23 August 2019

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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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DSA Convention 2019

06/08/2019 - 10:33

DSA Convention 2019—Overcoming Divisions—Votes to Maintain Strong National Organization, Takes up Ambitious Organizing Agenda.

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South Africa: Transforming community protests into an uprising

05/08/2019 - 19:11

There were protests galore in the build up to South Africa's May 8 national elections, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of the people's victory against Apartheid. Protests occurred in many parts of the country but predominately in Gauteng, the nation's industrial heartland, and in the Western Cape, with its legacy of colonialism.

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“More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever”

05/08/2019 - 10:47

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most fanatical loyalists: now, it's doing the same to society itself.

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The far right, LGBTIQ people and a strategy for resistance

03/08/2019 - 19:08

The far right is on the rise in one country after another. It has unmistakably become a central factor in contemporary European and world politics. I have come to think that in the coming years the fight against the far right will be decisive for the radical and revolutionary left. So it is more and more urgent for us to understand the far-right threat we face. To some extent we can learn from Marxist analyses of classical fascism, particularly in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. But many things have changed on the far right. To use the term of our comrade Enzo Traverso, most of the far right today is ‘post-fascist': sometimes in continuity with the old fascist right, sometimes not. And gender and sexual politics are not a side issue for the far right – they are key. So this is one of the things we urgently need to understand.

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The rebellion in Hong Kong is intensifying

02/08/2019 - 10:20

Massive demonstrations in Hong Kong have forced the government to shelve a bill that could muzzle dissident voices. But the protesters are still on the streets — and they're demanding the resignation of Hong Kong's chief executive.

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Change the orientation, Don't repeat mistakes, Build the alternative!

01/08/2019 - 06:48

The investiture of Pedro Sánchez has failed and along with it, the tactics of Podemos who invested all its assets to enter the government as a supposed guarantor of social policies. The PSOE has tried a double game: to placate the right by offering itself as a stabilizer of “reasonable” governance for the interests of capital and the 1978 regime, while at the same time, it has tried to defraud, subordinate and annul its left, integrating it into a project alien to the interests of the social majority. Sanchez has graduated as a parliamentary confidence trickster. Unidas Podemos made very important mistakes in their attempt to enter government by the tradesman's entrance: all the resignations have not sufficed for the voracity of social liberalism.

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A predictable fiasco - on the outcome of the European elections and the immediate tasks for Die Linke

31/07/2019 - 14:07

Lucy Redler and Thies Gleiss are members of the Antikapitalistische Linke current, which has existed inside Die Linke since March 2006. We reproduce here their contribution for the Die Linke leadership meeting of 16 June 2019.

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Decolonial Communism reviewed

29/07/2019 - 12:08

Decolonial Communism, Democracy and the Commons, by Catherine Samary, with contributions from Samuel Farber, Silvia Federici, Franck Gaudichaud, Zagorska Golubovic, Ernest Mandel, Goran Markovic, Svetozar Stojanovic and Raquel Varela. Pub. Resistance Books/IIRE/Merlin Press, 2019.

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Floods & Erosion: Call to Support Natural Disaster Affected People in Bangladesh

29/07/2019 - 11:05

Over last 3 weeks Bangladesh is experiencing terrible flash flood in the north, northwestern, and northeastern parts of the country. Around 22 districts out of 64 are affected by the flood ravaging. Various river flows by 130 cm over the danger levels. As a result, vast areas were inundated by the flowing resulting in huge damages to lives and livelihoods, animals and properties, crops-croplands and houses of the ordinary people. In certain areas, mighty rivers caused erosion, washing away vast areas like villages and market place with all animal and houses, properties, etc. They just sunk into the rivers for ever. According to the government 4.8 million people are hit by the flood so far. But rom the private survey, 10 million people are badly affected by the flood and river erosion.

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Johnson's Tories = Brexit Party Mark II

28/07/2019 - 09:19

Theresa May resigned as leader of the Tory Party on June 7 having failed to win majority support in the British parliament for the agreement she had negotiated with the other EU member states on the terms of Britain's withdrawal. The Tory party subsequently carried out an election for a new leader which resulted in the most rightwing candidate, Boris Johnson, being declared the winner on July 23 and inaugurated as Prime Minister on July 24. [IV]

- IV534 - July 2019

Before the Revolution: an interview with Wissem Zizi, Algerian Marxist-feminist.

27/07/2019 - 08:12

This interview with Algerian activist Wissem Zizi was translated and published by Al-Muzāharāt.

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After the elections, the storm

26/07/2019 - 12:26

Challenged by the victory of a unified opposition in the municipality of Istanbul and splinter movements in his own party, President Erdogan is now facing a major crisis in his relations with the United States.

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"We got the cup, now we want to get the system out of here"

25/07/2019 - 23:56

Football has always played a role in the working class neighbourhoods of Algeria. The victory at the CAN (Coupe Afrique des Nations) is an encouragement for the people, who see it as a hope for Algeria.

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Where is Steve?

25/07/2019 - 12:04

Steve Maia Caniço is a 24-year-old man who has been missing since 21 June following a violent police charge during the annual Fête de la Musique in Nantes. More than a month has passed, and the question remains: where is Steve? This was the question asked, in particular, by hundreds of people, friends, relatives and others, who were outraged by this umpteenth case of police violence, which once again resulted in a tragedy, at a rally held in Nantes on 20 July.

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How Women Are Leading the Class Struggle

25/07/2019 - 11:51

On Wednesday 12 May, 25,000 teachers in Oregon walked off their jobs, shutting down at least 600 schools across the state as part of a campaign for smaller class sizes, more nurses and guidance counselors, and better funding for public education (paid for by taxing the rich).

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Solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico

24/07/2019 - 11:22

We express our solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico in their struggle against the corrupt government of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Friday [19 July] marked seven days of massive protests demanding the resignation of the governor and his associates. Despite tear gas attacks, rubber bullets, beatings and police arrests, the protests have grown in the capital San Juan and have spread to all corners of the island. On Wednesday, 17 July more than 350,000 people marched through the streets of the capital, an unprecedented rally.

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European Union-Tunisia Relationship: "Stop People but Let Goods Through"

23/07/2019 - 20:32

In the aftermath of what has often been referred to as the "Arab Spring", the European Union (EU) gave much more attention to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, especially to Tunisia, where the democratic transition was more likely to bring about hope, as its peaceful political advances stand in contrast to most of the Arab Region's tragic chaos. Taking into consideration its unique experience and geopolitical position, the EU has had a strong belief that Tunisia needs assistance to overcome its critical economic problems and social unrest.

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Petty bourgeois deviations?

22/07/2019 - 08:19

This contribution has been published in the July-August issue of Sozialistische Zeitung (SoZ) which is published since 1986 in Cologne.*

- IV534 - July 2019 /

What is the Rank-and-File Strategy, and Why Does It Matter?

21/07/2019 - 10:35
We can't win socialism without workers fighting back. The rank-and-file strategy gives us the tools to do that. Socialism's recent resurgence has revived core debates about socialist politics and strategy: what do socialists want, and how do we get there? Whether figuring out how socialists should relate to electoral politics, how and to what extent socialists should push for reforms from the state, how socialists should engage with broader social movements, or simply what it means (...) - IV534 - July 2019 /

The Ever-Shifting 'Strategic Triangle' Between Russia, China and the U.S.

20/07/2019 - 09:47

The U.S. trade war with China and Washington's prolonged standoff with Russia — over matters from Iran to Venezuela to arms control — are increasingly driving Moscow and Beijing toward each other. Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum June 6-7, but not before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier in the week. China and Russia have signed economic deals that span everything from 5G networks to hydropower plant construction to establishing a joint research and technology innovation fund.

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