IV346 contents

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Wed Dec 18 05:29:11 MST 2002

International Viewpoint 346 is out: Here are the contents, if anyone is
interested in a specific article I can send it.

Letter to readers

This is the first issue of  'International Viewpoint' to appear since the
momentous  European Social Forum (ESF) held in Florence, Italy from
November 6-10, 2002. All commentators have agreed that the ESF constituted
a major political event, with nearly 60,000 people in attendance.  In the
first of two articles devoted to the Florence event, François Vercammen
hails the birth of a new European social movement and argues that the
success of the ESF means that 'the battle between a radical left,
strengthened, and a social liberal left with weakened hegemony, is put on
the public agenda at a European level'. In his second article, Vercammen
reports on a meeting organized by Italy's Partito della Rifondazione
Comunista (PRC) just prior to the ESF, which marks the first step on the
road towards a European party which can reflect that radical left.
Finally on this subject we reprint an interview with two representatives of
the new generations centrally involved in the ESF project: Flavia d'Angeli
from the national leadership of the Italian PRC and Olivier Besancenot of
France's Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR).
Shortly before the ESF met, the candidate of Brazil's Workers' Party (PT),
Lula, was finally successful in his long campaign to be elected president
of his country. A resolution from the national coordination of the
Socialist Democracy tendency of the PT says that the result represents a
great shift in the relationship of forces in Brazilian society.
In a triumph of no less a scale in terms of its impact for the country
concerned, former army colonel Lucio Gutiérrez was elected as president of
Ecuador on November 24, 2002. In a statement we reproduce here, Ecuadorian
supporters of the Fourth International say that the event 'has placed at
the forefront the demands for which the popular movement has been fighting
in recent decades'.
In a recent issue of  IV we focused on the spread of the crisis in the
southern cone of Latin America to Uruguay. Here we  publish a document
adopted by Uruguay's 'Corriente de Izquierda' on "a period whose outcome is
A major theme emerging from the European Social Forum was the need to
refound the European workers' movement around its best traditions of
militancy and internationalism; we present here an interview with an
activist in the French trade union, SUD-PTT, which in many respects
embodies the underlying principles of such a refoundation.
Finally, we report on the implications of the general elections in Germany
and a potentially terminal crisis for the Good Friday Agreement in the
north of Ireland.

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