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Corruption Focus The Biden Administration will emphasize its Strategy on Countering Corruption at this week’s Summit for Democracy. Shell companies will be required to report their true owners and the goal is to strengthen democracies by weakening corruption. Not all think this is a good idea. Former Irish official Dick Roche asserts that extraterritorial efforts to address war crimes, genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity is acceptable but laments that Washington uses the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to stop bribes of foreign officials, which he complains to often snares European countries. The EU applies its own extraterritorial punishments, such as fines on U.S. tech companies over privacy concerns. The goal should be fo...

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