Sunday, February 23, 2020

Che visits Lenin's Mausoleum, 1960 -- Che Photo #23

Che visits Lenin's Mausoleum, 1960 -- Che Photo #23

From a collection of Soviet archival photos of Che. The Left Chapter will be doing a daily series of these often unusual Che photos from this archive over the month of February -- some with quotes and history.

Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada, Wet'suwet'en, Ontario Protests & more -- The Week in News and Opinion February 16 - 23

This week's list of articles, news items and opinion pieces that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

This list covers the week of  February 16 - 23.

The round-up of international left news is presented in sections related to topic/region listed alphabetically except for the Featured Article post and a large sections related to the Bernie Sanders Nevada win and  Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Actions & News at the start.

Featured Article:

Stop using the ‘rule of law’ as a weapon against Indigenous peoples

"Until Canadians and our governments start seeing the rule of law through the lens of colonialism and recognize the lopsided, inequitable and hypocritical ways in which it has been deployed, there will be no justice for Indigenous peoples and no peace for Canadian’s colonial institutions."

Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada & Other Primary News:

Bernie Sanders Won Nevada. In 10 Days, He Could Make It Very Hard For Anyone To Catch Up.

After the Nevada Blowout, It’s Bernie’s Party Now

MSNBC in 'Full-Blown Freakout' Mode as Bernie Sanders Cements Status as Democratic Frontrunner

Members Of Nevada's Largest Union Defied Their Leadership To Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders Doubles Down, Blasts Israeli Government as ‘Right-wing and Racist’

Bernie Sanders calls Saudi Arabia's rulers 'murderous thugs'

Twitter suspends 70 accounts posting identical pro-Bloomberg content

Bloomberg Has Already Spent $450 Million On Ads Since Launching His Campaign


Bloomberg quietly plotting brokered convention strategy

Bloomberg is the Equal Evil

Wet'suwet'en Solidarity News & Developments

Breaking: RCMP close outpost on Wet'suwet'en territory while continuing patrols

Since RCMP violently invaded our territories, police have been monitoring and patrolling Unist'ot'en land 24 hours a day. RCMP continue to deploy from a police detachment on Gidimt'en territory that was built against the will of our Hereditary Chiefs.

The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and B.C. Civil Liberties Association say the exclusion zone implemented by the RCMP was unlawful. This response is authored by the RCMP Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.

B.C. environmental agency puts portion of Coastal Gaslink pipeline on hold

Trudeau says rail barricades 'need to come down now,' rules out sending in soldiers to restore rail service

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs will maintain blockades despite headway in B.C.

'We're not going to talk with a gun pointed at our heads' | Chief Woos

The rule of law is ‘racist’ says Mohawk law professor Beverly Jacobs

The breathtaking hypocrisy of the howls for “rule of law”

Former treaty negotiator accuses B.C. government of 'picking their Indians' in Wet'suwet'en conflict

'Shame on them': Dene National Chief condemns police use of force on Wet'suwet'en territory

Liberals postponing planned tabling of UNDRIP bill because of blockade crisis, says Mohawk chief

Regina protesters tell Andrew Scheer to check his privilege in latest Wet’suwet’en rally

Check your white male privilege Andrew Scheer

Partial rail blockade in support of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs erected in Saskatoon

Rally held downtown in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs (Toronto)

Secwépemc Sacred Fire joins nationwide protests with rail blockade near Chase

Protest outside B.C. premier's home amid Wet'suwet'en dispute leads to 3 arrests

Indigenous Rail Blockades Could Become Flashpoint For Far-Right Activity

Indigenous Peoples Report Racism Surge as Wet'suwet'en Rail Blockades Grow

Conservative Leadership Candidate Peter MacKay Endorses Vigilante Justice To Deal With Protesters

Who will be on the hook if the largest private-sector investment project in Canadian history hits the rocks?


- Petition: Statement of Solidarity for Wet’suet’en & Unifor & Condemnation of Police Suppression

- Petition: Open Letter in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Land Defense

An estimated 8,000 -10,000 people just SHUT DOWN and occupied major intersections of downtown Toronto along Bloor street in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders and water protectors!


International trade union federations seek ILO intervention to stop persecution of Algerian activists


Bangladesh' shipbreaking yards continue to claim lives


Morales' Candidacy in Peril as Electoral Body Ponders Ineligibility



Trudeau promotes mining exploitation in Africa

Cabin seized by Sask. govt 'integral' to trapper's way of life, First Nations leaders say, urging its return

Online petition calling for inquiry into Colten Boushie shooting gets thousands of signatures

Court documents allege premier, others knew of plan for 'unconquered people' argument (Nova Scotia)

Supporters cheer N.S. mom charged in rough arrest, as plea date set over

As the TTC scolds riders for fare evasion, other cities experiment with a novel concept — free fares

Central, South America and Caribbean:

US Prevents Medical Supplies From Reaching Cuba

Brazil Court Rules in Favor of Fired Petrobras Workers on Strike

IMF: Argentinian Debt 'Unsustainable', Economic Crisis Deepens

Protests Continue in Dominican Republic

Correa Returns To Ecuador To Register His Candidacy

Mexican Radio Journalist Murdered in Ciudad Juárez


Chile: Chief of Police to Be Questioned Over 30 Lawsuits

Chile: 3,765 Injured,10,000 Detained Protesters Since October

Climate Emergency:


Yukon First Nations declare climate emergency


Colombia: 46 Social Leaders, 10 Ex-FARC Members Killed in 2020

Violence Persists in Colombia: Another Ex-FARC Member Murdered

Colombia's Communist Party reiterates struggle commitment


World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, experts say


Italian dock workers refuse to resupply Saudi ‘weapons’ ship

Communist Party of Greece Leader Koutsoumbas: ND Will Pay for the Demolition of the Social Security System

Why Syriza’s Defeat Still Haunts the Left


Thousands upon thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris and other French cities as part of another nationwide strike against Macron's neoliberal pension reforms.


Far-right AfD faces exit from Hamburg parliament after election flop

9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

German far-right party AfD accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack

'Who is there to protect us?' Far-right murders in Hanau spark anger and fear

On Hanau’s streets, shocked migrants fear causes of the attack run deep

Ideas / History:

W.E.B. Du Bois exposed capitalist and colonialist roots of white supremacy

New Zealand:

New Communist Party of Aotearoa seeks to blaze a new trail in New Zealand


Thousands gather in Niagara Falls to protest Ontario PC government

Ontario PC party apologizes after security guard blocks CBC's Mike Crawley during live TV report

Security company says guard who blocked CBC News camera was 'instructed by the PC party'

'We're all in it for the kids': Education unions lead thousands in job action at Queen's Park

Ford government's claim of spending '$1.2B more' on education doesn't add up

- 'It's not just teachers': The forgotten workers in Ontario's school strikes

Developer With Links to Fake Parents’ Group Lobbied Ford Government Following Anti-Teacher Attack Ads

Layoffs Loom As Ontario PCs Test Privatizing Job-Search Services

Canada steps into 'Ring of Fire' debate with Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Porn and Prostitution:

The Ugly Truth Behind Pornhub's 'Year In Review'


Spain bans layoffs over sickness in first step to roll back labor reform

United Kingdom:

UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers

Patel admits her new immigration rules would have excluded her own parents from coming to Britain

Jewish Chronicle to pay damages over anti-Semitism libel

The new socialism of fools

Over 600 workers in Amazon's warehouses have suffered serious injuries, union finds

No socialist should vote for Keir Starmer

United States:

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses

Federal Judge Finds US in Contempt for Deporting Minors

Target Warehouse Workers Rally To Become First Location In U.S. To Unionize

Walmart Workers Demand Fair Pay And Hours At Protest In NY


What is the 'boogaloo?' How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream


Venezuelan Heroism Defeated Last Year's Invasion: Maduro

- US War Criminal Elliott Abrams Goes After teleSUR As Part of Regime Change Plot

Maduro Announces Measures to Defend Venezuela’s Oil Industry

Spanish Parliament Rejects Juan Guaido as Venezuelan President

- 'Bolivarian Shield 2020' Successfully Completed In Venezuela

Mistrial is Another Blow to US Coup in Venezuela

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Che visits Lenin's office at the Kremlin, Moscow, 1960 -- Che Photo #22

Che visits Lenin's office at the Kremlin, Moscow, 1960 -- Che Photo #22

From a collection of Soviet archival photos of Che. The Left Chapter will be doing a daily series of these often unusual Che photos from this archive over the month of February -- some with quotes and history.

Marinated Steak and Swiss Sandwiches on Rye

We have done sandwiches on The Left Chapter before, but in part inspired by the new blog A Year in Sandwichestoday I am sharing one of my favourites; a marinaded steak sandwich that is topped with broiled Swiss cheese.

This terrific sandwich is made using thin cut "minute" steaks that are relatively inexpensive and that we have used before in recipes like Schnitzel Style Minute Steak.

To begin you want to marinade the steaks.

Marinade Ingredients: 

1/2 cup olive oil
sea salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/8 cup of soy sauce
1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar 
Hot Sauce to taste

In a large bowl toss the steaks in all the marinade ingredients seasoned with the sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder quite liberally or to taste. You can use any of your favourite hot sauces, again to taste, though I find Caribbean or Mexican style ones work best. I used Yucatan Sunshine Habanero Pepper Sauce.

Once the steaks are fully and evenly coated, cover and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

When ready to cook heat some olive oil to medium high in a saucepan and fry the steaks about 30 to 45 seconds a side. The great thing about minute steaks is that they cook fast.

Place one or two of the fried steaks on a large piece of toasted rye. Put 1 or 2 slices of Swiss cheese on top and place in the oven at the top to broil. You want to broil the cheese topped steak until the cheese melts and is browned to your liking. Make sure not to burn it!

Top with another slice of rye. I like to coat this in Colman's hot mustard. Dijon mustard works equally well.

You can put other toppings on as well such as sauteed mushrooms or caramelized onions.

Cut in half and enjoy with a cold beer or some red wine. Easy and very tasty.

Friday, February 21, 2020

New York Times reports on the defeat of the Waffle, 1971 -- Daily LIFT #133

New York Times reports on the defeat of the Waffle, 1971 -- Daily LIFT #133

The New York Times reports (April 26, 1971) on the victory of the "moderate" David Lewis as leader of the NDP in Canada in 1971 after the "radicals showed unexpected strength". The "radicals" were the Waffle whose leadership candidate was James Laxer.

Due to this show of  "unexpected strength" the craven Lewis clan, its allies and the party establishment engineered the expulsion of the Waffle from the party a little over a year later setting the tone for decades of anti-democratic NDP actions and practice.

Note that even then you see the methods used by the party elite as a motion calling for sweeping nationalization of financial institutions and the manufacturing industries "never reached the floor". 

Of course it didn't.

Che addresses a meeting at the House of Unions, Moscow, June 1960 -- Che Photo #21

Che addresses a meeting at the House of Unions, Moscow, June 1960 -- Che Photo #21

Che was addressing a large audience at an event celebrating the new Soviet - Cuban friendship after the revolution. The House of Unions was run by the Moscow Council of Trade Unions in the Soviet era.

From a collection of Soviet archival photos of Che. The Left Chapter will be doing a daily series of these often unusual Che photos from this archive over the month of February -- some with quotes and history.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.

The world changing Manifesto of the Communist Party is widely believed to have been first published February 21, 1848.

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles."

Photo: Marx and Engels Statue, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan