26 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: Huge Popular Success

11/06/2020 - 09:15

On Sunday 7 June several organizations launched a call to rally in different cities of Belgium. The starting point for this momentum was the desire to show international solidarity with the mass anti-racist movement around Black Lives Matter in the United States, which has taken to the streets of the country since the police murder of George Floyd. These spontaneous calls (often from people who had never organized a demonstration or rally before) sometimes aroused fear or tension, for example around the fact that it should be an opportunity to denounce racism, violence and police abuse, police killings, ... in Belgium too.

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Sympathy Won't Win Us Better Conditions

10/06/2020 - 13:50

Anxiety and change: those are the two things that have defined care work in England in recent weeks. Where I work, we have been battling with staff shortages, opaque government advice, and PPE provision based on supply rather than on best practice. But we have also been fighting and winning better conditions for our staff in these unprecedented times.

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The Death of Hong Kong's Autonomy: Beyond the Crackdown

10/06/2020 - 05:48

At the end of May, the Chinese state passed a new national security law that allows it to directly intervene in Hong Kong against the pro-democracy movement that has swept the city for the last year. Spectre's Ashley Smith interviews Au Loong Yu about China's crackdown and what it means for the pro-democracy movement.

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Justice for George Floyd! Solidarity with the struggle of the people of the USA!

09/06/2020 - 16:24

Sosyalist Demokrasi icin Yeniyol (New Course for Socialist Democracy, Fourth International), Isci Demokrasisi Partisi (Workers' Democracy Party, IWU-FI), Sosyalist Emekçiler Partisi (Socialist Laborers Party, ISL) and Baslangic Kolektifi (The Beginning Collective) condemned the assassination of George Floyd:

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The Covid 19 crisis threatens the lives of millions, accelerates geopolitical transformation and kindles the flame of social upheaval

09/06/2020 - 07:07

Pandemic, economic depression, visibility of the structural inequality and oppressions generated by neoliberalism, geopolitical confrontation for hegemony in the world-system, and a close-up vision of impending environmental collapse… All of this has come together in 2020, when the whole of humanity has had an unprecedented, for our generation, global pandemic.

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Black Lives Matter mobilisations in Italy

08/06/2020 - 14:42

The demonstration called in Turin, in solidarity with the African Americans in revolt over the murder of George Floyd, seemed to be one of those routine solidarity actions which we do because we feel we have to, but too often do not really have much of an impact with local people.

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Black Lives Matter in Scotland

08/06/2020 - 12:12

Thousands of protesters came out in Scotland, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, on Sunday, to take the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matters protests in the United States, and to express their opposition to institutional racism here in Britain too.

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An anti-racist multitude fills the streets of Portugal

08/06/2020 - 10:12

In several cities across Portugal, thousands of voices came together on Saturday to remember all of the George Floyds who have been victims of racism. The member of parliament, Beatriz Dias, also made her presence felt, calling for "public policies to combat racism and racial discrimination".

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London says ‘fuck the police'

07/06/2020 - 22:11

There have been Black Lives Matter demonstrations – in solidarity with the movement in the USA and also denouncing institutional racism at home – in cities throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland North and South. This report is on the one in London on 3 June.

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Paris: A historic day against police violence and state racism

07/06/2020 - 18:50

Fifty thousand people took to the streets in Paris on Tuesday 2 June, only two days after 10,000 undocumented migrants had protested against the immigration system.

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The Living Flame

07/06/2020 - 10:29

The Living Flame – the revolutionary passion of Rosa Luxemburg by Paul Le Blanc, Haymarket 2019.

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History Marched Past my Door Last Night Carrying the Future on her Shoulders

07/06/2020 - 09:56

A march came by my house in Brooklyn a few nights ago, a river of thousands of young people of all races, wearing masks because of the pandemic, walking together, shouting out the name of George Floyd, demanding justice. I saw history making its way through the city, the young people carrying the future on their shoulders. So it has been everywhere in America for more than a week. And still the protests continue and grow in size. Cracks are appearing at the top of the society and attitudes are shifting at the bottom, and forces are in motion seeking to find a political expression for this inchoate demand for change.

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