21 October 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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A critical look at China's One Belt, One Road initiative

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China's growth rate remains impressive, even if on the decline. The country's continuing economic gains owe much to the Chinese state's (1) still considerable ability to direct the activity of critical economic enterprises and sectors such as finance, (2) commitment to policies of economic expansion, and (3) flexibility in economic strategy. It appears that China's leaders view their recently adopted One Belt, One Road Initiative as key to the country's future economic vitality. However, there are reasons to believe that this strategy is seriously flawed, with working people, including in China, destined to pay a high price for its shortcomings.

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A Move Forward for the Korean Women's Movement

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In response to high-profile accusations of sexual assault and the gathering storm around the prevelance of spy cam footage in the Korean porn industry, the past year has seen a snowballing women's movement in the traditionally conservative Korean society. In this article, So Yun Alysha Park looks at the tactics of the movement and its chances for enacting lasting change.

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Gongyou: The New Dangerous Class in China?

20/10/2018 - 11:58

After four decades of rural-to-urban migration, the class identity of more than 280 million rural migrant workers in China remains ambiguous. Many scholars have attempted to capture the transformation of their identity from ‘peasants' to ‘workers' by resorting to such labels as ‘new industrial workers' (xin chanye gongren), ‘semi-proletariat', ‘full proletariat', ‘precarious proletariat' (buwending wuchanzhe), and even ‘Chinese new workers' (zhongguo xin gongren) (Lee 2007; Lü 2012 and 2014; Pun and Chan 2008; Pun and Lu 2010; Smith and Pun 2017; Standing 2016; Swider 2015; Woronov 2016; Xie 2005; Yang 2010).

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Puerto Rico's year of recovery and resistance

20/10/2018 - 09:05

One year after Hurricane María, Monique Dols looks back at the suffering endured by the people of Puerto Rico — and at their determination to fight for their island.

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September 1938 - the founding of the Fourth International

19/10/2018 - 17:14

This ensemble of articles was originally published as a centre-spread in l'Anticapitaliste weekly newspaper of the NPA in France.

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Steps forward in free access to public transport

19/10/2018 - 07:15

Thirty years of neoliberal domination, culminating in the economic crisis that began in 2008, have resulted in the introduction of charges for public service throughout Europe, particularly for education and health services. But this is not the case in all public services. In recent years there has been a renaissance of free public transport, particularly in Eastern Europe. While in Hasselt in Belgium or Colomiers in France - cities that were until recently symbols of the success of free public transport in Western Europe - tickets have been reintroduced as part of the neoliberal trend to charge for services, in the East candidates for local power compete with each other in many cities on the basis of free public transport. Currently, it is possible to travel free of charge in more than 100 cities around the world. And Poland and Estonia are at the forefront in this field.

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#Nothim #Neverhim: Brazilian women against fascism

18/10/2018 - 09:19

"Crises" are no longer the exclusive preserve of the countries of the South, but they do not translate into convergence between them either. Since 2007, we have been experiencing the economic aspect of the crisis, linked to that of the environment and politics. From now on, the extent of globalization cannot be ignored. Nor can we ignore the increase in attacks on women's rights in connection with austerity policies, the authoritarianism of heads of state and patriarchal violence. In politics, what is least represented are the common interests of the majority, starting with those of women.

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RiMaflow, an exemplary workers' struggle of the 21st century

17/10/2018 - 17:16

RiMaflow is located in the declining industrial belt around Milan, in Trezzano sul Naviglio. "Ri" (re-) because it was the workers of the former metal factory Maflow who restarted it after its last owner, Boryszew SA, relocated its activity in 2012.

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Sulawesi, East of Java

17/10/2018 - 07:24

Friday, 28 September was the first and, it turned out, only day of the Nomoni cultural festival in Palu, a city in the heart of Indonesia's Sulawesi island. Nomoni means ‘resounding' or ‘ringing' in the indigenous Kaili language; Palu's mayor revived the vaguely animist celebration three years ago to attract more tourists. Festivities include throwing live goats and food as offerings into the sea, boat races and live music.

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The inter-Korean summit and the situation in North-East Asia

16/10/2018 - 12:36

The inter-Korean summit held from September 18 to 20 in Pyongyang between heads of state Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un shows their willingness to maintain political initiative. It was held in a changing geostrategic context.

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28 abortion rights successes in 2018

16/10/2018 - 10:14

For International Safe Abortion Day, on 28 September, we are celebrating 28 aspects of progress and success we've seen internationally this year.

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The Bolsonaro Effect

15/10/2018 - 08:31

Jair Bolsonaro is an unavoidable name in Brazilian politics nowadays, and has been for a few years. A few days before election day on October 7, the most recent polls indicate that Bolsonaro is now the leading candidate in the presidential race, followed by Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party (PT).

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Beyond the rejection of the law for the legalization of abortion in Argentina: a fourth feminist wave?

13/10/2018 - 22:09

Two correspondents for the French journal Contretemps, Fanny Gallot and Bettina Ghio, were in Buenos Aires a few days before the Senate vote. They conducted two interviews, to retrace the building and the challenges of the present feminist movement: one with Dolores Fenoy and the other with Dora Barrancos. Then, shortly after the rejection by the Senate, they asked some questions to middle and high school girls who are involved in the movement.

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The Brexit Crunch

13/10/2018 - 14:12

Since the EU elites rejected May's Chequers proposals on the basis that they breach the fundamental principles of the EU; i.e. the internal market and free movement, the likelihood of a disorderly (no deal) exit from the EU has increased along with support for a second referendum on the issue. In Scotland, it has resulted not only in a surge of support for the SNP and for Scottish independence (with some polls showing a majority for the first time) but also for a second referendum on independence which could well become unstoppable – which was reflected in the huge pro-independence demonstration in Edinburgh on 6 October.

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An Election Earthquake in Québec

11/10/2018 - 10:31

The political landscape in Québec changed radically last Monday for the first time since 1972. A radical left-wing party emerged as an unavoidable political force, a new right-wing populist party took power, and the old mainstream parties sustained historical defeats.

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“Per una storia della IV internazionale – la testimonianza di un comunista controcorrente”

11/10/2018 - 05:28

Help us publish in English “Towards a history of the Fourth International” by Livio Maitan, published in Italian by Edizioni Alegre, Roma.

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The Livio Maitan Library

11/10/2018 - 05:16

The Livio Maitan Library is finally opening to the public. It is a centre for the study of the workers' movement and has thousands of documents and publications, many of which are very rare, documenting the history of our movement's struggles, debates and rich discussions in the 20th century.

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Not him: defeat Bolsonaro and defend rights!

10/10/2018 - 14:16

The elections in the first round ended up maintaining the same scenario of instability and polarization provoked by the 2016 coup and which deepened an economic and social crisis that had already unfolded. It also deepened a crisis of political representation of such a magnitude that it generated the conditions for the emergence of an extreme-right candidate that reached the second round with considerable support from the ruling classes. The election knocked out oligarchs that have traditionally dominated the political system, allowing the extreme-right to capitalize on the social rage against the "system".

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Supreme Toxicity—Confirmed

09/10/2018 - 11:50

HE'S CONFIRMED, ALL right: A confirmed liar, confirmed nasty-drunk sexual predator and hardcore reactionary hand-picked for his confirmed anti-worker judicial record, Brett Kavanaugh is now a confirmed Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The whole spectacle became one of those moments that brought the country face to face with the real condition of its political system—and the rage it's generated is the hope for the future.

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Our planet, our lives, and life itself, are worth more than their profits!

08/10/2018 - 15:55

Not surprisingly, the IPCC's special report on global warming of up to 1.5°C confirms that the impacts of anthropogenic climate change are formidable and have been underestimated, both socially and environmentally.

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