Here are our top picks for what the global press is saying about the United States today.
On the lam
The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could be arrested if she sets foot in the U.S., as she is planning to do this week. The Massachusetts town of Natick has a warrant out for arrest, although it has nothing to do with the bombing, reports Russia’s Ria Novisti. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is accused of shoplifting $1,600 worth of clothes from a Lord and Taylor. “If she gets stopped here or anywhere else in the state,” a clerk at the Natick District Court told Russia’s Ria Novosti, “she could be arrested, or even anywhere in the US, it’s up to the officer to decide.”
Starbucks wants a tax break
In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is considering overhauls the U.S. tax code, Starbucks had detailed its preferences for that overhaul. At the top of its wish list: protecting and expanding tax breaks on foreign profits “just months after its tax structure provoked a political backlash and public relations crisis in the UK,” reports the Financial Times. “Starbucks also said it was willing to consider forgoing some US tax breaks, including a domestic manufacturing deduction and accelerated depreciation for business investments, as long as the revenues could be used to lower the US corporate tax rate, currently set at 35 per cent.”
Protestors or terrorists?
Bahrain’s government is unimpressed with the U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report. Since February of 2011, reports Al Jazeera, Shia-led protestors have been calling for the ouster of the tiny kingdom’s prime minister. The reports points to an inability for Bahrainis to choose their own government, and detention and torture of protesters. A government spokeswoman says the report fuels terrorism in the country. Meanwhile, for the second time, Bahrain has cancelled a visit from the UN’s special envoy on torture.