We are told in our high school government classes that the judicial arm of government is "objective" and "impartial". Yet time after time it is clear that the decisions taken by the Supreme Court, the highest body of the judicial branch, are tinted with "partisan" bias - the fiasco over the presidential election being the most recent and conspicuous case. The election of George W. Bush raises many questions about the US Supreme Court. Several judges will most probably be appointed under the Bush administration, and the question of "liberal" versus "conservative" judges is a common topic of discussion. Many people fear that important gains such as the right to abortion (Roe vs. Wade) may be reversed if "conservative" judges are appointed. While that is an important topic for another article, this raises a glaring contradiction as to the impartiality of the courts - if the Supreme Court is supposed to be unbiased, then what’s the difference if new judges are appointed by a "liberal" or a "conservative" president?

The US government's propaganda war against "terrorism" is also attempting to deflect attention from the dramatic economic slowdown affecting the United States and the dire consequences it is having on American workers. Rob Sewell takes a look at the developing situation.

"I have seen the future, and it doesn't work." Adlai Stevenson, on visiting California

'Brownouts' in the golden west, power cuts in Silicon Valley and, in the longer term, threats by big chunks of high tech business to relocate out of California, the most advanced industrial state on earth. What the hell is going on? Deregulation of the electricity industry, that's what They've decided to introduce market forces into the energy sector, and the result is they're creating havoc.

The last defiant words of Gary Graham, who was executed by lethal injection in Texas, was to accuse his captors of "the systematic state murder of black people". This murder not only takes place on death row but in the cities of America.

This years' campaign for the American presidency has been a hard fought one, with both sides doing everything legal -and sometimes illegal - to  win. In the end it has come down to a dead heat between Vice President Al Gore and his opponent, Governor George W. Bush.  Yet, with this seemingly divided electorate, many Americans still seem uninterested in who wins. In fact, nearly one half did not even bother to vote. Why would so many choose not to vote? Do they not care who will be directing the country? Of course they care.  However, a vote for Bush is a vote for Gore and the working class understands that both Gore and Bush are two sides of the same coin: the coin of capitalism, only held by the ultra rich in America.  Just as the rich own this coin so too do they own the two major American political parties.  With the capitalist domination of the only two political parties in this nation, workers will never have a say unless they form a party of their own - a workers party by workers, for workers and their interests!

While the generals and politicians in Washington, D.C. beat the drums of war and stir up the whole population, resistance to the impending war is forming everywhere. Marches of up to 6,000 people in New York, vigils across the country and other signs of opposition to war have sprung up. The following incident is especially interesting because it gives a glimpse of something that will hopefully become more and more common as the present war develops. "Firefighters are suspended for alleged truck incident.