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  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Find 3,000 Year-Old Pictograms, Say May Be Thracian Script

    08/04/2004 10:48:58 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 800+ views
    21:05 - 03.08.2004Bulgarian Archaeologists Find 3,000 Year-old Pictograms, Say May Be Thracian Script SOFIA (bnn)- Archaeologists exploring remains of a Bronze Age fortress in southern Bulgaria said Tuesday they found traces of primitive scripture supposed to have been used by Thracian tribes that once lived in that area. The pictograms, painted on 3, 000 year-old ceramic utensils, were found near the ancient Perperikon fortress, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Sofia, archaeological team leader Nikolay Ovcharov told state TV. He said the discovery could back a still unconfirmed hypothesis that the Thracians, had a script of their own. The...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Stumble Upon 'Oldest Children's Toy in Europe': Late Bronze Age Thracian...

    05/09/2015 6:54:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Archaeology in Bulgaria ^ | May 5, 2015 | Ivan Dikov
    An Ancient Thracian bronze artifact in the shape of a stork's head described as "the oldest children's toy in Europe" has been identified by Bulgarian archaeologists among archaeological items found by local residents in the area of the southern town of Zlatograd in the Rhodope Mountains. The Thracian toy is made of bronze mixed with some silver, and is dated to the Late Bronze age, about 1500-1200 BC, the period of Ancient Troy and the Civilization of Mycenae. It consists of a tripod holding what appears to be a stork's head which can move and "drink water"; it weighs 30...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church Restores Liturgical Commemoration of Czar Simeon II

    05/04/2015 6:08:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Independent Balkan News Agency ^ | 04-30-2015 | Clive Leviev-Sawyer
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has decided to include a blessing for Simeon Saxe-Coburg as “His Majesty Simeon II, Tsar of the Bulgarians” in public and private worship. The proposal was made to the Holy Synod by Nikolai, Metropolitan of Plovdiv. Born in 1937, Saxe-Coburg became king of Bulgaria in 1943 after the sudden death of his father, Boris III. Because he was a minor, there was a regency of three. On the communist takeover in Bulgaria at the end of World War 2, a “People’s Court” process was initiated which led to thousands of deaths,...
  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • Turkey suddenly open to RESTORING ties with Israel, REFUSES to criticize Israeli election

    04/02/2015 6:13:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    Turkey, via their Deputy Prime Minister, is putting the word out on the street that it is open to a restoration of ties with Israel, even acknowledging that it is NOT Turkey’s place to criticize the recent Israeli election: snip Wow. The admitted refusal to criticize Israel over the election is definitely a change of pace for Turkey. I mean, when has Erdogan ever missed an opportunity to openly bash Israel? He was just ripping Netanyahu in January for just showing up to the Paris march against ‘radical Islam’, accusing him of killing 2500 Palestinians in the war last year....
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4-7-2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greece has demanded nearly €279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich. A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures. Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone. SNIP--- Berlin moved to quickly to...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • Bibi's Subtle Diss of Barry

    07/23/2012 6:20:15 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 31 replies
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 07/23/2012 | Joy Tiz
    You have to start with the premise that the Prime Minister of Israel chooses his words carefully. Unlike our president who is more enchanted with the sound of his own voice than Narcissus was with his reflection. Netanyahu was asked by Chris Wallace on Wallace's Fox News Sunday show about the terrorist attack on a bus in Bulgaria that slaughtered five Israeli tourists. Bibi was well beyond adamant that the perpetrators were Hezbollah, supported by Iran. On this point, the prime minister was quite forceful. Wallace then asked Netanyahu if he had shared any of his recently acquired information with...
  • Greek defense minister says Greece has Plan B if EU rigid on deal

    02/10/2015 7:19:10 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/10/2015 | Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis
    Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that if Greece failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could always look elsewhere for help. "What we want is a deal. But if there is no deal - hopefully (there will be) - and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow apart Europe, then we have the obligation to go to Plan B. Plan B is to get funding from another source," he told Greek television show that ran in to early Tuesday. "It could the United States at best, it could be Russia,...
  • Germany - no debt haircut for Greece but bailout extension an option

    01/28/2015 3:55:38 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Reuters
    The German government stuck to its view on Monday that a third haircut, or debt restructuring, for Greece was out of the question but opened the door to a possible extension of Greece's current bailout programme.
  • Greece says No to EU statement on Russia

    01/27/2015 12:12:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    EUObserver ^ | 1-27-2015 | Andrew Rettman
    he new far-left government in Greece dropped a bombshell on its first day in office by abjuring an EU statement on Russia. It said in a press communique on Tuesday (27 January): “the aforementioned statement was released without the prescribed procedure to obtain consent by the member states and particularly without ensuring the consent of Greece”. “In this context, it is underlined that Greece does not consent to this statement”. It added that its new PM, Alexis Tsipras, expressed “discontent” in a phone call to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini. The EU statement on Russia, published on Tuesday morning,...
  • Switzerland and Syriza

    01/27/2015 11:45:59 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Restate ^ | January 27 2015 | Repair_Man_Jack
    credit the world’s various political leftists for being brilliant at one thing. They have managed to assemble a coalition of interest groups whose vested interests should probably cause them to chase each other around in the street armed with shotguns. Nowhere is that awesome class divide among the left on greater display than in Europe where the Parlor Pinks infest Davos and the Street Marxians have taken electoral power in Greece. If you were to ask both Jeffrey Greene and newly-minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras whether they felt society should be unfettered by larger government or directed for its...
  • Greek Deposit Outflows Soar In Run-Up To Syriza Victory

    01/25/2015 7:12:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Despite all the fear-mongering by Nea Demokratia (ND), Syriza's victory over the incumbent is dramatically larger than expected (exit polls indicate a potential 12 point margin vs 7 point spreads in the run-up). However, as JPMorgan details, the fear-mongery was very evident in bank deposit runs as proxied outflows surge EUR8 billion last week - more than all of December and the rest of January combined...Via JPMorgan Flows & LiquidityGreek deposit outflows rise sharply this week The monthly Bank of Greece balance sheet data for the month of December revealed a significant increase in Greek bank ECB borrowing which...
  • GREEK ELECTION UPDATE: LEFTIST SYRIZA AND CONSERVATIVE INDEPENDENT GREEKS WILL FORM COALITION

    01/25/2015 10:51:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    1/26/2015 | Self
    The vote totals are still being finalized but the latest show the SYRIZA Party at 150 of the 300 seats in the Greek parliament with 36.3 percent of the vote. This is one vote short of an overall majority but multiple media sources including "The Wall Street Journal" are reporting that the conservative Independent Greeks, who broke away from the New Democracy (Republican type) Party in 2011 and are firmly against the EU austerity program will join up to stablilize the government. The Independent Greeks (ANEL) won 4.7 percent of the popular vote and 13 seats. The SYRIZA-ANEL alliance would...
  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    01/25/2015 5:25:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2015 | BY ANGELIKI KOUTANTOU AND JAMES MACKENZIE
    Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme. After its most severe crisis since the fall of the military junta in 1974, Greece's economy has shrunk by some 25 percent, thousands of businesses have closed,...
  • Greek exit polls suggest Syriza win

    01/25/2015 9:54:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 88 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/25/2015 | BBC
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's closely fought general election. One poll suggested Syriza took 35.5% of the votes, and the other suggested it took 39.5%, well ahead of ruling New Democracy party on 23%-27%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone. Syriza's Alexis Tsipras has pledged to renegotiate Greece's debt arrangement with international creditors....
  • Greece election: Exit polls signal big Syriza win

    01/25/2015 11:32:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 51 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | bbc
    Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's general election. The polls indicate that Syriza took between 36% and 38% of the total vote, with the ruling New Democracy party a distant second with 26%-28%. It is unclear whether Syriza has enough votes to govern the country alone.
  • Europe's Austerity Moment Is Ending (Greek election)

    01/25/2015 6:01:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 84 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 25 January 2015 | Matt Schiavenza
    Voting in Sunday's much-watched Greek elections has ended, and exit polls suggest that the far-left Syriza party has captured nearly 40 percent of the vote. While this may not be enough to ensure a parliamentary majority in Greece's electoral system, it's now clear that Alexis Tsipras, a fiery 40-year-old once considered too radical for national politics, will lead the next Greek government. Tsipras has promised to end Greece's "austerity program," a series of spending cuts and tax hikes designed to reduce the country's enormous bailout debt, which equals 175 percent of its GDP. Freed from this burden, Tsipras argues, the...
  • European Socialists, Radical Muslims United by ‘Mutual Hatred for Judeo-Christian Culture’

    01/24/2015 5:57:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2015 - 10:17 AM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    European socialists are united with radical Muslims by a “mutual hatred for Judeo-Christian culture,” which is why they continue to defend failed multicultural policies that are promoting the Islamification of Europe, says Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. “It’s called the Red-Green Alliance, red being the socialists and the green being Islam. There’s sort of a mutual interest on both sides to deconstruct the Judeo-Christian culture in Europe,” he explained. “What the socialists don’t realize is that the Muslims hate them even more than they hate the Judeo-Christians, and so once it works out to...
  • Far from ‘outsiders,’ Europe and Islam have long been intertwined

    01/25/2015 5:47:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail (UK) ^ | January 25, 2015 | by H.A. Hellyer
    In the wake of the most recent attacks in Paris, the airwaves have been full of myths about Muslim communities in Europe. However, history tells a rather different tale: Muslims are far from alien from European culture; in fact, they are central to it. The links between Europe and Islam date back to the very first generation of Muslims. We know of the famed rule of Muslim Iberia (now known as Spain and Portugal), which created a thriving multi-religious society, something that was then a novelty in Europe. Several hundred years earlier, after Muslim Spain had begun, you might have...
  • Greece: Talks with troika the main test

    01/25/2015 4:26:33 PM PST · by annalex · 17 replies
    Kathimerini ^ | Monday Jan 26, 2015 | Dimitris Kontogiannis
    Talks with troika the main test It will require a change of stance on many issues for Alexis Tsipras to become Greece’s version of Lula By Dimitris KontogiannisThe left-wing SYRIZA party’s triumph in the Greek national elections sends a strong message across the eurozone that excessive austerity will have political and social repercussions if pursued for a long time. But SYRIZA will have a tough task convincing the country’s official lenders to continue funding and adopt its policy proposals, many of which are at odds with the current adjustment program. A compromise seems to be the best solution, but requires...
  • Syriza and Independent Greeks agree Greece coalition

    01/26/2015 6:44:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 40 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/26/2015 | BBC
    The far-left Syriza party, the winner of Greece's election, has formed an anti-austerity coalition with a right-wing party, the Greek Independents. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has taken the oath of office as the new prime minister. He has vowed to renegotiate Greece's bailout, worth 240 bn euros (179 bn pounds, $268 bn). European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Mr. Tsipras while reminding him of the challenge of "ensuring fiscal responsibility.".......... With nearly all of the votes counted in Sunday's poll, Syriza looks set to have 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority. The Greek Independents are projected to...
  • Mass Delusion among Greece’s Far Left: Victorious Syriza wants Greece to skip out on its debts.

    01/26/2015 7:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | Tom Rogan
    In Greece, the far-left Syriza party has won a stunning victory. Under the leadership of charismatic populist Alexis Tsipras, it has claimed around 150 parliamentary seats and defeated the governing centrist New Democracy party. Across Europe, leftists are elated. They see this as a historic turning point, the moment when they can put a stop to the austerity-through-spending-cuts approach. And to some degree, they’re right. There’s no question that voters have rewarded a far-left party for its far-left platform. Just consider what Syriza proposes: significant increases in government spending, a rise in the minimum wage and in pensions, and a...
  • Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

    01/26/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Helena Smith in Athens, Julian Borger in Brussels and Katie Allen in London
    Greek radicals sought on Monday to redraw the political map of Europe, forming a coalition government of left and right, united only by their desire to defy the European financial establishment and shrug off the constraints of austerity. The coalition, led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, was expected to dispatch its new finance minister to Brussels in the next few days to seek a fundamental renegotiation of Greece’s economic bailout package, vowing that “the end of humiliation has come”. Tsipras and his Syriza party have promised to replace the austerity programmes imposed by Greece’s international creditors with policies aimed at helping...
  • Add this to Greece's list of problems: It's an emerging hub for terrorists

    01/26/2015 7:31:06 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Tim Lister and Ioannis Mantziko
    The new Greek government has plenty of challenges ahead of it: A towering debt, chronic unemployment and relations with the rest of Europe. But it also has an urgent security problem. Greece has become an unwitting crossroads -- both for jihadists trying to reach Iraq and Syria from Europe, and for fighters returning home from the Middle East.
  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | Hannah Roberts and Jenny Stanton
    Greece's new radical Prime Minister has declared war on the country's all-inclusive holiday resorts and vowed to limit them. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and unlimited cocktails and ouzo by the pool could become a thing of the past in Greece despite the all-inclusive travel industry, that brings in £1.5billion for the country. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the triumphant anti-bailout party Syriza, believes such deals 'alienate tourists from the local economy' by keeping them behind resort gates and away from local businesses and attractions. He has warned that contracts with large resort chains will be reviewed and deals to sell public land...
  • Greek coalition braces for debt showdown as Germany rattles sabre

    01/27/2015 6:51:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The new Greece of Alexis Tsipras will run out of money by early March. It will then face a series of escalating crunch points that will end in default and a return to the drachma unless it can reach a deal with EU creditors. Greece must repay €3.4bn to the International Monetary Fund in February and March. Tax revenues have collapsed as Greeks preempt what they hope will be a repeal of austerity taxes. “There is only €1.9bn left in the cash kitty, and the government has spending costs of $2.5bn coming up. Somebody needs to lend the country money...
  • Greece could seek US200 billion war reparations from Germany

    01/27/2015 5:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Famagusta Gazette ^ | January 27, 2015 | Staff
    THE NEW government in Athens may seek billions of dollars from Germany in payment for crimes committed by the Nazi’s in Greece during World War Two. In his first act as prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras visited the memorial site at the Kaisariani rifle range; where Nazi occupiers executed 200 Greek prisoners in reprisals for the killing of a German general in 1944. Earlier this month, Tsipras said that if he were to win the election, he would seek war reparations from Germany along with a write-down of Greece’s debt. "We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany...
  • The Greek voters' unlikely darling: Their taxman

    01/26/2015 1:10:49 PM PST · by shove_it · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 Jan 2015 | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    The most unpopular man in Greece appears to have won enough votes to become a new member of the debt ridden country's parliament. The most unpopular man in Greece appears to have won enough votes to become a new member of the debt ridden country's parliament. Greece's former chief tax collector, Harry Theoharis, ran on the ticket of a new party called To Potami, or "The River." Despite the country's national notoriety for evading taxes, early indications are that many Greeks voted for the man who was their main collector. The candidate and other Greek election-watchers expect vote tallies to...
  • Syriza Trounces New Democracy; Greeks Stop Paying Taxes; Run on Greek Banks Escalates; Get Out!

    01/26/2015 8:11:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    As late as yesterday I read numerous mainstream media reports that Syriza would win by three to five percent and would need to form an unstable coalition to rule. In contrast, here was my January 19 prediction (and rationale): Expect a Blowout Win by Syriza in Greece. Syriza Trounces New Democracy The final votes are not counted, but exit polls show a blowout, with incumbent party New Democracy going down in flames. The Wall Street Journal reports GreeceÂ’s Radical Leftist Syriza Party Poised to Win Election, Exit Polls Say. Syriza appeared set to win between 35.5% and 39.5% of the...
  • Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery

    02/14/2003 1:30:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies · 773+ views
    www.novinite.com ^ | 2003-02-13 | Novinite editorial Staff
     Subscribe for free at www.novinite.com Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery2003-02-13Bulgarian archaeologists discovered an oval ritual hall fitting the description that ancient historians gave to the Dionysus Temple in the Rhodope range famous for its splendor and mysteriousness in antique times and for the many failed attempts to determine its exact location in modernity. During an expedition in 2002, the team of archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov unearthed the hall inside of an ancient Thracian palace, some 250km southeast of Bulgaria's capital Sofia. The temple-palace is part of the dead city of Perpericon in Bulgaria's Eastern Rhodope Mountain that...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Part Of 3,500 Year-Old Gold Mask (Orpheus)

    06/24/2005 10:23:20 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 722+ views
    Archaeologists unearth part of 3, 500 year-old gold mask SOFIA (bnn)- Archaeologists in Southern Bulgaria, exploring what they believe to be the tomb of Orpheus, discovered fragments of a golden mask dating from the Trojan War, state TV reported. The expedition found the gold in a 3, 500 year-old temple that has survived untouched by treasure hunters. Archaeological team leader Nikolay Ovcharov said the mask was older than a 690-gram (24.3-ounce) Thracian gold mask that was unearthed a year ago in central Bulgaria. The Thracians were Bronze Age people, who lived in the Balkans between 4,000 B.C. and the seventh...
  • [Six+ years old story] Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

    01/14/2015 11:51:40 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | circa 2009 or before | Robert Lea
    Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated. This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine. Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria...
  • France Finds Potential Terror Accomplice (Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29) in Handcuffs in Bulgaria

    01/13/2015 5:07:41 AM PST · by wtd · 2 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 13, 2015 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC and BRIAN ROSS Brian Ross More from Brian » ABC News Chief Investigative Correspon
    France Finds Potential Terror Accomplice in Handcuffs in Bulgaria(caption under photo on page: French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, sits inside the courtroom before his trial in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Jan. 12, 2015. ) Fritz-Joly Joachim, 29, was nabbed by Bulgarian authorities in the early morning on New Year's Day on a European arrest warrant for allegedly kidnapping his three-year-old son and trying to take him eventually into Syria, according to Darina Slavova, a prosecutor in the southern Bulgarian city of Haskovo. But Slavova told ABC News today that Bulgarian authorities received another European arrest warrant Monday alleging...
  • Suspect connected to Paris attacks to be extradited from Bulgaria

    01/13/2015 1:40:40 AM PST · by BCW · 4 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 13 JAN 2015 | Irish Times
    Bulgaria plans to extradite a Frenchman suspected of knowing or having been in touch with one of the two Islamist militants who shot dead 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s offices last week, prosecutors said on Monday. Using a European arrest warrant alleging that he had abducted his 3-year-old son and was likely to take him to Syria, Bulgarian police arrested Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, on January 1st at a border checkpoint when he tried to cross into Turkey.
  • How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal That Derailed

    12/30/2014 11:14:59 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    NYT ^ | 30 Dec 14 | JIM YARDLEY and JO BECKER
    SOFIA, Bulgaria — Barely two weeks after President Vladimir V. Putin annexed Crimea on one side of the Black Sea, he won a different prize on the other side. In Bulgaria’s Parliament, lawmakers gave initial passage to a bill clearing the way for a mammoth gas pipeline from Russia. The pipeline, known as South Stream, was Mr. Putin’s most important European project, a tool of economic and geopolitical power critical to twin goals: keeping Europe hooked on Russian gas, and further entrenching Russian influence in fragile former Soviet satellite states as part of a broader effort to undermine European unity....
  • The Real Reason Russia Cancelled South Stream Part of channel(s): Ukraine (current event)

    12/21/2014 7:59:18 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 2 replies
    Liveleak.com, Syrianfreepress, www.south-streaminfo.com ^ | Dec-20-2014 | Alexander Mercouris - Russia Insider
    The Russians called the EU’s bluff by pulling out of the project instead of accepting the EU’s conditions and are cutting deals with China and Turkey instead.By Alexander Mercouris ~ Russia Insider The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully. In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s. Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe....
  • Putin Is Infiltrating European Politics With Shocking Effectiveness

    12/14/2014 12:26:28 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Jeremy Bender
    Putin has become shockingly effective at influencing European politics through a host of far-right parties. The following chart from the Center for Eurasian Strategic Intelligence (CESI) shows Russia's growing influence within six different European Union countries. The parties, located in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary, are increasingly popular—and staunchly against giving more power to the EU. Each of the parties has also fostered a closer relationship with Russia, and has protested against sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Ukraine.
  • Putin could be finished

    12/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | David Russell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is so easy to dislike because he really is a bad guy and there are few things more pleasurable than contemplating his fall from power. It is reasonably clear that might just happen. Even though he continues to be widely popular in his own country, there are several reasons why he could be brought down. The principle ones are the fall in oil prices and the financial crisis brought on by the sanctions imposed by the West. There are many others: a 40 percent decline in the value of Russian currency; an impending recession; the cost...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

    12/11/2014 6:53:03 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    mondaymorning.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | Dr. Kent Moors
    Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture. The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations. And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision. I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide. Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public...
  • Bulgaria picks up the pieces of cancelled Russian pipeline

    12/11/2014 10:57:14 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    Stand on the sea wall next to the port in Varna and you can see the bits and pieces of South Stream piled up in front of you. Hundreds of long black sections of piping - some on the dockside, and others still stacked on cargo ships. They were supposed to have been laid beneath the gloomy waters of the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine and bringing Russian gas directly to south-eastern Europe. But - suddenly and unilaterally - Vladimir Putin has declared the project dead. Gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey instead. "It's really not clear what's going...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • Far-right leaders vow to 'save Europe' at French gathering

    11/30/2014 1:04:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    france24.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Benjamin Dodman
    Representatives of Eurosceptic and far-right groups from Italy to Bulgaria gathered at the National Front party conference in Lyon at the weekend to warn France and Europe of a “neo-Ottoman” onslaught of Islam-preaching, benefit-stealing migrants. Digging through the history books, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), warned that “Arab armies plundered Lyon in 725 and are now busy doing the same in Iraq and Syria”. Strache went on to blast Europe’s mainstream parties for, among other things, stoking “mass immigration, ideological terror, gay marriage and gender theory”. The Austrian far-right leader was one of seven foreign...
  • Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side

    03/29/2014 9:48:21 AM PDT · by annalex · 82 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 | Mitchell A. Orenstein
    Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side Gabor Vona, president of the Hungarian radical right-wing party "Jobbik," delivers a speech at a rally in Budapest, March 15, 2014.(Bernadett Szabo / Courtesy Reuters) Given that one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated reasons for invading Crimea was to prevent “Nazis” from coming to power in Ukraine, it is perhaps surprising that his regime is growing closer by the month to extreme right-wing parties across Europe. But, in both cases, Putin’s motives are not primarily ideological. In Ukraine, he simply wants to grab territory that he believes...
  • "Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Heart

    10/14/2014 12:14:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    smithsonian ^ | 10/13/2014 | rachel nuwer
    Archeologists in Bulgaria haved uncovered a 13th century staked "vampire" at Perperikon, an ancient Thracian site in the south of the country, Archaeology reports. The remains once belonged to a man who was likely in his 40s. An iron rod had been hammered through his chest "to keep the corpse from rising from the dead and disturbing the living," Archaeology continues, and his left leg had also been removed and placed beside the corpse. Clearly, this man's neighbors did not trust his remains to stay put. As Nikolai Ovcharov, the archeologist in charge of the dig, told the Telegraph: "We...
  • Bulgaria, Russia embroiled in new diplomatic spat

    10/10/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    sofiaglobe.com ^ | October 10, 201
    For the second time in the space of one week, officials in Sofia and Moscow exchanged harsh words, after Russia’s foreign ministry said that an interview by Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev with a German newspaper was “regrettable”. Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published on October 4, Plevneliev said that Russia was a “nationalistic and aggressive state” and Russian president Vladimir Putin viewed Europe as an opponent rather than a partner. In his weekly media briefing on October 9, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said that Plevneliev’s interview was cause for concern, because it “once again repeated...
  • Injuries in explosives factory blast in north-west Bulgaria

    10/02/2014 4:09:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Sofia Globe ^ | 10/1/2014
    At least three people were injured in a powerful blast at an explosives factory in Gorni Lom in Bulgaria’s Vidin region on October 1. Unconfirmed media reports said that about 15 people were on shift at the time of the explosion and it was feared that they were dead. Two of the injured were admitted to hospital in Montana for treatment for fractures while another victim was in hospital in Vidin. None was in critical condition, reports said. The scene of the blast was inaccessible because of secondary explosions. It also emerged that the Midzhur plant had a bad track...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.