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February 3, 2006 | Issue 574

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

$1,189,000,000,000
What the U.S. is spending to crush Iraq
"It is worth it," George W. Bush told the country last June as he defended the cost--both human and financial--of the U.S. war on Iraq.

U.S. and Israel denounce Hamas landslide
Threatened with war for winning an election
The U.S. and Israel reacted to Hamas' landslide victory in Palestinian elections with denunciations and threats.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Congress' cushy pension plan
What they have that you don't
In Washington, the politicians who let corporations destroy our pensions enjoy a retirement savings system and other benefits that ordinary workers couldn't imagine.

Retiring into poverty
Pensions were once considered one of the central features of the American Dream, but U.S. workers are waking up to a different reality today.

What set the stage for Hamas' victory?
The clearest message from the Palestinian election results is that the electorate resoundingly said "No more!" to the ruling Fatah party.

WHAT WE THINK

Bush exploits September 11 to go after more of our rights
Scare of the Union
Just trust us, and we'll keep you safe. That's been the Bush administration's trump card since September 11--and George Bush played it again in his State of the Union address.

Bush's plan for less health care
George Bush decided to talk about health care in his State of the Union address. Thing is, Bush is talking about how to make health care less accessible.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Report from the 2006 World Social Forum in Venezuela
The challenge to neoliberalism
More than 80,000 people arrived at the World Social Forum to take part in thousands of meetings dedicated to the fight for social justice and against war and imperialism.

NATIONAL NEWS

Anger at police harassment and violence bubbles up to the surface
What's rotten in Baltimore?
A crowd of over 200 people booed and heckled Mayor Martin O'Malley and Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm at a clamorous hearing held to examine police tactics.

Slap on the wrist for killing Iraqi detainee
Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer was found guilty of murder. But he walked away from a military court-martial with a slap on the wrist--because his victim was Iraqi.

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOUR ON?
The Democrats: Fulla-bluff-and-bluster
John Kerry's last-ditch scheme to block Judge Samuel Alito's Senate confirmation vote came only when it was clear that Republicans had the 60 votes to defeat a filibuster.

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
Capitalism, crime and corruption
The word "corruption" is a misnomer, for it implies that there is something called honest capitalism. Crime and corruption is worked into the fabric of capitalism.

ON THE PICKET LINE

Ten grad employees told they'll lose a year's pay
NYU threatens strikers
New York University is threatening to dock the pay of 10 graduate employees in an attempt to break a two-and-a-half-month-old strike for union recognition.

Labor in brief
Stop Chicago school closings; Solidarity with Colombian workers

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

Petitions for clemency delivered to Maryland governor
Activists rally to stop Vernon Evans' execution
More than 60 demonstrators gathered in front of Maryland's State House to demand that Gov. Robert Ehrlich grant clemency to death row prisoner Vernon Evans.

News and reports
Defend the St. Patrick's Four; Stop Baltimore school closings; Stand up for the rights of Arabs and Muslims

VIEWS AND VOICES

Measuring out your last days on Florida's death row
A state-sanctioned murder
Let me take you, step by step, through a hideous, outrageous, unbelievable journey of a man doomed by capital punishment.

Fanning the flames of racism
On January 14, a crowd of 200 antiracists stopped the neo-Nazis from rallying in Boston. But the racist climate in which they made their attempt remains.

Views in brief
Support the dockworkers; How Vons busted a union; Kong's racist framework

REVIEWS

How Tulia's racist cops got caught in their lies
The "war on drugs" in a Texas town
Journalist Nate Blakeslee explains how a racist atrocity could take place in a dusty Texas town--and depicts the struggle of the people who fought for justice.

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