24 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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After the drama of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine: anger, solidarity, rejection of amalgams

18/10/2020 - 20:24

“The NPA will join initiatives to express mourning, anger and solidarity following this tragedy, while refusing any logic of national unity with the false friends of teachers and those who advocate a repressive headlong rush and increased stigmatization of Muslims. ”

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Still the gift of the Nile?

18/10/2020 - 09:49

Herodotus's formula is well known: “Egypt is the gift of the Nile”. But it seems that, 2,500 years after the death of the Greek historian, this will no longer be the case.

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Still the gift of the Nile?

18/10/2020 - 08:49

Herodotus's formula is well known: “Egypt is the gift of the Nile”. But it seems that, 2,500 years after the death of the Greek historian, this will no longer be the case.

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From viral epidemic to social pandemic?

17/10/2020 - 11:12

The now almost recurrent images of water and tear gas cannons come this time from Indonesia. Workers and students have invaded the streets of the main towns and clashed with the police. In the face of the epidemic, authorities have been slow to take action. The number of doctors per capita is around 20 times lower than European averages and President Jokowi, sometimes presented by the press as progressive, declared the country immune ... by religion: ginger and turmeric were advocated as remedies. To take up Rohana Kuddus's phrase describing the management of the epidemic in New Left Review: “Lemongrass and prayer”.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

From viral epidemic to social pandemic?

17/10/2020 - 10:12

The now almost recurrent images of water and tear gas cannons come this time from Indonesia. Workers and students have invaded the streets of the main towns and clashed with the police. In the face of the epidemic, authorities have been slow to take action. The number of doctors per capita is around 20 times lower than European averages and President Jokowi, sometimes presented by the press as progressive, declared the country immune ... by religion: ginger and turmeric were advocated as remedies. To take up Rohana Kuddus's phrase describing the management of the epidemic in New Left Review: “Lemongrass and prayer”.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Capitalism Made Women of Color More Vulnerable to the COVID Recession

16/10/2020 - 10:33

“For all the women who have lost their jobs during this pandemic, for Black women and Latinas who have performed the bulk of the essential work during lockdown and borne the brunt of the recession, for all the Black and Brown elders who have lost their lives during this crisis, it is capitalism that has been their preexisting condition.”

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Capitalism Made Women of Color More Vulnerable to the COVID Recession

16/10/2020 - 09:33

“For all the women who have lost their jobs during this pandemic, for Black women and Latinas who have performed the bulk of the essential work during lockdown and borne the brunt of the recession, for all the Black and Brown elders who have lost their lives during this crisis, it is capitalism that has been their preexisting condition.”

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Situation of Garment Factory Workers in Katunayaka – COVID-19 Update

15/10/2020 - 11:41

“The biggest mistake done by this Government and the Health Ministry was to claim that we had “conquered†Corona. Then everyone became complaisant. Most people stopped wearing masks also. There’s no point trying to make world records (coming 2nd in the world) for having managed Corona, we should have focused on creating a Sri Lankan record by, making sure we properly managed things here. Then automatically we would have got international recognition,†said a worker now in quarantine in Kalutara.

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Situation of Garment Factory Workers in Katunayaka – COVID-19 Update

15/10/2020 - 10:41

“The biggest mistake done by this Government and the Health Ministry was to claim that we had “conquered” Corona. Then everyone became complaisant. Most people stopped wearing masks also. There's no point trying to make world records (coming 2nd in the world) for having managed Corona, we should have focused on creating a Sri Lankan record by, making sure we properly managed things here. Then automatically we would have got international recognition,” said a worker now in quarantine in Kalutara.

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Intersecting crises and the impact in Britain

14/10/2020 - 09:26

“These three crises (economic, ecological and political) are global in nature and have impacted countries in both the global north and south.

In Britain, we also need to take into account the specific problem of Brexit – probably a no-deal one.”

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“Why it is worth preparing for breaches to open in these two systems and strive for socialism”

13/10/2020 - 12:42

Livio Maitan, Memoirs of a critical communist. Towards a History of the Fourth International, Preface by Daniel Bensaid, translated by Gregor Benton, edited and with an introduction by Penelope Duggan, Resistance Books, IIRE, Merlin Press, 2019, 455 pages.

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Global Fever

13/10/2020 - 12:41

“For the upcoming movements around COVID and climate, such ‘Leninist' interventions will be indispensable, and those involved will learn much, and gain great inspiration, from this electrifying book.”

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War Communism? Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency

13/10/2020 - 12:41

Gradual reforms can't do the job: only profoundly radical measures can ensure human survival in an epoch of global sickening.

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Hong Kong in revolt and The Art of Rebellion

13/10/2020 - 12:41

Two recent additions to the literature on the 2019 revolt in Hong Kong: Au Loong-Yu's Hong Kong in revolt is a compelling and informative narration of the revolt for a broad international audience, while The Art of Rebellion gives further insight through an effective mixture of reportage, artwork and photography.

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Golden Dawn goes to jail - The antifascist movement still out in the streets!

13/10/2020 - 08:23

The colorful river that flooded Athens and all the cities of Greece in the morning of 7 October marked the conclusion of the antifascist movement that managed to impose in court what had already been achieved in the consciousness of the vast majority of the working class and the youth: Golden Dawn to be condemned as a criminal organization.

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Radical Socialist Statement on Hathras Caste Atrocity and the Babri Masjid Verdict

12/10/2020 - 10:34

“This case forces us to confront once again not only the cultures of cruelty and violence that pervade the lives of Dalits, women and minorities in India, but also the impunity afforded to upper caste men by the nexus between dominant caste lobbies, state institutions and the ruling political regime. ”

- IV549 - October 2020 / ,

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah must be freed!

11/10/2020 - 10:19

The demand that Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, one of the longest-serving prisoners in France, be freed is supported by a number of French and international personalities, as well as Palestine solidarity campaigns French political parties including the Parti De Gauche, the French Communist Party, the NPA and Lutte Ouvrière.

- IV549 - October 2020 /

The dragon and the goose that lays the golden eggs

10/10/2020 - 08:41

“There are therefore elements for a long-term resistance strategy to emerge. It remains for the international left to contribute, in particular by getting involved in solidarity in the face of repression.”

- IV549 - October 2020 /

Judgment of Golden Dawn Nazis

09/10/2020 - 10:41

The verdict that Golden Dawn is a "criminal organization" was given on 8 October. This article gives a picture of the mobilization around this case.

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CADTM rejoices in the united anti-fascist mobilization in Athens on 7 October 2020 and the judgement against the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party

08/10/2020 - 09:11

The CADTM congratulates demonstrators for the success of the united antifascist mobilisation in Athens this Wednesday 7 October, as well the Athens penal court for its decision to label the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party as a ‘criminal organization'.

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