The plan seemed fairly certain. Take hundreds of millions from the Government, launder it through a labyrinth of international real estate deals, and let the money rest in several unmarked bank accounts built to hide this exact sort of activity. This, of course, was unveiled some time ago with the leak of the Panama Papers, a 11 Million documents that revealed thousands of elite around the world involved in plainly unethical, and almost everywhere illegal, activity. I guess it may not be that simple, but it is par the course for men like Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. In fact, while this leak revealed the involvement of many, the list of those held accountable for it is not that long. So where did Prime Minister Sharif go wrong?
I didn’t want to share this article to just criticize the reporting, nor did I want to share it to comment on their support for Trump. I’m sharing it because I think it offers a good example of a trend I’m finding more and more in people I observe in interviews, online, and among people I know. That trend being that people seem to be turning into pundits in their thoughts on politics. Less concerned with their support for something, I find their reasons astonishing, and becoming increasingly common.
For three years ISIS has controlled Mosul, Iraq, and for nine months Iraqi forces have fought desperately to take it back.
This week that campaign ended, with ISIS forces being expelled from the ancient city. There is much work still to do, land to take, people to free, and peace is still not guaranteed, but it marks an important moment in the Iraqi’s people fight for their country.
Like clockwork, fear of the next great war between the established power (United States) versus the rising power (China) is gossiped and rumored. Particularly, this theory has been given new popularity, and relevance, due to the observations of the 2000+ year old Thucydides of Athens.
However, in an excellent essay, Ian Buruma strongly challenges the assertion that a war between China and the United States is inevitable.
The world won’t probably end tomorrow, next month, or this year. But you can’t say it is without chance, however unlikely, that somehow, someway our civilization will collapse over hours, natural or by intention.
At least, that is a risk that some consider and plan for, particularly billionaires with oodles of unused cash and resources at their disposal. For a family with more money than they can possibly spend in their lives, what is a few million to buy an island, build a house on that island, and plan for it to be your family’s haven if the world were to end?
If you could live forever, would you?
For some that’s all you need to ask for them to know the answer: yes. 100%, fully and truly yes.
I am far more skeptical, but its not surprising to me that others are without doubt. Death is the antagonist of all of our stories. If you could conquer it by taking a prescribed dosage of pills every day, wouldn’t you?
There are many reasons to confess to a crime, usually through a plea deal, for something they did not commit. Most do it after an evaluation of risks. They consider the evidence, the lawyers, who the judge is, the laws, whether a death penalty is involved, their ability for they or their family to withstand…