Who Speaks for Moldova?

Week after week, month after month, year after year, it’s exactly the same. The bulk of everything you have ever heard or seen about Moldova in the news is more or less paid propaganda. It might be well-written (although it often isn’t), it may be based on facts, and it may be persuasive, but it sure as hell isn’t independent.

Soros v. Romania

Word count: 1868 Oh lord, where to begin? Today, as I was working one of my three jobs (it’s complicated), I came across this story from Craig Turp of Bucharest Life and I simply had to respond. But first, a lot of necessary disclaimers! Disclaimer Time I have nothing but admiration for Bucharest Life. They…

The Price of Democracy

Yesterday here in the Republic of Moldova it was Independence Day. I was too busy working to attend any of the celebrations but I did see a rather anemic five-minute firework display from my balcony in the evening. It turns out that the pathetic light show pretty much sums up the state of democracy around…

In the Land of the Blind

Sometimes I read things online and I honestly believe someone is spoofing me, playing some kind of prank. This morning everyone is talking about the editorial by George Soros that was printed in the New York Review of Books about how evil Vladimir Putin is and how the European Union (and America, via the IMF)…

The White Billionaire’s Burden

About 100 years ago, a famous British man wrote a poem about poor and uneducated little brown people (of the Phillipine Islands) and how it was the white man’s “burden” to help them. I was reminded of that sentiment once again this morning after reading an open letter from billionaire George Soros in the Guardian…

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…

Exterminating Corruption in Romania

A few years ago, a friend of mine got a job where he went to homes and businesses specifically to eliminate mold (Rom: mucegai). Although he used a variety of specialized chemicals, the simplest and most effective method to kill fungi is to expose them to bright sunlight in a well-ventilated area. I bring this…