India has waged a long fight against terrorism, both the transnational and home-grown variety. Non-state actors began to instigate trans-border attacks in the early and mid-1980s, first with the Khalistan movement in Punjab, then in Jammu & Kashmir. It extended later to hinterland India, and after the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, global ideological influences affected disgruntled elements in India, including minorities. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox In 1993, in what was perhaps the first coordinated attack by terrorists on India’s economic infrastructure, a group of Indian Muslims from Mumbai recruited by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most famous mafia ganglord, and trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), organized a series of bombings that hit the Mumbai stock exchange and other crowded markets, killing 257 civilians. It would not be the last. The Mumbai attacks on November 26, … [Read more...] about India’s mixed success with foreign intelligence agencies
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By David Barstow The New York Times Susanne Craig Russ Buettner Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 President Donald Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But The Times’ investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million (U.S.) from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day. Much of this money came to Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts … [Read more...] about Donald Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from his father, investigation reveals
caption Did Nostradamus really predict JFK’s assassination? source Wikimedia Commons • Nostradamus published a book in 1555 containing942 quatrains that allegedly predict famous future events. • Observers have come across a handful of predictions that due seem to reflect real world events. • In reality, most of Nostradamus’ prophecies are poorly translated – and vaguely worded enough to encourage tons of speculation. Nostradamus’ name is basically synonymous with predicting the future. The alleged oracle began publishing his famous, cryptic quatrains in 1555. But these were no ordinary poems. Nostradamus was allegedly a diviner who was able predict future tidings. The 16th century apothecary and astrologer’s status as a reputed “seer” allowed him to solicit patronage from wealthy and prominent individuals like Catherine de’ Medici, the queen of France. Nostradamus’ star didn’t fade after … [Read more...] about 9 famous predictions by Nostradamus that some people say foresaw the future
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community In great secrecy, India executes last surviving Mumbai attacker Reuters / Phuket GazettePHUKET: India executed Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of a militant squad that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai in 2008, hanging him today just days before the fourth anniversary of the attack.Kasab, a Pakistan national, was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatized India and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the young gunman wearing a black T-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai’s train station were published around the world.The hanging took place early this morning amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.He was buried inside the … [Read more...] about World News: India hangs last Mumbai militant in first capital sentence since 2004