Stripper

Oh my, this story really made me laugh. Original link in Romanian is here, but the gist of it is that long-time Romanian president Traian Basescu has had his (Republic of) Moldovan citizenship stripped by the new (Moldovan) President Igor Dodon. This truly is hilarious on several levels. After spending literally his entire life in…

The First Movie Ever Made

Last week the 15th annual TIFF film festival kicked off in my old hometown of Cluj-Napoca. It reminded me of a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. If you ask a film buff or historian of motion pictures about the world’s oldest movie, they’ll probably mention names like Thomas Edison, the…

The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

Word Count: 2348 You cannot even imagine how excited I was to read this: A programme launched by the finance ministry on Friday now makes available monthly budget execution data for the country’s roughly 17,720 state institutions, including parliament, ministries, city halls, schools and hospitals. . “Any citizen, company and taxpayer can now see how…

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…

Just Receipts

You know I can’t stop thinking about the Curious Case of Traian Berbeceanu, especially the part about how this “elite” brigade of anti-mafia cops have to fill out a fuel requisition sheet before a raid. If that’s actually true, why bother wasting time and money (or this whole sideline thing I never mentioned about swapping…

The Curious Case of Traian Berbeceanu

One day a Romanian university student is going to write their dissertation on jurisprudence about the curious case of Traian Bereceanu. The more I look into it, the deeper the wormhole goes, and it really goes to back up everything I’ve ever said here about the police and the legal system. Two weeks ago the…