Shame on me, of course, for linking to The Daily Mail, but I do find it interesting that Romanian children ranked highest (out of 16 countries worldwide) as the “happiest”. Far more significant (to me) is that Romanian children also ranked highest in terms of satisfaction in the way they look. One of the saddest epidemics to strike both the UK and the USA is … Continue reading Romania’s Children the Happiest in the World
Is illegal logging a huge problem in Romania? Why, yes it really is, with experts estimating that more than half of all logging in Romania is illegal. So you’d think I’d be quite supportive of this measure: Romania has toughened its legislation in order to protect its natural resources by defining illegal logging – but also any action “which endangers the country’s water, forests and … Continue reading For Once, I Almost Agree With the Romanian Gov’t
As the photo suggests, Romanian artists are tackling problems “head on”: Today, artists such as ColectivA, Maria Draghici, h.arta, David Schwartz, studioBASAR and Ioana Păun are engaging with these complexities in their work, subverting systems of control or criticising harmful government policies while drawing on modes of resistance to oppression in Romania’s past. Quite interesting, even if I’m not sure how effective it is. Continue reading Using Art to Address Problems
I’m always looking out for the perfect article to describe Romania and this is it, courtesy of Gandul. Back in January of this year, it snowed. Considering that we’re in the northern hemisphere and that January is in the middle of winter, snowfalls are quite ordinary. It snowed particularly hard in Romania’s southeast, especially in and around Braila, which it has every single year that … Continue reading Throw Transport down the well!