What I’m Reading

From the newspaper Standart, via the Daily Press Brief:

Under the headline “500 Police Officers Hold Vitosha under Siege” the daily reports that the Police have carried out yet another raid in the southern neighborhoods of Sofia in search for ex-Litex President Angel Bonchev’s kidnapped wife.  This time, however, their enthusiasm was less visible and the operation turned into a several hour-long eating of banitsa (cheese pie), the local residents said.

Sometimes, I don’t even know what to think.


4 Responses to “What I’m Reading”

  1. gogo Says:

    It’s all about publicity. Next time a EU official comes up and says: “Hey, you ain’t doing anything against organized crime!”, the ex-commie (if there’s any such thing) government will proudly point to the measure and say: “We are doing all in our powers to combat crime”. It’s a sad fact there have been no real convictions of Maffia persons in Bulgaria in the past 20 years. I have a theory about this: the government – at least at the highest level – is not really connected with organized crime. They’re just too incompetent and too reluctant (read arrogant and lazy) to introduce law and order and punish the bad guys. Bad thing is the situation seems to be spiralling out of control – think of all those killings in the last few years…

  2. Jimmy Says:

    I’m not sure I agree with your assessment with the government being arrogant and/or lazy. However true that may be, I think it can also be the choke-hold organized crime has the on the government, that they’re fearful of retribution of taking a hard stance or they themselves are involved. I don’t know what exactly the case is; I don’t know Bulgarian politics well enough or speak Bulgaria fluently to completely understand. It’s important to note, however, that corruption is universal. The US has struggled with it with Tammany Hall, Chicago in the 1920’s and the no-bid contracts today (Halliburton and KBR come to mind) among other events.

  3. gogo Says:

    You’re probably right about that. I agree that maybe “they’re fearful of retribution of taking a hard stance or they themselves are involved”. In a way it may even be better not to speak Bulgarian that good in this case – you don’t get to listen to their dumb talk -maybe lies- every day on TV : )) That’s probably how I get the impression they’re just arrogant and lazy – that’s how they come across really.
    In more ways than one, being a stranger helps you see things in a different perspective, which is quite often the true perspective. That’s actually why I find your blog so very interesting to read!

    Anyways, I’ll be checking wiki for Halliburton and KBR 🙂 now. You awoke my curiosity.

  4. Stripped « Chronicling Bulgaria Says:

    […] contribution I can offer to the Bulgarian people is a different perspective (much like Gogo commented). This is one of the reasons I wanted to work in Eastern Europe. The problems that face Eastern […]

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