Today in Bucharest: 27/01/17

It’s all starting to become rather amusing now.

On Thursday night PSD leader and de facto Romanian Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea gave an utterly bizarre interview in which he claimed to have no knowledge whatsoever of the two emergency ordinances (OUGs) that would, if issued, pardon hundreds of corrupt politicians and cause cases to be dropped against many others. ‘I was in the US and didn’t know what was going on until I got back’, he told Digi24. ‘Besides, I am not in the government and I am not quite sure what the government intended with these OUGs. I need to find out’. He is, of course, lying through his teeth. The OUGs were drafted in his office.

Meantime, the Justice Minister Florin Iordache has organised ‘public consultations’ about the OUGs for Monday. However, only 50 (no doubt carefully selected) members of the ‘public’ will be allowed to take part. That one of the 50 is convicted fraudster and Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali, and another Antena 3 presenter Mugur Ciuvica tells you all you need to know about how objective the process will be.

Never mind, the real consultations will take place on Sunday night, when the streets of central Bucharest will again be packed with tens of thousands of demonstrators making clear their views on the subject.

As for the OUGs, it now looks as though they will be passed via a special kind of parliamentary vote which forces the government to resign if it is defeated. Given the size of the government’s majority, there is no chance of that happening. Indeed, we expect a fair number of PNL, PMP and UDMR parliamentarians to vote with the government, despite not being part of the coalition.

Romania’s 2017 budget was published on Friday and contains a number of amendments to the draft of last week. Most notably, defence spending (which had originally been reduced to 1.3 per cent of GDP) is now back above two per cent (Nato requires a rate of two per cent or more). However, given that the Ministry of Defence’s budget includes military pensions, the amount actually being spent on defence remains far below what it should be. Infrastructure spending has been vastly reduced: work on upgrading the Bucharest ring road and extending the Bucharest metro will be abandoned. Meantime, all state-owned companies have been told that they will have to hand over 90 per cent of profits to the state budget, leaving little or no capital for investment. Spending on education has been cut by a whopping eight per cent. Spending on scientific research has been cut even further. Still, pensions are going up.

In the capital, Bucharest City Council wants to build no fewer than 15 new underground car parks, with a total capacity for over 9000 cars.

A 55-year-old man died after being taken ill at Mihai Bravu metro station in Bucharest.

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who were killed in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, as well as in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It takes place annually on January 27th to commemorate the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

Not that you’d know that if you go to school in Romania. Son of Bucharest Life confirms that not one mention of Holocaust Memorial Day was made at his school today.

What about the Holocaust in Romania? After all, according to the definitive International Commission Report on the Holocaust in Romania, published in 2004, Romania in total killed 280,000 to 380,000 Jews during World War II. At the same time, 120,000 of Transylvania’s 150,000 Jews died at the hands of Hungary’s fascist government (writer Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was chairman of the commission, was deported with his family from Sighet in Maramures to Auschwitz by the Hungarian regime). As many as 11,000 Roma – a third of them children – were also killed on Romanian-held territory. And while as many as 350,000 Romanian Jews survived the war, the International Commission Report states that ‘of all the allies of Nazi Germany, Romania was responsible for the deaths of more Jews than any other’.

Nope, nothing about that.

Well, what about what happened in Romania before the war? What about the evil scumbag Legionary Movement which killed, tortured and raped thousands of people during the Bucharest pogrom of January 1941, and then the Iasi pogrom later in the year in which more than 13,000 were killed (one of the worst pogroms in Jewish history). Any mention of that today?

Nope. Not a word.


8 thoughts on “Today in Bucharest: 27/01/17

  1. Powerful film, thanks for sharing, the end is very moving. PS. Im often surprised and disappointed at the not-so-discreet anti-Semitism one finds in Romania, even among the ‘educated’ middle class.


  2. Look it is in the news, man!
    “President Donald Trump failed to explicitly mention Jews during his Holocaust memorial statement, a move which (((critics))) say serves to “GENERALISE” one of the worst genocides in history.”
    So, to GENERALISE is “not-so-discreet” anti-Semitism! Shoah is unique!


  3. What a big piece of SHIT you are, TURPITUDE! Jews and their useful idiots! God, what a world we live in!
    You are just confirming my views, TURPITUDE! Fuck off back to your shitty racist country, nonentity! You Little Englanders live abroad only to offend and annoy foreigners. Your greatest pleasure in life. Abject race!
    BTW, what is the taste of Alexandru Florianskiky’s boots?…
    And, does the Holocaust Industry Inc. pay good?… Maybe I will join myself…


    1. Obviously, the above should be taken as a spoof intent on making you smile. It parodies the reaction of a paranoid “anti-Semite” to his “anti-Semitic” comments being removed. Which, obviously, it is not the case at hand…
      Craig must have a hard time with all those Romanian “anti-Semites” roaming on the blogosphere. How sad! But that’s the sorrow of all those who, not minding their business, dedicate their life to “noble” causes… Respect!


  4. Your notion that pupils should start the day with a “Shoah remembrance” stint (that should make them ASHAMED of their ancestors!) is hilarious.


  5. You removed the Goulston Street graffito too?…

    “The Juwes [sic] are the men that will not be blamed for nothing.”[2]

    The irony is that them most likely candidate for the identity of the Ripper is a Jew, Nathan Kaminsky…
    Oh, boy…


  6. “A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victimhood, they*’ll destroy you .” – Joseph Sobran
    *Or their minions, I would add.


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