23 February 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 yellow vests mean revolt

20/12/2018 - 15:34

“The yellow vests struggle is a class struggle, a conflict based on social hatred...and all the repressive forces at the service of his holiness have been mobilized against it...The king stands naked.”

Gérard Mordillat, Telerama, December 10, 2018

- IV527 - December 2018

Mariátegui's Heroic Socialism

20/12/2018 - 07:25

José Carlos Mariátegui was Latin America's most original Marxist. And his work is strikingly relevant for confronting the continent's right-wing backlash today.

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COP24: During the disaster, the comedy continues

19/12/2018 - 20:24

The Twenty-Fourth United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) has just concluded in Ka-towice, Poland. Instead of responding to the clear message of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report to take urgent measures to keep warming below 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, the Conference struggled to set the rules that each state will have to fol-low to account for its greenhouse gas emissions after 2020. The IPCC report was essentially ig-nored, the “raising of ambitions” was postponed to a later date and the “developing countries” must be content with vague promises about a Green Climate Fund.

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Urgent Communiqué: Nicaraguan government attacks human rights groups, NGOs, media

19/12/2018 - 10:14

Alert and Request for International Condemnation: Nicaraguan Government Raids the offices of the principal human rights, non-governmental and media organizations.

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Why Ecosocialism: For a Red-Green Future

19/12/2018 - 08:36

The capitalist system, driven at its core by the maximization of profit, regardless of social and ecological costs, is incompatible with a just and sustainable future. Ecosocialism offers a radical alternative that puts social and ecological well-being first. Attuned to the links between the exploitation of labor and the exploitation of the environment, ecosocialism stands against both reformist “market ecology” and “productivist socialism.” By embracing a new model of robustly democratic planning, society can take control of the means of production and its own destiny. Shorter work hours and a focus on authentic needs over consumerism can facilitate the elevation of “being” over “having,” and the achievement of a deeper sense of freedom for all. To realize this vision, however, environmentalists and socialists will need to recognize their common struggle and how that connects with the broader “movement of movements” seeking a Great Transition.

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Gilets jaunes (yellow jackets): learning from history and acting now

18/12/2018 - 16:56

Some consider that if you are involved in a movement against a tax (supposed, in theory at least, to redistribute wealth) rather than for higher wages, say (in the broad sense, including social security), you are part of a right-wing movement. This is not so: many revolutionary movements started because the burden of unfair taxes had become unbearable for a majority of the people.

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Global Compact for Migration does not represent a change in the offensive against migrants and refugees

18/12/2018 - 08:42

At the People's Summit for a Global Pact of Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees, held in Marrakech December 8th and 9th of 2018, hosted by La Via Campesina and its member organisations of the Middle East and North Africa (MeNa) Process, the global peasant movement and its allies have issued a scathing critique of the Global Compact on Migration and rejected it.

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Hugo Blanco: From Trotskyism to Indigenous Vitality

17/12/2018 - 10:31

Hugo Blanco is a figure of great significance for contemporary thought on revolutionary potential. His ideas and practical commitment straddles two great perspectives:

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Time to Rebuild, Time to Rethink

17/12/2018 - 10:12

In the aftermath of the Marikana massacre and the mass strike of mineworkers, a great opportunity emerged for regenerating progressive and left politics. Thousands of rank and file mineworkers transformed the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) into a militant, independent, mass mineworkers union. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, (Numsa) called a special Congress to regroup the labour movement, independent of the ANC Alliance, and set in motion a broad socialist movement. After being expelled from the ANC, Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu formed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), as a militant movement to lead the charge for the radical redistribution of wealth. And just on the heels of these developments emerged the Fees Must Fall movement, acting as a further catalyst and detonator of radical change.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

The Left in Pakistan – Historical background and present challenges

16/12/2018 - 15:42

For the first time, The Left in Pakistan has one Member of Parliament. Ali Wazeer belongs to Pakistan Trade Unions Defense Campaign, the group is a part of Left Democratic Front Pakistan. The LDF is not yet formally launched but various efforts are been made to unite the Left forces in Pakistan on one broad based front.

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The Yellow Vests Struggle and the French Crisis

15/12/2018 - 06:25

This interview is to be published in Chinese on Borderless website, in Hong Kong.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

The Fourth International is 80 years old!

14/12/2018 - 10:06

in Amsterdam commemorating the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Michael Löwy was the speaker. We reproduce here an edited version of his contribution.

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Julia Salazar, DSA Member, Wins Democratic Primary Election for NY Senate What Does the Election Mean for DSA and the Left?

14/12/2018 - 09:09

Julia Salazar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and candidate in the Democratic Party primary election for the New York State Senate, won her race by a decisive vote of 58.5 to 41.5 percent. Since there is no Republican opponent in the general election, she is virtually assured of taking a seat in the Senate. Her victory represents another demonstration that DSA's electoral strategy of running or endorsing candidates in the Democratic Party can be successful in winning primary and some general elections. And that's no small accomplishment.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

The yellow jackets' movement destabilizes Macron

13/12/2018 - 08:07

Since the beginning of December, France has been in a political crisis from which Macron hoped to escape with the statement he made Monday evening 10 December. The yellow jackets' movement has been growing since mid-November. Saturday 1 December was a turning point, bringing about a change in the social crisis.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

Macron's answer: Threats and bread crumbs

12/12/2018 - 16:47

WE WEREN'T expecting much, as the ministers had been peppering the media for two days...and we were indeed not disappointed. However, Macron's speech tonight revealed the nature of his policy, even as it falters against the movement of “yellow vests.”

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The Rebel Project of the Caravan: Solidarities and Setbacks

12/12/2018 - 13:44

There's been extensive discussion about the migrant caravan that embarked from San Pedro Sula in Honduras in October. By now, however, we know that this caravan is impossible to categorize as a homogeneous entity, as its members have made, and are still making, their way to Tijuana via different means of transportation and according to varying timelines, not to mention the many-faceted desires they hold. And there is at present the more disquieting reality that, after facing repression near the San Ysidro port of entry, thousands of caravan members are sheltered in makeshift encampments on the peripheries of Tijuana.

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AMLO inauguration – the old regime collapses and a new period in the class struggle opens

11/12/2018 - 06:54

From the first hour of 1 December, the Zócalo square in Mexico City saw the arrival of thousands of people to witness the inauguration of the new government, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador. AMLO spoke in front of 160,000 people who packed the main public square of the country.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

Lessons from Irish unions: The Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th

10/12/2018 - 09:16

In May, the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal the 8th Amendment to its constitution; Irish President Michael Higgins signed the change into law in September. [1] [2] The amendment, passed in 1983, was in effect a total ban on abortion; the law stated “the unborn” has the same rights as the person carrying it. Some 67 percent of Irish voters voted “yes” to repeal after a years-long campaign that split political parties, created surprising alliances, and saw a flood of American conservative dollars into the “Vote No” campaign's coffers.

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A Ruling Class Activist: A Not-Eulogy for George H. W. Bush

09/12/2018 - 08:14

The flowing tributes to George Herbert Walker Bush recall what we're told was a more dignified, less brutal and “tribal“ time in U.S. political life. Indeed, the 41st President carried himself with a certain grace, confidence and even humor — befitting the kind of man who believed that he and his family belonged to that estate born to rule the world.

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From Women's Strikes to a New Class Movement: The Third Feminist Wave

08/12/2018 - 07:32

On October 23, thousands of Glasgow cleaning workers kicked off the union demonstration for equal pay organized by Public Services International, Unison, and GMB with a minute's silence, in memory of the women workers who died before being able to see the day when their work would be finally granted the same dignity and value as the work of their male colleagues. In this act there was full awareness of a long history of great and small humiliations, of invisible, unacknowledged, or underpaid work, of countless instances of injustice and petty abuses, as well as of the enormity of the challenge faced by the women's strike. Equal pay: a reasonable, almost trivial goal, and yet so difficult to achieve, to such an extent that the World Economic Forum has calculated that – based on current trends and data – it will take at least 217 years to finally bridge the wage gap between women and men globally. (Assuming that the world will still be habitable in 217 years…)

- IV527 - December 2018 /