Marcel Gascon Barbera

Romanian Jailed in China Declares Hunger Strike to Get Home

Marius Balo. Photo: Facebook. At the beginning of this year, Romanian English-language teacher Marius Balo had good reason to believe he would soon be leaving the Chinese prisons he has been jailed in since his arrest in March 2014. In January 2020, Beijing’s Ministry of Justice approved Balo’s transfer to Romania, where a court had […]Read More

Romania Cracks Down on Criminals Forced Home by Pandemic

A recent journalistic investigation in Romania exposed how the infamous Clan of the Sportsman, a Bucharest gang with interests in several underworld activities, captured an entire Social Democratic Party regional branch. But not everyone praises today’s centre-right rulers of Romania as much as the US ambassador. On 1 November, dozens of civil society groups signed […]Read More