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January 20, 2006 | Issue 572

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

Why are the Democrats giving Alito a free ride?
Bush's new right-hand man on the Court
Like showing up to a knife fight without a knife. That's how one writer described the Democrats' pathetic performance at hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

New "test case" in the auto industry
A fight for labor's future at Delphi
With auto parts maker Delphi looking to cut wages in half, workers now wonder whether jobs that were once highly prized will be worth going back to.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

When abortion was illegal
Before Roe
SW talks to several activists about what women's lives were like before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision--and the shift in public attitudes that gave way to legalized abortion.

Stopping America's execution machine
Public support for the death penalty has been falling for a decade--last year matching the lowest level in the previous 27 years.

Impact of Evo Morales' landslide victory in presidential vote
The "new" Bolivia?
Evo Morales deserves the support of socialists for every blow he strikes against neoliberalism. And he deserves our criticism for every accommodation he makes to global capitalism.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

White House tries to line up UN support
Is Iran next on the U.S. hit list?
The U.S. has by far the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, and dominates the international arms trade. Yet U.S. officials complain that Iran is the threat to peace.

U.S. air strike in Pakistan misses its target
"Only our family members died"
A U.S. air strike in Pakistan killed 18 people, none of them remotely connected to "terrorism"--and sparked furious protests across the country.

NATIONAL NEWS

Maryland's new health care law aimed at the retail giant
Making Wal-Mart pay
The retail Goliath Wal-Mart suffered one of its biggest defeats yet in the political arena when the Maryland General Assembly passed an affordable health-care law.

Getting rid of New Orleans' poor
George W. Bush flew to New Orleans to meet with the city's business elite and--surprise!--came away with a thoroughly upbeat assessment.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The modern-day robber barons
The arrogance displayed by today's employers rivals that of their "robber baron" predecessors more than a century ago.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Beware wolves in Democrat clothing
The semi-oppositional stance of the Democrats to Bush takes as its starting point an agreement between the two parties that the U.S. should be able to dominate the world.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Transit workers push for "no" vote on new contract
Will transit deal pass?
Discontent about givebacks that mar gains won by New York City transit workers in a three-day strike has created doubts about whether the new contract will be ratified.

Labor in brief
European dockworkers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Pelosi faces antiwar protest
More than 30 antiwar activists lined the front of the stage as Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed a crowd of 1,000 at a town hall meeting in San Francisco.

News and reports
Stop the Nazis; End executions; Defend abortion rights

VIEWS AND VOICES

Media double standard in covering Sharon's stroke
Ignoring Israeli crimes
A Palestinian rights activist looks at the contrast in the media coverage between Ariel Sharon's stroke and the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004.

Views in brief
Time for labor to fight back; Thanks from a Texas prisoner; Who votes for Republicans?; Turning art into ads; An untold part of Munich

REVIEWS

Author and activist Tariq Ali's radical memoirs
A whirlwind tour of the 1960s
In Street Fighting Years, activist and author Tariq Ali paints a vivid picture of what is possible when ordinary people the world over stand up and fight for an alternative.

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