Many comrades, men and women, have left us since the last world congress. Our publications have already paid tribute to our memory. Today we symbolically remember some of them.
This Congress was the first in the history of the Fourth International to adopt a resolution on ecology. This document, published in draft form in IV nearly two years ago, was debated at length at the FI’s International Executive Committee (IEC) and amended accordingly by the drafting committee designated by the IEC.
The unanimous vote in favour of the resolution on lesbian/gay liberation at the Fourth International’s 15th World Congress culminated almost five years of work, and marked a big step forward in the International’s lesbian/gay work.
The situation in the Philippines is currently dominated by the question of war. Whether on Afghanistan, ’anti-terrorism’ or Iraq, the Philippine presidency has aligned itself with Washington’s bellicosity. It has also authorized the direct intervention of US forces in the country, at the risk of considerably aggravating the tensions in the south of the archipelago, where the Muslim communities live.
The US, with Britain in tow, has used its massive firepower to smash the régime of Saddam and complete its occupation of Iraq. In the eyes of Bush, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, this represents a resounding military victory and another step along the road towards their master plan for a New American Century: the achievement of total US hegemony based on their concept of ’full spectrum domination’.
Whoever associates themselves with this enterprise risks discredit, opprobrium and rejection. That has been the fate of the British, Spanish, Italian and Australian governments - they have been faced with the largest and most dynamic anti-war movements.
WHEN WE CHANT ’NO BLOOD FOR OIL’ most of us who have been organizing against the war the past few months reject the Bush administration’s claims that the war was about ’weapons of mass destruction’ or ’democratizing’ Iraq.
Democracia Socialista is determined to continue the political discussion within the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT)and decided to concentrate first of all on the discussion on economic policy. This text was submitted by DS to a meeting of the national leadership of the PT in March 2003.
While Israeli tanks and planes were attacking the Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, the US administration began demanding that the Palestinian people reform the political, economic and security systems.
The Fourth International held its 15th congress in early February 2003 in Belgium. Delegates and observers, representing organizations from 40 countries debated and adopted resolutions on the world political situation (which also included a balance sheet of Stalinism and resistances to capitalist globalization), the role and tasks of the Fourth International, a new Preamble to the Statutes as well as a reform of the Statutes, and two programmatic documents: ’Lesbian and Gay Liberation’ and ’Ecology and Socialism’.
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