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The Boomerang Intellectual

John Feffer | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

If an American wants to experience pure capitalism, they should leave Chicago and come to Budapest. No local politician in Illinois would be allowed to say the things that any Polish, Hungarian politician says: "Oh, you have nothing to eat? Well, you should be more enterprising!"

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (10): People - Andrei Nourescu

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 10.13.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

A country is not important only for the landscapes and its attractions but also for its people. Romanians are amazing talented human beings and I will present you some travellers, journalists, musicians, designers, business men and writers who make us very proud.

'Orthodox Priests' Get Sexy (And Gay) For Steamy, NSFW Spread

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices

The Romanian team behind the controversial "Orthodox priests" calendars is, once again, offering a provocative (and gay) way to ring in...

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (9): Emotions

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 10.02.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Romania is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I admit that I've tried to impress you with articles and pictures from my country. But now I will let somebody else to do this.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (8): Cluj, Transilvania

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 09.25.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Cluj is a city of contrasts: both mysterious and archaic, modern and lively, tranquil and bohemian, restless and young. There are a lot of cultural events taking place here, interesting stories are born while creative, passionate people who change the world with their narrative cohabitate.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (7): Maramures

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Maramures is probably the most wonderful hidden secret of Romania. Traditions are still preserved and local tourism boards promote treasures that cannot be found elsewhere in the country.

On Improving the Lives of Romanian Orphans

Stefania Magidson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Stefania Magidson

For those who are called to make a quiet, but profound and long-term difference in the world, Blue Heron has given them the opportunity to be part of such a community. Let's get others excited about uplifting humanity, in no matter how small or quiet a way, but always with sincerity and joy in our hearts.

Here Are The European Countries That Want To Refuse Refugees

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke harshly on Wednesday about countries that seek to keep out refugees. But his words m...

Poland on the Economic Periphery

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Small countries often have no choice but to align themselves with larger economic entities, as for instance the Baltic countries have done inside the European Union. But Poland is not a small country. It is the sixth largest EU country by population, and the largest country in East-Central Europe (twice the size of its nearest competitor, Romania).

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (5): Bucovina

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 08.14.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Bucovina is a dreaming land situated in the North-East of Romania, between mountains, green amazing hills and rivers. It has little secret villages, small towns, beautiful houses, centuries of culture and traditions, welcoming people and a divine silence. Bucovina is famous for her churches and monasteries, for gastronomy, traditional guest houses, ski slopes and secluded forests on top of mountains.

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (4): The Black Sea

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Here, in Romania, we are very blessed with everything that the human mind can envision. Mountains, breathtaking views, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, secret villages where time stands still, cities and culture and over 250 kilometers of unspoiled beaches.

The Euro Is In Trouble. But Romania Still Wants In.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

The extraordinary political and economic turbulence of the Greek debt crisis has prompted widespread speculation that other European countries will no...

Music Festivalgoers Can Give Blood In Exchange For Discounted Tickets

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News

This music festival vants to suck your blood! But safely and sanitarily, through a proper blood donation system -- that results in a free or discounte...

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (3): Bucharest

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Have a ride with an old tram, take cooking lessons, go to a pool party, have a gourmet breakfast, eat a fabulous gelato, ride a horse, listen to live music or go to a theater show, or even have a riveting ride with a helicopter. So pack your bags and book your flight!

Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (2): Bucharest

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Today I'll introduce you just a few of the attractions of Bucharest, following that in a future article to come with impressive details and secrets of this European city you have to put it on your bucketlist.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

25 Reasons to Visit Romania (1): Danube Delta

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

Starting today, I will present you a lifetime adventure and another kind of holiday for those who love to discover new lands, nature, secluded villages, history, culture, amazing people, great food, art and entertainment, sea, mountains, cities, architecture, music and fashion, old churches and secret destinations of the world.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

Romania's Missed Opportunity

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Could Romania have caught up with the rest of the region if it hadn't delayed implementing economic reforms? "It definitely would have lost fewer years than otherwise," Negrescu responded.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

The Failure of Nationalist Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The European financial crisis certainly prepared the ground for the growth of nationalist parties throughout the continent. Cluj, a large city in the Transylvanian region of Romania that has an ethnic Romanian majority, is a good illustration of the limits of nationalist politics.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.