Top 5 Dangerous Terrorist Groups Of Our Times

In the light of the many terrorist attacks that have taken place lately, the West world is currently fighting radical organizations and trying to prevent other people from getting injured or killed. Lately, we have witnessed huge massacres in African states and the Middle East, but also mass shootings in France. These were followed by hotels and resorts in Asia and Africa that are frequented by western tourists. The following list comprises the most dangerous terrorist groups of our times, whose main goal is to establish fear in the hearts of people.

1. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)

ISIL is considered at the moment to be at the top of the most dangerous terrorist groups lof our times list.

Let us begin our top of dangerous terrorist groups of our times with the most frightening at the moment: ISIL or ISIS. The leader of this group is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed Caliph, and its main purpose is to establish the Worldwide Caliphate with a dictatorial government. ISIL is held responsible for numerous human rights abuses, ethnic cleansing and war crimes. Its members make use of social media especially for sharing gruesome videos of their training and their executions. Their actions have shocked countless nations, including Muslims, and at the moment they are at war with sixty countries.

2. Al-Qaeda

Osama bin Laden has been the most well-known figure in terrorism history.

Al-Qaeda is the previous boogeyman that scared us through their actions. The organization was founded by the famous Osama bin Laden during the Soviet War in Afghanistan. The members are followers of the Wahhabi Islam percepts. Al-Qaeda is to blame for many violent attacks, the most notable being the September 11 attacks in 2001 that ended with the fall of the World Trade Center. Other disasters include the U.S. Embassy bombings in 1998 and the World Trade Center bombings in 1993. Apart from attacking the United States, the group is also known for terrorizing liberal Muslims, Islamic sects and Shia. After a manhunt that lasted for years, Osama bin Laden was finally killed in 2011 by an American special forces military unit. Al-Qaeda is now led by Ayman al-Zawahiri.

3. Boko Haram

Boko Haram is among the most dangerous terrorist groups of our times.

Boko Haram, official named Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad or the Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad is another one of the top dangerous terrorist groups of our times. Boko Haram makes reference to the fact that Western education is strictly forbidden. Its members can only read one book: the Quran. The group is active in Africa, mainly in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Mohammed Marwa is the leader of Boko Haram, and he opposes all scientific and educational information. This organization that is better armed than even the Nigerian army is a firm believer of the fact that the Earth is not round, but flat.

4. The Taliban

The Taliban were especially active during the Soviet War in Afghanistan.

The Taliban was another terrorist organization that profited from the Soviet War in Afghanistan. After the war, a new government was set up, but it failed to reestablish the country. Thus, a new fundamentalist political movement was started by students: Taliban. The followers of this ideology are supporters of the Sharia Law, like all other radical islamist groups. Al-Qaeda and its leader were shielded from its enemies in Afghanistan thanks to this terrorist organization. The Taliban controlled the region until the 9/11 attacks in 2001, when they were overthrown by a United States invasion of the country.

5. Al-Nusra Front

Al-Nusra seems to be the most effective dangerous terrorist group.

Last on our most dangerous terrorist groups of our times list is the Al-Nusra Front. Based in Syria and Lebanon, this organization was established in 2012 during the Syrian Civil War. The Al-Nusra Front is considered one of the most aggressive, effective and successful rebel groups in Syria by the United Nations, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Their purpose is to create the Islamic state, and in order to do so they assault military bases, perform assassinations, suicide-attacks, they plant car-bombs and they destroy media stations that are friendly with the Syrian government.

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Top 5 Seemingly Endless Wars in History

Throughout our history, it would seem that humans lived to conquer. Ancient, Medieval and Modern history were filled with conflicts caused by various factors. Most of these lasted for a couple of years, but there are a few seemingly endless wars in history that could not be resolved so easily. Either because of the determination of leaders or because of the equal forces that were battling, the following conflicts span from antic times to the machine age.

1. The Punic Wars

The Punic Wars involved huge elephants.

Lasted for: 43 years

The first in our seemingly endless wars in history top is actually a series of three consecutive wars between Carthage and Rome. The battles that took place between 264 BC and 146 BC were caused by several conflicts of interest between two huge empires: the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian Empire. The Romans planned to expand their territory by capturing Sicily, an island under Carthaginian control. At the end of the conflict Carthage was completely burned to the ground, and the Roman Republic ended up controlling the whole Mediterranean. However, the treaty was signed only in 1985, and thus many historians consider it to be a two millennium-conflict.

2. The Greco- Persian Wars

The Greco-Persian Wars ended with the Greek victory.

Lasted for: 50 years

This series of wars took place between 499 BC and 449 BC. The conflict started when Cyrus the Great invaded and conquered Ionia, a Greek region. Ionia was followed by other cities, and each ended up being ruled by a Persian tyrant. The Greeks suffered a defeat during the Battle of Lade, which was followed by the invasion of Thrace, Macedon, the Cyclades and Eretria. After a series of victories and defeats of both sides, Greece managed to destroy the last Persian fleet during the Battle of Mycale. The Persians were finally expelled from Europe by the Delian League. Some records suggest that a peace treaty was signed at the end of the wars: the Peace of Callias.

3. The Hundred Years’ War

One of the seemingly endless wars in history was the 100 Years' War.

Lasted for: 116 years

The Hundred Years’ War is truly one of the seemingly endless wars in history. During this conflict, the rulers of England, the House of Plantagenet, battled the the rulers of France, the House of Valois. The war started in 1337 and spanned over five generations of kings until it ended in 1453. The English wanted to control the Kingdom of France. After winning in the Edwardian War, they were defeated in the subsequent Caroline War. They managed to emerge victorious in the first phase of the Lancastrian War, but in the end the French managed to keep the House of Valois on the kingdom’s throne. The conflict involved numerous allies like Scotland, Aragon, Portugal, Flanders and Aquitaine. The final treaty gave France the English Aquitaine and England the Pale of Calais.

4.¬†The Three Hundred Thirty Five Years’ War

the 335 Years War is among the seemingly endless wars in history.

Lasted for: 335 years

The following conflict was surely one of the seemingly endless wars in history, especially for the Dutch. It all started in 1651, when the Dutch Navy suffered great losses at the hands of the English Royalist fleet, which was based in Scilly. This was happening when the Dutch were aiding the English Parliamentarians during the Second English Civil War. Thus, the Dutch demanded reparations and when they received no answer from Scilly, they declared war. The Three Hundred Thirty Five Years’ War is considered the most bloodless conflict in history, because not one shot was fired. The peace treaty was finally signed in 1986.

5. The Arauco War

The Arauco War spanned over three centuries.

Lasted for: 347 years

Lastly, the Arauco War was fought in Chile, between the Mapuche people and the colonial Spaniards. As expected, it started when Spain invaded the South American region, and successfully conquered territories after the Battle of Curalaba and the destruction of the Seven Cities. Those were followed by the Chilean War of Independence which managed to insure the independence of the natives. However, after the longest of the seemingly endless wars in history, the Mapuches were occupied once more in 1883.

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6 Lesser-Known Facts About Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is truly one of the movie titans of our times. No one can contest his talent and ambition, but few of us have heard of some different aspects of his career. The actor amazed us in a variety of roles, regardless of the movie genre. Comedy, thriller, action, he can do them all! Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Casino are just a few of the wonderful movies where you can witness his wonderful performances. The next lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro are known by few people. Nevertheless, some of them stood as a basis for his successful career.

1. Best Co-star

Meryl Streep is De Niro's favorite actress to work with.

De Niro has an impressive career featuring numerous collaborations with different actors and actresses. However, one of the lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro is that he has one preference, one top person he enjoyed mostly to work with. It is not Ray Liotta, nor Marlon Brando or Joe Pesci, but Meryl Streep. The two starred in several films such as The Deer Hunter (1978), Falling in Love (1984) or Marvin’s Room (1996).

2. Famous Line

One of the lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro is that he improvised the line in Taxi Driver.

Another one of the lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro is related to the Taxi Driver movie. The filming of this motion picture involved a lot of impromtu moments. One of these was the famous line ‚ÄúYou talkin’ to me?‚ÄĚ, which was completely improvised by De Niro, along with other lines. In the original script he simply had to look into the mirror. The monologue is usually used by actors as a warm-up in order to put the emphasis on other words each time they repeat the same phrase.

3. Roles He Turned Down

As any immensely successful actor, De Niro did turn down quite a few roles during his career. For instance, Daniel Day Lewis received the chance the play Bill The Butcher in the Gangs of New York movie in 2002 because De Niro refused the proposal. Other roles that he avoided were Harry in Home Alone (1990), which went to Joe Pesci, and Frank Costello in The Departed (2006). The reason he refused the last one was because he wanted to be able to direct The Good Shepherd.

4. Method Acting

Robert De Niro takes his roles very seriously.

In order to throw the best performances, De Niro makes use of any technique he can think of in order to get into character. This is called method acting. For example, during the filming of The King of Comedy, he did make some anti-Semitic remarks at Jerry Lewis, his co-star, in order to anger him so much that his performance would become as realistic as possible. De Niro is also known to have worked as a cab driver prior to filming Taxi Driver (1976), as well as gain weight for The Untouchables (1987) and move to Sicily for The Godfather: Part II (1974).

5. Max Cady

De Niro changed his teeth twice for the role of Mad Cady.

Speaking of method acting, one of the lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro is that he completely changed his teeth for the movie Cape Fear (1991). It cost him about $5,000 to change the appearance of his teeth to a deplorable state, and another $20,000 to have them restored. This definitely proves his limitless passion for acting.

6. Determination

De Niro's determination for acting is among the lesser-known facts about Robert De Niro.

Lastly, De Niro is an inspiration to all of us who are pursuing dreams and wish to make them come true. He decided to pursue an acting career at seventeen years old, one day after watching a movie at a cinema. After boldly declaring to his family and friends that he was going to be an actor, he dropped out of high school during his senior year to the great astonishment of everyone. He started attending the acting school of Stella Adler and went on to become one of the most prolific actors of our times.

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Top 7 Most Extravagant Resorts Worldwide

If you ever planned to go on an exotic vacation and searched for a place to stay, you have surely stumbled across some ridiculously expensive hotels and villas. If you were curious enough to take a look at them, you probably stared in wonder at the stunning interiors, luxurious facilities and amazing views. Even though few of us can afford to book a room in these places, we should always check special offers that appear from time to time. Without further ado, here are the most extravagant resorts worldwide.

7. North Island Lodge

North Island Lodge is only available to those who can afford their spicy prices.

Location: Seychelles

Since the costs of this resort can rise to $6995 , North Island Lodge can be considered one of the most extravagant resorts worldwide. Located in the paradise of the Seychelles islands, the resort provides its tourists with outside restaurants and bars, white and soft beaches and the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean.

6. The Setai

The Setai in Miami is definitely one of the most extravagant resorts worldwide.

Location: Miami Beach, United States

The elegantly decorated resort is comprised of fifty suits and seventy-five guest rooms, for those who can afford them. Completely equipped with a private spa, restaurants, bars, sparkling pools and a tropical garden, The Setai also features art deco suits, ocean suits and culinary experiences.

5. One and Only Royal Mirage Palace

Tourists who choose this resort will enjoy the best services.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Among the most extravagant resorts worldwide we can also find the One and Only Royal Mirage Palace. Located in what is considered by many the most luxurious place on Earth, the resort opened in 2009 and has 231 rooms. One and Only Royal Mirage Palace also includes a palace with superior and deluxe rooms decorated in the most exquisite ways, an Arabian court with a reflecting pool, a private spa and numerous pools.

4. One and Only Palmilla

This resort offers elegant rooms and a private spa.

Location: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Favored by those who are on their honeymoon, One and Only Palmilla has been named an exclusive oasis near the Sea of Cortez. The resort provides e variety of lodgings, including normal rooms, junior suites, one bedroom suites, pool Casita suites and even entire villas. You can relax in the modern spa or keep in shape at their outstanding gym. One and Only Palmilla also holds various events like weddings and has plenty of activities for you to enjoy: excursions, golf and other sports.

3. Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island is open only to exclusive clients.

Location: Little Torch Key, United States

The following item on our most extravagant resorts worldwide list is situated on an unique island on the Florida Keys. You do not necessarily need a boat or a plane to reach it, since the Overseas Highway links it to the rest of the continent and the city of Miami. The resort features many cozy bungalows where tourists can relax after having dinner by candlelight on the beach. Due to its tranquility, Little Palm Island has been the choice of many celebrities and presidents. Furthermore, it is important to mention that there are no televisions or telephones in the resorts, and tourists younger than 16 are forbidden from booking a room.

2. Cap Juluca

By staying at Cap Juluca, tourists can detach completely from the real world and enjoy paradise.

Location: Anguilla

Located on the south coast of Anguilla, Cap Juluca has one of the top views of mountain St. Martin, which is just six miles away. The resort spreads over 179 acres of inland water and land, including white powdered beaches. As each of the previous resorts, it features several restaurants and bars, multiple pools and a private spa. Its white buildings are a nice contrast to the blue waters.

1. Burj Al Arab

The highest ranked among the most extravagant resorts worldwide is Burj Al Arab.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Finally, the king of the most extravagant resorts worldwide is the Burj Al Arab. With an unique architecture similar to a sail of a ship, the hotel is the third tallest in the whole world. Burj Al Arab was built on an artificial island in Dubai in 1999 and has 202 rooms. Those who can afford booking a room at this hotel will get the chance to take a look at the huge seawater aquarium and its stunning interiors. The resort also has a helipad on its roof.

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4 Unsolved Terrorist Attack Cases in the U.S.

In our days almost all terrorist attacks are sooner or later accounted for. Thus, it can be hard to imagine that when we did not posses the high technology of today, it was quite difficult to identify the ones responsible for killing numerous people and bringing terror into the hearts of the living. There have been many unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S. throughout its history, and the following list comprises four of the best, over a span of almost one hundred years.

1. The David Hennessy Assassination

The assassination of David Hennessy was one of the unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S.

Year: 1890

Location: New Orleans

Our top of unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S. starts with a famous case from the 19th century. During this time, the city of New Orleans was in a deplorable state, torn after the defeat in the Civil War. After being ruled by Republicans, New Orleans was left on the hands of Democrats. Unfortunately, these were quite disunited: one half of them were working for the interests of urban workers and rural planters with the help of a political machine, while the others who were merchants and professionals wanted to get rid of this machine. David Hennessy was the chief of the police during those times and unfortunately was caught between the two. He was assassinated by a fellow officer in a barroom on October 16, 1890. At first it was believed that the Sicilian mafia that was residing in New Orleans was responsible for the murder. However, because of the lack of evidence the police set free the suspects who were later on lynched by a mob. In the end, no one was held responsible for either crimes.

2. The Explosion Of United Airlines Flight No. 23

United flight no. 23 recorded the first midair explosion in history.

Year: 1933

Location: Jackson Township

The Boeing 247 operated by United Airlines was involved in the first airplane terrorist attack and is another one of the unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S. The plane was destroyed on October 10, 1933, by a bomb planted in the lavatory or baggage area. The seven people that were on board died instantly. Back in the 1930s not many people could afford the luxury of flying, and thus evidence pointed towards only three registered people that boarded the aircraft: two from Chicago and one from Massachusetts. These three originally became the prime suspects, along with the crew of the plane. The ones who were responsible for the first midair explosion in history were never found.

3. The Miami Attacks

The attacks that happened in Miami were never accounted for.

Year: 1951

Location: Miami

The 1950s were not spared from violence. Miami recorded a series of bomb attacks on Jewish, black and Catholic institutions and homes in December 1951. As a result, the most probable suspect was deemed Bill Hendrix, otherwise known as the Grand Dragon of the Florida KKK. The violence had reached such a tremendous level that the Ku Klux Klan had to declare publicly that they were neither involved, nor supportive of the acts. The culprit was never found, but the outcome stayed the same: the image of the city was tarnished. It seems that the purpose of the attacks was to chase away the Jews, Catholics and black people from Miami.

4. The LaGuardia Airport Bombing

The bomb attack of the LaGuardia Airport is among the unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S.

Year: 1975

Location: LaGuardia Airport

The terrorist threat has been present in our lives long before 9/11. In the 1970s the United States took drastic measures to limit immigration from Europe, as well as destroy radical ideologies. Among the numerous assassinations, bombings and skyjackings, no security procedures or laws were changed. This led to the last of the unsolved terrorist attack cases in the U.S. on our list, the LaGuardia Airport bombing. The bomb exploded on December 29, 1975, and managed to injure 74 and kill eleven people. The prime suspects were FALN (a nationalist group from Puerto Rico), Black September and PLO (Palestinian organizations). However, the culprit seemed to be Zvonko Busic, a convicted skyjacker and nationalist from Croatia, because of the similarity between this event and Busic’s hijacking that took place one year later. However, the Croatian never confessed to the crime.

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