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  • What do US State Department, Russian spies and Bulgarian mosque have in common? Ecotourism!

    08/30/2010 8:36:16 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 1 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    American tax-payers learned recently that the US State Department is funding mosques all around the globe, including one in my native Bulgaria: To support the restoration of the Kurshum Mosque in Silistra. Although it is located in the center of town, damage has been caused by centuries of neglect and earthquakes. The mosque was built in the 17th century when Silistra was an important port city on the Danube River ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Research shows that it has nothing to do with Islam, but with ecotourism. According to a local report the restoration of the mosque and...
  • Macedonian film infuriates Bulgaria

    10/30/2011 12:49:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 28 October 2011
    Bulgarian MEPs outraged over a Macedonian film that depicts wartime Bulgarians as fascists are calling on Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle to confront Skopje over the forthcoming movie. MEPs Andrey Kovachev (EPP), Evgeni Kirilov (S&D) and Stanimir Ilchev (ALDE) have signed a letter, a copy of which was obtained by EurActiv, in which they state their concern over the "attempt to manipulate Balkan history" and "spread hate" on the part of the EU candidate country against its neighbors. The Macedonian film "Third Halftime" is being filmed in Macedonia as a lavishly funded international production, depicting a football match played in 1942...
  • Bulgaria Debt Cheaper to Insure than Higher-Rated Spain

    09/19/2011 4:15:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Noinvite ^ | 09/19/11
    Bulgaria Debt Cheaper to Insure than Higher-Rated Spain Finance | September 19, 2011, Monday| 427 views A placard reading `No to social cutbacks` is seen at the head of a demonstration called by the movement 15-M (also known as `indignados`) against the privatization of public services and welfare cuts, in Pamplona, Spain, 18 Sept. Photo by EPA/BGNES Major rating agencies once again came under fire on Monday after it emerged that the debt of Spain, whose credit status is Aa2, is more expensive to insure than Baa2-rated Bulgaria. The cost of insuring Spanish debt against default rose to 390, compared...
  • Bulgarian Archaeology Finds Said to Rewrite History of Black Sea Sailing

    09/14/2011 2:56:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Novinite ^ | Monday, September 12, 2011 | Sofia News Agency
    Massive ancient stone anchors were found by divers participating in an archaeological expedition near the southern Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol. The expedition, led by deputy director of Bulgaria's National Historical Museum Dr Ivan Hristov, found the precious artifacts west of the Sts. Cyricus and Julitta island. The 200-kg beautifully ornamented anchors have two holes in them -- one for the anchor rope and another one for a wooden stick. They were used for 150-200-ton ships that transported mainly wheat, but also dried and salted fish, skins, timber and metals from what now is Bulgaria's coast. The anchors' shape...
  • The fullness of you in The Fullness of ME(JESUS) [charismatic caucus]

    08/16/2011 2:14:09 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 8-16-11 | Jedediah
    Ordinary measures will not do anymore , For I am opening up in you a Grand new door , The fullness of your upper and lower springs ! ( Joshua15:17-19 ) My answer is " YES" and now my spirit brings ~ ~ ~ , Truly all it is you need to know , So now just come to me that to you my fullness I may show , Not just a twinkling but the fullness of my 7 eyes , Things others will not know but you have paid the price , So now step into My Sanctuary ,...
  • Evidence suggesting the palace of Emperor Constantine I unearthed in Bulgaria

    08/14/2011 2:19:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    TruthDive ^ | Sunday, August 14, 2011 | News Desk / ANI
    Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered evidence, suggesting the palace of Byzantine Emperor Constantine I. A unique dwelling and a church from the 4th century have been the most recent sensation that came up from Sofia downtown's underground depths, reports the Standard News. The archeologists have not confirmed for sure the identity of the findings as excavations continue. All facts for now, however, lead towards the variant that the palace of the first Christian Emperor lies just under the square in front of St Nedelya Church. Bulgaria's Minister of Culture, Vejdi Rashidov and Sofia Mayor, Yordanka Fandakova presented the latest archeological findings....
  • She sank: the 'Bulgaria' catastrophe

    07/27/2011 1:24:05 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 2 replies
    Pskov Province No 27 (549) ^ | 13-19 July 2011 | Denis Kamalyagin
    (Full title: "She sank - the catastrophe of the riverboat 'Bulgaria', which sank on the Volga in broad daylight, reflects the horrors of Russia's technology and morality") In early 2001, Russian authorities were warning of a coming era of man-made disasters. Vladimir Putin set up the so-called 'Challenge 2003' presidential commission to study the series of man-made disasters that were threatening Russia because of the deterioration of technology in virtually every industry in the nation. Apparently he believed that it served its purpose, as did his successor, yet the commission's most pessimistic predictions, though somewhat delayed, were more than justified....
  • For Apple, a $76 Billion Dilemma

    07/20/2011 7:12:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 21, 2011 | YUKARI IWATANI KANE
    Apple Inc. has built up a $76.2 billion cash hoard. Now the question is what the company intends to do with the money pile. On Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., company disclosed cash, including short-term and long-term marketable securities, for the quarter ended June 25 increased 15.8% since March to $76.2 billion. That's more than the gross domestic product of 126 countries, including nations such as Ecuador, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, according to data from the World Bank. The gigantic sum on Wednesday prompted some investors to call for it to use some of the cash for dividend payouts....
  • 64 missile warheads stolen from Romanian train

    07/18/2011 6:07:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities investigating the theft of 64 missile warheads from a train transporting military equipment to Bulgaria sought to reassure the public Monday that the components are no danger to the public.
  • 60 Busted in Bulgarian-Organized 'World's Largest Bank Card Cloning Gang'

    07/12/2011 7:41:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    A total of 60 Bulgarian citizens have now been arrested by police authorities across Europe for participating in a large international scheme for credit card forgery and other crimes.The gang has been active since nine years and has accumulated a fortune estimated at over EUR 50. Around 5000 police officers from Spain Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Germany, US intelligence agents and experts from Europol have contributed to the operation, codenamed Night Clone Card.The Bulgarian crime ring, which has been described as the world's largest in the sphere of bank card cloning, has been active mostly in Italy, where nine suspects were...
  • Bulgaria's Black Market in Blood Is Flourishing

    05/24/2011 12:47:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May. 23, 2011
    Her 85-year-old husband needed immediate surgery but doctors told her to find blood for the operation herself. So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic. It's a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders — mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men — are thriving.
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Bulgaria Does Not Recognize Libyan Rebels as Legitimate Govt

    03/30/2011 7:56:46 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | March 30, 2001
    Bulgaria does not recognize the Libyan opposition transitional National Council as the country's legitimate government, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov announced. "We recognize countries, and not organizations, but we have to keep good relations with everybody in order to ensure the safety of our nationals and Bulgaria's long-term interests in the region," Mladenov told the Bulgarian Darik Radio on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he announced that the country will restore its consulate in Benghazi. Earlier, France, which was the first country to recognize the transitional National Council, said it would send its representative in the Libyan city. "Restoration of the...
  • Bulgarian monk rekindles occult debate

    03/17/2011 6:26:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/17/11
    Bulgarian monk rekindles occult debate By Irina Ivanova Thu Mar 17, 5:30 am ET SOFIA (Reuters Life!) – A Bulgarian monk is reopening an age-old debate in the Balkan country between Orthodox authorities and psychics. In a new book, Monk Visarion denounced internationally respected healer Vanga and spiritual leader Petar Danov and attributed Bulgarians' interest in fortune-tellers and mysticism to decades of atheist communist rule. Although the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has never explicitly condemned Vanga and Danov, the announcement on its official website says the monk will present his book in two lectures on the "pseudo-icons Vanga and Danov." Visarion,...
  • Bulgaria’s Gold Standard [Shimmering Black Sea Reform]

    03/09/2011 2:28:21 PM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-02-08 | Ben Wilterdink
    Recently, the Heritage Foundation hosted Bulgaria’s Minister of Finance/Deputy Prime Minister to talk about some of the astounding reforms that have helped Bulgaria through the financial crisis. Dr. Djankov outlined the achievements and goals of Bulgaria since his self-described “center-right” government took control of the country in late 2009. Amid a fiscal crisis and rising debt and deficits, Bulgaria has dramatically decreased their deficits and produced major economic growth in a very short period of time. Minister of Finance Dr. Djankov directly attributes these gains to major reforms that have take place that include: - Reducing minimum capital investment required...
  • Bulgaria to buy eight fighter jets

    02/03/2011 4:26:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/3/2011 | UPI
    Bulgaria has approached Western powers over the potential acquisition of fighter jets. Sofia approached the United States, France, Germany and Sweden over the supply of eight new or used fighter jets, Bulgaria's Defense Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday. It added that the financial circumstances of a deal had to be decided after information is sent by the four countries, in 2012, at the earliest
  • Bulgaria asks Sweden for info on Gripen fighter

    02/03/2011 3:34:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Bulgaria asks Sweden for info on Gripen fighter Published: 3 Feb 11 Bulgaria's defence ministry said Wednesday it had requested information from Sweden on the potential supply of Gripen fighter jets for its air force. Information had also been requested from France, Germany and tyhe United States over the possible purchase of new of used fighters. The letters, sent in January, requested from the four countries "information on their capabilities for logistical support, equipment, training, financial schemes, exploitation period, etc," the ministry said in a statement. "The request concerns the purchase of eight new or used multifunctional fighters," it added....
  • US Sought to Discourage Bulgaria from Buying Brand-New Fighter Jets, French Corvettes

    02/02/2011 4:54:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Novinite ^ | February 2, 2011
    US Sought to Discourage Bulgaria from Buying Brand-New Fighter Jets, French Corvettes Back in Oct 2009 Bulgarian PM Borisov (right) claimed to have gotten French President Sarkozy to cancel the EUR 1 B deal for French corvettes. A US diplomatic cable reveals Bulgaria was under pressure from France for this deal. EPA/BGNES The US Embassy in Sofia sought to discourage Bulgaria from going for costly armament procurement deals over concerns with the latter's limited funds, a newly released US diplomatic cable provided by Wikileaks shows. The document entitled "Strategy to Shape Bulgaria's Military Modernization" is a US diplomatic cable sent...
  • Cash-strapped Bulgarian air force to continue reliance on Soviet fighters

    12/16/2010 7:50:15 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Xinhua ^ | December 17, 2010
    Cash-strapped Bulgarian air force to continue reliance on Soviet fighters 08:48, December 17, 2010 Defense Minister Anyu Angelov said Thursday that Soviet-made fighters would continue to serve as the mainstay of the Bulgaria's air force due to limited funding. Budgetary cuts would also force the defense ministry to cancel some contracted Western weapons, Angelov said at a press conference. The European country, a NATO member since 2004, had planned to order "no more than 20" NATO-compatible aircraft as a replacement for the 16 MiG-29 fighters that make up the backbone of its current air defense. Angelov said, however, that Bulgaria...
  • Archaeology: 8000 year-old Sun temple found in Bulgaria

    12/16/2010 9:42:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | staff
    The oldest temple of the Sun has been discovered in northwest Bulgaria, near the town of Vratsa, aged at more then 8000 years, the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 15 2010. The Bulgarian 'Stonehenge' is hence about 3000 years older than its illustrious English counterpart. But unlike its more renowned English cousin, the Bulgarian sun temple was not on the surface, rather it was dug out from under tons of earth and is shaped in the form of a horse shoe, the report said. The temple was found near the village of Ohoden. According to archaeologists, the prehistoric...
  • U.S. Soldiers Feel Very Well-Received in Bulgaria

    11/27/2010 10:06:41 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 2+ views / Sofia News Agency ^ | November 26, 2010 | Ivan Dikov
    Mark Imblum Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the US Embassy in Sofia. Interview with Mark Imblum, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy in Sofia, for the Bulgaria-US Survey of (Sofia News Agency)Mark Imblum, a Commander in the US Navy, is the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. A former helicopter pilot, he now serves the US Navy as a Foreign Area...
  • Bulgaria lifts women in submarines ban -- but too late

    10/28/2010 10:41:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Bulgaria lifts women in submarines ban -- but too late (AFP) – 3 hours ago SOFIA — Bulgaria's defence ministry on Thursday lifted a ban on women serving aboard submarines just as parliament decided to mothball the country's only submarine. "There is no such ban anymore," Defence Minister Anyu Angelov told journalists, adding that women would be free to apply for jobs on submarines and in the national guard -- which was also banned previously -- as early as next month. In effect, however, women wishing to serve on submarines will have no such opportunity, as parliament on Thursday also...
  • Pope Benedict says migrants have duty to integrate

    10/27/2010 2:03:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | October 26, 2010
    Pope Benedict has called on immigrants to respect the laws and national identity of their host countries. He said that every country had the right to regulate the flow of migration and immigrants had a duty to integrate.The Pope's comments are likely to add to the Europe-wide debate about integration of foreigners.The Vatican traditionally identifies with migrants and refugees and recently criticised France for deporting 1,000 Roma (gypsies) to Romania and Bulgaria.During the summer, about 200 camps were dismantled.The policy aroused a sharp response from the EU and prompted the Pope to tell French pilgrims they should "accept legitimate human...
  • With Ukraine's blessing, Russia to beef up its Black Sea Fleet

    10/26/2010 2:41:38 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/26/2010 | Fred Weir
    Just a year ago Ukraine was insisting that Russia would be required to vacate the Crimean naval base of Sevastopol when its old lease expired in 2017. That would have posed serious problems for Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet, which is headquartered there. But today, after pro-Moscow President President Viktor Yanukovych took office in February, Russia appears completely secure in its military foothold on Ukrainian soil until at least 2042. In a quiet announcement Monday, Moscow revealed that – with Ukrainian consent – it will "upgrade" its Black Sea fleet over the next decade with at least 18 new warships,...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologist Comes Across Ancient Rock Stove

    10/21/2010 8:19:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Novinite ^ | Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | unattributed
    Leading Bulgarian archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov has completed his four-month summer excavations at the Ancient Thracian city of Perperikon. On Tuesday, Ovcharov presented his latest intriguing discovery an ancient cooking stove cut right into the stones of the rock city dated back to 3rd-4th century. The stove consists of a lower part, a hearth, whose ceiling has two holes that let through some fire; the ceramic cooking vessels would be placed on top of the holes. "We can easily call this discovery a prototype of the contemporary cooking stoves," Ovcharov said. The archaeologist made a recapitulation of his four months of...
  • France begins expelling Roma back to home countries

    08/19/2010 3:36:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/19/2010
    France has begun expelling approximately 700 Roma to Romania and Bulgaria on Thursday, AFP reported. The first 79 Roma to participate in what has been termed a "voluntary return procedure" agreed to leave France on a flight headed for Bucharest later in the day. Another 132 Roma are expected to leave France for Romania this Friday. Each adult to participate in the repatriation program is to receive 300 euros from the French government, and 100 euros for every minor that leaves the country.
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Winery

    08/06/2010 6:51:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Novinite ^ | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | unattributed
    The "winery" consisted of two stone buildings connected with an wooden passage. One of the buildings was filled up with grapes, which was then pressed with large rectangular stones. According to the archaeological team, similar wineries have been found the Caucasus, the Crimean Peninsula, Serbia, Israel. Yotov... said the last such "winery" was found in Israel at the beginning of 2009, and is believed to have been the largest in the Byzantine Empire. Yotov thinks the winery of the fortress near Byala was part of a monastery... The fortress near Byala is located on an area of 38-40 decares, and...
  • Archaeologists Uncover John the Baptist Relics in Bulgaria's Sozopol

    07/30/2010 5:11:37 PM PDT · by Palter · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Sofia News Agency ^ | 29 July 2010 | Sofia News Agency
    Parts of St. John the Baptist's relics might have been discovered during archaeological excavations in Bulgaria's southern Black Sea town of Sozopol, report Bulgarian media. Archaeologists investigating the Sv. Ivan (St. John) island off Sozopol have found an exquisite reliquary – a relic urn – built in the altar of an ancient church bearing the name of St. John the Baptist The reliquary has the shape of a sarcophagus and is dated end of 4th - beginning of 5th c. AD. It was discovered by the team of Prof. Kazimir Popkonstantinov. The church's name, as well as the fact that...
  • Archaeologists Uncover 'Bulgarian Machu Picchu'

    07/22/2010 6:58:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Novinite ^ | Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | unattributed
    Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered a unique residence of the rulers of the Odrysian Kingdom, the state of the most powerful tribe of Ancient Thrace. The residence is located on the Kozi Gramadi mount in the Sredna Gora mountain, close to the resort town of Hissar in central Bulgaria, at about 1 200 m above sea level... The construction of the residence near Hissar is believed to have been started by the Thracian ruler Cotys I (384 BC - 359 BC). The team led by Dr. Hristov has uncovered the remains of the palace of the Odrysian kings Amatokos II (359...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Preserve Skeleton of '1st European Man'

    07/13/2010 5:48:28 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 9, 2010 | Unknown
    Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Ganetsovski together with "Hristo", the 8000-skeleton before its transfer to the Vratsa Museum. Photo by Darik Radio The 8000-year-old skeleton of a young man found near the village of Ohoden has been taken to the Regional History Museum in Vratsa. The skeleton, already dubbed by the Bulgarian media as “the first European”, was discovered recently by archaeologist Georgi Ganetsovski who specializes in paleolithic settlements. It belonged to a 35-year-old man with a height of 165 cm. This is the fourth 800-year-old skeleton found in the Valoga region near Ohoden, and the first one belonging to a man....
  • Bulgaria again considers the purchase of used F-16s

    07/02/2010 2:00:57 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies ^ | 7/1/2010 | Lieven Dewitte
    Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Anyu Angelov had a meeting with US Air Force Secretary Michael Donley in Washington, DC during which they discussed the possibility that Bulgaria would buy second-hand F-16s from the United States.About 4 years ago, the Bulgarian government had also inquired about the options to purchase F-16 fighting falcons. Last month, Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Angelov unofficially announced the start of a Defense Ministry project to procure new multi-purpose fighter jets. The commanders of the Bulgarian Air Force are supposed to draft a vision by the end of 2010 in which they outline their ideas for the role of...
  • Bulgarian - US military strategic partnership and F-16 fighter jets

    06/29/2010 8:09:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | 6/29/2010 | Sofia Echo Staff
    Bulgarian Defence Minister Anyo Angelov has held talks with defence secretary Robert Gates, where the two officials discussed the heightened Bulgarian-US strategic military partnership, the Defence Ministry website reported on June 29 2010. The talks concentrated on the Novo Selo military base in Bulgaria, ongoing Nato operations and Bulgaria's contribution in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the potential sale of US fighter jets to Bulgaria and the missile defence shield. "Our strategic partnership with the US must develop further and encompass all possible fields, because this is a vital buttress in our mutual defence policy for the future," Angelov said during the...
  • Bulgarians join Gay Pride march to promote tolerance

    06/26/2010 12:54:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 5/26/2010
    Some 200 gays and lesbians, dozens of human rights activists and many heterosexual Bulgarians marched in Sofia Saturday to promote tolerance at a Gay Pride that has been slammed by the Orthodox Church. "Love equality, embrace diversity" was the slogan of this year's parade that passed along Sofia's streets escorted by a heavy police cordon, after last year's rally was marred by clashes and dozens of arrests. Some 100 nationalists staged an anti-gay protest earlier in the day but a police official told AFP that there were no arrests and "everything is perfect."
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Hope to Find Constantine's Palace

    06/25/2010 6:58:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Novanite ^ | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | unattributed
    A large ancient building located under the St. Nedelya Cathedral in downtown Sofia might turn out to be a palace of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, according to Bulgarian archaeologists. The building might also turn out to be the ancient thermae, or public baths of the ancient Roman city of Serdica, today's Sofia, according to architect Konstantin Peev, head of the EKSA company, which is helping the Sofia Municipality with the excavation and restoration of the archaeological heritage of the Bulgarian capital. The excavations at the Sofia Largo and the so called Metro Station 2-8 next to the Tzum retail...
  • Athens, Sofia warily watch Medvedev-Erdogan pacts

    05/17/2010 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 327+ views ^ | May 16, 2010 | Kostis Geropoulos
    Moscow and Ankara inked agreements to cooperate on a number of energy projects, including the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline bypassing the Bosporus and Turkey’s first nuclear power plant. During Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 12 May that his country would turn into a transit base thanks to the South Stream and Blue Stream gas pipelines and the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline as well as an oil refinery. The projects highlight Turkey’s increased role in the transport of oil and gas supplies in the region and ensure continued Russian control of energy transport routes...
  • India's Anand Crowned World Chess Champion in Bulgaria

    05/14/2010 6:48:09 PM PDT · by libh8er · 3 replies · 271+ views
    Sofinite ^ | 5.13.10 | Sofia news agency
    India’s Viswanathan Anand was crowned chamion in Sofia Thursday night after he beat the Bulgarian challenger Veselin Topalov in the World Chess Title Match. Anand and Topalov received their awards at a spectacular ceremony in the Central Military Club in Sofia, the venue where they played 12 games in April and May, 2010. After two wins apiece and seven draws, Topalov gambled and lost to Anand in the very last 12th game, allowing the world chamion from India to retain his title. The award ceremony was attended by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the President of the international chess...
  • Defense Minister: Bulgaria to Have New Fighter Jets in 2015

    05/06/2010 8:35:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 309+ views ^ | 5/7/2010 |
    The large-scale contract for the purchase of new fighter jets for the Bulgarian Air Force will be concluded in 2012 at the earliest, Defense Minister Anyu Angelov announced. Speaking before the military parade in Sofia dedicated to Army Valor Day (May 6, also St. George’s Day), Angelov reminded that the Bulgarian Air Force was the most serious challenge for the country’s Defense Ministry. He admitted that the project for equipping the Bulgarian Air Force with new fighter jets – which has dragged on for about 10 years – had been delayed because of lack of funds since it will be...
  • Saab Lures Bulgaria to Buy Gripen Fighter Jets

    04/14/2010 10:30:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Novinite, Bulgaria ^ | April 14, 2010,
    Saab Lures Bulgaria to Buy Gripen Fighter Jets Defense | April 14, 2010, Wednesday The Swedish company Saab has offered Bulgaria Gripen fighter jets at the price of second-hand US F-16 planes. Daniel Boestad, Director of Saab International for Bulgaria, has stated, as cited by Darik Radio, that the offer is favorable for Bulgaria because it saves money without compromising on quality. According to Boestad, the fighter aircraft offered by Gripen have a number of advantages compared to second-hand F-16 planes or the Russian MiG-29 planes that are currently employed by the Bulgarian Air Force such as the lower maintenance...
  • Bulgaria: Archaeologists Finally Put Date on Ancient Starosel Tomb

    03/18/2010 6:11:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 389+ views ^ | Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | unattributed (
    A team of archaeologists from the Bulgarian National History Museum, with the help of a German lab, has finally managed to estimate the time of the construction of the largest underground temple on the Balkan Peninsula, the Thracian Starosel tomb to the fourth century BC. In the summer of 2009, the archaeological team, led by Dr. Ivan Hristov, took samples from a stake in the middle of the tomb where gifts to the Greek goddess of the hearth Hestia were laid... The sample underwent radio carbon dating analysis in Dr. Bernd Krommer's laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, which showed that the...
  • Bulgaria Archaeologists, Architects Move to Save Cybele Temple

    03/19/2010 4:32:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 329+ views
    Novinite ^ | Friday, March 12, 2010 | unattributed
    A commission of archaeologists and architects is set on securing a National Monument status for the temple of Greek goddess Cybele in Bulgaria's Balchik. The absolutely unique Cybele temple was uncovered by accident in April 2007 at the construction site of a hotel owned by a local entrepreneur. The special commission has been appointed by Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov in order to figure out how to preserve the temple. The status of a National Monument is going to bring a total ban of any construction activities in the area of the Cybele temple. Currently, the invaluable archaeological site lies in...
  • Russia worried by US missile defence plan

    02/26/2010 7:59:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 248+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/26/2010 | AFP
    Russia has serious questions over the aims of fresh US missile defence plans for Europe, the foreign ministry said Friday, in Moscow's strongest expression of concern yet over the new initiative. "We still have serious questions regarding the true purpose of the US missile system," a ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, told reporters in televised remarks. "Therefore we will continue to consistently oppose any dubious unilateral actions in relation to missile defence that can negatively affect international security." His comments were Russia's strongest statement of concern after Romania said it would hold talks with Washington on hosting US missile interceptors and...
  • US missile shield not targeting Russia, Bulgaria says

    02/17/2010 6:40:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 187+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/17/2010 | Space War
    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on Wednesday played down Russian protests over Sofia's plans to join a United States missile shield in Europe. "This shield is not directed against threats coming from Russia. On the contrary, the threats that exist for us equally exist for our Russian friends," Mladenov told bTV television. "We have to find a way to protect us all," he added. Bulgaria said last week that it favoured new US plans for a shield in Europe to counter missile threat from Iran and the Middle East. But the announcement angered Russia, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanding...
  • Russian Analysts See US Missile Shield in Bulgaria as Clear Threat

    02/13/2010 11:13:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 410+ views
    Sofia News Agency ^ | 1/13/2010 | Sofia News Agency
    The reactions of leading Russian analysts and the Russian media to the possibility of including Bulgaria in the US missile shield range from outright feelings of threat to Russia’s national security to thinking that the Obama Administration takes serious the threats from Iran. The Russian paper Vzglyad (“View”) cites the first Vice President of the Russian Academy for Geopolitical Problems, Konstantin Sivkov, as saying that the hosting of elements of the American missile defense system on Bulgarian soil “directly threatens Russia.” In the article entitled “Bulgaria Too: One More Eastern European State Expresses Desire to Host US Anti-Missile System,” which...
  • Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid

    02/12/2010 4:33:32 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 4,542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 11, 2010 | Ian Traynor
    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance tonight to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro. Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency's stability, hopes on the markets of a German-led rescue plan to shore up Greece's critical public finances were dashed by Merkel, who repeatedly emphasised that Athens would need to put its own house in order and brushed aside all questions of financial support. "Germany is...
  • Bulgaria wants to participate in US missile defence shield

    02/12/2010 8:33:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/12/2010 | AFP via Space War
    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said Friday he favoured taking part in a new US missile defence system in Europe and a US ambassador indicated that talks have already started. Neighbouring Romania has angered Russia by announcing it wants to host medium-range ballistic missile interceptors as part of a US missile defence system expected to be operational by 2015. Asked about Bulgaria's stance on the system, Borisov said: "As a NATO member, we take into consideration everything that concerns Europe's security and will undertake the respective measures." "In my view, we have to show solidarity (with US plans) but Bulgaria's...
  • Somali pirates hijack UK-flagged ship: Bulgaria

    01/02/2010 7:30:42 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 542+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 2, 2010
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Somali pirates hijacked a British-flagged vehicle carrier off the Somali coast late on Friday, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said. The Asian Glory was seized about 600 miles east of the Somali coast before it joined a convoy heading for the Gulf of Aden, ministry spokesman Dragovest Goranov said. Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and are also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping. The European Union's counter-piracy force, EU Navfor and...
  • US asks Bulgaria to house Guantanamo detainees

    12/14/2009 1:50:55 PM PST · by tarator · 8 replies · 401+ views ^ | Sat, Dec 12th, 2009
    The United States has asked NATO member Bulgaria to house detainees from its prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba, Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said on Saturday.
  • Two Foreign Nationals Sentenced for Roles in International Money Laundering Scheme...

    12/04/2009 2:24:37 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 398+ views
    US - ^ | December 3, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 3, 2009 Two Foreign Nationals Sentenced for Roles in International Money Laundering Scheme Involving Online Sales Two Bulgarian nationals have been sentenced in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia for their roles as money launderers for a transnational criminal group based in Eastern Europe, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Ivaylo Vasilev Pletnyov, 39, of Svishtov, Bulgaria, was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Pletnyov was...
  • 'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin

    11/26/2009 6:01:09 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 2,829+ views
    theregister. ^ | 26th November 2009 | Lewis Page
    A boffin at the Bulgarian national Space Research Institute has stated that not only are aliens living among us, but that they object strongly to "immoral behaviour" by humanity - such as causing global warming. "Unnatural" acts such as use of cosmetics and "artificial insemination" are also frowned upon by the extraterrestrial visitors. Luchezar Filipov, deputy head of the space institute at the government's Bulgarian Academy of Science, made these startling assertions to Bulgarian media earlier this week. The Sofia Echo, referencing other local media, quotes the eminent space brainbox as stating that "they [aliens] are here right now, among...
  • Bulgaria Archaeologists Present Unique Thracian Tomb Finds [pics]

    11/21/2009 8:44:26 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 717+ views
    Novinite ^ | Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | unattributed
    A team of Bulgarian archaeologists led by Veselin Ignatov formally presented Tuesday their finds from the tomb of an aristocrat from Ancient Thrace near the southern town of Nova Zagora. In October and November 2009, Ignatov's team found a burial tomb of dated back to the end of 1st century and beginning of 2nd century AD, located outside of the village of Karanovo, in southern Bulgaria. The finds at the lavish Thracian tomb include gold rings, silver cups and vessels coated with gold and clay vessels. Those include two silver cups with images of love god Eros, and a number...