Bulgaria Prophet Baba Vanga Causes Closure of Afghan Newspaper
According to Payman staff, the rumor trail points to the Afghan president as the main driver behind the threats that ultimately led to its closure.
The shutdown came after Payman mistakenly published a "blasphemous" article called "Prediction of the Third World War" - the story of Bulgarian visionary Baba Vanga, her dramatic life and her dystopian vision of a nuclear war.
The cause of the problems for the Afghan newspaper was a blasphemous paragraph introducing the article. It said world religions have no evidence to prove their vision of the afterlife, leaving the question of humanity's origins and the hereafter an unsolved mystery.
Immediately after publication, Payman said the article's content was unacceptable and apologized for its mistake - but to no avail.
According to the paper, a rumor is making the rounds, pointing the finger of blame at President Karzai. Allegedly the President had had enough of Payman's constant criticism of his administration and in the mistaken publication of the article, he saw a convenient opportunity to silence it for good.
The UK Guardian reported that the likeable Baba Vanga believed that in 2111 mankind would become robots. And yet it was the mistaken publication of Baba Vanga's story that led to the closure of Afghanistan's most intellectually open-minded and unbiased newspaper. According to the newspaper in this incidental clash of Afghan rationalism versus Bulgarian super naturalism, Afghans are very much the losers.
"According to the newspaper in this incidental clash of Afghan rationalism versus Bulgarian super naturalism, Afghans are very much the losers."
Is there an implied meaning? Like: the intelligent (rational) Afgans versus the primitive (irrational) Bulgarians? Hmm...
Not to be critical, but more of a language lesson. Does "Baba" have the "grandmother" connotation in Bulgarian that it does in Russian?"
Dude, you are asking the wrong guy. Steal is not Bulgarian, he hates anything Bulgarian. What makes you think that he will know the answer? Ask a Bulgarian at least, you ignorant prat!
Not to be critical, but more of a language lesson. Does "Baba" have the "grandmother" connotation in Bulgarian that it does in Russian? Then Vanga would be her first name? Something like the Baba Yaga of Russian fairy tales?
All I know at this stage is that grandmother in Russian is Babuschka and in Czech Babicka.
The agent provocateur whose predictions were result of Bulgarian secret service work ! The project was launched to attract as more as possible foreign tourists into the country and popularize the image of Bulgaria in the world ... people like to believe in fairy tales !