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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 16/12/2014

Islamist attacks possible everywhere

During the siege the hostage-taker held a black flag bearing Islamic symbols against a window. The events in Sydney highlight once again the urban world's sensitivity to Islamist terror, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: "The siege shows once again that radical islamist terror is a system of madness and a crime that is easy to copy, against which no country can protect itself 100 percent. A presumed lone terrorist can have an entire city holding its breath while the social networks keep the whole world tuned in to his bizarre actions. And in the end it doesn't really matter whether the attack was perpetrated by a lone madman or emerged from organised structures. It is to be feared that many more evil deeds will be perpetrated in the name of the black flag, whose most dangerous aspect is its irrationality."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 05/08/2009

A weak blasphemy

Muslim and Turkish media are appalled at what they see as the blasphemous club hymn of the German football club Schalke 04, claiming the hymn makes fun of the Prophet Muhammad. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: "The third verse of the so-called Schalke hymn apparently contravenes the rules of philosophical correctness. 'Muhammad was a prophet' the song goes, 'who knew nothing about football. But of all the pretty colours he chose blue and white'. The founder of a religion as a football club designer? … These lines no doubt evoke stereotypes of the Mussulmans and the Turks converging on Vienna but ultimately the prophet in the Schalke hymn is subjected to a premature forced integration. The text goes back to a hunters' song of 1797 which extols the praises of the Patron Mahomet [an historical designation for Muhammad]. In the world of football fans the club is the only religion, but the others are by no means completely excluded. You don't have to find this funny but the blasphemous force of the rhyme is rather weak."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 30/03/2009

Demonstrations against no one

Two demonstrations took place on the weekend in Berlin and Frankfurt with the motto "We're not paying for your crisis", giving vent to frustrations over the consequences of the financial and economic crisis. The daily Frankfurter Rundschau writes: "The problem with this crisis, and what makes it hard to protest against, is ... the lack of an addressee, someone against whom the protest can be directed. Large social and political movements such as those articulated in the protests against the Nato Double-Track Decision at the end of the 1970s and the development of nuclear energy in the beginning of the 80s were directed against a manifest government policy. The large gesture of opposition had a clearly formulated political basis. In the current financial crisis, however, government policy cannot be construed as a social opponent. Condemnation of the errors and misconduct of the responsible financial managers is encountered across the political spectrum."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 17/03/2009

Reporting on the shooting spree goes too far

The left-liberal Frankfurter Rundschau criticises the reporting on the shooting spree in the southern German city of Winnenden in which a 17-year-old shot 15 people and then himself: "The overriding confidence that lessons had been learned from the school catastrophes in Erfurt, Emsdetten and elsewhere concerning the media's treatment of shocking news was put paid to in Winnenden. The rat race for the fastest information and the best access to evil secrets has quickened its pace. Twitter messages spread like wildfire immediately after the first shots were fired, and blurred images of the dying killer shot with a mobile telephone were immediately uploaded onto the relevant online portals. The depth of focus no longer plays a part in deciding which images are used. ... Anyone who demands journalistic etiquette, let alone media ethics, has not understood the dynamic behind the new information technology. A media machine in which everyone is both receiver and broadcaster can no longer be switched off."

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 15/02/2007

The middle class's involvement in violence at football games

In the wake of riots at a regional football match in Leipzig, Harry Nut reflects on the sudden outbreaks of violence at football stadiums. "The summer fairy tale when fans embraced each other in the high-security environment of the World Cup games is over. At the game in Leipzig, football once again showed its dark side, shocking society with its brutality... Often enough this violence, as it is vaguely referred to, comes from the middle classes. Lawyers and doctors are said to have participated in the Leipzig riots. From studies of English hooliganism we know that local football matches provided a venue for the organised violence tours of comparatively well-situated citizens of society. Education and social status don't protect people against the need to give physical expression to their feelings of hostility."

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