A Cat Named Shura

You know, I don’t often write about Moldovan politics. There are a number of reasons for this, the biggest one being that I still don’t feel completely confident about exactly what’s going on. Moldova may be a small country, but it is… very different, and often what you see on the news is just the…

Off the Beaten Path

I think one of my favorite things about the Republic of Moldova is that it has the tiniest tourism sector of any country that I’ve been to in my entire life. It’s almost spooky how few “tourist attractions” there are or people who come here to see them. To give you an idea of the…

Wal-Mart vs. the Chisinau Central Market

Some people *ahem* have been saying it’s been a while since I wrote a “fun” one for this site. Ahem. This is for you. I’m down to only three visits a week these days, but there was a time not too long ago when I was going to the piata in Chisinau five times 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…

Moldova News | LGBT

Originally posted on Outlas:
Anti-LGBT protesters disrupt LGBT Pride festivities in Moldova Video Credit: Campania socială Fără Frică Hundreds demonstrated against a Pride march taking place in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, by chanting, singing, and reportedly throwing eggs and holy water at participants. The protests appeared to have been led by Orthodox Christian demonstrators, who…

En Garde, IMF!

It’s no secret that I have almost zero respect for Romanian journalists and bloggers. But I am starting to get a serious writer crush on Moldovan journalist Vitalie Calugareanu, who has been writing (literally!) the only decent analysis I’ve seen anywhere in the Romanian language on what’s going on in the Republic of Moldova. Because…

USA + RM = BFF 4EVR!!!

Awww, isn’t that sweet? The American embassy in Moldova hung a little corny sign written in Comic Sans font to say how much they “love” Moldova. In fact, they love Moldova so much that they’re sending in the military: Seventeen generals and admirals and one civilian member of the senior executive service from the Department…