31 March 2020

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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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Where can the conflict between the United States and China lead?

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:40

The United States and China are today the only two “global” powers to confront each other on the world stage. The more this conflict deepens, the more a trend emerges: the separation into two systems with competing hegemonic ambitions.

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A new episode in the struggle of Turkish car workers

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:53

The Turkish engineering industry has grown exponentially over the last fifteen years. From 285,737 vehicles in 2001, automotive production has grown to 1,749,572 vehicles in 2017. Turkey is the largest exporter of cars to the European Union, with assembly plants of Fiat, Renault, Mercedes, MAN, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Ford, etc., and a number of other companies. But the resistance and organization of workers has developed in parallel with this period of industry expansion.

- IV541 - February 2020 /

How women shake up the political world

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:41

The originality of the Haitian feminist movement lies in the fact that it can be thought of neither in terms of a wave (first, second or third) nor in terms of a defined current (liberal, black, decolonial, etc.). This movement in contradistinction to other feminist movements contributes enormously to the identification of problematic national realities, such as violence against women and girls, political participation, impunity, national sovereignty and the fight against obscurantism.

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Al-Mounadil/ah Newspaper threatened with suspension, and its website with closure: No to stifling the freedom of expression!

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 13:09

The following statement, published on 30 January 2020, explains the Moroccan judiciary's threat to close the revolutionary socialist newspaper and website, al-Mounadil-a (“the Militant”). As the al-Mounadil-a editorial board suggests below, such threats are parts of a wider attack by the state against the the left and progressive forces in the country.

- 2. News from around the world /

The White House, “best enemy” of the Islamic Republic

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 11:32

The assassination of General Ghassem Soleimani by an American drone on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad is undoubtedly another step in the confrontation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The targeted assassination of Soleimani, ordered by Donald Trump himself, took place following a long period of mounting tension between Iran and the United States. This act which can undoubtedly be characterised as state terrorism is of course illegal from the point of view of international law (what would have been said if a Western minister visiting abroad had been liquidated by Iran?).

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Capitalist crisis, “deglobalization,” and the Left's challenges

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 10:42

At the time of this speech, the new “progressive” government of the Socialist Party and Unidas Podemos had not yet won a parliamentary mandate. But Manuel Garí, who along with Anticapitalistas, was a founding member of Podemos in 2014, had a number of pointed criticisms of Podemos' trajectory as well as analyses of the new government's likely direction.

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Thirteen these on the imminent ecological catastrophe and the (revolutionary) means of averting it

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 07:50

I. The ecological crisis is already the most important social and political question of the 21st century, and will become even more so in the coming months and years. The future of the planet, and thus of humanity, will be determined in the coming decades. Calculations by certain scientists as to scenarios for the year 2100 aren't very useful for two reasons: a) scientific: considering all the retroactive effects impossible to calculate, it is very risky to make projections over a century. B) political: at the end of the century, all of us, our children and grandchildren will be gone, so who cares?

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The Amazon under the Bolsonaro government: environmental devastation and attacks on indigenous peoples

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 09:10

One of the most striking features of the first year of Jair Bolsonaro's government was its "anti-environmental" policy, which was covered by the international press following the senseless remarks made by the President of the Republic and his Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles. This policy has manifested itself in numerous scandals, such as the increase in deforestation and burning in the Amazon rainforest, as well as attacks against indigenous (Amerindian) peoples, illustrated by the assassination of Amerindian leaders, such as those belonging to the Guajajara (in the state of Maranhão) and Waiãpi (in the state of Amapá) peoples. The number of murders of members of indigenous peoples is the highest in the last 11 years, with 7 leaders assassinated by order of the Capital, this year alone.

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From scandal to scandal in Haiti

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 07:23

On 12 January 2010 a powerful earthquake devastated the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The buildings were often badly made, with poor quality cement. About 250,000 people were killed (one person in ten) and hundreds of thousands were injured or missing. Since then, the damaged houses have hardly been repaired and new homes have been built in the same way as they were before the earthquake, without taking into account anti-seismic standards.

- IV541 - February 2020 /

Salvini pushed back but hard right remains strong

Sat, 02/01/2020 - 07:22

Regional elections in two parts of Italy, Emilia Romagna and Calabria were held on Sunday 26 January. They were seen as posing a big challenge to the government if Salvini's Lega (League, formerly Northern League) won.

- IV541 - February 2020 /

The popular demonstrations continue!

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 08:01

In the face of geopolitical tensions instrumentalized by the imperialist power of the US and regional powers such as Iran, the struggling popular classes remain the lodestar of progressives and internationalists around the world.

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SNCF : The strike is haunting the bosses

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 22:28

While the historic strike movement at the SNCF has been going on for almost 60 days, senators and the SNCF are hand in hand to try to break this movement by any means necessary.

- 2. News from around the world /

From Lula to Bolsonaro

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 07:10

“In December 1991 [...] Lula and the PT stood for the struggle against odious and illegitimate debt.”

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Being a mayor and a revolutionary in Algeria

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 07:59

Our comrade Mohand Sadek Akrour, PST mayor of Barbacha, in Kabylia, answered our questions about his activity as mayor of a commune confronted with a particularly corrupt and blocked system, and about the struggles that the comrades lead in the city with the population.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

Megafires in Australia: a climate tipping point, live

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:59

The expression ‘tipping point' refers to the point when a system passes from one system of equilibrium to another, the point where it is no longer possible to prevent accumulated quantitative changes from causing a qualitative change. It is used in many different fields, from population studies to climate change, as well as social sciences.

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“Material, social and ideological preconditions for the Nazi genocide”

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:34

This is the text of Ernest Mandel's contribution to a symposium on the Nazi genocide held in Brussels in 1988. It was first published in French in Yannis Thanassekos and Heinz Wismann, eds., Révision de l'Histoire: Totalitarisme, crimes et génocides nazis, Editions du Cerf, Paris 1990, pp. 169-74. The English translation was published in Gilbert Achcar. ed., The Legacy of Ernest Mandel, Verso, London 1999, pp. 225 - 232.

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Without a Treaty, Australia Day Will Always Be Invasion Day

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 08:17

For Indigenous Australians, Australia Day commemorates nothing but the invasion of their territories. While the Change the Date campaign gathers momentum, only a Treaty can begin to address the trauma and bloodshed of British settlement.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

The mobilization is continuing, so is Macron's isolation

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 16:07

Since 20 January, the movement for the withdrawal of the proposed Macron-Philippe pension counter-reform has entered its second act. Despite the fact that the last few days have seen the end of the SNCF and RATP strikes, the mobilization is far from over and the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on 24 January made clear their determination to continue fighting for several more weeks.

- IV540 - January 2020 /

Why They Killed Patrice Lumumba

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 09:39

Patrice Lumumba was a radical leader of the Congolese independence movement who resisted Belgian colonialism and corporate interests. That's why he was assassinated in a US-backed coup 59 years ago today [24 January].

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A presidential election to ensure the system's continuity

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 08:51

In the days leading up to 12 December 2019 in Paris, New York and even Montreal in a temperature of -13°C, Algerians organized themselves in front of the polling stations to put the case for voters not to endorse the electoral masquerade. They wanted to set an example from the outside to the Algerian people. This gave confidence to the people to contest the presidential election called by the de facto regime in order to ensure its continuity.

- IV540 - January 2020 /