Mr. Saxo Beat

Well I imagine you’ve heard by now that the singer Alexandra Stan was savagely beaten by her boyfriend a few days ago, landing her in the hospital. The English-language reports decline to show the graphic photos and videos of the injured Alexandra, which are quite disturbing. I happen to follow her on Twitter and saw the original message, posted in fucked-up English, that she had … Continue reading Mr. Saxo Beat

The Curious Case of Rosia Montana

It’s an interesting commentary on my work here on this website that for nearly three years I’ve written about everything Romanian from the smallest thing to the biggest thing and yet I’ve never once mentioned Rosia Montana and yet no one has ever asked me why. If you’re just getting to know Romania, the struggle over Rosia Montana is about a mountainous area in this … Continue reading The Curious Case of Rosia Montana

Go With The Flow

In an article I otherwise more or less agree with, the Unsleeping Eye picked up something interesting that’s worth discussing. Craig Turp, probably the only professional foreign resident writer in Romania whom I respect, added this throwaway line to his piece on the ICR scandal: Has civil society ever issued a statement demanding something be done about the fact that 42 per cent of homes … Continue reading Go With The Flow

While Romanians Talk, Greenpeace Actually Does Something

As usual, during the day I had the sound off but was keeping my ever vigilant eye attuned to the the various TV news channels when I espied this: Greenpeace activists stormed Romania’s environment ministry on Tuesday, chaining themselves to radiators in the minister’s office in an attempt to stop approval for Europe’s biggest open-cast gold mine in a small Carpathian town. This story (and … Continue reading While Romanians Talk, Greenpeace Actually Does Something