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Lenin in his Kremlin office

Images of Lenin #16Lenin working in his Kremlin office, October 16, 1918, Moscow -- Images of Lenin #16This is the sixteenth in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now…

Seasoned lemon beef

Today we are going to take a look at making a very easy dish that uses relatively inexpensive beef but that comes out fork tender and full of zesty, spicy lemony flavour.Anyone can make this dish with minimal prep time.To begin, you want to use about 2 pounds of cubed stewing beef. Place the beef in a large bowl and toss in around a tablespoon and a…

Historic Amazon union win: Red Review #51 — International Left and Labour News

With news from India, Venezuela, Bolivia, the UK and elsewhere.There are also sections about the historic Amazon union win in New York and the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Communist Party of Brazil.Amazon workers and union organizers celebrate their historic victory on April 1 -- image via Twitter March 29:Long Live…

Daily LIFT #684

Nikolai Shvernik, President of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and Soviet head of State in 1945, presents Alexandra Kollontai with the Order of the Red Banner -- Daily LIFT #684The 150th anniversary of the great Bolshevik revolutionary's birth was on March 31, 2020.To learn more about her see: Remembering Alexandra Kollontai b. March…

Lenin Centennial Poster, Denmark 1970

Images of Lenin #15Lenin Centennial Poster, Denmark 1970 -- Images of Lenin #15This is the fifteenth in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing…

Celebration and solidarity greet historic Amazon union win in New York

Chris Smalls speaksIn a huge win for Amazon workers in the United States and US workers generally, workers at Amazon’s massive warehouse on Staten Island, New York voted by a large margin to join the Amazon Labor Union in results released April 1. They are the first US Amazon workers to unionize and they did so in spite of relentless efforts by the…

Lenin and Gorky, Petrograd 1920

Images of Lenin #14Lenin and Maxim Gorky with a group of delegates to the 2nd Congress of the Comintern, July 19, 1920, Petrograd -- Images of Lenin #14"The characteristic feature of imperialism consists in the whole world, as we now see, being divided into a large number of oppressed nations and an insignificant number of oppressor nations, the latter…

Daily LIFT #683

Street fighting during the Revolution, engraving Alexey Kravchenko, USSR 1929 -- Daily LIFT #683This etching was first published outside the USSR in the American Communist New Masses magazine issue of March, 1929."People running, falling, shouting, shooting. Barrels, signs, wheels are thrown pell-mell upon uprooted pavement stones, bespattered with…

Remembering Alexandra Kollontai b. March 31, 1872

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Bolshevik revolutionary and leader we repost a Soviet account of her life from 1972.Kollontai (on the left) in 1918 with some of the orphans under her care. An aristocrat by birth, at 26 she left the privileged environment in which her parents lived, joined the Russian Social Democrats and…

Lenin Centennial Poster, Sudan 1970

Images of Lenin #12Lenin Centennial Poster, Sudan 1970 -- Images of Lenin #12This is the twelfth in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing…

Red Review #50 — International Left and Labour News

With news from Swaziland, Serbia, Canada, Greece, Cuba, Bolivia, the UK and elsewhere.There are also a number of updates related to the General Strike in India that began March 28 and a section regarding the Starbucks union wave in the USA.Workers marching in India on the first day of a two-day General Strike, March 28 -- Image via TwitterMarch 21:Hundreds…

Daily LIFT #681

Soviet citizens receive ballots for elections to the courts of the USSR, Moscow, March 1949 -- Daily LIFT #681"Official figures recently made public concerning the national elections of judges of the People's Courts in the Soviet Union show that 39 per cent of the victorious candidates were women. The same figures from the Soviet press also reveal that…

Lenin and Krupskaya in Gorki, 1922

Images of Lenin #11Lenin and Krupskaya in Gorki, 1922 -- Images of Lenin #11Lenin and Krupskaya with Lenin's sister Anna Elizarova and his nephew Victor as well as a local worker's daughter Vera in Gorki, August 1922This is the eleventh in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks…

Under Lenin’s Banner

Under Lenin's Banner, V. Noskov USSR, 1960s -- Images of Lenin #10This is the tenth in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing works and pieces…

Daily LIFT #680

Founding members of the Communist Party of Brazil meet, March 25, 1922 -- Daily LIFT #680On March 25, 1922, a group of nine delegates of various Brazilian leftist and socialist organizations came met to form the Communist Party of Brazil. They joined the new Communist International. The Communist Party of Brazil has a long and proud history of struggle…

Lenin Centennial Poster, Communist Party of Uruguay

Lenin Centennial Poster, Communist Party of Uruguay, 1970 -- Images of Lenin #9This is the ninth in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing…

International Swaziland solidarity campaign launched amid ongoing repression

The Friends of Swazi Freedom are "calling on all progressives, revolutionaries, anti-colonialists, and anti-imperialists to join us" in pursuing a set of commitments.Communist Party of Swaziland Democracy Now protestors march in Swaziland, March 4, 2022 -- image via TwitterThe organization Friends of Swazi Freedom has launched a new campaign to draw…

Lenin playing chess with Bogdanov at Gorky’s house in Capri, Italy 1908

Images of Lenin #8Lenin playing chess with Bogdanov at Gorky's house in Capri, Italy 1908 -- Images of Lenin #8As we noted before on The Left Chapter in the post Snapshots of Lenin's chess game in Capri, 1908In 1969 an archivist at the Gorky Museum in the USSR came upon some mostly previously unknown photographs that showed what appears to have been…

Dull and duller: The NDP’s totally predictable capitulation to the Liberals

It has been interesting to watch the reaction to the coalitionesque agreement reached between the Liberals and the NDP on March 22 over the last two days. For anyone unfamiliar with it, according to the NDP press release:The arrangement lasts until Parliament rises in June 2025, allowing four budgets to be presented by the government during this time…

Daily LIFT #679

Emblem of the Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic -- Daily LIFT #679The Bashkir Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was established on March 23, 1919. According to a 1964 Soviet magazine post in honour of the founding: "Bashkiria is in the central part of the Soviet Union, in the Southern Urals, and is part of the Russian Federation. During…

V. I. Lenin

Images of Lenin #7V.I. Lenin, painting, G. Flores, Mexico 1970 -- Images of Lenin #7This is the seventh in our new daily feature that will be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing…

Starbucks workers score major symbolic Seattle win as US unionization wave expands

In a hugely symbolic union win, workers at a Seattle location of Starbucks have voted unanimously to unionize. The result was announced by the National Labor Relations Board on March 22. Seattle is the hometown of the coffee chain giant.This news comes as SB Workers United announces nearly daily new union drives at various Starbucks locations across…

Riding association executive “deeply troubled” after ONDP blocks President from running

The executive of the Toronto area Eglinton-Lawrence Ontario New Democratic Party (ONDP) riding association has issued a statement unanimously opposing the decision of the party not to allow their President, Sam Kaplun to run for the party's nomination in the upcoming provincial election.They say they are "are deeply troubled" by the move and call it…

Daily LIFT #678

The Hungarian Soviet Republic is Proclaimed!, Hungarian illustration -- Daily LIFT #678The Socialist Federative Republic of Councils in Hungary, or Hungarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed on March 21, 1919 as a revolutionary wave washed over Europe in the wake of the devastation of World War One and the triumph of the Bolsheviks in Russia, Ukraine…

Lenin in Poronin, 1914

Images of Lenin #5Lenin in Poronin, 1914 -- Images of Lenin #5A photo of Lenin on the eve of WWI when he was staying in the Polish village of Poronin, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.Lenin lived in Krakow between 1912-1914 and liked to visit nearby Poronin. As noted in the Great Soviet Encyclopedia "At the outbreak of the war Lenin was in Poronin…


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