The Curious Case of the Chisinau Mayoral Race

On May 20, 2018, voters in Chisinau headed to the polls for the first round of what was a very low-key and boring election. Since 2007, Chisinau has been run like a personal fiefdom by Dorin Chirtoaca, a close personal friend of former Romanian President Traian Basescu. Chirtoaca was re-elected in 2015 and should still…

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…

The Beatification of Laura Codruta Kovesi

Word Count: 2681 Over the past few days, I’ve been keeping a sharp eye on Victoria Nuland, the tip of the spear of America’s policy in this region. In her speech at the American Embassy on Monday (still not on the Embassy’s website), Nuland had plenty to say on a number of topics, including the…

Nuland Reveals Plan to Crush Democracy in RM

Just yesterday I revealed Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland’s grand plan for the Republic of Moldova, and I see that she gave a little speech at the American Embassy in Bucharest yesterday after a private dinner with PM Ciolos and President Klaus. Nuland only speaks English but the text isn’t available on the embassy’s website…

Another Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun or fester like a sore, and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over, like a syrupy sweet? —Langston Hughes Five days ago, there was a surge of joy in Romania after the website…

Interlocutors Eat Cheese

Yesterday after going half-blind reading (and translating) all those Wikileaks cables, I realized there was heavy use of the word “interlocutor”. I for one was more familiar with its grammatical meaning but in the terms of these cables, it means something else: An interlocutor is someone who informally explains the views of a government and…