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A desire for what?

30 November 2001

Surrealism, as an artistic movement, was concerned with the nature of the unconscious and its connection with creation. The surrealists sought to break the deadlock of conventional thinking: their experiments tried to highlight the role of the unconscious in creativity in order to break new ground.

A revealing speech by a US Federal Reserve Board governor

By Nick Beams, 30 November 2001

Two conclusions emerge from a speech delivered by US Federal Reserve Board member Laurence Meyer this week: that the deterioration in the American economy has gone much further than financial authorities expected, and that they are not at all confident that interest rate cuts will bring it to an end.

Felony charges dropped against "Charleston 5" dockworkers in South Carolina

By Alan Whyte, 30 November 2001

The five rank-and-file workers framed up last year on felony rioting charges for participating in a mass picket on the Charleston, South Carolina docks have accepted the state’s offer to drop felony charges in exchange for no contest pleas to lesser offenses. On November 7 two of the men, Jason Edgerton, 22, and Kenneth Jefferson, 41, pled no contest to misdemeanor charges of rioting without the use of a weapon. Circuit Judge Victor Rawl sentenced the men to 30 days in jail or a $100 fine.

France: 5,000 Moulinex jobs slashed as workers end protest

By Gerard Naville, 30 November 2001

On November 23, thousands of workers from the French company Moulinex heard that they had been sacked. This followed two and a half months of protests, demonstrations and other dramatic actions to defend their jobs. Moulinex, a major producer of household appliances, employed nearly 9,000 workers in France and abroad. While most of the Moulinex factories producing irons, microwave ovens, pressure cookers etc are based in Normandy, the company also had subsidiaries in China and Brazil.

German Greens vote to support the war in Afghanistan

By Peter Schwarz, 30 November 2001

At its national conference November 24/25, the Green Party voted by a large majority to support the participation of German troops in the “war against terrorism”. More than two-thirds of the 700 conference delegates voted in favour of a resolution proposed by the party executive, ratifying the decision made by the German parliament on November 16.

Letters on US war in Afghanistan

30 November 2001

Below we post a selection of recent letters to the WSWS.

US steps up pressure on North Korea

By James Conachy, 30 November 2001

Before the war on Afghanistan is even over, the Bush administration is already naming other potential targets for American aggression. While the most publicised have been Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, the past weeks have also seen veiled threats against North Korea.

After US massacre of Taliban POWs: the stench of death and more media lies

By Jerry White, 29 November 2001

Journalists and International Red Cross representatives reported a horrific scene of carnage Wednesday as they entered the prison compound near Mazar-i-Sharif, where up to 800 foreign Taliban prisoners were slaughtered during a three-day siege of the fortress directed by US special forces and CIA operatives.

Arab residents denounce government witch-hunt at Detroit-area forum

By Shannon Jones, 29 November 2001

On November 20, the US Justice Department Civil Rights Division sponsored a public meeting in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, billed as a “community forum” on combating the post-September 11 discriminatory backlash against Arabs. The irony of the government posing as a friend of Arab residents, while carrying out a dragnet and holding hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants in secret detention, was not lost on those who attended the meeting.

Britain: Government expands use of classroom assistants to cover teacher shortage

By Liz Smith, 29 November 2001

Education Secretary Estelle Morris has announced the most far-reaching changes affecting the conditions of teachers in England and Wales.