Fear and Loathing

After my wife and I enjoyed a lovely day in Transnistria last month, I told the Unsleeping Eye to increase its attention on this country that “doesn’t exist.” So, you can imagine my horror when I saw this story being reported by Agerpress, the official state media of Romania. My translation: The Use of the Latin Alphabet to Write the “Moldovan Language” Is Punishable by … Continue reading Fear and Loathing

Adventures in Legitimacy

The other day, an attractive young woman in a dress and heels handed me an envelope. When I looked inside, I saw it was stuffed full of euros and (Moldovan) lei. What’s this? Am I being paid by Russian gangsters, the CIA, or some other nefarious group? Nah. The truth is that I now have a “real” job, one that is the most illegitimate bunch … Continue reading Adventures in Legitimacy

Eugenics, Apartheid, and Immigration Laws

WORD COUNT: 1567 I understand there’s a really deep sense of personal satisfaction that comes with being in compliance with the law, no matter how stupid, racist, and evil that law is. Right? As long as you personally benefit, and have no trouble, then it’s really, really easy to turn a blind eye to other people getting shafted. I wrote about what I think about … Continue reading Eugenics, Apartheid, and Immigration Laws

An Exhaustive Guide to Immigration in Romania and the Republic of Moldova

Word Count: 3487 Note: What follows is an extremely detailed analysis of immigration laws and practices in Romania and RM. If you’re just a simple tourist from a rich country, you can skip this entire article. All you need to know is you can enter Romania/RM without a visa, stay up to 90 days, leave for 90 days, and come back and get another 90 … Continue reading An Exhaustive Guide to Immigration in Romania and the Republic of Moldova