I've finally taken to the blogosphere in a bid to promote a subject which is close to my heart - the future of the Republic of Moldova. I'm not a Moldovan myself, but have significant interests in the republic and a good knowledge of its political scene.
I plan to publish mainly in English, as I think that communicating to an international audience is where I can make my greatest contribution. From time to time I may post in Romanian, however, if my comments are meant primarily for a Moldovan audience.
You will note that I haven't revealed my identity. I figure this will give me more freedom to explore controversial issues and material, rather than having to tip-toe around for fear of repercussions.
I've titled my blog "Morning in Moldova". This is intentionally reminscent of Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America" presidential campaign, which presaged the economic and political renaissance in 1980s America. I am optimistic about the future of Moldova. I believe that it can become, in an Eastern European context at least, the equivalent of Reagan's "city on a hill", an example to its neighbours of a democratic and open society and a vibrant economy.
Of course the existing reality is very different. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe, apparently unloved and unwanted. It has a dysfunctional democracy and respect for human rights is erratic. I will explore why that is in my blog. I'll also look for solutions, for a path from Moldova's situation as it is today towards a far better future.
I hope you'll join me.