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Bulgaria’s Trinity of Alliances »

Just two decades ago, Bulgaria’s politicians praised it as the Soviet Union’s closest ally and American commentators condemned it as a slavish communist satellite. Now, the Cold War era of poisoned umbrella assassinations is over and pragmatism is the common denominator of foreign policy. Bulgaria, a transitioning country, places its faith in a trinity of [...]

Bulgaria’s Trinity of Alliances »

Just two decades ago, Bulgaria’s politicians praised it as the Soviet Union’s closest ally and American commentators condemned it as a slavish communist satellite. Now, the Cold War era of poisoned umbrella assassinations is over and pragmatism is the common denominator of foreign policy. Bulgaria, a transitioning country, places its faith in a trinity of [...]

Bulgarian Christmas »

In Bulgaria, Christmas (Koleda or more formally Rozhdestvo Hristovo, “Nativity of Jesus”) is celebrated on 25 December (unlike in some other Eastern Orthodox countries) and is preceded by Christmas Eve (Badni vecher).
This is a quick photo-entry in which I recount how my family spent Christmas Eve. If you are interested in Bulgarian Christmas cuisine and [...]

SCANDALOUS!!! But really? »

On November 19, the ancient town of Kuystendil was shaken by controversy. A large billboard of two bare-chested men, in an erotic embrace, greeted some 50,000 citizens. The ad showed one of the participants biting his muscular partner on the chin, their naked bodies set against a black background. Was this a protest for gay [...]

Commemorating All Souls’ Day »

On the 5th of November, Bulgarians honored the male St. Archangel’s “All Souls’ Day” (Архангелова мъжка задушница). The day is commemorated the Saturday before St. Archangel’s Day, thus the name.
The religious festival is one of the three Major All Souls’ Days (Големи Задушници), which orthodox Christians mark annually. On this day, Bulgarians pay their [...]

What is in a letter? (Еуро / Евро) »

A few weeks ago, a piece of news concerning the newly independent country of Montenegro surfaced. Bulgaria had threatened to refuse signing their “Stabilisation and Association Agreement” (SAA), which was one of the fundamental steps for Montenegro’s EU application to advance. Why? Because of a letter.

Vote buying = jail? »

On Friday, Bulgaria’s parliament adopted an amendment of the Criminal Code, which provides for strict punishment for everybody who tries to bribe in any way the voters on all upcoming elections in the country.
The penalty for receiving payment for a vote stands at a maximum of 1000 Bulgarian levs ($724) or a minimum of six [...]

Passive Child Smokers Prevalent »

According to the campaign “Active for passive smokers” 76.8% of children are passive smokers and 65.8% fall within the category in discotheques and internet clubs.
Only one-third of the students in the country live in an environment free of smoke. Children in families with smokers are three times more likely to become ill from asthma and [...]

The Bulgarian Ambassador’s Blog »

Greetings to everyone reading this introduction!
I am Ivo Dimitrov and I have been involved in World News as a writer and editor since my freshman year (I’m now a junior). I was born in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and I study Spanish (philology) and history at Willamette.
I enjoy competitive debate, Konditorei (excellent pastries), tutoring, [...]

Bulgarian Muslims Protest Peacefully »

Ivo Dimitrov
The Ottoman yoke in Bulgaria lasted for 500 years and affected the make-up of the population in profound ways. Indeed, almost 13% of Bulgarians converted and have remained an integral part of the population. Though a substantial minority, these Bulgarian Muslims have integrated well within the population and have built bridges of friendship and [...]

Ivo Dimitrov »

Bulgarians and the Harry Potter connection
If you are a Harry Potter enthusiast like myself, you will surely know the name of Viktor Krum. The ‘dashing’ magician will compete in the TriWizard tournament; there have been strongly-supported rumors that he and Hermione Granger are shifting into the romantic. Yes, Krum is Bulgarian (kind of), but there [...]

Hristo Pavlov »

Another 75 Days of Agony for the Bulgarian Nurses
The Supreme Cassation Court of Libya postponed hearings on the AIDS trial against the five Bulgarian nurses for January 31, 2006. New pleading will be heard in the courtroom. Thousands of Libyans attacked the building of the Supreme Cassation Court, shouting death for the nurses. The five [...]

Ivo Dimitrov »

Bulgarian President calls Libyan President
You may have read an earlier post of mine in which I described the huge international AIDS scandal involving Bulgaria and Libya (click here for the article). Although the situation remains dire, intellectuals and civil groups from both sides of the divide are trying to establish a friendlier climate of communication [...]

Hristo Pavlov »

Amazing 6.5 / 7 by Topalov in first RR
The best Bulgarian chess player Veselin Topalov is playing the games of his life in the Chess World Championships in San Luis, Argentina. In the first half of the competition, the Bulgarian grand master won 6 of his first 7 games and drew in the other one. [...]