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Bai Ganyo Ghost Revived

November 2005. A French businessman asks me what I think of Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | May 4, 2007, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1259

Bulgarian Envoy to US: Washington Shows Great Support for Libya-Held Nurses

Let's talk about the meeting at the top in Washington between the US and the EU. At the meeting the two parties announced that the States and Europe will put much more efforts for the release of the Bulgarian medics and the Palestinian doctor, who are sen

Novinite Insider » Interview | May 4, 2007, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1612

The Flags of Our Fathers

Believe it or not, hasn't lost a single flag to the enemies since the forming of the Third Bulgarian Kingdom. Soldiers have died to preserve the flag of their formation and some have even managed to keep it while in captivity - wrapped tightly around thei

Novinite Insider » Destinations | | Viewed: 2586

One Tax Too Few

Decided on fixing Bulgaria (or at least the parts of it not to his liking), Sofia's mayor once again suggested a bright idea that doesn't really fall under his jurisdiction. Foreign prosecutors and judges should monitor all the court cases in Bulgaria to

Novinite Insider » Editorial | May 3, 2007, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1054

A Tale of Two Cities' Garbage

The municipality of Sliven may become the cleanest one in whole Bulgaria after the mayor of the town hired the Sofia cleaning company "Chistota" to collect town's garbage and clean the streets. Or at least the Sliven mayor thinks so.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | May 2, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 945

Pirates No More

It took Bulgaria the best part of this millennium to escape the tag of a "country of pirates," but the law enforcement's crackdowns have finally yielded their results. I guess that means that there's virtually nobody left to download movies, music or sof

Novinite Insider » Editorial | May 1, 2007, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1083

Post-Wedding Jitters in Brussels

Now that Bulgaria has done far too little to bring the corrupt and the criminal to justice, the EU is on the look-out - for the faithfulness of its Balkan partner and the propriety of its best man Franco Frattini. Bulgaria and Romania were told they can

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 30, 2007, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1175

Live and Let Die

Do you know the number of paramedic squads in Sofia? 30. They take 12-hour shifts.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 29, 2007, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1304

The Fatal Number 13

A policeman who ran over a whole three-member family saw his sentence not increased but reduced by the Sofia Cassation Court on Friday. It happened in Bulgaria.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 27, 2007, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1592

Where Nature's Beauty is No Myth

A recent scandal around the "myth" of Batak sparked wide controversy in Bulgaria, but along with all the arguments, it is also a good excuse to focus on the town itself - its history, as real as we know it to be, its nature and all the options it offers t

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Love - Alchemy of Success for Bulgaria's Albena and Maxim

Bulgaria's golden ice-dancers Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski presented their biographical book in a bookstore downtown Sofia. The book, called "Love is Alchemy of Success", was written by Lubomir Todorov.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 27, 2007, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 3803

Enduring Communist Mentalities

Just as trade unions promised earlier this week, hundreds of miners blocked one of Bulgaria's major motorways on Thursday in protest over the planned sale of a power plant to Greek investors. The miners' trade union and the company have been locked in ta

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 26, 2007, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1108

Playback Election Rhetoric

Provocative hip-shaking, scanty clothing, fake eyelashes and tons of make-up. The ingredients of chalga music made their way to the platforms of May 20 campaigning, cementing its status as nothing short of a social phenomenon.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 25, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1261

A History Better Left in the Past

Those who have seen the church in Batak or even just read Vazov's poem Kocho find it hard to shake off the cold chill these images send to the spine. For piles and piles of cracked skulls speak of a horrendous slaughter that has forever stayed in the mind

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 24, 2007, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1507

Bulgaria's Doctors - Healers or Killers?

There is a problem in Bulgaria, which belongs to the so-called public secrets - everyone knows but nobody talks about it. This phenomenon is the health care system with all its disadvantages that unfortunately are much more than the advantages.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 23, 2007, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2406

Strategies for the (Euro) Future

The European Parliament elections next month hold little interest to anyone except the several hundred people in the race and political strategists. For the first, it is a chance to obtain a well-paid sinecure job in Brussels, but for the latter the poll

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 22, 2007, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 911

Bulgaria's Furtive First Step toward Bright European Future

Bulgaria headed to the European Parliament in quite a strange way. Some of the people, who will represent the country in the most important institution, decided to promote themselves using odd methods, to put it mildly.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 20, 2007, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1657

The Village of Dobarsko - Touching the Eternity

The village of Dobarsko is nestled in the south foot of the holy Rila Mountains at the altitude of 1070 meters and overlooks the endless horizons of the pearl of Bulgarian mountains Pirin and wide Rodopi Mountains. It is only 17 km away from the town of R

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Bulgaria's Future, Decided in France

French voters will head to their voting booths on Sunday in the first round of presidential elections to pick a successor to Jacques Chirac. Why should I care, here in Bulgaria, about who will be the French president over the next five years, you may ask

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 19, 2007, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1301

Falling to Pieces

Some time ago, September 19, two young Bulgarian women died when and old and crumbled building in downtown Sofia collapsed.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 18, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 997

The PR(o)active PResident

Second inaugurations always pose a problem. With nothing left to run for, all the president can do is try to live up to his first term.

Novinite Insider » Editorial | April 17, 2007, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1144
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