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Security hired by Csepel. Photo: 24.hu / János Marjai.

Hungarian authorities physically assault the homeless in Budapest

In Hungary, it’s not actually the police that are tasked with brutality, but rather private security firms hired by local governments or national institutes and ministries. I witnessed this first hand in 2016 (and I reported on this phenomenon in HFP at the time). This week we learned that the practice of outsourcing police brutality to the private sector is […]

by · November 2, 2018 · Politics
Miami Mayor Suarez and Hungary’s President Áder.

Miami – Soros pipebomb and Hungarian President’s visit

US federal law enforcement officials have identified the suspect who sent explosive packages to more than a dozen Trump critics, including Hungarian-American George Soros. Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. is 56 years old and lives in Aventura, just north of Miami. Sayoc also posted hateful Facebook and Twitter messages targeting Soros under various aliases. He is currently being held at a […]

by · October 31, 2018 · Politics
Zsolt Császy in September 2018.

Inmate Császy — An interview with a political prisoner of the Orbán regime

We last spoke in the summer of 2017. (See HFP’s piece here and here.) At that time, you had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison and your partner, Miklós Tátrai, received three years from the Curia for the Sukoró land swap deal of 2008. When I interviewed you with Christopher Adam at this time, you came […]

by · October 26, 2018 · Focus
CEU Budapest

CEU building receives architecture prize; university might be forced to move

The highly regarded Central European University (CEU) recently completed a new building in downtown Budapest which was named among the four finalists in the Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize, an award honoring the world’s best new buildings. The new structure is considered “a triumph of contextual architecture — a mixture of new and refurbished structures that delicately nod […]

by · October 25, 2018 · Politics
The Real Las Vegas

The Real Las Vegas

Balázs Éry is a Hungarian musician, songwriter and a contributor to our sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. He wrote a Hungarian-language piece for KMH on his recent experiences in Las Vegas and submitted an English version for publication in the Hungarian Free Press. * During those few days which I spent in Robert Goulet‘s villa in Nevada – enjoying […]

by · October 24, 2018 · Culture
Eleanor Roosevelt and the refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Eleanor Roosevelt and the refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

On October 23, Hungarians commemorate the Revolution of 1956. The uprising was an unplanned nationwide upheaval against the harsh Stalinist government of the People’s Republic of Hungary. It lasted from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Over 2,500 Hungarian citizens and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the hostilities and close to 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees. About half of […]

by · October 23, 2018 · Focus
István Bajkai distributes free milk in 2018.

Hungary to extend EP voting rights to diaspora and politicians may legally buy votes

Some 80,000 Hungarian citizens who live outside the European Union will be given voting rights for the upcoming 2019 European elections to elect a new European Parliament. Zsolt Semjén announced the proposed amendment to Hungary’s electoral laws, which also included one other change: politicians will be permitted to give various gifts to voters during election campaigns and this will no […]

by · October 21, 2018 · Politics
Mr. Gergely Gulyás, minister leading the Prime Minister's Office (left) visiting Rep. Andy Harris

Rep. Andy Harris’s unexplained “Gulag story”

The Maryland Democratic Party recently filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), accusing him of failing to report his new wife’s consulting income on his financial disclosure forms. It seems that Rep. Harris may have forgotten to disclose other things also, among them important facts about his family history. In 2012 while honoring Hungarian Holocaust hero Raoul […]

by · October 19, 2018 · Diaspora
I’m the Wife of a Hungarian Immigrant. This is My Story.

I’m the Wife of a Hungarian Immigrant. This is My Story.

Over the weekend, I celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary. Actually, I celebrated my 6th and 7th wedding anniversaries. You see, the first time I married my husband, it was at the Davidson County Clerk’s office, just over 9 months to the day that I met him. The second time I married him, it was exactly one year later. It was […]

by · October 18, 2018 · Diaspora
This is how democracy is killed in Hungary today

This is how democracy is killed in Hungary today

Dear Editor, Roberta Flack wrote a hit “Killing Me Softly With Your Song.” This month you could say that democracy in Hungary is being killed softly with a smile. My Hungarian wife follows politics more closely than I can. She said that as of October 1, restrictions take effect on speaking in public about politics. I got an unsatisfactory reply […]

by · October 16, 2018 · Politics