20 September 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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Indonesia's Election and Polarization

02/07/2019 - 08:23

The Indonesian elections of April 2019 were a competition between a disappointment and a thug. Incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo defeated former army officer Prabowo Subianto, but there remains little of the enthusiasm of his 2014 victory. But compared to Prabowo, a political criminal campaigning on a combination of authoritarian leadership, chauvinism and political Islam, Jokowi appeared to many as the preferable option.

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Help OKDE publishing house and headquarters

01/07/2019 - 16:52

OKDE-Spartakos, the Greek section of the Fourth International, has its national headquarters in Athens. In our headquarters, we organize frequently seminars and meetings about current political issues, about the social movements, as well as about the history, the programme and the activities of our current, the Fourth International.

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Austerity Economics Russian Style: “The state never asked you to be born”

29/06/2019 - 08:09

For two decades steadily rising living standards and high rates of economic growth have served as the standard explanations for Vladimir Putin's overwhelming support among Russian voters while a key theme of Russian state propaganda has been the championing of Putin-style “stability” (as opposed to the chaos and poverty of the 1990s) and the unfettered consumption that has been made possible in Russia today. The effectiveness of such propaganda never really depended on the extent to which its depictions of reality were true, as much as it did on confidence in its promise for the future: your salary might hardly make ends meet today, but it will grow tomorrow, this way you can keep your job while inflation stays in check.

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Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Emily Thornberry are correct on Brexit

28/06/2019 - 17:06

The Corbyn project is in crisis. The EU elections results were a disaster for Labour, brought about by a major failure by the Corbyn leadership. It was an election that Labour could have won and within the terms of the policy agreed by conference last year, but this policy was repeatedly watered down by the front bench.

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The victories – and continuing struggles – of women in Sudan

27/06/2019 - 09:46

One of the most popular images from Sudan's protests that led to the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir is that of Alaa Salah – a young, female university student. The image of her speaking to a crowd highlighted the presence and role women had in the uprising.

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The situation in Waziristan – Release Ali Wazeer, Mohsin Dawar and PTM activists!

26/06/2019 - 10:24

On May 26, the army fired on a non-violent protest of the Pashtun Defence Movement (PTM), killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens. The two Members of the National Assembly of the PTM were arrested, Ali Wazeer first, Mohsin Dawar later. Curfew was imposed on Waziristan.

An International Solidarity Campaign has been launched. See on ESSF International Call – Pakistan: Release Ali Wazeer and Mohsin Dawar, withdraw false police cases

Please support it!

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Ada Colau remains mayor of Barcelona

25/06/2019 - 06:37

Ada Colau of Barcelona en Comú (BComú) remains mayor of Barcelona thanks to the promise of a pact with the PSC (Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya) whose content is not yet known but which will involve a distribution of power in the town hall, and three votes of the Barcelona pel Canvi-Ciutadans group, led by Manuel Valls. This article analyses how this situation came about, how other possible solutions have been ruled out and what the possible consequences are.

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Defend Abortion Rights!

24/06/2019 - 07:11

“If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” — Florynce Kennedy

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Argentina in its Labyrinth

23/06/2019 - 18:32

Argentina's looming economic crisis is the result of extreme neoliberal policy: as implemented by the military dictatorship, the IMF, and current president Mauricio Macri.

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South Africa: Something's got to give

23/06/2019 - 09:08

The election of a new government should be a time of celebration. 25 years since the end of Apartheid should be the time of immense celebration. Yet, 25 years since the “dawn of democracy” and South Africans are engulfed by extreme forms of anger, disillusionment and alienation. 22 million adults of voting age are so alienated that they did not even bother to participate in the national elections that brought the new Ramaphosa government into being.

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The Left and Right in Latin America Today: An Interview with Claudio Katz

21/06/2019 - 09:25

On May 5, 2019 I spoke with Argentine economist Claudio Katz in his Buenos Aires apartment. We discussed themes from his last two books, Neoliberalismo, neodesarrollismo, socialismo (Neoliberalism, neodevelopmentalism, socialism, 2016) and La teoría de la dependencia, cincuenta años después (Dependency theory, fifty years later, 2018), as well as the complexities of the current regional conjuncture. In an incisive and wide-ranging survey, Katz explains the root causes and timing of the decline of the latest wave of Latin American progressive governments. At the same time, he emphasizes the fragility of the “conservative restoration” as it has unfolded in its wake, captured most eloquently perhaps in the paralysis of the Jair Bolsonaro government in Brazil.

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Success of the general strike of 14 June

21/06/2019 - 07:41

In a week of intense political polarization, the movements of the working class, youth and the oppressed again held a strong national demonstration, in continuity with the expressive acts of 15 May and 30 May. There were stoppages in more than 100 cities. Street demonstrations took place in almost 200 cities, according to the G1 website. A survey by the CUT (Central Unica de los Trabajadores) shows a map with more than 380 protest points throughout the country.

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Women's strike in Switzerland with more than 500 000 women participating

20/06/2019 - 13:00

On Friday, the 14th of June 2019, hundreds of thousands of women went on strike throughout Switzerland for the second time after 1991. Women of all ages, from all regions and with different employment situations participated in hundreds of protest activities, ranging from putting up banners to squatting streets and central squares. The reasons for taking to the streets to protest were numerous – the patriarchal and capitalist society keeps producing new ones on a daily basis. Despite the political and economic stability in Switzerland overall, the political left succeeded in organizing one of the most successful mass mobilizations in Swiss history.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Protests

20/06/2019 - 10:15

Hong Kong's government tried to rush through a bill that would limit civil liberties. Instead they triggered a tidal wave of protests — some of the largest in modern history. Kevin Lin interviews Au Loong Yu, Chris Chan, Lam Chi Leung, Chun-Wing Lee, Alexa and Student Labour Action Coalition.

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“They are intent on demeaning and misrepresenting Trotsky himself because his ideas are still very relevant”

19/06/2019 - 08:10

Mexico City is a place that reverberates with history. The cradle of the “Mexica” civilization is a melting pot of cultures and testimony to unique events in the history of the 20th century. The irregular landscape of houses, the result of the devastation caused by successive earthquakes, houses an immense city with suburbs where 20 million people live. It was the refuge of some of the greatest writers, painters and poets of the last century. A place of welcome for thousands of republicans who fled from fascism after the Spanish civil war. And also, the only country on the “planet without a visa” that had the courage to accept Leon Trotsky's request for asylum.

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Sudan - women at the heart of mobilizations

18/06/2019 - 09:58

Women have played a key role in the protests in Sudan since December 2018, and continue to do so since the fall of the dictator al-Bashir in April 2019.

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Brazil: The battle over pensions

17/06/2019 - 09:09

The visit of Paulo Guedes to the Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday April 3rd provided an interesting snapshot of the political situation. An important representative of financial capital and the ultraliberal wing of the government, the Minister of Economy was there to present his pension reform, and he distilled his usual refrain to justify his attacks on the people. But in fact, it ended in a shambles.

- IV533 - June 2019 /

Dockers refuse to load arms for Saudi Arabia

16/06/2019 - 12:17

In recent weeks, attempts to deliver ammunition for Caesar cannons and other types of armaments to Saudi Arabia have been interrupted by the mobilization of dockworkers in three different ports in France and Italy.

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The feminist strike of 14 June 2019, towards a mass movement in Switzerland

16/06/2019 - 06:43

The feminist women's strike on 14 June in Switzerland was a real success. Here is the story of how and why it was organized from one of the lmeading activists.

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Stop police brutality in Hong Kong! No extradition to China!

15/06/2019 - 18:06

We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the high-handed approach by the Hong Kong government in dealing with the recent mass protests against the proposed extradition bill.

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