A Boot Stamping

George Orwell once said: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on the human face, forever.” What does Orwell mean in this quote?

Facebook Blues

Well, just as I predicted, the onset of cold weather means that protests will start heating up across the Romanian world. Indeed, Romania saw widespread protests on November 27, once again demonstrating how upset people are by the political elites who keep trying to subvert the justice system in order to stay out of jail….

Glorious Traditions

It’s hot as balls in Romania right now, and the current scandal that everyone’s talking about is the recent revelations about Liviu Dragnea, the unofficial emperor of Romania. It’s not so much just that he’s up to his eyeballs in corrupt practices, but that he’s been laundering millions of dollars while on “fishing trips” in…

The Ugly Face of Power

As the protest continue apace perhaps because of the bitter cold and snow, I’ve been watching all of the old Communist dinosaurs crawl out of their holes and start lecturing the people of Romania about how protesting is immoral and democratic. Ion Iliescu, the thug who has my vote for the most evil man alive…

Cold Fury

I spent much of today reading through English-language reports on the continuing protests in Romania. I saw lots of disinformation, bad mispronunciations of Liviu Dragnea’s name, and a rather superficial analysis of what’s actually going on, but one thing is now official: these are the largest protests in Romania’s history. The situation continues to evolve,…

Bunker Mentality

In April of 2009 in the Republic of Moldova, a popular protest culminated in the burning of the parliament building. The protest was largely due to the illegitimacy of the ruling coalition. Seven years later, another illegitimate ruling coalition is worried about protests. My translation: The Parliament building recently got a security upgrade that cost…

Moldova News | LGBT

Originally posted on Outlas:
Anti-LGBT protesters disrupt LGBT Pride festivities in Moldova Video Credit: Campania socială Fără Frică Hundreds demonstrated against a Pride march taking place in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, by chanting, singing, and reportedly throwing eggs and holy water at participants. The protests appeared to have been led by Orthodox Christian demonstrators, who…

Dark Comedy Continues in Moldova

I never expected Deutsche Welle (German state media) and their Romanian-language edition to provide such insightful analysis on the situation in Moldova but they’ve continued to surprise me in recent days. My translation: The impression is that Moldova’s foreign friends have, over the past three years, agreed to “sacrifice” democracy for a while in favor…

Moldova, Moldova, Sent Money Right Over!

Temperatures are warming up and the protesters aren’t going away: Moldova’s opposition has prevented reelection of Chairman of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) Mihai Poalelungi whom it accuses of corruption. [The Protesters] chanted “Down With the Mafia!” and other anti-government slogans. I seriously had to laugh reading that sentence. “Down with the Mafia” is…

Filip Remains Defiant

You got to love the balls on this guy. Pavel Filip, after becoming the new Prime Minister of Moldova in a secret ceremony held at midnight, just told the BBC that he refuses to do the right thing and step down: Speaking to the BBC, Mr Filip acknowledged that the political class had a last…

The Farce Continues in Moldova

The big circus in Moldova, caused almost entirely by deeply unpopular pro-EU oligarchs, continues on. As is right, the OSCE condemned Moldova’s stupid act this week of banning Russian journalists from entering the country: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic called on Moldovan authorities on Saturday to stop hindering work of Russian…

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…