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President Obama comes under fire in the Muslim world- for not doing enough back Ground Zero mosque

In the international press review- Barack Obama comes under fire from the Pakistani press for his muted support for the Ground Zero mosque, this year's school leavers could face the worst prospects in decades, and by 2050 we could all be eating artificial meat grown in industrial vats.

Barack Obama’s decision to voice his support for building a mosque at Ground Zero has got the press talking all over the Muslim world….

 

Pakistani newspaper Dawn is just one of the many papers in the Islamic world who say he hasn’t gone far enough-

 

They say Obama’s speech on Friday saying the principle of religious freedom must be safeguarded was a clear expression of the only correct moral position that can be taken on the issue.

 

But they then accuse him of backtracking after he responded to Republican attacks by saying he had never commented specifically on that particular mosque.

 

The paper says he’s playing into hands of Republicans who see Islamophobia as a vote winner in the US.

 

They say the furore the mosque has created in the US will just make it easier for militant Islamists to paint the country as against Islam.

 

The front page of the Independent asks “Who would want to be 18 today?”

In Britain and across Europe this summer’s school leavers face an unprecedentedly tough struggle to get a place at university as several countries have cut higher education funding in austerity budgets.

In Britain those who do get a coveted place will now graduate with an average 30 thousand euro debt.

 

The picture is no better for young people hoping to enter the job market with school leavers bottom of the pile for employers already inundated with applications from far more experienced people as the recession continues to bite.

 

The paper says those young people who don’t get a university place could be lost to the job market for years.

 

According to the Guardian’s front page, by 2050 we’ll all be eating artificially grown meat.

 

The paper says we can’t keep eating as we are as the world population soars.

 

We’ll need to feed 3 billion extra people by 2050  and producing meat consumers huge amounts of energy, resources, and grain which will be need to feed people.

 

Scientists have a solution- growing artificial meat from stem cells in vats, which could one day fulfil all our meat requirements, the paper says.

 

Now to Italy, where a legal battle is raging over Michelangelo’s David- one of the world’s most famous art works.

 

La Repubblica says lawyers hired by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi have proved the statue belongs to the Italian state.

 

But the city of Florence insists it belongs to them.

 

At stake is 8 million euros a year in ticket sales- which currently goes into government coffers- and Florence’s mayor complains Rome isn’t even giving the city enough money back to clean the graffiti off their public buildings.

 

Finally the Guardian says London’s house prices have created a new breed of Londoner- the camping commuter.

 

These are people who live on campsites in the outskirts of the capital during the week- popping home at weekends- because they can’t afford to live anywhere near their jobs.

 

Many campers are working on the Olympic site that’s being built in Hackney for the 2012 sporting extravaganza.

 

They include at least one 2012 athlete who’s been camping on an industrial estate for months so she can be near the capital’s best sports facilities.

By Elena CASAS

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