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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Popular triumph in Chile referendum

29/10/2020 - 09:22

The popular will has been forcefully expressed in a historic plebiscite. Rather than a finishing point, this huge triumph should represent the signal for starting the construction of a new Chile

- IV549 - October 2020 /

Poland Is in Revolt Against Its New Abortion Ban

28/10/2020 - 08:41

Last Friday, Poland's Constitutional Court banned almost all abortion, as part of a wider Catholic-conservative offensive against women's rights. But the ruling has already sparked strikes and blockades across Poland — and the working-class women least able to afford a clandestine abortion are leading the revolt.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Police violence on a mass scale in Belarus

27/10/2020 - 08:48

Since the election, it has been two months of sustained leaderless protests, police violence, and local self-organization.

After relatively peaceful Sunday marches of past several weeks, amounting each time to 100+thousand people, Sunday 11 October saw resumption of police violence on the mass scale.

- IV549 - October 2020 /

October 14 and the Sparks of Workers' Movement in Pakistan

26/10/2020 - 09:12

“This movement has given a tremendous push to working-class movement and for the first-time the scattered demands of the workers from all across the country were presented in shape of a common charter of demands. As a vanguard of this movement, the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) will continue to fight for all the workers. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations, the labour movement will continue. 14 October is only the beginning of the joint struggle that continues till the overthrow of capitalism in the region.”

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

What does Rossana say?

25/10/2020 - 16:27

Rossana Rossanda, who died on 20 September 2020, played an important role in the Italian communist left, first within the Communist Party - from which she was expelled in 1969 - then as director of the newspaper Il Manifesto until 2012.It is said that for a long time in Il Manifesto, a historical communist newspaper, the following refrain was heard: “Is Valentino there?” Is Luigi writing? What does Rossana say?” This trio consisted of Valentino Parlato, Luigi Pintor and Rossana Rossanda. The last of the three left us yesterday at the age of 96, after a long life in the camp of the left and the communist ideals for which she fought. Always defeated in the end.

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Prophet Prolonged….?

25/10/2020 - 16:27

Dave Kellaway reviews Dan La Botz's book, Trotsky in Tijuana, published by BookLocker.com, Florida 2020.

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The History of Women's Movements in Asia and the Middle East

25/10/2020 - 16:27

For twenty-five years, Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World has been an essential primer on the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century history of women's movements in Asia and the Middle East. Kumari Jayawardena presents feminism as it originated in the Third World, erupting from the specific struggles of women fighting against colonial power, for education or the vote, for safety, and against poverty and inequality.

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France's Demonization of Muslims Is Getting Worse

25/10/2020 - 10:06

On Friday [16 0ctober], an Islamist extremist murdered a schoolteacher in a suburb northwest of Paris. In response, the French interior minister has called for a ban on an anti-Islamophobia legal association wholly unconnected to the atrocity. We need to resist this turn against democracy and justice.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

An exemplary feminist mobilization

24/10/2020 - 08:50

Female school students, with the support of feminist collectives, are mobilizing against sexist punishments put in place by their school management for wearing outfits deemed provocative. It all started during the orientation cycle at Pinchat [in the commune of Veyrier (canton of Geneva)], where the management forced ten girls and two boys to wear a very large ?t-shirt of shame? because their clothes were considered indecent and ?not correct?. When they arrived at the school, the students had to march past a line of judges formed by the administration who divided the students into two categories: outfits deemed ?correct? and ?incorrect?".

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Next steps for Black Lives Matter movement, elections and beyond

23/10/2020 - 11:13

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.?

‒ Malcolm X, from an interview in the final weeks of his life, 1965.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

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23/10/2020 - 10:24

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23/10/2020 - 00:50

All power to the peoples of Bolivia

22/10/2020 - 11:52

The triumph of the Bolivian people against the coup leaders and the right wing in the October 18 elections, the strength of the results, and the possibility of deepening a process of change marked by the decolonization of the Plurinational State today constitute a tremendous inspiration for the peoples of the whole continent.[NBN]

- IV549 - October 2020 /

All power to the peoples of Bolivia

22/10/2020 - 10:52

The triumph of the Bolivian people against the coup leaders and the right wing in the October 18 elections, the strength of the results, and the possibility of deepening a process of change marked by the decolonization of the Plurinational State today constitute a tremendous inspiration for the peoples of the whole continent.[NBN]

- IV549 - October 2020 /

A convergence of crises, dominated by the covid-19 pandemic

21/10/2020 - 07:10

“On this path, in the struggles, in the resistance against destructive capitalism, for democracy and for an alternative and sustainable economic policy, lies the possibility to change the national power relations that are unfavourable today, and to make more concrete an ecosocialist alternative for humanity.”

- IV549 - October 2020 / , ,

A convergence of crises, dominated by the covid-19 pandemic

21/10/2020 - 06:10

“In this path, in the struggles, in the resistance against destructive capitalism, for democracy and for an alternative and sustainable economic policy, is the possibility to change the national power relations that are unfavourable today, and to make more concrete an ecosocialist alternative for humanity.”

- IV549 - October 2020 / , ,

Clash over national labour agreements

20/10/2020 - 10:02

When Italy's health crisis exploded in the spring, employers lobbied drastically to keep the economy on hold. Profits had to be maintained, even if it meant killing workers, endangering the health of entire sectors. These same employers, largely those in metallurgy, who put their interests ahead of our health, now want the bill to be paid economically and in terms of wages. The bill has, however, already been paid by the majority of workers, with technical unemployment (which, in Italy, covers on average just over half of the salary) and the hundreds of thousands of precarious workers who have been laid off.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Clash over national labour agreements

20/10/2020 - 09:02

When Italy's health crisis exploded in the spring, employers lobbied drastically to keep the economy on hold. Profits had to be maintained, even if it meant killing workers, endangering the health of entire sectors. These same employers, largely those in metallurgy, who put their interests ahead of our health, now want the bill to be paid economically and in terms of wages. The bill has, however, already been paid by the majority of workers, with technical unemployment (which, in Italy, covers on average just over half of the salary) and the hundreds of thousands of precarious workers who have been laid off.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

USA on the Brink?

19/10/2020 - 10:36

WHAT WILL THE day and the weeks after Election Day look like? In this Trumpster fire of a political year, the difficulty of prediction is partly that much of the Republican Party has morphed into something close to the French National Front or German Alternativ fur Deutschland – parties of the racist far right which, by establishment consensus, are excluded from national government although they may be regionally or locally powerful. In the U.S. context, the human and political damage of the past four years is severe enough but the full extent of the menace remains to be tested.

- IV549 - October 2020 /

USA on the Brink?

19/10/2020 - 09:36

WHAT WILL THE day and the weeks after Election Day look like? In this Trumpster fire of a political year, the difficulty of prediction is partly that much of the Republican Party has morphed into something close to the French National Front or German Alternativ fur Deutschland – parties of the racist far right which, by establishment consensus, are excluded from national government although they may be regionally or locally powerful. In the U.S. context, the human and political damage of the past four years is severe enough but the full extent of the menace remains to be tested.

- IV549 - October 2020 /

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