The other day, my wife and I watched The Big Short about the collapse of the American economy in 2007-2008 (known in Romanian as the criza financiara). She was having trouble following the plot, and so she fell asleep. I’d already read the book (it’s fantastic) and so I managed to stay awake. But afterwards, it got me to thinking. I doubt very few Romanians … Continue reading How A Few Bankers Fucked Romania
You’ll have to have a subscription to the FT to read this story, but the opening sentence is a doozy: Pavel Filip, Moldova’s new prime minister, took office last week in a manner more befitting a dictator on his last legs than the leader of the EU’s one-time success story in Eastern Europe. Ouch! The story goes on to tell what you can read here … Continue reading Romania Offers Bribe to RM
Word Count: 729 Every time a Moldovan tells me how great it would be if the unirea (political union with Romania) would happen, I always ask them the same question. “Why in the world would you want those fucking crooks in charge of your life?” In Romania, just a week after siccing the dirtbag police on a group of unarmed shepherds, the parliament just voted … Continue reading Every Man for Himself, and May the Devil Take the Hindmost
Holy moley guacamole! Somehow the website HotNews.ro got ahold of some new Wikileaks documents concerning Romania and there are some doozies in there. First, however, a note of caution. I’ve searched through all of the public databases on released Wikileaks documents and not seen any of the ones mentioned by HotNews. I’ve also searched through other Romanian media and it seems that HotNews is the … Continue reading Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!