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 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…

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…

Boxes of Gold

You will rarely ever find me endorsing anyone else’s commercial enterprises here on the blog but today is going to be an exception. And just so it’s clear and upfront, I am not receiving anything in exchange – I am doing this purely based on my own genuine opinion that it’s a good thing. As…

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…