Press Roundup Tuesday 21 July 2009

By Press Office
July 21, 2009

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.

Religion & Society

More non-Muslims turning to Sharia courts to resolve civil disputes
Increasing numbers of non-Muslims are turning to Sharia courts to resolve commercial disputes and other civil matters, The Times has learnt.

Sharia penal codes would benefit Britain says Muslim Sheikh Suhaib Hasan
Hardline Islamic penal codes, such as the amputation of limbs as punishment for theft, would make Britain a safer and better place, the founder of the country’s oldest sharia court has told The Times.

Playwrights create a stir with new work about Creationism
After the howls of protest which greeted their play Maggie's End about the plans for a state funeral for Baroness Thatcher, Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood are courting controversy again with a new work focusing on a self-made millionaire who funds an academy where Creationism is taught as scientific fact.

Deacon builds church in garden to attract more worshippers
A deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church is holding services in a chapel he built in his garden in Suffolk to attract more worshippers.

Comment: Western hostility to Islam is stoked by double standards and distortion
The political and media bias is clear. But we Arabs and Muslims too must combat false, retrograde ideas around our religion.

Economy & Politics

Labour reforms could see hereditary peers limp on for decades
Hereditary peers could limp on for decades after Labour introduced legislation ending the principle that sons and daughters of peers can inherit their places in the Lords.

National interest would dominate Tory foreign policy, says Hague
David Cameron would preside over a hard-headed approach to foreign policy in which "idealism must always be tempered with realism", the shadow foreign secretary, William Hague, will declare today.

Straw has wasted his chance to wield the reformer's broom
We'll never get a clearer constitutional moment – yet this bill is mere fine tuning. The last hope is to launch a new localism.

Comment: Steve Richards: This farce of constitutional change
Opportunities for reform only appear at a parliament's start, not at its end.

Comment:Lord Sugar and the sour taste of hypocrisy
As Labour fails to tackle reform of the Upper House, Gordon Brown grabs cheap headlines by ennobling a TV personality

Letter: Brown's failure
I resigned as constitutional adviser to Jack Straw because the government has no will to initiate much-needed reform.

Life & Death

'Right to die' teenager Hannah Jones changes her mind
A critically ill teenager who resisted attempts by doctors to give her a heart transplant has changed her mind and agreed to go ahead with the operation.

Comment: 'Do not resuscitate' does not imply a judgement on quality of life
The debate over assisted dying is being hampered by confusion over terminology.

Letter: Be honest about the dying process
Palliative care is not an alternative to changing the law

Peace & War

Israeli settlers burn olive groves in ‘price tag’ retaliation attack
Israeli settlers on horseback set fire to fields of olive trees and stoned Palestinian cars in the West Bank yesterday, apparently in response to the Israeli army’s removal of an illegal outpost in the area.

US and India agree nuclear defence pact
The United States and India today said they had agreed on a defence pact that takes a major step towards allowing the sale of sophisticated US arms to the South Asian nation as it modernises its military.

Crime & Justice

Serbian warlord gets life for crimes against humanity
Milan Lukic guilty of massacring Muslims in Bosnian war during reign of terror under Radovan Karadzic.

Guantanamo Bay detention report delayed by six months
A key report on the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay will be delayed by six months, US officials have said.

Globalisation & Development

South Africa launches Aids vaccine trial
South Africa launched clinical trials of the first Aids vaccine created by a developing country today, as its own scientists overcame deep scepticism from political leaders who had shocked the world with their unscientific pronouncements about the disease.

Race & Identity

Henry Louis Gates, top black scholar, accuses police of racism after being arrested in his own home
America’s pre-eminent black scholar has accused police of racism after they demanded that he should prove his identity in his own home near Harvard University.

Ecology & Environment

Britain should grow more crops to avoid global food crisis, say MPs
Britain must not bury its head in the sand over food supplies, warns the environment, food and rural affairs committee.

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