Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lenin in Gorki -- Daily Lift #62

Lenin in Gorki - painting by Dmitry Nalbandyan (1906-1993), People's Artist of the USSR
- Daily LIFT #62

The Sputnik -- Salami and Fried Egg Sandwich w. Green Chili Pickle

Today we are going to take a look at a sandwich I invented that I have nicknamed The Sputnik. It combines salami, fried egg and Indian style Green Chili Pickle on rye for a sandwich with a unique, salty and spicy flavour.

For this you want to use some hot Genoa style sliced salami. Put a couple of layers of the salami onto a slice of toasted and buttered rye.

Top the salami with a sunny-side up egg fried in butter. You want to make sure the yoke is nice and runny and that it does not break before you lift it onto the salami.

If you want a tip for making a perfect sunny-side up runny egg, I like to melt some butter over high heat in a saucepan, crack the eggs into the melted butter and let fry for about 30 seconds and then turn down the heat to low (around the 2 mark), cover the pan, and let the eggs fry gently until fully done. Do not flip the egg.

Once you have topped the salami with your egg, top the egg with around a tablespoon (or to taste) of Indian style Green Chili Pickle. There are a number of brands of Green Chili Pickle out there but one relatively common one in North America is Mother's Recipe brand.

Top this with another piece of toasted, buttered rye and press down gently so the yoke breaks and runs down over the bottom on the sandwich.

Eat immediately.

Terrific stuff.

For another terrific sandwich using Indian style pickle see: Montreal Smoked Meat, Lime Pickle and Avocado Naan Wrap

Streetscapes of Soviet Khabarovsk, 1976 -- 14 Vintage Photographs

We have looked at vintage photos of the Soviet Far East city of Khabarovsk before in the post Khabarovsk -- Images of the Soviet Far East, USSR 1975. The folder we are featuring today is from 1976 and features 14 different images of the city which had developed after the revolution from a small settlement to an important industrial, scientific and cultural centre.

The city sits very close to the Chinese border at the confluence of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers. It is 500 miles to  the north of the better known Russian far eastern city of Vladivostok.

I have translated the folder, which was aimed at a domestic audience, from the Russian and have included the folder notes as well as the description on each photo card.

Unlike the previous post, this one has a large number of streetscapes which I find the most fascinating type of vintage postcard.

Folder Notes:

Khabarovsk is located on the shore of the mighty Amur and is the harshest major city in the Soviet Far East. The city has been awarded the Order of the October Revolution for its work in furthering the cause of socialism.

With the arctic fox, rivers rich in fish, vast forest expanses, and fertile soils before the revolution many people from Central Russia were drawn to the Far East. On the once wild, open spaces came a Russian settlement here.

At the beginning of the 20th century Khabarovsk was a small settlement. Handicrafts, weapons workshops, a mill, several small factories and and a tobacco factory for which tobacco was delivered from Turkey, as well as paper and cardboard from Speeii - that was the whole of Khabarovsk industry in those years.

After 30 years of Soviet power Khabarovsk turned into a large modern city. Its population now exceeds half a million people. The products of the Khabarovsk region of Russia are known today around the world.

The brainchild of the Soviet five-year plan the city's factories export powerful compressors. Another plant produces diesel engines and diesel generators. The cable plant named for the 50th anniversary of the USSR provides its products not only to the Far East, but also to a number of regions of Siberia. The Khabarovsk Machine Tool Plant has made many innovations.

Khabarovsk has become a major scientific center. In the city there are several scientific and research institutes and large laboratories. There are more than 30 thousand people in the branches of various educational institutions of the city. All residents can get a higher education.

There are theaters for musical comedy and for youth, a philharmonic society, a large orchestra, a television center and an Orbit dish. It is a city of cinemas. houses of cultural, clubs and gyms.

The pride of the Khabarovsk is the V.I. Lenin stadium, the largest in the East.

In accordance with the master plan of the city in place of old wooden houses in the center grow multi-storey modern buildings.. There are the buildings of the Musical Comedy Theater, the Scientific Library, St. Isaac's Hall, the l3-storey hotel and the radio house.

When in Moscow the chimes hit midnight. over Khabarovek dawns a new day. And, as always, the city brings new successes to its citizens, with the joys of creative work and accomplishments.

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Lenin Square

Post Office

Monument to the Heroes of the Civil War on Komsomolskaya Square 

The "Giant" Cinema

Institute of Physical Culture

Amur River Shipping Company 

Zarin Street

Clothing Store

Palace of Pioneers (Youth Centre)

At the Entrance to Central Park Place

Regional Scientific Library


Karl Marx St.

Amur Cliffs

Yerofey Pavlovich Khabarov Monument

Thursday, November 28, 2019

For the Future, Vietnamese Poster -- Daily LIFT #61

For the Future, North Vietnamese Poster, Vietnam War Era -- Daily LIFT #61

It remains true, always, that when we fight American imperialism we fight for the future.

The World Communist Movement: Yesterday and Today, 1983

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

Leaflet: The World Communist Movement: Yesterday and Today, 1983

Published by the Soviet English language magazine Socialism: Theory and Practice in 1983 this is an interesting overview of the size, state and demographics of the international Communist movement at the time.

By 1982 the number of Communist parties worldwide had grown from 1 in 1917 to 95 and the number of members of these parties had grown from approximately 400,000 to over 77 million.

In addition to a breakdown of the numbers of members of individual parties and in various global regions there are also numbers related to the class composition of these parties as well as the number of women members and other stats.

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"Communism is the doctrine of the conditions of the liberation of the proletariat."

"Communism is the doctrine of the conditions of the liberation of the proletariat."

Happy 199th Birthday Comrade Friedrich Engels  b. November 28, 1820

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Arrival of the First Train at the Nizhneangarsk Station on the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) Railway, USSR 1979 -- Daily LIFT #60

Arrival of the First Train at the Nizhneangarsk Station on the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) Railway - USSR 1979

Much of the BAM was built between 1975-1979 with it being fully completed in 1984.

"The BAM sought to open up vast areas of Siberia economically. Many new communities were planned (and were built) for its route. (Numbers of these, tragically, became ghost towns with the collapse of the USSR). It was to also provide another rail access to the Pacific via ports like Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

In order to expedite construction the Communist Party called on its youth wing, the Komsomol, to send volunteers to help plan, engineer and build the line. Volunteer brigades from the whole of the Soviet Union were formed, often along republic lines, and tens-of-thousands of young workers went into action across the route."

To learn more about this largely forgotten tale of socialist construction and achievement see: Road of Courage and Heroism -- Building the BAM in the USSR 1979 and Riding the rails of the Soviet Union in 1984 - A look at the railway system of the USSR.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"Marusia, lunch time!", USSR, 1956 -- Daily LIFT #59

"Marusia, lunch time!", USSR, 1956 -- Daily LIFT #59

Yuri Pimenov, People's Artist of the USSR. Pimenov was born November 26, 1903.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Celebration in the Village of Buzovny, Togrul Narimanbekov, 1968, Azerbaijani SSR -- Daily LIFT #58

Celebration in the Village of Buzovny, Togrul Narimanbekov, 1968, Azerbaijani SSR -- Daily LIFT #58

Narimanbekov (1930-2013) was a People’s Artist of Azerbaijan and People’s Artist of the USSR.

(The Daily LIFT - Leftist Image for Today - is a new The Left Chapter feature posting a daily photo, cartoon, artwork or other image related to leftist history or contemporary realty.)

Island of Freedom -- Report on the First Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, 1975

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

Leaflet: Island of Freedom -- Report on the First Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, 1975

Written in 1975 this is a firsthand report by South African Communist Essop Pahad of the First Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba in Havana, 1975. Pahad was the South African Communist Party writer for World Marxist Review at the time. 

The report touches on the internationalism and accomplishments of the Cuban Revolution as well as on the solidarity of the Socialist Bloc in support of it. Pahad, especially given the horrific situation in Apartheid South Africa, was very impressed by the steps that had been taken to fight racial inequality and injustice.

On this, the anniversary of the death of Fidel Castro, this passage is quite notable:
On December 22, the final day of the Congress, a mass rally, the "Congress of the People", was held at the Jose Marti Revolutionary Square in Havana. Attending the meeting were more than a million people. What an extraordinary achievement, since the total population of Cuba is only 9 million. This demonstrated in all its brilliant colours the great revolutionary enthusiasm of the people of Cuba. All around the square the facades of the surrounding buildings were displayed the emblem of the 1st Congress and portraits of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Marti, Maceo, Gomez, Beline, Mella, Camillo and Che.
As Fidel approached the podium, the vast crowd burst into great shouts of "Fidel", "Fidel", "Fidel hit the Yankees hard". 
We also look forward to the day the final words of the Congress' own report become true: "Capitalism has no future. The future belongs entirely to Socialism." 

( Picture above from our post: Revolutionary Cuba 1975: Sixteen Years of Socialist Construction Part III -- Photographs and History )

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Free Transit Now!

Poster in downtown Toronto on the weekend.

The fight for Free Transit is growing. It is a fundamental fight for social and environmental justice.

See our Free Transit Resource page:

See also: The "fare evasion" narrative on the TTC is a total fraud. Here's why:

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Greetings to the Heroic Cuban People - Poster, Czechoslovakia, 1961 - Daily LIFT #57

Greetings to the Heroic Cuban People - Poster, Czechoslovakia, 1961 - Daily LIFT #57

(The Daily LIFT - Leftist Image for Today - is a new The Left Chapter feature posting a daily photo, cartoon, artwork or other image related to leftist history or contemporary realty.)

UK Election, Chilean Protests, Colombian General Strike & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos November 17 - 24

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 17 - 24.

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.

We have changed the format of the round-up so that the links, videos and photos are presented in sections related to topic.

Chilean Protests:

An impression of the atmosphere at the continuing mass protests against neoliberal policies and the government in Santiago after more than one month of non-stop resistance.

Chile Police Continue to Use Pellet Rounds Despite Ban

After a month in the streets, Chileans continue to resist

Chile: Human Rights Violations May Lead to Piñera's Impeachment

Latin America / Caribbean:

Uruguayan Presidential Elections are Under Way

(Update: Too Close to Call It: Uruguay’s Results to Be Announced Thursday, Friday)

Evangelical Groups Are the New U.S. Tool for Coups in Latin America

OAS Seeks to Divide Latin American Countries: Zapatero

Conspiracy and silence from the Organization of American States

Dominica Rejects OAS Interference in Elections in Washington DC

Venezuelan students march in defense of democracy, peace and sovereignty

Another Failed US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela Goes Unnoticed

Nine reasons why Colombians are going on strike

 - Colombia: Curfew in Bogota On Nationwide Strike's Second Day

- Clashes in Colombia as hundreds of thousands protest against government

187 Ex-FARC Members Killed Since Signing of Peace Deal: Gov't

Media continues its smear campaign against Lula

Bolsonaro is turning back the clock on Brazil, says Lula

Bolsonaro Leaves PSL to Create Own Far-Right Political Party

Ecuador's Assembly Rejects President Moreno's Economic Reforms

Violent clashes broke out in Haiti as police fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas at protestors demonstrating against the arrival of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:

Haiti Commemorated 'Victory Day' Demanding Moise's Resignation

British Elections:

British politics is changing dramatically – and the left sees an opportunity

The Corbyn effect in Scotland - campaign report

The manifesto that will change the terms of debate

'It's Time For a Real Change', Labour Party Vows To Britain

Jeremy Corbyn won victory over Boris Johnson among undecided voters in first election debate, poll shows


- Prince Andrew showed what true power is: turning a blind eye to abuse

Ukrainian young Communists lead campaign against Zelensky land sell-off


Montreal police have no plans to end street checks, despite concerns

Teamsters point finger at CN Rail over propane shortage from strike

Around 3,000 Canadian National Railway Workers Go on Strike

Metro Vancouver will see bus system shutdown next week if no deal reached for transit workers, union says

Ontario court strikes down measure allowing students to opt out of fees for 'non-essential services'

Ontario high school teachers vote in favour of possible strike

Coach's Corner was a two-man farce for three decades

More than one-third of people shot to death over a decade by RCMP officers were Indigenous

Edmonton Monument Glorifies Nazi Collaborator

The United States:

Why the Hell Did Democrats Just Extend the Patriot Act?

Not guilty: Jurors acquit border aid volunteer Scott Warren on harboring charges

Middle East:

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu charged with bribery, fraud

Israeli Warplanes Carry Out Airstrikes Over Syria's Damascus

‘Orwellian absurdity’: US reversal on settlements draws international outrage

‘NY Times’ report on killing of Gaza family is part damage control for Israel’s military


‘Zone Rouge’: An army of children toils in African mines




- Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world