Corporate Power

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
After the mega-merger of Kraft and Heinz, grocery stores shelves will be lined by products and brands all owned by the same corporation. (Photo: Mike Mozart/cc/flickr)
In a consolidation that will birth the fifth largest food company in the world, H.J. Heinz Company announced on Wednesday its plan to purchase Kraft Foods. The mega-merger, which was engineered by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathway and the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, brings under one roof products ranging from the ubiquitous Heinz Ketchup...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Melinda and Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009. (Photo: World Economic Forum/flickr/cc)
Largest charitable foundation in world target of growing call for divestment.
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
The leading trade organization and lobbyist for the chemical industry left its...


The revelation of General Motors' deadly, decade-long malfeasance on design defects - resulting in at least 13 deaths, a recall of up to 11 million cars and a record $35 million fine from the feds - was bad enough. Now comes a newly released 2008 GM training document listing words to be avoided by engineers investigating the hazards so that they don't, you know, give the company a bad name. Banned terms range from "safety" and "problem" to "gruesome," "Kevorkianesque," "widow-maker," "rolling...