The December 1, 2018 Parade in 3 GIFs

Instead of writing a lengthy piece about the bizarre military parade held in Bucharest on December 1, 2018, I thought I’d just show you what I saw. Note: All the images were taken from TVR’s live coverage of the event. I sure hope he didn’t bang his eye against the scope! Nothing says “peaceful democracy”…

Fericit și totuși frământat

Hey… How’s it going? Yes, I know. I’ve been gone a while. It’s a long story. Listen. Romania, I’m worried about you. I really am. I’m still over here in the Republic of Moldova, otherwise known as the Stefan cel Mare #1 Fan Club, but I’m worried. Everyone I know in Romania is feeling unsettled,…

The Great Liberators

Every capital city has its secrets, but Bucharest has a couple of unusual ones. One of them is this monument, currently located in the downtown Cismigiu Park. To understand why it’s there, we have to go back to the dark days of World War 2. Operation Tidal Wave As I’ve written about before, one of…

Glorious Traditions

It’s hot as balls in Romania right now, and the current scandal that everyone’s talking about is the recent revelations about Liviu Dragnea, the unofficial emperor of Romania. It’s not so much just that he’s up to his eyeballs in corrupt practices, but that he’s been laundering millions of dollars while on “fishing trips” in…

The Ugly Face of Power

As the protest continue apace perhaps because of the bitter cold and snow, I’ve been watching all of the old Communist dinosaurs crawl out of their holes and start lecturing the people of Romania about how protesting is immoral and democratic. Ion Iliescu, the thug who has my vote for the most evil man alive…

Implausible Deniability Part 2

Well, well, what do you know? The AP is up to its usual shitty job of reporting about Romania: The CIA paid Romania “millions of dollars” to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a…

Hate Is Hate

Word Count: 2603 I spend the majority of my time here on the blog writing about the colossal failures of the government, and I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that Romania hasn’t really been a democracy since June 1990. But there is one really big issue that has nothing to do with corrupt politicians…

Legion of Honor

I see that the beatification of Saint Laura Codruta Kovesi continues apace as the French government just officially awarded her the Legion of Honor (French version ici), the highest civilian distinction that the French government has. I suppose she’s in good company. Other Romanians who have received this very prestigious and completely legitimate honor include:…

The Locus of Control

Word Count: 2729 You know, after about six years of covering scandals, failures, problems, crimes, the media, and other sources of misery in Romania (and to a lesser extent, the Republic of Moldova), I’ve lately found myself thinking about the bigger picture. If you narrow your focus on the scandal of the day, it’s easy…

“Genius” Jimmy Wales Is Coming to Romania

Ah, well this is great news, right? Jimmy Wales, ‘the genius behind the Wikipedia’ is coming to Romania on 22 March within the McCann/Thiess Conferences, informs a release. . During the conference, Jimmy Wales will unveil the philosophy behind the Wikipedia and how he managed through this platform to revolutionise the way in which people…