America’s business

President Obama insists on BP paying every dime for the damage caused, directly and indirectly, by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, America demands a limited liability guarantee from the Indian government for US companies selling nuclear power stations to India.

What if a Chernobyl-type disaster happened at an American-designed nuclear plant in the world’s second most populous country? Remember the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster and the shameful treatment of its victims by the American company Union Carbide.

[Deepak Tripathi's latest book Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan (Potomac Books, Inc.) evaluates the Bush presidency's toxic legacy. His forthcoming book is Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism.]


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