March 2016

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on March 31 2016 acquitted Vojislav ?e?elj, president of the Serbian Radical Party and a former member of the Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, on nine counts, including three of crimes against humanity. ?e?elj had faced counts of crimes against humanity (persecution, deportation and inhumane […]

The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between Kosovo and the European Union will be effective as of April 1 2016. Authorities in Kosovo say that this agreement is the culmination of all the efforts and commitment that institutions of Kosovo have shown during the past decade and a half. Minister of European Integration Bekim Collaku says […]

February 19th, 2016 11:00am Posted In: Pipelines, News By Country, Russia, Syria, Featured Articles, Turkey, Security of Supply, Turk/Turkish Stream, Infrastructure, Corporate, Import/Export, Political, Ministries The intensification of ground warfare in Syria, internal strife in Turkey and the rhetoric of combat throughout the region are jeopardising prospects for both a gas pipeline from northern Iraq […]

State of the Art

March 30, 2016

For nearly a century and a half, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the beaux arts behemoth on Manhattan?s Upper East Side, has been rather a dowdy operation, a standard-bearer for everything ancient and ageless in human culture. Now, quite abruptly, it?s on the move: First stop, Madison Avenue and 75th Street, where the former home […]

Can a Startup Be Good?

March 29, 2016

The sharing economy is predicated on the idea of worldwide adoption, leading to staggering profits and outrageous wealth for founders and early investors in just a few years. The idea is that by growing as fast as possible, and keeping overhead costs as low as possible, startups can one day become unassailable behemoths, dominating entire […]

International Women?s Day

March 28, 2016

It is International Women?s Day. A friend of mine blogged a beautiful story at the encouragement other women who believe in the power of story.   She, in her reflection, celebrates the Girl She Is and The Girl She Once Was. Sharing her story took guts, but reveals the raw beauty she was born with as […]

I happened to be reading 4chan when Microsoft released Tay, a bot that could learn to talk like humans through interactions on social media. Tay lived for just 16 hours, until Microsoft ?became aware of a coordinated effort by some users to abuse Tay?s commenting skills? to make her a Nazi. The /pol/ boards on […]

Bulgaria inaugurated on March 27 2016 its modernised Bezmer military air base, which has been upgraded in a 62 million leva (about 31.7 million euro) project to Nato standards for use by strategic transport aircraft. Close to 55 million leva of the funding came from Nato and the rest from Bulgaria?s defence budget, in the […]

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has found Radovan Karad?i? criminally responsible for genocide and war crimes in the 1992/95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including at Srebrenica and in Sarajevo, and sentenced him to jail for 40 years. This came at the conclusion of the trial of Karad?i? in the ICTY, which […]

Bulgaria?s Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov signed an order on March 24 2016 that the 8 Odrin Street building in Plovdiv?s historic ?Tobacco Town? district, the subject of a March 6 demolition attempt, must be rebuilt. He said that the building must be fully restored, adding that he hoped this would be done by 2019 […]

Summer daylight saving time starts in Bulgaria on March 27 2016 at 3am, when clocks must be adjusted forward an hour to 4am. Daylight saving time starts every year on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October ? in 2016, on October 30 ? when clocks will again be […]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a joyless slog. Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with their insipid moral quandaries, it?s not a superhero movie so much as it is an excruciating therapy session in which there are occasionally huge explosions and guys in capes. The template for how […]

Two bombings in Brussels have killed dozens of people and injured over 100, only days after one of the Paris attackers was arrested in the city?s Molenbeek suburb. The Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly claimed the attack. As they recover from the shock of the attacks, people are asking why this happens, and who the […]

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