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Der Standard - Austria | 30/07/2012

Double standards for mass murderers

Since the shooting spree at the Batman premiere in a cinema in Colorado on 20 July, President Barack Obama has neither spoken out again gun laws nor stepped up security. Had the killer been a Muslim, politicians and media would have reacted rather differently, reflects the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "As with the case of the (alleged) Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, the killer is being isolated from the society in which he lives - without any supporting evidence. Had Holmes [the alleged Colorado shooter] or Breivik had an Arab background journalists would never have considered describing them as psychiatric cases. ... Such killers are instantly identified with religion and ethnic background, and Islam as a whole is held jointly responsible, even if the accusations only take the form of demands for Islamic officials and imams to distance themselves immediately from all forms of violence."

Der Standard - Austria | 12/12/2011

UK is the US's Trojan Horse in Europe

British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected changes to the EU treaties aimed at introducing stricter budget policy at the EU summit on Friday. The UK has once again shown how it aligns itself with on financial policy, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "The government in London even has a few trumps in its hand. Keeping the euro is not one of its priorities. Media like The Economist and the Financial Times - both also widely read in continental Europe - have been criticising the currency for years. If the British continue to massively undermine the political force of the EU (the precondition for a strong euro), Brussels will slowly but surely become a lame duck. And that will play an important role in the economic and financial war between the US and Europe. To use an ancient image, the way things stand the UK is the Trojan Horse of Anglo Saxon financial interests in the heart of Europe. Paris conceals its weaknesses through its alliance with Berlin. And one has to doubt whether Germany is strong enough to stand up to the British."

Der Standard - Austria | 04/07/2011

Stauss-Kahn remains a security risk

After the turn of events in the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn it seems he may once again be able to run for the French presidency. But his treatment of women would represent a serious risk factor should he become French leader, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "Can such a man be elected president of France? Certainly, if the Socialists nominate him and more people vote for him than for Nicolas Sarkozy. He would have gained power in a perfectly legal way and (with his knowledge) he would be one of the most powerful people in the world. ... Dominique Strauss-Kahn can do what he wants - above all because his wife covers up for any escapades that come out in public. But a man who wants to become the president of a mid-sized power must not be a security risk. And that's what Strauss-Kahn is. Even if in legal terms he comes out of this affair unscathed. ... Strauss-Kahn has always had the bearing of a petty prince. ... All that's missing is the baroque wig."

Der Standard - Austria | 11/06/2006

Internet, a place for citizen journalism ?

Editor in chief Gerfried Sperl writes about the growing popularity of citizen journalism and its dangers. "Because blogging (less frequently) and posting (usually) are done anonymously, they can become instruments to achieve the opposite of freedom of opinion. Massive human rights violations are just one of the problems, minor irritations are another. Anyone can use the name 'George Bush' when posting. Was it him or wasn't it? How do Internet newspapers react? Sperl says postings are often checked to ensure that they are not in conflict with media laws or other aspects before they are published, but adds: "You can't be 100 percent sure. However many bloggers accept all kinds of postings because in the end they can't be held accountable. But at the same time they also put Internet journalism's credibility at risk."

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