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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…

Red Review #49 — International Left and Labour News

With news from Greece, Australia, Panama, India, Canada, Colombia, Swaziland, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and elsewhere.There are also a number of updates related to the Starbucks and Amazon unionization drives in the USA and a section regarding the war in Ukraine.Workers of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions march March 14 in West Bengal, India in support…

Lenin Centennial Poster, DPRK 1970

Images of Lenin #3Lenin Centennial Poster, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1970 -- Images of Lenin #3This is the third in our new feature that will daily 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…

Daily LIFT #676

Lenin speaks at the funeral of Yakov Sverdlov. Moscow, March 18 1917 -- Daily LIFT #676Sverdlov was chairman of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee and head of state of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic until his death in March 1919 as a result of the Spanish flu at age 33.At his funeral Lenin said "Comrades, today, when the workers…

Lenin in the presidium of the First Congress of the Third International

Images of Lenin #2V.I. Lenin in the presidium of the First Congress of the Third International, Moscow, March 1919"The Paris Commune -- to which all who parade as Socialists pay lip service (for they know that the workers ardently and sincerely sympathize with though Commune) -- showed very clearly the historically conventional nature and limited value…

V.I. Lenin: The Leader of the Proletariat

Images of Lenin #1V.I. Lenin: The Leader of the Proletariat -- P. Shillingovsky (1881-1942), etching USSR 1928Shillingovsky was one of the foremost etching, engraving and woodcutting artists of the early USSR. He, sadly, died during the siege of Leningrad in World War II. The Left Chapter is thrilled to announce the launch of a new feature that will…

No to War in Ukraine! No to NATO! For Peace and Socialism!

A The Left Chapter editorial. As the war in Ukraine continues the danger of an historic betrayal of the international working class and humanity by the European and North American Left akin to that of 1914 is growing larger.We are seeing even leftist stalwart parties who have always opposed NATO -- like Die Linke in Germany and the Left Alliance in…

Daily LIFT #672

Left breakthrough in Colombia

Gustavo Petro speaks at March 13 election rally -- image via TwitterIn what is being described as an "historic breakthrough" for the left, the Pacto Histórico por Colombia (PHxC) won the most votes in the congressional elections and took a significant block of seats in both houses of Colombia's Congress overall on Sunday, March 13. The PHxC is a coalition…

Red Review #48 — International Left and Labour News

With news from Portugal, Cuba, Venezuela, the USA, Canada, Slovenia, the UK, India and elsewhere.There is also a section related to the war in Ukraine.Communist rally for the 101st anniversary of the Portuguese Communist Party in Lisbon, March 6 -- Photo via the PCP website March 5:PSUV 5th Congress held in Venezuela: Resistance, Rebirth, Revolution!The…

Daily LIFT #670

National Emblem of the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic 1922-1936 -- Daily LIFT #670The National Emblem of the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic. The TSFSR was founded on March 12, 1922. It consisted of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan,The TSFSR was one of the founding republics of the USSR in December, 1922 along…

What is Soviet power? — Lenin, March 1919

Lenin on new form of democratic organization.Lenin recording one of his three- minute series of speeches in the Kremlin, March 1919.WHAT IS SOVIET POWER? What is the essence of this new power, which people in most countries still will not, or cannot, understand? The nature of this power, which is attracting larger and larger numbers of workers in every…

“The future has a Party. Freedom, Democracy, Socialism”: The PCP at 101 years.

All images via the PCP websiteHundreds of members and supporters of' the Portuguese Communist Party gathered for a mass rally at the Campo Pequeno in Lisbon on Saturday, March 6 in honour of the 101st anniversary of the party's formation. The rally was held under the slogan "The future has a Party. Freedom, Democracy, Socialism".There were musical performance…

Che Guevara: 32 images from 1940-1967

Over the course of February we shared daily photos of Che Guevara, iconic revolutionary leader and hero. These came from a Soviet archive and many of them are quite unusual.Here we have compiled all of these into a single post, made a couple of additions, and have 32 photos of Che in total.Each photo has a description and some are accompanied by contextual…

Yuri Gagarin in his own words

.Yuri Gagarin, his wife Valentina Ivanovna and Nikita Khrushchev during a parade after his triumphant flight.In honour of the birth Yuri Gagarin (March 9, 1934), the first person in space, we here republish an article he wrote for the Soviet press after his historic flight on April 12, 1961.Yuri Gagarin's Own Story:MY PARENTS were poor peasants before…

Six pieces of contemporary Soviet art, 1956-1970

In March, 1976 Soviet Life magazine published this look at six artworks from Soviet artists of the period 1956-1970.While they have common themes and motifs they also show the different schools of what was a second Golden Age of Soviet art.Here are works by artists of the Georgian, Ukrainian, Armenian SSRs and from the RSFSR. We have included commentary…


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