Child benefit reforms could hit millions
More than seven million families could see their child benefits scrapped when their children turn 13 in an overhaul of the payments system being considered by Government advisers.

Comment: Broaden the discussion of mental health issues
We need to question outdated approaches to mental health and build on traditional models by listening to people in recovery.

Crime & Justice

Officers guilty of 1995 massacre in Srebrenica
Two high-ranking military enforcers of ethnic cleansing for the wartime Bosnian Serb leadership were yesterday convicted of genocide for the 1995 murders of almost 8,000 men and boys after their troops overran the safe enclave of Srebrenica.

Comment: Truth is justice for Srebrenica
The convictions of Popovic and Beara matter because they bear symbolic witness to the genocide of Bosnian Muslims.

Education & Culture

Willetts plans 'degrees on the cheap' to cut costs
A radical plan for cut-price degrees was outlined by Universities Secretary David Willetts as a means of solving higher education's economic woes.

Comment: David Willetts crisis over tuition fees could improve our universities
It's right that students should pay higher fees, but they deserve better teaching in return, says Jerry de Groot.

Peace & War

Bloody Sunday killings to be ruled unlawful
The long-awaited report into the Bloody Sunday massacre will conclude that a number of the fatal shootings of civilians by British soldiers were unlawful killings, the Guardian has learned.

Hoon: I did not know British troops hooded Iraqi prisoners
Geoff Hoon, the former defence secretary, insisted yesterday that he did not know until the death of Baha Mousa that British troops hooded prisoners in Iraq as standard operating procedure.

People & Power

Confront Iran on brutality not nuclear weapons, says Nobel prize winner
Western governments are indirectly helping the Islamic regime to repress its own people, Shirin Ebadi tells Katherine Butler.

Comment: The clock is ticking. Iran must come to the table
Ahmadinejad’s refusal to negotiate is a crucial test of Europe’s ability to act forcefully on the world stage.

Economy & Politics

Comment: Clamour for an elected Lords is not about democracy, but grabbing power
The second chamber's job is to deliberate, not legislate. Elections would just put the peers firmly under Commons control.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: They think Africa's dark age is all over... but is it?
China and India have escaped from their history with spectacular results and Africa could do the same.

Life & Death

Mercenary given death sentence
Two mercenaries, one of them British, were sentenced to death by a Congolese court yesterday for allegedly killing their driver.

Race & Identity

Comment: Expecting immigrants to speak English is hypocritical
Britain has an appalling track record on languages, and new legislation will simply punish some of the world's poorest people.

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