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A Tale of Two Reforms

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

Slovenia and Bulgaria are, respectively, the best-case scenario and the cautionary example of "transition" states. Both have struggled to transform communist-era economic and political structures. Both are now members of the European Union and NATO.

The Road Ahead for Bulgaria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If Bulgaria seeks to attract more foreign investment and become a more mainstream EU member, Sofia must address the corruption issue head on. Moreover, the Bulgarian people must continue to demand greater accountability from their leaders.

Rock the Regime

John Feffer | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

In Bratislava, as the Velvet Revolution unfolded in November 1989, musicians played a key role in the Czechoslovak opposition movement. Yes, they participated in the demonstrations and spoke out against the communist authorities. But their main contribution was more prosaic: amps.

Bulgaria's Perpetual Crisis

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

The recent resignation of the Bulgarian government, after several days of protest, reveals the deep discontent among the people over the economic situation.

Bulgarian Government Resigns

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | World

By Sam Cage and Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after violent nationwide prote...

The Same Mistake as Solidarity

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

Poland was unique in East-Central Europe for the size, strength, and pivotal role of its labor movement, Solidarity. But that doesn't mean that worker movements were not important in other countries. In Bulgaria, Podkrepa was a key part of the opposition representing workers' voices.

Remembering the Calm Life Under Communism

John Feffer | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

In Bulgaria, some people look back on their time during communism as the "calm life." You generally didn't have to work hard. Life was simpler. Of course, as with all nostalgia, these memories are selective.

Hezbollah Behind Bus Bombing, Bulgaria Says

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | World

* July bombing killed five Israelis in Black Sea resort * Finding may allow EU to classify Hezbollah as "terrorist" * U....

Community Organizing in Bulgaria

John Feffer | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

In the early days, NGOs enjoyed a rather high reputation in part because of the legacy of "anti-politics" from the earlier period. Today, however, NGOs don't meet with such universal acclaim.

Keep Calm and Don't Denigrate Yourself, Britain!

Liliana Ciobanu | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Liliana Ciobanu

These are lines suggested by British people for a negative advertising campaign to deter Romanian and Bulgarian migrants for coming to the UK.

Human Rights in Bulgaria

John Feffer | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
John Feffer

Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan was in the news this weekend after surviving a dramatic assault at a party conference in Sofia. It was not a clear-cut assassination attempt.

Escape From Ignorance and Chalga

John Feffer | Posted 03.23.2013 | World
John Feffer

I met Vihar in 1990. At the time he was quite enthusiastic about the changes and was optimistic about how quickly Bulgaria could be turned into a westernized country. A couple of decades later, he looks back at that period with no small amount of bemusement and honest self-criticism.

Should We Have the Right to Bear Arms During a Speech?

Max Atkinson | Posted 03.23.2013 | Media
Max Atkinson

Saturday's news that someone had interrupted a Bulgarian politician's speech by mounting the stage and pointing a gun at him made me realise how littl...

Professional Travelers Share Their 2013 Itineraries

Joy Pecknold | Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

So many places to see, so little time. To help make planning a great escape in the new year more breezy and less run-of-the-mill, a few travel bloggers and I chime in on the destinations that top our 2013 travel bucket lists.

The Failures of Funding Roma Inclusion

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
John Feffer

This incident in Katunitsa unleashed a firestorm of anti-Roma sentiment. Local residents turned their anger on Tsar Kiro and his family. Anti-Roma activists descended on Katunitsa and, though police were on hand to provide security, burned down Rashkov's properties.

Where Bulgaria Went Wrong

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

I met Ognyan Minchev 23 years ago when he participated in the Helsinki Citizens Assembly. On this occasion, we discussed Bulgarian nationalism, ethnic minority issues and the mistakes that were made more than two decades ago when Bulgaria faced several paths of transition.

Taming the Wild East

John Feffer | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
John Feffer

Stefan Popov is trying to change the image of Bulgaria as the Wild East frontier of the European Union. He heads up an organization called Risk Monitor, which shines a light on the more shadowy recesses of Bulgaria's illegal economy.

Who Are the World's Top Pessimists?

John Feffer | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Bulgarians are proud to be pessimistic. Many of the people that I recently interviewed in the country spoke with pride of the various polls that bore out this depressing conclusion.

Most Popular Human Rights Topics on Twitter in 2012

Jim Murphy | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Jim Murphy

In 2012, @hrw sent over 2,000 tweets and a quarter of a million new people started following the feed. Human Rights Watch has over 100 staff actively tweeting human rights developments around the world.

The Persistence of Discrimination Against Roma

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

Much has changed in Eastern Europe over 22 years. But for the Roma, unemployment levels among Roma remain high. Access to decent education, health care, and other social services is limited. Representation in politics and business is minimal. And discrimination remains pervasive.

The Lost Roma Children of Bulgaria: A Meeting With Dundee Precious Metals

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I just returned from a short jaunt to Sofia, Bulgaria; the fastest trip I ever planned. What was so compelling about this trip as compared to my many trips to Bulgaria over the 17 years since my first time?

PHOTOS: Gorgeous 12/12/12 Weddings All Over The World

Posted 12.12.2012 | Weddings

From Jakharta to Las Vegas, Wednesday's date -- Dec. 12, 2012, or 12/12/12/ -- is viewed by many brides and grooms as memorable, lucky and special. ...

How Are Haiti and Bulgaria the Same?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Child abandonment is about poverty and the desperation that ensues. Young women are not educated and able to make their own decisions. They are abused and used by men who are also uneducated, depressed, angry and powerless.

The New Bulgarian Left

John Feffer | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

In the same way that the New Left in the United States distanced itself in the 1960s from the old-style Communist Party and its fellow travelers, this new left in Eastern Europe has taken pains to distinguish itself from the Communist Party politics of the Cold War era.

What Ever Happened to Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
John Feffer

It's not just the European economy that is in crisis. The very idea of Europe has lost its shine. "Europe" once meant a more egalitarian and more tolerant model than the free market orthodoxy reigning in the United States.