17 January 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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Hope in the Streets, continued

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 06:48

The Editors of Against the Current assess the state of the world.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

The new radical right and anti-feminism

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 07:33

Red pill, unicorn, incels (involuntary celibacy), AWALT (all women are like that - all women are equal) (Rational Wiki, 2019) are some of the neologisms that can be read in blogs, forums and websites of movements with a general misogynist and anti-feminist tendency; the so-called manosphere. Ironically they are inspired by films like Matrix to indicate that those who take the red pill are those who have managed to free themselves from the dominant feminist persuasions and choose to embrace the painful truth of the manosphere, as opposed to their pro-feminist detractors who take the blue pill (blue pillers). In the same logic they also use the terms alpha male and beta male.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

Reflection on the “sardines” movement

Tue, 12/31/2019 - 08:32

The Italian political situation is marked by a new and particular movement, that of the “sardines”, which saw several hundred thousand people, many of them young people, take to the streets, culminating in the great demonstration in Rome on 14 December.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

New Prime Minister takes office in Cuba

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 08:25

Cuba is reintroducing the office of prime minister, a position that had disappeared in 1976 with the country's first socialist constitution and which returns with the new constitution drawn up in May 2019. Who is this new head of government that nobody expected? How did he get the job and what are his likely political orientations?

- IV539 - December 2019 /

India and anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act: Modi Might Have Finally Gone Too Far

Sun, 12/29/2019 - 10:02

With the ongoing mass protests to Modi's anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act, India is at last seeing a real challenge to right-wing Hindu nationalism.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Viewpoint: Defeating Trump

Sat, 12/28/2019 - 10:56

The September-October and November-December 2019 issues of Against the Current carry a debate on the 2020 U.S. presidential election with articles advocating support for Bernie Sanders, support for the Green Party's Howie Hawkins, and “anybody but Trump.” The first two articles have been republished in International Viewpoint, here is the third position.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Continuous Rebellion in Hong Kong

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 10:16

The online journal Sozial.Geschichte Online interviewed Au Loong Yu about the Hong Kong protest movement.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Statement of Radical Socialist on the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), the Proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Ongoing Protests Against Them

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 07:58

The Radical Socialist Group (RS) salutes the students up and down the country that have been the real spark that has ignited this popular agitation against the iniquitous CAA [Citizenship Amendment Act] and the proposed all-India NRC [National Register of Citizenship] that is already being prepared.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

The political crisis seen “from below”

Wed, 12/25/2019 - 09:51

Since the disputed elections of October 20, 2019, Bolivia has been in crisis. Rural inhabitants are at the centre of the debate, with Evo Morales calling on them to mobilize against the cities, reconnecting with his historic base, while the extreme right has found in some rural organizations pragmatic allies to shed its “white” image. But the crisis remains seen from the cities and the games of alliances and oppositions of national organizations. However, analysing it from the bottom allows us to take into account the gap between the different levels of action and to reveal the fragmentation of the opposition as well as the crumbling of historical support for Evo Morales.

- IV539 - December 2019

Keep the embers of the strike alive to start the flames again

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 07:57

The new day of demonstrations on 17 December confirmed the general trend of increasing social confrontation against pension reform.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Argentina: facing another debt crisis

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 08:14

After four years of brutal neoliberal policies under Mauricio Macri as President, Argentina is again facing a major debt crisis.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Unprecendented mobilizations in Haiti

Sun, 12/22/2019 - 09:08

The mobilizations that paralysed a large part of Haiti for two months, from mid-September to mid-November 2019, were exceptional. They were the temporary culmination of a movement that started in the summer of 2018, which resurged several times. The spark came in July 2018 following an increase in the price of petroleum products. Then the denunciation of a huge financial scandal, the Petrocaribe fund affair, took on an unprecedented scale. In September 2019, a general shortage of petrol led to the protests, which until then had mainly affected the big cities, spreading throughout the country.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

“There should be agitation such that the ruling class will have to choose”

Sat, 12/21/2019 - 07:00

Daniel Tanuro was recently invited to give lectures in French-speaking Switzerland on the climate crisis, and to meet young people active in mobilization. At the end of this tour, he answered questions from SolidaritéS.

- IV539 - December 2019 / , ,

No Christmas truce ! No presents for Macron's government!

Sat, 12/21/2019 - 01:05

After French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's announcement on Wednesday, 11 December – which only confirmed what we already knew about the attack on pensions, and despite the continuation of strikes and the success of the mobilization day on 17 December – the government is putting on the pressure to put a stop to the strike movement by the end of the week. Adopting belligerent and contemptuous postures – which only goes to show how they are vacillating after this week's resignation of national pension administrator Jean-Paul Delevoye– President Emmanuel Macron and Philippe do not know what to do. We must figure out how to take advantage of their indecision!

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The people do not recognize the election organized by the system, it's time for self-organization

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 06:30

On 12 December 2019 the government in power, the de facto government, embodied by the general staff, organized an election. It mobilized all the forces at its disposal in terms of security forces and allegiance networks to force a passage. But all over Algeria, the people took to the streets to say no to the elections held by the former regime.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Climate: the solution lies in struggle, not COPs!

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 08:50

The resounding failure of the Madrid Climate Conference casts a harsh light on the capitalist system's inability to ward off the climate threat. Solutions will not emerge from COPs but from social mobilisation, peoples' struggles against exploitation and oppression.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Call for Solidarity with Uprisings in the Middle East & North Africa

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 09:25

This is a critical moment in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2019, uprisings have emerged in Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon and Iran. All have opposed authoritarianism, neoliberalism, poverty, corruption, religious fundamentalism and sectarianism. Women have been active participants and often in the forefront. The participants are mostly working-class and unemployed youth. They are not content with the ouster of individual ruling figures but want to change the socioeconomic and political system. For all these reasons, the revolts could mark the beginning of a new progressive and revolutionary chapter for the region as a whole.

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Defending Hong Kong's Autonomy: A Partial Victory

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 09:26

The opposition camp's landslide victory in Hong Kong's local district elections, on 24 November, can be considered to be a referendum on both the Hong Kong government and Beijing. The people's voice is a clear and loud “No” against the establishment's hard-line policies.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Disastrous election result in Britain

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 07:51

The British election on 12 December was, as politicians and commentators on all sides agreed, the most important for many decades. It pitted Labour's Jeremy Corbyn – an extremely radical social democrat at the head of a party that had grown massively under his leadership during the last four years – and a manifesto based on public services and social justice against Tory Boris Johnson, dripping privilege, racism, sexism and contempt for people who are socially excluded. There was a huge level of mobilization with hundreds of Labour canvassers turning out, especially in marginal seats.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Solidarity Marches in Pakistan: Widespread student mobilization and political repression - A new generation of activists

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 06:56

After student mobilizations throughout the country, Pakistani left-wing figures – including Ammar Ali Jan, Farooq Tariq and Alamgir Wazir – were charged with “subversion”.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,