Nation vs. State

Considering all the racist shit that’s been going on lately, I thought it was worth discussing a few basic definitions. Today, we use the word “country” (Ro: țara) rather loosely, sometimes meaning a sovereign political entity and sometimes in the older sense of a territory inhabited (predominately) by one people. For example, we say that…

Beggar Thy Neighbor

Apologies for my lengthy absence, folks. It’s been hard fighting in front of keyboard burnout. But I was forced to rise from my blogging slumbers after reading what has to be the most racist anti-Moldovan article I’ve ever read in the Romanian press. Link is Romanian only, so you’ll just have to trust my summary…

Cultural Suicide

WORD COUNT: 1764 Well, I don’t think that it’s news to anyone any longer than the refugee crisis that I wrote about is now effecting serious changes on all of Europe. Last week, the EU member states (which include Romania, but not Moldova) had a vote and it split almost perfectly down the east/west axis,…

Racism in Romania

It never fails that at least once a week somebody, somewhere on the internet mentions Madonna giving the finger to sixty thousand (paying!) Romanian fans back in 2009 because of their “discrimination” against Gypsies and how this proves just how backwards and racist everybody in Romania is. Now I see there’s a new AP piece…

A Sense of Humor

Whew folks, I am insanely busy this week with lots of “behind the scenes” stuff, including adding the finishing touches to the new book. I’ll definitely be writing a full post when everything is set and ready to go. As you can see from the photo, last night I participated in another edition of the…

The Continuing Intransigence of Michael Noer

Unfortunately, Mr. Noer has not only refused to apologize for his hateful words about this country but has continued to write disrespectful and insulting comments on his blog in response to polite comments from readers. I have therefore written the following email to the editors at Forbes: On January 25, your editor Michael Noer began…