Property, Tourism & Transportation

Media attending the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are being housed in apartments constructed by workers "in conditions analogous to slavery" by Cyrela, the largest real estate company in Brazil. The local community has also complained that the construction has ruined the water supply and destroyed forested areas.
The sale of the Serbian brewery, Beogradska Industrija Piva, seen by some as a key step in economic reform, is being fought by the family that lost the firm when it was seized by communists.
Over 5 1/2 years, Republican and Democratic lawmakers accepted nearly $50 million in trips, often to resorts and exclusive locales, from corporations and groups seeking legislative favors, according to the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of congressional travel.
In 1996, Darius Mehri, a wide-eyed young American engineer, went to Japan to work for Toyota's production system. What he found was an abusive environment where the company controlled every movement - inside and outside work - of its employees.
A major Dutch arms manufacturer's bankruptcy revealed a secret deal to supply weapons to General Augusto Pinochet of Chile. The man behind the scheme is now a tax exile who appears to be immune from charges of bribery or tax evasion.
Rio Tinto has been named as early front-runner for the Greenwash Gold award for the worst Olympic sponsor, with BP in second place and Dow Chemical third. The three corporations have paid millions to stick their names all over Olympic promotional material and activities.
An American financier is pitching a vast theme park in Baghdad, not out of kindness, but as he says, "for profit."
Thirteen Czech environmental groups sent a letter to Ford Motor Company today demanding that it stop placement of a manufacturing plant on prime agricultural land in the Czech Republic. Ford is founder and 25 percent owner of NEMAK Co., which recently broke ground on the facility with an expected annual output of 1,600,000 engine heads.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- AOL Time Warner Inc. and Cendant Corp. were among 16 companies that contributed to the financial collapse of online real estate firm Homestore.com, a California retirement fund has alleged in a lawsuit.