May 21 - Stepping on Each Other's Toes in a Diplomatic Dance; Genocide Verdict Anulled in Guatemala; Apple Avoids U.S. Taxes on Billions in Ireland

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We begin with an analysis of whether or not the U.S. and Russia, let alone the Syrian parties themselves, will be able to come to an agreement over peace talks on Syria. Former White House Middle East Advisor Ambassador Marc Ginsberg joins us to discuss Russia’s insistence that Iran join the international conference and remarks from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cautioning against arbitrary deadlines, implying Secretary of State John Kerry is getting ahead of himself. marc ginsbergh

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Then we look into today’s annulment by Guatemala’s highest court of the verdict of genocide against General Rios Montt who was sentenced to 80 years for the deaths of 1,700 of the 200,000 Mayan Indians murdered by the Guatemalan military. Anita Isaacs, a Professor of Social Sciences and Political Science at Haverford College and author of “The Politics of Transitional Justice in Postwar Guatemala” joins us to discuss her recent article at The New York Times “We Enabled Genocide, but the Elite Committed it”.

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Then finally, we speak with Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor of Tax Notes who was recently named one of the Global Tax 50 most influential players in international taxation by International Tax Review. We discuss today’s hearing before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook was grilled over avoiding $9 billion in taxes in 2012 and keeping billions of Apple’s profits in Irish subsidiaries to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

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