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  • Romania cannot afford buying F-16 jets

    06/12/2010 8:37:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views ^ | 6/11/2010 |
    Crisis-hit Romania cannot afford to purchase second-hand F-16 combat aircraft this year, Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu said. - There is no money for the F-16s, I can't see where we could get one percent of GDP (gross domestic product) in order to buy military equipment - Vladescu told Money Channel TV station. - Such an expense is downright impossible at this moment - he added. Romania had announced in March its decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft currently used by the US air forces, at a cost of 1.3 billion dollars (1.1 billion dollars), in order to replace its ageing,...
  • Miss Bikini World is crowned (OF COURSE there are pictures :-))

    05/30/2010 10:11:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 72 replies · 4,405+ views
    Miss Bikini World is crowned  Winners ... Miss Bikini World finalists     By STAFF REPORTER Published: 30 May 2010 A ROMANIAN college student has become the new Miss Bikini World. The annual competition final took place today in Sanya, China.   Diana, 22, beat 63 other contestants to win the crown. She said: "I am so excited that I do not know what to say. "All the contestants are very strong and I must say I am so lucky to win." Kasey-Lee Brunker from Australia bagged the Miss Spring crown and Luna Ramos from Venezuela was named Miss Summer....
  • Romanian Fighter Debate Rages On

    05/16/2010 2:27:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 527+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/14/2010 | Andy Nativi
    The saga of the Romanian air force’s selection of a “new” fighter to replace its MiG-21bis Lancer is becoming a heated political, industrial and economic battle that is not likely to be solved anytime soon. A buy of 24 secondhand U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters was originally announced in March by Defense Minister Gabriel Opera, without a formal competition. The F-16s — old Block 25 airframes in service with the U.S. Air National Guard — were expected to be free, but the price tag eventually reached $1.3 billion (€1 billion) when training, weapons, aircraft modification and infrastructure requirements...
  • Eurofighter seeks to wrest Romania deal from Lockheed

    05/13/2010 11:34:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/2010 | Paolo Biondi
    Eurofighter consortium representatives held talks with Romanian legislators on Tuesday in a bid to wrest a 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) fighter contract from Lockheed Martin , executives said on Wednesday. In March, Romania's Supreme Defence Council approved the acquisition of 24 secondhand F16 fighters made by Lockheed to modernise its air force, a plan that requires parliamentary approval. The Senate Defence Committee, however, said it wished to hear alternative offers and convened the meeting on Tuesday with Eurofighter -- comprised of Finmeccanica , BAe Systems and EADS -- and Sweden's Saab , which has proposed its Gripen fighter. Maurizio...
  • Romania To Cut (Government) Wages (25%) and Pensions (15%)

    05/06/2010 6:56:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies · 563+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-6-10 | BBC
    Romania is to cut wages and pensions in the public sector later this year to comply with an IMF-led rescue deal. Romanian President Traian Basescu said the "programme to cut public expenses was inevitable". Public sector wages will be cut by 25% and all salaries, including the minimum one, will be affected. Jobless benefits and pensions will be slashed by 15%. Romania is the recipient of a 20bn-euro aid package from the IMF, the EU and the World Bank. The country, as well as two other bailed-out states, Latvia and Hungary, have missed targets for cutting their deficits by significant...
  • 'Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand'

    04/12/2010 6:28:53 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 4-12-10 | Bob McCarty
    Greg Grigore and his mother are passionate about the motives which prompt them to spend weekend afternoons on street corners a world away from their native Romania.
  • VDIEO: Romanian Child Trafficking Ring Busted

    04/08/2010 8:13:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/08/10 | Friends of Ours
    Scotland Yard and Romanian police have busted 30 suspected mobsters who allegedly ran a child trafficking ring which kidnapped children from poor Gypsy communities and forced them into a life of crime in Britain as reported by the Daily Mail: Police estimate that more then 170 youngsters as young as seven have been trafficked to the UK by the gang. * * * Police say the modern-day Fagins forced their young victims - snatched from poor gypsy communities - to beg in Britain and go on pick-pocketing and shoplifting sprees. Mob bosses set them up with bogus documents and homes...
  • Sofia Hails NATO 'Security Roof' Plan

    03/29/2010 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/30/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Building a missile defense shield to cover all European countries, including Russia, would help restore confidence in NATO, the Bulgarian foreign minister said on Saturday. Nikolay Mladenov said that would show the people that "the Alliance is really taking care of their security rather than just engage in operations at the other end of the world." Speaking earlier in the day at a NATO conference in Brussels, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a new Euro-Atlantic security architecture, "one security roof," in which Russia should be a full-fledged partner. He said one security roof "would be a very strong political...
  • Swedish Saab surprised at Romania's F-16 jets choice

    03/25/2010 8:50:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 783+ views
    ASD News ^ | 3/25/2010 | Joseph Krauss
    Swedish group Saab said Thursday it was "surprised" at Romania's choice of F-16 second-hand aircraft to the detriment of its Gripen and asked authorities to submit all offers to parliament. "We are surprised at the statement indicating that the Supreme Defence Council is pursuing the old F-16s, without any offset, due to lack of financial resources,", said Richard Smith, Saab's marketing director for Romania. "Unfortunately, the Romanian armed force may end up with someone else's junk." The Supreme Council announced Wednesday it would submit to parliament its decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft currently used by the US air force....
  • Romania defence body backs F16 purchase plan

    03/23/2010 8:14:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/2010 | Radu Marinas
    Romania's Supreme Defence Council on Tuesday approved the acquisition of 24 second-hand F16 fighters produced by Lockheed Martin Corp to modernise its air force."Taking into account that Romania does not have the needed financial resources to buy new ... planes, the Council okayed a defence ministry proposal to acquire 24 F16 used planes," the council said in a statement. It said the plan would be subject to parliament's approval. Romania is a U.S. ally and some analysts had said the F16 was a likely choice. The economic crisis complicated the NATO member's effort to seal a planned multi-billion euro fighter...
  • Russia worried by US missile defence plan

    02/26/2010 7:59:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 248+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/26/2010 | AFP
    Russia has serious questions over the aims of fresh US missile defence plans for Europe, the foreign ministry said Friday, in Moscow's strongest expression of concern yet over the new initiative. "We still have serious questions regarding the true purpose of the US missile system," a ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, told reporters in televised remarks. "Therefore we will continue to consistently oppose any dubious unilateral actions in relation to missile defence that can negatively affect international security." His comments were Russia's strongest statement of concern after Romania said it would hold talks with Washington on hosting US missile interceptors and...
  • Moldovan rebels offer to host Russian missiles

    02/15/2010 2:29:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2010
    Moldova's rebel region of Transdniestria said on Monday it was ready to host Russian tactical missiles if the Kremlin were to ask, escalating growing tensions about defense between Moscow and Washington. NATO and European Union member Romania, which borders Moldova, this month approved a U.S. plan to deploy interceptor missiles which Washington says aims to defend against current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran. It prompted calls for clarification from Russia's foreign ministry, which said it was concerned. Interfax news agency quoted regional leader Igor Smirnov as saying on Monday: "We are not against it ... As far as...
  • Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid

    02/12/2010 4:33:32 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 4,542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 11, 2010 | Ian Traynor
    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance tonight to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro. Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency's stability, hopes on the markets of a German-led rescue plan to shore up Greece's critical public finances were dashed by Merkel, who repeatedly emphasised that Athens would need to put its own house in order and brushed aside all questions of financial support. "Germany is...
  • Romania ready to start talks on becoming part of US BMD shield in Europe

    02/09/2010 3:44:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/09/2010 | Luca Bonsignore
    Romanian President Traian Basescu announced last week that his country would accept an US offer to base medium-range interceptor missiles (the proposed land-based version of the SM3 system) as part of the revamped missile defence plans formulated by the Obama Administration in 2009. "Romania has been officially invited by US President Barack Obama to be part of the [new] missile defence system," Basescu said after a meeting of the country's Supreme Defence Council. He stated that talks between Washington and Bucharest on the issue should start in the near future and any agreement will be submitted to Romanian parliament for...
  • Romania Taunts Russia

    02/07/2010 8:35:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 597+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 02/07/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Romania has agreed to base American anti-missile systems on its territory. These will probably be land based Aegis systems. So far, Aegis has achieved an 83 percent success rate during live test firings. So now everyone wants an Aegis ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) ship for protection. The Aegis system was designed to operate aboard warships (cruisers and destroyers that have been equipped with the special software that enables the AEGIS radar system to detect and track incoming ballistic missiles). However, there is also a land based version that Israel is interested in buying. The development version of AEGIS was land based,...
  • Russia says concerned at Romania hosting U.S. missiles

    02/05/2010 2:14:04 PM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2010
    Russia says concerned at Romania hosting U.S. missiles MOSCOW Fri Feb 5, 2010 2:14pm EST MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia Friday said it was concerned by Romania's decision to host interceptor missiles as part of a U.S. plan to protect Europe and demanded clarification. Romania said Thursday its top defense body had approved the deployment, which Washington says is aimed at defending against current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran. "We certainly have concerns in this regard. There is a demand for clarification," Russia's Foreign Ministry said. The Romanian deployment is part of a revamped U.S. missile defense approach taken...
  • Romania to host U.S. missiles

    02/04/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/04/2010 | UPI via Space War
    In an unexpected announcement, the president of Romania said Thursday his country would host missile interceptors as part of a new U.S. defense shield. President Traian Basescu said the Supreme Defense Council, Romania's top military and security body, had agreed to such a plan after a request by Washington. "Terrestrial interceptors will be placed on Romania's territory as part of the anti-missile system," Basescu was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe. "According to the calendar agreed with the American side, the components located on Romania's territory will become operational in 2015." He said the missile defense system would "protect...

    01/25/2010 3:21:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 429+ views
    INTERNET ^ | January 24, 2010, 16:26 | n/a
    Quote: 24 January 2010 JIHADI OSINT: ROMANIA TO SEND 600 SOLDIERS TO AFGHANISTAN Archive of post from the atahadi forum... Posted on 24 January 2010 @ 16:26
  • ISAF Supports Educational Sector in Ghowr

    01/03/2010 7:23:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    School children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participate in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29 (Photo courtesy of ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan) NEWS RELEASEISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA–006 For Immediate Release CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan (Jan. 2) – About 500 school children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participated in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29. The head of the provincial education department, local authorities and the chief of staff of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team there attended the event. "The local government put a lot of effort into facilitating education for the people...
  • December was first month in Iraq war without U.S. combat deaths

    01/02/2010 3:45:46 PM PST · by Dubya · 23 replies · 897+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone hailed by military officials Friday as they inaugurated a new name for the U.S. force at the start of the year that will see the war wind down in earnest. Henceforth, the Multinational Force-Iraq will officially be called the United States Force-Iraq, in belated recognition of the fact that for some time there have been no other nations serving alongside U.S. troops in the nearly 7-year-old conflict. British, Australian and Romanian soldiers pulled out in July,...
  • The devil in a red tie

    12/27/2009 5:39:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,494+ views ^ | December 27, 2009 | Paul Jacob
    On Christmas day 20 years ago, Nicolae Ceausescu – long time dictator of Romania – was, along with his wife Elena, executed by firing squad just days after fleeing Bucharest, while his tyrannical regime unraveled before the eyes of a watching world.  His demise and the surrounding events are etched in the memory of those of us who watched it all unfold via various news reports. The look on the once strong-man’s face as a massive crowd began to boo during a speech on December 21st, was one of the defining moments of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. ...
  • Romania marks 20 years since anti-communist revolt

    12/16/2009 10:39:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 493+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/09 | Alison Mutler - ap
    TIMISOARA, Romania – To the strains of strings playing Christmas carols, Romanians paid homage Wednesday to the fighters who took to the streets of this Transylvanian city 20 years ago, sparking the revolution that swept Eastern Europe's most repressive dictator from power. It was here that residents flocked to the defense of an ethnic Hungarian dissident pastor who was being threatened with forced relocation, leading to rapidly escalating confrontations with police. The next day, police, army and secret service units began firing at protesters, the start of six days of fighting that subsequently spilled over to Bucharest and led to...
  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • THE ANTI-HUMANS: The Reeducation Experiment of the Communists

    09/10/2009 8:10:41 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 9 replies · 575+ views
    THE ANTI-HUMANS: The Reeducation Experiment of the Communists Between 1944-1945, Communism took over the Christian country of Romania. An experiment of terror was performed on the young generation, on students from the age of eighteen to twenty five. Among those students was a man who is alive today after surviving sixteen years in the anti-human communist prison system. His name is Father George Calciu. After His release from prison, he was exiled to America in 1984. Below follows part of an interview by Nun Nina from this year.(1998) Nun Nina: This may be more difficult for you to talk about...
  • Madonna Booed During Romanian Concert Over Gypsy (and gay) Remark

    08/28/2009 2:25:03 PM PDT · by lizol · 37 replies · 2,768+ views
    Madonna Booed During Romanian Concert Over Gypsy Remark August 28, 2009 7:13 a.m. EST Anne Lu - Celebrity News Service News Writer Bucharest, Romania (CNS) - Madonna's stance on equality was not warmly received in Romania. The pop superstar was booed during a concert after she mentioned discrimination of gypsies and homosexuals in the country. She told the "Sticky and Sweet" concert crowd in Bucharest, "I've never been to Romania before and I am happy to be here." "But I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad,...
  • Who was the real Count Dracula?

    08/26/2009 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 25 replies · 921+ views
    Who was the real Count Dracula?Romania was the destination for this year's vacation. We really had a wonderful time. The people are very friendly and there's much to see in this beautiful country. It's truly a great place to go if you're looking for something that's affordable and different from the usual resort and beach destination (they have those too). I knew if we were going to Romania, we couldn't miss a trip to see Dracula's Castle. Brasov, 15 miles (24km) from Bran CastleIrish author Bram Stoker put Transylvania on the literary map in 1897 with his fictional novel Dracula....
  • An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe (IMPORTANT)

    07/19/2009 1:35:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 1,993+ views ^ | 2009-07-15 | Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istv
    An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe 2009-07-15 by Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istvan Gyarmati, Vaclav Havel, Rastislav Kacer, Sandra Kalniete, Karel Schwarzenberg, Michal Kovac, Ivan Krastev, Alexander Kwasniewski, Mart Laar, Kadri Liik, Janos Martonyi. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Adam Rotfeld, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Alexandr Vondra, Lech Walesa. We have written this letter because, as Central and Eastern European (CEE) intellectuals and former policymakers, we care deeply about the future of the transatlantic relationship as well as the future quality of relations between the United States and the countries of...
  • Romanians Prepare to End Iraq Mission

    06/23/2009 6:13:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 296+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq | Sgt. Allison Churchill, USA
    Col. Ion Manci (right), senior national representative, Romania, presents the Honor Emblem of the Romanian Land Forces to Lt. Col. Brian Pierce, Forward Operating Base Delta garrison commander, during a ceremony at the Romanian contingent headquarters, June 16. Manci also presented the award to Maj. Jennifer Finch, 41st Fires Brigade military intelligence officer-in-charge. Photo by Sgt. Allison Churchill, Multi-National Division – South. FOB DELTA — The Romanian contingent here recently signaled the end of their Army's operations in Wasit province with a ceremony at their headquarters building. The ceremony gave both the Romanians and U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to show...
  • Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade

    02/25/2002 8:08:26 PM PST · by Wallaby · 8 replies · 1,121+ views
    Africa News | February 25, 2002 | The East African
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade The East African Africa News February 25, 2002 Monday Kenya L AST WEEKEND'S arrest of Kenyan-born Sanjivan Ruprah, who is alleged to be a part of a major arms smuggling operation to Africa, has brought into the open the extent of the multi-million dollar illegal business. The whereabouts of Bout remain unknown. Some media reports say he is in Moscow, while others say he is in the Congo or the United Arab Emirates. An international ...
  • Romanian Forces End Mission in Iraq

    06/09/2009 4:38:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Mark Miranda, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, June 9, 2009 – Military operations in Iraq formally ended for Romanian forces June 4, as one of America's coalition allies prepared to ship out some of its remaining troops with an end-of-mission ceremony held by Romania’s 26th Infantry “Red Scorpions” Battalion. Lt. Col. Gabriel Toma, commander of the Romanian army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, conducts an inspection of troops with Romanian President Traian Basescu during an end-of-mission ceremony June 4, 2009, at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Miranda  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Romanian flag was...
  • Emperor Trajan's Palace discovered in southwestern Romania

    05/25/2009 3:47:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 6,276+ views
    Chinaview ^ | May 15, 2009 | Xinhua (editor Mu Xuequan)
    Romanian archaeologists has discovered, in southeastern county of Caras-Severin, a complex structure estimated to be 2,000 years old belonging to the Roman culture, local media reported on Thursday. The archaeological discovery has a special importance because it was built very early, probably in the autumn of 101 during the first Dacian-Roman War of 101-102, before the actual Roman conquest of Dacia, the Carpathian-Danube region, modern day Romania. The discovery will bring the village of Zavoi in Caras-Severin County to the attention of history researchers and archaeologists from around the world following the digging up of the ruins of a Roman...
  • Bride Parade - 110 brides and brides-to-be march to promote family values in Bucharest

    05/21/2009 2:10:40 PM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 1,011+ views ^ | May 17, 2009
    110 brides and brides-to-be march to promote family values in Bucharest (NECN/APTV) - Dozens of women sporting full bridal regalia took part in a parade in Bucharest on Sunday, to promote the institution of marriage in Romanian society. Organizers of the "Bride Parade" said they intend to promote marriage as a way of maintaining traditional family values in this Orthodox country. The atmosphere was celebratory as dozens of women dressed in various white dresses, veils and tiaras marched to the sounds of trumpeters playing wedding songs. One woman called the event "unique" and one that "emphasizes the importance of the...
  • Brides parade in Rumania. (vanity)

    05/17/2009 5:16:33 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 20 replies · 1,122+ views
    Fox news just had a cute story about a brides'parade in Rumania. The purpose of the parade seems to be a promotion of marriage and family values. Wouldn't this be a cute and fun way to promote marriage in our communities?
  • The Romanian Greek-Catholic Community is facing a cultural and religious wipe-out

    05/19/2009 8:59:41 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 548+ views
    HotNews ^ | 5/15/2009 | n/a
    The Romanian Greek-Catholic Community is facing with a cultural and religious wipe-out: the Greek-Catholic churches are systematically destroyed by the Orthodox Church representatives, whose actions are supported and accepted by the Romanian authorities, the Romanian Greek-Catholic Association accuses in a letter addressed to Hillary Clinton, the US state secretary. Romanian Greek-Catholic Association, Inc. is a non-for-profit association registered in the United States of America, aiming to support the Greek-Catholic communities. Head of the association priest Cristian Terhes argues that "the citizens are harassed and threatened because they declare themselves Greek-Catholic; the rights and freedoms of the Greek-Catholics are systematically infringed,...
  • Romanian Soldiers Train Iraqi Army Commandos

    04/28/2009 5:39:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Terence Ewings, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq , April 28, 2009 – Romanian soldiers are helping train Iraqi commandos on Camp Ur, near Contingency Operating Base Adder in Iraq. Soldiers assigned to the 26th Romanian Infantry Battalion teach Shotokan karate to Iraqi troops during hand-to-hand combat training, as part of commando training on Camp Ur near Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, April 26, 2009. (Photo courtesy of Multinational Division South)  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Soldiers of the 26th Romanian Infantry Battalion mentored Iraqi soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 39th Iraqi Army Brigade, through the first four weeks of tactical,...
  • Dispute Between Romania and Moldova Worsens

    04/24/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 359+ views
    AP ^ | 4/24/09 | ALISON MUTLER
    Moldova has rejected a new ambassador proposed by Romania, an official said Friday, in another sign of deteriorating relations between the neighboring countries. Earlier this month, Moldova accused Romania of supporting violent anti-communist demonstrations by thousands of people who stormed Moldova's Parliament and presidential offices to protest an election that had returned the Communist Party to power. Romania rejected the accusation, but Moldova expelled Romania's ambassador.
  • Romania weighs decriminalizing consensual incest

    03/21/2009 11:00:29 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 1,079+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | ALINA WOLFE MURRAY and GEORGE JAHN
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Surprising as it may seem, incest is not always a crime in Europe. Three European Union nations — France, Spain and Portugal — do not prosecute consenting adults for incest, and Romania is considering following suit.
  • Is Romania spy scandal a part of large-scale operation?

    03/07/2009 7:27:24 PM PST · by ihatedemocrats · 271+ views
    Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review ^ | 05.03.2009 | Axis Information and Analysis
    Romanian Court is going to try the appeal filed by the Bulgarian national Petar Zikulov, who is charged with espionage, Sofia News Agency reports. Zikulov is currently detained for 29 days, the maximum period under Romanian law. Zikulov and Floricel Achim, a Romanian warrant officer, were arrested in Bucharest on March 2, on charges of espionage and treason. They have been accused of leaking military secrets to a third country that was not an EU and NATO member.
  • Explosion at Romania nuclear lab

    02/24/2009 6:14:22 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,526+ views
    ACT ^ | 24-02-2009 | n/a
    A blast occurred Monday at the Bucharest Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence and Ecology Research Center of the Romanian Ministry of Defense, killing one officer who was working there, the ministry said.Major engineer Octavian – Viorel Mihai received first aid from the unit’s doctor and was immediately taken to the nearest hospital, to receive specialized medical attention, but he passed away.The officer was 37 years old and was working at the center since 2004. Part of his job involved working with powders and explosives. Another two slightly injured in NBC Research Center explosion A woman who was injured in the...
  • Adoption: A Love Story

    01/20/2009 3:09:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 586+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 20, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    I was relaxing in my favorite armchair and watching golf when my daughter, Hannah, strode into the room. "Dad," she said, "we need to have a serious talk."   "Okay," I replied, turning to her.   She frowned. "You're going to have to turn the TV off."   "Oh." I tapped the remote control. This was serious.   Almost automatically, she began. "Dad, I don't really want to be an only child. I think we should adopt a baby brother."   Silence.   After picking my jaw up off the coffee table, I found my voice. "Where did this...
  • Iraqis, Romanians, Americans Build Artillery Skills Together

    12/02/2008 3:35:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Chad Carroll, USA
    Soldiers from the 10th Iraqi Army Special Operations unit, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, and the 341st Romanian Infantry Bn. prepare to conduct indirect fire observation training in the Dhi Qar province, Nov. 25. Photo by Maj. Chad Carroll. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER — The Iraqi Army conducted indirect fire training in the Dhi Qar province, Nov. 25, with U.S. and Romanian counterparts. The 10th Iraqi Army Special Operations unit teamed with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and the 341st Romanian Infantry Battalion to develop their artillery and mortar capabilities. The troops fired rocket-assisted projectile...
  • Former Communists Claim Romanian Elections (with message of "change")

    12/01/2008 11:03:57 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 5 replies · 473+ views
    Voice of America ^ | Dec 2, 2008 | Stefan Bos
    The left leaning Social Democratic Party has won the most votes in Romania's first parliamentary elections since becoming a member of the European Union last year. The party claimed victory with about 33 percent of Sunday's vote. As Stefan Bos reports from Budapest, Hungary the victory does not mean the former Communists will be in control of the new government. Since October, thousands of workers have lost their jobs at major Romanian factories, and more lay-offs are expected. Social Democrat leader Mircea Geoana expressed his concern about the social tensions. Speaking in front of flag waving supporters outside his party's...
  • Garden gnome maker's plastic prostitutes

    11/20/2008 2:06:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies · 5,890+ views
    Ananova ^ | November 20, 2008
    A Romanian entrepreneur has come under fire for putting plastic prostitutes on the street to advertise his garden gnome business.
  • U.S. Wants to Expand Visa-Free Entry

    11/14/2008 10:49:54 PM PST · by IdahoPatriot · 445+ views ^ | 11/14/2008 | Not Available
    The upcoming meeting between President-elect Barack Obama and his onetime rival Sen. John McCain was set in motion during a phone call over the weekend between Obama and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), McCain's closest friend. In an interview Friday, Graham said that Obama requested the meeting during a 20-minute phone call that the South Carolina senator described as a "pleasant" discussion about how they could work together effectively. "We just talked about the desire to find something meaningful to work on," Graham said. "He was very nice to me, said that he considered me a serious, reform-minded senator that he...
  • U.S. troops to staff NATO base in Hungary

    10/04/2008 5:59:16 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 353+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/4/08 | John Vandiver
    A NATO base to support the airlift operations of 12 nations will be established in Hungary early next year, and about 40 U.S. military members will be calling the station 100 miles west of Budapest home, according to an alliance agreement. The Strategic Airlift Capability Partnership — which involves the joint acquisition of three C-17 Globemasters — will increase NATO’s ability to transport large numbers of troops and supplies to far-flung places, such as Afghanistan. The town of Papa will host the base to be commanded by U.S. Air Force Col. John Zazworsky. "It (airlift capability) has been a longstanding...
  • EU climate change cuts: Poland leads revolt over Russia fears

    10/03/2008 11:26:24 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies · 813+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 10/03/08 | Michael Levitin
    Poland has claimed that it has assembled enough votes to block a landmark EU climate change agreement after spearheading a revolt by Eastern European states that fear the package would increase their dependence on Russian natural gas supplies. A six nation bloc on the EU's eastern fringes signed a pact to fight a proposal designed to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a fifth by 2020. The target represents the EU's landmark initiative to address the pressures of climate change and would return the continent's output of CO2 to 1990 levels. Poland has led efforts to fend off adoption of...
  • Romanian Infantry Soldiers Attend Combat Logistical Patrol Academy (Yes,.. Romania in Iraq)

    06/21/2008 8:17:22 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 191+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. RJ Gilbert,, USA
    A Soldier from the Romanian Army's 151st Inf. Bn. searches for simulated improvised explosive devices during training at the Combat Logistical Patrol course on Contingency Operations Base Adder, June 11. The Romanians attended the CLPAcademy as part of an overall Humvee familiarization process. Photo by Spc. Darrell Lavoie, 7th Sustainment Brigade. CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS BASE ADDER — Soldiers from the Romanian 151st Infantry Battalion, 15th Mechanized Brigade went through the 7th Special Troops Battalion’s Combat Logistical Patrol (CLP) Academy on Contingency Operations Base Adder, May 19 through June 11. The Romanians attended the CLP Academy as part of an overall Humvee...
  • Schumer Is Criticized By Prague, Poles, Romanians - Op-Ed Is Called 'Hard to Believe'

    06/06/2008 10:51:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 73+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 6, 2008 | ROSS GOLDBERG
    Senator Schumer is coming under sharp criticism from the government of the Czech Republic and from Polish-American and Romanian-American leaders in America after writing an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal suggesting that America should accommodate what he called Prime Minister Putin's "dream of eventually restoring Russian hegemony over Eastern Europe." Diplomats and community leaders who read the Journal article in response to inquiries by The New York Sun said they were taken aback by the suggestion by the New York Democrat that America should try to gain Russia's backing for tougher sanctions on Iran by abandoning NATO plans...
  • Pre-Owned F-16 Market Soars

    05/25/2008 6:14:00 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies · 212+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | N/A
    Romania is buying 48 U.S. F-16 fighters for $4.5 billion. Half will be the latest model, the F-16C /50. The others will be used, and reconditioned to F-16C/25 standards. Romania could have waited a few years and bought the new F-35 instead, but that would have cost them more money (nearly $6 billion for just 24). Romania did the math and realized that 48 F-16s would be more than adequate to handle any neighborhood spats. And if Russia became a problem, Romania is now a member of NATO, and capable of calling on some very big allies. While the U.S....
  • PRT, Military Leaders Brief Wasit Council on Progress

    04/23/2008 4:16:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 97+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Niles, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA — The Wasit Provincial Reconstruction Team leader and 214th Fires Brigade commander briefed the Wasit Provincial Council last week on reconstruction efforts in the province. More than $38 million dollars have been spent on those efforts in Wasit province since Jan. 1, 2007 by Coalition forces and the PRT. “We have done a lot as a team, and it has been a team effort,” said Col. Peter Baker, the 214th FB commander, “but there is more to do so that essential services are available to all. “We are working on developing processes and systems to put...