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Last Updated Wednesday January 18 2017 10:49 AM IST

Will Obama be the last US president? A blind prophet's predictions create anguish

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Baba Vanga is not, perhaps, as well know as Nostradamus. But she lived closer to our times and her life is better recorded than the French physician's. But the Bulgarian woman, who is said to have accurately predicted the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States and the rise of the ISIS, among other things, is attracting attention world over again.

But first, who was Baba Vanga? She was born in 1911 as Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova, in Macedonia; she lost her eyesight when just 12 years of age; and developed her "vision." She died in 1996, and is also known as the Nostradamus of the Balkans.

There are a few predictions of Vanga that seem to be relevant to our times, and that would explain all the attention her prophesies are suddenly getting.

One of those prophesies is that Barack Obama will be the last president of the United States. Well, she did not name Obama, but she had already predicted -- correctly -- that the 44th US president would be an African-American. But she says that president would leave when the country is in bad economic shape, and there is a great divide between the people.

With Donald Trump set to ascend to power on January 20, we can easily relate that prophesy to current events. So does she mean that there won't be a "United" states of America after Obama? Or that there will be anarchy afterwards?

There is already talk of impeaching Trump, and the way the man is rubbing everyone -- Republican and Democrat -- the wrong way, such an outcome is not very hard to imagine. But that will also be trying to override the hopes of a large chunk of people disillusioned with the current political process, who voted him to power. We have the ingredients for a perfect storm there. A second civil war?

Another of Vanga's predictions that seem to be hurtling toward fulfillment is that China will become a superpower, eclipsing the US, in 2018.

Thankfully, one of her prophesies that has not been fulfilled -- yet -- is that Europe will become a wasteland by 2016, and that Muslims will invade the continent.

The Bulgarian also predicted cheerful things, like eradication of hunger and cloning of organs.

So do we have to be concerned?

Almost no popular seer has a record of 100 percent strike rate with their predictions. That is the case with Vanga too. And we don't know how accurately her words were recorded, and whether they were twisted during the transmission process.

If you remember Nostradamus' predictions, it's about time for the world "as we know it" to cease to exist.

But what is so alarming in that? Change, after all, is the only permanent thing in the world. That change got Trump elected, and created the unrest in the Mideast. Change brings pain, but it also offers hope for a better future -- something different from what we have known!

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