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I commend for the viewing pleasure of all Ricochetti “Comrade Detective”, a Communist-era TV show from Romania, recently remastered and dubbed into English by Channing Tatum and the A24 production company, available on Amazon. Set on the streets of 1980’s Bucharest, Comrade Detective was the Romanian government’s answer to Miami Vice with the show centered […]

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The Romanian legislative elections of December 2016: A disaster for decent people, a bitter victory for the anguished majority deprived of a sense of its dignity, a season of fearful Socialism to come, and an opportunity for American grand strategy. Though the picture is bleak, this is what NATO-Eastern Europe will have to work with in the coming years. Before I attempt to write something worthwhile about Poland, the other country of some importance in Eastern Europe, let me wrap up the series I started on the political situation in my native Romania with a report about the anti-government protests. I’ll tell you how this new government got into office which in one month managed to create the scandal I’ve already covered for Ricochet.

We have to talk foreign affairs, the less urgent half of politics, but the one concerned with war and the threat of war. Conservatives now run America’s foreign policy and that seems rather providential, because the world stage is bleak and unfriendly, and conservatives are the less likely party to believe in a fairy tale peace. Foreign affairs, after all, means dealing with America’s enemies and the threat of war. The oldest and most openly bellicose of America’s three major enemies is Russia, and therefore Americans who are interested in politics should care to an extent about Eastern Europe, where lies my unhappy native country, Romania.

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Colin Powell has long presented himself to the world as a figure of singular probity, too morally unimpeachable for the grimy world of elective politics. His fawning admirers in the chattering class have fostered this fiction for years. Before this week’s story over his hacked -mails, they politely averted their gaze from a similar hack […]

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The US has deployed a missile shield in Romania, the Aegis Ashore. The Kremlin says it’s angry. Read More View Post

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Senator Sanders did his doddering fool act last month or thereabouts & said, it’s unacceptable that some nobody country worth nothing in comparison to the accounting errors in the federal budget has faster internet than America. I know a bit about that country, because that country is Romania. Yeah, the internet speed is sweet unto […]

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4/5 of the way there. Thanks to all of you who have contributed so generously to our fund to get Titus here this summer. Here’s the link to the site. Once we get to $5,000 we will purchase a flight ticket for Titus that has an open return date. He will choose a start date […]

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We are closing in on the goal of $5,000 for Titus to fly over here and study us this coming summer. So get ready, please and be prepared to be polite and put on a happy smile (even if you don’t feel like it). He will very likely subject many of us to the third […]

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Some of us Ricochetti are planning on using GoFundMe to get Titus Techera to come over to America from Romania. See my Post on this. Here’s my question to anyone who has had experience with using GoFundMe: Read More View Post

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Fellow Ricochetti, this is my final dispatch from Bucharest. Politics, such as it is, looks like its heading towards normality, such as we have it. The process of normalization is as full of disappointment as you would expect. There is very little reflection on the difference between the two states, though everyone can tell abnormal […]

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I have written breathlessly, for my Ricochet audience, about the protests that led to the fall of the PM & his government, creatures of the party that nevertheless runs the bicameral legislature. There is great embarrassment in the country now. Again, there are thousands of people protesting in the streets of Bucharest, so rapidly successful […]

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shutterstock_171837251Greeting from troubled Europe, Ricochet and America! Romania is in political turmoil. I write from calm, prosperous, populous Bucharest, probably the safest, least troubled capital in Europe. The protests and political turmoil here have nothing to do with immigration. Horror came over the weekend — I thank again my fellow Ricochetti who inquired as to my safety! — when a nightclub burned down; there are nearly three dozen dead, another seven dozen wounded. These poor souls have somehow been connected to a political anger that is rarely voiced and never articulated here.

It is no explanation, but the facts are as follows: Prime Minister Victor Ponta will resign. The leader of the party running the legislature — and, therefore, the government — made the announcement; Ponta himself has not yet spoken. In name, this is a socialist party or social-democrat party. In deed, it is the party of the oligarchy. The PM runs the country, but it is not clear on what leash he runs.

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Have you heard the news? Today, this evening, two American Marines stopped a terror attack in France. Another Muslim terrorist having nothing to do with any of the previous ones or the ones sure to follow. The terrorist, a Moroccan man, boarded in Amsterdam & commenced what would have been a slaughter after the train crossed […]

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