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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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Baba Jan and his comrades finally free!

29/11/2020 - 13:22

Nine years after being imprisoned, Baba Jan and his last three imprisoned comrades have been released. Nine years during which we have more than once feared for his life, nine years punctuated by legal battles and vast mobilizations in Pakistan, as well as multiple campaigns of international solidarity. Eleven of his fellow prisoners having previously been released from prison, all the convicts from the Hunza Valley in Gilgit Baltistan, a semi-autonomous Himalayan territory under Pakistani control, are now free.

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A country is entitled to refuse to repay a debt

29/11/2020 - 08:51

The following interview, given by Éric Toussaint to the Argentine review Mugica, has been adapted to make it accessible to readers who are not necessarily aware of the details of what is going on in Argentina.
The arguments used in the article are supported by the realities of the situation in Argentina. They can be applied to many countries around the world as they are based on a series of concrete experiences, jurisprudence and concepts linked to international law.
Mugica Review: In (...)

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Hundreds of thousands against authoritarian policies: let's continue to win

28/11/2020 - 21:39

“Today's mobilization was incredible, like a huge awakening after months of political confinement.”

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A blow against Mitsotakis and his liberticidal measures!

28/11/2020 - 10:57

Every 17 November the labour and student movements commemorate the 1973 revolt of the students of the Polytechnic School against the military junta. This revolt was repressed by tanks leaving between 40 and 80 dead but heralded the beginning of the end for the junta. This obviously displeases the right, which tries to neutralize or prevent these commemorations.

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From the Ground Up – the Climate Movement Gets in Shape for COP26

27/11/2020 - 07:24

The surprising success of the online mobilisation, “From the Ground Up”, from 12-16 November, poses new challenges and new responsibilities for the climate movement. This “Global Gathering for Climate Justice” was organised by the COP26 Coalition to mark the time when the United Nations climate talks were meant to have taken place in Glasgow. Lasting five days with 53 events and some 8,000 people registered, it brought together an impressive range of movements, speakers and topics. Together they sketched out key components of the response that is needed to the climate and Covid crisis – not only in the next year leading up to the postponed COP26 in Glasgow, but beyond that across the coming decade, when drastic action is needed to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Local elections indicate a new moment in Brazil

26/11/2020 - 08:31

What's at stake in upcoming 29 November municipal elections across Brazil?

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Ecosocialism and/or Degrowth?

25/11/2020 - 09:05

Should the ecological left aim to reduce all consumption, or to radically transform the prevalent type of consumption?

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Towards a test of strength

24/11/2020 - 10:44

The government is threatening severe repression. The democracy movement is calling for increased mobilization. The first key date announced is 25 November.

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Solidarity with the Collective Against Islamophobia in France

23/11/2020 - 16:44

The NPA protests against the Macron government's intention to dissolve the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).

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Hugo Blanco: “I was neither a ‘Castroite guerrilla' nor a ‘terrorist'”

23/11/2020 - 10:14

International Viewpoint previously published a statement rebutting the attacks against Hugo Blanco, “Massive support for Hugo Blanco faced with ultra-right attacks”. Here he speaks in his own words.

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Down with the king!

22/11/2020 - 06:21

“Reasons to believe that we will continue to advance until we can build a broad movement that makes the slogan “Down with the king!” a proposal for the future.”

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The Scorched Earth Tactic and the Hong Kong Resistance

21/11/2020 - 06:15

Nearly all of Hong Kong's opposition lawmakers (or 19 out of 21) resigned after the government disqualified their four colleagues for “breaching their oath to the Basic Law” and failing to uphold China's sovereignty over Hong Kong.

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Bolsonaro defeated, the left remains alive

20/11/2020 - 10:41

The biggest losers in Brazil's municipal elections on Sunday, 15 November 2020 were President Jair Bolsonaro and the far right. The traditional right is growing and the left remains alive, providing the biggest surprise in São Paulo, with the PSOL going through to the second round.

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Why the Democrats have won one battle against Trump but can't win the war

19/11/2020 - 11:25

“While Biden looks like he will pull out a squeaker of a win, the main goals of his campaign failed miserably.” This assessment of the US election was published on 6 November.

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Trump's slow coup? The crisis of bourgeois democracy

19/11/2020 - 10:52

Tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington, DC on November 14.
President Trump drove his motorcade through the marchers, expressing his support, on his way to Trump National golf course to play a round.
The mainly white crowd waved flags, sang the national anthem and called Democrat Joseph Biden's election to the presidency a “theft”. Prominent signs read: “Stop the steal”.
The march began at Freedom Plaza then headed towards the US Supreme Court. The protesters (...)

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Faced with the war escalation: with the Saharawi people, for their right of self-determination and the end of the occupation

18/11/2020 - 21:26

The current situation in Western Sahara is extremely serious and represents a qualitative leap and a historical event before which we cannot remain impassive.

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After 2019 Uprising, a new socialist formation and new political party, change the electoral game

18/11/2020 - 10:16

Any attempt to address the electoral issue in Puerto Rico from a socialist perspective must begin by pointing out the limits of the electoral process in the island. It is important to recognize the broad restrictions that the colonial status imposes on the elaboration of a national policy. This limitation is stronger under the federally-appointed Fiscal Control Board, which oversees the fiscal policies of Puerto Rico's government.

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Trump Lost the Election, But What is the Future of Trump and Trumpism?

17/11/2020 - 10:13

“In a historic shift, Republicans have become the party of the white working class. The task for the left will be to find a way to build a multi-ethnic working class movement to resist Trump and to pressure the neoliberal Biden.”

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Spontaneous uprising in Nigeria

16/11/2020 - 07:37

“The rage broke its way through.”

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EU SURE initiative: saving jobs or pleasing investors?

15/11/2020 - 07:56

When the European Commission finally realized that something serious was going on with corona, it launched, among other things, an initiative to support short-time work schemes, as Germany did as a reaction to the 2007/9 ‘financial crisis'. Similar measures were introduced in many EU countries at national level to cope with the economic and social effects of the pandemic.
On 2 April the EU launched SURE. The idea was that member states could take out cheap loans to financially support (...)

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