The Chinese Nostradamus

Artist's depiction of Liu Ji (aka Liu Bowen)

By JOHN CHAMBERS — This year [2011] is the 700th anniversary of the birth of Liu Ji (1311-1375), military commander of Chinese forces both on land and on sea and long-time advisor to the first Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, whom he helped bring to power. Liu Ji, who eventually became grand chancellor at the imperial court, was a man of protean interests and the author or co-author of books on warfare including comprehensive treatises on the use of gunpowder in firearms (Huolongjing), and, in … [Read more...]

Nostradamus: Prophet of Hope

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By VICTORIA LEPAGE— The jury is still out on the millennial prophecies of Michel Nostradamus, the French master physician, astrologer and Kabbalist of the sixteenth century. Many regard him as the greatest prophet in Western history, while others find his predictions, especially those concerned with our own era around the second millennium, irrelevant or simply too deep or too equivocal to interpret successfully. Did he predict war or peace for our time? Did he foresee a coming Utopia or a … [Read more...]