Newsweek Sep-12-14

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corporate deadbeats: how companies get rich off of taxes

You and your wallet have a big stake in huge tax-dodging deals being crafted by big American companies, like Burger King merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain. Burger King is looking to swap the 35 percent corporate tax rate in the U.S. for Canada’s 15 percent rate, even though its working headquarters will remain in Miami. The little people—the millions of us who pay our taxes week to week—will pick up some of the tax burden Burger King and other multinationals shirk through these so-called inversions, in which they move their headquarters, on paper, to escape taxes while continuing to enjoy all the benefits of doing business in America. It’s just one of several ways multinationals don’t pay their fair share, and they get away with it because…

pink slime is a red herring

Meat is a nasty business, filled with blood, guts and, yes, shit. While there’s nothing in the U.S. today that matches the hellish conditions described in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle at the turn of the last century, there is no avoiding the fact that if we want to eat meat, we need to do things that are stomach-churning for the average person: kill things, cut them up, pack the pieces into containers and ship them out. We’ve all done an excellent job of hiding this process from our daily lives. In the time we’ve moved out of the country and into cities and suburbs (in 1910, 72 percent of Americans lived in rural areas; in 2010, only 16 percent did), we’ve both literally and emotionally distanced ourselves from the provenance of…

how to beat the islamic state

The lights are on 24/7 in the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group these days, with real-time spy satellite imagery, electronic intercepts and drone videos pouring in from Iraq and Syria, along with intelligence reports from agency bases in Baghdad, Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey. But the whispered corridor conversations and worried looks among analysts and operations officials, sources say, tell the real story: Even if the White House decides to go to war against the Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, there are no good options. The last time the CIA faced an Iraqi insurgency it had the backing of 140,000 U.S. troops, a 500-strong Baghdad station and constant air cover from in-country bases, not to mention the support of President George W. Bush and Congress for a big troop “surge.”…

afghans face fighting taliban without western help

Will Afghanistan, like Iraq, be deserted by the West to fend off extremist groups on its own? The most recent political crisis in the country, which once hosted the perpetrators of the attacks of September 11, the most deadly terrorist assault on American soil, raises new doubts about future presence of United States and NATO forces there. President Barack Obama has said that unless a new security agreement is signed with the government in Kabul by the end of this year, America will withdraw the remaining troops deployed in Afghanistan, fulfilling his campaign promise to “end” the war by 2014. The outgoing Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, reneged on an agreement to sign a new pact to facilitate the presence of a residual NATO force in Afghanistan. And while the original agreement, signed…

can queen elizabeth ride two horses at once?

In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the British Parliament on the eve of a vote on Scottish “devolution” that led to the re-creation of a separate Scottish Parliament in 1999. “I number kings and queens of England and of Scotland and princes of Wales among my ancestors,” the queen said, “and so I can readily understand these aspirations. But I cannot forget that I was crowned queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” “The royal family have understandably kept away from voicing their opinions on the issue of Scottish independence,” says Peter Hennessy, a professor of contemporary British history at the University of London’s Queen Mary college. “But the queen knew what she was doing when she said that, and I thought that was profoundly her.” According to Hennessy and constitutional expert Vernon…

will justice be done in ferguson?

On the afternoon of June 12, 2000, two unarmed black men pulled into the parking lot of a Jack in the Box in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, just a few miles from where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. In the car were Earl Murray, a small-time drug dealer, and his friend Ronald Beasley. Waiting for them were a dozen detectives. By the time Murray realized it was a sting, he was surrounded. Panicked, he put his car into reverse but slammed into a police SUV behind him. Two officers approaching the car from the front opened fire. Twenty-one shots rained down on Murray and Beasley. In an ensuing investigation, the local prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, put the case to a grand…