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?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.