16 November 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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“The Feminism of the 1 Percent Has Associated Our Cause With Elitism”

09/09/2019 - 13:06

The likes of Hillary Clinton have tarnished the name of feminism, associating it with neoliberalism and anti–working-class politics. For Nancy Fraser, feminism has to be about overthrowing corporate power, not giving it a female face.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Do Remainers want to abandon the working class?

07/09/2019 - 18:19

Jon Cruddas' Guardian article has a simple message, widely backed by left-wing Brexiteers, that Labour will lose its traditional working class base if it backs a ‘Remain' position on Brexit. Moreover, he argues, there is a growing false position that wants Labour to stop being a party based on the traditional working class, and move towards a less class specific urban base in ‘Remania' – the clear implication being that this is a capitulation to middle class interests and values.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Stop the repression in West Papua

07/09/2019 - 12:31

In response to the crackdown on activists and protesters in West Papua, which has followed this attack, regional left organisations have issued the following joint statement.

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#ProtestToo: the women at the forefront of Hong Kong's anti-government movement

05/09/2019 - 10:28

Female protesters are increasingly facing off against police amid escalating violence during the city's summer of discontent. Some say the movement has helped change stereotypes but it has also seen reports of sexual violence and other forms of harassment.

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Hindutva on the march

04/09/2019 - 10:02

Progressive Indians must oppose governmental violence against Kashmiris. The powers that would seek to deny the oppressed people of Kashmir the right to freely pursue their goal of collective self-determination must be stopped.

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Protest in Dhaka against the repression on the people of Kashmir by Indian army

04/09/2019 - 09:26

A human chain and rally was organized calling upon to stop attack, repression and massacre on the people of Kashmir by Indian army.

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Labour movement begins to face down the coup

03/09/2019 - 16:58

Jeremy Corbyn encouraged people to take to the streets on Saturday 31 August to protest against Boris Johnson's attempt to shut down Parliament. A massive crowd filled Whitehall blockading Downing Street vocally demonstrating their opposition to what is widely perceived as a coup by the extreme right of the Tory party.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Hands off the squats!

02/09/2019 - 10:02

Demonstrations protesting again the expulsion of the squats in the Exarcheia neighbourhood of Athens were held on Saturday 31 August. We publish a statement by OKDE-Spartakos, Greek section of the Fourth International.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

What the Sanders' Campaign Opens

01/09/2019 - 08:09

BERNIE SANDERS' CAMPAIGN of four years ago put socialism on the U.S. political agenda for the first time in generations. He's on the trail again, explaining what a “democratic socialist” vision means, beginning with building mass movements and supporting unions and union organizing.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Hope Is in the Streets

31/08/2019 - 19:28

HONG KONG, SUDAN, ALGERIA, Puerto Rico — and more. These are part of a wave of democratic mobilizations challenging repressive, authoritarian systems. In a world that seems dominated by vicious reaction, these are signs of hope for a better future, even though in most cases the struggles' outcomes remain unclear, the political leadership vague at best, the internal contradictions often complex.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

Addressing crisis and building counter power through new African ecofeminist movement

30/08/2019 - 08:10

Africa is reeling through multiple crises – economic, ecological and social. The continent is carrying the most substantial impacts of the growing climate crisis. Women in peasant and working-class communities carry the double burden of oppression. Firstly, they are located in the periphery of the world, which is subject to ongoing neo-colonial capitalist exploitation. And secondly, they are burdened by patriarchy, which serves the interests of capital and all men.

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Only Labour can stop Johnson's coup

29/08/2019 - 09:17

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is absolutely right to say that Tory Prime Minister Johnson's suspension of Parliament is a “very British coup”. A government of hard right ideologues is shutting down the very thing they argued should be sovereign.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

BDS condemns antisemitic, fascist forces in Germany and worldwidearticle

28/08/2019 - 10:01

Our nonviolent movement opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination.

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There is a new wave of Feminism! Organising for our future and the planet!

27/08/2019 - 10:21

It's been a tough couple of years both personally and politically. On a personal level, I had serious health issues which, of necessity, required me to pull back from political organising and participation (my doctors actually told me to stop going to demonstrations). That this has happened in a period of massive political upheavals has really made the situation even more frustrating and alienating. This political crisis alongside of a continuing economic crisis of international capitalism (and part of the crisis as well) has exacerbated the situation due to its impact on the majority world-wide.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

The defence of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth

25/08/2019 - 08:30

“I don't want flowers at my funeral, because I know they will be taken from the forest.” Chico Mendes

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On political crisis in Moscow

24/08/2019 - 10:54

The events of the past month in Moscow have led to a political crisis on a national scale. Its distinguishing feature is the inability of the authorities to govern as usual, combining political methods and repression for maintaining stability. The mechanism of maintaining legitimate power through controlled elections with low turnout and the predictable victory of United Russia no longer works.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

Oppose Continuing Assaults on Idlib and on Kurds in Northeastern Syria

24/08/2019 - 07:20

We, the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists oppose the military attacks on the Idlib region and northern Hama and threats and assaults against the northeastern regions of Syria. We support all the innocent civilians in Syria.

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On Trump and Netanyahu and mutual interests

23/08/2019 - 09:42

It has been an interesting week.. Two members of Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib had been invited to visit the Israeli-occupied territories under the auspices of an organisation called Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy (aka Miftah). The tour was not organised by Israel or by a group sympathetic to the actions of the Israeli government and military; instead it is a Palestinian group and these Congresswomen were not going to see the usual tour that most American Congresspeople take. Tours for Congress members are organised regularly by AIPAC through the aegis of the AIEF (American Israel Education Foundation); given the politics of AIPAC these tours have specific aims, the primary one being building support for Israel. J Street also has organised alternative tours to Israel by Congresspeople in the past.

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Puerto Rico: The organic crisis and the alternatives

22/08/2019 - 12:05

The discredit attained by the dominant parties, by the legislature, by the “politicians” and even “politics” itself, defined inaccurately, but viscerally despised by many people, recalls the concept of “organic crisis” advanced by the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Authors such as Stathis Kouvelakis have used it to analyse the movement of the gilets jaunes in France. An organic crisis involves a breakdown of the ability of the ruling class to “maintain its leading role”. One of its “most visible symptoms” is the “collapse of support for traditional parties”.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

5 Ways to Support Palestinian Queers

21/08/2019 - 07:44

On 18 August, the Palestinian Police Force issued an official statement banning the activities of alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society. The announcement followed an unprecedented attack on alQaws in social media channels. The statement promotes incitement against alQaws - and LGBTQ Palestinians - by encouraging members of society to report on alQaws activities.

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