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  • 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 · 27 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 · 81 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.
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • Humor of Latest Bulgarian Fad -Vandalism of Soviet-Era Monuments- Lost on Kremlin

    08/26/2014 9:04:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Russians -well known for their great sense of humor (especially when you're making fun of them)- have loudly complained to the Bulgarian government for not-the-first-time re. the ongoing vandalism offensive against (offensive) USSR-era monuments glorifying the Soviet Red Army, the Bulgarian Red Army, and/or socialism in general that still dot the bleak post- communist landscape of the EU's poorest country. One gets the feeling they might have done a bit better by now economically if not for the damage wrought by 40 years of communist stagnation- they seem to think that too, as evidenced by the Bulgarians' disgust...
  • Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments

    08/20/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Agog · 22 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | Anna Dolgov
    Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported. The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia's Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take "exhaustive measures" to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday.
  • Does the Ukrainian Crisis Revolve Around This Pipeline?

    08/11/2014 9:11:33 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    whowhatwhy.com ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Sylvia Todorova
    Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake. As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas are driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine. If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream...
  • UKRAINE & BULGARIA: Bulgaria meets Lavrov on official visit [VIDEO]

    07/08/2014 4:29:57 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/7/2014 | Asen Genov
    Welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarian citizens welcome Russia's minister of foreign affairs Mr Lavrov, thereby shouting: "Putin-huylo" and "This isn't Moscow!"
  • Bulgaria hosts NATO manoeuvres in Black Sea

    07/05/2014 6:13:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 4, 2014
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria launched naval manoeuvres in the Black Sea on Friday with six other NATO countries including the United States, in the latest demonstration of the alliance's resolve to support its eastern European members in light of the Ukraine crisis. Bulgaria's defence ministry said the 10-day war games, dubbed BREEZE 2014, were designed to boost NATO solidarity and regional readiness, though it added they had been scheduled before Russia annexed Ukraine's Black Sea region of Crimea in March. Vessels from Bulgaria and its Black Sea neighbours Romania and Turkey and also from Greece, Italy, Britain and the United...
  • Accusations fly in Bulgaria’s murky bank run

    07/05/2014 6:36:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-4-14 | MATTHIAS WILLIAMS AND TSVETELIA TSOLOVA
    One worker at Bulgaria’s Corporate Commercial Bank knew panic was setting in when she spotted colleagues among the anxious depositors lined up to withdraw cash from the troubled bank. The alarm came in part because the week before, on June 13, with television news crews filming, Bulgarian state prosecutors had raided a building in Sofia that housed Corpbank offices. Though both the prosecutors and the bank said the raid did not target Corpbank – the building housed other companies as well – customers soon began to withdraw their savings. Within days, the Central Bank had seized control of the bank,...
  • Bulgaria halts work on gas pipeline

    06/08/2014 6:02:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    Bulgaria's prime minister has ordered a halt to construction work on the Gazprom-led South Stream pipeline project. Plamen Oresharski said after meeting US Senators John McCain, Christopher Murphy and Ron Johnson that he has ordered all work on the disputed project to continue only after consultations with Brussels. Last week, the European Commission opened an infringement procedure against the Balkan country and asked construction work to be stopped, arguing that Bulgaria had not respected EU internal market rules covering the award of public contracts. The stand-off over Ukraine has forced the 28-nation EU into a sudden rethink of its energy...
  • Shouting Austrian Forces Munich Flight to Land

    06/06/2014 4:55:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 06 Jun 2014
    An Austrian man caused mayhem on an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Munich on Thursday, when he started shouting about terror attacks and bombs. Two men shot in Munich beer garden (27 May 14) Firefighters rescue man from women’s jail (23 May 14) Cheap flights get pricier as airlines expand (24 Apr 14) The 25-year-old man, from Tyrol, had to be restrained and the Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in Sofia, Bulgaria. About two hours into the flight the man jumped up and started shouting: "Here are the terrorists, we have a bomb! You’ll all be blown...
  • Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Greece & Turkey)

    05/24/2014 4:40:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2014
    An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Greece on Saturday and was felt as far away as neighboring Turkey and Bulgaria but there were no reports of serious casualties or destruction, police and fire brigade officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred some 77 km (48 miles) south-southwest of Alexandroupolis, between the islands of Lemnos and Samothrace, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Greek police said the quake had caused minor damage to shops and houses on the two islands.
  • 100-Year-Old Beggar Celebrated as Living Saint in Bulgaria

    05/24/2014 4:34:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 MAY 2014
    A 100-year-old beggar in a threadbare coat, "Grandpa" Dobri, is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria -- a symbol of goodness in a country ravaged by poverty and corruption. For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth tens of thousands of euros. And he has given it all to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. This has made him the largest private donor of the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral even as he maintains an ascetic lifestyle.
  • European Parliament Mulls Putting Right Sector On Terrorism List

    05/07/2014 7:48:55 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka urged her colleagues to support her motion to put the Ukranian radical group Right Sector on the terrorist organizations list, reports ITAR-TASS. ...
  • Did prehistoric man enter Europe through the Balkans?

    08/23/2007 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies · 345+ views
    SAWF.org ^ | 8-22-07
    Could the Balkans, rather than previously accepted areas such as the Strait of Gibralter, have been the entry point for the first men in Europe? ORESHETZ, Bulgaria (AFP) - A team of 20 Bulgarian and French archeologists are trying to prove this theory after 11 years of excavation and research in the Kozarnika cave in northwestern Bulgaria. The digging up at this mountainous site of traces of human activity dating back 1.4 to 1.6 million years throws into question theories about when and where man first set foot in Europe. According to current theories, the Europeans' prehistoric ancestors came into...
  • Bulgaria pledges to do its best to implement South Stream project (Russia to Austria/Italy)

    04/22/2014 11:18:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    ITAR-Tass ^ | 4-22-2014 | Tass
    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has pledged that Bulgaria will do everything within its power to implement the South Stream project. “Bulgaria and some other EU member states should not be the hostages of Ukraine’s instability,” Vigenin said in an exclusive interview with ITAR-TASS. “Therefore, the interests of European citizens, including Bulgarians, should come first. We will do everything within our power to have the South Stream project implemented,” Vigenin stressed.
  • Archaeology: Black Sea's ancient coast found - report

    07/08/2011 6:50:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | Thursday, July 07, 2011 | staff
    Bulgarian scientists have found the ancient shores of the Black Sea, currently deep beneath the waves, which they claim were the original shores about 7500 years ago, when the Black Sea at the time was just a fresh water lake... The team, led by Professor Petko Dimitrov of the Institute of Oceanology in Varna, which is part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), returned from an expedition aboard the research vessel Akademik, saying that they have found the ancient coastline close to the Cape of Emine. Archaeological evidence suggest that this particular spot was part of the ancient coastline,...
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Bulgarians, Serbs volunteering for Russian forces in Crimea

    03/10/2014 3:59:14 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    Far-right Orthodox groups in Bulgaria have been calling on volunteers to fight in Ukraine for Russian forces. World Bulletin / News Desk Far-right Bulgarians have been using social media websites to call their people to go to Crimea to 'defend' Bulgarians living there from 'violence and oppression.' A group calling themselves the 'Orthodox Dawn', along with the Bulgarian Nationalist Party (BNP), have been making the call over websites like Facebook and Twitter. BNP leader Simeon Kostadinov said that there was no central governing body in Ukraine at the moment, and that the enforcement of law and order had been left...
  • Thousands of Bulgarians Take to the Streets to Protest Muslim Legal Moves

    02/16/2014 4:42:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Wilmington Political Buzz Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | Timothy Whiteman
    "You are not Europeans, you are barbarians..."With the crowd estimated at 2,000 or more, Bulgarians took to the streets of the nation's second largest city to protest what they consider a Muslim attempt to "Islamicise" the Balkan country, as reported on Feb. 14, 2014 by The Sofia Globe (of Sofia, Bulgaria), the Anadolu News Agency (of Ankara, Turkey) and the Bulgarian internet news portal PlovdivUtre.bg. Seeking a court order to take possession of properties previously owned by Muslims during the rule of the former Ottoman Empire, who were finally expelled in 1878 after 500 years of oppression, the current Grant...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • German coalition squabbles over EU immigration

    01/06/2014 12:14:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Associated Press
    Germany’s governing coalition is squabbling over calls to restrict welfare payments to European immigrants as the continent’s labor markets open to Romanians and Bulgarians.
  • ‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’

    01/03/2014 2:20:48 PM PST · by robowombat · 21 replies
    Arab News ^ | Published — Friday 3 January 2014
    ‘No explosive device on safe that killed Palestine envoy’  Published — Friday 3 January 2014 Last update 3 January 2014 1:06 am PRAGUE: A safe that exploded at the Palestinian residence in Prague, killing the ambassador, was used almost daily for storing cash, and embassy staff were not aware of any explosive safety device in it, the embassy spokesman said on Thursday. Czech police on Wednesday ruled out what they called a “terrorist attack” and said the likely cause was that a safety device that was part of the safe blew up and fatally wounded Ambassador Jamal Al-Jamal. However,...
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 47 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Maria 'was groomed to be a child bride': Police claim girl found in gipsy camp .....

    10/25/2013 6:28:44 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 23 October 2013 | By Ben Spencer
    Police now believe that Maria, who is thought to be four or five, was being prepared for marriage at the age of 12. Her pale skin, near-white hair and blue eyes would have made her a ‘prize bride’ among the gipsy community. She would have fetched Salis and Dimopoulou a large dowry, according to police sources. Officers investigating the case believe the prospect of a bridal pay-off is why Maria had not yet been sold. She was treated as an ‘investment’ to be nurtured and protected until she reached the traditional Roma ‘coming of age’ - usually at the age...
  • Bulgaria archaeologists find ancient wine cellar

    10/19/2013 6:17:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | October 17, 2013 | unattributed
    A team of archaeologists, headed by Associate Professor Aneliya Bozhkova with the National Archaeological Institute with Museum with the Bulgarian Academy of Science, and Petya Kiyashkina with the Ancient Nesebar Museum, discovered a perfectly preserved cellar with amphorae from the V BC, over the last days of the archaeological excavations in the Bulgarian coastal town of Nesebar, the press office of Nesebar Municipality announced. The research is organised under a project of the Ancient Nesebar Museum, financed by the Ministry of Culture, with the participation of experts in archaeology. The ancient amphorae warehouse was dug in deep into the ground...
  • Do you think it is not related to the energy wars?

    07/01/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 6/30/2012 | MURAT YETKİN
    Russian energy giant Gazprom issued a brief statement on June 29 which actually touches on many political problems in the greater geography surrounding Turkey. It said that the company is ready to send more gas to Turkey if necessary, but from 2018 on Turkey could ask help from Azerbaijan as well. Reuters got it right when it called the statement a threat; a threat to both Turkey and Azerbaijan. The date the Russian company named, 2018, is the planned completion date for the TANAP (Trans-Anatolian) pipeline, which will carry Azerbaijani natural gas to Europe, a $7 billion project which was...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Unique Roman Amphitheatre Slumbers Beneath Sofia Downtown

    02/20/2008 2:36:35 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 64+ views
    Unique Roman Amphitheatre Slumbers Beneath Sofia Downtown Updated on: 20.02.2008, 14:29 Published on: 19.02.2008, 12:13 Serdica - an ancient names of Sofia, was a military, economic and culture centre in the Roman Empire. And while local culture tourism is redirected to Perperikon and other spots dispersed all over this country, a mystic town slumbers beneath Sofia downtown, told from Standart. The excavations under the medieval St. Sofia church started in the 1940s. There is a huge Roman necropolis under the church with dozens of tombs stretching under the building of the National Assembly. Archaeologists and historians reckon the remnants from...
  • Rich Thracian tomb with lion-goat ornament discovered in Sliven

    08/06/2013 7:39:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    StandartNews ^ | Sunday, August 4, 2013 | unattributed
    Sliven. Archaeologists discovered a rich Thracian grave from the 1st century AD in a mound in the municipality Sliven in south-eastern Bulgaria. The findings provide evidence for the preservation of burial rites and a strong Thracian aristocracy in the Roman era. The main finding is a 15 cm long bronze amphora, with two uniquely decorated handles. Another valuable discovery is a bronze skillet-shaped patera. One of its side handles ends with a lion's head, while the other ends with an animal combining features of the lion and the goat. Both items served ritual purposes. The archeologists also unearthed a bronze...
  • Hizbullah Paid $100K for Bulgaria Attack

    07/26/2013 12:11:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 7/26/2013, 8:50 PM | Elad Benari
    Hizbullah’s armed wing wired almost $100,000 (€75,000) to two men wanted over a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, a local newspaper reported Friday, according to the AFP news agency. According to the 24 Hours daily, the money was to help organize the blast at Burgas airport on the Black Sea on July 18, 2012, and to carry out reconnaissance in other countries. The attack on the tourist bus also killed the vehicle’s Bulgarian driver—a Muslim—and left 35 people injured. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004. Israel immediately blamed Hizbullah for...
  • EU Fails to Blacklist Hezbollah as Terrorist Group

    06/20/2013 5:10:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 21 June 2013
    The European Union failed on Thursday to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist group in fear that such a move would lead to instability in Lebanon and the Middle East. Britain’s drive to reach a unanimous decision to blacklist Lebanon's powerful Shiite group has failed to persuade the 27-nation bloc, diplomatic sources said. Diplomats told Reuters that the discussions were not over, but Britain may escalate the issue to a higher level, possibly to a July meeting of foreign ministers. “There was no agreement and the understanding was the issue will be discussed further, but not in this (group),” a diplomat...
  • EU countries block blacklisting of Hezbollah

    06/20/2013 6:52:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.06.13 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    A small group of EU countries has again blocked Britain’s bid to blacklist Lebanese group Hezbollah. Diplomatic sources said Austria and the Czech republic led opposition at a meeting of EU countries’ counterterrorism specialists in Brussels on Wednesday (19 June). Ireland, Italy and Poland also voiced concerns. Objections center around shaky evidence that Hezbollah bombed a bus containing Jewish tourists in Bulgaria last year. …
  • June 17, 1462: The Battle of the Blood Drinkers

    06/17/2013 9:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 17, 2013 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Like flaming demons, Wallachians rushed out of the night and into the Turkish camp, striking terror in an army of terrorists. Leading the charge was a gore-spattered chieftain—hewing and hacking a path to the central tents where the Sultan huddled in fear. On he came, Vlad Dracul, raining down slaughter and raging for Mehmed’s blood.On June 17, 1462, outside Targoviste, Romania, the world was given a rare instance of how the good can be accomplished though the grotesque—for God can deploy His enemies as allies. Vlad Dracul III, Prince of Wallachia, can hardly be considered a warrior of faith; but...
  • Serbia: ancient tombs discovered from 2,500 years ago

    06/15/2013 10:02:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    ANSA ^ | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | ANSAmed
    The skeletel remains of ancient warriors with spears and daggers have been uncovered in an archeological site during the construction of the Corridor 10 highway project in south-east Serbia. According to experts the remains date back 2,500 years and were found in the ancient district of Pirot named Suburbium where the ancient Roman road, Via Militaris, headed to what is now the border of modern day Bulgaria. ''We have found three skeletal remains of warriors with spears, daggers and bronze ornaments, and decorations of various kinds,'' said Mirjana Blagojevic, archeologist from Serbia's institute for the protection of cultural patrimony. Predrag...
  • Interior Minister: Germany to Deport 'Poverty Immigrants'

    06/08/2013 12:31:12 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 13 replies
    http://www.spiegel.de/ ^ | June 07, 2013 | n/a
    Snipped--The German government is toughening its stance on economic refugees from Bulgaria and Romania, who it says have become a burden on social services. snipped--Germany will take measures to prevent poor immigrants from the two Eastern European countries from entering the country under false pretences to collect welfare benefits.snip--... give these new arrivals a message: "If you are working here illegally -- no matter how -- then please go back to where you came from!" he said on Friday.
  • Turkish police fire tear gas in worst protests for years

    05/31/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-31-13 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul's central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. Broken glass and rocks were strewn across a main shopping street near Taksim. Primary school children ran crying from the clouds of tear gas while tourists caught by surprise scurried to get back to luxury hotels lining the square. The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP). Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of May...
  • Police Attack Protesters In Istanbul’s Taksim Square

    05/31/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31,2013 | Tim Arango,Ceylan Yeginsu
    ISTANBUL — Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbul’s Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.