24 April 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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Iran: What happened after March 8 1979

07/03/2019 - 07:58

An interview by Shirin Shalkooi.

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Historic victory for the Swedish dock workers!

06/03/2019 - 20:27

On 6 March, the small and independent Swedish Dockworkers Union were planning to take all out strike action in response to the very aggressive anti union strategy of the Swedish harbour employers organisation. The dockworkers have been up against, not only the employers, but also the neoliberally oriented social democratic government, the majority of the big media and the majority unions hoping to get full monopoly on the labour market.

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The feminist strike extends across Europe

06/03/2019 - 20:16

In 2016 Polish feminists went on a feminist strike to defend the decriminalization of abortion and in defense of reproductive rights; months later the Argentines stopped the country in protest against femicides and went on to call months later for the first international women's strike. The contagion is spreading. Already in 2018, the feminist strike in the Spanish State was the great surprise of the day and this year the strike has broken through into Europe.

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Britain Slammed in UN Court Judgment over Illegal Occupation of Chagos and Diego Garcia

06/03/2019 - 10:01

On 25 February 2019, the International Court of Justice at The Hague found that Britain had acted unlawfully in its decolonization of Mauritius. It found that the excision of part of Mauritius, the Chagos Archipelago including Diego Garcia which the UK then sub-let to the US military, was unlawful.

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Whose "Security" — and for What?

05/03/2019 - 09:30

“Security” becomes the catchword of the moment. Donald Trump's “big, beautiful wall” will, or won't, enhance border protections from drugs, trafficking, and all manner of brown people with or without prayer rugs. The threat of repeated government shutdowns might end when the two houses of Congress figured out a deal for “securing the border” that Rush Limbaugh would give Trump permission to sign. Or not.

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Solidarity with the Swedish dock workers

04/03/2019 - 14:52

From midnight on March 6, Swedish dock workers will take all out-strike action after a major assault by the Ports of Sweden who falsely claim that the union broke off negotiations, in order to try and undercut popular support.

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No to the presidential election! No to systemic continuity ! For the election of a constituent assembly!

04/03/2019 - 12:43

The gigantic popular mobilizations of these last ten days that have shaken the authoritarian power of Bouteflika, have not been enough to make him give up a 5th mandate.

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Merchants of devastation – Pulwama and the danger of war in South Asia

04/03/2019 - 08:28

Ever since the bloody partition of the South Asian sub-continent in 1947, the endless history of hostility between India and Pakistan has been a curse for the oppressed masses. Periodically, either one of the two regimes turns this mutual hostility into episodes of acute confrontation — mainly in the interests of continuing domestic politics by other means. The latest incursion into mainland Pakistan and the bombing at Balakot by IAF fighter bombers after the Pulwama terrorist attack, and the subsequent shooting down of two Indian jetfighters by the Pakistan Air force, have heightened the danger of a full-scale war between the subcontinent's two nuclear-armed states. This military escalation has exacerbated a mad rush by the belligerent media on both sides of the Radcliff Line to bring about a scenario described by some as ‘MAD' – the “Mutually Assured Destruction” syndrome. However there is some method in this madness.

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Marxism and the race problem

03/03/2019 - 08:48

Marxism has had a difficult relationship with non-class oppressions like gender and race. For most, historical materialism is “race” and “gender-blind,” providing an explanation of only class exploitation. Those working in our tradition have either reduced race or gender to capitalist manipulation or adopted an intersectional approach in which class, race and gender are separate but intersecting systems of oppression.

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Pulwama “End the pernicious cycle”! No to war

03/03/2019 - 08:10

Joint statement by 1- Jammu Kashmir Awami Workers Party 2- Radical Socialist (India) 3- Pakistan Trade Unions Defense Campaign 4- Haqooq Khalq Movement Pakistan (Peoples Rights Movement)

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Message to the working class of the sub-continent

03/03/2019 - 08:04

Dear people and oppressed nationalities and working class of the Subcontinent, We are facing terrible times here in Kashmir. The line of Control (LoC) once again converted into a living hell by both states, India and Pakistan. After Pulwama attack, India advanced its military in the Jammu Kashmir and now both sides beating the drums for war. We clearly now that this is one more episode of the war drama which can never be fought instead of cross firing across LoC. So far, in the recent episode, approximately 25 people have been killed across LoC while property worth millions have been destroyed.

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The roots of Karl Marx's anti-colonialism

02/03/2019 - 18:04

Through his relationship with the Chartist radical and labor poet Ernest Jones, Karl Marx came to realize the necessity of opposing slavery and colonialism in ending capitalism.

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On Capitalism, Authoritarianism and What Is New about Trumpism

02/03/2019 - 17:15

In this paper, I would like to address four questions: 1. Is capitalism inherently authoritarian, and if so, why? 2. What economic and ideological factors can account for the current rise of authoritarianism in the U.S. 3. What is New About Trump's Authoritarianism? 4. How can it be effectively challenged?

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Turkey in 2019: an assessment

02/03/2019 - 12:36

In a snap election on June 24, 2018, Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdoğan received more than 52% of the vote for president. The rightwing “People's Alliance” that brought together Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) obtained over 53% of the vote, giving the coalition a solid majority in parliament.

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Betraying the Kurds

01/03/2019 - 13:44

Militarist hawks and liberal pundits alike are up in arms (figuratively, of course) over Donald Trump's “victory” proclamation and announcement of U.S. troops' withdrawal from Syria. What does it actually mean for the cascading disasters in the Middle East?

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On Venezuela

28/02/2019 - 18:29

1. The self-proclamation of the right-wing Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela, in a coup d'état led by Trump, to pave the way for direct intervention in the neighboring country, placed Latin America as a center of tension in the global situation. By directly operating this policy, U.S. imperialism once again acts in its supposed "backyard. This change in U.S. policy was made possible by the success of Bolsonaro in Brazil and Duque in Colombia. Without these fundamental supports, the situation would be different.

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We Have to Say Loudly No To War!

28/02/2019 - 08:41

Stop this madness on both sides

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Defend Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib!

26/02/2019 - 10:56

The vicious, dirty – and bipartisan – smear campaign against the first two Muslim women in the U.S. Congress, Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI), is just beginning. No one should imagine that Rep. Omar's dignified apology for her tweets about the Israel lobby, which have been willfully twisted to accuse her of “anti-Semitic tropes,” will put an end to the attacks on her – or that Rep. Tlaib's calling Donald Trump a “motherf****r” is what anyone is really upset about.

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Pulwama “End the pernicious cycle”! No to war

25/02/2019 - 23:10

Terrorism is not a reference to any category of persons but refers to a particular method, technique or tactic that involves the killing or injuring of innocent civilians or, outside of a battle or war zone, of even soldiers who by virtue of the distinctive nature of the attack are rendered completely defenceless. Precisely because terrorism is an act of this kind it can be and is carried out by the individual, a group, or larger collectivities like the apparatuses of the state.

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Trump Takes Another Step Toward Authoritarian Government

23/02/2019 - 10:30

Socialists must organize a national movement against Trump's national emergency.

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