The tiny nation of Moldova, squished between Romania and Ukraine, is one of the poorest nations in Eastern Europe. Formerly part of Romania and long part of Russia's sphere of influence, it's leaders wanted to be closer to the neo-Soviet European Union bloc. It's leaders are Communists, who won the general election in 2001.
In parliamentary elections Tuesday, the results claimed that the Communists returned to power with 50% of the vote. However, charges of rigged elections in favor of the Reds brought the youth out into the streets. According to the Christan Science Monitor, the youth smashed government offices and even set fire to the Parliament building before local police got back control. You may read the Monitor article HERE.
Like the rest of Eastern Europe, Moldova has been hard hit by the global economic meltdown. Like it's larger neighbor Ukraine, the tiny state has suffered job cuts and cutbacks in foreign investment. Like Ukraine, it has a region where a Russian-speaking minority seeks to break away and become independent. And like Ukraine, it's generating tensions between Russia and the E.U. A report from the pro-globalist Reuters news service on this aspect of the conflict can be read HERE.
The current Communist dictator, Vladimir Voronin, has accused Romania of stoking the fires of the recent violence. Border crossings with them have been shut, and Romania's ambassador expelled. That government denies any part in the riots, which involved over 10,000 young people. Along with the charges of rigged elections, the youth also raged against the grinding poverty they daily live with. According to an article from Bloomberg.com, Moldavians make an average salary of US $350 a month. The Communists are blamed for this grinding poverty. You may read the Bloomberg article HERE.
Returning the Communists to power won't help this divided land get back on it's feet. Nor will joining the neo-Soviet E.U., with it's micro-managing businesses out of existence and oppressing anti-Socialist Europeans with draconian dictates. Let Moldavia's young learn about Distributism and put it into practice there, and things will change for the better. Not overnight, true, but it will be better than the chaos and cruelty they suffer under now.
If we have any Moldavians reading this blog, please go to our colleagues at The ChesterBelloc Mandate. Read up on the fine articles and essays promoting and defending Distributism, then apply it to your country's situation. You have a bright future to gain from it.