Press Roundup Thursday 27 August 2010

By Press Office
August 27, 2010

A selection of stories from the press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced by our staff, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics:

* Cable warns over curbs on migration – Financial Times. Vince Cable, business secretary, urged fellow ministers today not to hobble Britain’s competitiveness with excessive extra border controls.

* MI5 spy records released by the National Archives - BBC News. Glamorous Nazi spies, German invasion plans, a Nobel Prize winner and links to James Bond. They all feature in files kept by the British spy agency MI5 that were released by the National Archives.

Peace & War:

* Church accused of 'lacking moral authority' over Claudy bombing - Telegraph. The Roman Catholic church in Ireland has been accused of lacking “moral authority” over its failure to apologise for helping a priest suspected of a notorious IRA bombing evade justice.

Religion & Society:

* Muslim taxi driver stabbed in NYC says religion played role in attack - Reuters. A Muslim taxi driver wounded in a stabbing said he believed he was attacked because of his religion but did not blame the public furore over a proposed Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center site.

* 9/11 families, others rally in support of NYC mosque - Colombia Daily Tribune. The planned mosque and Islamic center blocks from ground zero got a new boost yesterday from a coalition of supporters that includes families of victims of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.

* Muslims 'being turned into terrorists in jail' - Independent. Britain faces a "new wave" of home-grown terrorist attacks led by up to 800 Muslim ex-prisoners who have been radicalised by jihadists while serving their sentences, a think-tank has warned.

Globalisation & Development:

* Pakistan aid workers defy Taliban threat - ABC News. Aid agencies in Pakistan say they will continue to deliver emergency assistance to flood victims despite warnings of possible attacks by the Taliban.

Education & Culture:

* Barnado's criticises 'unfair' state school system - Guardian. Barnado's, the children's charity, says privileged children are monopolising top state places and poorer families are losing out in a complex and unfair system.

Ecology & Environment:

* Nine Plane Stupid activists fined for Aberdeen airport stunt - Guardian.
Nine climate activists who occupied the tarmac at Aberdeen airport in the name of tackling climate change have each been fined between £300 and £700 after being convicted of breach of the peace.

Life & Death:

* Drugs deaths up by 67% in Wales – BBC News. Statistics from the International Centre for Drugs Policy 102 illicit drugs-related deaths recorded in Wales in 2009, up from 61 in 2006.

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