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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 19/09/2013

Bernanke bolsters labour market

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's decision is a flexible reaction to the economic data that makes full employment the highest goal of monetary policy, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger writes in praise: "The first indications from June that the money tap would be switched off this autumn caused mortgage rates to rise: mortgage costs for an average house went up by 110 dollars per month. That's too much in an environment of sinking real wages. Bernanke can pride himself on having seen these weaknesses and wanting to correct them. His move definitively makes full employment the primary target of the Federal Reserve. And whether he likes it or not, Bernanke has also put the onus on his successor to carry on where he left off. Which doesn't mean the tasks of the Federal Reserve will be any simpler. Because the longer the money tap is kept open, the greater the risk of an unhealthy speculative bubble."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 24/06/2013

Para-state control apparatus

Edward Snowden's major achievement is, according to the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger, "that he revealed the extent to which state-run anti-terrorism programmes are networked with private surveillance companies. Thanks to him we know that such companies have become a fixed component of the surveillance apparatus, and that hundreds of thousands of 'privatised' agents carry out tasks that would normally fall to the state. The outsourcing of highly sensitive state responsibilities has its roots in the Reagan era, and reflects the deep distrust of the state felt by those on the political right. So it will come as no surprise that these very people are now justifying the extensive para-state control apparatus. The dire thing is, however, that this reflex plays into the hands of the publicity-shy Obama government, and so prevents any debate on the limits of surveillance."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 06/04/2013

Offshore leaks points the way for media

The relevations on offshore accounts made public on Thursday are the fruit of lengthy research made possible by help from the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) in Washington and financed through foundations, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger stresses, recognising a model for the future: "The CPI took over coordination of the journalists' consortium that included 86 reporters in 46 countries. It evaluated, compared and translated the material for 15 months and even set up its own search engine. Such a task is now too big for most editorial offices. Too many journalists' positions have been cut in recent years, and budgets can no longer cover lengthy reports and trips. ... Offshore leaks could mark the start of a new understanding of journalism, one that relies more on cross-border cooperation and accessing capital that need not serve the interests of short-term, short-sighted quarterly profits."

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