PressOne talked with a reputed foreign policy analyst, a former career diplomat, to see what is next for relations between Belarus and the West, in the context of Lukashenko’s latest maneuvers. But the interview also revealed interesting details regarding potential changes in the US’ foreign affairs strategy on NATO’s eastern flank.
The inhabitants of Romania’s cities breathe poison daily, and this phenomenon is not recent, it has been the case for decades. It is the combination of an unfortunate climate (dry winds blowing over the plains in the country’s southern region), ill-chosen geographical locations (Transylvanian cities are arranged in natural depressions where the air does not circulate enough to keep up with daily emissions) and poor and incompetent municipal management, regardless of the city’s location.
This article tells the story behind the making of a short film, which documented the re-enacting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” 10 years after this photographic event, we attempted to put together the remnants, while seeing how time works and what kind of tricks the mind can play in its relationship with reality. The result, a mirror image of the first film that was created, which revealed many surprising things about ourselves. The producer of this project is the PressOne Foundation and the film can be found at the end of the article.
To better understand the points and narratives Russia promotes in both areas, we initiated a dialogue with those living across the Prut River, which forms the border between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. We asked the experts how Russia’s propaganda has manifested itself within the two regions.
You have no idea how you will react to the humiliation of the beatings, cold cell wall or, maybe, to the true liberation: the burning flash of a bullet fired at the back of the head, during the obligatory daily walk.
A group of Romanian, American and European entrepreneurs have started building a small town with a specific purpose: to reset not only Romania’s, but the entire world’s way of life. In short, it is a project that is destined to become a benchmark, as corporate people like to call it.
The children or spouses of a number of doctoral supervisors who work for the SRI Academy, the Police Academy and the National Defense University have become doctors in the fields of Public Order and National Security, Intelligence and National Security or Military Sciences.
The Police Academy becomes the first university in the country to lose the right to award doctoral degrees. This comes as a result of a series of five sanctions placed on the Academy due to repeated violations of academic ethics and integrity.
Romania does not have a strategy to counter the propaganda and misinformation disseminated by the Russian Federation. According to the study entitled “Kremlin's Influence on the Visegrad Group Countries and Romania”, it finds itself behind Poland and the Czech Republic in understanding this particular threat. The study was carried out by the “Wilfried Martens” European Studies Center of the European People's Party, in collaboration with the Czech think tank called European Values.
What they do, in fact, is open up the floor towards a discussion about the grim reality that lays ahead of us, and about which the majority of public actors avoid addressing on a serious level: we are leaving our grandchildren with a poorer world than the one we are living in and in which they will have to work much harder in order to support us as seniors.
Sputnik Romania published an article written by Dragoș Dumitriu in which Serbian military commander Ratko Mladić, convicted of genocide by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, is glorified.
In the last two years, over 200 websites have spread this hidden “truth” on the public sphere and through social media. In fact, this “truth” is a form of a sole strategic propaganda theme, (in specialized language, it is called a narrative). And it is a form of hybrid aggression against our country.
The "Mihai Viteazul" National Intelligence Academy (ANIMV) brought forth claims against ten other individuals who obtained their PhDs and received the title of Doctor to the National Council for the Certification of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU). These individuals are under suspicion of having plagiarized their dissertations that were submitted to the university, which is under the SRI Academy's umbrella.
Only one PhD dissertation has ever disappeared from what is called the "untouchable collection" or reference only shelf of the National Library of Romania. Two names are listed on the cover: Florian Coldea, the SRI's former number two, and Gabriel Oprea, the former second most important individual of the Romanian Government.
I received the threat - via text message - three weeks after I published an article exposing that Adrian Iacob -who is a police officer, university professor and doctoral supervisor - plagiarized about 70 percent of his doctoral dissertation. In two other articles, I revealed that the Police Academy is trying to cover up plagiarized theses within the Institution as well as attempting to impede people from accessing their library.
The Police Academy’s management is considering taking extreme measures to block “strangers’” from accessing the Institution's library. This is after PressOne exclusively revealed that Rector Adrian Iacob’s doctoral thesis is plagiarized and that there is another dozen plagiarized works that have been hidden due to the fear of an implosion.
The deaf war that took place behind doors at the Ministry of the Interior – a war regarding individuals from the Police Academy who had plagiarized their dissertations - has now moved into the public eye. During the last three years, several officials, both from the Ministry and from the Police Academy, announced that all the doctoral theses defended in this Institution, which prepares future police officers, would be investigated. However, there have been no concrete results of his investigation following the announcement.
On Tuesday, July 10, after reading the doctoral thesis of the former Minister for four hours, it became very clear to me: entire pages of the paper do not comply with the rules of academic citation, which involve the proper use of quotation marks, in addition to paraphrasing and making appropriate references to the official sources.
Professor Adrian Iacob, Rector of the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Police Academy in Bucharest, plagiarized about 70% of the doctoral thesis he defended in 2007 - at the same institution that he is currently running. He may also simultaneously hold the most number of official roles encountered in an individual who works in university-level military education.