Latest posts by Yavor Mihaylov
Yavor Mihaylov reports on how Bulgarian and Macedonian bloggers, through literature, have contributed more to the improvement of the Bulgarian-Macedonian relations than the Bulgarian and Macedonian governments from the recent years.
Yavor Mihailov tells the saga of the Bulgarian blogosphere's humorous, creative, and relentless campaign against the interior minister of the country, and how it helped lead to his resignation.
The relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia are no less complex and incomprehensible than those between Greece and Macedonia, although lately the former get less media exposure than the latter. The main problem between Sofia and Skopje is, once again, history. Yavor Mihaylov reviews the opinions of Bulgarian and Macedonian bloggers.
The deputy director of Bulgaria's special division for combating organized crime has been arrested on charges of corruption and contacts with organized crime groups. The minister of the interior is facing similar accusations - but is unwilling to resign. Yavor Mihaylov writes about a Bulgarian blogger who has launched a short story contest, hoping to get an answer to this question: "What has to happen so that we could see a minister tender his resignation?"
On Feb. 28, a fire on the train from Kardam to Sofia killed nine people. The majority of Bulgarians thought that a national mourning must be declared, but the authorities postponed it until after the celebration of Bulgaria's biggest national holiday on March 3. Yavor Mihaylov reviews and translates Bulgarian bloggers' reactions.
This year, the Bulgarian government has issued a decree, which, among other things, allows the security services to gather from each internet user the data about who they have written to, who is on their contact lists, what instant communication agents they are equipped with, when they used them and the precise manner of using them. The majority of internet users in Bulgaria interpreted it as an encroachment on their civil liberties. Yavor Mihaylov reports on Bulgarian bloggers' attempts to resist the government's initiative.