A Hated Oligarch is Romania’s Last Hope

Moldova is rapidly heading towards the precipice: Moldova’s president on Wednesday rejected a proposal to nominate an influential politician and businessman to become the next prime minister, saying there were doubts about his integrity. But President Nicolae Timofti said there were reasonable suspicions about Plahotniuc’s integrity and said he would not nominate him for the…

How a Minor Medieval Prince Became the Most Famous Killer in History

Word Count: 1689 In the ordinary course of things, one minor noble who struggled to hang onto his kingdom in the sparsely populated backwaters of an Eastern European principality in the Late Middle Ages would be familiar only to historians and antiquarians today. A prince who won and lost his throne three times and spent…

The real story of Vlad Dracula the Impaler

Working on something else at the moment but recorded this audio of me telling the true story of Vlad Dracula the Impaler If you can’t hear the file, the direct link can be found here (note: there are 10 seconds of silence at the beginning). Enjoy!

Steve Jobs vs. Vlad Tepes

Today in Romania, as in many countries (including Mexico), is the “Day of the Dead” or Ziua Mortilor. It tends to be a little more widely observed in Transylvania and the Banat due to the historical reign of the Hungarians as it originally comes from a Catholic holiday. Around these parts (Unicorn City aka Cluj-Napoca)…