Eastern Promises

The Marshall of the Facebook Generation

Three dictatorships have left their mark on Romania in the past 80 years. Two of them are consistently covered in textbooks used to teach history in Romanian high schools. But the third dictatorship benefits of little exposure, although it encompasses one of the most dreadful events in Romanian recent history. An investigative effort undertaken by Dela0.ro follows the causes and explanations of this phenomenon.

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Ray of hope

The hands that baked Romania

We went to the Concordia Bakery not to unearth the stories of those unlucky enough to have lived under the clear sky, but to look for a ray of hope. Here, on the ring road of Ploiesti, a city 60 kilometers away from Bucharest, we found that ray of hope in the shape of a bakery, created to teach street children a craft.

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The death of Mr. Reform?

What comes after the night of long canes

What is worth remembering and keeping from the chaos that shrouded Bucharest’s University Square in mid-January, when young protesters ravaged the city’s downtown? What is to be understood from the other tens of street protests that have spread throughout Romania in the last month? I took to the streets and observed the downtown protests in Bucharest since their very beginning. And I saw how a long lasting popular belief – “Tant vaut l'homme, tant vaut la terre” as the French call it – received a hard blow.

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To be or not to be

Short scene with four craftsmen: three Gypsies and a Roma

Roma traditions have turned into a resistance pillar in a structure no one wants to keep building on. The same type of phenomenon is affecting their language, very rich in dialects and synonyms. Just like the old crafts, Gypsy dialects tell the story of a stormy history. Nowadays, both language and traditions, which tell a story about ethnic normality, are at risk.

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PART IV. „Not a single meatball!”

Epilogue: Wolves in sheep clothing

The waste management system in the south eastern town of Braila eludes all the objectives of the national strategy in the field. All the waste collected from residents gets dumped at an ecological deposit build by the company of a former county prefect, as part of a business scheme that has settled a monthly tax for the people of 6.7 lei. The money collected through this tax imposed by the local council is then “fatherly” distributed to three private operators.

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