Dirty and Dirtier

You’ve got to love the variety of English-language news reports during the past 24 hours with titles like New prime minister appointed after ruling party ousted their own government. I mean, only in Romania could something like this be seen as “normal” business. But there are some vitally important facts missing from all the international coverage. To review, last week, PSD mafia chief Dragnea and … Continue reading Dirty and Dirtier

Hey Pharaoh, Let My People Go!

I was actually all set to blast you with links and long blocs of translated quotes, but I see that the spritely Bucharest Life has already gone and done the heavy lifting. If you want to know more details, read their article. I just wanted to chime in here and say that one of the weirdest things (that I’ve never mentioned before) about the December … Continue reading Hey Pharaoh, Let My People Go!

The Strange Behavior of Living Creatures

Word count: 2605 By now, you may have heard that Romania is close to getting its first female prime minister, a woman named Sevil Shhaideh. Not only is she the first woman to potentially hold the post, but she’s also a Muslim member of the minority Turkmen-Tatar community in Romania (more on them here). She’s likely to be confirmed, but we’ll have to wait for … Continue reading The Strange Behavior of Living Creatures

Victor Hides While Victoria Gently Chides

I saw the most extraordinary drama unfold over the past few days here in Romania and I knew I would have to comment on it. It all started with the American government deciding to implement certain aspects of its foreign policy. Exactly why this happened and what prompted it is a little too much inside baseball for me to get into at the moment (Kerry … Continue reading Victor Hides While Victoria Gently Chides

Don’t follow leaders

As someone who maintains a site (nearly) exclusively focusing on Romania, it’s certainly incumbent upon me to mention that 2014 is a presidential election year in this country. After two turbulent 5-year terms in office, Basescu is required by law to step down this year. Who will replace him is anybody’s guess but yesterday I saw that Emil Boc, former Prime Minister and current mayor … Continue reading Don’t follow leaders