24 April 2019

International Viewpoint

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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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Disciplined for Acting with Integrity

09/01/2019 - 11:19

Is the wolf of academic repression once more at the door of the University of Michigan (U-M)?

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Mourn, then organise again

08/01/2019 - 11:49

This brilliant essay is an attempt to recover a hidden and rather discreet tradition: the tradition of "left-wing melancholia." This state of mind does not make up part of the Left's canonical narrative: the Left is more given to celebrating glorious triumphs than tragic defeats. Nonetheless, the memory of these defeats — from June 1848 to May 1871, January 1919 and September 1973 — and solidarity with the defeated nourish revolutionary history like an invisible underground river. In the depths of resignation, this left-wing melancholia is a red thread that crosses revolutionary culture, from Auguste Blanqui to critical cinema, passing by way of Gustave Courbet, Rosa Luxemburg, and Walter Benjamin. Traverso forcefully — and counter-intuitively — reveals the full subversive, emancipatory charge of revolutionary mourning.

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Franco Never Left

08/01/2019 - 08:05

Spain's far right is enjoying its biggest breakthrough since the 1970s. But it grows from a reactionary swamp that has festered ever since Franco's dictatorship.

- IV528 - January 2019 / ,

Towards a Gay Communism

07/01/2019 - 13:07

Mario Mieli's book, written in the late 70s, reveals a world lost to us now – the radicalisation of the late 60s and early 70s, which provided the context for what was then called the gay liberation movement. Huge mobilisations arose against the war in Vietnam, while black people in the US rose in rebellion in cities across America after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 – rebellions which inspired the Stonewall riot, the founding event of the gay liberation movement, the following year. In Britain, a national miners' strike brought down the Tory government in 1974. Many on the far left believed that capitalism was in its death agonies and that revolution was on the agenda of the day.

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Class war on new ground

07/01/2019 - 09:22

Socialists are in a hurry these days. With the idea of socialism catching on among a widening swath of the U.S. population, and class conflict showing signs of heating up there can be little time for idle talk. Rather, there is an urgent need to diagnose the current political and economic situation, identify what is new and what is not about that situation, and propose a strategy for the way forward based on the diagnosis.

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Baba Jan adjournment debate rejected

07/01/2019 - 09:21

The National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has rejected an adjournment motion moved by Ali Wazir, the lone leftist member from North Waziristan, to debate Baba Jan's case in the lower house of Parliament. The motion was also signed by Pashtun Tahafooz Movement (PTM) leader MNA Mohsin Dawar and MNA Riaz Fatyana.

- IV528 - January 2019 /

Feminism: An interview with Cinzia Arruzza

06/01/2019 - 13:11

The Italian feminist Cinzia Arruzza is an associate professor of philosophy at the New School of Social Research in New York and author of the book Dangerous Liaisons: Marriages and Divorces between Marxism and Feminism. She has just finished writing a “Manifesto for a Feminism for the 99%” along with Nancy Fraser and Tithi Bhattacharya. In this interview for ctxt - Revista Contexto Josefina L. Martínez asked her about the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy, gender and class, in the new wave of international feminism.

- IV528 - January 2019 /

Nicaragua: The other revolution betrayed

06/01/2019 - 08:40

The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice-president Rosario Murillo. The Left has many more reasons to denounce the policies of the regime. To understand this, we must go back to 1979.

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We don't own Okara Military farms,' Pakistani army admits

05/01/2019 - 18:47

For the first time, the Pakistan Army has accepted that they do not own Okara Military Farms agriculture land.

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The Political Economy of Hungary's New “Slave Law”

05/01/2019 - 18:22

Demonstrations erupted on the streets of Budapest after the Hungarian parliament—controlled by the fourth consecutive super majority of Fidesz government—had just passed three crucial laws in a rapid parliamentary voting on 12th December, which oppositional parties claimed unlawful. The three major elements in the government's package were the Overtime Act, which quickly became better known as the “Slave law”, the centralization of the courts nomination procedure, and educational amendments, which permit the privatization of public universities.

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The Menace of Right "Populism"

05/01/2019 - 08:26

Can it all really be Donald Trump's fault? Do the antics of the worst, most malicious and willfully ignorant president in modern U.S. history serve to explain the spread of authoritarian regimes, racist and anti-immigrant parties, and rightwing fake-populism across much of the planet?

- IV528 - January 2019

Morocco: Call for solidarity: Agricultural workers in the Agadir region fight against agribusiness offensive on the right to organize

04/01/2019 - 12:01

A young trade unionist Aatika Fizazi, a member of the national bureau of the National Union of Agricultural Workers (SNOVA) and general secretary of his local section in the Chtouka Ait Baha region (Agadir), was dismissed on 18/10/2018, with two comrades Noureddine el Bouhali and Abdelmoumen Haddaqui, by the management of DUROC.

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The Albanian student struggle has reached historic dimensions

04/01/2019 - 09:16

Tuesday, December, 4 was a normal day in Albania. The news went out that the students of the Faculty of Architecture were boycotting school. The reason was a governmental decision to charge students approximately 30 Euros for each postponed exam. The news spread like wildfire in each faculty of the public universities of Tirana.

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No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

03/01/2019 - 10:38

What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open?

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Threat of Turkish Planned Military Invasion of Northern Syria: Internationalist Solidarity Needed

02/01/2019 - 16:52

Donald Trump's sudden decision to withdraw 2000 U.S. troops from Syria is a green light to Recep Tayyip Erdogan to decimate the Kurds in what remains of Rojava in northern Syria. Earlier this year, Turkey invaded the Afrin area with the assistance of Syrian reactionary armed opposition groups, leading to the forced displacement of large sections of Afrin's Kurdish population and continuous violations of the human rights of the local population.

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Protests in Iran need solidarity

02/01/2019 - 08:49

During the past two weeks, the ongoing wave of protests and strikes in Iran have gained a new intensity.

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