April 2011 Newsletter

Yoyah Group

One Place, Two Realities
By Yoram Yahav

koh-samui-beachI am writing this note from the island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Thailand of the magical sunsets, exotic tastes, unique smells, colorful and tropical fruits, happiness, and also, believe it or not, some local sorrow… But why?

This is not my first time in Koh Samui. For as long as I remember, the island has been a lively and exciting place. But never did I notice the gestures of the local taxi drivers as they wave their hands in disappointment while saying “Samui, much change.” Samui has changed from a peaceful island, to a hectic one… More>

Coffee, Facebook and Revolution
By Prof. Shlomo Maital



There is a surprisingly tight historical link between coffee, Facebook and revolution. And it is not because people drink coffee while fomenting revolutions on their laptops.

Coffee is over a thousand years old. It was allegedly discovered by an Ethiopian goatherd, who noticed his goats were especially lively after eating leaves and beans from a low shrub. He too tried it, the story goes – and the rest is history.



Plastics, Renewables and Generational Responsibility
By David Miron-Wapner


recycle-sphereI wonder if either our circa ’67 plastics entrepreneur or the most ardent environmentalist of the time could have envisioned some of the far reaching consequences of realizing the ubiquity of plastics. Maybe the mountains of trash on land, but whose wildest imagination could have conceived the enormous floating continental size dead zone of waste known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. The costs of dealing with actions taken earlier by others is imposed on us, just as we continue to impose the costs of our actions on future generations. Even though significant portions of public budgets are allocated to deal with solid and hazardous waste treatment, recycling, etc. the problems seem to multiply before our eyes. More>



Japan’s Bell Tolls for Us All
By Prof. Shlomo Maital



On Friday March 11, a powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck northern Japan, wreaking destruction and death and threatening a catastrophic meltdown of five nuclear plants in Fukushima.

Japan’s bell of warning has tolled. Israel and the world would do well to listen to its messages intently.

Like Japan, Israel sits on a fault line, the Dead Sea Rift, where tectonic plates clash… More>