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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On Saturday, December 8, and after: general mobilization against Macron and his world!

07/12/2018 - 21:49

Faced with the mobilisation of the yellow jackets, the government began to retreat, announcing the abolition, for the year 2019, of the increase in fuel taxes. The government, which was showing its "inflexibility" just a few days ago, is panicking and trying to put out the fire it started itself.

- 2. News from around the world /

Publishing Livio Maitan - an update

07/12/2018 - 21:28

The call for donations we launched has been a success. Several thousand euros have been donated. In addition, we have received a commitment to donate a considerable amount of labour to finish the translation whch is now moving ahead rapidly. With these donations, the IIRE and Resistance Books can now plan the publication of the book in mid-2019.

- 2. News from around the world /

The workers who won't snitch

07/12/2018 - 09:25

Metalworker union Numsa will today [Friday] file legal arguments in the Constitutional Court on behalf of 65 Dunlop factory workers from Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. The workers were dismissed in 2012 because they did not snitch on fellow workers during a protected strike.

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Organizing resistance in Brazil and international solidarity against neofascist Bolsonaro's government

06/12/2018 - 00:13

Fourth International statement on the situation in Brazil issued by the Executive Bureau on 5 December 2018.

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Turkey: Relentless - Forty Years of struggle from “Sürekli Devrim” to “Yeniyol”

05/12/2018 - 00:52

“Trotskyism”: an insult, betrayal or, in the best of cases, an exotic strangeness. It was in 1978, at the heart of a period when ideologically Stalinism and its variants weighed heavily on the radical left which, while valiantly leading its fight against fascism, was beset by fratricidal conflicts, that Sürekli Devrim (Permanent Revolution-SD), the first revolutionary Marxist review in Turkey, was born. Of course, Trotsky was not unknown to Turkish and Kurdish revolutionaries. Alongside a number of books denouncing the “counter-revolutionary essence” of Trotskyism, Deutscher's trilogy and Trotsky's books such as “My Life”, “Fascism – What it is and how to fight it” and “The Permanent Revolution”, had been published. But it was the first time that an organized revolutionary Marxist movement had emerged in the country of Nazim Hikmet.

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One Question:The European Left

04/12/2018 - 08:35

One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question.

This month we ask:

What are the challenges and opportunities for the Left in Europe?

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A Special day. Living and struggling in the occupied and self-managed Rimaflow factory.

04/12/2018 - 06:29

Rarely has the Milanese sky and its foggy metropolitan area been so open and starry as tonight. But maybe it is climate change that has also caused this.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

One question: Class struggle today

03/12/2018 - 23:58

One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question.

This month we ask:

What does class struggle mean today?

- 4. Features /

Progressive MPs yet again target of state oppression

03/12/2018 - 08:36

On November 30th, two members of Pakistan's federal parliament (National Assembly), Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, were stopped from boarding a UAE flight at Peshawar airport. They were detained for over six hours by the state agencies to make sure that they cannot travel abroad. This is the latest action of the military establishment to target comrades Mohsin and Ali merely because both these parliamentarians have been leading a mass grass roots civic and socioeconomic rights movement, critical of state's “war on terror” policies.

- IV527 - December 2018 /

Two steps to stop Brexit

02/12/2018 - 07:44

This statement from Socialist Resistance was agreed on November 25.

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Yellow jackets: continue the mobilization against the high cost of living

01/12/2018 - 21:40

Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, demonstrated today all over France against the cost of living and against the government, including the cries of “Macron resign!”

- 2. News from around the world /

Turkey: Elections, crisis and repression

01/12/2018 - 09:05

With four elections, a constitutional referendum and a coup attempt in the space of three years, the least we can say is that instability reigns in Turkey, even though President Erdogan has consolidated his power through all these turns. However, the municipal elections that will take place in March 2019 are already perceived by both the governing parties and the opposition as a new plebiscite, all this against the background of a deep economic crisis that promises to worsen.

- IV327 - December 2018 /

Fascism, populism and conservatism

01/12/2018 - 08:27

In 1941, at Hitler's military apex, Bertolt Brecht wrote The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, wherein he reduces Hitler the politician and his lackeys to a vulgar band of bandits from 1930's Chicago.

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New Zealand First and the global far-right

30/11/2018 - 09:45

The New Zealand First (NZF) Party was founded in 1993 by Winston Peters, formerly a cabinet minister for the mainstream conservative National Party. Since then, under Peters' continuous and unchallenged leadership, its share of the popular vote has ranged from 4 to 13% - large enough to be a significant player in all but one of New Zealand's parliaments from them until now, and to have participated in coalition governments with both of New Zealand's major parties, National and centre-left Labour. It is currently the junior partner in Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led coalition, also supported by the Green Party.

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China Intensifies Crackdown on Marxist Student Activists

29/11/2018 - 10:05

Chinese university students, inspired by their studies of Marx, are facing an increasing state crackdown on their movement in support of workers who have been trying to organize Shenzhen's Jasic Technology. Prof. Zhun Xu analyzes the situation

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Facing the left-wing challenge in the European Union

28/11/2018 - 09:09

It is shocking to see that the right-wing government in power in Italy since Summer 2018 refuses to reduce the budgetary deficit while so-called left-wing governments bow to the constraints of austerity. It is now, when the peoples of the Eurozone are ever more disgusted by the policies imposed by European leaders and big capital, that the radical left should start fighting the structures of the European Union and the Eurozone. The time is ripe to expose their legitimacy crisis and use it as a means of tackling the challenges populations are faced with.

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A revolutionary for life

27/11/2018 - 12:05

Hugo Blanco is an inspiration to revolutionary ecosocialists. Born in Cusco, once capital of Tawantinsuyuand now in Peru, in 1934, his first struggles were school protests. He travelled to Argentina, where he abandoned university to work in a meat-packing factory in La Plata, and his encounter with the Fourth International eventually led him back to Peru where he became a factory and then peasant organiser.

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What is at stake in the “yellow jacket” mobilization

27/11/2018 - 05:41

For nearly a month, an unprecedented movement has been developing in France.

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Vox: the new face of the far right in the Spanish State

26/11/2018 - 11:34

Until recently, Spain was uniquely free of neofascism. Not anymore.

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Pakistan, hostage of the religious - The radical left in resistance

25/11/2018 - 10:31

The Pakistani Supreme Court had just declared Asia Bibi innocent of the crime of blasphemy for which she was previously sentenced to death. Religious movements did not accept the decision and fought back, calling to paralyze the country by blocking the roads, opening a major political crisis. Pierre Rousset was in Lahore precisely at this moment and following is his report.

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