12 December 2018

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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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The Rebel Project of the Caravan: Solidarities and Setbacks

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There's been extensive discussion about the migrant caravan that embarked from San Pedro Sula in Honduras in October. By now, however, we know that this caravan is impossible to categorize as a homogeneous entity, as its members have made, and are still making, their way to Tijuana via different means of transportation and according to varying timelines, not to mention the many-faceted desires they hold. And there is at present the more disquieting reality that, after facing repression near the San Ysidro port of entry, thousands of caravan members are sheltered in makeshift encampments on the peripheries of Tijuana.

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AMLO inauguration – the old regime collapses and a new period in the class struggle opens

11/12/2018 - 06:54

From the first hour of 1 December, the Zócalo square in Mexico City saw the arrival of thousands of people to witness the inauguration of the new government, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador. AMLO spoke in front of 160,000 people who packed the main public square of the country.

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Lessons from Irish unions: The Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th

10/12/2018 - 09:16

In May, the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal the 8th Amendment to its constitution; Irish President Michael Higgins signed the change into law in September. [1] [2] The amendment, passed in 1983, was in effect a total ban on abortion; the law stated “the unborn” has the same rights as the person carrying it. Some 67 percent of Irish voters voted “yes” to repeal after a years-long campaign that split political parties, created surprising alliances, and saw a flood of American conservative dollars into the “Vote No” campaign's coffers.

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A Ruling Class Activist: A Not-Eulogy for George H. W. Bush

09/12/2018 - 08:14

The flowing tributes to George Herbert Walker Bush recall what we're told was a more dignified, less brutal and “tribal“ time in U.S. political life. Indeed, the 41st President carried himself with a certain grace, confidence and even humor — befitting the kind of man who believed that he and his family belonged to that estate born to rule the world.

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From Women's Strikes to a New Class Movement: The Third Feminist Wave

08/12/2018 - 07:32

On October 23, thousands of Glasgow cleaning workers kicked off the union demonstration for equal pay organized by Public Services International, Unison, and GMB with a minute's silence, in memory of the women workers who died before being able to see the day when their work would be finally granted the same dignity and value as the work of their male colleagues. In this act there was full awareness of a long history of great and small humiliations, of invisible, unacknowledged, or underpaid work, of countless instances of injustice and petty abuses, as well as of the enormity of the challenge faced by the women's strike. Equal pay: a reasonable, almost trivial goal, and yet so difficult to achieve, to such an extent that the World Economic Forum has calculated that – based on current trends and data – it will take at least 217 years to finally bridge the wage gap between women and men globally. (Assuming that the world will still be habitable in 217 years…)

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On Saturday, December 8, and after: general mobilization against Macron and his world!

07/12/2018 - 21:49

Faced with the mobilisation of the yellow jackets, the government began to retreat, announcing the abolition, for the year 2019, of the increase in fuel taxes. The government, which was showing its "inflexibility" just a few days ago, is panicking and trying to put out the fire it started itself.

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Publishing Livio Maitan - an update

07/12/2018 - 21:28

The call for donations we launched has been a success. Several thousand euros have been donated. In addition, we have received a commitment to donate a considerable amount of labour to finish the translation whch is now moving ahead rapidly. With these donations, the IIRE and Resistance Books can now plan the publication of the book in mid-2019.

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The workers who won't snitch

07/12/2018 - 09:25

Metalworker union Numsa will today [Friday] file legal arguments in the Constitutional Court on behalf of 65 Dunlop factory workers from Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. The workers were dismissed in 2012 because they did not snitch on fellow workers during a protected strike.

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Organizing resistance in Brazil and international solidarity against neofascist Bolsonaro's government

06/12/2018 - 00:13

Fourth International statement on the situation in Brazil issued by the Executive Bureau on 5 December 2018.

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Turkey: Relentless - Forty Years of struggle from “Sürekli Devrim” to “Yeniyol”

05/12/2018 - 00:52

“Trotskyism”: an insult, betrayal or, in the best of cases, an exotic strangeness. It was in 1978, at the heart of a period when ideologically Stalinism and its variants weighed heavily on the radical left which, while valiantly leading its fight against fascism, was beset by fratricidal conflicts, that Sürekli Devrim (Permanent Revolution-SD), the first revolutionary Marxist review in Turkey, was born. Of course, Trotsky was not unknown to Turkish and Kurdish revolutionaries. Alongside a number of books denouncing the “counter-revolutionary essence” of Trotskyism, Deutscher's trilogy and Trotsky's books such as “My Life”, “Fascism – What it is and how to fight it” and “The Permanent Revolution”, had been published. But it was the first time that an organized revolutionary Marxist movement had emerged in the country of Nazim Hikmet.

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One Question:The European Left

04/12/2018 - 08:35

One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question.

This month we ask:

What are the challenges and opportunities for the Left in Europe?

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A Special day. Living and struggling in the occupied and self-managed Rimaflow factory.

04/12/2018 - 06:29

Rarely has the Milanese sky and its foggy metropolitan area been so open and starry as tonight. But maybe it is climate change that has also caused this.

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One question: Class struggle today

03/12/2018 - 23:58

One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question.

This month we ask:

What does class struggle mean today?

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Progressive MPs yet again target of state oppression

03/12/2018 - 08:36

On November 30th, two members of Pakistan's federal parliament (National Assembly), Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, were stopped from boarding a UAE flight at Peshawar airport. They were detained for over six hours by the state agencies to make sure that they cannot travel abroad. This is the latest action of the military establishment to target comrades Mohsin and Ali merely because both these parliamentarians have been leading a mass grass roots civic and socioeconomic rights movement, critical of state's “war on terror” policies.

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Two steps to stop Brexit

02/12/2018 - 07:44

This statement from Socialist Resistance was agreed on November 25.

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Yellow jackets: continue the mobilization against the high cost of living

01/12/2018 - 21:40

Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, demonstrated today all over France against the cost of living and against the government, including the cries of “Macron resign!”

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Turkey: Elections, crisis and repression

01/12/2018 - 09:05

With four elections, a constitutional referendum and a coup attempt in the space of three years, the least we can say is that instability reigns in Turkey, even though President Erdogan has consolidated his power through all these turns. However, the municipal elections that will take place in March 2019 are already perceived by both the governing parties and the opposition as a new plebiscite, all this against the background of a deep economic crisis that promises to worsen.

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Fascism, populism and conservatism

01/12/2018 - 08:27

In 1941, at Hitler's military apex, Bertolt Brecht wrote The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, wherein he reduces Hitler the politician and his lackeys to a vulgar band of bandits from 1930's Chicago.

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New Zealand First and the global far-right

30/11/2018 - 09:45

The New Zealand First (NZF) Party was founded in 1993 by Winston Peters, formerly a cabinet minister for the mainstream conservative National Party. Since then, under Peters' continuous and unchallenged leadership, its share of the popular vote has ranged from 4 to 13% - large enough to be a significant player in all but one of New Zealand's parliaments from them until now, and to have participated in coalition governments with both of New Zealand's major parties, National and centre-left Labour. It is currently the junior partner in Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led coalition, also supported by the Green Party.

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China Intensifies Crackdown on Marxist Student Activists

29/11/2018 - 10:05

Chinese university students, inspired by their studies of Marx, are facing an increasing state crackdown on their movement in support of workers who have been trying to organize Shenzhen's Jasic Technology. Prof. Zhun Xu analyzes the situation

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