28 September 2020

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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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Black Lives Matter: a New Left

24/06/2020 - 06:26

The future is taking shape around us, but the past continues to exert its pull. This is a time when everything is in contention; new social forces emerge, while old reactionary forces double down. Three Mutiny writers joined three protests reporting back from the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London and Cardiff, drawing lessons from these historic events. It felt like 1968. It looked like the birth of a new mass movement of the oppressed.

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Belgium's colonial crimes in the Congo. A duty to remember

23/06/2020 - 13:44

Thanks to the Black Lives Matter mobilizations against racism in general, and racism against black people in particular, becoming an international phenomenon more and more people are seeking to know the truth about the dark past of the colonial powers and the continuation of neo-colonialism up to the present times. Statues of emblematic figures of European colonialism are being debunked or are the subject of salutary denunciations. The same is true of statues of people who in the United States symbolize slavery and racism. The CADTM welcomes all initiatives and actions that aim to denounce colonial crimes, seek to establish the truth about past atrocities, highlight the instruments of neo-colonialism and all forms of resistance from the past to the present.

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Rubber Bullets Are Anything but “Nonlethal.” They Should Be Banned.

23/06/2020 - 06:09

US police have used rubber bullets against civilian protesters on a massive scale. These projectiles actually originated in Northern Ireland — and their history is anything but "nonlethal." There can be no justification for police use of rubber bullets.

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Sudan's revolution at a crossroads

22/06/2020 - 08:12

Sudan is transitioning from a grassroots revolution to a post-revolutionary governmental structure, and from military to civilian control, and doing that in a world where protest has been put on hold. Will the revolution have a hard landing?

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Against police repression in Sri Lanka

21/06/2020 - 09:28

The Fourth International condemns the repression and violence committed on June 8 in central Colombo during a protest organized by the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP). People had wanted to gather in front of the US embassy to protest the killing of George Floyd and show solidarity with the anti-racist protests. They were brutally attacked and dozens were arrested. Among the arrested were 53 activists of the Frontline Socialist Party as well as dozens of others. When people protested this repression, dozens more were arrested. The police attacked with brutal violence and several persons were hospitalized.

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One year later, the feminist strike remains mobilised and determined

21/06/2020 - 07:30

Since the surge of 14 June 2019, the feminist struggle has not stopped, and the collectives have continued to organize. The purple wave, while certainly smaller, still managed to splash across the country on 14 June 2020.

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New Cuban blog states editorial line

20/06/2020 - 06:39

The Editorial Board of the new Cuban blog Comunistas published its statement of editorial line on 10 June 2020.

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Maurice Rajsfus, the last of the righteous

19/06/2020 - 11:20

Maurice Rajsfus was born in Aubervilliers (Seine St Denis) on 9 April 1928 and died in Antony (Hauts de Seine) on 13 June 2020. His parents were Polish Jews who had arrived in France in the 1920s. He last saw his parents at the age of 14 when they were arrested in the notorious rafle du Vélodrome d'Hiver.

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Notes on the Black Lives Matter Uprising in Historical and Global Context

19/06/2020 - 09:02

This spring, as some countries began to reopen after months of COVID-19 lockdowns, youthful rebellions broke out inside the two most powerful states in the world, the USA and China. The Black youth of Minneapolis, their allies, and countless others across the USA expressed their anger on the streets over yet another police murder, which was one too many. During the same days, the youth of Hong Kong renewed their protests against new anti-democratic moves by the Chinese government. The US protests, which grew into a massive nationwide Black Lives Matter uprising, also had a major international impact. In both cases, the USA and China, the youth did not flinch in the face of brutal police repression, inspiring their elders and many others around the world. These youth face a world of mass unemployment, precipitous economic inequality, and growing racial oppression fueled by right-wing populism, all of it worsened by COVID-19 and the economic meltdown.

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The Jewish left is recognizing that apartheid is here

18/06/2020 - 09:08

Israel's Jewish left is abandoning the term 'occupation' and adopting the word 'apartheid' to describe the reality on the ground.

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Covid-19 changes everything

17/06/2020 - 08:48

Covid-19 is a huge and many-sided issue. There is the disastrous governmental response leading to thousands of deaths, there is the approaching mass unemployment pandemic, and there is the prospect of the deepest recession for 300 years. These aspects are all hugely important.

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Racial Oppression and the Police in Italy

16/06/2020 - 06:17

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in discrimination and racial oppression in Italy. In particular, there has been an increase in physically and verbally violent acts that have lead to terrible crimes: Muhammad Shazad Kan, a 28 year-old Pakistani citizen, beaten to death in Rome in 2014; Roberto Pantic, Roma, killed in 2015 by a gun while sleeping in his trailer; Sare Mamadou, killed by a shotgun in the chest because he dared to steal a rotten melon from a field; Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, a 36 year-old recent Nigerian asylum seeker, killed in 2016 because he dared to respond to an insult to his partner; and Soumala Sacko, killed by a gunshot in 2018 while looking for sheet metal to build a makeshift shelter for other workers.

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In the name of the communist ideal

15/06/2020 - 16:40

One of the received ideas that became a ‘truth' after the fall of the Berlin Wall was that the Soviet bloc's populations cursed communism, yet obeyed it slavishly. In fact, many social movements within the Eastern bloc had long aspired to genuine socialism.

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The Forgotten Socialists of Tiananmen Square

15/06/2020 - 08:35

What the world remembers about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests were the students. But above all, it was a mass workers' uprising for socialist democracy.

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A precarious equilibrium: The balance between lives and livelihoods

14/06/2020 - 17:52

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (AMCU) struggle for worker safety during the scourge of Covid-19 in the South African mining sector.

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“Normal” No More – "The root of the interlocking crises is systemic"

14/06/2020 - 07:11

A nationwide uprising against murderous racialized police brutality has broken out in the streets of U.S. cities — even amidst the considerable risks of mass protests during the coronavirus pandemic, let alone threats from rampant militarized police violence. An enormously positive development is the fact that it is both Black-led and multiracial in its actions and demands, relative to historic urban rebellions from the 1960s onward. The central demands to “Defund the Police” and “De-militarize the Police” stand out for their clarity and radical character — and their necessity.

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Popular protest is back in the Middle East

13/06/2020 - 20:51

The Covid-19 pandemic was only a temporary truce in popular protest movements for freedom and social justice in the region. The pandemic deepened socio-economic problems, while regimes often took advantage of containment measures to strengthen the crackdown on activists.

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Anticapitalistas leave Podemos

13/06/2020 - 07:51

On 14 May 2020, Anticapitalistas, a founding component of Podemos and historical current of the radical left in the Spanish state linked to the Fourth International, announced its departure from Podemos. In reality, this decision was taken on 28 March when, in an internal consultation process in which 79% of activists participated, 89% voted in favour of leaving Podemos (3% against and 7.5% abstentions). The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit the Spanish state hard and in particular the most vulnerable sectors of the popular classes, led to the public announcement of this decision being postponed.

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Anticapitalist strategy and the question of organization

12/06/2020 - 23:04

No matter how much times passes, or how often history is declared to have ended, the debate over socialist strategy and organization always returns. This foundational question appeared in embryo at the very start of the workers movement in the nineteenth century and was raised explicitly by Lenin when he described his perspective as “tactics as plan” and when revolutionaries split with social-democracy during World War I.

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Step up the mobilization against racism and police violence

12/06/2020 - 08:37

A tremendous political acceleration. This is how we can describe what we have seen in France for the last ten days around the issue of racism and police violence. You would have to be very perceptive to have anticipated two weeks ago that these themes would occupy a central place in public debate, to the point that Assa Traoré was invited on set on BFM-TV and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner was forced into making announcements which were very badly received by the police unions.

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