14 June 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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Legislative elections without any legitimacy

13/06/2021 - 11:19

“The majority has not been respected: a minority decides for the majority of Algerians, who reject the elections. It is time to cancel all the elections that have no value for the people, no legitimacy.”

- IV557 - June 2021 /

A Century Since the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

11/06/2021 - 16:27

“Racism remains endemic in America, and the struggle continues today with the Black Lives Matter movement that brought millions into the streets against police violence.”

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

All to the borders! A successful feminist and internationalist demonstration despite indifference and repression

10/06/2021 - 20:05

“This demonstration is a precious step in the creation of more spaces of solidarity, resistance and European convergence in feminist and anti-racist struggles.”

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

Vaccination as Class Struggle

09/06/2021 - 12:17

“Just when the world needed a strong socialist response to a pandemic that has killed millions, we have had to deal with the most horrific of neoliberal policies sold to us as innovation and efficiency. […] The world does not need vaccine princes, it needs an angry mass of people with a strong will to demolish capitalism.”

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

“A turning point in the Palestinian struggle”

08/06/2021 - 21:51

“The impact of this round on the conscience of the Palestinians will remain engraved as a turning point in the history of their struggle.”

- IV557 - June 2021 /

Struggle continues against military regime

07/06/2021 - 18:11

In Chad, for several weeks now, and despite a repression that has already left dozens dead and hundreds injured, demonstrations have continued to denounce the seizure of power by the Transitional Military Committee (TMC), led by General Mahamad Deby - son of former dictator Idriss Deby, killed on 20 April.

- IV557 - June 2021 /

Biden, the Oil Companies, and the Environment

06/06/2021 - 17:51

Joseph Biden ran for president as an environmental candidate, pledging to address global warming - what is he doing in practice?

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

Tiananmen: For a Different Kind of Remembrance

05/06/2021 - 11:46

“Capitalist exploitation and commodification have been driving young people, rural migrant workers, and urban white-collar employees alike, into physical and mental exhaustion against which they have resorted to rebellion.”

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

Between regime crisis and a possible late {progresismo} in Peru

04/06/2021 - 15:15

“If the Peruvian radical left wishes to rebuild the political representation of the popular classes, it must come out of its isolation by building bridges with the most combative social sectors that have certain expectations in reformist projects without adapting to their leadership, while dedicating ourselves to building a radical political alternative to the left of progresismo and open to pluralism.”

- IV557 - June 2021 /

Death, housing and taxes - Upcoming threats to Irish economic strategy

03/06/2021 - 14:20

Not for the first time the housing crisis in Ireland is coming to the fore. Public anger extends beyond the lack of housing and the extortionate mortgages and rents to protest the role of international vulture funds in the Irish housing market, especially the bulk buying of estates, freezing out locals.

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

Reflections of an Anti-Imperialist after Ten Years of Debate

03/06/2021 - 11:36

“At the same time, we should advocate to those who require such aid complete mistrust in the United States and any imperialist government whatsoever. And we should oppose any form of intervention that would tie their hands and subordinate them to Washington, Moscow, or anyone else.”

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Why the Paris Commune Still Resonates, 150 Years Later

03/06/2021 - 11:35

The Paris Commune ended on this day [28 May] in 1871, after just two months in power. How do we explain the longevity and freshness of the memory of a fleeting revolutionary government?

- Features /

Syria's Labor Communist Party, a rich political history

03/06/2021 - 11:34

Rateb Shabo, a Syrian leftist political activist, was jailed for 16 years in the 1980s and 1990s—including three years in the government's notorious Tadmur Military Prison—for his membership in the opposition Labor Communist Party. His recent book, The Story of the Labor Communist Party of Syria (1976-1992): A Chapter of the History of the Left in Syria (al-Maraya, 2020), is a must-read window into progressive political resistance to the Assad regime from the 1970s to 1990s.

- Reviews section / ,

Indonesia as Testing Ground

03/06/2021 - 11:34

At the start of October 1965, a U.S.-aided and abetted military coup overthrew Indonesia's left-leaning Sukarno government. Not just an account of that tragic episode and the subsequent slaughter of a million or more actual and alleged communists and the horrific imprisonment of another million, veteran journalist Vincent Bevins' (The Jakarta Method} is something far more.

- Reviews section / ,

Hong Kong: An Uprising and Its Fate

03/06/2021 - 11:34

“Two events in 2019 marked the turning point for both mainland China and Hong Kong: the 2019 revolt and the Covid-19 pandemic. They lay bare the fundamental contradictions of Greater China accumulated throughout the ‘reform and opening' period. The two events also started to change the status quo and put the one-party dictatorship in China to an even greater test.” (Hong Kong in Revolt, 138)

- Reviews section / ,

The Vendôme Column and the internationalism of the Commune

02/06/2021 - 10:35

“A red thread that connects the demolition of the Vendôme column during the Commune and its internationalist idea of a “universal republic” with the anti-racist protests in the streets of half the world. ”

- IV557 - June 2021 / ,

From the electoral conjuncture to the recovery of popular initiative

01/06/2021 - 15:02

“We must advance towards the formation of those instances of power, of popular power, that allow us to deploy with all its strength and energy the popular tornado that must transform not only the political institutions, but refound Chilean society from the ground up.”

- IV557 - June 2021 /

Disunited Kingdom

31/05/2021 - 08:49

“All of this means that for socialists in England the question of deepening our understanding of the national questions in both Scotland and Wales, and in particular fighting for labour movement support for the right to self determination, needs to be pushed much higher up our political agenda.”

- IV556 - May 2021 / , , ,

Xinjiang (China) - A look back at the history of East Turkestan and the geopolitics of Central Asia

30/05/2021 - 12:23

The Uighur question has suddenly become a stake in the political struggle in Belgium, between the PS and even more ECOLO, on the one hand, and the PTB, on the other hand. The former accuses the latter of complicity with the genocide of the Uighur people, the latter accuses the former of participating in a new imperialist cold war against China.

- IV556 - May 2021 / ,

Palestine: a “ceasefire” that solves nothing, a mobilization that continues

29/05/2021 - 07:41

“There is no doubt that the sequence that has opened up in recent weeks is far from over and that we must continiue to express our solidarity.”

- IV556 - May 2021 / ,