Autophage

Want to see what happens to a country that has spent decades tolerating rampant corruption, stifling democracy, building up a military-police state, demonizing foreigners and ethnic minorities, and pitting citizen against citizen?

Romanian Cops Caught on Film Assaulting Prisoner

Hey folks, I apologize for being absent of late – lots of things going on, and we’ll catch up later on that. In the meantime, I came across this horrific video that triggered a lot of really painful memories. If your Romanian is a little rusty, what happened was that a young man (he looks…

Ignorantia Juris Semper Excusat

You know, sometimes things in Romania are so absurd that when you hear about yet another tragedy, you almost have to laugh. Almost. First up, Justice Minister Raluca “I Need A Billion Euros to Spy On You” Pruna agreed with the recent Constitutional Court (Supreme Court) ruling that ignorance of the law is an excuse….

The Curious Case of Mihai Tanjala

Hey, does anyone remember the case of Mihail Boldea? Or Omar Hayssam? Oh, just me then? Fine. It’s shocking just how many high-level criminals under investigation by the Romanian authorities are allowed to leave the country. No, they don’t crawl under border fences or use assumed names; they use their own passports, which the vaunted…

Brave Romanian Police Kinda Sorta Stop Some Pickpockets

I was minding my own business this morning, reading through this French report about the police breaking up a ring of pickpockets when I noticed something odd. Apparently, a group of Gypsies has been begging and stealing (pickpocketing) passengers on French trains as well as visitors to Disneyland Paris. 11 people were arrested, six of…