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The Socialist Equality Group webinar discusses the New Zealand and US elections | Instant News

The Socialist Equality Group (SEG), a supporter of New Zealand’s Fourth International Committee, held a public webinar on November 8 entitled “For a socialist program against the right-wing agenda of the New Zealand Labor government.” The meeting debunked propaganda portraying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government as a compassionate and progressive government, and highlighted New Zealand’s growing integration into the US war plan.

For a socialist program against the far-right agenda of the Labor Party

Its chairman, SEG member Matthew Carrington, began by pointing out that the meeting was held during the historic crisis of democracy in the United States. Earlier in the day Joe Biden finally announced victory in the US presidential election four days earlier. Seated President Donald Trump refuses to give up and has made the unsubstantiated claim that he lost to “voter fraud.”

Cheryl Crisp, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) stressed that, contrary to the claims made by Jacobin and another pseudo-left organization, Democrats do not represent lesser crime. Biden is preparing a “form of national unity administration” with direct Republican involvement. Crisp points to the outburst of anger by leading Democrats against socialism, highlighting the party’s ruthless hostility to any policy to tackle social inequality.

Crisp explained that Democrats underestimated Trump’s threat of a coup and his push for fascist militias, because “they are so much more afraid of the movement of workers and young people than of carrying out Trump’s fascist coup.”

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The two sides “approached the pandemic from the point of view not of saving lives but of saving profits,” said Crisp. Democrats support the Trump administration’s multi-trillion dollar bailout for big business – its main response to the pandemic – while rejecting serious steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Nearly a quarter of a million people in the US alone have died from COVID-19 and poverty and inequality are rising as a result of this bipartisan policy.

SEG member John Braddock explained that, contrary to Ardern’s description of New Zealand as “an oasis of calm in a chaotic and difficult world”, the country is not isolated from the worsening global economic, social and geopolitical crisis. In the past three years, the Ardern government has increasingly integrated New Zealand into US preparations for war against China.

International headlines glorify Jacinda Ardern

The Trump administration openly intervened after the 2017 New Zealand election, through its ambassador, to support the formation of a Labor-led coalition that includes the NZ First Party, right-wing nationalists. Washington prefers the Labor-NZ First government because both sides have opposed strengthening business ties with China previously led by the National Party.


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Public webinar: For a socialist program against the far-right agenda of the New Zealand Labor government | Instant News

The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) invites readers of the World Socialist Website list to attend our upcoming webinar, to be held at Zoom on Sunday 8 November at 16:00 New Zealand time, on the results of New Zealand’s election.

Speakers from the SEG and the International Committee of the Fourth International will discuss the right-wing agenda of the re-elected Labor Party and the need for a new socialist and internationalist party. They will refute the fraudulent claims made by the corporate media and pseudo-left that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government represents a better and progressive alternative to far-right governments in other countries.

The meeting will examine the context in which the elections are taking place: the unprecedented crisis of global capitalism triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new wave of class struggle is erupting, in response to more than a million deaths and mass impoverishment, caused by governments prioritizing the benefits of big business over life and human well-being.

The government responded to the left working class movement with authoritarian methods of government and by encouraging fascist forces. Donald Trump’s threat to use such force to stage a coup in the US is just the most striking example of this universal trend.

New Zealand is in no way separate from this development. The Ardern government has transferred tens of billions of dollars to big businesses and banks. New Zealand companies are undergoing a vicious restructuring, sacking tens of thousands of workers. Unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and inequality surged to levels not seen in the post-World War II period.

Following the Christchurch massacre in 2019, the Labor-led government has stepped up its efforts to deflect anger over the social crisis by scapegoating immigrants and fomenting nationalism. It also strengthens New Zealand’s alliance with US imperialism, as Washington prepares for war against targets including Iran, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela and China.

A re-elected government, in which Labor has the majority of parliamentary seats, will deepen right-wing attacks. Trade unions and pseudo-left organizations are trying to obscure this reality and to disarm the workers by sowing illusions in the Labor and Green Parties.

These illusions will be shattered by the reality of inequality and worsening social reactions. The working class and the youth will fight, as they have done for the last three years, against austerity, police brutality and militarism. But this struggle cannot continue without a clear socialist perspective and leadership, completely independent of all the capitalist parties, the trade union bureaucracy and their defenders of the false left.

The Socialist Equality Group urges workers and young people to do so list here to attend our webinar to discuss these important issues and the way forward for the working class, in New Zealand and internationally.

Meeting time:

New Zealand: Sunday 8 November at 4pm
Sydney: Sunday 8 November at 14.00
India / Sri Lanka: Sunday 8 November at 8:30 am
New York: Saturday 7 November at 10:00


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Webinar – Croatia, France and Switzerland geothermal markets, 30 Oct 2020 | Think GeoEnergy | Instant News

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Join this webinar on 30 October 2020 for an overview of the geothermal market in Croatia, France and Switzerland – in preparation for events with further depth and presentations on those markets as part of the IGC Invest Geothermal event.

In this webinar on October 30, 2020 at 14: 00-14: 30 CEST, Alexander Richter of ThinkGeoEnergy and Jochen Schneider will talk about a planned special IGC Invest Geothermal event.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Croatian, French and Swiss geothermal markets in preparation for a full series of presentations as part of the IGC Invest Geothermal event planned for 17 November 2020.

These three markets have seen some interesting developments and we will discuss, among others, the recent successful tenders of the four geothermal license areas in Croatia, the status of development in France, including the challenges, and ongoing developments in Switzerland.

So join us on October 30, 2020, but don’t forget to register here: www.igc.events/en/webinar


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The Socialist Equality Group conducts a webinar on New Zealand’s elections | Instant News

The Socialist Equality Group (SEG), a supporter of New Zealand’s Fourth International Committee (ICFI), held a public webinar last Saturday to discuss the upcoming October 17 elections. The event was attended by an international audience including SEG supporters and readers World Socialist Website from New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

SEG member Matthew Carrington, who chaired the meeting, noted that the elections were held amid an unprecedented collapse of capitalism, accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a million people worldwide. Although the international media praised New Zealand under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s rule, the standard of living of the working class is collapsing, while the rich have been bailed out with tens of billions of dollars.

Speakers noted that the webinar took place one day after the relaunch of WSWS, during which ICFI seeks to raise the political awareness of a large number of workers and young people who are increasingly interested in socialism.

Full video of New Zealand meeting

The first speaker, SEG member John Braddock, described ICFI’s analysis of the pandemic as a “trigger event” in world history, which has exacerbated social crises around the world, sparked class struggle and the preparation of ruling elites for war and dictatorships.

The crisis centers on the United States, where President Donald Trump has threatened a coup if he loses the November election. “However these developments are ultimately in play,” explains Braddock, “the democratic crisis in Washington will move to the international stage. What’s happening in the US is the sharpest expression of what’s happening everywhere – New Zealand included. “

Contrary to media portrayals of New Zealand as a haven of peace and tranquility, New Zealand is an ally of the US and Ardern has deepened its integration into war preparations against China. Braddock pointed out that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government “is itself a product of US intervention after the 2017 elections.”

During protracted coalition talks, US ambassador Scott Brown publicly criticized the ruling National Party for failing to fully support Trump’s threat to “crush” North Korea. Afterward, the nationalist and anti-immigrant NZ First Party announced it would form a coalition with Labor, not the National Party, which received more votes. Labor and NZ First share the same anti-immigrant and anti-Chinese political orientation, while the National Party represents big business factions that are much more nervous about alienating New Zealand’s biggest trading partner, China.

Carolyn Kennett of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and the Committee on Public Education, spoke at the webinar on the struggles of growing workers internationally, including school and university staff.

Kennett explains that the government, whose only concern is big business profits, is recklessly reopening schools before it is safe to do so to force parents to return to their workplaces. In the US and other countries, he said, teachers “are developing not only their classroom lessons but also their will and wills in preparation for their possible death with COVID-19.”

He pointed to some of the struggles that have taken place in response to this assassination policy, including the occupation of 700 schools by secondary school students in Greece, which demands security precautions before schools reopen.

Kennett explains that the union bureaucracy at Australian universities cooperates fully with mass layoffs and cuts in wages. The same process is taking place in the UK, New Zealand and internationally.

ICFI, he said, “calls for the creation of an independent rank and file committee of trade unions to fight for a united national struggle against attacks on jobs, salaries and conditions, and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of workers.

“Such committees have been formed in cities in the United States, in Germany and Britain, and in Australia. Much has been formed by educators who are deeply concerned with reopening schools, but there are also a number of committees based in other factories and industries, such as the auto industry in the US and among bus drivers in London. “

In a final speech from the Socialist Equality Group Tom Peters reviewed the records of the far-right Ardern government and exposed its lies about reducing poverty and inequality. In the June quarter average income was 7.6 percent lower than a year earlier. Nearly 80,000 people have lost their jobs since March. One in four children live in poverty and demand for food banks is soaring.


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Promising prospects for geothermal energy market in Bavaria, Germany | Think GeoEnergy | Instant News

Map of geothermal power plants and projects in Bavaria, Germany (source: presentation screenshot)

A recent webinar by Enerchange / ThinkGeoEnergy highlighted the promising prospects of the Bavarian, Germany geothermal energy market. Learn more at the upcoming 8th Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern event, 14 October 2020.

Last week’s Focus on Geothermal Webinar showed actual developments in Central Europe’s fastest growing geothermal market. Jochen Schneider, Director at Germany’s Enerchange agency and editor of the information website Tiefe Geothermie introduces the Bavarian Market and the Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern program to be held in one week.

About 20 power plants were installed in Munich and its surroundings with a capacity of more than 300 MWth to supply the heating grid so far. In fact, the geothermal hotspot is in the east, with one plant almost operational, at Garching an der Alz by Silenos Energy and five combined power and heat plants under development. Two of them are ready to drill with permission from the authorities, the project by Marubeni at Kirchanschöring is in the drill bearing construction phase.

Further projects will be developed in the vicinity of Munich. This includes combined heating and heating projects and electricity. The development framework is the Renewable Sources Act (EEG), which is actually under discussion to increase funding for geothermal and heat grid projects.

This development will be the focus of the Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern annual conference on 14 October 2020. Funding, heat projects and combined heat and electricity projects will be introduced and discussed. The event will be held at Pullach, with about 50 participants at the venue and possibility for online participation. The presentation in German will be simultaneously translated into English. The online event also hosts a virtual exhibition, with videos and presentations from sponsors Rödl & Partner, Turboden and NW-Assekuranz.

For more information about the program and registration, please visit the website (www.praxisforum-geothermie.bayern)


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