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Poza României din balconul ambasadei SUA

Pățit de-atâtea ori cu presa băștinașă, de citesc știri în română cu sprânceana mereu ridicată, am zis Pas! relatărilor autohtone care țineau neapărat să-mi explice “ce-a vrut să spună” înaltul emisar al SUA sosit intempestiv la București. Așadar am ajuns pe siteul ambasadei americane în România unde se găsește declarația de presă. Pe scurt, după cele două paragrafe introductive, glazurate cu politețe atentă la detalii precum celebrarea a  zece ani de România-NATO sau urări pentru ziua de naștere a ministrului român de externe, notez doar cuvintele cheie repetate:  “investment” (3x) și “rule of law” (2x), expresie dublată de fiecare dată de “continued interest“. Eu unul am priceput ideea. Fără analiști, petiții anteniste și comedia pierdut premier îl declar nul.

Însă nu de asta vă rețin în paragrafele următoare. Odată rătăcit în secțiunea despre România a Departamentului de Stat descoperi o poză excelentă a prezentului românesc.

Păstrez mai jos descrierile oficialilor americani revizia septembrie 2013, cu speranța care nu moare niciodată că vor suferi revizuiri în bine în timpul vieților noastre. Așadar citez, pe secțiuni.

În primul rând, și nu-i puțin lucru, ne mândrim cu o pagină specială pentru corupție. Un fel de bau-bau pentru ai lor care și aici activează sub legile stricte anti-bribery din State dar și un fel de broșurică pentru ce îi așteaptă pe americani pe meleagurile carpatine. Adică:

  • Corruption is a serious problem in Romania. The RLA offers the following general observations, but persons with specific concerns are strongly encouraged to consult with their own legal counsel.
  • Yet another approach is to interest the media in the situation. This type of pressure is broader based than the filing of complaint. Romanian newspapers are not shy about reporting the wrongs of government employees. Such articles appear on a continual basis and serve as a pressure point for a cleaner, better government. Sunlight disinfects!
  • Economic crime is a growing problem in Romania. Due to the high level of computer skills in this country cybercrimes [including internet fraud, credit card fraud, auction site fraud, and hacking/extortion schemes] are occurring on an increasing basis. American companies and citizens are very often the victims of this type of crime.

Criminalitate. De bine: criminalitatea violentă practic nu există. În schimb,  criminalitatea non-violentă “rămâne problematică”.

  • While most crimes in Romania are nonviolent, crimes do occur in which people do get hurt and even severely injured, especially at nightclubs and bars. Reports of sexual assault are uncommon; however, to be safe, be vigilant, especially at night and in situations involving alcohol. Although racial prejudice exists in Romania, especially toward those who look like Roma (“gypsies”), hate crimes are rare. Crimes against tourists, such as robbery, pick pocketing, and confidence schemes remain problematic.
  • A number of thefts and assaults have occurred on overnight trains, including thefts from passengers in closed compartments. The U.S. Embassy recommends using the highest class available for train travel, and traveling with at least one other person. Avoid leaving your personal belongings unattended; stow them securely out of sight if leaving them in a parked car.
  • Credit card and internet fraud remain among the most common crimes affecting foreigners in Romania. Romania is largely a “cash-only” economy.

Apoi, maidanezii au ajuns să zburde nestingheriți până și pe siteul ambasadei SUA:

  • SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Stray dogs are common in Romania and generally tolerated. Strays are often fed and are seen frequently in public areas, especially in or near parks. Some statistics report one dog bite hourly in Bucharest. Because the immunization status of stray dogs is unknown, precautions to prevent rabies are recommended. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more details. If you encounter dogs that appear aggressive, it is best to change your path to avoid contact with them.

La capitolul sănătate:

  • MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Medical care in Romania is generally not up to Western standards and basic medical supplies are limited, especially outside major cities. Some medical providers that meet Western quality standards are available in Bucharest and other cities but can be difficult to locate. Sanitary conditions in hospitals are variable. Nursing care and assistance from orderlies is often lacking in hospitals. Families often provide basic assistance to hospitalized relatives that U.S. citizens generally expect the hospital to provide. Travelers seeking medical treatment should choose their provider carefully.
  • Most prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication are available in Romania but may be sold under different brand names. Specific individual drugs may not be available due to differences in laws and regulations. Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Romania.
  • In Romania, doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash at the time of service from foreigners. Your regular U.S. health insurance may not cover doctors’ and hospital visits in other countries.

Despre buna tradiție a respectării contractelor. Și despre hățișul legal care zăpăcește și băștinașii, nu numai străinii rătăciți p-aici.

  • You should be cautious about entering into contracts with Romanian groups and/or organizations. There have been a number of incidents in which such contracts have not been honored. As a result, the U.S. Embassy recommends that all contracts entered into by foreigners are reviewed by a Romanian attorney. The Romanian legal system is difficult for foreigners to navigate, making the assistance of a local attorney nearly essential.

Ba chiar se suprinde și recentul apetit pentru protest al românilor “în special în București”.

  • The ongoing financial crisis and resulting austerity measures have increased the occurrences of strikes and public demonstrations in Romania, especially in Bucharest. To date, protests have remained peaceful. However, even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable; you should avoid them if at all possible.

Și închei cu subiectul principal al știrilor de la ora cinci, tragediile rutiere. În succinta lor prezentare, americanilor nu le-a scăpat nimic.

  • TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Romania, you will encounter road conditions that significantly differ from those in the United States. Traffic accidents are arguably the single most dangerous threat for U.S. citizens visiting Romania. The World Economic Forum ranks Romania 142 out of 144 states for road quality, with a limited number of freeways and infrequent passing lanes. While major streets in larger cities and major inter-city roads are generally in fair to good condition, many secondary roads are in poor repair, unpaved, badly lighted, narrow, and lacking marked lanes. According to the European Union Road Federation, Romania has the highest per vehicle rate of traffic fatalities of any country in the EU. It is essential to practice defensive driving techniques if you choose to drive in Romania.
  • Pedestrians, animals, cyclists, and horse-drawn carts share many roads with motor vehicles and it can be extremely difficult to see, particularly at night in rural areas. Parked vehicles often block sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets.

Eu zic că ne-au prins în poză de rezoluție foarte bună. Nu știu cum s-ar putea povesti România lui 2014 mai concis decât în descrierea ambasadei SUA. Mi-ar plăcea ca și Guvernul țării mele să-și asume problemele prezentului românesc așa de scurt și cuprinzător. Și obiectiv și onest. Și-apoi îmi amintesc cum foarte recent Guvernul mă asigura cu condescendență că ambasadele sunt prost informate asupra realităților românești. Desigur.

Iar pentru cine vrea mai mult, alți doi americani au povestit România de acum 160 de ani , într-un  reportaj inedit din Harpers Magazine, ediția februarie 1854.

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