Child Abuse

In a few days, Romania’s public schools will re-open, but it’s winter everywhere, and most jurisdictions have experienced sub-zero temperatures and moderate to heavy snowfall.

Unfortunately for a lot of those kids returning to school, they’re going to be coming back to antiquated buildings that have no running water or toilets.

The Amazing Benefits of the 2-Christmas System

I’ve written about the surreal experience of living in a land with two Christmases before, but it wasn’t until this year that I learned to truly appreciate what a weird and serendipitous event the 2-Christmas System truly is. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been Christmas has always been a weird holiday. Just 200 years…

Patriot Games

Watching Donald Trump’s speech last week in Poland where he effusively praised that country’s “strategic alliance” with America while never once bringing up the issue of the Visa Waiver Program, I wasn’t surprised in the least to see Poland commit to buying expensive but useless Patriot missile batteries. As I suspected, it was only a…

The Land of No Mail

One of the really nice things about living in the Republic of Moldova as opposed to Romania is that here, I get no mail. Sure, there’s a very functional postal service that delivers things, but I mean what I said quite literally: I never get any mail. To be clear, I got some documents last…

Down By Law

WORD COUNT: 2809 Oh my. You know, it’s relatively easy for me to sit here at my keyboard and remotely dissect all of the overwhelming number of serious problems with the Romanian justice system. But it’s quite another thing to hear about it from a true insider, in this case, Raluca Pruna, the “technocrat” Justice…

Ignorantia Juris Semper Excusat

You know, sometimes things in Romania are so absurd that when you hear about yet another tragedy, you almost have to laugh. Almost. First up, Justice Minister Raluca “I Need A Billion Euros to Spy On You” Pruna agreed with the recent Constitutional Court (Supreme Court) ruling that ignorance of the law is an excuse….

The Locus of Control

Word Count: 2729 You know, after about six years of covering scandals, failures, problems, crimes, the media, and other sources of misery in Romania (and to a lesser extent, the Republic of Moldova), I’ve lately found myself thinking about the bigger picture. If you narrow your focus on the scandal of the day, it’s easy…