25 April 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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Yanis Varoufakis's Account of the Greek Crisis: a Self-Incrimination

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Proposals Doomed to Fail

In his latest book, Adults in the Room [1] Yanis Varoufakis gives us his version of the events that led to the Tsipras government's shameful capitulation in July 2015. It essentially analyses the period 2009-2015, though it makes incursions into earlier periods. [2]

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Yanis Varoufakis's Account of the Greek Crisis: a Self-Incrimination

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The Varoufakis-Tsipras Line was Doomed to Fail from the Word ‘Go'

Disclaimer: This series of articles on Varoufakis's book, Adults in The Room: My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment is a guide for left-leaning readers who are not happy with the dominant narrative meted out by the mainstream media and the Troika-controlled governments. This is also a guide for readers who are dissatisfied with the former Finance Minister's version. As a counterpoint to Varoufakis's story, I have highlighted events that he is silent about and I have expressed different views on what he should have done and what he did instead. My story runs parallel, and not opposite, to his.

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Behind the social protests of January 2018

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During the week of January 8, Tunisia experienced a new outbreak of protests in response to the antisocial measures contained in the finance law of 2018. After a week of protests, and sometimes very violent clashes with the police, an uneasy calm has again descended across the country. [1] The social crisis, which continues to worsen, feeds frustration and discontent among broad layers of the population. At any time, the anger could resurge.

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The meaning of the Italian right's victory

24/04/2018 - 10:00

Italy's political future is unclear more than a month after general elections that failed to produce a working parliamentary majority for any single electoral coalition or party. Nevertheless, the March 4 election was a triumph for the right-wing coalition of parties led by the xenophobic League and for the populist Five Star Movement, which came in first and second respectively in voting. The incumbent center-left Democratic Party was trounced, losing nearly 300 seats in the two houses of parliament.

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Open letter – French Students are Right to Rebel: Against an Order Based on Selection and Repression

23/04/2018 - 10:02

An open letter in support of the current student revolt, the railworkers' strike, and the struggles in defence of public services in France.

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Why are Shenzhen police regulating labour relations in the food delivery business?

23/04/2018 - 09:35

Shenzhen traffic police are unilaterally extending their remit to regulate the employment conditions of the city's food delivery workers.

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Capitalism and the family

22/04/2018 - 23:39

Issues of gender and sexuality are dominating the American public in a way that has few precedents in the recent past. From the alarmingly open misogyny of the president to the cascading revelations of sexual attacks in the workplace on one side, to the energy behind the historic women's marches on the other, gender relations have risen to the top of the political debate. In a wide-ranging conversation, historian Stephanie Coontz places the current juncture in historical perspective, and offers her thoughts on how gender relations have been affected by the recent stagnation in working-class incomes and skyrocketing inequality. She closes with an eloquent plea to integrate gender politics into a broader progressive political vision.

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Jacobin editor: ‘No one can say what will happen next'

22/04/2018 - 09:21

Bhaskar Sunkara is editor of the US-based socialist magazine Jacobin and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has experienced rapid growth over the past year.

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From April to June, prolonged turbulence all the way

21/04/2018 - 07:23

Since March 22nd, the country has entered a prolonged phase of strikes, mobilizations and clashes with the government. The mainstay of this movement is the mobilization of railway workers. The four main SNCF unions (CGT, SUD, CFDT and UNSA) started a series of strike days since April 3rd (following a rhythm of two days on strike every five days).

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The courage of the #GreatReturnMarch

20/04/2018 - 13:57

The Fourth International salutes the desperate courage, resolve and creativity of the thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip taking part in the #GreatReturnMarch. We are in full solidarity with them. They have already made a great step forward for the Palestinian cause, by bringing 70 years of dispossession and ongoing Nakba back to the attention of a world that had proved all too willing to be distracted.

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Fighting for Climate Justice

19/04/2018 - 08:42

Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always – sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report revealed extraordinary figures about the effects of climate change worldwide.

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Polands legislated antisemitism

18/04/2018 - 08:23

Today in Poland, remembering Poles' complicity in the Holocaust is subject to punishment.

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Reframing the riots

17/04/2018 - 10:31

The recent riots targeting Muslims in Kandy have provoked accusations on many sides. While mainstream conversations focus on what the riots entail in terms of immediate political consequences for the current Government and its tepid response, progressives have also had to reckon with the growing presence of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence as a feature of contemporary Sri Lankan life.

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Erdoğan and His Opponents

16/04/2018 - 10:11

Erdoğan's would-be dictatorship is anything but stable. Here's a look at the contradictions and fractures roiling Turkish society.

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The Saudi predicament

15/04/2018 - 20:16

The Saudi ruling elite has relied on US backing, and military support, for its regional policies. But since the Trump administration, none of their regional policies has met with success.

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A feminism to end capitalism

14/04/2018 - 09:56

Although it has been seen as a secondary struggle through much of the history of the workers' movement, today feminism is taking the lead in the resistance against austerity capitalism. It is a vibrant movement characterized by radicalism, a capacity for self-organization, a mass audience and a broad potential to absorb other struggles.

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Madrid's mounting repression against Catalan movement provokes new international solidarity

13/04/2018 - 17:40

The poster above portrays some of the major Catalan political leaders imprisoned without trial at this moment, while the text below it outlines the balance-sheet to date of police and legal attacks on Catalans trying to implement their right to self-determination.

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International appeal from Catalonia

13/04/2018 - 13:32

The Spanish state's repression against Catalonia's democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. They are accused of violent rebellion, although they have never used violence. By mid April the two leaders of the main Catalanist organisations, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez, will have spent 6 months in prison.

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“Our Destinies are Linked”: Joseph Daher on the Syrian Revolution

12/04/2018 - 17:45

As the Syrian revolution entered its eighth year this march, Dan Fischer and S. Majasent sent some questions to Joseph Daher. Daher. We discussed how the destiny of Syria's popular struggle against Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship is linked to anti-authoritarian and anti-fascist struggles globally, including in Rojava, Palestine, Europe, and North America.

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Role and party-building tasks of the Fourth International

11/04/2018 - 15:45

This resolution presented by the outgoing International Committee was adopted 106 votes for, 6 against, 3 abstentions.

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