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A logo for British American Tobacco on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A logo for British American Tobacco on a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, July 24, 2017 (AP photo by Richard Drew).

The Overlooked Role of Western Multinationals in African Corruption

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

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British American Tobacco, one of the United Kingdom’s largest companies, has been accused of paying bribes to the notoriously corrupt former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. The allegations come amid a number of other reports of Western multinational corporations allegedly engaging in questionable conduct on the African continent.  ...

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