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    Suliso, That was fascinating.....Obviously, the most remarkable thing was watching Venezuela, firmly in first place to begin with, then, especially in the last 5 years, plummeting such that Venezuela only managed to stay ahead of Bolivia. Poor Bolivia was never out of last place.


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    James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul
    Former army officer helped start the White Helmets, credited with saving thousands of lives in Syria

    Bel Trew Middle East Correspondent

    A former British army officer, who helped start the “White Helmets”, an emergency response group in Syria, has been found dead near his home in Istanbul, just days after the Russian foreign ministry menaced him, accusing him of being a spy.

    James Le Mesurier, 48, was the director of Mayday Rescue charity that trained members of the Syria Civil Defence, nicknamed the White Helmets, playing a major role in its creation in Turkey in 2013.

    He was awarded an OBE for his work helping Syrians three years later.

    The police have yet to confirm how Mr Le Mesurier died, but he is believed to have fallen from the balcony of his apartment in the Turkish city at dawn on Monday.

    His death comes just three days after he was publicly attacked by Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, who on Friday claimed he was a “former agent of Britain’s MI6, who has been spotted all around the world”.

    He and the White Helmets had been the subject of a disinformation campaign spearheaded by Moscow and their allies in Damascus for years.

    “We were informed by his family that he had died,” Raed al-Salah, the head of the White Helmets, told The Independent.

    “We read that the police found his body outside his home in Istanbul. But as of now, the police are investigating the case and have drawn no conclusions yet. We are waiting for the police report,” he added.

    “James is a close friend to us and to the Syrian people, he supported the White Helmets as founder and director of the Mayday Rescue organisation. We are devastated.”

    A neighbour told Reuters Mr Le Mesurier, who leaves behind two children, was found dead early on Monday near his home in central Istanbul’s Beyoglu district. A diplomat said the circumstances around his death were unclear.

    The Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said that worshippers on their way to a mosque had found this body near his home. Anadolu added that police established that no one had entered or left his home at the time of the incident and believe he may have fallen to his death.

    The Istanbul governor’s office said that “comprehensive administrative and judicial investigations into Mr Le Mesurier’s death have been initiated”.

    The White Helmets have been credited with saving thousands of lives in rebel-held areas during years of bombing by Syrian government and Russian forces in the country’s civil war.

    Mayday Rescue is a nonprofit organisation with offices in Amsterdam and Istanbul whose projects have been funded by the United Nations and various governments.

    However Russia, which has been fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the eight-year civil war, regards the White Helmets as a terrorist-linked organisation and has mounted a vicious campaign against the group.

    During a regular press briefing on Friday, Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova personally attacked Mr Le Mesurier, claiming he had worked as a British spy across the world including the Balkans, and the Middle East as well as with members of al-Qaeda.

    “The work James and the White Helmets did is phenomenal. There are few people who have done more on the humanitarian side,” said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a chemical weapons expert who served with Mr Le Mesurier in the army and was a friend.

    “But like all of us he suffered from Russian and Syrian disinformation and propaganda. To claim he worked for MI6 and al-Qaeda is a contradiction and crass. He was an amazing army officer and humanitarian,” Mr de Bretton-Gordon added.

    Ms Zakharova also claimed the White Helmets “stage provocations ... [and have] planned and carried out a series of ruthless fake chemical attacks” in her briefing

    In the past Russian and Syrian officials have accused the White Helmets of “staging” airstrikes to frame Syrian or Russian forces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    Thanks to Drop. Your opinion is massively important to me on that subject. Drop, any comment on what Suliso said?

    Well, I hardly know anything about Guyana and Suriname so I didn't list them. I think both are REALLY poor and just basically developed. But that and Suliso's post is as much as I know.
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  4. #8944

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    How convenient that he "fell from his balcony". Given that Russia had been accusing him of being a spy, I'd give that about a 0% chance of having been either an accident or suicide.


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    Que desastre:

    Spain’s caretaker PM Sanchez agrees to form coalition government

    Socialist party reaches deal with Pablo Iglesias’s radical left Podemos movement

    Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s Socialist caretaker prime minister, has reached an agreement to form a coalition government with Pablo Iglesias of the radical left Podemos movement.

    The deal was announced on Tuesday, barely 48 hours after the country held inconclusive elections in which both parties lost seats and the far-right Vox party made big advances.

    “We have reached a pre-agreement to form a progressive coalition government,” said Mr Iglesias.

    Before the elections, Mr Sanchez had resisted forming such a coalition with Podemos, which has much more expansive fiscal plans than the Socialists and a more accommodating line towards Catalan separatism.

    Modern Spain has never had a coalition government.

    But the Socialists’ performance fell short of Mr Sanchez’s expectations, leaving him with little alternative other than a deal with Podemos. Both the Socialists and the centre-right opposition People’s party have ruled out a Germany-style grand coalition.

    Combining the Socialists’ 120 seats and Podemos’ 35 will still leave the two parties far short of a majority in the 350 seat chamber of deputies, meaning the proposed government will have to win the backing of regionalist parties in a formal vote of confidence in parliament.

    It may also have to rely on abstention by Catalan separatist parties — which could be contentious at a time when tensions in the Catalonia independence dispute are running high.

    “Our country urgently needs a new government as soon as possible,” Mr Sanchez said. “This is going to be a thoroughly progressive government.”

    The two men, who barely spoke to each other during failed coalition negotiations over the summer, hugged at the end of the press conference.

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    J C
    Bolivia en dictadura: "fusil metralla el pueblo no se calla", la gente en las calles en defensa de la democracia
    Translated from Spanish by
    Bolivia in dictatorship: "shrapnel rifle the people do not shut up", people on the streets in defense of democracy
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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