04 janvier 2014

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Normal 0 21 (Photo source) The ‘new weapon’ used by protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, is poignantly brilliant and shows what words cannot. They have already adopted other clever methods including nudity and humour, but this one, to me, beats them all hands down. It is the mirror. Yes, a common old mirror. The 'mirror protest' was staged on 30th December to mark the one month aniversary since the dispersal of a pro-EU rally. See video HERE. Taken out of context, the photo above shows an elderly lady holding a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:44 - Commentaires [7] - Permalien [#]

02 janvier 2014

Visul unei nopti de iarna

(Photo source) (1) 'In case you didn't know: the gays and the non-Christians are plotting to take over the world. They are puppeteering world leaders such as Angela Merkel to dismember sovereign states and take over their resources. Romania, among other countries, is in immediate danger.  This is all about Angela Merkel bossing and threatening our poor Prime Minister, Mr Victor "Copy&Paste" Ponta, telling him he can choose to give away the country's resources with or without the country being dismantled.' (R.U) I read the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:48 - Commentaires [2] - Permalien [#]
30 décembre 2013

Romanian authorities or Chevron?

(Photo source) Perhaps I am an idiot, but there seems to be a fundamental point  escaping me re: the protests in Romania right now.... Can anyone shed some light? Here's my question: Why is the first in line of fire for criticism and loathing from protesters (outside Bucharest, on the whole) NOT the Romanian authorities? What's with the disinformation?!? It is the Romanian government who invited Chevron to Romania in the first place - Chevron didn't just show up for a bit of sight-seeing because they had nothing better to do. It... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 16:46 - Commentaires [11] - Permalien [#]
28 décembre 2013

Tolstoï revisited - Stancu style

(Photo source) Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. George Stanca, a true renaissance man (engineer, writer, well-known journalist, publisher, founder of the trashy gossip magazine VIP, jazz singer, ex-chief architect of sectorul 6 and once-secretary of Cenaclul Flacara), has been found guilty of plagiarism and formally charged. Apparently, he signed a translation of a work from Russian to Romanian by Leo Tolstoï that wasn't his using his pseudonym ('G.S.' - very imaginative), 'modified' some 'details' and entitled it 'Memoires'. Genius. And... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 00:10 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]
27 décembre 2013

No Christmas for Pungesti

(Photo source) How lucky most of us are to have spent Christmas safe, warm and stuffed to the gills. Those in Pungesti have been far less lucky. There, the abuse of unrepentant police intimidation at the behest of the Romanian government in the name of fawning to Chevron has continued throughout the entire holiday period. Stories coming from the town are overwhelmingly emotional. (Photo source) One of the most distressing (to me, at least) has been news of the hunger strikes. Alexandru Popescu (Sandu) began his strike in front of the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 02:30 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
25 décembre 2013

Sarah's 'Ode to Sarmale' - Merry Christmas one and all!

(Photo: Sarah In Romania)   Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! and a little festive ode just for you. Any likeness to that of Pastorel is pure figment of your imagination. Sarah's lil Ode to Sarmale Normal 0 21 There’s something ‘bout sarmale That turns my legs to gel, I’m sure that all my readers Know this feeling very well  * The prep is ceremonious And it can’t be done alone – For that accentuates the ‘dor’ And longingness for home.  * Ingredients loved and fashioned Into each, a... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 19:59 - Commentaires [10] - Permalien [#]

21 décembre 2013

'Three museums diverted from their mission' by Dr. Sanda Golopentia

(Photo source) Dr. Sanda Golopenția PhD, Professor Emerita at Brown University, RI (US), sent me this text yesterday, and has given me kind permission to share it with you here. In this one article, she sums things up in a nutshell defining what is planned for MTR, Antipa and the Village Museum as 'a serious act of cultural aggression': Many thanks, Professor Golopenția!   Normal 0 21 Trei muzee prestigioase deturnate de la munca și misiunea lor   Sanda Golopenția, Prof.Em. Brown University   ... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 15:40 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]
19 décembre 2013

Ponta and Plumb set to destroy the Romanian Peasant Museum

(Photo source) Yet another vicious beating from Romanian authorities, this time aimed at the Romanian Peasant Museum (Muzeul Ţăranului Român - MTR)... PM Victor Pontaur is all for an absurd draft resolution dreamed up by the Sinister of the Environment PSD-ist Rovana Plumb (all those out in the streets protesting against the RMGC project and fracking know her only too well) to move the nearby Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History there, thus destroying MTR and its grounds as we know it. Actually, it destroys two museums in one... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 01:04 - Commentaires [1] - Permalien [#]
16 décembre 2013

A violent night in Bucharest, Willy Schuster and the rest

(Photo source: Vlad Petri) Another night of protests in Bucharest - and yet more scenes of intimidation and police violence... Around 2,000 people are reported to have demonstrated against USL and the Ponta government for trying to subvert justice through their amendments to the Penal Code adopted last Tuesday. The event, entitled "Protest against crooks in Parliament", was scheduled for 16h at Piata Universitatii by the symbolic fountain which has borne witness to so many other protests in Romania's modern history, and is deeply... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 02:00 - Commentaires [3] - Permalien [#]
13 décembre 2013

Gigel Stirbu. Who?

(Photo source) This'll be fairly short as there's not much to be said, frankly. The probable new minister of culture formally proposed by PNL is Gigel Sorinel Ştirbu (no - not Ştirbei), currently head of the committee for culture, arts and media in the Chamber of Deputies. Him? Seriously? Aoleu... Culture, Arts, Mass media in the Chamber of Deputies. Citeste mai mult: adev.ro/mxpl5. Seriously? Him? Aoleu. From a rotten apple to a rotten pear. Andrei Pleşu said this morning that he had never heard of Ştirbu. "What was the name... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 17:40 - Commentaires [5] - Permalien [#]