On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by Stalinist agent Ramón Mercader in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán. Mercader’s access to the great revolutionary was made possible through his relationship with Sylvia Ageloff, who presented herself as an innocent victim of Mercader’s duplicity, a claim that was never challenged by the SWP. This series of articles constitutes the first systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement of Ageloff’s role.
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O’Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983–86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O’Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party’s predecessor organization, the Workers League.
Besides serving as a model, the Brazilian dictatorship alongside US imperialism promoted the coups and dictatorial regimes that unleashed an unprecedented wave of terror across South America.
No American in April 1861 foresaw that the war would be so violent and have such revolutionary consequences.
On April 3, the International Committee of the Fourth International held a meeting commemorating 150 years since the Paris Commune, the world’s first workers’ state.