Odessa Tales

Word Count: 2171 Not too long ago, I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of Odessa. When I casually mentioned how weird it was that the train station in Odessa – as well as train stations in Bender and Tiraspol (part of Transnistria, the country that doesn’t exist) has a lot of armed…

KKK Illustrated

Word count: 47 A lot of people have contacted me to tell me that my post about the current situation in the Moldovan parliament was too long. Fair enough. Here is that entire post explained in a single graphic: AND NOW YOU KNOW THE CURRENT STATE OF THE MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT!

My Favorite Posts of 2014

Well it’s getting close to the official end of the year so I thought I’d take a look back through the articles that I wrote in 2014 and post some of the best ones here in a list. Enjoy! January I began the year with a long hard look into The Lonesome Death of Cicerone…

The Moldovan Parliamentary Elections Extravaganza Post

Tomorrow, the citizens of my new home country, the Republic of Moldova, will head to the polls to elect a new parliament. The official campaigning is now over but my goodness, what a wild ride it has been! The Situation As It Now Stands The last parliamentary elections were held in 2009. There are 101…

The Moron vs. The Manager

Sadly, it looks like everything I predicted in my post Hail to the Thief is coming true. After last Sunday’s elections, Victor Ponta received 40.44% of the vote and Iohannis Klaus 30.37%, meaning the two men will face off in a run-off election next week. I pretty much learned everything I needed to know about…

Hail to the Thief

It’s a bittersweet time for me. Today, Romanians go to the polls to elect their new president. Ten years ago, I was a new immigrant to Romania. I barely understood the language and my ancient television could only receive one channel over the air. I remember watching a bald man with a Dutch uncle squint,…

The Tip of the Spear

Well I certainly never expected to be living in the Republic of Moldova (RM), but as the old Buddhist sage once said, wherever you go, there you are. This country is gearing up for an election in a few weeks on November 30. I’ve seen almost no coverage of it at all in the wider…