19 November 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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Women's/Feminist Strike in Switzerland: A Step Forward on the Road of the Internalization of Feminist Struggles

07/08/2019 - 10:03

“But what do they want?” was the question since the first Feminist Conference in June 2018 held in Lausanne and its call for a Women*'s / Feminist strike to be held a year later. On the 14th of June 2019, exactly 28 years after the first-ever women*'s strike in Switzerland, more than half a million women* and supportive men took part in mobilizations all over the country. Thousands more, from midnight on, occupied public spaces, and several workplaces or simply showed their solidarity with the strike by wearing purple clothing or the strike's ad hoc badge.

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DSA Convention 2019

06/08/2019 - 10:33

DSA Convention 2019—Overcoming Divisions—Votes to Maintain Strong National Organization, Takes up Ambitious Organizing Agenda.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

South Africa: Transforming community protests into an uprising

05/08/2019 - 19:11

There were protests galore in the build up to South Africa's May 8 national elections, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of the people's victory against Apartheid. Protests occurred in many parts of the country but predominately in Gauteng, the nation's industrial heartland, and in the Western Cape, with its legacy of colonialism.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

“More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever”

05/08/2019 - 10:47

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most fanatical loyalists: now, it's doing the same to society itself.

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The far right, LGBTIQ people and a strategy for resistance

03/08/2019 - 19:08

The far right is on the rise in one country after another. It has unmistakably become a central factor in contemporary European and world politics. I have come to think that in the coming years the fight against the far right will be decisive for the radical and revolutionary left. So it is more and more urgent for us to understand the far-right threat we face. To some extent we can learn from Marxist analyses of classical fascism, particularly in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. But many things have changed on the far right. To use the term of our comrade Enzo Traverso, most of the far right today is ‘post-fascist': sometimes in continuity with the old fascist right, sometimes not. And gender and sexual politics are not a side issue for the far right – they are key. So this is one of the things we urgently need to understand.

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The rebellion in Hong Kong is intensifying

02/08/2019 - 10:20

Massive demonstrations in Hong Kong have forced the government to shelve a bill that could muzzle dissident voices. But the protesters are still on the streets — and they're demanding the resignation of Hong Kong's chief executive.

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Change the orientation, Don't repeat mistakes, Build the alternative!

01/08/2019 - 06:48

The investiture of Pedro Sánchez has failed and along with it, the tactics of Podemos who invested all its assets to enter the government as a supposed guarantor of social policies. The PSOE has tried a double game: to placate the right by offering itself as a stabilizer of “reasonable” governance for the interests of capital and the 1978 regime, while at the same time, it has tried to defraud, subordinate and annul its left, integrating it into a project alien to the interests of the social majority. Sanchez has graduated as a parliamentary confidence trickster. Unidas Podemos made very important mistakes in their attempt to enter government by the tradesman's entrance: all the resignations have not sufficed for the voracity of social liberalism.

- iV535 - August 2019 /

A predictable fiasco - on the outcome of the European elections and the immediate tasks for Die Linke

31/07/2019 - 14:07

Lucy Redler and Thies Gleiss are members of the Antikapitalistische Linke current, which has existed inside Die Linke since March 2006. We reproduce here their contribution for the Die Linke leadership meeting of 16 June 2019.

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