Prof. Mihail Konstantinov (66)

  • Terror and counter-strike

    Terror and counter-strike

    Since 2015, terror attacks in Europe have become more frequent, to the point of regular; it is hard to keep track of the attackers’ names, even as not all of them have been identified. But there is one name we are likely to remember – that of a slightly demented subject of The Crown, an alcoholic, homeless man, who is father of four.

  • Terror in Europe

    Terror in Europe

    Terror in Europe has been a fixture of the region’s political and social landscape since WWII. Following the end of the Algerian War in 1962, dissatisfied with the signed peace accord, France’s underground military organisation OAS committed 12,000 terror attacks in Algeria and 660 in France. Italy was similarly maligned by the Red Brigades between 1970 and 1988, including several thousands of attacks, the assassination of Prime Minister Aldo Moro and countless other victims.

  • Vulnerable new world

    Vulnerable new world

    In 1932 the famous novel Brave New World by English author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was published, preceding another dystopian and equally celebrated work by yet another Englishman – 1984 by Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. The story is set in the 26th century when society is shaped by artificial reproduction, eugenics and hypnopedia.

  • Manipulations without borders

    Manipulations without borders

    For years, the international organisation Reporters Without Borders has been releasing its annual World Press Freedom Index, whose credibility some consider debatable. Bulgaria has always had a less than envious position there. Moreover, in the 2017 index it is ranked 109th out of 180 countries! Granted, the score itself of 35.01 does not indicate a disastrous situation, but the spot on the ladder is nothing short of a disgrace.

  • The Korean trap

    The Korean trap

    The US naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is expected to be in the waters off the Korean Peninsula very soon. Presumably advised by his generals, the new US President Donald Trump has promised to solve the North Korean nuclear problem one way or another.

  • Four horsemen of Apocalypse

    Four horsemen of Apocalypse

    At a recent key summit in Versailles the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain argued in favour of what was hitherto considered a taboo, two-speed Europe. This move has several implications.

  • Forced errors

    Forced errors

    Unforced error is a very popular term in the world of tennis and a key statistic when it comes to measuring the performance of two opponents at the end of a match. As can be expected, more often than not, the defeated side is the one with more unforced errors.

  • G20 and BRICS compete for world leadership

    G20 and BRICS compete for world leadership

    Recently, there occurred remarkable events in China that only two years ago would have sounded like science fiction. The country hosted the latest meeting of the G20 group, which encompasses the 19 leading economies plus the European Union represented by the current country holding the rotational presidency.

  • NATO at a crossroads

    NATO at a crossroads

    The defence organisation of North America and Europe, NATO, is having a busy month - on 8 and 9 July it held a summit of the heads of state and government of the member countries in Warsaw, and on 13 July - a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. Both events took place amid growing tension between NATO and Russia, on the one hand, and the US and China, on the other. The latter conflict, although geographically far from NATO’s area of operation, is significant since it drags the alliance’s largest and most powerful member into potentially dangerous moves. Moreover, China’s reaction to the latest ruling of the Hague Tribunal on its dispute with the Philippines indicates that the conflict with China may directly affect European countries.

  • When words start losing meaning

    When words start losing meaning

    The modern human’s predecessors came to being 5 million years ago. The biological species (Homo Sapiens Sapiens) that is now ruling over the planet appeared 150,000 years ago. Civilisation as we know it today is 10,000 years old. The technological civilisation developed 500 years ago and the current one of super technology is only 50 years old. The so-called singularity, the point where artificial general intelligence surpasses all current human control or understanding, is expected to arrive about 2050. Of course, this moment will come only if we manage to protect our civilisation and borders in particular, and for that we need more than teddy bears and European values. Borders are protected by force.