Documents released this week show that Midland-based Dow Chemical hired a private intelligence company to spy on activists concerned about continued effects of a 1984 gas leak in India that killed thousands. The group WikiLeaks obtained e-mails that show Dow hired a Texas-based company, Stratfor, to monitor environment and human rights advocates concerned with the leak at a plant in Bhopal, India, that killed about 15,000 and is considered the worst industrial accident in history. Union Carbide, which later was bought by Dow, owned and ran the plant.
Rep. Dan Burton criticized the White House last September for ignoring the persistent violence and unrest in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. Barack Obama, he noted, pledged during the 2008 presidential campaign to defuse what long has been a flashpoint between Pakistan and India, nuclear-armed neighbors that each claim Kashmir as their own. "So far, this is a promise unfulfilled," Burton, R-Ind., said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took to the floor of both houses of Parliament on Wednesday to defend himself and his party from a growing furor over a WikiLeaks cable alleging government corruption
A WikiLeaks cable suggesting Indian government payoffs to lawmakers to secure support for a controversial nuclear deal in 2008 rocked the parliament Thursday, when opposition parties demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.