Varujan Vosganian: The Romanian society is much more controlled today than it was 30 years ago

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Varujan Vosganian, the translator Vanina Bozhikova (in the middle) and her colleague Lora Nenkovska (photo: The Bridge of Friendship)

The eminent Romanian writer and politician participated in the Book Fair in Sofia, where the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” addressed him a question

Vladimir Mitev

Varujan Vosganian was in prison in 1989 and in the times of transition he was threatened with condemnation in the fight against corruption in Romania. Maybe strong personalities stir strong opposition. But it can’t be denied that he is a very good contemporary writer. In Sofia he spoke in his characteristic style, which unveils wisdom and depth. He spoke about the meaning of uniform in social life, about the secrets of writing and about his Armenian origins. Towards the end of the event the journalist Vladimir Mitev from the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” addressed him the following question:

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Max Blecher’s novels were published in Bulgarian

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Report for the emission “Izotopia” of the Bulgarian National Radio about Blecher’s book, which was translated in Bulgarian by Lora Nenkovska

Vladimir Mitev

Bulgaria is one of the European countries, where Romanian writers are poet have been translated en masse. The emission “Izotopia” of the Bulgarian National Radio presented the story about another interesting Romainan author, translated into Bulgarian. This is Max Blecher – a surrealist writer, who is compared to Proust or Kafka. The translator Lora Nenkovska says that Blecher was popular among the Romanian writers and poets from the beginning of the XXI century. Catalina Puiu – professor of Bulgarian language and literature in the Bucharest University, adds more about Blecher’s contribution to Romanian literature. The blogger Tvetelina Mareva shared her impressions as one of the first Bulgarian readers of Blecher. The publisher Manol Peykov added another detail to the story – the illustrations are made by Teodor Ushev, who is a big admirer of Blecher.

This is the report:

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Let’s go home, son!

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The story of a child with disabilities and of the people, who take care of him in the conditions of hatred against social workers in Bulgaria

What are the social conditions, in which the social workers do their job in Bulgaria? What do they pass through in their daily acitivity? The correspondent of the Bulgarian National Radio in Rousse Asya Pencheva constructs her radio story on the basis of contradictions. On one hand, we hear the voices of the citizens, who protest against the Strategy for the Children, becuase in the protesters’ view Scandinavian NGOs want to steal Bulgarian children. On the other hand is the story of a child with disabilities, which was adopted in the USA. The radio story tells about the efforts of the social workers and doctors, who save the life of a child in need.

This story was given to the blog “The Bridge of Friendship” by Asya Pencheva.

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By electing Iohannis, the Romanian middle class votes for stability

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Iohannis in the election night (photo: YouTube)

The wretched of the earth lost again

Interview realised by Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat

The Polish site Strajk.eu interviewed the founder of the blog ”The Bridge of Friendship” Vladimir Mitev about the Romanian presidential elections. The Bulgarian journalist commented what explains the support for Klaus Iohannis, how it should be interpreted in international and internal plan, the role of France in Romania and the region and the expectations from the Romanian-Polish relations after Iohannis’ reelection as head of the state. 

What follows is the text of the interview:

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Iohannis’ victory fastens Romania to NATO and the USA

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Iohannis said the magic words to Trump that Romanians want more American troops (photo: YouTube)

While Emmanuel Macron speaks that the EU is on the edge of the abyss and the Alliance is in ”cerebral death”, Romanians elected a leader, who stares at the White House

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 25 November 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site ”The Barricade”. 

Klaus Iohannis has won a new five-year mandate as the president of Romanian with an excellent score – almost 66%. His opponent – the former prime minister Viorica Dancila got 34%, and some say this result has been above her capabilities.

By siding with Iohannis, Romanians emit a message of euroatlantic loyalty. In a moment when the French president Emmanuel Macron speaks that the EU is on the edge of the abyss, and NATO is in ”cerebral death”, Romania sided with the candidate, who has the White House’s approval. In the summer Iohannis visited Donald Trump and said the magic words that he wants more American troops in his homeland. The first and probably only meaningful things, which Iohannis did in his first mandate was to gather the party leaders and to secure that 2% of GDP will be given to the army. Now Romania realises projects for multi billion dollars in the defence sphere, which are related to missles land-air, homemade armoured vehicle and a new infantry machine.

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New protests in Iran

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Protesters in Iran have set buildings and cars on fire (photo: YouTube, BBC Persian)

The raise in the price of gasoline and the stricter limit to its consumption have provoked demonstrations, which take place in small towns and in the poor quarters of the big cities

Vladimir Mitev

This article was published on 17 November 2019 on the Bulgarian section of the site ‘The Barricade”. 

Protests against the raise in the price of gasoline and the against the lowering of the allowed subsidised consumption amount of gasoline have erupted in various parts of Iran. On Saturday, 16 November 2019, it was announced that the first deaths have taken place during the protests, in which the security forces clash with the demonstrators. The protesters blocked important boulevards in the big cities, which lead to the announcement that Sunday will not be a school day in Shiraz and Isfahan. BBC Persian has reported that the speed of Internet has fallen in various parts of the country over the weekend. The greatest mobile networks in the country – MCI, Rightel and IranCell have lost their signal around 18 o’clock Iranian time (16:30 Bulgarian/Romanian time) on 16 November 2019.

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The support for Iohannis is a vote of euroatlantic loyalty

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The Romanian foreign policy elite insists that the ethnic German be elected, becuase it is looking for a close relation to the White House, while fearing the perspective of Russia’s becoming an acceptable partner for the EU

On 12 November 2019 the Bloomberg TV Bulgaria interviewed the editor of the blog “The Bridge of Friendhsip” in its morning emission “Business Start”. The tv host Zhivka Popatanasova wanted to learn more about the message that the vote for Iohannis represents, what are the messages of the other candidates and what could be expected from the new government of the National Liberal Party.

Here is the transcription of this interview:

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