22 February 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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Pensions: “We choose to give priority to human beings and the right to a dignified life”

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:01

Emmanuel Macron repeated it in his New Year speech: he wants to push through his pension reform. Against all the arguments of common sense, he decides alone. The balance of forces is the only possible language with this government. Strikes and demonstrations will therefore be essential.

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Australia's dark age of climate catastrophe

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 06:13

It is impossible to find words appropriate to the immensity and horror of Australia's bushfire catastrophe. Day in day out for months on end we've been bombarded with harrowing images and accounts of death and destruction – of roaring walls of flame over 100 metres high; of deadly “fire tornadoes” powerful enough to flip fire trucks; of bushfires creating their own super-cell thunderstorms with lightning strikes sparking new blazes ahead of existing fronts; of giant plumes of smoke turning day into eerie, pitch-dark night; of thousands forced to huddle on beaches and cower on boats as ash and embers rain down on them and their communities burn before their eyes; of convoys of evacuees stuck on roads blocked by flames, while others await evacuation by sea; of whole towns burnt to ashes by fires so intense that no fire fighting force on Earth could stop them.

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Struggling under the flag of solidarity, facing repression, in a fractured country

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:53

The student mobilization on 29 November 2019 had a deep echo across Pakistan. Affirming solidarity with all the discriminated and exploited sectors of society, it became a rallying point for a wide range of social and progressive movements in a country and a state undermined by numerous regional, national or religious fractures and by abysmal social inequalities.

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Must Labour move right to secure its working-class base?

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 07:55

Phil Hearse argues that the Blairite Right and Lexit Left are drawing all the wrong conclusions from the general election.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

British Conservative Party tacks right

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 09:21

The election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and the bitter defeat of the hopes of the Labour left represent a deeper cultural and institutional shift in the politics of the British Conservative and Unionist Party. They are not fools, the entitled gang who head the party, and the election and its aftermath has seen some canny moves that ride the wave of xenophobic reaction harnessed and amplified by the 2016 EU membership referendum.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

We Must Call a Coup a Coup

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 06:35

In November, the Bolivian military forced Evo Morales to step down: the classic definition of a coup. Despite the evidence, some commentators — even on the Left — have failed to identify it for what it was: an elite plot to oust a progressive president whose program of reforms had transformed the lives of many of the country's most excluded people.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

Why we left the Awami Workers Party. Lessons to be learned

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 13:51

Farooq Tariq and other former members of the LPP (Labour Party Pakistan) issued this statement on 5 January 2020.

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Oppose U.S. and Iran War by Showing Solidarity with Uprisings in the MENA Region

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 08:20

This statement was issued by the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists on 3 January 2020.

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No war in Iran!

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 09:40

Trump's assassination of Iranian General Oassim Suleimani on Iraqi soil is an escalation of his desire to destroy the Iranian regime. Since he came to office Trump has plotted to pull the U.S. government out of the nuclear agreement signed by several European countries and Iran. Following that he has imposed sanctions that have made the average Iranian civilian's life much more difficult. Given that a quarter of the world's oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, on Iran's shore, U.S. military maneuvers there also inflamed tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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1995-2003-2010: lessons from three large-scale mobilizations

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 07:36

The French trade-union movement is currently engaged in the longest strike movement for more than 50 years. For almost a month, since 5 December 2019, the strike has been massive in the transport sector (railways and Paris region public transport). The third most-mobilized sector – teachers – returns to work and strike on Monday 6 January after the two-week end-of-year break and it is expected that their strike action will continue.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

Pushing back Mitsotakis and the far right

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:13

The Greek right, which has always emphasized that the government of Syriza could only be a parenthesis, therefore took over the reins of power in July 2019 without being able to hide its deep joy at inflicting a deep defeat on the left. By insolently relying on an extreme right-wing current ranging from the former fascist “axe-killer” Voridis, who has become Minister of Agricultural Development, to the nationalist current of the former extreme neoliberal Prime Minister Samaras, Mitsotakis immediately wanted to take all the reins of power, without worrying about the quality of the minions to whom he entrusted responsibilities: the result is a head of the secret services who lied about his diplomas, ditto for the soldier to whom he has just entrusted the responsibility of the “management” of refugees, a racist nationalist who dreams only of concentration camps. To tourism, he appointed a known speculator and admirer of the colonels' junta - a great image for the tourist profile.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

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.

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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