FROM Chris Matyszczyk
Apple, Ireland and corporate tax avoidance This week, the European Union made big news by announcing that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion worth of back taxes . Apple, Ireland, the Obama Administration and Congress all said that was wrong. Why does Apple have to pay taxes there? It's American law. US companies can find tax havens overseas, and Irish taxes are one third of what they are here. Despite its shiny image, critics say, Apple's no different than Anheuser-Busch, Google, Starbucks or Burger King. Apple says it's taking advantage of “legal incentives,” and Washington says that's okay. But, what's the cost to small business, the middle class and the poor?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.