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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bloody Jews


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October 29, 2007

The carnival of genocides continues unabated. Now it's Ukraine asking Israel to recognize the famine of 1930s as a genocide. The Haaretz has an article about it:

Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko is expected to ask Israel to recognize the genocide of the Ukrainian people in the 1930s by their communist government when he visits here in about two weeks, sources said. Israel is not expected to accede to the request, which has won the support of Jewish community leaders in Ukraine, so as not to damage its relationship with Vladimir Putin's government at a sensitive time.

Millions of Ukrainians died of hunger from 1931 to 1932 following the collectivization of farming in the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin. Famine was particularly severe in Ukraine, which was a regional breadbasket and was strongly opposed to the move. At the same time the communist government attempted to wipe out Ukrainian intelligentsia and nationalists, with estimations of the number of victims ranging from a million and a half to 10 million.

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In the comments section I had a peace roundtable with a few well intentioned individuals (I think I should make peace roundtables my profession. I certainly got a touch for this shit). I am posting as NB.

#48 Bronstein

Churchill: Jewish Revolution 1917

Genocide in Ukraine just one massmurder

Solzhenitsyn: "Jews were Stalin`s murderers"
"Every ordinary Russian faced a Jew as his judge and as his executioner. Where ever the Russian went, he met a Jew in a superior position to him."

Out of 556 important functionaries of the Bolshevik State there were 457 Jews. First President of Soviet Union was a Jew, Yakov Sverdlov. First Chairman appointed to the Soviet State was a Jew, Leo Trotsky or Lev Davidovich Bronstein.

"Jew Bolshevism shed the blood of at least sixty-six million"

#49,#51 Walid

Sever Plocker in YNet News reported:
In his book on the Stalinist purges, Tel Aviv University`s Dr. Igal Halfin writes that Stalinist violence was unique in that it was directed internally. Lenin, Stalin, and their successors could not have carried out their deeds without wide-scale cooperation of disciplined "terror officials," cruel interrogators, snitches, executioners, guards, judges, perverts, and many bleeding hearts who were members of the progressive Western Left and were deceived by the Soviet regime of horror and even provided it with a kosher certificate.

And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name "Genrikh Yagoda," the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU`s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin`s collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. After Stalin no longer viewed him favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the "bloodthirsty dwarf." Yezhov was not Jewish but was blessed with an active Jewish wife. In his Book "Stalin: Court of the Red Star", Jewish historian Sebag Montefiore writes that during the darkest period of terror, when the Communist killing machine worked in full force, Stalin was surrounded by beautiful, young Jewish women.

Stalin`s close associates and loyalists included member of the Central Committee and Politburo Lazar Kaganovich. Montefiore characterizes him as the "first Stalinist" and adds that those starving to death in Ukraine, an unparalleled tragedy in the history of human kind aside from the Nazi horrors and Mao`s terror in China, did not move Kaganovich. Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution and have blood on their hands for eternity. We`ll mention just one more: Leonid Reichman, head of the NKVD`s special department and the organization`s chief interrogator, who was a particularly cruel sadist. In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin. They too, of course, were gradually eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the waves of soviet terror as a "carnival of mass murder," "fantasy of purges", and "essianism of evil." Turns out that Jews too, when they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great murderers, among the greatest known by modern history.

The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists, and "Soviet people." Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their origin and "play dumb": What do we have to do with them? But let`s not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he does amazingly despicable things. Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of "our hangmen," who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin.

#67,#69 NB

to #49 Walid

The point you are making is moot because Jews tend to be overrepresented in intellectual and political circles. I am a Russian Israeli and while there can be no denying that Jews played a disproportionate role in Russian communist party and security apparatus they were overrepresented among the soviet dissidents as well. You can as well bring an example of Elena Bonner, a life partner of the Soviet dissident number one Andrey Sakharov and claim that the anti communist opposition in the Soviet Union was either Jewish or surrounded by Jewish women. The parents of one of my friends in Russia were activists in the Solzhenitsyn fund for political prisoners and I assure you that both the Solzhenitsyn fund and the Helsinki group were packed with Jews as all major anti communist groups in the former Soviet Union.

Jews certainly have something with leftism and the anti globalist guru Noam Chomsky is the most famous or better infamous example. On the other hand Milton Friedman, the father of the Chicago school of economic neo liberalism and many of his students were Jewish too. It`s pointless to quote Jewish names from one side of the political divide because usually you can find just as many Jewish names on the other.

When it`s said that 50% of all suicide bombers are Muslim Arabs and the rest are other Muslims it does not mean that 20% of all Nobel prize nominees are Muslim Arabs. But the fact that 20% of Nobel prize nominees are Jews does not mean that Jews cannot be overrepresented in radical left circles. Neither it means that Jews cannot be overrepresented in anti communist circles. Jews are overrepresented in almost any sphere.

#74 Vladimir

@69, NB, Jews are getting 38% of Nobel prizes lately, not 20%.

We had 20% 55 years ago.

#88 Axel

NB #67 & #69

Thank you for the two good posts.

Similar discussions appear here in Germany from time to time, mostly trigegred by some rightist politicians. They are always refuted by mainstriem or leftwing demorcrats.

I think, that neither accusing nor denying something is helpful to undestand the history.

#109 NB

To #88 Axel

I think, that neither accusing nor denying something is helpful to understand the history.


The thing is that while Plocker may have a point, he still goes way too far with his idea of teaching Jewish schoolchildren this stuff for a very simple reason: unlike Walid`s friends from HA and Hamas, Yagoda and others were no Jewish supremacists. Neither they were some pan Jewists or anything.

These people were hardcore Marxist fundamentalists. It`s a kinda difficult to insist that Jews should collectively atone for the sins committed by people who were militantly atheist and anti nationalist, who were rejecting Jewish traditions and religion, who denied the very Jewish national identity because the only identity they recognized was social class.

October 31, 2007

#114 abd

to NB #67 Jewish intellectual overrepresentation

Is that an excuse? Of sort? There were still Jews, werent` they? of whatever persuasion. And does merit for anyone to say that Jews did this horrible things! Why the fact that there were Jews on the opposite spectrum diminish this issue? Jews did this. Why try to white wash what they did by saying they didn`t even think of themselves as Jews. In today`s terminology they are self-hating Jews. But no escaping who they were.

#143,#144 NB

To #114 abd

But who said that Jews should be held responsible for actions of self hating Jews ??? I did not. Let alone these people were no self hating or self loving Jews. Communism does not care for nationalities.

Never mind that over the last years the Russians have all but rehabilitated Stalinism. Stalin is now considered a great national leader who had defeated Germany and industrialized Russia. A statue of Stalin is planned in Moscow, another one elsewhere. Polls indicate that at least 50% of the Russians think Stalin`s contribution to Russia was positive.

Don't you think that it`s a kinda weird that Plocker would be confessing Stalinist sins of people who were only genetically Jewish while the Russians themselves are busy erecting new statues of the man ???

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tales of the Mahdi

"They say the Mahdi is coming back," reports the Economist from Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a cursed capital of its south. As the British forces are preparing to pull out of Iraq, they are leaving Basra in a vastly worse shape than it was three years ago and its residents worried.

Many Basrawis use the language of apocalypse to describe the rival Shia parties and their militias (the biggest calling itself the Mahdi Army) that are struggling for control of their city. The police force, set up by the British, is infiltrated by the militias and involved in crime. Some Basra people say the clashes, assassinations, kidnappings, the daily threat of violence and the enforcement of a rigid Islamist code of conduct amount to a “Shia Talibanisation”, with music and wedding parties banned and huge billboards warning women against venturing outside unveiled.

“We live a half-life in Basra,” says a university teacher. “There's no space for life, no parks, theatres, cinemas or space for freedom. Civil and political activities are controlled. When you go outside, the fear is inside you that you may be followed and targeted. We're living in a nightmare.”

The British, who were always highly critical of the Yankees cowboys tactics in northern Iraq, have found their nuanced and balanced approach totally defeated in Basra. The city is infested with violent and unruly militias who harass the population and regularly clash with each other. A looming showdown between the two main Shia groups in the south has prompted the Time to title one of its latest reports "The Next War in Iraq".

The military success against al-Qaeda in Anbar province has led to a certain incoherence in U.S. policy. We are working bottom up, from the tribal grass roots, with the Sunnis ... but top down, and not very successfully, with the Shi'ite majority. According to Crocker, tribes aren't as important among the Shi'ites, who tend to organize themselves in larger structures, especially around two dominant political families, the Sadrs and the Hakims. Each family has a militia. The Sadrs have the Mahdi Army, and the Hakims have the Badr Corps, and these two forces are now at war with each other in southern Iraq.


The irony is that it's happening when the Americans are indeed scoring real gains against Al Kaida and other sectarian plagues in northern Iraq. Death tolls in Baghdad and around are down for two consecutive months. The US military casualties are down too with the 'Surge' now reaching even areas inside the infamous Sunni Death Triangle.

This surprising reversal of fortunes happened after tribal leaders in Anbar and Diyala, fed up with Al Kaida's way of winning hearts and minds the Taliban style, have committed themselves to fighting Al Kaida and called on their people to join police and cooperate with the US army. This unlikely coalition has been further enhanced by a few rebel groups, such as the Revolutionary Brigades of 1920, who switched sides and joined the Americans and tribal leaders against Al Kaida. Even those insurgent groups still committed to fighting crusaders split and set up their own umbrella organization independent of Al Kaida.

In the past two months dozens, if not hundreds, of Al Kaida fighters were killed in Anbar and Diyala provinces, many times at the hands of fellow Sunnis. In his last recorded appearance Bin Laden went that far as to criticize 'Al Kaida in Iraq' group urging it to admit and correct its mistakes, this is how serious the situation of Al Kaida has become.

Even more surprising, it appears that in some Shia areas of Baghdad and around residents started imitating their Sunni neighbors by setting up neighborhood guards, tipping Americans about active Mahdi Army members to be arrested and cooperating with the Madonna Brothers (a Shia adaptation of an Arab term of tribal respect for referring to the Yankees) in other ways. The effectiveness of this combination of a new precision in American arrests and the willingness of the Shias in the north to take on their own militias was indirectly confirmed by nobody else but Moqtada Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, himself who recently started issuing muted threats to resume hostilities if the US and Iraqi forces don't stop raids against his followers (The Mahdi Army has been officially on vacation since a while after Sadr had got very distressed by one particularly bloody clash of his followers with members of a rival Shia militia in the holy city of Karbala).

Yet, just when the 'cowboys' seemed to be at the point to achieve a real stabilization in north Iraq, the situation has started rapidly unraveling in the Shia dominated south. This next war between members of Iraq's largest community that accounts for 60% of the population is promising to be even worse and bloodier than the Sunni Shia wars of the last years. This gloomy prospect is causing utter dismay in some circles who apparently failed to grasp until now that the Arab world has an absolutely huge and still largely untapped potential for external wars and internal strife and this potential certainly does not end with the Israeli Arab conflict and Sunni Shia sectarian rivalries. Even now, years after the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the US is still only scratching the surface of the shit.

From the beginning the British presence in south Iraq has set the Arab imagination on fire spawning a myriad of conspiracy theories ranging from the British planting snake eggs in Shat et Arab to them releasing huge man eating badgers into the city of Basra. But the most fascinating conspiracy theories were produced by enriching the regular Arab conspiratorial folklore with elements of the Shia religion. Shia Islam is a very peculiar religion. In fact, it may be the most peculiar of major monotheistic religions and one of its core doctrines may shock some people as particularly bizarre - the Shia version of messiah is believed to have stayed alive for more than a millennium and be wandering around us at that very moment.

There is no need to believe in resurrection in Shia Islam as the hidden Imam is supposed to stay in hiding until the time is right for him to reappear and establish the rule of justice. Shias reason that this monumental task of living undiscovered through centuries is made possible by the Mahdi's uncunning ability to remain hidden from human view at will. When confronted by followers of other religions Shias usually argue that the Mahdi's outstanding performance in terms of longevity is no more miraculous than the resurrection of Christ or the resurrection of the dead awaited by Jewish and Christian traditions (In this they may have a point).

Basra is a capital of the predominantly Shia south and it's only natural that Basra is also a capital of the Arab conspirazoid mindset taken to new heights by the creative imagination of the Shia street.

“I HAVE this question for you,” says Abu Ahmed, a businessman with a grey beard from Iraq's southern city of Basra. “Why did the British and foreign forces come to Iraq? Didn't Bush and Blair invade to stop the Mahdi from winning power?”

The ever rational and highly intelligent Economist is not one to be easily thrown off balance by such questions and it strikes back with a devastating counter argument:

It is unlikely that either George Bush or Tony Blair, as they prepared for war, had heard of the Mahdi—the millennial figure who Shia Muslims believe will come with the Messiah to set up a just Islamist government at the end of the world.

The point is moot of course. In the oral and written traditions of Arab conspiracism Western intelligent services are usually credited with magic powers rivaling those of Allah the Almighty. To figure out that the Mahdi's return is approaching should be no challenge for them, let alone Shia religious texts are saturated with information that makes predicting this event very easy. For example it's said that on the eve of the Mahdi's arrival tyrants and despots would rule the world and Muslims would make alliances with non Muslims to fight each other.

Abu Ahmed is not relenting:

The businessman says the invasion was a deliberate attempt to cause so much chaos that the Mahdi's return would be hidden from the world's gaze. “America and Britain want to destroy Iraq and control it,” he says. “We see proof every day. Nothing has been built in four years. We've lost everything—our security, our jobs, our country.” He blames the British, who have overseen Iraq's southern zone, and the Americans for sowing sectarian hatred. British soldiers defaced Sunni and Shia mosques at night, he says, in order to provoke clashes between the two groups. The Americans, he says, secretly brought al-Qaeda fighters into Iraq in containers and gave them money and weapons.

It's a little wonder that the British failed to win over the hearts and minds of the south given the conspiracy mindset of its residents and yet, some Iraqis claim, this wasn't necessarily such an impossible talk.

The British invaders, some Basrawis argue, could have won people over if they had showed a willingness to support the hidden Mahdi. “One of our traditions says that most of those standing against him will be Muslims and most of his followers will be from the Christian community.”


Indeed. At least nominally Christian, British soldiers make the most likely candidates for Mahdi's supporters in case the hidden Imam gets convinced that the stage is ripe for his long awaited comeback. This could have been a brilliant move on the part of the British force crusading in south Iraq.

On the other hand it's not that sure that the British were lacking in willingness to support the hidden Imam. It may rather be that, the Mahdi being a master of hiding and evasion, the British have simply failed to locate him.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Whatever We do, We will NOT get Peace

Last updated: October 26, 2007

July 19, 2007

The Game of Illusion

Yoseff Tommy Lapid, The Jerusalem Post

Jul. 18, 2007

There is something touching about the naivete of presidents George W. Bush and Shimon Peres, who this week outlined the steps needed to achieve the long-sought-after peace settlement in the Middle East.

Perhaps they genuinely believe, or at least hope, that we can reach a settlement. Perhaps they are just going through the motions because, after all, politicians have to strive for peace and promise a better future even if they know in their hearts that it is not really feasible.

There is no chance for peace because there will always be those among the Palestinians and Arab countries and in the Muslim world who will obstruct any attempt to reach a settlement that recognizes the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, to say nothing of one that does not guarantee the "right of return" of the Palestinian refugees.

Anyone who claims that the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan prove that peace is possible is forgetting that peace does not end with the signing of an agreement.

The peace in Jordan is being maintained, with great difficulty, by the royal family and the elite surrounding it. They do this contrary to the view held by the majority of the Jordanian public and despite vehement opposition from the Jordanian intelligentsia: academics and students, writers and journalists, doctors and lawyers.

The situation in Egypt is similar: President Hosni Mubarak maintains relations with Israel the way porcupines make love: very carefully. And that too evokes intense opposition from both the general public and the intellectuals.

The Jordanian crown is somewhat shaky, and the Egyptian regime could be overthrown by an uprising of the Muslim Brotherhood - and Israel could find itself surrounded by enemies in the south and east.

The least likely eventuality is that a solution to the conflict with the Palestinians will be found in the foreseeable future, at a time when we don't even actually know who represents them. Moreover, they would be the last to agree to a peace agreement that does not include an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 armistice lines and the return of the Palestinian refugees.

WE CANNOT deny that Israel has also contributed to the creation of a situation that cannot lead to peace. Is it at all possible to ever form a government that can evacuate all the settlements? And in order to reach a peace agreement with Syria, all of the Golan Heights too? And what about in the north? The government of Lebanon could fall at any moment to Hizbullah, not known for its favorable attitude to Israel.

And we haven't yet said anything about the Iranian threat. Historically speaking, it makes no difference whatsoever if the ayatollahs attain a nuclear weapon in three, five or 10 years. Sooner or later, they will manage to lay their hands on a lethal weapon. Even if they never use it, the mere threat of a Bomb is enough to impede Israel's diplomatic maneuverability.

After the Americans withdraw, defeated and humiliated, from Iraq, Arab ultranationalism and Islamist fanaticism will escalate even further. And what about terror? Hamas, Islamic Jihad - and al-Qaida? To say nothing of the danger of internal terror?

Peace? Vision? A new Middle East? Don't make me laugh.

DOES THAT mean the time has come to pack up and leave? Not at all. Israel is a wonderful invention, an enlightened democracy with a flourishing economy, a wonderful country to live in, even if - paradoxically enough - it is the only country in which Jews cannot live in safety.

All those who know a little history and geography are aware that there are dozens of countries in the world that don't live in peace with their neighbors, and which nevertheless manage over time to maintain a normal lifestyle - even for generations on end. That is our fate too.

What, then, is the point of all the diplomatic efforts - the talks, the Madrid Conference, the road map, the London agreement, the Oslo Accords, the Wye Agreement, the handshakes, the promises and the hopes? The point is in the dynamics of life, which abhors a vacuum.

We have to talk and meet and declare and sign and threaten and hope and predict and promise. All this is fine and good, as long as we understand that what is involved is a game of illusion.

The difficult reality is that there will never be true peace here, and it is important to internalize that fact so as not to set out on paths from which there is no return.

The writer is a former MK.


October 26, 2007

Whatever We do, We will NOT get Peace

Dan Schueftan, a deputy director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa where he is also teaching political science, in an interview for the Jerusalem Post on April 5, 2007.

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If I may put it in a broader context: In 1977, when asked if I would leave the Sinai Peninsula for peace, I answered, "What [Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat is offering (a separate settlement removing Egypt from the active violent confrontation with Israel) is so critical for the future of Israel that I would have paid more than merely the Sinai Peninsula, but it has nothing to do with peace. And when we withdraw - indeed, the more we concede to Egyptian demands - the more hostility, hatred and anti-Semitism we will arouse."

I don't expect the Arabs to accept us. Even the elite among the Arab citizens of Israel don't. They would like to undermine our national existence.

Let me stress that I'm not offering concessions because the Arabs deserve them. When they try to destroy us, they deserve nothing. The question is not, "Will we get peace with the Palestinians in return for these concessions?" Because, whatever we do, we will not get peace.

I have one consideration only: How to guarantee Israeli society's continuing to be as strong as it is. Individual Israelis may be extremely unpleasant, but when you look at the Israeli collective, you cannot but be amazed by the strength and resilience of the society as a whole under extreme pressure. Poets should be praising it. Its strength is manifested in the fact that, on the one hand, it does not turn in the direction of capitulation, like the Europeans; and on the other hand, it does not turn in the direction of radicalization, like the Palestinians.

The beauty of Israeli society is that the more pressure you put on it, the more it gravitates to the center. It is the eighth wonder of the world. Look, people are not leaving this country. People don't take their money out of this country. Democracy is flourishing - and if it is threatened, it it is threatened from the direction of anarchy, rather than fascism: In other words, what is threatening the separation of powers in government is not the army, but the Supreme Court. Now, I don't like it, but if you are at war, and your problem is with the Supreme Court, that's somewhat comforting.

Imagine, 25 years ago, we were on the brink of tearing society apart on the Sephardi-Ashkenazi issue. Today, we've got almost a million kids who don't know whether they're Sephardi or Ashkenazi. We all but solve problems of a magnitude and multitude that nobody in the world even encounters. This is a most impressive society, and it's our No. 1 asset. In our arsenal, if there's one thing hostile Arabs should fear, it is the strength of Israeli society.

A few weeks ago, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, I was asked if Israel lost its deterrence after the Lebanon War. I facetiously responded, "You don't understand. If I were a hostile Arab, I'd be frightened of Israel, because this country survives in spite of Amir Peretz's being defense minister."

This is a society that basically says, "If the government doesn't function, we'll function without government." And it works!

This is a country that, after six years of war - with buses and pizzerias and cafes exploding, and then a million people living in bomb shelters - has a booming economy.

We may be able to do with less aircraft and fewer tanks. We can even survive confrontations with the Arabs that we don't exactly win. But if, God forbid, we undermine the strength of Israeli society, we're doomed.

My concern is not whether we will have peace, because we won't. And my concern is not whether the Palestinians will stop turning to terrorism, because they won't. My consideration is whether Israeli society will be as strong today and tomorrow as it was yesterday. In this context, we must understand that the perpetuation of the status quo, in the long run, is not an option.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

America's Most Enthusiastic Ally

America may feel frustrated by the ingratitude of the Europeans who seem to be never able to appreciate the fact of being saved three times (twice from the Germans and once from the Russians) by the super power. Neither this prickly and always begging for more money Israel gives the USA any reason to feel proud about as it has recently switched from winning blitz krieg wars in seven days to months long unconvincing air bombing campaigns.

Yet not everything is lost for the mighty America. There are still bright spots in the world where visiting Yankees can expect hospitality, if not an overly enthusiastic reception. The following piece from the Washington Post's article on an absolutely unrelated subject provides a surprising glimpse into the intensity of the pro American sentiment in . . . Muslim Albania !!!

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While esteem for the United States is falling in much of the world, pro-Americanism among the population here has deep and virtually uninterrupted roots. This sentiment began, as many Albanians can recite, with President Woodrow Wilson's support for Albanian independence. The United States also won gratitude by opposing more than four decades of communist dictatorship that ended in the early 1990s.

Intervention by warplanes of the United States and other NATO countries on behalf of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1999 boosted that standing further. Today, Albania is a steadfast ally of the United States, sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and pursuing hopes of joining the NATO alliance itself.

A visit by President Bush to Tirana this summer prompted tumultuous celebration on the streets. One local newspaper had just run an editorial headlined: "Please occupy us." (!!! NB)

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Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, October 17, 200


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Thursday, October 18, 2007

BioFix It !!!

Last updated: October 18, 2007

August 24, 2007

Israel21c reports that for the last two years an Israeli company that goes under the name of Seambiotic has been running a successful pilot of its biofixation technology at a coal burning power station of the IEC (Israel Electric Company) at Ashkelon. Similar technologies are under development by GreenFuel and others, yet, as it appears from Israel21c's report, Seambiotic is the first company to have successfully passed the pilot stage. In fact, Seambiotic is planning a production plant by the next year with a major international partner. There is apparently no shortage in candidates.

The method should be a very simple one as Seambiotic is reported to have spent on R&D an absolutely ridiculous sum of $2 million. The company stayed clear from fancy bioreactors opting instead for shallow ponds filled with sea water. To be fair, the IEC also played its part in keeping development costs low. Not only the IEC allowed Seambiotic to use one of its power plants for a trial, it has also contributed some gas filtering technology to the project.

According to Noam Menczel, Seambiotic's director of investor relations, the company's developments have stirred interest around the world, specifically in Brazil, which has become one of the champions of R&D in the area of alternative and renewable fuels.

"A Brazilian professor wrote to us recently, 'if that algae of yours has the better features as you say it does, we will close our sugar cane operations and switch to algae,'" said Menczel.

If all goes according to plan, Seambiotic plans to build its first large-scale biofuel reactor by next year and hopes to do so with a large international partner. Several potentials are already knocking on the door.

Menczel reports that Seambiotic is meeting with electric plant operators from Hawaii, Singapore, Italy and India, all keen on hearing about Seambiotic's technology.

"As we have already developed and produced algae through the process, our main goal is to market the installation and development of our unique algae growing system around the world," notes Menczel, who adds that Seambiotic's approach includes a special system to filter out heavy smoke.

IEC senior engineer Gabriel Jinjikhashvily says that besides offering their coal-burning site as a pilot plant for Seambiotic, the power station also lends its know-how to help fulfill the company's dream. And in return, the IEC is getting some vital experience from Seambiotic.

Recently, the IEC became part of a European consortium, working with universities from Holland, Germany and France, aimed at developing new water technologies in the scope of climate change - project GLOWA 'Global Change in the Hydrological Cycle'.

"Seambiotic provided an opportunity for us to test the applicability of membranes [gas filters] developed by our European consortium, where we aim to separate carbon dioxide from the other flue gases," said Jinjikhashvily.

"The greatest problem today when dealing with carbon dioxide emissions is separating them from the other gases. The target of this multi-national group is to develop new membranes that are both cheap and efficient," he added.

According to Seambiotic's CEO Bechar: "By raising the level of carbon dioxide emissions in the water we increased the yield [of algae] one million-fold compared to the natural state in the sea."


The potential significance of any major breakthrough in the field of algal farming cannot be overstated, in particular given that so much of the effort in this sector goes into capturing and reprocessing carbonic emissions from coal burning power plants through the process called biofixation. The world has abundant reserves of coal. Coal is nowhere close to start running out. The two most important energy markets - the US and China - have all major coal reserves and coal is widespread in other parts of the world too. Biodiesel produced from algae can be mixed with regular diesel in whatever combinations and no specially designed flex engines are normally needed. By combining coal burning power plants with algal farming the US and the whole world can both satisfy their needs in electric power and motor fuel at the same time without having to buy one single barrel of Arab oil.

One cannot help feeling frustrated by the lack of action on the part of the Israeli government in this respect. It's a shame that Seambiotic will be now installing its systems all over the world from Hawaii to Singapore while Israel will be stuck with a few experimental ponds at Ashkelon. The story of Solel seems to be about to replay itself. The government should aggressively move in with a view of switching all power plants to algal farming.

Finally, I cannot avoid stating the obvious and this is that so much of the Israeli whining about the difficult region the Israelis are living in and Israel's permanently precarious security situation has little basis in the reality or rather Israel has these problems but they are self inflicted ones. If Israel decides that it really wants it and gets its acts together it can obliterate the whole region around it without shooting one single bullet. The Middle East, reeling from the impact of a demographic explosion without precedent in human history, is just waiting for somebody to come and biofix it to go into free fall. And doing this will cost Israel many times less than designing highly sophisticated missile interceptors or trying to draft every single moving thing in this country to the army. It's imagination and will that are missing, but the potential is here.

Even if Israel is not ready to contemplate this course of action for the sake of its future and security, I would still recommend doing this just for the sake of our spiritual and emotional well-being. Talking to neighbors and making peace can be a big fun, I don't argue about this, yet in terms of emotional satisfaction they don't come even close to the joy of watching Arabs and Persians drowning in their oil. After all, who said life cannot be a picnic?


I really hope that right people keep reading this post . . .

September 10, 2007

Exhaust Gas Economics

The venerable Economist in its last technological survey raises an interesting point regarding the future of biofixation. After brief covering of different technologies that attempt to capture exhaust gases from power plants by using photosynthesis, the Economist reminds ts readers of one very old truth: There can be no free lunch.

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GreenFuel claims that over the course of a year, a hectare (2.5 acres) of its reactors should be able to produce 30,000 litres (8,000 American gallons) of oil, which could be used as biodiesel, and enough carbohydrates to be fermented into 9,000 litres of ethanol, which can be used as a substitute for petrol.

There is, of course, no free lunch. As Rob Carlson of the University of Washington points out, if money is to be made selling products made from exhaust gas, then that gas goes from being waste matter to being a valuable resource. Far from giving it away, power companies might even start charging for it. That would, indeed, be a reversal of fortune.


The IEC should pay attention. At the least biofixation can open a new market before coal plants owners by enabling them to sell carbonic emissions to companies that grow algae to produce biofuels. But there is no reason why the IEC and other power companies cannot take matters in their hands and start producing biofuels themselves.

The IEC may buy the same Seambiotic or develop its own technology to convert exhaust gas from its plants into biodiesel and ethanol. In this way one day it may even become a true energy company, one that concerns itself with producing energy in all its varieties, from electricity to motor fuel. On this day the old oil companies may find themselves competing head to head with something much bigger and better organized than tiny and chronically cash starved start-ups the GreenFuel and Seambiotic style.

September 19, 2007

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Petrobras is a Brazilian oil company that is the main driving force behind the country's push towards biofuels.

October 18, 2007

The Crazier The Better

The Economist was reporting recently on one of the craziest ideas ever circulated regarding algaculture. It's not even about growing algae in open ponds, it's about growing biodiesel in the open ocean. The original idea was about floating iron filings in a concentrated form in some areas of the global oceanic system as a way to stimulate growth of algae. The algae would absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, die and sink. Now the original theory gave birth to the next idea:

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The law of unintended consequences argues against doing any such thing, of course. But an experiment carried out a decade ago in the Southern Ocean suggests that the underlying idea is sound—and at a conference in Oxford this week, John Munford, an independent British researcher, suggested that a more modest version of the “fertilise the oceans” project might indeed help to stop climate change.

Mr Munford's proposal is to harvest the algae, rather than allowing them to die and sink. He notes that many species of algae pack a far denser punch energy-wise than the plants now used as energy crops. In particular, they produce oils of the sort valued as biodiesel, and are attracting a lot of attention from scientists and entrepreneurs looking for fuels to replace mineral oils.

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Sep 20th 2007
From The Economist print edition


Harvesting algae in open ocean should be a tricky business yet the stakes are also high. According to Munford an area the size of the North Sea turned into an open ocean biodiesel plantation could possibly completely replace the fossil fuels used today for transportation needs (it does not include of course coal used for power generation).

As far fetched as this theory may seem to some, this is only half crazy as a recent report on solar energy prepared by no one else but Pentagon itself. The report calls on the US government to dramatically speed up the work over the next generation space-based solar power. The idea is to beam solar power from space to Earth.

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The report, "Space-Based Solar Power as an Opportunity for Strategic Security," was undertaken by the Pentagon's National Security Space Office this spring as a collaborative effort that relied heavily on Internet discussions by more than 170 scientific, legal, and business experts around the world. The Space Frontier Foundation, an activist organization normally critical of government-led space programs, hosted the website used to collect input for the report.

Speaking at a press conference held here Oct. 10 to unveil the report, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Paul Damphousse of the National Space Security Space Office said the six-month study, while "done on the cheap," produced some very positive findings about the feasibility of space-based solar power and its potential to strengthen U.S. national security.

"One of the major findings was that space-based solar power does present strategic opportunity for us in the 21st century," Damphousse said. "It can advance our U.S. and partner security capability and freedom of action and merits significant additional study and demonstration on the part of the United States so we can help either the United State s develop this, or allow the commercial sector to step up."

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While the upfront costs are steep, Mankins and others said space-based solar power's potential to meet the world's future energy needs is huge.

According to the report, "a single kilometer-wide band of geosynchronous earth orbit experiences enough solar flux in one year to nearly equal the amount of energy contained within all known recoverable conventional oil reserves on Earth today."

Brian Berger
Space News Staff Writer Fri Oct 12, 7


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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


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Monday, October 15, 2007

Rebels and Gorillas

Last updated: August 3, 2009

October 15, 2007

The following piece left me deeply puzzled . . .

Associated Press
Monday, October 8, 2007

KINSHASA, Congo, Oct. 7 -- Rebels have seized an area in eastern Congo that serves as a wildlife habitat for endangered mountain gorillas, threatening one of the last known populations of the animals, conservationists said Sunday.

Shelling and heavy gunfire could be heard from the headquarters of the Virunga National Park, and rangers were forced to flee over the weekend, according to the international conservation group WildlifeDirect.

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"This conflict has no place in the park, least of all in the habitat of these animals," said Norbert Mushenzi, director of the southern section of the park for the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature.

The area containing the mountain gorillas was also attacked in January, when two silverbacks were killed. Four months ago, the body of a female gorilla was found. Conservationists say it was killed execution-style (!!! NB).

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What does it mean it was killed execution-style? They are trying to say that the gorilla was blindfolded and shot while standing on its knees?


I decided to include this gorilla in my 'Shalom Haver' (Farewell) series. There the gorilla will be in a good company of Tsedek, Farfur and Mullah Dadullah.

August 3, 2009

Leave them in peace

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer – Sun Aug 2, 2:31 pm ET

WASHINGTON – A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine.


Leave the poor gorillas in peace, you sick bustards...

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Wake up a friend during Lebanese Civil War

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