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On 14/09/2021 at 17:57, arghton said:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/14/questions-in-kabul-as-two-top-taliban-leaders-missing-from-public-view

Akhundzada hasn't been seen since Taliban took over, Baradar has been mysteriously missing for multiple days.

Baradar reappears sadly alive and well.

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On 19/07/2017 at 22:48, gcreptile said:

Booking photo of Dennis Hastert after 13 months of prison:

 

http://wgntv.com/2017/07/19/wgn-obtains-booking-photo-of-former-house-speaker-dennis-hastert/

 

Must have lost half of his weight...

Interesting that AP have decided to do a timeline on Dennis Hastert now: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9995545/Timeline-events-Dennis-Hastert-s-life-career.html

 

 

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51 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

Interesting that AP have decided to do a timeline on Dennis Hastert now: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9995545/Timeline-events-Dennis-Hastert-s-life-career.html

 

 

Apparently there was an out-of-court settlement yesterday regarding the assault allegations.

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Ok, said I'd take a look at this and it's not a perfect list by any means but here are the surviving heads of state and government from the Cold War (12 March 1947 – 26 December 1991).

I've stuck to the main participants of the Cold War as defined on this Wiki page (i.e. the Eastern and Western Blocs), as opposed to spreading this too thinly and covering every single country who played a role in an event(s) of the period.

Western Bloc

Australia
Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Paul Keating (b. 1944)

Belgium
Mark Eyskens (b. 1933)

Canada
Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Joe Clark (b. 1939)
Brian Mulroney (b. 1939)

Denmark
Margrethe II (b. 1940)

France
Laurent Fabius (b. 1946)
Édith Cresson (b. 1934)

Greece
Constantine II (b. 1940)
Christos Sartzetakis (b. 1929)

Iceland
Porsteinn Palsson (b. 1947)
Davíd Oddsson (b. 1948)

Iran
Ali Khamenei (b. 1939)
Abolhassan Banisadr (b. 1933)
Mir-Hossein Mousavi (b. 1942)

Iraq
NONE

Italy
Arnaldo Forlani (b. 1925)
Ciriaco De Mita (b. 1928)

Luxembourg
Jacques Santer (b. 1937)

The Netherlands
Beatrix (b. 1938)
Dries van Agt (b. 1931)

New Zealand
Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Geoffrey Palmer (b. 1942)
Jim Bolger (b. 1935)

Norway
Harald V (b. 1937)
Gro Harlem Brundtland (b. 1939)
Kåre Willoch (b. 1928)

Pakistan
Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
Nawaz Sharif (b. 1949)

Philippines
NONE

Portugal
António Ramalho Eanes (b. 1935)
Francisco Pinto Balsemão (b. 1937)
Aníbal Cavaco Silva (b. 1939)

Spain
Juan Carlos I (b. 1938)
Felipe González (b. 1942)

Thailand
Thanin Kraivichien (b. 1927)
Anand Panyarachun (b. 1932)

Turkey
NONE

United Kingdom
Elizabeth II (b. 1926)
John Major (b. 1943)

United States
Jimmy Carter (b. 1924)

West Germany
NONE


Eastern Bloc

Albania
Fatos Nano (b. 1952)
Ylli Bufi (b. 1948)
Vilson Ahmeti (b. 1951)

Bulgaria
Georgi Atanasov (b. 1933)
Philip Dimitrov (b. 1955)

Byelorussia
Nikolay Slyunkov (b. 1929)
Yefrem Sokolov (b. 1926)
Stanislav Shushkevich (b. 1934)

Czechoslovakia
Karel Urbánek (b. 1941)
Lubomír Štrougal (b. 1924)
Marián Čalfa (b. 1946)

East Germany
Egon Krenz (b. 1937)
Sabine Bergmann-Pohl (b. 1946)
Hans Modrow (b. 1928)
Lothar de Maizière (b. 1940)

Hungary
Mátyás Szurös (b. 1933)

Poland
Lech Wałesa (b. 1943)
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki (b. 1951)

Romania
NONE

Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1931)
Nikolai Ryzhkov (b. 1929)
Ivan Silayev (b. 1930)

Ukraine
Leonid Kravchuk (b. 1934)
Vitold Fokin (b. 1932)


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It seems like a long list, but it's really not when you consider that 95% of Cold War leaders are dead.

Romania, West Germany, Turkey, the Philippines and Iraq are the only countries with no survivors. The USA to be the next?

58 names remaining. How many more can Elizabeth II outlive?

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Great list.

 

Didn't realise John Major was 97 though !

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2 minutes ago, Sean said:

Great list.

 

Didn't realise John Major was 97 though !


Good spot! Fixed.

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https://www.naijatalkzone.com/breaking-former-deputy-minister-hlengiwe-mkhize-dies-at-69/

Hlengiwe Mkhize, two-time minister in Jacob Zuma's second cabinet (2014-2018) dead aged 69.

 

Third minister of Zuma's second cabinet to die (42 in total including Zuma and former Deputy Pres Ramaphosa), the other dead ones being public service and administration minister Collins Chabane (1960-2015, traffic accident) and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa (1957-2018, unknown virus)

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On 16/12/2005 at 21:39, Guest Goldeneye-69 said:

Thursday, September 15th:

 

PARIS (AFP) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been hospitalised in Paris for over a fortnight, "likely" has stomach cancer, a leading French doctor said based on a description of his symptons.

 

"It is very hard to make a diagnosis. If it is true that he first suffered gastrointestinal blood loss, then it is likely to be stomach cancer," Bernard Debre, head of the urology department at Paris's Cochin hospital, siad Thursday.

 

"I say likely, because I cannot see what else it could be," the doctor, who did not personally examine Bouteflika, told France Inter radio.

 

The 68-year-old Algerian leader was operated for a "bleeding stomach ulcer", according to a medical statement issued on December 5 -- the only official information about his condition since he was hospitalised on November 26.

 

Algerian officials have since said Bouteflika was recovering normally in hospital, but there has been worried speculation that his condition may be more serious than publicly admitted.

It's over. It's finally over.

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Bouteflika was both the earliest UN General Assembly President (1974) and the earliest Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria (1963-1979)

 

The earliest UN General Assembly President is now Tanzania's Salim Ahmed Salim (1942-, in 1979) with the second-earliest being Guyana's Rudy Insanally (1936-, 1993)

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Diplomat Rudy Insanally and the trouble spots on his head

 

Earliest Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister is now Dr. Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi (1932-, 1982-1988) and the second-earliest being Sid Ahmed Ghozali (1937-, 1989-1991)

 

 

Other news that I'll just edit here:

Two-time Paraguay-USA ambassador (2005-2012 and 2015-2020) Carlos Giannelli dead at 73 from heart attack...

Polish longtime politician and trade unionist Alfred Miodowicz dead at 92...

Japanese house of representatives member Wataru Takeshita is no more due to esophageal cancer. He was 74...

Howard Quayle, 54-year old Isle of Man Chief Minister has had a stroke...

New pictures of 93-year old Estonian politician Arnold Ruutel. He looks great, can still stand.

Jussi Halla-aho, 50-year old Finnish populist politician known from a racist blog and always looking unwell has been on a sick leave from the parliament for a month.

Also, Amrullah Saleh's (Panjshir resistance President) uncle has been executed by Taliban.

 

Out of North America's heads of state in 2010, only three out of the seven (three out of eight if you count the Sahrawi ADR) are still alive. These are Morocco's king who sometimes has heart surgeries, Sudan's Omar al-Bashir who will soon be sent to the Hague and Mauritania's corruption-charged Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz who was wounded in an assasination attempt in 2012.

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On 20/10/2020 at 13:02, arghton said:

There are multiple Finnish parliament members who served/born before 1928:

 

Pentti Poutanen (b. 1922) Parliament member 1970-1987

Pekka Haarla (b. 1923) Consul, Parliament member 1966-1972

Artturi Niemelä (1923-2021) Parliament member 1970-1975

Sinikka Luja-Penttilä (b. 1924) Mentioned above, parliament member 1966-1983. Didn't serve

Taisto Tähkämaa (b. 1924) Mentioned above, parliament member 1970-1991

Ele Alenius (b. 1925) Mentioned above, parliament member 1966-1972

Jutta Zilliacus (b. 1925) Parliament member 1975-1987. Didn't serve.

Väinö Vilponiemi (b. 1925) Parliament member 1962-1975.

Heimo Linna (b. 1925) Mentioned above, parliament member 1966-1987.

Heikki Hasu (b. 1926) Olympic gold medalist, parliament member 1962-1966 and 1967-1970.

Anna-Liisa Hyvönen (b. 1926) Parliament member 1972-1980. Didn't serve.

Carl Olof Tallgren (b. 1927) Mentioned above, parliament member 1961-1975.

Irma Rosnell (b. 1927) Parliament member 1954-1987. Didn't serve.

Sauli Hautala (b. 1927) Parliament member 1975-1983 and 1987-1991.

Pirkko Ikonen (b. 1927) Parliament member 1983-1991. Didn't serve.

Elsi Hetemäki-Olander (b. 1927) Parliament member 1970-1991. Didn't serve.

Ensio Laine (1927-2021) Parliament member 1968-1995.

Oili Suomi (b. 1927) Parliament member 1970-1972 and 1977-1979. Didn't serve.

Pekka Haarla dead aged 98:

https://www.aamulehti.fi/ihmiset/art-2000008272600.html

Earliest living parliament member Rosnell seems to be very frail.

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Madison Cawthorne, the young Republican congressman of Generation Trump in a wheelchair, has been battling significant health issues lately:

https://eu.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2021/09/18/rep-madison-cawthorn-tweeted-battling-significant-medical-problems/8399156002/

 

It's not Covid, but directly related to the accident that put him in a wheelchair.

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12 hours ago, gcreptile said:

Madison Cawthorne, the young Republican congressman of Generation Trump in a wheelchair, has been battling significant health issues lately:

https://eu.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2021/09/18/rep-madison-cawthorn-tweeted-battling-significant-medical-problems/8399156002/

 

It's not Covid, but directly related to the accident that put him in a wheelchair.


Trumper or not, I'm still praying for a full recovery on this one.

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Accused of sexual assault by multiple of his classmates and people who were in the same college. I'm not praying for the guy.

 

In other news, Filipino politician Dinky Soliman has died:

https://www.rappler.com/nation/former-dswd-secretary-dinky-soliman-dies

Cause of death was heart failure and renal failure complications, had covid last month and already looked frail and slim in June in Benigno Aquino III's funeral. She was 68.

 

Lots of deaths from the Philippines lately...nonagenarians Imelda Marcos (frail and in a wheelchair for years, "atleast seven ailments" in 2019), Cesar Virata (last living prime minister whose tenure was during the Marcos dictatorship, stroke+covid+pneumonia in April 2020), Fidel Ramos (has lost weight recently and sometimes does not attend events due to poor health, however in good health compared to the two above) and of course Juan Ponce Enrile (will never die, 98 next year and hopes that he will reach 110) are all still living but for how long?

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5 hours ago, Ulitzer95 said:


Trumper or not, I'm still praying for a full recovery on this one.

 

I'm not he fucking sucks

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Seems to be an epic humour fail going on here amongst some of our more pedantic users.

I'm not bothered about another tiresome debate about politics or harassment allegations folks. I was just making a jestful and shallow comment on the aesthetics of the man. For the love of god, lighten up some of you.

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1 minute ago, Ulitzer95 said:

Seems to be an epic humour fail going on here amongst some of our more pedantic users.

I'm not bothered about another tiresome debate about politics or harassment allegations folks. I was just making a jestful and shallow comment on the aesthetics of the man. For the love of god, lighten up some of you.

 

This makes me feel a bit better about the intended audience for my intended joke reply:

 

9 minutes ago, Banana said:

 

I'm not he fucking sucks

 

Yes, I think that's what the original post was hoping! 

 

;)

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Seems to be an epic humour fail going on here amongst some of our more pedantic users.

I'm not bothered about another tiresome debate about politics or harassment allegations folks. I was just making a jestful and shallow comment on the aesthetics of the man. For the love of god, lighten up some of you.

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President of European Parliament David Sassoli hospitalised with non-COVID pneumonia. 

 

Rumours around he is suffering from some serious illness lately. 

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If Sassoli died now, he would be outlived by 10 of his predecessors all older than him. Sassoli is 65, not exactly young either but there are three octogenarian former European Parliament Presidents (Jerzy Buzek aged 81, Klaus Hänsch aged 82 and José María Gil-Robles aged 86) and one nonagenarian (Henry Plumb, Baron Plumb aged 96. Only Briton to ever hold this post)

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