25 November 2020

International Viewpoint

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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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Ecosocialism and/or Degrowth?

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Should the ecological left aim to reduce all consumption, or to radically transform the prevalent type of consumption?

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Towards a test of strength

24/11/2020 - 10:44

The government is threatening severe repression. The democracy movement is calling for increased mobilization. The first key date announced is 25 November.

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Solidarity with the Collective Against Islamophobia in France

23/11/2020 - 16:44

The NPA protests against the Macron government's intention to dissolve the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).

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Hugo Blanco: “I was neither a ‘Castroite guerrilla' nor a ‘terrorist'”

23/11/2020 - 10:14

International Viewpoint previously published a statement rebutting the attacks against Hugo Blanco, “Massive support for Hugo Blanco faced with ultra-right attacks”. Here he speaks in his own words.

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Down with the king!

22/11/2020 - 06:21

“Reasons to believe that we will continue to advance until we can build a broad movement that makes the slogan “Down with the king!” a proposal for the future.”

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The Scorched Earth Tactic and the Hong Kong Resistance

21/11/2020 - 06:15

Nearly all of Hong Kong's opposition lawmakers (or 19 out of 21) resigned after the government disqualified their four colleagues for “breaching their oath to the Basic Law” and failing to uphold China's sovereignty over Hong Kong.

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Bolsonaro defeated, the left remains alive

20/11/2020 - 10:41

The biggest losers in Brazil's municipal elections on Sunday, 15 November 2020 were President Jair Bolsonaro and the far right. The traditional right is growing and the left remains alive, providing the biggest surprise in São Paulo, with the PSOL going through to the second round.

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Why the Democrats have won one battle against Trump but can't win the war

19/11/2020 - 11:25

“While Biden looks like he will pull out a squeaker of a win, the main goals of his campaign failed miserably.” This assessment of the US election was published on 6 November.

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Trump's slow coup? The crisis of bourgeois democracy

19/11/2020 - 10:52

Tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington, DC on November 14.
President Trump drove his motorcade through the marchers, expressing his support, on his way to Trump National golf course to play a round.
The mainly white crowd waved flags, sang the national anthem and called Democrat Joseph Biden's election to the presidency a “theft”. Prominent signs read: “Stop the steal”.
The march began at Freedom Plaza then headed towards the US Supreme Court. The protesters (...)

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Faced with the war escalation: with the Saharawi people, for their right of self-determination and the end of the occupation

18/11/2020 - 21:26

The current situation in Western Sahara is extremely serious and represents a qualitative leap and a historical event before which we cannot remain impassive.

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After 2019 Uprising, a new socialist formation and new political party, change the electoral game

18/11/2020 - 10:16

Any attempt to address the electoral issue in Puerto Rico from a socialist perspective must begin by pointing out the limits of the electoral process in the island. It is important to recognize the broad restrictions that the colonial status imposes on the elaboration of a national policy. This limitation is stronger under the federally-appointed Fiscal Control Board, which oversees the fiscal policies of Puerto Rico's government.

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Trump Lost the Election, But What is the Future of Trump and Trumpism?

17/11/2020 - 10:13

“In a historic shift, Republicans have become the party of the white working class. The task for the left will be to find a way to build a multi-ethnic working class movement to resist Trump and to pressure the neoliberal Biden.”

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Spontaneous uprising in Nigeria

16/11/2020 - 07:37

“The rage broke its way through.”

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EU SURE initiative: saving jobs or pleasing investors?

15/11/2020 - 07:56

When the European Commission finally realized that something serious was going on with corona, it launched, among other things, an initiative to support short-time work schemes, as Germany did as a reaction to the 2007/9 ‘financial crisis'. Similar measures were introduced in many EU countries at national level to cope with the economic and social effects of the pandemic.
On 2 April the EU launched SURE. The idea was that member states could take out cheap loans to financially support (...)

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Latin America : is the left in a dead end ?

14/11/2020 - 09:42

With the collapse of the USSR, the end of history was announced without delay. Nothing seemed to be able to stem the neoliberal global tidal wave, when the Zapatista uprising in Mexico erupted in 1994. Five years later, Chávez took power in Venezuela : it was the beginning of a long process of rupture, through the ballot box, on the Latin American continent - Lula in Brazil, Morales in Bolivia, Correa in Ecuador, Mujica in Uruguay… part of the Western radical left then turned its gaze, not without hope, to the other side of the South Atlantic. Two decades later, what balance sheet can we draw? Successes and limits, contradictions and specificities.

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Women's revolution after attack on reproductive rights

13/11/2020 - 06:58

“In theory, women's rights activists in small towns are the easiest to attack because they lack a large social and media base. They are already threatened with sentences of up to eight years in prison, dismissal or various forms of ostracism. But they are also strong people who, in these exceptional circumstances, can count on the solidarity of an unprecedented movement across Poland. It seems that one of the most important slogans of the rampant Polish revolution – “You will never go alone again” - this time finds its confirmation in reality.”

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When calls for solidarity mask the steady advance of unpaid work

12/11/2020 - 10:41

On 16 March 2020, as France was about to put its population into lockdown, the Education Ministry posted a serious message on its website : “The exceptional nature of the health crisis spreading across our country calls for an exceptional level of commitment from each and every one of us”. A few days later, on 1 April, 250,000 French citizens had put themselves forward to join the newly created ‘civilian reserve'. The response to this appeal for a show of “goodwill” was not so much a reflection (...)

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2021 Portuguese State Budget: Bloco de Esquerda will vote against the document

11/11/2020 - 09:28

Catarina Martins, Bloco de Esquerda's Coordinator, said that Bloco de Esquerda has defined four priorities in response to the crisis in the 2021 State Budget's debate, which have not been accommodated by the Socialist Party Government.

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Open Letter: the threat of academic authoritarianism – international solidarity with antiracist academics in France

10/11/2020 - 10:38

A critical response to the Manifesto signed by over 100 French academics and published in the newspaper Le Monde on 2 November 2020, after the assassination of the school teacher, Samuel Paty.

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After the Trumpster Fire

09/11/2020 - 16:11

THE ELECTION IS now over except a few recounts, dead-end Trump lawsuits and two Georgia Senate runoffs. Most of America – and the world - is righteously celebrating the end of the Trump-Pence presidency and the specter of another four years of the national and international nightmare.

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