25 September 2017

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International Viewpoint, the monthly English-language magazine of the Fourth International, is a window to radical alternatives world-wide, carrying reports, analysis and debates from all corners of the globe. Correspondents in over 50 countries report on popular struggles, and the debates that are shaping the left of tomorrow.
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No Trump, No War, No Way!

24/09/2017 - 08:24

If it weren't frightening, it would be funny: “Big Twit Calls Out Rocket Man,” as Donald Trump ramps up his insults and threats of war against North Korea. Let's look at some of the issues behind the antics and escalating rhetoric.

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Activists in B.C gear up for 'the next Standing Rock' with tiny house protest

23/09/2017 - 07:30

An activist from the Neskonlith band of the Secwepemc people in British Columbia is preparing for what she believes is the next Standing Rock, with a unique project aiming to block the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline on Indigenous territory.

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Declaration of the Fourth International on the current events in Catalonia

21/09/2017 - 16:20

Yesterday, September 20th, 2017, the Civil Guard and the Spanish National Police arrested 14 senior officials of the Generalitat (the Catalan government) and carried out 40 searches of public buildings and private homes. A police operation then seized propaganda of the CUP (Candidatura de Unidad Popular, the main party of the pro-independence left) and besieged its premises, without any judicial order, throughout the day, with no objective other than provocation. Following the prosecution of more than 700 Catalan mayors who support the referendum on October 1st and after repeated complaints against the Catalan Parliament's Bureau, yesterday's actions represent a qualitative leap in the repressive escalation of Spanish state institutions against the referendum on self-determination.

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What might One Belt, One Road mean for people in China?

21/09/2017 - 10:59

While OBOR is an outbound development strategy that is expected to significantly expand China's political and economic reach overseas, it also potentially has significant domestic implications. On the one hand, as highlighted above, OBOR is in part intended to solve domestic problems such as overcapacity issues, while on the other hand it should result in profits flowing back to China from overseas investments made by Chinese companies. Along with additional trade opportunities and investments made in China, according to some narratives of development, this should also contribute to improving prosperity domestically. Indeed OBOR is also intended to support the development and reform of all provinces and regions within China [1], with different provinces and regions intended to have different functions within the plan and many also passing their own development plans in relation to this.

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Solidarity with Catalonia!

20/09/2017 - 17:44

¡Solidaridad con Cataluña! Solidaritat amb Catalunya! Kataluniarekin bat! Solidariedade con Catalunya! ¡Solidaridá con Catalunya! ¡Solidaridad con Catalunya!

This statement was published on the Viento Sur website on 20 September 2017.

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Anticapitalistes support the Referendum Law

20/09/2017 - 14:40

Today, 20 September, the Spanish state federal government stepped up its attack on the right of the people of Catalonia to hold a referendum on national independence.

The Fourth Internationalists in Catalonia stand firmly in defence of this fundamental democratic right of the people of Catalonia. This statement was issued earlier, at the moment when the Catlinian government passed the law. We will publish more as we can.

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General elections: Vote for Die Linke, but ...

19/09/2017 - 10:19

There will be once again elections for the Bundestag on 24 September. Have we only the possibility of choosing “which assassins will give us orders, what thieves will do over our pockets?” as Ton Steine Scherben sings? If voting was for something, would not it be forbidden? Has that not already happened? On what criteria can a leftist know whether they should “make their small cross”, and if so, where?

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How the UAW lost at Nissan

18/09/2017 - 08:47

In early August the UAW's union recognition campaign at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi ended in a disastrous 63% “no” vote — 10% greater than the loss at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee three and a half years earlier.

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Before building peaceful workers' state in the Korean Peninsula

17/09/2017 - 10:13

On August 17, the Moon Jae-in administration in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) marked its first 100 days in office. One hundred days earlier, President Moon Jae-in came into office with a landslide victory. But he has many problems of political policy, especially towards the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). North Korea is not impressed by his approach. [1].

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In a city where freedom is declining, a few posters can have a big impact—the Hong Kong poster dispute

16/09/2017 - 10:19

The recent outpouring of anger over posters put up and removed from democracy walls at universities in Hong Kong once again highlights the growing erosion of political and academic freedom in the city.

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Supreme Court hears case of Mehar Abdul Sattar of Okara Military Farms

16/09/2017 - 10:09

Mehar Abdul Sattar is general secretary of Anjman Mozareen Punjab and also Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee, a peasant leader demanding land rights at Okara Military Farms. He has been in jail since April 2016, 36 false police cases have been registered against him. In March 2017, he was shifted to Sahiwal High Security prison to torture him as much as possible.

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People Must Self-organize, Keep Up the Pressure on Their Governments If We Are to Bring About Radical Change

15/09/2017 - 09:22

Eric Toussaint is co-founder and spokesperson for the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM), an international network which includes local committees in more than 30 countries and fights to elaborate radical alternatives to illegitimate debt, whether public or private. Victor Lustres of Global Research interviewed him in August 2017

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Defend DACA and Demand Justice for All Migrants

15/09/2017 - 08:27

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by an executive order from President Obama in June 2012. Far from a gift from a sympathetic administration, DACA was a victory won only through the brave and militant actions of undocumented activists who were willing to criticize the devastating immigration policies of a supposedly progressive President, including by occupying Obama campaign offices.

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NSA's Cyberwarfare Blowback

14/09/2017 - 10:12

In May and June, hackers took over thousands of computers around the world, encrypted their contents, and demanded ransom to decrypt them. They used tools developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to exploit vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Militias and Crony Capitalism to Hamper Syria Reconstruction

13/09/2017 - 12:33

For the first time since 2011, the Damascus International Trade Fair was organized and held for ten days in mid-August 2017 in a bid to bring back foreign investors and promote an image of normalcy in the country. Many companies from Russia, Iran, China, Iraq, India, South Africa, and Lebanon participated among representatives of more than 40 countries. Despite the small economic impact of the Fair and a mortar attack which resulted in several deaths and confirmed the fragility of the security situation, the regime's message through the organization of Trade Fair to local, regional and international actors was clear: Asad is here to stay and this is the beginning of the Syria's reconstruction period.

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Communique on the adoption of the Catalan Referendum Law

12/09/2017 - 23:55

The Catalan parliament has passed a law convening the first of October referendum. We consider this law to be legitimate and backed by the will of the majority of Catalan society which wishes to exercise their right to decide even if this involves disobeying the regime's unjust and repressive legality.

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Women: a strategic subject

12/09/2017 - 22:16

We are witnessing a new cycle of international feminist mobilizations and this is something that can be seen especially in this last year. The response to the March 8 call, as well as the replications of the Women's March around the world are something new with respect to recent decades. But also, since the cycle of 2011 we are experiencing a feminization of protest. We saw it in the Arab Spring; we have seen it in mobilizations in defence of the public; in peasant protests in Latin America or in a more particular form in the PAH [Platform for People Affected by Mortgages] in the Spanish State. It's not by chance.

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The Importance of MAIS for the PSOL in Brazil

11/09/2017 - 08:56

On Friday, August 4, the group MAIS announced its entry into PSOL. For months now, this news was expected, but it is not without its fundamental importance. It was unanimously welcomed in the PSOL.

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Kurdish independence in Northern Iraq: Between hope and contradictions

09/09/2017 - 06:43

A referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region of northern Iraq since 1991 and composed of three provinces, will take place on September 25, 2017.

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Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Illegitimate Private Debt in the global South

08/09/2017 - 15:22

The "debt system" is gathering steam In Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, just as in the highly industrialized countries, after going through several fundamental changes over the past 40 years. Mainly since the outbreak of the Third World debt crisis in the early 1980s.

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