Muammar Gaddafi

People who Made Jeff Bezos & Bill Gates Look Poor

If you think Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are among the richest people in the world, you are right for sure. However, there are people far richer than them that you probably haven’t heard of.

1. Pablo Escobar $155 Billion

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If you’ve seen the Netflix show ‘Narcos,’ you’ll know who Pablo Escobar is. He used to run the world’s biggest cartel and, at one point, is believed to have been the richest man on Earth. Of course, thanks to his criminality, he wasn’t included on any Forbes lists…But he did have dozens of planes, mansions, and boats. He even had a zoo and an airport. And he spent $2500 a month just on rubber bands to keep his money.

2. Kim Jong Un $170 Billion

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We think of North Korean people as poor and starving because, well, they are… Despite his country being so poor, Kim Jong-Un is super-rich. He owned almost everything in the country…And his estimated assets are over a hundred and seventy billion dollars.

3. Muammar Gaddafi $180 Billion

Source:middleeastmonitor.com

Before he was overthrown, this guy was the evil leader of Libya. He had a lot of money, thanks to his corruption. Gaddafi was worth around 180 billion dollars in 2011… He took money from the country and spent it on himself, secret banks, and investments all over the world.

4. Vladimir Putin $200 Billion

Source:politico.com

Here is the richest man on the planet right now! He doesn’t appear on the Forbes rich list, but he is number one on the Forbes ‘most powerful people’ list. He has million-dollar watch collections, yachts, and mansions… So, this isn’t a surprise and thanks to all the Russian Oligarchs paying Putin a ton of money.

5. Rothschilds $2 Trillion

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Now, this is not a person but a family. But don’t worry, many members of this family are far richer than Bill Gates. The family is known for their insane secrecy, which has led to a lot of conspiracies about them. Some say they’re responsible for planning every historical event to make money. There is some evidence to support this, such as them funding many political activities all around the world. The family’s net worth is said to be over two trillion dollars.

6. Mansa Musa $400 Trillion

Source:mirror.co.uk

This guy isn’t alive anymore, but he was the wealthiest person of the planet ever. He had a net worth of over 400 trillion dollars, but you’ve likely never heard of him. He was the sultan of the West African Empire, which was massive. As a result, he pretty much owned the entire West Africa, which has a lot of land and resources.

Trump/Kim Meeting Might Be Delayed According to POTUS

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The way things stand right now the most anticipated political summit of the decade probably won’t happen. The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un might be delayed, or even canceled according to the US president.

Trump said that North Korea needs to meet all of the requirements in order to have this meeting held on June 12th. NK stated that they are considering canceling the meeting if the US continues to insist on “unilateral denuclearization.” Trump didn’t discuss all the conditions they have prepared for the North but was adamant that “denuclearisation must take place.”

At the moment the summit is still ‘on,’ and it will take place in Singapore.

In mid-time North Korea allowed visas to the South Korean journalists that will oversee the dismantling of the North Korean nuclear test site. They will be accompanied by a team of international media members who will also pay a visit to Pyongyang. The demolition of atomic test sites is considered to be another sign of goodwill from the NK after they released three US pensioners earlier this month.

Source: www.channelnewsasia.com

Talking about the upcoming summit, POTUS said: “We’ll see what happens. There are certain conditions that we want, and I think we’ll get those conditions and if we don’t, we don’t have the meeting. You go into deals that are 100% certain – it doesn’t happen. You go into deals that have no chance, and it happens and, sometimes, happens easily.”

President Trump also noted that North Korean president changed his attitude after visiting China for the second time.

On the other hand, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adopted a more positive stance by stating that the US is continuing their preparations as the summit is going to happen. Pompeo also credited China for assisting in conversation with North Korea.

Source: www.bbc.com

The entire talk about North Korea wanting to cancel the summit started when scheduled talks between the North and South were canceled because South Korean military held joint exercises with the US military.

North was further provoked when US national secretary John Bolton made a statement that what awaits NK is the “Libya model” of denuclearization. If you didn’t know, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels sponsored by western countries after he gave up on his nuclear arsenal in 2003.

Even if the summit seems unlikely at the moment, it will probably be held on June 12th in Singapore as both sides have too much to lose if the meeting is canceled.

Source: www.bbc.com

Syria Strikes Indicates What’s Wrong with US Foreign Policy

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During his presidential campaign in 2016, Trump repeatedly indicated that the interventions in the Middle East were stupid and unnecessary. He must have surprised his supporters when he announced that he commanded the US military to launch airstrikes against Syria in response to the supposed chemical weapons attack. Britain and France followed the US in this mission.

Although he spoke differently in the campaign, his preferences obviously changed when he got the seat in the office. He definitely thinks that America cannot watch from the side and as the world leader, his country needs to do something about the atrocities in Syria. Perhaps Trump is not so different from Obama after all. While many would disagree with such a statement, there are similarities between the two presidents. Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump made promises that they would change the role of America in the world. However, both failed to do so when faced with pressure. They sensed that they should act and so they did. As a result, we have had a poorly thought-out intervention and this is only going to become more prominent with the Trump administration in power.

According to psychological studies, people are prone to react to something which is happening around them. Inaction is seldom the solution. The studies have shown, that World Cup goalkeepers have more chance to save their net if they stay put, but most of them would dive during a penalty kick. Of course, the stakes are much higher in politics, than they are in soccer, but the bias towards reaction is not debatable. Obama was not the first president to start off with biased reactions. We have to mention George W. Bush whose choices were detrimental to the country and his Foreign Policy only weakened the US influence around the world.

The criticism comes from all sides of the world, whereas media also forces the world leaders to do something about a particular situation. Furthermore, we need to take into consideration that America has the most powerful military in the world, and the cost of airstrikes is negligible. When all of this is combined, we have expected no other reaction from President Donald Trump.

Source:nytimes.com

In 2013, President Obama was seeking approval from Congress to launch airstrikes on Syria due to chemical attacks, but the Congress was against it. This turned out to be a good decision because Obama managed to negotiate the removal of chemical weapons in Syria. This was a risk worth taking, but instead of ending chemical attacks once and for all, it only delayed them for several years. And here we are today.

Jump a few years into the future, and we have Mr. Trump who authorized missile attacks on Syria. The strikes were far less efficient than the dialogue and negotiation since the attacks on civilians didn’t cease, and the Syrian government still uses chemical weapons. Comparing the two decisions by two presidents, Obama made a better one – or the Congress in that matter. Yet, he was widely criticized for the inaction, whereas Trump was praised for the attack. Even some of his biggest critics acknowledged such a move and recognized Trump as someone who can deal with the situation outside the US borders well. Quick action may be effective, but it may sometimes have long-term consequences. Trump’s Syrian airstrike in 2017 proved more effective than Obama’s attack in Libya in 2011, for instance, which was disastrous.

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Before we conclude this topic, we need to look at one more case of poorly thought-out intervention. When the US overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, it caused the European refugee crisis and the civil war which killed more people than the intervention saved. The removal of Gaddafi may have been the biggest mistake of the US foreign policy as Muslims flooded into Europe, settling in the West in countries such as Germany and France. However, Obama came to understand that the intervention needs to be planned carefully. But his epiphany came too late.

Obama doesn’t have an impulsive character, and yet he found it difficult not to act. Donald Trump will be even more impatient, and this is something that needs to be changed. The interventions need to be carefully planned by a president and a leader who knows what he is doing, and Trump is not that leader.

Source: nytimes.com