Sunday, November 17, 2019

Che Memorial Monument, La Higuera, Bolivia -- Daily LIFT #51

Che Memorial Monument, La Higuera, Bolivia where he was captured and killed.

"There are no borders in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, because a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory, just as any country's defeat is a defeat for all of us." - Che, 1965

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Israeli Violence in Gaza, Chilean Protests, Stephen Miller & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos November 10 - 17

This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos 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 November 10 - 17.

If you are looking for this week's news, videos and updates about the ongoing imperialist backed right wing racist coup in Bolivia see: "It’s called a coup" -- News, Videos, Statements and Developments about Bolivia

1) 30 Years Ago Today in El Salvador, US-Trained Soldiers Murdered 6 Priests in Cold Blood

Hilary Goodfriend, Jacobin

Today marks thirty years since the massacre of six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter by US-trained forces. But US brutality in Latin America isn’t a thing of the past: top military officials involved in the coup against Bolivian president Evo Morales were trained by the United States, too.

2) 'That can't be my Winnipeg': Racism on the rise here, says woman born and raised in city

Reanna Khan · CBC News

'I am forced to realize we are not a diverse, inclusive city,' says 3rd-generation Winnipegger Reanna Khan

3) ‘I’m afraid of the guys with guns’: Saskatoon police vs. Indigenous people

John Murray, APTN

On the night of June 29, 2016 Dion Ladouceur ended up on his bedroom floor after being stunned by a police Taser.

4) Canada is long overdue for universal dental care

Brandon Doucet, Canadian Dimension

Progressives need to do more work to organize the public on the benefits of public dental care, because there is popular support for it. A 2019 Ipsos poll found that 86% of Canadians surveyed support government funded dental care for those without insurance. Abacus found 66% of Canadians surveyed support expanding public healthcare to include prescription drugs, dental and vision care. If progressives were better organized, we could make strides in pushing for a universal dental care plan that not only covers everyone, but also saves money.

5) Brett Kavanaugh Speech Protested With Rape Whistles, Handmaid Costumes, Christine Blasey Ford Video

Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue

The event (which listed Facebook as a “Gold Circle” sponsor, according to The Verge) in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station garnered attention from more than just the 2,000 members of the society in attendance, though. Both outside and inside the event, protesters continued a public pressure campaign against Kavanaugh reminiscent of the mass protests last year during his confirmation hearings.

6) Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution

Innocence Project 

We just got the news that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution, meaning he no longer has an execution date. This news came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended a reprieve of Rodney’s execution.

7) MTA Will Spend $249M On New Cops to Save $200M on Fare Evasion

Dave Colon, Streetsblog NYC

Guess this is why they don’t call it the Mathematics Transportation Authority.

8) France: 1,000 Yellow Vests Sent To Prison in 1 Year of Protests


For months, tear gas clouded the boulevards of Paris most Saturdays as protesters skirmished with riot police, whose heavy-handed response drew condemnation from rights groups.

9) Warmer world is unhealthier place for children, doctors say

The Associated Press

Children are growing up in a warmer world where they'll face more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors says.

10) Communist Party of Sudan: Govt must take control of Jebel Amer gold mines


The Communist Party of Sudan has demanded the government take control of the Jebel Amer gold mines in North Darfur. The party asserts that the gold “is currently outside the control of the government’.

11) Sawant Says the Candidates Who Supported Homeless Sweeps "Got Swept"

 Nathalie Graham, The Stranger

Kshama Sawant made her way to the podium inside City Hall, her progress slowed by handshakes and hugs from supporters. Meanwhile, the freshly re-elected council member's staff was organizing people behind the podium. "Remember," one organizer said firmly, energizing the crowd, "Seattle voters decisively said no to Amazon." The crowd cheered. "When we fight, we win!" He shouted and the crowd echoed it back.

12) Opinion: From conception to cremation, Bill 207 could deny wide range of services

Sharon Polsky, The Calgary Herald 

Anyone who lives in a remote rural area knows the frustration and potential danger of being unable to get immediate emergency medical services. Now imagine if the only emergency physician in town refused to help because you don’t attend his church. Bill 207 gives such gatekeeping authority, with the power to affect all Albertans, from conception to cremation.

13) Don Cherry debacle highlights the whiteness of hockey

Ryan Snelgrove and Victoria Kabetu, The Conversation

Despite Canada’s claim that it’s a multicultural country, that’s not the reality of one of the country’s national sports, ice hockey.

14) Why Are Homeless People Allowed To Die In Toronto?

John Clarke

On November 7, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) held a vigil for Kevin Dickman, a homeless man in Toronto, whose body had been pulled from the Don River the previous month. We gathered outside the Peter Street referral centre that homeless people attend to try and access a shelter bed. It has always been billed as a place of last resort, where those who have no other options may go. Theoretically, people in the facility are waiting for a shelter bed but, in practice, the chairs or floor in the waiting room are often all they get. Recently, however, even this last resort has failed and a fifty person limit has been placed on those who can wait for shelter in the centre. Now, people with nowhere else to go are turned away into the night.

15) Spain's ruling socialists strike coalition deal with Podemos

Sam Jones, The Guardian 

Spain’s ruling socialist party has reached a preliminary coalition deal with the anti-austerity Unidas Podemos to try to form a government after the country’s second inconclusive election in seven months.

16) Stephen Miller’s Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails

Michael Edison Hayden, SPLC

In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage, according to leaked emails reviewed by Hatewatch.

17) The GOP attacked Ilhan Omar for calling Stephen Miller a ‘white nationalist.’ She says his leaked emails prove her right.

Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on April 8, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired off the 21-word tweet labeling White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist,” and within hours, conservative Twitter was aflame.

18) McDonald's bosses ‘won’t keep on getting away’ with paying poverty wages, McStrikers say

Marcus Barnett, The Morning Star

WORKERS told McDonald’s bosses they “won’t keep on getting away” with handing people poverty pay, as the fast food giant was rocked by strike action across London yesterday.

19) I Was the Last Communist Premier of East Germany


The opening of the Berlin Wall on this day in 1989 brought the downfall of the East German regime and the appointment of reformer Hans Modrow as head of government. Thirty years on, he speaks to Jacobin about his experiences on that day and in power, and how German reunification went wrong.

20) Communist parties in State unite against capitalism

Muskan Khator, The Hindu

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and the CPI (ML) Red Star on Monday addressed a joint press conference to announce their support for each other and to lash out against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.

21) Remembering November 11, 1975: Pine Gap, the CIA and the coup to remove Whitlam

Bevan Ramsden, Green Left Weekly

Labor leader Gough Whitlam rode to power in 1972 on a wave of widespread progressive sentiment and mass protests. His election ushered in a new political era in Australia, particularly in terms of foreign policy.

22) Israel violates international law with impunity, says human rights lawyer

CBC Radio

The historic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is evolving not just on the streets of Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank. The author of a new book argues it is also a war of words that is being fought and won by Israel on the international stage.

23) Products from Israeli settlements must be labelled, EU court rules

The Associated Press

The European Union’s top court has ruled that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision welcomed by rights groups but likely to spark anger in Israel.

24) Palestinian death toll climbs to 24 as Israel bombards Gaza for a second day

Middle East Eye 

At least 24 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, including a father and his two sons, as the military continued its air campaign for a second day Wednesday.

25) The names of Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

Middle East Eye

Israel unleashed an air campaign against Gaza after it assassinated senior Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife on Tuesday morning.

26) Buttigieg supports Israel’s missile attacks on Gaza, but condemns Palestinians when they respond

Michael Arria, Mondoweiss

Israel’s military campaign against Gaza has entered its second day and so far it has left 24 Palestinians dead (including a 7-year-old boy) and at least 70 injured. The current round of violence began on Tuesday after Israeli strikes killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu el-Atta, his wife, and four others. The attack prompted retaliatory rocket fire from a number of Palestinian groups. Israel continues to attack the region. “They have one choice: to stop these attacks or absorb more and more blows. Their choice,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

27) Killing Islamic Jihad Leader Got Israel Nothing. So Why Do It?

Gideon Levy, Haaretz 

Once again the sacrosanct unity has come. Once again we are one people, without opposition or public debate, a parade of yes men and cheerleaders in the media, bloodshed with no regrets, as always happens in these sickening, “quiet, we’re shooting,” situations.

28) Media use of “targeted killing” whitewashes Israeli attacks

Michael F. Brown, Electronic Intifada 

The “pinpoint” strike or “targeted killing” is back. Mainstream media simply can’t resist such terms even when the wording is clearly misleading.

29) Israel kills 8 members of same family in Gaza 

Middle East Monitor 

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed eight members of the same family, the Ministry of Health announced today.

Breaking: No One in Israel Knew They Were Committing a Massacre, and They Didn't Care

Gideon Levy, Haaretz

Reporter Yaniv Kubovich revealed the shocking truth on Friday on the Haaretz website : The target had not been re-examined for at least one year prior to the strike, the individual who was supposedly its target never existed and the intelligence was based on rumors. The bomb was dropped anyway. The result: eight bodies in colorful shrouds, some of them horrifically tiny, all in a row; members of a single extended family, the Asoarkas, five of them children — including two infants.

Azad Essa, Middle East Eye

On Wednesday, around 100 students staged a dramatic walkout during an event at the Harvard Law School, where Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul-general in New York City, was scheduled to speak. 


November 14 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Camilo Catrillanca, an Indigenous man who was shot to dead by a Military Police (Carabinero) officer in La Araucania. Social movements and progressive parties have called for demonstrations in more than 40 cities.

‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters

Chile is still rising up against neoliberalism and government repression.

Despite the billionaire president of Chile giving in to protesters to re-write the constitution, millions of Indigenous, students, workers from all sectors, young and old all went on strike and shut down the entire country to protest against neoliberalism and demand a new constitution decided on by the people.

32) Chile To Vote On New Constitution But State Violence Continues


Chile's lawmakers on early Friday agreed to hold a referendum next April on replacing the constitution drafted by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990), ​​​​​​​bowing to demands of millions who want the country's social and economic model overhauled.​​​​​​​

33) Protesters, Iraqi Police Continue Battle on Baghdad Streets


Protests in Iraq's capital Baghdad continued on Monday as both Iraqi forces and protesters tried to dislodge each other from an area leading to the Green Zone.

34) Iraqi troops erect barriers in Baghdad to block protesters after killing six on Saturday

The Morning Star

IRAQI security forces mounted concrete barriers in central Baghdad today as they sought to prevent protesters accessing government buildings.

35) Barricades Become the Norm in Haiti After 9 Weeks of Protests


A large tree trunk, branches, boulders and wrought iron piled in the middle of Delmas 75 street, not far from the Canadian Embassy, is one of the barricades that have blocked traffic every day for a month and a half in the Haitian capital.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Salvador Allende c. 1971 -- Daily LIFT #50

Comrade Martyr President Salvador Allende Embraces a Small Child, Chile c. 1971

"Placed in a historic transition, I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seed which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever.

They have strength and will be able to dominate us, but social processes can be arrested neither by crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history...

...Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny. Other men will overcome this dark and bitter moment when treason seeks to prevail. Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free men will walk to build a better society.

Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers!"

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Soviet Odessa, Ukrainian SSR 1968 -- 12 Panoramic Views

The Potemkin Steps

Published in the USSR 1968 this postcard folder had 12 spectacular, panoramic photos of Odessa, third largest city of the Ukrainian SSR on the Black Sea coast.

During the Great Patriotic War, the Nazi and Romanian occupation and the subsequent fight to liberate the city it -- as was true of so many Soviet cities and towns -- suffered great damage and destruction. The reconstruction of Odessa and other Soviet cities is one of the great success stories of Soviet socialism. Due to its history of resistance Odessa was named a Hero City of the USSR.

This collection, of course, includes a photograph of the Potemkin Stairs that were made into an iconic locale of Russian and Ukrainian revolutionary tradition due to the famous massacre sequence set on them in Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein's cinematic masterpiece Battleship Potemkin. In 1905 Odessa had been the scene of a mutiny by the crew of the Battleship Potemkin and residents of the city that was seen in Soviet times as an important precursor to the revolution in 1917.

There are also interesting photos of a Soviet resort for youth and children, a Black Sea Communist youth beach and a variety of streetscapes and monuments. We have provided all the descriptions from the back of each card.

(Clcik on images to enlarge)

Railway Station

The Colonnade at the Palace of Young Pioneers

City Garden

Whaling Flotilla Sailors House

State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Children's Sanatorium and Resort
There was a huge network of the resorts for youth throughout the USSR that were free of charge for members of various youth organizations and that also often hosted youth from other countries. Sadly they were all either abandoned or put to other private uses after the fall of the USSR. The young couple holding hands in the photo is quite cute.

Archaeological Museum

Komsomol (Young Communist League) Beach

Glory Alley Leading to the Monument to the Unknown Sailor

The City Soviet of Working People's Deputies on Primorsky Blvd.

Shevchenko Monument at the Entrance to the Central Park of Culture and Rest

Friday, November 15, 2019

Printers at the May Day Rally, Sofia, Bulgaria 1901 -- Daily LIFT #49

Printers at the May Day Rally, Sofia, Bulgaria 1901

This remarkable photo shows the contingent of print workers at the May Day rally in Sofia, 1901. This was just 3 years after the very first one was held in 1898, which had been banned but the workers marched anyway and engaged in street battles with police.

What is most notable here is that the third person in the front row from the left is Georgi Dimitrov who would later famously defy the Nazis in court, lead the Communist International and become the first Communist leader of Bulgaria after the Second World War.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Angolan Revolutionary Studies Lenin During the Fight Against Portuguese Colonialism - 1970 -- Daily LIFT #48

Angolan Revolutionary Studies Lenin During the Fight Against Portuguese Colonialism - 1970

See also: "An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975

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"An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

Leaflet: "An Act of Solidarity in Angola" - Speech by Fidel Castro, 1975

This is the text of a speech given by Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in 1975 about the support Cuba gave to the people of Angola in their fight against South African invasion and imperialist "rebels" at the time.

In November, 1975 the new leftist and anti-imperialist government of Angola was under threat of military defeat at the hand of these forces. In a move that stunned the world Cuban troops and aid arrived just in time to help defeat this attack. 

This magnificent act of internationalist solidarity led to new blockades and embargoes by the US against Cuba itself.

In this speech in December, 1975 to the Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba Castro reiterates Cuba's unwavering commitment to the anti-imperialist struggle and to the defeat of colonialism globally. He denounces the continued American and western support of racist Apartheid South Africa.

Castro says:
Some of them (the imperialists) wonder why we help Angolans, what interests we have there. They are accustomed to thinking that whenever a country does something it is in pursuit of oil, or copper, or diamonds, or some other natural resource. No!...We are fulfilling an elementary internationalist duty when we help the Angolan people. 
Despite the success in 1975 staving off defeat the struggle against the imperialist forces would continue in Angola until 1988 with Cubans there to support Angola in many ways until the end. There were failures and setbacks along the way, of course, and with the collapse of the USSR and the emboldening of imperialism there have been many setbacks since. But this remarkable victory remains.

Jorge Tamames wrote about this internationalist intervention by Cuba in Jacobin. He concluded of it that:
There should be nothing surprising in the realization that Castro’s interventions in Africa were imperfect. But...Cuba’s role in Angola should be looked upon as an example — perhaps the only one in recent history — of a foreign policy that was proudly interventionist, genuinely committed to emancipation, and in many ways successful. If we are to discuss internationalism in the twenty-first century, we could start from few better places.

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