5 March 2021

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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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Transition, Trauma, and Troubled Times

04/03/2021 - 09:00

“The most important place for activists is on the ground, building movements and grassroots forces that can force “the institutions” to address the mammoth crises facing us, and in the process fight to expand a democracy based not on ritual form, but substance.”

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The Historical Significance of the 2019 Hong Kong Resistance Movement

03/03/2021 - 09:13

On February 19, 2021 Lausan, along with several other organizations including Solidarity, held a webinar book launch for Au Loong-yu's book, Hong Kong in Revolt, The Protest Movement and the Future of China (Pluto Press, 2020). The following are the author's slightly edited introductory remarks.

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Myanmar Workers and Unions on the Front Lines in Fight Against Coup

02/03/2021 - 09:02

Workers in Myanmar have demonstrated that direct actions are powerful and they work. … They need—and deserve—our support.

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Corporate giants censor the internet and control the news

01/03/2021 - 16:48

“Radicals are going to have to take seriously the challenges of organising to disseminate and discuss information using diverse technological platforms.”

- IV554 - March 2021 /

In Kosovo, unprecedented victory of Vetëvendosje

28/02/2021 - 23:07

In a crucial event in the political history of post-war Kosova, Movement for Self-Determination (Vetëvendosje - LVV) won the elections by a massive landslide

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The Wonder That Brings Hope: The Union Candidate in Albania's Parliamentary Elections

27/02/2021 - 09:38

“The history speaks the language of battles despite triumph or defeat. In this sense, Elton is the voice that echoes the common social aspirations for radical change.”

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Solidarity with Mamadou #Mamadoumuststay

26/02/2021 - 08:07

“Ba is one of a number of public figures who condemned this tribute to a war criminal who collaborated with the fascist regime of Salazar. But as a Black activist he is the target of the sharpest vitriolic campaign.”

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How Can We Revive Herd Immunity to Fascism?

25/02/2021 - 07:37

“There is a clear correlation between the neoliberal onslaught that started in the 1980s and the rise of neofascism and religious fundamentalism.”

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Climate Change Comes to Republican Texas Producing a Disaster

24/02/2021 - 06:03

Climate change and Republican policies combined in Texas last week to produce a disaster that left millions without power, without heat, and without water as temperatures fell below freezing and snow and ice covered the state, leaving at least 50 dead. The state's rare severe cold is another example of the extreme weather in the form of floods and forest fires that climate change has brought to the United States.

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Solidarity with the hunger striker Dimitris Koufodinas!

23/02/2021 - 22:09

This motion was adopted by the International Committee of the Fourth International on 23 February 2021.

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General strike against Mynamar junta!

23/02/2021 - 08:53

The success of 22 February shows that the resistance movement against military rule has grown even stronger.

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Millions Expected to Join General Strike in Myanmar on Monday to Oppose Regime

22/02/2021 - 09:50

“We can't collapse. If we drew back at this point, the military regime would intensify its crackdown. Therefore, I think it is important to unite between organizations and intensify the strike.”

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Defend Pablo Hasel the rapper, defend democratic rights in the Spanish State

21/02/2021 - 09:49

“What we do urgently need is to turn these protests onto the offensive. This means avoiding the isolation of the protests, broadening them and involving more and more social sectors.”

- IV553 - February 2021

In Greece, anger rises against the government of money, cops and free riding

20/02/2021 - 23:36

“The perspectives on the left are for the moment blocked, which reinforces the role of the mass movement and should push the radical and revolutionary left to come out of its reflexes of self-affirmation, which are of little use in offering credible perspectives on the left.”

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Capitol: “He is guilty” said 57 Senators, but Trump walks

19/02/2021 - 07:39

“A mass response is the only way to stop neo fascist ultra-nationalist forces. It is never by elections.”

- IV553 - February 2021 /

How to fight the pandemic? Notes on experiences in Asia and Europe

18/02/2021 - 10:55

Comparing the history of the Covid-19 pandemic in Asia and Europe (as well as between Asian and European countries) aids discussion of the choices and means of a health policy. The answers to some questions may be obvious, or prove much more complex.

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Biden Moves Ahead as Republicans Line Up Behind Trump

17/02/2021 - 14:06

“Will DSA be able to continue to grow in this new terrain? Will workers take action? Will social movements revive?”

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Battle of the polls - tension between the lefts.

16/02/2021 - 09:11

With a vote that threatens to break the polarization between supporters and opponents of Ecuador's former president Rafael Correa, the indigenous movement claims a place on the ballot. The narrow margin of votes in dispute indicates turbulent times.

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Catalan elections closely watched in Scotland

15/02/2021 - 10:07

Catalonia goes to the polls on Sunday 14 February (14-F) in elections for the devolved parliament and government (“Generalitat”), The elections will be closely watched in Scotland, particularly by the independence movement looking to learn from the struggle. Glasgow Radical Independence Campaign and Dundee Radical Independence Campaign will shortly hold a joint public discussion meeting on the elections.
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Putin's Majority?

14/02/2021 - 13:18

“The composition of the recent protests – which have drawn in a large number of new participants whose main demand is social justice – opens up a space for socialist ideas.”

- IV553 - February 2021 /