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…

Throwing Grenades at a Banker

Well this is spooky. Just a day after the IMF published a report crediting the Moldovan Central Bank for doing a remarkable job of containing problems: Prosecutors say a grenade was lobbed and exploded at the house of the outgoing governor of Moldova’s central bank. There were no casualties. Prosecutors said windows were broken and…

Lethal Ignorance

Just a few hours after I wrote my piece Penetration yesterday, I saw a report from the Romanian Transportation Ministry that demonstrated how ignorance of the internet can actually kill you. On January 20, 2014 in what I call the Frozen Tears debacle, a plane crashed on the Cluj-Alba county line in a very rugged…