15 April 2021

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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 lessons of the Indian farmers' struggle

04/02/2021 - 09:29

“The Farmers' struggle and its partial advance has shown us the way. Strong movements from below can have the potential to take on the Hinduvta juggernaut much more than stitching electoral alliances. What will be the fate of this movement six months down the line? We don't know but it is worth recalling the ancient Chinese proverb ‘a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step'.”

- IV553 - February 2021 / ,

Presidential elections marked by the pandemic crisis and the aggressiveness of the ultraright

03/02/2021 - 08:08

Political resolution adopted by the National Committee of the Left Bloc on 30 January 2021.

- IV553 - February 2021 /

Opposition to the “War on Women”

02/02/2021 - 10:17

The publication of a law halted last year has provoked a new wave of mass protests.

- IV553 - February 2021 / ,

Brexit – contradictions of a right wing project

01/02/2021 - 10:48

“Brexit has been a major factor, along with the appalling way the Johnson government has handled the Covid pandemic, in the developing constitutional crisis in the British state.”

- IV553 - February 2021 / ,

Workers of the World: Growth, Change, and Rebellion

31/01/2021 - 15:49

“The difficulty in analyzing the potential of this era of rebellion is compounded by the uncertain impact of the three crises of capitalism, and in particular the effect of the pandemic, on a variety of industries and the GVCs.”

- IV552 - January 2021 / ,

Massive repression of the demonstration against class and racist justice

30/01/2021 - 11:38

“The police humiliate, mutilate, rape, kill. When people unite to denounce it, the police humiliate again, mutilate, violate and threaten to kill. One day, however, there will be more of us on the street than they are. That day will be a beautiful day.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

An Unfinished Epoch of Revolution

29/01/2021 - 09:57

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.

–Karl Marx, Class Struggles in France 1848–1850

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Home of Carolina Iara, PSOL co-councillor in São Paulo, attacked - Investigation now!

28/01/2021 - 17:57

Just two days before Brazil's National Day of Trans Visibility (29 January) an attack on a Black transvestite, intersex elected representative in São Paulo.

- News from around the world / , ,

Western Sahara: A forgotten war

28/01/2021 - 10:49

“In Britain, Europe, and internationally we should build support for the Sahrawi people around the following demands. First, no to trade deals with Morocco and yes to trade embargos until Morocco has completely and unconditionally withdrawn from Western Sahara. Second; for recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as the only legitimate government of Western Sahara.”

- IV552 - January 2021 / , , , ,

Solidarity with the hunger striker Dimitris Koufodinas!

27/01/2021 - 20:57

We stand in solidarity with the political prisoner Dimitris Koufodinas, who has been on a hunger-strike since January 8, 2021, and whose health is now in critical condition.

We demand:
that he be transferred to Korydallos prison
a stop to all arbitrary legal and factual interventions against him
a stop to all discriminatory treatment against him

- News from around the world /

Mass protests calling for Navalny's release on 23 January, set to continue

27/01/2021 - 08:49

“This new quality of the protest, the inclusion of an increasingly broad strata outside the traditional liberal opposition, also provides more opportunities for leftist forces to participate.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

The People's Fight Continues

26/01/2021 - 08:14

Since 9 August 2020 Belarus has been the scene of popular protests against what is perceived to be the fraudulent reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994. The presidential election results gave him a victory with 80 percent of the votes, a figure far from the counts seen by election observers.
There are thousands of audio and video recordings of electoral fraud, showing the rewriting of results, the substitution of one ballot box for another, and (...)

- IV552 - January 2021 /

For a European shutdown in solidarity from below against the pandemic

26/01/2021 - 08:13

“The paralysis that has afflicted the political and social left in the face of Corona can thus be overcome to some extent if appropriately coordinated activities are developed on the ground. This is what we are working for.”

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‘We're witnessing a fundamental political realignment'

25/01/2021 - 08:14

“There's been no other country — certainly no European country, or Australia, New Zealand or Canada — that has seen such a powerful resurgence of the left, or one that is so solidly, generationally specific and anchored. And of course, youth of colour, the coming plurality of the American population, played a central role in this — particularly the Black women who built Black Lives Matter.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

The Dutch Government's Benefits Scandal Is Rooted in Stigma Against Welfare Recipients

24/01/2021 - 09:16

“[R]egardless of what government is formed after the elections, mistrust of benefit recipients and institutional racism are likely to remain deeply entrenched in government and in Dutch political culture for some time.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

If Joe Biden Moves Left, You Can Thank the Left

23/01/2021 - 09:50

“Above all, we need to build socialist, left, and worker power from the ground up, focusing on local and state government and on our workplaces. That's the only way we can ensure that future generations will be able to expect better than Joe Biden, liberal edition. We cannot allow this complicated and chaotic moment to go to waste.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Navalny's Return and Left Strategy

22/01/2021 - 13:41

Russia has had an eventful week and it's not even finished. First, Alexey Navalny flew back to Moscow, then he was immediately arrested upon crossing the border, and the next day his team published a video illustrating Vladimir Putin's own corruption and calling upon all citizens to come out to the streets against the government on January 23. What is the Russian left to think of all this? Navalny is certainly not its own, but should it stay away from the protests and the brewing political crisis?

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Towards a Year of Crisis and Uncertainty

21/01/2021 - 13:25

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the USA's 46th president on 20 January 2021 was characterized as a “return to normality” and that “democracy had prevailed”. What lies ahead?

- IV552 - January 2021 /

After the Pandemic Subsides, We May See a Third Wave of the Arab Spring

20/01/2021 - 11:53

“There's still a very long way to go in this long-term revolutionary process. The good news is that people are learning what they're up against and drawing lessons from both defeats and victories.”

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Why the Dutch Socialist Party Is in Crisis

19/01/2021 - 08:56

“It is clear that if the SP persists in its current course, further isolation and decline are unavoidable. Forcing changes in orientation will be a difficult struggle. Considering the structural weakness of the Left, there is no guarantee of success.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

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