Press Summary 31 August 2010

By Press Office
August 31, 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, international media and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics:

President Barack Obama hits back at birthers and rumour mongers - Telegraph. Barack Obama has publicly displayed his personal frustration for the first time with conservative opponents who have persistently questioned both his Christianity and his eligibility to be president.

Public sector job cuts 'to hit Wales and North' - BBC News. At least one in 10 people will be unemployed in half of UK regions by 2015, an economic think tank has forecast. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), the unemployment rate will exceed 10% in Wales and the North of England.

Peace & War:

Biden says US won't abandon war-battered Iraq - Associated Press. Vice President Biden flew into Baghdad a few days before a military ceremony formally marking the end of U.S. combat operations seven years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Religion & Society:

Papal visit fuels calls to end ban on Catholic succession - Herald. The public is being urged to back a campaign to scrap a 300-year-old law which prohibits Catholics ascending the throne, ahead of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain next month.

Beck's marriage of politics and religion raising questions - Washington Post. The right-wing Mormon broadcaster has captivated the religious right in the US. But questions are being raised about his personal as well as political narrative.

Theologian says reactionary ranks of hierarchy make change from within unlikely - Irish Times. Professor James P. Mackey, a noted Catholic biblical scholar, gives his assessment of the issues surrounding the upcoming papal visit.

Education & Culture:

Notting Hill Carnival hailed a success - BBC News. One of Britain’s most important multi-cultural festivals has gone of with much celebration and few arrests.

Crime & Justice:

Outlaw Christian Pride demo, says town hall chief Pat Karney - Manchester Evening News
Some politicians want to see Christian homophobes prevented from marching. But others argue that free speech must come first.

Ecology & Environment:

Climate change: The facts of life - Guardian. Political action seems again improbable, but it remains more urgent than ever.

Race & Identity:

Australia 'pretending racism isn't there' - ABC Online. The Race Discrimination Commissioner says the next federal government must amend the constitution to make it impossible to suspend the Racial Discrimination Act.

UN urges Iran to tackle racism - Reuters. Iran should do more to protect its ethnic minorities such as Arabs, Kurds and Baluch, a United Nations human rights body has said.

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