16 July 2020

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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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Indo-Nepal relationship under the cloud of Hinduvta

30/06/2020 - 08:11

The construction of a motorable road by the Indian government, towards the Chinese border and near the disputed Kalapani area on the Indo-Nepal border sparked off a diplomatic row. Although there were minor complications in the past around such isssues, the situation has worsened rapidly since Modi came to powerin 2014.

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1973: The dialectic of growth

29/06/2020 - 21:30

This article was originally published as ‘La Dialectique de la Croissance', Mai, November 1972, pp. 7-14. This translation is based on the Dutch version published in the reader of a 1973 congress on the ‘Crisis in economic theory', VESVU-kongreskommissie (ed.) Krisis in de ekonomiese theorie: lezingen en diskussies van het vesvu kongres vu-amsterdam (Nijmegen, 1973), pp. 55-76, available online in the Marxists Internet Archive here. Translation by Alex de Jong.
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The Romance of American Communism

29/06/2020 - 21:25

As protests work to remake the world, the reissue of Vivian Gornickʼs The Romance of American Communism invites a new generation to reflect on what it means to live a life of political commitment—where the passionate pursuit of justice meets organized political action. The Romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick Verso.

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1972: The Driving Forces of Imperialism

29/06/2020 - 18:20

This paper was submitted to the Bertrand Russel Centenary Symposium, Linz, Austria, September 11th to 15th, 1972. First published in: Ken Coates (ed.) Spheres of influence in the age of imperialism (Nottingham, 1972).

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If they come in the morning…

29/06/2020 - 06:38

The Labour Party's antisemitism witchhunt has just claimed its highest profile victim, with the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from Starmer's shadow cabinet for the crime of tweeting a link to an interview with the actor Maxine Peake in the Independent. This decision, taken just a few hours after a peremptory demand by the unrepresentative Board of Deputies of British Jews, makes a mockery of Starmer's claim that he intends to “reunify” the party.

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Daniel Bensaïd: a bifurcation Marxism

28/06/2020 - 10:12

Daniel Bensaïd has the merit of having introduced a new concept into the Marxist lexicon: bifurcation. He has, so to speak, sketched the broad outlines of what one might call a bifurcation Marxism.

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Angela Davis: An Interview on the Futures of Black Radicalism

28/06/2020 - 09:39

"The concept associated with Black Marxism that I find most productive and most potentially transformative is the concept of racial capitalism.... Global capitalism cannot be adequately comprehended if the racial dimension of capitalism is ignored."

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Make Black Lives Matter

28/06/2020 - 08:57

In the middle of a pandemic, with the global economy crashing and a US Presidential election in the offing, George Floyd's murder by police sparked protests across the globe. The movement is led by Black Americans and unites in solidarity people of many ethnicities, colours, and religions who have had enough of police brutality, and police murders of Black Americans.

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More than a Left Foot

27/06/2020 - 19:21

Bob Findlay's final sentence in his book hopes that “it has provided an insight into an array of historical events, socio-political issues and personal narratives worthy of your time”. It certainly does and is in fact several books for the price of one.

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The movement against racism and police violence – an initial assessment

27/06/2020 - 07:54

Hector A. Rivera is the editor of Punto Rojo, a review of the Latin and Chicano socialist left in the United States. He was interviewed on 9 June 2020 by Marine Benjelloun and Alex Guérin for Contretemps.

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Chile: under the pandemic, the class struggle

26/06/2020 - 05:06

This article examines the particular situation of Chile, a country which has been going through one of the biggest popular revolts in the region for months, while being one of the flagship countries of neoliberal capitalism in worldwide terms.

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Massive support for Hugo Blanco faced with ultra-right attacks

25/06/2020 - 05:37

Intellectuals, social activists and public officials in Europe and Latin America have expressed their support for Hugo Blanco in the face of attacks by the extreme right in Peru. In less than 48 hours, more than two thousand people have signed a Manifesto in support of one of the historical leaders of the peasant, indigenous and environmental movement in Peru and Latin America, the legendary left-wing political activist Hugo Blanco, who has been vilified, defamed and reviled by sectors of the far right in the Peruvian army, police force, press and politicians.

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Black Lives Matter: a New Left

24/06/2020 - 06:26

The future is taking shape around us, but the past continues to exert its pull. This is a time when everything is in contention; new social forces emerge, while old reactionary forces double down. Three Mutiny writers joined three protests reporting back from the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London and Cardiff, drawing lessons from these historic events. It felt like 1968. It looked like the birth of a new mass movement of the oppressed.

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Belgium's colonial crimes in the Congo. A duty to remember

23/06/2020 - 13:44

Thanks to the Black Lives Matter mobilizations against racism in general, and racism against black people in particular, becoming an international phenomenon more and more people are seeking to know the truth about the dark past of the colonial powers and the continuation of neo-colonialism up to the present times. Statues of emblematic figures of European colonialism are being debunked or are the subject of salutary denunciations. The same is true of statues of people who in the United States symbolize slavery and racism. The CADTM welcomes all initiatives and actions that aim to denounce colonial crimes, seek to establish the truth about past atrocities, highlight the instruments of neo-colonialism and all forms of resistance from the past to the present.

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Rubber Bullets Are Anything but “Nonlethal.” They Should Be Banned.

23/06/2020 - 06:09

US police have used rubber bullets against civilian protesters on a massive scale. These projectiles actually originated in Northern Ireland — and their history is anything but "nonlethal." There can be no justification for police use of rubber bullets.

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Sudan's revolution at a crossroads

22/06/2020 - 08:12

Sudan is transitioning from a grassroots revolution to a post-revolutionary governmental structure, and from military to civilian control, and doing that in a world where protest has been put on hold. Will the revolution have a hard landing?

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Against police repression in Sri Lanka

21/06/2020 - 09:28

The Fourth International condemns the repression and violence committed on June 8 in central Colombo during a protest organized by the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP). People had wanted to gather in front of the US embassy to protest the killing of George Floyd and show solidarity with the anti-racist protests. They were brutally attacked and dozens were arrested. Among the arrested were 53 activists of the Frontline Socialist Party as well as dozens of others. When people protested this repression, dozens more were arrested. The police attacked with brutal violence and several persons were hospitalized.

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One year later, the feminist strike remains mobilised and determined

21/06/2020 - 07:30

Since the surge of 14 June 2019, the feminist struggle has not stopped, and the collectives have continued to organize. The purple wave, while certainly smaller, still managed to splash across the country on 14 June 2020.

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New Cuban blog states editorial line

20/06/2020 - 06:39

The Editorial Board of the new Cuban blog Comunistas published its statement of editorial line on 10 June 2020.

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Maurice Rajsfus, the last of the righteous

19/06/2020 - 11:20

Maurice Rajsfus was born in Aubervilliers (Seine St Denis) on 9 April 1928 and died in Antony (Hauts de Seine) on 13 June 2020. His parents were Polish Jews who had arrived in France in the 1920s. He last saw his parents at the age of 14 when they were arrested in the notorious rafle du Vélodrome d'Hiver.

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