25 January 2021

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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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Latin America : is the left in a dead end ?

14/11/2020 - 09:42

With the collapse of the USSR, the end of history was announced without delay. Nothing seemed to be able to stem the neoliberal global tidal wave, when the Zapatista uprising in Mexico erupted in 1994. Five years later, Chávez took power in Venezuela : it was the beginning of a long process of rupture, through the ballot box, on the Latin American continent - Lula in Brazil, Morales in Bolivia, Correa in Ecuador, Mujica in Uruguay… part of the Western radical left then turned its gaze, not without hope, to the other side of the South Atlantic. Two decades later, what balance sheet can we draw? Successes and limits, contradictions and specificities.

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Women's revolution after attack on reproductive rights

13/11/2020 - 06:58

“In theory, women's rights activists in small towns are the easiest to attack because they lack a large social and media base. They are already threatened with sentences of up to eight years in prison, dismissal or various forms of ostracism. But they are also strong people who, in these exceptional circumstances, can count on the solidarity of an unprecedented movement across Poland. It seems that one of the most important slogans of the rampant Polish revolution – “You will never go alone again” - this time finds its confirmation in reality.”

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When calls for solidarity mask the steady advance of unpaid work

12/11/2020 - 10:41

On 16 March 2020, as France was about to put its population into lockdown, the Education Ministry posted a serious message on its website : “The exceptional nature of the health crisis spreading across our country calls for an exceptional level of commitment from each and every one of us”. A few days later, on 1 April, 250,000 French citizens had put themselves forward to join the newly created ‘civilian reserve'. The response to this appeal for a show of “goodwill” was not so much a reflection (...)

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2021 Portuguese State Budget: Bloco de Esquerda will vote against the document

11/11/2020 - 09:28

Catarina Martins, Bloco de Esquerda's Coordinator, said that Bloco de Esquerda has defined four priorities in response to the crisis in the 2021 State Budget's debate, which have not been accommodated by the Socialist Party Government.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

Open Letter: the threat of academic authoritarianism – international solidarity with antiracist academics in France

10/11/2020 - 10:38

A critical response to the Manifesto signed by over 100 French academics and published in the newspaper Le Monde on 2 November 2020, after the assassination of the school teacher, Samuel Paty.

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After the Trumpster Fire

09/11/2020 - 16:11

THE ELECTION IS now over except a few recounts, dead-end Trump lawsuits and two Georgia Senate runoffs. Most of America – and the world - is righteously celebrating the end of the Trump-Pence presidency and the specter of another four years of the national and international nightmare.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

A reflection on the Puerto Rican elections

09/11/2020 - 08:48

In the 2020 Puerto Rican general elections, the trend of decreased support for the Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) and Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), the principal political forces for the last half a century, continued. After decades of neoliberal politics, after the government's complete unwillingness to deal with an economic crisis that started in 2006 and continues 14 years later, Puerto Rico will have Pedro Pierluisi as governor.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

Our Strike is Essential! Together with Polish Women for Freedom of Abortion

08/11/2020 - 09:46

We, Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational, stand together with the strikers. At our first public assembly joined by dozens of people and watched by thousands from Central and Eastern Europe and well beyond (see the recording of the meeting here) we decided to support the strike actions in Poland because in this strike we recognize a powerful response to yet another attack on our freedom.

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Whoever Wins, This Election Is Not the End of Trumpism

08/11/2020 - 09:31

Joe Biden and the Democrats have steadfastly refused to articulate a compelling alternative political vision to Donald Trump's reactionary right-wing politics. Trump looks likely to have lost, but without creating an alternative to defeat it, Trumpism could return with a vengeance four years from now.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

‘We just had the heart to fight the boss'

07/11/2020 - 11:59

An interview with activist To Chi-kuen of Borderless Movement by To Chi-kuen and Promise Li.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

Democratic movement attacks the established order in Thailand

06/11/2020 - 10:28

Led by young people and benefiting from broad support, the Thai democratic movement continues to mature. It is challenging the military-monarchist oligarchy, confronting the royal couple and harking back to the militant struggles of the past. The enthronement of King Rama X has opened a major succession crisis. More profoundly, a whole archaic order - which had succeeded in the 1990s and 2000s in aborting attempts to “modernize” the kingdom, shattering the hopes of democratization of society – is being called into question.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

US Presidential Elections: Requiem for a threatened coup d'état

05/11/2020 - 09:37

Vote-counting in the US presidential elections is not yet over although Biden seems to be close to victory. A view from the US. [IVP]

- IV550 - November 2020 /

The crushing of Chechnya's aspirations for independence:

04/11/2020 - 09:05

“The Chechen national movement emerged during perestroika, a time of real political ferment across the USSR, when a huge variety of ideas and currents that had been suppressed surged into the open. In a sense, nationalism provided a coherence and focus that was otherwise lacking in this new political landscape. But in the Chechen case, the trauma of the deportations added an urgency to the nationalist imaginary: many of the leaders of the movement had been born in exile, and were committed above all to ensuring the same disaster never befell their people again. Sovereignty became the means for achieving that.”

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Solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn – Fight the witch-hunt

03/11/2020 - 13:17

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour Party on Thursday 29 October. This statement was issued by Socialist Resistance that same day.

- News from around the world /

Bolivian Trade Union Leader Orlando Gutiérrez Gave His Life for Democracy and Socialism

03/11/2020 - 08:45

The death of Orlando Gutiérrez comes amid a surge in violence directed against the trade union and campesino movements in the wake of the coup in Bolivia last November.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

BLM stands with #EndSARS movement in Nigeria

02/11/2020 - 09:45

BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM) leaders from many U.S. organizations and alliances have expressed strong support for Nigerian students and working people in their #EndSARS protests against state violence.

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“It's a message from the peoples to the world: dignity conquers fascism”

01/11/2020 - 10:05

On Sunday 18 October 2020 presidential elections were finally held in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. With 52.4% of the votes (against Carlos Mesa's 31.5%), the MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo), led by Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, was the clear winner. The overwhelming victory of the MAS has already been recognized at home and abroad, and even by the architects of the coup d'état of November 2019.

- IV550 - November 2020 /

Our pain is immense, and the scavengers are there

31/10/2020 - 07:42

Horror, shock, dread : this is what we feel faced with the assassination of Samuel Paty, who taught of history and geography at the Collège du Bois d'Aulne in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, by a fanatical murderer. This death is atrocious. It is atrocious in absolute terms, the death of a man killed in the middle of the street. It is atrocious because of the appalling way in which the murder was committed: by beheading. And also, because its author justified it by referring to the lesson given by Samuel Paty on freedom of expression, during which he presented his students with a caricature of Mohammed ; that a lesson could lead to a murder is unbearable.

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After the horror in Nice, reject the logic of war

30/10/2020 - 09:10

On 29 October another horrific attack left three dead in a church in Nice, by a man reportedly of Tunisian descent. In response, President Emmanuel Macron claimed that France “is under attack” and, according to The Guardian, ordered the military mobilized “to protect all places of worship, particularly Catholic churches, for the religious holiday of All Saints Day on Sunday. The number of soldiers on the streets is to be raised from 3,000 to 7,000 and troops will be deployed outside schools for the return to class on Monday.”

- News from around the world /

Indonesia Is in the Middle of a New Protest Wave

30/10/2020 - 08:48

Indonesia's new Omnibus Law was passed earlier this month, enacting a major series of counterreforms to workers' rights and the environment. In protest, tens of thousands of workers went on strike, and in dozens of cities, students took to the streets.

- IV549 - October 2020 /