Pilgrim’s Progress

As long-time readers know, my life has taken a lot of strange twists and turns. But the one thing I never ever thought I’d be saying about myself is that I am the world’s greatest expert on Transnistria. Yes, I know. I realize that the topic is boring or irrelevant to 99% of my readers….

A Mural for Vadim Krasnoselsky

A few weeks ago, I was out walking the dog early in the morning when I caught a “tagger” painting his logo on my neighbor’s house. Tagging is when young men use spray paint to plaster their logo or name (called their “tag”) on public buildings, including people’s houses. I didn’t make a scene because…

A Motley Fool Indeed

Over the years, many people have asked me why I never became a “real” journalist, meaning why I never agreed to work for a government/company’s propaganda outlet. The short answer is that I don’t want to work with idiots like Rich Smith: Why Is the US Selling Billions of Dollars of Missiles to Romania? From…

Limba de Stat

The Unsleeping Eye, as is its wont, sometimes goes down interesting paths. The other day, it led me to the OSCE‘s online presence. The OSCE has an office a 2-minute walk from my house, and they’re quite active in these parts because of PRM (Transnistria), so I was curious what they had to say about…

When You Don’t Officially Exist

Word Count: 1743 I say tomato, you say tomato. I say Country X is a real country, you say it isn’t. I keep hearing “experts” throw the idea of Transnistria around quite a lot while at the same time being sure to emphasize its illegitimacy. But if you boil down all the treaties, debate and…