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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The electoral triumph of Uribism and the dilemmas of neoliberal peace

24/11/2018 - 09:27

Iván Duque, candidate of the Democratic Centre, a political party created by former president Álvaro Uribe in 2013, won the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday, June 17th, with 10,373,080 votes, that is 54 per cent of total votes cast.

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Is There a Gig Economy?

23/11/2018 - 10:57

Job security has never been a feature of capitalism. As competition drives accumulation from one industry or location to another in search of profits via the ups and downs of periodic crises, it necessarily alters employment patterns and the organization of work. Over the long haul, U.S. capitalism moved employment from agricultures to industry to often mislabelled service jobs.

- IV526 - November 2018

Turkey's Defiant Working Class: From Offense to Defense

22/11/2018 - 10:06

“He is afraid that it will be like TEKEL, he is afraid that they will come and occupy the square and won't leave.”

Muharrem Güler, who was Governor of İstanbul at that time, explaining why Erdoğan is afraid of Gezi Park demonstrations with reference to the TEKEL Tobacco workers strike from 2010

- IV526 - November 2018 /

The long May 68 in the Spanish state

21/11/2018 - 15:10

In the decade from 1964 to 1974, just before the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, time accelerated in the Spanish state. It was the final years of the Franco regime. A time when changes around in the world were multiplying. A time when new experiences were proliferating, led by the political and social left.

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Samir Amin, or the raison d'être of a new internationalism

21/11/2018 - 15:04

As if he wanted to make it his political testament, in the urgency of a specific “moment”, both for himself and a capitalist globalization in crisis, Samir Amin (re) published his call for the “indispensable reconstruction of an International of the workers and peoples of the whole world”, on the site, a few days before his sudden death on August 12, 2018. Appended to this is a “Letter of intention” seeking to accelerate and concretize the process.

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50 Years of the 1968-69 Revolution

21/11/2018 - 14:52

Fifty years ago this land witnessed the most glorious moments of its history. Pakistan's virgin proletariat and the oppressed classes were storming heavens. They had entered the arena of history and were determined to take their destiny in their own hands. Revolutionary periods are historical exceptions. They don't occur every day. Such an amazing revolutionary torrent had swept across the country from November 7th,1968 till the fall of the formidable dictatorship of Ayub Khan on March 26th, 1969. It had challenged the state and system and victory of a socialist revolution was on the horizon.

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What recent London demos say about the state of the British left

21/11/2018 - 13:32

Demonstrations on successive weekends in London last month shone a spotlight on major political rifts — in the major parties and in the political left.

- IV526 - November 2018 /

Sound, Fury and the Midterms

20/11/2018 - 07:05

The much-discussed results of the U.S. midterm elections represent, in this writer's view, a “rebalancing” rather than something “transformative.” It is of course significant that the far-right Republican stranglehold on both houses of Congress as well as the presidency will be broken by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. But after the sound and fury, it's also important to understand some sharp limitations. Election results handwritten on a chalkboard

- IV526 - November 2018 /

What's the real cause of the California wildfires?

19/11/2018 - 10:16

A combination of real estate capitalism and climate change unleashed the murderous fires in California.

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Brazil in the shadow of the far right

18/11/2018 - 10:49

Today Brazil is living through one of the saddest moments of its history. The history of the Brazilian people is essentially a history of resistance, since the European colonial invasion it has been very difficult to survive in our land. But we fight and resist.

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No one is illegal - Solidarity with the Migrant Caravans

18/11/2018 - 09:18

Thousands of migrants from Central America have made politically and socially visible the structural violence and systematic violation of their human rights that they experience on a daily basis, without governments attending to the causes or the basic necessities of survival, through their organisation into caravans. These are some of the reasons that forced them to flee their countries, with only what they carry on their backs and suffering the hardships of a long journey towards an uncertain destination. They flee from capitalist criminal, institutional, state and patriarchal violence. They advance in defiance of the threats of the police and military who guard the different borders, as if at war with the wretched of the earth.

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A Podemos Budget?

17/11/2018 - 09:14

Podemos's backing for Spain's Socialist cabinet risks making it a prop to the institutions it once rebelled against. Yet it has also imposed its own stamp on the government's agenda.

- IV526 - November 2018 /

From women's strikes to a new class movement: the third wave of feminism

16/11/2018 - 21:14

On 23 October, thousands of cleaning workers in Glasgow started the trade union demonstration for equal pay organised by PSI, Unison and GMB Union with a minute's silence, in memory of the women workers who had died before they could see the day when their work was finally accorded the same dignity and value as the work of their male colleagues. This act expressed full awareness of a long history of big and little humiliations, of invisible, unrecognized or underpaid work, of injustice and pettiness, as well as of the enormity of the challenge launched with the women's strike. Equal pay: a reasonable, almost trivial goal, yet so difficult to achieve. So much so that the World Economic Forum has calculated that - on the basis of current trends and data - it will take at least 217 years for the wage gap between women and men at a global level to finally be closed. Assuming the world is still habitable in 217 years' time.

- IV526 - November 2018 /

Livio Maitan: History wrinkle-free

16/11/2018 - 16:09

Daniel Bensaïd wrote the Preface to Livio Maitan's history of the Fourth International Per una storia della IV internazionale. La testimonia di un comunista controcorrente published in 2006.

Resistance Books and the IIRE have launched an appeal to fiund publication in English. It has almost reached the first goal of 5,000 euros, thanks to a substantial donation in the form of translation work.

To give an idea of the book, and of the person of Livio, we publish here the English translation of Daniel Bensaïd's preface.

We hope to raise 1,000 euros more to pay for the design and promotion of the book. Details on how to make a donation can be found below.

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Rally for a collective political power for people from below

15/11/2018 - 07:55

The President has removed Ranil Wickramasinghe and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapakse as the new Prime Minister. Executive Presidents abusing their powers in violation of democratic norms is not new to our political history and this unacceptable act follows in that line. It has also created a crisis in the elite political sphere which can be resolved by either party commanding the confidence of the Parliament.

- IV526 - November 2018

Migrant Caravans Challenge the Continent's Governments

13/11/2018 - 07:58

Central American migrants, both desperate and courageous, have thrust themselves into the center of Mexican and U.S. politics with their demand for refuge and asylum. As the head of the NGO Pueblos Sin Fronteras told a reporter, “This isn't just a caravan, it's an exodus created by hunger and death.”

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Why the shack dwellers' movement poses a threat to the ANC

12/11/2018 - 11:56

S'bu Zikode leads a shack dwellers' movement and says city officials crack down on those who highlight a housing crisis.

- IV526 - November 2018 /

Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong's Youth Is Pushing Back

11/11/2018 - 09:39

Rising levels of poverty and inequality are adding to the frustrations of young people in the country, most of whom want to be identified as Hong Kongers, rather than Chinese or even Hong Konger in China. Amid Growing Clampdown on Dissent and Free Speech, Hong Kong's Youth Is Pushing Back

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MST's João Pedro Stedile: “We have to go back to doing grassroots work”

10/11/2018 - 09:07

Landless workers' leader spoke with Brasil de Fato on the next steps for the left after Jair Bolsonaro's victory

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The Irish government needs to stop protecting property developers and start looking out for its people

09/11/2018 - 09:09

Rents are soaring and the government is hand-in-glove with property moguls. Oliver Eagleton reports on the activists fighting for a fairer housing system.

- IV526 - November 2018 /