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German minister proposes tougher laws after attacks

BERLIN: Germany’s Interior Minister unveiled proposals Thursday to boost security after recent attacks, including making it easier to deport foreigners deemed dangerous and stripping dual nationals who fight for extremist groups of their German citizenship. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere’s plans also include creating several thousand jobs at federal security services over the coming years and making “promoting terrorism” a criminal offense.

Four attacks last month included two carried out by asylum-seekers and claimed by Daesh (ISIS). Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany won’t be deflected from giving shelter to people who deserve asylum, but also pledged to do “everything humanly possible” to keep the country safe.

“A lot of people ... are worried about further attacks. That is understandable,” de Maiziere told reporters. “No one can guarantee absolute security, but we must do what is possible.”

He said Germany will consider joining other countries in screening the public soc…

Russia’s Weakness Is Its Economic Policy

By Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson

According to various reports, the Russian government is reconsidering the neoliberal policy that has served Russia so badly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. If Russia had adopted an intelligent economic policy, Russia’s economy would be far ahead of where it stands today. It would have avoided most of the capital flight to the West by relying on self-finance.

Washington, however, took advantage of a naive, gullible and demoralized Russian government which looked to Washington for guidance in the post-Soviet era. Russians thought that the rivalry between the two countries had ended with the Soviet collapse and trusted American advice to modernize the Russian economy with best-practice Western ideas. Instead, Washington abused this trust to saddle Russia with an economic policy designed to carve up Russian economic assets and transfer ownership into foreign hands. By tricking Russia into accepting foreign capital and exposing the ruble …