Thursday, December 28, 2006

[OBRL-News-Bulletin] PLEASE SUPPORT OBRL - Activity Report & Winter Funding Drive

Activity Report and Winter Funding Drive

Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory (OBRL)
Greensprings Center
PO Box 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520 USA
tel/fax: 541-552-0118

From: James DeMeo, Ph.D., Director of OBRL


Dear Friend of Orgonomy, and of OBRL,

Almost 30 years ago, I founded the Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory (OBRL) as a means to support my research into Wilhelm Reich's orgone biophysical and sociological discoveries.   Since then, OBRL has grown into a major center for orgonomic research and education, relying upon sales of our publications, and the generosity of sympathetic donors.

As participants at past OBRL Seminars, readers of our publications (Pulse of the Planet, Heretic's Notebook, Saharasia, Orgone Accumulator Handbook) and subscribers to the OBRL-News or Quarterly internet postings, you are familiar with my research, as well as the OBRL circle of informal associates, including laboratory findings, desert-greening field work, and educational efforts aimed at maintaining clarity about, and furthering the work begun by Wilhelm Reich in the first half of the 20th Century.

Over many years, I have personally emphasized bringing research findings which support Reich into mainstream university conferences and scientific society meetings, such as the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Over the last six years, an especially focused effort has been made in this regard, resulting in many presentations of even the controversial orgone energy and cloudbusting work into mainstream scientific venues, with numerous invited articles as a consequence.  This sustained effort has melted at least some of the mainstream resistance to orgonomic research, and continued efforts are underway.

More details on my overall approach to this important work, and the role of OBRL within contemporary orgonomic research, our relationship to other research scientists in this field, can be obtained from the following summaries:

- An in-depth "OBRL Progress Report" from a few years ago appears in Pulse of the Planet #5, p.251-257, and all the back issues of Pulse provide excellent overviews:
- A Report on one of our past year's Summer Seminars is also now posted to internet:
- A Booklet of Abstracts is also available for the 2005 Summer Conference on New Research in Orgonomy:
- A Research Report for 2006 is now available:
- And our Summer 2007 Greensprings Independent Study Program is also set and detailed:

All of this important work, our seminars and publications, as well as the maintenance and development of OBRL offices and website, requires substantial resources, and our future work plans are as ambitious as anything accomplished in the past.

Please Help OBRL To Continue With This Important Work.

We request that you, as a valued participant in our efforts, please consider sending a financial contribution.  Your donation will help us continue with this vitally important work and our  innovative services, which include the following:

* Laboratory Studies on the Orgone Energy. One current focus of research is upon the Orgone Accumulator Thermal Anomaly - readings of around 0.3 deg C. with anomalous "heartbeat" pulsations have been recorded.  Another focus is the orgone-charging of Geiger-Muller (radiation-detection) tubes, and we have been able to reproduce Reich's basic observations as well.

* Historical and Analytical Research, on the subject of "Ether-Drift" research since the 1900s, including the work of Dayton Miller, and their relationship to the findings of Reich and others on cosmic orgone energy, and planetary/atmospheric dynamics.

* Field Research with the Reich Cloudbuster. Reich's atmospheric discoveries have been cautiously and productively applied to end severe droughts in the American Southwest, Namibia, Israel, and Eritrea.  This work is only possible with significant help from donors.  New field applications are planned in 2007, given increasing conditions of drought and desert-expansion.

* Archaeological and Historical Research on Saharasia.  New findings are now available documenting the widespread nature of early Peaceful Societies, solving the "Origins of Violence" or "Origins of Armoring" question, as an outgrowth of my Saharasia research.

*  The On-Line Bibliography on Orgonomy (1920 to the present) posted to the OBRL website, available globally without charge.

*  Video/DVD Archives. An effort is now underway to preserve our considerable archives of videotaped lectures and documentation of field expeditions and laboratory work  onto digital DVD, for permanent archival and safekeeping.

*  Books and Publications, including our in-house journal Pulse of the Planet, continue to spread accurate and timely information supporting Reich's discoveries world-wide.  The second edition of Saharasia recently was completed and published, and we have organized to publish Roberto Maglione's Healing of Atmospheres, due out early in 2007.  My new book Greening Deserts continues organization towards publication, and plans are in the works for another issue of Pulse of the Planet, a reprinting of Jim Martin's important book Wilhelm Reich and the Cold War, as well as a new work on the question of the cosmological ether-drift, and its relation to orgone energy .

*  Greensprings Conference & Seminars. Held every summer at the OBRL Greensprings Center near Ashland, Oregon, since 1996.   In Summer 2005, we made a special new offering, of a Conference on New Research in Orgonomy, with an international list of presenters.  A similar New Research Conference will take place in 2007 as part of a larger event organized independently by Peter Jones in Manchester, UK.    OBRL will, in Summer 2007, host a Guided Independent Study Program in General Orgonomy.  I've also been invited to speak about my work, and Reich's work, at a number of international conferences for 2007.

OBRL-News and OBRL-Quarterly, our free on-line internet newsletters, continue to circulate our general announcements, as well as many rare and lesser-known items of public interest. To get "plugged in" to our announcements, please subscribe to OBRL-Quarterly using the links near the bottom of the OBRL homepage:

OBRL has benefited over the years from the generosity of our network of supporters.  We need to meet our financial goals for the next year, while planning ahead for the future. To continue with this important work, we need your support.

Please consider making a donation, by mail, check, or using your credit-card on-line. Donating on-line is a simple and secure method.  Or, consider to add OBRL to your will or trust.

To donate right now visit:

Donation checks can also be mailed to OBRL, to the letterhead address.  OBRL is a 501(c)3 status non-profit organization, and your donation is fully tax-deductible. To request more information, or to inquire about making a large gift or bequest, please call, e-mail, or write to us.

Thank you in advance for your support.


James DeMeo, Ph.D.

Special Notes: 

1. You can access this same fundraising letter with numerous photographs of the OBRL Center and topics of research, online at:


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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

[OBRL-News-Bulletin] The trouble with soy, part 3

Another great move by the FDA, and reason to support breastfeeding.  Go to the original item for links to parts 1 and 2.   Interesting once again, this information comes out not from the "consumer progressives" who are all for washing down your Ritalin and Prozac with a nice glass of soy milk, but from the conservatives.   J.D.

The trouble with soy, part 3
Jim Rutz
Posted: December 26, 2006

For many people, the most shocking new revelations about soy are not the increased risks of breast and other cancers [1-2], the link to childhood leukemia [3-6], the failure to prevent heart disease [7-8], infertility [9-10], or thyroid damage, with its symptoms of weight gain, fatigue and depression [11-13]. What really startles many of us is soy's impact on male sex organs, estrogen overload, testosterone suppression, and premature female puberty [14].

The root sex problem is that soy is loaded with isoflavones, plant estrogens that operate like human female estrogen, which occurs naturally in our bodies, male and female. These "phytoestrogens" cause serious developmental problems. They're only 1/1,000th to 1/1,200th the potency of human estrogen, ounce for ounce, but it's common for babies to consume them in such large quantities that they overwhelm their bodies' delicate testosterone-estrogen balance, leaving their victim - male or female - with a wild variety of lifelong symptoms, sometimes even disfigurement [15-19].

Toxicologists estimate that an infant fed exclusively on soy formula is getting the equivalent of three to five birth control pills - per day [20]. One study found that soy-fed babies had 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen in their blood than milk-fed babies [21].

These are not just curious, isolated data. One percent of U.S. girls are now growing breasts or pubic hair before age three. By age eight, either of these two abnormalities is appearing among 14.7 percent of white girls and a staggering 48.3 percent of black girls [22]. Why so many black girls? Probably because they are more likely to be given soy infant formula. They are being robbed of their girlhood. Soy formula-fed girls are also more likely to have lifelong menstrual problems (primarily longer and more painful periods), hormonal changes associated with infertility, and other health problems. If this isn't a national medical emergency, I don't know what is.

The situation is just as bad for boys. Boy babies fed soy formula may go into puberty late - or not at all. Some of these boys are so feminized that their breasts grow but their penises don't. Some mature into adults with penises not much bigger than the ones they were born with! Others might look normal and go through puberty on time, but can't father children because their sperm are too few in number (or poor swimmers and/or unable to fertilize eggs) [23]. Sperm counts dropped 50 percent between 1939 and 1990 and are continuing to go down at the rate of 2 percent per year [24]. (Another national emergency.) Men make sperm throughout their lives, of course, but production ability can be seriously hurt by soy during the first trimester of pregnancy, during infancy, and early childhood [24-25].

It's not just the sex organs that are affected during the key developmental phases of pregnancy and infancy. The brain, too, can be irrevocably changed by excess estrogens, which suppress testosterone. That may contribute to altered sexual behavior and sexual preference. Estrogenized males of many species are more likely to suffer from ADD/ADHD and even to perform more like females on tests [26-28].

Soy won't hurt a grown man the same way. It's apt to flatten his libido, but won't affect the size or shape of his sex organs. (Against my better judgment, I took a national TV interview last week. They handed a bowl of soy stuff to a guy in the studio audience. After he had munched for thirty seconds, the host asked him, "Well, you startin' to feel kinda swishy yet?" Good comedy, but highly misleading.)

However, soy can cause gynecomastia (female-looking breasts) within months. A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that men eating whopping amounts of soy experienced breast enlargement and even some nipple discharge [29]. They ate a lot more soy than most of us would, but it serves as fair warning.

Moms eating soy during pregnancy are putting their babies at risk because isoflavones swim right through the placenta [30-31]. This can mess up hormonal balance, especially during the first three months, when male fetuses are in a crucial developmental stage and absolutely must have adequate testosterone. Those that get plant estrogens instead of mom's testosterone are at risk for birth defects like cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) and/or hypospadias, in which the opening of the penis is underneath instead of at the tip [32]. Although undescended testicles can be corrected fairly easily through surgery, hypospadias is far more serious. In worst case scenarios, it can require as many as 10 separate operations. Even then, the boy may not grow up to be an adult male with full sexual function. His penis typically never gets longer than one and a half inches [33].

Hypospadias is on the rise in the U.S. and Europe, and now occurs in one out of 125 births [34]. This coincides with the greater numbers of industrial chemicals in the environment, but also with the growing popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets. A British study in 2000 showed that vegetarian mothers are five times more likely to give birth to a boy with hypospadias than mothers who eat a varied diet [35]. Sadly, vegan moms-to-be think they are eating healthfully when they swig soy milk, nosh on soy nuts, and eat veggie burgers. The tragic result can be undescended testicles, hypospadias or even homosexuality. No study says that soy dooms a child to homosexuality, but it's not hard to believe that at some point during pregnancy babies are hardwired for sexual preference. (See the Psychological Medicine article in endnote 27 below.)
Pediatricians are seeing so many over-estrogenized boys today with breasts, delayed puberty and /or behavioral problems that they've come up with the terms "Developmental Estrogenization Syndrome" and "Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome" [36].
Right now, no evidence indicates that soy during childhood or adulthood is likely to change sexual preference. The danger zone is the first three months of both pregnancy and infancy, when male physiology and brain circuitry are still developing. In other words, a girl-chasing, football-playing college boy won't go gay even if he becomes a vegetarian or snacks all day on soy energy bars. (He might develop thyroid or other health problems or lose most of his libido, though.)

My larger concern is that the increasing number of less robust 15-year-olds who are already "struggling with their sexual identity" will be shoved over that thin line into homosexuality. No, they won't wake up some morning with floppy wrists and a nasal lisp, but they may begin to gravitate toward social circles where they feel more comfortable - and less expected to be rowdy or brag about a string of sexual conquests. And once a teen is ensconced in a homosexual milieu, breaking free from it could mean abandoning his best friends.

Does the idea that soy can cause so much trouble sound like Rutz sensationalism? Don't just take my word for it. Here's what government health experts in Israel and France have decided: The Israeli Health Ministry has looked long and hard at the evidence and concluded that its citizens won't "be fruitful and multiply" if they eat too much soy. It has warned that babies should not receive any soy formula, that children to age 18 should not eat soy more than once a day (to a maximum of 3 times a week), and that adults should beware because of breast cancer and adverse effects on fertility [37].

The French, meanwhile, intend to maintain their reputation as ardent lovers. Food manufacturers in France will soon have to remove those dangerous plant estrogens from soy formula and to put warning labels on soyfoods and soy milk. French Food Agency experts see the biggest risks as being to children under three and women who have been diagnosed with or have breast cancer in their families [38]. The British Dietetic Association also warns parents to avoid soy formula [39].
Lots of Americans accept everything our FDA and NIH say as gospel. Those poor souls are now in danger because their trusted government watchdogs have yet to bark any warnings about soy. However, Daniel Sheehan, PhD, one of the FDA's top toxicologists, has warned that that infants fed soy-based formulas have been placed at risk in a "large, uncontrolled and basically unmonitored human infant experiment."

Do you really want to put your child into that experiment?

Next week: More news about soy - all documented, all bad.

       1.      Fallon, S, Daniel KT, Sanda W. Responses to Docket 2004Q-0151 Solae Company Health Claim on Cancer. Documents submitted to the FDA, June 14, 2004, January 20, 2005 and April 11, 2005. Posted at under "Soy Alert."
        3.      Daniel, Kaayla T. The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food (New Trends, 2004).379-394. Overview of how soy can cause, contribute to or accelerate the growth of cancers, including 131 references. Includes about 200 real-life horror stories that will make you run screaming into the kitchen and toss out anything with soy on the label!
        5.      Strick R, Strissel PL et al. Dietary bioflavonids induce cleavage in the MLL gene and may contribute to infant leukemia. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2000, 25,97, 9, 4790-95.
        7.      Editorial. Infantile leukemia and soybeans - a hypothesis. Leukemia, 1999, 13, 317-20.
        9.      Ross JA, Potter JD et al. Maternal exposure to potential inhibitors of DNA topoisomerase II and infant leukemia (United States) a report from the Children's Cancer Group, Cancer Causes Control, 1996,7, 581-590.
        11.     Hengstler JG, Helmerdingert CK et al. Dietary topoisomerase II- poisons: contribution of soy products to leukemia? EXCL J, 2002, 1, 8-14.
        13.     Sacks FM, Lichtenstien A et al. Soy protein, isoflavones and cardiovascular health: an American Heart Association Science Advisory for professionals from the nutrition committee. Circulation, 2006, Feb 21, 113, 7, 1034-44. Epub Jan 17, 2006.
        15.     Stauffer BL, Konhilas JP et al. Soy diet worsens heart disease in mice. J Clin Invest, 2006, Jan, 116, 1, 209-16.
        17.     Daniel op cit. 357-78. Overview of soy and infertility with 103 references.
        19.     Jefferson WN, Padilla-Banks E, Newbold RR. Adverse effects on female development and reproduction in CD-1 mice following neonatal exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein at environmentally relevant doses. Biol Reprod, 2005, Oct; 73, 4, 798-806. Epub June 1, 2005. A recent, well-designed National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences study.
        21.     Daniel, Kaayla T. op cit, 311-330. Comprehensive overview of the scientific literature on soy and thyroid disease with 80 references.
        23.     Ishizuki Y, Hirooka et al. The effects on the thyroid gland of soybeans administered experimentally in healthy subjects. Nippon Naibundi Gakkai Zasshi, 1991, 67, 622-629. Translation by Japan Communication Service, Wellington, NZ.
        25.     Divi RL, Chang HC, Doerge DR. Antithyroid isoflavones from soybean. Biochem Pharmacol, 1997, 54, 1087-1096.
        27.     Daniel, Kaayla T. op cit, 331--378. Overview of the scientific literature on the effects of soy formula and soy foods on male and female reproductive system development with 201 references.
        29.     Ibid. 295-309 and 331-378.
        31.     Franke, AA, Custer LG et al. Quantification of phytoestrogens in legumes by HPLC. J Agric Food Chem, 1994, 42, 1905-13.
        33.     Markiewicz J, Garey J et al. In vitro bioassays of non-steroidal phytoestrogens. J Steroids Biochem Mol Biol, 1993, 45, 5, 399-405.
        35.     Irvine CHG, Fitzpatrick MG, Alexander SL. Phytoestrogens in soy-based infant foods: concentrations, daily intake and possible biological effects. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med, 1998, 217, 247-253.
        37.     Setchell KDR, Zimmer-Nechemias L et al. Exposure of infants to phyto-oestrogens from soy-based infant formula. Lancet, 1997, 350, 9070.
        39.     Office of the Swiss Federal Health Service Bulletin #28, July 20, 1992.
        41.     Setchell KDR, Zimmer-Nechemias L et al. Isoflavone content of infant formulas and the metabolic fate of these phytoestrogens in early life. Am J Clin Nutr, 1998, 69 (suppl) 1453S-61S.
        43.     Giddens, Herman et al. Secondary sexual characteristics and menses in young girls seen in office practice. Study from the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network, 1997, 99, 4, 505-512.
        45.     Daniel, Kaayla. op cit. 332-339, 365-374.
        47.     Sharpe R, Shakkeback N. Are oestrogens involved in falling sperm counts and disorders of the male reproductive tract? Lancet, 1993, 341, 1292-1345.
        49.     Auger J, Kunstmann J et al. Decline in semen quality among fertile men in Paris during the past 20 years. NEJM, 1995, 332, 5, 281-85.
        51.     Hines M. Hormonal and neural correlates of sex-typed behavioral development in human beings. In Marc Haug, ed. The Development of Sex Differences and Similarities in Behavior (Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic, 1993). 131-147.
        53.     Harrison PJ, Everall IP et al. Is homosexuality hardwired? Sexual orientation and brain structure. Psych Med, 1994, 24, 811-16.
        55.     Lund TD, West TW et al. Visual spatial memory is enhanced in female rats BMC Neurosci, 2001, 1, 1-13.
        57.     Squires, Sally. Nutrition not for women only. Boys and men can benefit from soy too. Washington Post, June 8, 2004. Hard to believe, but the Washington Post diet columnist gave this a positive spin despite the report of breast enlargement, nipple discharge, and lowered testosterone!
        59.     Foster WG, Chan S et al. Detection of phytoestrogens in samples of second trimester amniotic fluid. Toxicol Letter, 2004, 129, 3, 199-205.
        61.     Doerge DR, Churchwell MI et al. Placental transfer of the soy isoflavone genistein following dietary and gavage administration to Sprague Dawley rats. Reprod Toxicol 2001, 15, 2, 105-10.
        63.     Daniel, Kaayla. op cit, 370-374. Overview of male fetal development, hormonal needs, endocrine disruption caused by soy backed by numerous scientific references, including textbooks.
        65.     Baskin, Laurence, ed. Hypospadias and Genital Development, Advances in Experimental Biology and Medicine, vol 545. (N.Y. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004. The definitive textbook.
        67.     Ibid.
        69.     North K, Golding J. A maternal diet in pregnancy is associated with hypospadias. BJU Int, 2000, 35, 107-13.
        71.     Baskin, op cit.
        73.     Siegel-Itzkovich J. Health committee warns of potential dangers of soya. BMJ, 2005, July 30, 331, 7511, 254.
        75.     Press Release, AFSSA (Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Aliments (French Food Safety Agency), March 9, 2005,Translation available online at
        77.     British Dietetic Association. Paediatric group position statement on the use of soya protein for infants. J Fam Health Care, 2003, 13, 4, 93.


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

[OBRL-News-Bulletin] CONFERENCE on NEW RESEARCH IN ORGONOMY, United Kingdom, Mid-August 2007




18-19 August, Saturday-Sunday, Summer 2007
Lancashire (near Manchester) UK
A Scientific Conference, Open to the General Public
Hosted by CORE (Centre for Orgonomic Research and Education)
as part of a larger 7-day event.

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The Center for Orgonomic Research and Education (CORE) in Great Britain/UK will be hosting a 2-day Conference on New Research in Orgonomy in Summer 2007. New research findings on the natural scientific and social aspects of Orgonomy -- the new science of life-energy functions in nature, as developed by the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich in the first half of the 20th Century -- will be presented and discussed by diverse research professionals. The event will take place on the weekend of 18-19 August 2007 at the Chipping Village Hall, Lancashire (near Manchester), UK ( The Conference will be open to professionals, students and the general public.

When: Weekend of 18-19 August 2007
Times: From 10 AM until 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday.
Where: At the Chipping Village Hall, Lancashire, UK. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Topics and Speakers (List will be internet posted later on):
Audience Participation and Round-Table Discussion Each presenter will have time to respond to questions from the audience. A Round-Table Discussion will also occur, among Conference Presenters on special topics of interest (to be announced), towards the end of the last day of the Conference.

Other Activities This special Conference on New Research in Orgonomy is part of a larger event being organized by CORE, as part of a 50th Anniversary dedication to the memory of Wilhelm Reich, founder of the science of orgonomy.

The overall event includes the following two sections:

1. Orgonomy Today
Conference:Talks and Demonstrations on the
Science of the Life Energy
Exhibition of Equipment and Experiments
Monday to Friday, 13-17 August 2007
for further information contact Peter Jones: pffj(at)
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2. New Research in Orgonomy
Weekend Research Seminar: Latest Research in the Field
Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 August 2007
"CALL FOR PAPERS" Notice Below
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CORE: Centre for Orgonomic Research and Education
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The forthcoming New Research in Orgonomy Conference held this year in the United Kingdom, and hosted by Peter Jones and CORE (Centre for Orgonomic Research and Education), will focus upon new research findings in the field of social and biophysical orgonomy, and will include various lectures, with slides and demonstrations. The event will be open to the general public for attendance. While the overall Lancashire event will include five days of presentations and demonstrations devoted to the basics of orgonomy, the "life of Reich" and elaborations of his basic discoveries, this additional weekend section will be a meeting of working scientists and researchers in the field of orgonomy, presenting their original findings to their peers, and to the interested public.

Professionals and independent scholars who have research findings in the field of natural scientific or social orgonomy, and who wish to present at this New Research Conference, should submit their presentation ideas for consideration to Dr. James DeMeo (contact info below) with the following information: As soon as possible, the Title of your proposed presentation, along with your full name and institutional affiliation, and contact information. This should be followed by a one-page Abstract of no more than 500 words, suitable for photocopy reproduction and distribution at the Conference, again with the author's name, institutional affiliation and contact information. You will be contacted shortly thereafter. A sample Abstract is provided at the website links below, with more information. Proposed paper Abstracts must arrive no later than May 1st, but paper Titles may be submitted and reviewed in advance of the Abstract.

Poster Presentations are also possible, as an alternative (or in addition) to orally-presented papers. Displays should cover a maximum size of around 2 meters wide x 1.5 meters tall, with Poster title, author(s) and affiliations. Displays should have full descriptions of the work being presented, with as much detail and photos with captions as possible, including citations.  Posters should be organized for easy reading from a distance -- type should be no less than about 1cm height. Poster presentations should follow all guidelines for Paper presentations, including submission of an Abstract.  See the Conference Website for more details.

SAMPLE ABSTRACT (with details)
TITLE OF PAPER (or Poster), bold, with Subtitle if Desired.
No more than two lines.
Name of Author(s) with major academic degree, Postal Mailing Address, E-mail and
other contact information, website, professional status and/or institutional affiliation.

Body of Abstract, no more than 500 words, single-spaced in 12 point Times normal or similar typeface and no more than one side of one page maximum. Center your Abstract on the page, and give a 1.5" margin on both left and right sides of the page. You may bold or put words into italics for emphasis, as you wish. A small number of citations are permitted -- use any standard format but with full information so as to allow others to obtain them via libraries. Also provide the full url for any internet-posted versions of the citation. A small photo or figure may also be included on the same page, but files should be no larger than around 1 mb (we only have a slow 56k dial-up connection). Send items either as an email or attached Microsoft Word document. Be sure to spell-check your Abstract and proof-read it, as it will be photocopied and distributed to Conference attendees and internet-posted as a PDF exactly as you submit it. We will review your Abstract, but don't have the time to proof-read or correct them. Be concise and to the point, summarize the main points only, with a brief summary and statement of conclusions. If you are uncertain about your idea, please firstly submit your proposed paper Title, for discussion. This is a scientific conference, so expect to have your ideas openly but constructively evaluated and critically reviewed. Depending upon the number of presenters, everyone will have from 20 to 60 minutes to present their findings, with a short period for questions and responses afterward. Selected papers may also be submitted in absentia for reading by another Conference attendee, but these are limited to 20 minutes of reading only, and arrangements must be made in advance by the author for the reading.

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More information on this Conference will be periodically posted to the Conference webpage.

If you are interested in attending, send us a short email and we will put your name on a special list for notifications.

Mark your calendars and plan accordingly!


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Friday, December 15, 2006

[OBRL-News-Bulletin] Carter's book: Hatred, Not Analysis

I supported Jimmy Carter's policy for renewable energy, which still is a viable option and if implemented in the 1980s would have put the USA on a much more secure future today.  Unfortunately, his new book on Israel and the Middle East makes a massacre of the facts, reflecting much the "popular truth" of the day, and so is worthwhile to critically review.   J.D.

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Hatred, Not Analysis
By Jacob Laksin | December 12, 2006

It is difficult to make O.J. Simpson seem like a model of authorial integrity. But with the release of his latest book, a biliously anti-Israel screed titled Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter may be credited with that dubious achievement.

Start with Carter's cynical use of the word "apartheid" to smear the Jewish state. As Carter makes clear in his book, he does not, titular histrionics aside, subscribe to the demonstrable absurdity that Israel is an apartheid state. The alleged injustice of Israeli policies "is unlike that in South Africa-not racism, but the acquisition of land," Carter writes toward the end of his book. In interviews, similarly, he has acknowledged that there is "no semblance of anything relating to apartheid within the nation of Israel."
Instead, according to Carter, "apartheid" is what happens under the Israeli "occupation" of Palestinian territory. This, of course, renders the term meaningless. Palestinian territories are entirely autonomous and, as the recent
firebombing of churches in Gaza and the West Bank attests, the only discrimination is practiced by Muslim militants against their Christian neighbors. Meanwhile, the sole restrictions employed by Israel - such as the security fence and border checkpoints - seek not to imprison Palestinians but to keep terrorists out.
For such nuances, Carter has little patience. As far as he is concerned, all the troubles of the region, from the lack of a peace settlement to the suffering of the Palestinians to the terrorist murder campaign against Israel, are directly attributable to Israeli policies. "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land," he asserts in his book.
Never mind that Israel has time and again volunteered to surrender all territories in exchange for a suspension of Palestinian terrorism and a recognition of its right to exist as a majority Jewish state. Disregard as well the fact that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza has only fanned the flames of Palestinian hatred and injected fresh vigor into the cause of the resident jihadists. For Carter, Israel's presence in the territories remains the source whence all evil flows. So terrible are the injustices committed by Israel that, during a recent
appearance on "Hardball," Carter even unburdened himself of the view that the Israeli occupation was worse than the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. Carter brooks no disagreement on this point. "No one can go [to the Palestinian territories] and visit the different cities in Palestine without agreeing with what I have said," Carter says.
Except that they can. More embarrassingly for the ex-president, "they" include all the foremost experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and even some of his onetime allies.
Of all the critics of Carter's book, the most unlikely may be Kenneth Stein. A professor of Israeli Studies at Emory University and the first executive director of the university's Carter Center - founded by and named for the former president - Stein not only accompanied Carter on diplomatic trips to the Middle East but also helped him co-author a book, The Blood of Abraham (1984). But last week Stein resigned from his position at the center and issued a devastating resignation
letter in which he described Carter, in so many words, as an incompetent, a liar, and a fraud.
Of Carter's book, whose title he described as "too inflammatory to even print," Stein said that it was "replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments." More troubling than Carter's prosecutorial and tendentious attacks on Israel, Stein noted, were his outright misrepresentations. In particular, Stein called attention to "meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book." (Carter does not deny that Stein was present at the meetings, but insists that his version of events is "completely accurate.")
In his suspicion that Carter fudged the facts to fit his anti-Israel agenda, Stein is not alone. Dennis Ross, who served as the Middle East envoy and chief negotiator between Israelis and Palestinians during the Clinton administration, is another critic deeply unimpressed with Carter's book. Ross points out that Carter's version of events at the 2000 summit at Camp David is a glaring inversion of the truth. Carter claims, for instance, that Prime Minister Ehud Barak rejected the Clinton administration's proposal of land for peace. In fact, Israel accepted the proposal, agreeing to a Palestinian state in all of Gaza and 97 percent of the West Bank. Barak even supported allocating $10 billion to
compensate Palestinian refugees.
Apart from getting his facts wrong, Carter may also have appropriated, without permission or attribution, a map from Ross's book, The Missing Peace, which recounts his attempts to forge a settlement between Israelis and Palestinians. And, sure enough, the map that appears in Carter's book bears a
striking resemblance to the one featured in The Missing Peace, and which Ross says he created specifically for the purpose of his book. For his part, Carter admits that he's never read Ross's book, which may at least explain his profound innocence of the Camp David summit.
Neither scenario is especially flattering for the ex-president. Either he's a thief, or he's an ignoramus.
Carter prefers a different explanation: He's a victim of a vast Jewish conspiracy. In Palestine, Carter trots out a theme previously aired by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in their now-notorious paper, "
The Israel Lobby." Attempting to explain why most Americans don't share his animus against Israel, Carter insists that it is "because of powerful political, economic, and religious forces in the United States" that allow no criticism of Israel. Lest this sound insufficiently specific, Carter alludes sinisterly to the "voices from Jerusalem" who "dominate in our media," in effect conspiring to make most Americans "unaware of circumstances in the occupied territories."
Now that has book has drawn pointed criticism Carter
warns darkly of Jewish domination of the media. "Book reviews in the mainstream media have been written mostly by representatives of Jewish organizations," he wrote in the Los Angeles Times. He has also taken to bemoaning the "powerful influence of AIPAC." At the same time, Carter complains that his offers to speak about his book have been rejected "on university campuses with high Jewish enrollment." Even more frustrating for Carter, he has been accused - for reasons that evidently elude him - of being an anti-Semite.
So embarrassing have Carter's polemical eructations become that the
Democratic leadership has in recent months sought to distance itself from the party's erstwhile standard bearer. However, there is at least one policy worthy who shares Carter's vision for the Middle East: his longtime friend James Baker. Even before Baker's Iraq Study Group had issued its report, Carter was gushing over its proposal to court Syria and Iran, which Carter called the region's "benevolently inclined powers," while exerting new pressure on Israel.
That's not particularly surprising. Party affiliation aside, there has always been a certain symmetry between Carter and Baker's approach to the Jewish state. History will remember Baker for his famous "f-ck the Jews" remark. But it would have been equally apt as the title of Carter's newest tome.


Some additional critiques of the Carter book, which are an education in themselves as to the falsehoods standing behind much of the Jew-hatred and anti-Israel sentiments of the MSM and pro-Palestinian political left:

Here's another, which recounts the usual deceptions and "lies of omission":

The World According to Carter
 November 22, 2006
Sometimes you really can tell a book by its cover. President Jimmy Carter's decision to title his new anti-Israel screed "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" (Simon & Schuster, 288 pages, $27) tells it all. His use of the loaded word "apartheid," suggesting an analogy to the hated policies of South Africa, is especially outrageous, considering his acknowledgment buried near the end of his shallow and superficial book that what is going on in Israel today "is unlike that in South Africa-not racism, but the acquisition of land." Nor does he explain that Israel's motivation for holding on to land it captured in a defensive war is the prevention of terrorism. Israel has tried, on several occasions, to exchange land for peace, and what it got instead was terrorism, rockets, and kidnappings launched from the returned land.

In fact, Palestinian-Arab terrorism is virtually missing from Mr. Carter's entire historical account, which blames nearly everything on Israel and almost nothing on the Palestinians. Incredibly, he asserts that the initial violence in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict occurred when "Jewish militants" attacked Arabs in 1939. The long history of Palestinian terrorism against Jews - which began in 1929, when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem ordered the slaughter of more than 100 rabbis, students, and non-Zionist Sephardim whose families had lived in Hebron and other ancient Jewish cities for millennia - was motivated by religious bigotry. The Jews responded to this racist violence by establishing a defense force. There is no mention of the long history of Palestinian terrorism before the occupation, or of the Munich massacre and others inspired byYasser Arafat. There is not even a reference to the Karine A, the boatful of terrorist weapons ordered by Arafat in January 2002.

Mr. Carter's book is so filled with simple mistakes of fact and deliberate omissions that were it a brief filed in a court of law, it would be struck and its author sanctioned for misleading the court. Mr. Carter too is guilty of misleading the court of public opinion. A mere listing of all of Mr. Carter's mistakes and omissions would fill a volume the size of his book. Here are just a few of the most egregious:

Mr. Carter emphasizes that "Christian and Muslim Arabs had continued to live in this same land since Roman times," but he ignores the fact that Jews have lived in Hebron, Tzfat, Jerusalem, and other cities for even longer. Nor does he discuss the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries since 1948.

Mr. Carter repeatedly claims that the Palestinian Arabs have long supported a two-state solution and the Israelis have always opposed it. Yet he makes no mention of the fact that in 1938 the Peel Commission proposed a two-state solution, with Israel receiving a mere sliver of its ancient homeland and the Palestinians receiving the bulk of the land. The Jews accepted and the Palestinians rejected this proposal because Arab leaders cared more about there being no Jewish state on Muslim holy land than about having a Palestinian state of their own.

He barely mentions Israel's acceptance, and the Palestinian rejection, of the United Nation's division of the mandate in 1948.

He claims that in 1967 Israel launched a preemptive attack against Jordan. The fact is that Jordan attacked Israel first, Israel tried desperately to persuade Jordan to remain out of the war, and Israel counterattacked after the Jordanian army surrounded Jerusalem, firing missiles into the center of the city. Only then did Israel capture the West Bank, which it was willing to return in exchange for peace and recognition from Jordan.

Mr. Carter repeatedly mentions Security Council Resolution 242, which called for return of captured territories in exchange for peace, recognition, and secure boundaries, but he ignores that Israel accepted and all the Arab nations and the Palestinians rejected this resolution. The Arabs met in Khartum and issued their three famous "no's": "No peace, no recognition, no negotiation." But you wouldn't know that from reading the history according to Mr. Carter.

Mr. Carter faults Israel for its "air strike that destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor" without mentioning that Iraq had threatened to attack Israel with nuclear weapons if Iraq succeeded in building a bomb.

Mr. Carter faults Israel for its administration of Christian and Muslim religious sites, when in fact Israel is scrupulous about ensuring those of every religion the right to worship as they please - consistent, of course, with security needs. He fails to mention that between 1948 and 1967, when Jordan occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Hashemites destroyed and desecrated Jewish religious sites and prevented Jews from praying at the Western Wall. He also never mentions Egypt's brutal occupation of Gaza between 1949 and 1967.

Mr. Carter blames Israel, and exonerates Arafat, for the Palestinian refusal to accept statehood on 95% of the West Bank and all of Gaza pursuant to the Clinton-Barak offers at Camp David and Taba in 2000-2001. He accepts the Palestinian revisionist history, rejects the eyewitness accounts of President Clinton and Dennis Ross, and ignores Saudi Prince Bandar's accusation that Arafat's rejection of the proposal was "a crime" and that Arafat's account "was not truthful" - except, apparently, to Mr. Carter. The fact that Mr. Carter chooses to believe Arafat over Mr. Clinton speaks volumes.

Mr. Carter's description of the recent Lebanon war is misleading. He begins by asserting that Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers. "Captured" suggests a military apprehension subject to the usual prisoner of war status. The soldiers were kidnapped, and have not been heard from - not even a sign of life. The rocket attacks that preceded Israel's invasion are largely ignored, as is the fact that Hezbollah fired its rockets from civilian population centers.

Mr. Carter gives virtually no credit to Israel's superb legal system, falsely asserting (without any citation) that "confessions extracted through torture are admissible in Israeli courts," that prisoners are "executed,"and that the "accusers" act "as judges." Even Israel's most severe critics acknowledge the fairness of the Israeli Supreme Court, but not Mr. Carter.

Mr. Carter even blames Israel for the "exodus of Christians from the Holy Land," totally ignoring the Islamization of the area by Hamas and the comparable exodus of Christian Arabs from Lebanon as a result of the increasing influence of Hezbollah and the repeated assassination of Christian leaders by Syria.

Mr. Carter also blames every American administration but his own for the Mideast stalemate with particular emphasis on "a submissive White House and U.S. Congress in recent years." He employs hyperbole and overstatement when he says that "dialogue on controversial issues is a privilege to be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and withheld from those who reject U.S. demands." He confuses terrorist states, such as Iran and Syria, to which we do not extend dialogue, with states with whom we strongly disagree, such as France and China, but with whom we have constant dialogue.

And it's not just the facts; it's the tone as well. It's obvious that Mr. Carter just doesn't like Israel or Israelis. He lectured Golda Meir on Israeli's "secular" nature, warning her that "Israel was punished whenever its leaders turned away from devout worship of God." He admits that he did not like Menachem Begin. He has little good to say about any Israelis - except those few who agree with him. But he apparently got along swimmingly with the very secular Syrian mass-murderer Hafez al-Assad. Mr. Carter and his wife Rosalynn also had a fine time with the equally secular Arafat - a man who has the blood of hundreds of Americans and Israelis on his hands:

Rosalynn and I met with Yasir Arafat in Gaza City, where he was staying with his wife, Suha, and their little daughter. The baby, dressed in a beautiful pink suit, came readily to sit on my lap, where I practiced the same wiles that had been successful with our children and grandchildren. A lot of photographs were taken, and then the photographers asked that Arafat hold his daughter for a while. When he took her, the child screamed loudly and reached out her hands to me, bringing jovial admonitions to the presidential candidate to stay at home enough to become acquainted with is own child.

There is something quite disturbing about these pictures.

"Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" is so biased that it inevitably raises the question of what would motivate a decent man like Jimmy Carter to write such an indecent book. Whatever Mr. Carter's motives may be, his authorship of this ahistorical, one-sided, and simplistic brief against Israel forever disqualifies him from playing any positive role in fairly resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. That is a tragedy because the Carter Center, which has done much good in the world, could have been a force for peace if Jimmy Carter were as generous in spirit to the Israelis as he is to the Palestinians.


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