24 February 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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A coagulation of anger

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:52

France has once again entered a phase of large-scale social confrontation.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

What's at stake in the British general election?

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 04:07

The general election in Britain on 12 December will be the most important in 40 years. Back in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, introducing neoliberal policies with a wave of privatisations and the breakup of the welfare state. Despite heroic struggles in the 1980s, especially the year-long miners' strike, the defeats of the labour movement have had an enduring effect. This was most evident with the political change in the Labour Party with Tony Blair becoming leader and then Prime Minister for ten years until 2007.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

From COP to COP, the cataclysm draws closer

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 08:53

The 25th Conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) is about to start in Madrid. This summit was set to be held in Santiago, but the Chilean president preferred a waiver. COPs often convene 10,000 people: they had to be prevented from witnessing the savage police repression of the uprising against the Piñera government's ultra-liberal policies.

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The mass strike against Macron can win

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:49

Between 800,000 (according to the police) and 1.5 million protesters (according to the CGT – France's largest trade union federation), the first day of a strike against the government's neoliberal pension “reform” was particularly impressive. In Paris and many regional cities, this was the largest street mobilization we have seen since the massive working-class movement during the winter of 1995, which bodes well for the future. In many cities, police tried, but failed, to disrupt trade union marches: the demonstrators were determined to march, despite police provocations and violence.

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Sardines against Salvini

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:41

A few weeks ago four thirty year olds from Bologna were complaining about the victory of Salvini's hard right Lega (League) in the Umbrian regional elections and the danger of him winning their traditionally left of centre region in the January elections. They then did something that is typical of angry thirty year olds. They went onto social media and cooked up the Sardines idea.

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Student anger on the brink of exploding

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 08:08

Every year, the commemoration of the massacre of students at the Polytechnic University of Athens, when soldiers of the fascist military junta (1967-73) massacred dozens of students (the exact number is still not established) leads to important mobilizations of student youth, around slogans which are always topical: “education, bread, freedom”. The days leading up to the demonstration on 17 November give rise to rallies, solidarity celebrations, demonstrations of all kinds, in a context of anti-imperialist resistance and the defence of democratic rights.

- IV539 - December 2019 / ,

Rebellion and Reaction – Worldwide anti-austerity upsurge met with brutal repression

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 07:24

Across the globe workers, indigenous people and youth are taking to the streets to protest against austerity, corruption, dictatorship and climate extinction – despite the setback of electoral victories by the hard right. How can we understand these movements, and what political obstacles do they face?

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Democracy in the home and the bed - Chile's day of women

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 10:07

Chilean women have hit the headlines recently on social media with their performance denouncing violence against women which has been taken up in countries around the world. But women's protests didn't start in November.

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A country is in the making – Report from Baghdad's occupied Tahrir square

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 06:40

After the death of hundreds of people since the eruption of Iraq's revolution in October, there is no return to the old system.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Iranian regime crushes popular uprising

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 07:52

The balance sheet of the violent crackdown on the Iranian protesters is difficult to establish. Various NGOs, including Amnesty International, advance figures of 100 to 200 deaths, thousands of injuries and more than 5,000 arrests in less than a week. A violence that speaks volumes about the fears of the regime facing a new uprising, almost two years after the winter of 2017-2018, against the cost of living and, more generally, against the regime itself.

- IV539 - December 2019 /

Thinking and acting from Marxism today - Feminist proposals for a theoretical and strategic rearmament

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 11:39

The characteristics of the current crisis, as well as the practical and theoretical course of recent years, have allowed a fruitful dialogue between two of the central theoretical currents of the last two centuries, feminism and Marxism. With a past history of marriages and divorces it seems that in recent years we are witnessing their reconciliation. In the past decade, the literature that is indebted to both currents has been rediscovering, as well as overcoming, some of the historical debates that have marked their relationship. Undoubtedly, the mass growth of the feminist movement has contributed to this. And, on the other hand, it not surprising that during recent years there has been a renewal of academic and activist interest in Marxism: university seminars proliferate, the works of classical thinkers have been reissued and so on.

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 21:03

In office since 2006, Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, has been overthrown in a coup d'état. Debate on how this happened and what it all means has been proliferating on the international left. Ashley Smith talked with Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton, two long-time observers of Bolivia, to get a better sense of the issues at stake.

- IV538 - November 2019

The undying revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 00:16

Gilbert Achcar was interviewed for the Marxist Left Review by Darren Roso.

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A contribution to the history of the Fourth International

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:12

A new contribution to writing the history of the Fourth International was published in November 2019: Memoirs of a critical communist; Towards a history of the Fourth International by Livio Maitan.

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“Livio Maitan's last book”

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:12

This address was given by Franco Turigliatto at the launch of Livio Maitan's book Memoirs of a critical communist: Towards a history of the Fourth International at the Historical Materialism conference in London in November 2019.

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Eastern Europe: revisiting the ambiguous revolutions of 1989

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 21:29

The year 1989 saw a profound upheaval in the geopolitical order established after the Second World War symbolised by the fall of the Berlin wall on 9 November 1989. This essay examines the effects, implications and context in Eastern Europe.

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“We need a left that is not a crutch for the PSOE”

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 10:24

Election campaign, elections, results and within 48 hours, the announcement of the pre-agreement for a coalition government by Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias. Everything very fast and, suddenly, silence. The negotiations between the PSOE and Unidas Podemos to form a government and a programme continue away from the media, while, in parallel, the Socialists work to obtain the necessary support to carry out the investiture before Christmas.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Who's who in Latin America's upheaval

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 05:08

Latin America is experiencing an abrupt change generated by enormous confrontations between the dispossessed and the privileged. This confrontation includes both revolts by the people andreactions by the oppressors.

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Evo's Fall, the Fascist Right, and the Power of Memory

Sun, 11/24/2019 - 08:27

After nearly 14 years in power, the government of Evo Morales fell in a little less than a month, due to allegations of fraud and the desire to remain in power. Previously, Morales was a campesino leader, but this time he could not appeal, in the face of the rise of a racist and opportunist right wing, for support from Bolivian popular organizations, which have been weakened after years of cooptation and repression.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Why 'Generation Catastrophe' is rising up

Sat, 11/23/2019 - 10:36

There's a construction boom in Hong Kong, but no-one is getting paid to build the barricades everywhere around town. The youth insurrection is not only the biggest uprising in China since the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, it is one of the most explosive student radicalisations of modern times. The depth of their rage, and willingness to risk everything in a fight that most think they can't win, is almost beyond words. “Unrelenting” is the closest approximation.

- IV538 - November 2019 / ,