20 July 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 Fight Over Ilhan Omar

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:27

“The vicious, dirty — and bipartisan — smear campaign against the first two Muslim women in the U.S. Congress, Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI), is just beginning.” That's the opening of a statement by the Steering Committee of Solidarity, posted February 14, 2019 (

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The new women's movement

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:11

The eruption of resistance that first burst onto the scene in the US with the Women's Marches is part of a global women's rebellion. Cinzia Arruzza has argued that we are witnessing the birth of what she calls a “third feminist wave,” one that “has posed issues such as gender violence, wage inequality, reproductive rights, and women's reproductive work, as well as sexual liberties, at the center of the political and cultural debate of every country hit by the mobilizations.”

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“Everything depends on what will happen in Algeria and Sudan”.

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 06:24

An Interview with Gilbert Achcar, originally published on April 22, 2019 in the Moroccan publication Tel quell.

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Feminism and ecology: the same struggle?

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 05:46

The ecofeminist movement was born a few decades ago from the observation that there is an analogy between the exploitation of women and the exploitation of nature. In the current context of urgency and collapse and as the concept of the convergence of struggles resurfaces, interest in this feminist movement is resurfacing. For Marijke Colle, an ecofeminist from the first, who is better situated than women to become aware of the interconnection between nature and human life, and the urgency of action to stop the destruction of the planet?

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Mass teachers' strike: “We were afraid parents would be angry; I am pleasantly surprised”

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 05:31

Just before Polish teachers suspended their strike to allow for exams, Philippe Alcoy interviewed Dagmara. She gave us an insider view on the causes of the historic struggle of Polish teachers as well as on the solidarities of pupils and parents.

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Israel's Insider Radical

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 08:25

Haneen Zoabi has survived insults, death threats, and the vagaries of the Israeli justice system. But the first Palestinian woman to represent an Arab party in Israel's Knesset wants something more — to be heard.

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Gilets Jaunes still fighting

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 05:55

For the last six months, the Gilets Jaunes in France have been demonstrating in cities, giving out leaflets at roundabouts, blocking distribution centres and occupying motorway tollbooths. They have been protesting for 24 consecutive Saturdays since 17 November 2018.

- IV532 - May 2019 /

We condemn the fascist coup and denounce wage precariousness on 1 May 2019

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:47

This 30 April 2019, the unpatriotic and fascist right of Venezuela has failed again in its terrorist attempt to seize power through a coup d'état. This is part of the growing exhaustion of the Guaidó scenario that has been set in motion by transnational capital allied to the bourgeois faction led by Leopoldo López, María Corina Machado and others.

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We reject the attempted military coup by Guaidó, López and their imperialist partners. May the discontented people not fall into the trap of the coup plotters!

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:41

We reject the attempted military coup by Guaidó, López and their imperialist partners.

Working people need an alternative independent of the political leaderships of the bureaucracy and capital.

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Sri Lanka: last warning (so far)

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 04:50

The bloody Easter attacks in Sri Lanka confirm the extent to which the spread of terrorism has become a major feature of the international situation and demands the affirmation of active solidarity with all the communities that fall victim to it.

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After the strike of March 8: we continue!

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:04
A new international feminist wave For the third consecutive year, 8 March 8, International Women's Day, saw the birth of women's strikes as well as massive and joyous demonstrations in hundreds of cities, mainly in Latin America and Europe. This reflects the growing role of women's movements in social struggles around the world, as in India or Brazil with the #Ele Nao mobilization; a new feminist wave is sweeping the world. As the slogan of the movement # NiUnaMenos # (...) - IV532 - May 2019 / ,

The Fall of al-Bashir: Mapping Contestation Forces in Sudan

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:18

The removal of President al-Bashir and the takeover by the military did nothing to convince protesters to go home or dampen their call for regime change. Crowds of protesters continue to demonstrate, rejecting the military's move as a regime coup, and demand the handover of power to a civilian transitional government. Now that Sudan's future transition remains unclear while it searches for a viable democratic alternative, it is important to examine the origins of the contestation forces that shook the country for the last four months and the different phases of their formation.

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Making the Green New Deal Real

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:38

THE GREEN NEW Deal resolution introduced into Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey is a manifesto that has changed the terms of the debate over the country's future. Cutting through the Trump administration's denials about who is responsible for the extreme weather we already face, it unites the issues of climate change with that of eroding workers' rights, racism and growing inequality. (At the end of March, the Senate voted against the GND in what has been called a ceremonial stunt.)

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A Red-Green Manifesto for the 21st Century

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 21:51

Only a mass socialist, feminist, internationalist, pro-peasant, anti-racist, indigenous, and anti-colonial movement can save humanity

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Long Live the Women's Committee

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:02

A dispatch from an embattled worker-run factory in Buenos Aires, where a militant women's committee has linked the fight in the factory to the broader feminist struggle beyond its doors.

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We Just Remembered How to Strike

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:02

2018 might have been the year that convinced workers that the strike holds the power needed to move today's corporate giants and austerity-obsessed governments.

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After defeating the right, let's demand what's ours

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 19:54

The general elections give a snapshot of the political reality of the Spanish State: the great majority of the population has said "no" to the radical, macho, racist right-wing at the service of the rich. The people of the left mobilized against the threat posed by these minority sectors. Their defeat is clear, although they will continue to try to condition public debates by trying to turn into problems issues that for the majority of the population are legitimate rights to be developed: the freedom of women, migrants and working people.

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PSOE gains from useful vote against the reactionary right

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 18:27

With a turnout of more than 75%, the PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español – Spanish Socialist Workers' Party) was the main winner (28.70% of votes, with 123 seats, as against 2016 when it obtained 85) against the PP (Partido Popular – Popular Party), which has entered an irreversible crisis (it has gone from 137 seats to 66, with 16.70%, while it did not obtain representation for the first time in the Basque Country and only has one seat in Catalonia), Ciudadanos (which rose from 32 to 57 seats with 15.86%, but did not overtake the PP and fell back in its original fiefdom, Catalonia) and Vox (which enters parliament with 24 seats and 10.26%, but below the expectations it had generated with its discourse of the Reconquista).

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From the BRICS countries to the townships: racial and social segregation continues

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 08:09

Report on CADTM International's mission to South Africa from 31 March to 12 April 2019.

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