24 April 2019

International Viewpoint

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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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Those who are fighting back are in danger

03/04/2019 - 06:39

Brazilian feminist activist Taliria Petrone talks to Sebastien Brulez about the struggle today against the reactionary government of Jair Bolsonaro and the political assassination of her comrade Marielle Franco last year

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Venezuela : "It will be difficult to make us bend"

02/04/2019 - 09:34

Martín Mosquera interviewed Stalin Pérez Borges on February 2, 2019

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Strike at Electrolux in Romania: “The boss's strategy is to starve us!”

01/04/2019 - 15:27

Since 4 March, the 460 workers of the Swedish giant Electrolux's subsidiary in Satu Mare, in northwestern Romania, have been on strike. As working conditions deteriorate with unbearable rates of work or temperature variations of 30 degrees in the factory, the strikers are demanding a gross increase of 650 Lei (137 euros), or nearly 40% of their salary for many of them.

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Women's stories from the frontline of Sudan's revolution must be told

01/04/2019 - 12:21

Women are leading Sudan's revolt against religious fundamentalism. As in Egypt and Saudi Arabia they face a violent backlash. But they must win.

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From the individual "me too" to the collective "us too" Me Too: A movement for women workers too!

30/03/2019 - 12:58

It has been more than two years since the emergence of the Me Too movement that unveiled the enormous extent of sexual harassment in the workplace and gender-based sexual violence around the world! Not at all ephemeral, this movement does not stop surprising us. Not only does it persist and now extends to all continents, but it also evolves from a virtual phenomenon on the Internet to a real social movement of the 21st century. And above all, it becomes the banner of workers provoking victorious mobilizations of historical dimensions against two gigantic multinationals of the most merciless capitalism...

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Bhagat Singh

30/03/2019 - 07:44

Revolutionary struggles erupt with their own dynamics. The legacies, such struggles leave behind are often symbolised by iconic figures. According to the mainstream myths, Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru and other such leaders belonging to the native bourgeois fostered by the Raj led anti-colonial struggle in the Indian subcontinent.

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Desperately seeking socialism

29/03/2019 - 15:25

A response by GABRIEL LEVY to Dissidents Among Dissidents, by Ilya Budraitskis – and Budraitskis's response to that response.

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From Marx to Ecosocialism

29/03/2019 - 13:28

There is a growing body of ecomarxist and ecosocialist literature in the English-speaking world, which signals the beginning of a significant turn in radical thinking. Some Marxist journals, such as Capitalism, Nature and Socialism, Monthly Review and Socialism and Democracy have been playing an important role in this process, which is becoming increasingly influential. The two books discussed here—very different in style content and purpose—are part of this “Red and Green” upsurge.

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“Maduro is undemocratic and Guaidó is a usurper"

29/03/2019 - 12:19

Dani Domínguez interviews Gonzalo Gómez

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Solidarity with the Algerian people in their struggle for popular sovereignty! Renaissance of the Algerian revolution!

28/03/2019 - 18:09

Algeria is experiencing a popular uprising that is unprecedented since the proclamation of national independence. Since 22 February 2019, following calls launched on the Internet, large rallies, with a massive presence of women, have been organized in all cities, followed by workers and young students

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Brexit, farce and the Lexit left

28/03/2019 - 12:48

In this discussion article, Neil Faulkner argues that Brexit is the British expression of the wave of nationalism, racism, and fascism sweeping the world – and Lexit is on the wrong side of history.

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Pakistan: after 8 March, solidarity with the organizers of the Aurat Azadi Marches and Aurat Marches

27/03/2019 - 09:21

The Awami Workers Party extends its solidarity with the organizers of the Aurat [Women]Azadi [Freedom] Marches and Aurat Marches in various cities of the country against the vicious attacks on them from various quarters after the women's day marches.

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The Decline of the Low Countries

26/03/2019 - 08:24

The far right swept to record success in last week's Dutch elections. Yet the vote also saw Geert Wilders's PVV overshadowed by more traditionalist reactionary forces.

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Latest news concerning Baba Jan

25/03/2019 - 19:02

In spite of the urgent call from his family, friends and a broad international support, Baba Jan has not been transferred to an Islamabad well-equipped hospital for a thorough examination of his health situation, while he was feeling strong chest pain.

- 2. News from around the world /

Worrying About Huawei: Is China Winning the G5 Race?

25/03/2019 - 08:35

Prefatory Note:The following post contains my responses to questions posed by Sputnik News Agency a few days ago. The effort to warn European countries not to use equipment from the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, is part warning and part threat. It claims to be a matter of security, but seems like an effort to avoid the competitive challenge posed by the superior technology of Huawei by claiming a threat to the security of European countries because China will be able to engage in unauthorized data surveillance. Waiting for American counterpart technology is a way of saying our surveillance will be less of a problem in the future than would a comparable Chinese capability. Underneath, one wonders whether this is a matter of protecting American business interests. In any event,

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The UTLA Victory in Context

24/03/2019 - 17:26

The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) have won a big, although limited victory, as detailed in Peter Olson's on-the-ground account in this issue of Against the Current. The strike is part of a nationwide teachers' upsurge that began with, and was largely made possible by, the 2012 strike of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

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Christchurch terror: How did this happen?

22/03/2019 - 14:25

You've heard the news: on March 15th, 2019, Aotearoa/New Zealand experienced its largest mass shooting since the colonial massacres, a coordinated terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Throughout the day the death toll climbed; first 6, then 27, then 40, and finally 49 (with more passing away in hospital beds in the ensuing days). Victims included resettled Syrian children, fleeing terrorism in one place only to encounter it in another.

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Christchurch: Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living

21/03/2019 - 10:19

Politicians have expressed “horror” and “shock” at the attack in New Zealand and now are scratching their heads, asking, “Who could have predicted this?”

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Stand with Muslims

20/03/2019 - 07:10

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack, the International Socialist Organisation National Committee in Aotearoa/New Zealand released the following statement.

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A radical left in Parliament, a contradiction or a perspective?

19/03/2019 - 17:59

As we know, the left-wing parties of Western Europe, such as the German party Die Linke, play a folkloric role or, in the best of cases, that of a moral corrector and have very little influence on political events. Their parliamentary work is mostly limited to agitation. In Eastern European countries, these parties often fail to enter Parliament.

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