International Viewpoint previously published a statement rebutting the attacks against Hugo Blanco, “Massive support for Hugo Blanco faced with ultra-right attacks”. Here he speaks in his own words.- IV550 - November 2020 / Fourth International, Peru
The biggest losers in Brazil's municipal elections on Sunday, 15 November 2020 were President Jair Bolsonaro and the far right. The traditional right is growing and the left remains alive, providing the biggest surprise in São Paulo, with the PSOL going through to the second round.- IV550 - November 2020 / Brazil
Tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington, DC on November 14.
President Trump drove his motorcade through the marchers, expressing his support, on his way to Trump National golf course to play a round.
The mainly white crowd waved flags, sang the national anthem and called Democrat Joseph Biden's election to the presidency a “theft”. Prominent signs read: “Stop the steal”.
The march began at Freedom Plaza then headed towards the US Supreme Court. The protesters (...)
Any attempt to address the electoral issue in Puerto Rico from a socialist perspective must begin by pointing out the limits of the electoral process in the island. It is important to recognize the broad restrictions that the colonial status imposes on the elaboration of a national policy. This limitation is stronger under the federally-appointed Fiscal Control Board, which oversees the fiscal policies of Puerto Rico's government.- IV550 - November 2020 / Puerto Rico
When the European Commission finally realized that something serious was going on with corona, it launched, among other things, an initiative to support short-time work schemes, as Germany did as a reaction to the 2007/9 ‘financial crisis'. Similar measures were introduced in many EU countries at national level to cope with the economic and social effects of the pandemic.
On 2 April the EU launched SURE. The idea was that member states could take out cheap loans to financially support (...)
With the collapse of the USSR, the end of history was announced without delay. Nothing seemed to be able to stem the neoliberal global tidal wave, when the Zapatista uprising in Mexico erupted in 1994. Five years later, Chávez took power in Venezuela : it was the beginning of a long process of rupture, through the ballot box, on the Latin American continent - Lula in Brazil, Morales in Bolivia, Correa in Ecuador, Mujica in Uruguay… part of the Western radical left then turned its gaze, not without hope, to the other side of the South Atlantic. Two decades later, what balance sheet can we draw? Successes and limits, contradictions and specificities.- IV550 - November 2020 / Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Latin America, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia
“In theory, women's rights activists in small towns are the easiest to attack because they lack a large social and media base. They are already threatened with sentences of up to eight years in prison, dismissal or various forms of ostracism. But they are also strong people who, in these exceptional circumstances, can count on the solidarity of an unprecedented movement across Poland. It seems that one of the most important slogans of the rampant Polish revolution – “You will never go alone again” - this time finds its confirmation in reality.”- IV550 - November 2020 / Poland, Women, Covid-19 Pandemic
On 16 March 2020, as France was about to put its population into lockdown, the Education Ministry posted a serious message on its website : “The exceptional nature of the health crisis spreading across our country calls for an exceptional level of commitment from each and every one of us”. A few days later, on 1 April, 250,000 French citizens had put themselves forward to join the newly created ‘civilian reserve'. The response to this appeal for a show of “goodwill” was not so much a reflection (...)- IV550 - November 2020 / France, Women, Covid-19 Pandemic
THE ELECTION IS now over except a few recounts, dead-end Trump lawsuits and two Georgia Senate runoffs. Most of America – and the world - is righteously celebrating the end of the Trump-Pence presidency and the specter of another four years of the national and international nightmare.- IV550 - November 2020 / USA
In the 2020 Puerto Rican general elections, the trend of decreased support for the Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) and Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), the principal political forces for the last half a century, continued. After decades of neoliberal politics, after the government's complete unwillingness to deal with an economic crisis that started in 2006 and continues 14 years later, Puerto Rico will have Pedro Pierluisi as governor.- IV550 - November 2020 / Puerto Rico