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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.

Romania's Gay 'Orthodox Priests' Are Back For 2015 (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices

In what's quickly becoming an annual tradition, the Romanian team behind the controversial "Orthodox priests" calendars is offering a steamy way to ri...

Empowering Women in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

The status of women in Romanian society has seen both improvements and setbacks over the last two decades. Accession to the EU initially brought advances, as the country had to meet European standards on equality. But some of those advances were short-lived.

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 09.22.2014 | 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.

Making the Castle Transparent

John Feffer | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today's Romania is quite different. It has gone through several political upheavals with different parties taking the helm. Accession to the EU forced quite a few important structural changes. The result is a considerably more transparent set of political institutions.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Romanian NGO on Their Way to Guinness Book for Building the Largest Plastic Bottles Bridge in Timisoara

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Cosmin Gheorghe

It is a different version of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, as the trouble here is the plastic waste.

Eastern Europe: Better Views, Cheaper Prices, and Fewer Crowds

Shermans Travel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Paris, Rome, and London are all classic first-time Eurotrip destinations. But for savvy or returning travelers, Eastern European cities -- think: Prague, Budapest, and Tallinn, among offers -- offer just as much beauty and history, but at cheaper prices and in fewer crowds.

5 Intercultural Issues That Can Make Life Easy for Entrepreneurs, Expats and VCs

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Cosmin Gheorghe

A few months ago I was asked by Alin Uhlmann, president of Tasuleasa Social, if I could help Romanian entrepreneurs learn how to present their ideas and accomplishments to international partners and investors. Inspired by my discussion with Mr. Uhlmann, I put together five essential issues that can be helpful in intercultural professional relationships.

The World's 10 Best Castles

Hopper.com | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

Amidst the web of England's old hilltop rises, France's majestic country châteaux, Germany's sprawling Gothic palaces, Canada's revival-style hotels and America's high-society retreats, there's an endless map of them to explore.

Just a Reminder

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

Relocation of boundaries makes Russia look into the Central Asian states to protect and enhance the influence. The fight scenes moves, they have the same directors but other protagonists.

What Is Romania's Position On Nuclear Weapons?

Quora | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Mircea Goia, www.romanianstartups.com, Romanian, born and raised Romania signed some treatie...

The Heaviest-Drinking Countries in the World

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business

Worldwide, people 15 and older consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol per person in 2010, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report. Alcoho...

5 Reasons Bucharest Is the Paris of Eastern Europe (PHOTOS)

Stephanie Be | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

Alas, give yourself four to five days to see Romania's neoclassical treasure.

Joe Biden To Visit Romania With Ukraine Crisis On The Agenda

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics

* Basescu yet to disclose details of visit * Private Romanian agency Mediafax says visit will be next week * Romania a ...

10 Cities That Make For Unpopular Destinations

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Travel

We've shown you the 10 most disappointing destinations in the world, given you a head's up on the world's most violent cities (aka don't even THINK of...

10 Craziest Superstitions From Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 07.05.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

People believe the nuttiest shit for no apparent reason. Photo by: Victor Bezrukov Perhaps an expression of our collective OCD, or our attempt at co...

Toward a Roma Cosmopolitanism

John Feffer | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Last August 8, the great Romanian sociologist Nicolae Gheorghe passed away. He was only 66. I first met him in 1990, when he was just embarking on his project of elevating Roma issues to the highest level of European politics.

U.S.A., Russia and the Missile Shield

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

On February 4, 2010, the Supreme Council of National Defense of Romania approved the installation of the missile shield at Deveselu, in Olt County. This shield is meant to defend all states that benefit from it and protect them against possible missile attacks.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

LeftEast

John Feffer | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

Conservatism is very strong in both Romania and Hungary. The difference in political culture between the two countries boils down to the relative position of liberalism.

Celebrating a Magnificent War Memorial on the International Day for Monuments and Sites

Bonnie Burnham | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Bonnie Burnham

April 18 is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a day when we remember and celebrate the places that mean the most to us. This year's theme is commemorative monuments.