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Marta Harnecker: activist, writer, teacher

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Her views on the Latin American Left today

[Translation of an interview from Folha de São Paulo for August 28, 2012. See original here.]

by Eleonora de Lucena

She defines herself as a Marxist-Leninist “popular educator.” A Chilean, she was a student of philosopher Louis Althusser, a Catholic student leader and a member of the socialist government of Salvador Allende. She married one of the commanders of the Cuban revolution, Manuel Piñeiro or “Barba Roja,” and in the 2000s she became an adviser to Hugo Chávez.

Marta Harnecker says she has written more than 80 books. The best known, Conceptos Elementales del Materialismo Histórico (The Basic Concepts of Historical Materialism), from the 1960s, has sold more than a million copies and is in its 67th edition. At 75, she travels throughout Latin America and says she is optimistic; the United States no longer does what it wants in the region and the concept of sovereignty has spread. (more…)

Bolivian Vice President García Linera says unions are trying to overthrow government

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Central Obrera Boliviana has called for strike over wage increases beginning Monday

[Translation of an article from Opinion of Cochabamba, Bolivia, for May 8, 2010, based on a dispatch from the Spanish news agency Efe.]

Alvaro García Linera

La Paz, May 8 — The administration of Evo Morales has accused Bolivian unions, which have called for a strike for better wages, of being under the influence of the US embassy and domestic rightists, whose aim is to overthrow the president.  Vice President Álvaro García Linera said in a press conference that he rejects the strike being called by the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB – Bolivian Workers’ Federation) because it is a measure being taken to “overthrow governments.”

The COB is calling for a general strike, of indeterminate length, as well as a 200-kilometer march from Caracollo to La Paz, both to begin on Monday.

According to García Linera, the workers’ movement has been infiltrated by persons who want to take advantage of demands for a wage increase greater than  five percent in order to “carry water for the counter-revolutionary right.”

The unions have asked for raises for this year of between 12 and 25 percent, rates the executive has rejected with the argument that they would provoke an historical inflationary spiral similar to the one the country experienced in 1984 and 1985.  (more…)