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The No-Complex Generation In Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of all the countries that I've visited in this region, the mentality of people here in Romania seems to have changed less than in the other places.

Avoiding the Yugoslav Scenario

John Feffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

The first war of nationalist extremism in East-Central Europe in the post-1989 era could easily have been in Romania, not Yugoslavia. Before conflicts between Serbs and Croats escalated into violence, ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians squared off against each other.

The Puppet Masters of Targu Mures

John Feffer | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

It's been nearly a quarter century since the fall of the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania, and still many aspects of what happened in December 1989 and immediately afterwards remain a mystery.

Romania: A Sad Country Full of Humor

John Feffer | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In front of Ovid's statue in Constanta, I met up with Mircea Tuglea, a writer, translator, literary critic, and teacher who lives with his family in Constanta. We spent a good part of the day together, as he discoursed on various sad topics but always with a joke or ironic aside thrown in to lighten things up.

Romania: The Revolution Came Too Early

John Feffer | Posted 10.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

In Romania, there was no Charter 77 or Solidarity trade union movement. Only a few intellectuals had come out against the Ceausescu regime, and most ended up in exile as a result. The first real organization of civil society emerged in the first exhilarating days of revolution in December 1989.

An Architect of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Nicolae Ceausescu was not exactly a team player. His most ambitious infrastructure plan was for the Romanian capital itself. In the 1980s, he implemented a huge "urban renewal" project that destroyed a large chunk of the historic center of Bucharest.

Growing Up in Transylvania

John Feffer | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

Agnes Gagyi has followed in the footsteps of her parents to become a critical intellectual. We talked about the rise and fall of extreme nationalism in Transylvania, the arrival of NGOs in Romania, the roots of the new populism in Hungary, and the emergence of the Fourth Republic.

The Commission in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Romanian revolution in December 1989 was simultaneously the most violent of the transformations of 1989 and the most ambiguous. It was not a simple divide between regime and anti-regime protesters.

Romania's Fraying Social Safety Net

John Feffer | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

One of the reasons why such a large portion of the Romanian population remains mired in poverty is the relative indifference of the government to the needs of the poor.

Promoting a Molecular Revolution in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

Romania has come a long way on LGBT issues. Homosexuality was illegal in the country up until 1996. Public manifestations of homosexuality were decriminalized only in 2000, and the last discriminatory law was repealed in 2002.

Following the Magic to Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

It's not as easy to cover Eastern Europe any longer as a freelance journalist. Editors are no longer falling over themselves to solicit articles.

PHOTOS: Art Nouveau, Born Again In Budapest

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Travel
Rebecca Tinsley

There is good news for lovers of Art Nouveau, one of Europe's oddest cultural phenomena.

Georgina Harding, Author of Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlisted Painter of Silence (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 07.25.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Painter of Silence, Georgina Harding's third novel -- recently shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction -- is set in Romania in the early fifties ...

VIDEO: Last Dictator Standing

Posted 01.25.2012 | World

Those were the days, my friend. In a new commercial for the South African restaurant chain Nando's, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is spending a l...

Romania's "Red Circuit": Equal Distributions Of Fun!

Posted 10.19.2011 | Travel

Romania's Tourism Ministry is publicizing the country’s new “Red Circuit,” a tourist trail featuring the spots party leader and avid bear hunter...

Romanian Dictator Ceausescu And Wife Exhumed To Solve Burial Mystery

AP | ALISON MUTLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BUCHAREST, Romania — The mystery of where former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were buried moved closer to resolution W...

The Power of One - How a Revolution Is Made

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Nicolae Ceausescu today is the iconic example of the arrogance of power brought to an end by the will of the people.

Herta Mueller, Nobel Prize Winner, Hid In The Forest With Editor To Proofread Manuscripts

Monsters and Critics | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nobel literature prize winner Herta Mueller used to meet her German proof-reader in the forest to hide from Romania's Securitate communist secret poli...

Remembering the Fake Revolution -- Part 2: The "Revolution"

Carmen Burcea-Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carmen Burcea-Haber

A man wearing civilian clothes was firing a Kalashnikov right next to us, aiming up at a building. We were herded again to another position and we ran, jumping over pools of blood.

Nobel Author Herta Mueller: Her Personal Struggle Against Dictatorship

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

STOCKHOLM — The 2009 Nobel literature prize winner Herta Mueller said Monday she started writing when it was no longer possible to use spoken wo...

Remembering the Fake Revolution -- Part 1: The Communist Years

Carmen Burcea-Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carmen Burcea-Haber

Outside of Yugoslavia, I think Romania in the 60's was among the luckier of the countries in the communist world. But unlike Yugoslavians, we were not free to travel or express ourselves so openly.

Remembering the Fake Revolution -- Part 3: After the "Revolution"

Carmen Burcea-Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carmen Burcea-Haber

The damaged caused over decades in communist and post-communist Romania has left scars still visible today, evident in the lack of self-respect, trust and hope among the people.

My Private Revolution: Stripping on Ceausescu's Desk

Carmen Burcea-Haber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carmen Burcea-Haber

I recently found myself involved in a discussion with a 20-year-old friend about how striptease could be an empowering experience for a woman and how it could also be completely free of sexual content.