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Mercurial Russians Contagion

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I use a few historical references as a segue to Moldova’s Eurovision entry and to document the success stories of two young Romanian actors, and a few other Romanian-Chinese people, who are all , in my view, members of the Romanian diaspora.

10 History Lessons on the Russo-Ukranian Crisis

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Given that “history makes fun of those who don’t know it, repeating itself” (Iorga), I look at a number of lesser known historical facts and theories which are, in my view, relevant to the Russo-Ukrainian crisis.

Ukraine and Munich

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I started writing this with the intent to present several movies, but I only have time to tell you about a Munich Agreement/Betrayal movie, WWII and the Russo-Ukrainian crisis.

Financial Literacy and BVB Bourse Investing in Romania

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Now that most stock markets plummeted on Friday, it is about time to complete my overview of how investing is reflected in Romanian mass media. Whereas before the pandemic lockdown most articles were asking “why aren’t Romanians investing”, thereafter we have a lot of reports of investments doubling every year.

Cartela or monthly ration in Communist Romania

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Having found on Facebook the list of goods allowed under food rationing in 80’s Poland, I search the Romanian Internet as well as my own memory for fading images of the queues (called lineups in Canada) for food and how that happened in communist Romania. I discovered that it happened twice: first post-WWII, under Soviet occupation and again in the 80s, while Ceausescu paid off the external debt.

Bitcoin vs Romanian Real Estate

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As bitcoin is was plunging, it’s a good idea to look at how Romanians invest and financial literacy in general, while it hurts to own and before it jumps back up. We only have time to take a quick look at real estate as an alternative to crypto.

Learning Romany Romani Rromanes Roma Gypsy Gipsy Danubian

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Spurred by an acquaintance's insistent, fervent appeals to learn Esperanto, I’ve decided to look at other languages that are more equally “learnable” by both Europeans and East Asians. As luck would have it, I’ve decided to look at the Romani, rromani or Gipsy language.