18 January 2021

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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The 21st Century Plague

25/12/2020 - 09:17

THE CALAMITOUS MALFEASANCE of the outgoing Trump regime's response to the coronavirus pandemic threatens to obscure deeper realities of this global as well as U.S. crisis. The incoming Biden-Harris team faces a deeper and more menacing emergence of both public health and the economy than the 2008-09 financial meltdown that confronted president Obama's first year.

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

#EndSARS rebellion, repression & resistance in Nigeria

24/12/2020 - 12:30

Scores of thousands of young people took over dozens of cities and towns in Nigeria for two weeks. This rebellion, with the slogan and hashtag #EndSARS, was sparked by the reported killing of a young man by the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), in Ughelli, a town in the Niger delta region on 3 October.
With each passing day, the supposedly “leaderless” movement waxed stronger. And while #EndSARS remained the primary and binding demand, calls for more radical measures to #EndInjustice (...)

- IV551 - December 2020 /

An insurrectional climate?

23/12/2020 - 11:00

For weeks a major conflict has been going on, which the press is not talking about, or perhaps it is too far away, over there... in Kanaky.

- IV551 - December 2020 /

Hong Kong's Fight for Democracy

22/12/2020 - 11:47

For “anyone interested in getting a deeper understanding of how the 2019 rebellion of Hong Kong fits into the bigger China picture and what might be coming around the corner”.

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Extracting the Andes

22/12/2020 - 11:40

“There are few better guides than Planetary Mine to the possible economic and technological futures of Latin American likely to emerge in the wake of COVID-19”

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Socialisms: A critical debate

22/12/2020 - 11:26

“Parker makes us perceive opaque bifurcations, ideological shifts and new official narratives covering diverse form of integration within – but also still resistances to – the new capitalist world (dis)order.”

- Reviews section /

Public sector strike in Italy is a strike for everyone

22/12/2020 - 11:13

Do you remember last spring? The "first wave", flags, songs on balconies, "everything will be fine"? Someone even thought - and said - that something good should come out of this story, that nothing could ever be the same again. A kind of promise of change was in the air. Rubbish!

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

The empire strikes back

21/12/2020 - 12:16

A preview of Biden's foreign policy, arguing that what is coming is not simply a return to Obama-era multilateralism, but an attempt to deepen Trump's focus on the great power rivalries, especially with China.

- IV551 - December 2020 /

Farmers' revolt in India

20/12/2020 - 11:16

Massive mobilisation in the face of structural reforms in the agricultural world.

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

New issue of Amandla!

19/12/2020 - 11:04

The December issue of the South African journal Amandla! is now out.

- News from around the world /

We will not return to normal, because normal was the problem

19/12/2020 - 10:52

“Another left is possible, but we will have to become less ‘normal'.”

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

Safety fears over Covid in schools

18/12/2020 - 11:00

Safety fears over Covid in schools: Scottish teachers vote for industrial action as Labour London Councils call for early school closures

- IV551 - December 2020 / , , , ,

Teachers unions and the pandemic: Fighting for life and facing neoliberalism's new bipartisan push

17/12/2020 - 19:21

“Teachers need to educate, agitate, and organize on this issue, as they have done so courageously in the past decade, to protect public education,” a conclusion not only applicable to the United States.

- IV551 - December 2020 / , ,

Wakashio Four Months On: Mauritius Drenched In Oil, Health And Debt Issues

16/12/2020 - 06:55

“We will never forget. We will never forgive. And we demand rehabilitation and reparations now.”

- IV551 - December 2020 / , ,

Workers Will Have to Fight to Make Gains Under Biden Presidency

15/12/2020 - 20:16

“Organizing workers today raises new challenges, as many have precarious jobs and large numbers are undocumented immigrants. Our work is cut out for us.”

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

The gap is widening between the Royal Palace and the pro-democracy movement, which is mobilized against the danger of a putsch

14/12/2020 - 08:46

“One thing is certain, however: the pro-democracy movement, by its capacity to endure and to innovate, has opened a gaping breach in the domination of the military-monarchical order. It has never ceased to amaze with its resilience and inventiveness. We can only salute it for what it has already accomplished and support it as much as we can for what it can still accomplish.”

- IV551 - December 2020 /

The Chinese steamroller in Hong Kong goes into high gear

13/12/2020 - 18:51

The repressive rules in force on the mainland are being rapidly extended to Hong Kong, but a fightback continues and needs international solidarity.

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

Labour must oppose any Brexit deal

12/12/2020 - 09:10

“The left must demand that Starmer pulls back from this position and at least leave the door open for a fightback against the consequences of Brexit, which is a retrograde step of historic proportions.”

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

Macron and Lebanon: “reforms” again and again

11/12/2020 - 11:10

While Emmanuel Macron is receiving the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Paris, the French president is continuing to be active on the Lebanese dossier to implement the “reforms” demanded by Paris and the World Bank in particular.

- IV551 - December 2020 / ,

Trump's 'Shakespearean' ploys to stay in power

10/12/2020 - 09:16

“It may seem farfetched, but the crisis of the US electoral system is real.”

- IV551 - December 2020 /