Baby’s Dirty Bathwater

Well, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks since I last wrote about Romanian politics. When we last checked in, the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition had urged President Iohannis to nominate a Muslim woman for Prime Minister. That didn’t end up happening. Instead, Iohannis appeared on television and rejected her nomination without saying why. This led…

The Bitter Taste of False Power

I haven’t been enticed by television in many a year now (thank the gods and the Man Jesus) but back in 2004, I was unemployed and freshly relocated to Romania, trying to learn the language. I watched a lot of television in those days and remember quite well the presidential elections of that year, in…

Casting the Purple Stone

From the Guardian (UK): Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days in an attempt to ward off evil. From the Wall Street Journal: Purple, she notes, is a power color. And in most professions, the ultimate question is how powerful you look. From the Independent (UK): Communist dictator Nicolae…