Bulgaria celebrates Day of Cyrillic script, Slavonic literature

With church services, parades of academics and school pupils and speeches by state and government leaders, Bulgaria joined in enthusiastic celebration of May 24, the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Day of Cyrillic script, language and learning and Slavonic literature. In the capital Sofia and across the country in cities and towns, pupils from various schools paraded bearing icons … [Read more...]

Bulgarian PM inspects progress on Turkish border fence

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov carried out an aerial inspection of progress on the extension to the Bulgarian -Turkish border fence on May 22 2016. Accompanying Borissov on the helicopter flight were Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev and Valeri Simeonov, co-leader of the nationalist Patriotic Front, a minority partner in the … [Read more...]

Plevneliev?s statement he won?t be election candidate sparks mixed reactions

The announcement on May 20 by Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev that he will not be a candidate for re-election in autumn came as no particular surprise to observers, but predictably parties on the left and right sought to put their spin on it. Plevneliev, in office since January 2012, made the announcement about five months before elections are expected to be held, and eight months before the … [Read more...]

All The Way: Proof That You Can’t Escape the Past

The modern fight for civil rights in America began in the mid-twentieth century, with the rise of civil disobedience?the Montgomery Bus Boycott, for example, and the sit-ins throughout the South?and eventually earned concessions from the federal government. (?Concessions,? meaning ?legally enshrined protections for minorities.?) President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law perhaps the most … [Read more...]

The Nice Guys: A Back-to-Basics Buddy Cop Movie

If it were, say, the summer of 1988, The Nice Guys would be a big box-office hit, spurring a series of decreasingly satisfying sequels. (By the franchise?s fourth film, our heroes would get a hip new partner, or maybe a dog.) But in a summer of robots and warlocks and ninja turtles, I?m not sure how this kind of old-school mismatched-partners buddy-cop film?even one with a 1970s setting and a wry … [Read more...]

Nato welcomes Montenegro; Russia threatens sanctions

NATO officially invited Montenegro to become its 29th member Thursday, angering Russia, which already is threatening sanctions against what it calls a ?friendly country.? NATO foreign ministers signed the Accession Protocol in Brussels, as Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic looked on. All 28 legislative bodies, including the U.S. Senate, must ratify the protocol before Montenegro can join. … [Read more...]

116 films were produced in Bulgarian in 2015 ? statistics institute

A total of 116 full-length, medium-length and short films were produced in Bulgaria in 2015, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on May 20 2016. Of these, 45 were made for cinema release, 71 for television, one of these a 26-episode series, the institute said. Twenty-six of the films produced in 2015 were full-length, 24 for cinema and two for TV. The highest number of full-length films … [Read more...]

Does Hillary Clinton Know How to Attack Donald Trump?

Twelve years ago, in early August, an obscure political group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth rolled out an ad in three hotly contested battleground states. It featured several veterans who served in John Kerry?s unit in the Vietnam War alleging that the Massachusetts senator had falsified his war record, a central pillar of the heroic life story he had been telling for months on the … [Read more...]

When It Comes to Losing Ugly, Bernie Has Nothing on Hillary

The 2016 primaries were supposed to be smooth sailing for Democrats, in contrast to the free-for-all on the Republican side. Instead, the GOP has a presumptive nominee while Hillary Clinton continues to be dogged by Bernie Sanders, who, despite having almost no chance of winning the nomination, refuses to suspend his campaign. The animosity between the campaigns reached new heights after … [Read more...]

Can Megyn Kelly Become the Taylor Swift of TV News?

On Tuesday night, we finally saw Donald Trump interviewed by Megyn Kelly, the woman he made an unexpected feminist icon, a woman so tough she thinks pepper spray is not much more than a little hot sauce, as long as it?s sprayed in other people?s eyes. After nine months of feuding with Trump, what did Kelly do? She tried to make him feel emotions. Sad emotions. Vulnerable emotions. ?Has anyone ever … [Read more...]