A Complete and Total Clusterfuck

Nothing makes me feel more relaxed than when the president of a country is going on TV saying shit like “The government literally doesn’t know what it’s doing and the entire economy is in meltdown.”

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…

Another Really Bad Day for Air Moldova

Air Moldova spokesperson Dumitru Niculăiță has been referring to the anonymous letter from Air Moldova employees a “fake”, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that there are major problems going on with this airline. Yesterday alone, there were two incidents. The first one involved an Antalya (Turkey) to Chisinau flight. My translation: When the plane touched…

Air Moldova Problems Continue

Just days after I wrote about the dire situation at Air Moldova, two new incidents have come to light. In the first, a scheduled Air Moldova flight from Chisinau to Greece was grounded. My translation: Dozens of Moldovans who were ready to head to the Corfu Islands and Zakinthos in Greece on vacation were sent…

How to Save Moldova

Help poor old Moldova! Whatever can be done to save this poor widdle country? Let’s see what the Wise Old Elves are saying! NATO? NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Galbur met on Monday (8 February 2016) for talks on strengthening the partnership between the Alliance and Chișinău….

Protests Continue in Moldova

Every major media outlet, including the BBC and all the major players in other languages, covered the events of yesterday (Sunday) as between 10 and 50 thousand people came out in the bitter cold to call for new elections: Chanting “We Are the People” and “We Want our Country Back” in both Romanian and Russian,…

The Story of a Romanian Doctor in France

The issue of “brain drain”, or the smartest/best educated people leaving Romania has become a serious problem. In particular, many Romanian doctors are leaving their homeland for jobs abroad to earn far better day. This woman is one of the people who had to make that difficult choice: Changement d’idiome, de contrée, mais pas de…

Moldovans Take to the Streets

The huge protests continue for a third day, loud enough I could hear them two kilometers away at my house. From here: Two of the Chisinau protests on January 16 were organized by pro-Russian parties, while the third was held by the Dignity and Truth (DA) anticorruption civic group. The protests came after President Nicolae…

A Hated Oligarch is Romania’s Last Hope

Moldova is rapidly heading towards the precipice: Moldova’s president on Wednesday rejected a proposal to nominate an influential politician and businessman to become the next prime minister, saying there were doubts about his integrity. But President Nicolae Timofti said there were reasonable suspicions about Plahotniuc’s integrity and said he would not nominate him for the…

Park Wherever You Like

Well it’s time to unveil a little “secret”, which is that Digi24 news channel has set up a bureau here in Cluj-Napoca. I say “secret” because it’s hidden way up behind the CENTRAL shopping center and isn’t marked in any way or officially announced. I know it’s there because I’ve been up there – the…

Even More Adventures in Publishing

I’ve been an author for so long that sometimes I forget just how it was at the beginning and all the things I’ve learned along the way. I know I’ve written about this before but I thought it would be a good time for an update. My latest project was to transform The Complete Insider’s…