Category Archives: Middle East
The lands between the Mediterranean sea and India that is south of what is called Russia. Many of these states are influenced by the Islamic teachings.
For some time now scientists and engineers have been attempting to find a way to produce crude oil, as we all know that its simply running out. Much of the effort was directed into using algae, a small cellular ‘plants’ (photosynthetic organisms) to absorb the suns energy as organic chemicals, then convert those chemicals to oil. This was in essence to mimic the process believed to occur in nature. One of the stumbling blocks was the energy consumed in drying out algae, then heating it up and have it decompose into the required oils. Then some one thought of the idea of using a pressure cooker type arrangement and have the oil simply float off the top.
OK so make sense? perhaps not. so we produced an info graphic to explain it using kitchen terms and tools. It should be noted that it it probably not possible to do this at home because the pressure cooker required is not available for household use, but if you can find one and do some research you are welcome to try.
Of course now people will be asking what the energy input output will be aka the EROI. It is about 5 which makes it clearly viable. The conversion of sweet light crude to all of you favorite petroleum products would be the same and the products you received would be effectively identical.
This could lead to massive geopolitical shifts. Sunny flat paces like Western Australia could become home to massive algae growing operations and become oil hubs of the future.
The middle east could become seen as a nuisance.
The headline really does not say much in itself, but there is much meaning that one can infer from it.
Firstly if you hear the term ‘Peshmerga’ this is the Kurdish word for ‘soldier’ effectively meaning Kurdish army.
This is the Kurdistan flag:
For the hard line cynic there is the fact that western nations will struggle to accommodate the number of refugees that might flood out of Kurdistan and other areas fighting ISIS (aka IS, ISIL).
So it would make more sense economically for that fledgling oil state to not be conquered, especially my the murderous fanatics of ISIS.
The knowledgeable cynic might also note the USA stayed out of WW2 (for years) by sending military and other supplies to Brittan and its empire to fight Nazi Germany.
A nationalist cynic would likely prefer to lose gun in the middle east than our own troops.
A humanitarian cynic might note that the Geneva convention is being ignored by ISIS and civilians right to live without persecution in Kurdistan (and neighboring areas) is under serious threat.
An cynic aware of current ISIS tactic might note that ISIS are a highly mobile ground force using flat deck utes ( trucks) and SUV’s to transport troops and light artillery and AA, so as such they can strike with remarkable speed, and a civilian’s only real defense is to start shooting to slow the advance.
Geo-politically aware cynics might note that the region of Kurdistan (on the borders of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran) controls significant proportions of Iraqi oil, and what we are seeing is a balkanization of Iraq and to some extent the wider middle east with blurry allegiances (and borders) based on religion, ethnicity and tribal affiliations.
Historically aware cynics would note that Iraq was a state manufactured by Brittan to join together the Kurds ( of mixed faiths) in the north (who had the oil) the Shia ( minority sect of Islam popular in Iran) in the center and the Sunni’s (majority sect of Isalm) in the south where the British could control the flow of oil through the port of Basra.
Cynics who are knowledgeable in the oil trade will know the entire region is full of oil, and the different fresh water sources, oil wells, pipelines, ports and shipping lanes are extremely contentious in term of who controls them.
The energy security of many nations depends on the flow of oil both where its flowing to and where its flowing from. There is reason they call it ‘black gold’.
*this map is from 2013 as Kurdistan began as a state and prior to the formation of ISIS. Borders may have changed and are indicative only as a rough guide to the region. Kurdistan’s first major victory over ISIS just days ago left Kurdistan in control of Mosul an important dam and fresh water source.
It is ironic that the Australian government not only manufactures assault rifles and is willing to give them to foreigners, but not to their own people, who are largely unarmed in their own country.
As a final note the guns are not really a gift, there will be demands for oil from Kurdistan in the future.
Perhaps the fluidity of power struggles is the nature of the desert, the sand itself shifting endlessly in dunes and ergs.
After ISIS got too close to Kurdistan (and all that delicious oil) Obama decided it was time to make a pretext for war to defend the OIL.
Suddenly Obama cares about people since they are close to major oil supplies and some US interests.
Of course there are some calls that ISIS is just another CIA backed false flag movement, a damn convenient excuse to put troops back into the middle east and more money in the war machine.
Here are some ‘highlights’ from gulf war 2:
Today we remember the official beginning of the what was called then the great war, the war to end all wars. France and the British Empire had just declared war on Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. At the time the British Empire was a truly world power with loyal colonies all around the world. Its not really possible to consider WW1 on its own but more as a pair of wars with WW2 being the sequel, that tried to not look like it was a sequel. The only real change to WW2 was the switch of sides of Italy who joined the axis forces and the trenches were moved to the English channel and cities in the Russian Steeps.
The real proof that the war was designed to have a sequel was the Treaty of Versailles, which forced Germany into crushing reparations. Germany simply had to have a war to get a new treaty that excluded the reparations.
Why did it happen:
Some people with no scruples and vast power decided that in order to further their aims they needed to:
- Collapse European monarchies, their only real competition.
- Kill off working class people in western Europe who might other wise become excess to requirement and therefore threat.
- Reduce the standard of living that had been improved by industrialization, to keep people poor and ignorant.
- Move and erase borders in Europe to allow their global finance cartels to expand further.
- Create division among people in Europe an the wider world, and divert their efforts into fear and the creation of weapons, so they did not focus on the real enemy, the globalists.
Dam obvious proof ? The war started with the assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ancestral monarchs were an endangered species. This empire disintegrated after this war.
Several important but apparently subtle changes had just occurred.
Queen Victoria had died (1901) and the Edward VII died in 1910 leaving George V with just 4 years in the role before war diplomatic relations broke down and turned to war. George the V had to change the name of their royal house from Saxe Coburg Gothe to Windsor to sound less German and more English. Interestingly a similar ‘fast baton change’ occurred just before WW2 with George VI’s predecessor famously abdicating after less than one year, giving George VI just 3 years to prepare for war. Perhaps if either monarch had more experience war might have been averted (or was that the plan all along).
The British navy had just converted to being a petroleum powered fleet and thus was reliant on access to foreign oil rather than domestic coal. The first move upon entering the war war to send troop to Basra to secure British oil supplies form the state of Iraq which it later manufactured from the ashes of the Ottoman empire.
The United States had Converted their monetary system to the Federal reserve system largely controlled by European bankers.
Hiram Maxim had invented a workable troop carried heavy machine gun along with his own variant of smokeless powder, European powers copied his design and soon most major armies had heavy machine guns. The heavy machine gun completely altered the wars that would be fought, making charges with troops and cavalry against fortified positions hugely costly in casualties. The heavy machine gun was a weapon built to be defensive in nature, it was designed to mow down troops in crowds from a fixed position, itself being too heavy to be moved easily while in use. This made for a mutual siege and prevented any real advance without slaughter, leaving battles bogged down in trenches, where it might have remained had it not been for the Spanish flu (influenza) which swept the world in 1917 and hastened the end of a pointless waste of human potential. One wonders if we would still be in the trenches of western Europe now had the Spanish Flu now come along.
Developments during the war(s):
The British invention the tank, Churchill who was a military man during WW1 said he wanted a land based version of a battle ship to turn the tide of battle.
The tank became central to Germany’s successes in WW2.
Aeroplanes were in an auxiliary role in WW1 by by WW2 had become pivotal in many battles. In more modern times the aeroplane has now almost supplanted the navy as being real military power with the aircraft carrier now being the most important overt aspect of modern navies.
Germany had used chemical weapons during the trench warfare, but use of these weapons (chlorine gas and mustard gas) was frowned upon in subsequent wars though they sadly seem to be making a come back in more recent conflicts.
In WW2 Germany had produced the first jet fighters but had produced them too late to deploy them to great effect. Germans had also significant advanced the field of rocketry so the war closed, USA (operation paperclip) and USSR scrambled to capture German scientists and government officials to power develop their war machines, space programs and their hold over their own populations.
At the war closed The USA dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which opened a new trench warfare against USSR with the trenches being the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Both USA and USSR now had the secret of the atomic bomb and the rockets to deploy them and suspiciously eyed each other for 50 years occasionally weaving and feinting.
The true agenda of this war was to remove ancestral monarchs from Europe so there would be less people influential enough able to resist the globalist ambitions of the multinational banking families, who wished to expand their sphere of influence. The Russian Bolsheviks ousted The Russian emperors family (House Romanov ) from power 6 months before the war ended . The disintegration of empires was the hallmark of this war and it’s companion war (WW2) less than a generation later. By the end of these war both the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Ottoman empires were gone, reduced to small countries. While the Russian empire now became a Communist state was expanded particularly after WW2.
In fact by the beginning of WW2 it was no longer kings and emperors declaring war it was presidents, prime ministers and governments, though the British still went through the ceremony of asking for a royal rubber stamp for the process.
Following the industrialization of production in Europe there existed a growing bubble of excess labor and people who were becoming dangerously comfortable with the benefits of efficient production. People had free time and were beginning to educate them selves. This industrialization was perverted into a war machine with factories now turn to creating devices of destruction rather than creature comforts. This was the first industrial war with vast resources turned to supplying the war effort.
2 world wars
European empires destroyed: 3 ( Austro-Hungarian, Russian*, Ottoman.) *The Russian empire was destroyed but expanded as the USSR.
Empires on the decline: several (most notably the British; losing India in ’47 and Canada in the 60’s, Germany; losing its colonies during the first world war, and a third of its territory for half a century)
People killed: 6% of the worlds population, mostly working class soldiers and civilians caught int he crossfire. A disturbing trend of 20th century warfare has been the increasing numbers of civilians killed from one conflict to the next.
Winners? after WW2 USA was apparently a winner having stayed out long enough to pick a winner, or at least appearing to do so. Well the real winner was the federal reserve system shipping all this skimmed money back to the European globalist bankers. Russia was also a big winner having absorbed most of the former Austro-Hungarian empire and a good third of Germany, which it held until the USSR dissolved. The USSR (2.0) is coming back and beginning to re-absorb states that broke away in the 90’s. We are seeing this occurring with eastern Ukraine right now. As we know the House (of Rothschild) always wins.
So there you have it, an in a nut shell version of the WW1 you never considered.
Approximately 1 in ever 5 males in Australia volunteered to go to war in the 1914-1918 period, very few were to realize when volunteering, the appalling conditions in France and Turkey and the fact the war was just a geopolitical chess game run by European bankers to expand their own power.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
George Orwell (Eric Blair)
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 – 1950)
A 3 minute cartoon depiction of the Middle East conflict spanning many millenia.
israelpalestineconflict (full link with seperate introduction of characters)
Here are some of the main articles of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights to which a number of countries, including Australia, India , China , most of Europe and South America voted in favour.
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
- Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
- No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
- All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
- Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
- Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
A number of Islamic countries originally also voted in favour of the declaration (whereas Israel did not), however, since the Eighties they have declared that the UDOHR contradicts Sharia Law (No surprises there, having your right hand chopped off for adultery is a violation of articles 2 and 5 , for example.)
“In 1982, the Iranian representative to the United Nations, Said Rajaie-Khorassani, said that the Declaration was “a secular understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition” which could not be implemented by Muslims without conflict with Sharia.“
“What needs to be pointed out to those who uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be the highest, or sole, model, of a charter of equality and liberty for all human beings, is that given the Western origin and orientation of this Declaration, the “universality” of the assumptions on which it is based is – at the very least – problematic and subject to questioning. Furthermore, the alleged incompatibility between the concept of human rights and religion in general, or particular religions such as Islam, needs to be examined in an unbiased way.“
Interesting that countries like China or India have also signed up and last time I checked they were not Western countries, however, their spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism would be very much in accordance with the declaration of human rights, therefore refuting that it is a Western concept.
Of course every country is guilty of acting against the declaration of human rights, human nature being what it is.
What follows on Wikipedia is a good example of moral relativism :
A strong argument can be made that the current formulation of international human rights constitutes a cultural structure in which western society finds itself easily at home … It is important to acknowledge and appreciate that other societies may have equally valid alternative conceptions of human rights.”
What rights are we talking about here? The right to kill unbelievers and apostates? The right to hurt, oppress and subjugate women in the name of religion and law? the right to imprison and torture people for private transgressions like “adultery” or marrying a person your family did not choose?
Why not the right to eat people and sacrifice babies for “Satanists”? Why not the right to rape 5 year olds for paedophiles?
Of course moral relativism in many ways is a good thing, as it allows people to express their individuality, creativity and culture.But when take to extremes, moral relativism becomes a license for harm, torture and murder.
While on the same day yesterday, The age published two stories on Muslim issues but seemed to fail to understand any connection between the two stories. Do you guys even read your own paper? Of course it didn’t help that a ugly caricature of Tony Abbott in Speedos with a soccer ball was between the two stories discouraging any intelligent eye from moving in that path.
These publications took an interest in the mega mosque story.
Funny you didn’t care when they were building a mosque in Bendigo, but on your own doorstep, you did.
We call that NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard. Maybe you should all care more about this country, not just your own house price or debt to equity ratio.
Any statement from an Islamic body cannot be relied on,
as Islam demands that all Muslims must lie in order to advance the cause of Islam.
This practice is called:
Where is the money coming from?
In other news… Denice Cosgrove WorkSafe Victoria still at large
Now that’s what I call journalism…
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