Canada to consider revoking terrorists' citizenship

As I wrote yesterday, it is next to impossible for a U.S. citizen to involuntarily lose their citizenship, even if they join an army or terrorist organization waging war against the United States. Legislative efforts to change this have met with little success. 

But with Canadian citizens implicated in both last year's attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria and last month's siege at a gas facility in Algeria, Ottawa is considering taking action to change their own laws on this topic: 

"Canadian citizenship is predicated on loyalty to this country, and I cannot think of a more obvious act of renouncing one's sense of loyalty than going and committing acts of terror," Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told reporters on Wednesday.

Kenney said citizenship can now be revoked only if it was shown to have been gained fraudulently.



Kenney endorsed a bill introduced by Conservative legislator Devinder Shory that would enable the citizenship of dual nationals to be revoked if they engage in war against Canada. He suggested expanding the bill to include acts of terrorism, even if they were not targeted at Canada.

In the U.S., the Supreme Court might find such a law to be a violation of the 14th Amendment, but it will be interesting to see if legislators look to give it a try in the wake of recent revelations.


Another German politician accused of plagiarism

Last August, I wrote on the epidemic of plagiarism scandals which have hit a number of prominent European politicians including Romania's prime minister and education minister and Hungary's former president. Two prominent German politicians -- Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and European Parliament Vice Presdient Silvana Koch-Mehrin -- have already been forced to step down after they were found to have lifted past academic work from other sources.

The next casualty may be Education Minister Annette Schavan, who has been stripped of her doctorate by the University of Dusseldorf: 

Based on an internal university analysis of Schavan's doctoral thesis, which she submitted in 1980, and on her own statement regarding her work, the committee voted 12 to 2 to invalidate her academic title, Bleckmann said. There was one abstention. "As a doctoral candidate, she systematically and deliberately presented intellectual efforts throughout her entire dissertation that were not her own," Bleckmann said. Large sections of the work, he continued, had been taken from elsewhere without adequate attribution. As such, she was guilty of "intentional deception through plagiarism."

Schavan is fighting the decision, saying that citation standards were different at the time. If the charges stick, there's a good chance she will be dropped from Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet. Perhaps ironically, the paper was on "Person and conscience—Studies on conditions, need and requirements of today's consciences."

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