Articles by: György Lázár

In the musical program 14-year-old Brian Harper played Bartók’s Allegro Barbaro.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens – Hungarian Americans celebrate multiculturalism

On June 24 the Hungarian section of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens celebrated its 80th anniversary. Cleveland has one of the largest Hungarian American communities in the United States. I visited the garden a couple of years ago and highly recommend it to those who are interested in nature or Cleveland’s history. The Gardens were created at a time when the […]

by · July 18, 2018 · Diaspora
Fournier received the award from Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.

The Orbán Government insults French President Emmanuel Macron

It seems that Hungary has intentionally insulted French President Emmanuel Macron. Here is the story. In a confidential memo dated June 18 and addressed to Macron’s office, French Ambassador to Budapest, Mr. Éric Fournier claimed that Hungary was a “model” for dealing with migrants and that accusations of populism against Prime Minister Orbán were media fabrications. Fournier wrote that the […]

by · July 11, 2018 · Politics
Deadly bacterial outbreak traced to Hungarian food plant; local media is mum

Deadly bacterial outbreak traced to Hungarian food plant; local media is mum

Hungary’s government-controlled media is mum about a serious outbreak connected to a Hungarian food plant. Since 2015 there have been 47 cases of listeria infection and nine patients have died. The fatality rate is 19%! (Read the Guardian’s article about the outbreak.) The European Food Safety Authority has warned that the probable source of the listeria infection is a frozen […]

by · July 7, 2018 · Politics
Wave of Hungarians deported from the US

Wave of Hungarians deported from the US

Last month Ms. Regina Zsigmond (42) and her husband Mr. László Kovács (45) were captured by US authorities at the Canadian border with their 2-year-old boy, Levente. The boy was separated from the parents and is currently being held in a Bronx shelter. The family entered the United States illegally and remain in federal custody. Their 2-year-old is in the […]

by · July 3, 2018 · Diaspora
Kányádi (in the middle) with fellow Transylvanian Prof. Albert-László Barabási (left) and George Soros (right).

Sándor Kányádi 1929-2018

Poet and translator Sándor Kányádi has died at age 90. Kányádi was born in 1929 in Nagygalambfalva (today Porumbeni), in rural Transylvania. He moved to Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) in 1950 where he completed his university studies and worked as a Hungarian language and literature teacher. He started to publish poems in 1955 in literary and children’s magazines and also became active […]

by · June 24, 2018 · Culture
Budapest Opera’s Billy Elliot poster.

Billy Elliot is not tolerated by the homophobe Orbán regime in Budapest

Gay bashing seems to be the official policy in Hungary. The Orbán Government has no openly gay members and there are no gays in the ruling Fidesz party either. Orbán loyalists have no gay relatives, not even gay acquaintances. Mr. Orbán’s cultural advisor Imre Kerényi wants to stop “the faggot lobby,” Budapest Mayor István Tarlós says that homosexuality as “unnatural […]

by · June 22, 2018 · Politics
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has delivered a serious warning to Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in Washington D.C. In Budapest the government-controlled media claimed that the meeting was a “significant success” and the parties had discussed the situation in neighboring Ukraine. Szijjártó assured the American politician that Hungary would “defend the Hungarian community in Ukraine,” and informed the […]

by · June 3, 2018 · Politics
Sebastian Gorka and Milo Yiannopoulos (right) – friends from Breitbart.

Bannon, Gorka, Yiannopoulos and Hungary’s foreign policy

Hungary’s foreign policy is in chaos. Even the most ardent supporters of the Orbán Government frequently criticize Hungary’s 39-year-old foreign minister Péter Szijjártó. They question his wisdom, political acumen and diplomatic skill. Szijjártó started his tenure by firing most of the country’s seasoned diplomats and replacing them with loyalists with no previous diplomatic experience. The foreign minister has also found […]

by · May 12, 2018 · Politics
Cover of her best-seller book

Madeleine Albright thinks that Orbán’s Hungary is on the road to fascism

At 80 years of age Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright has had a long political career. She served as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State under President Clinton and was the first woman to hold this high level position. Albright has Czech ancestry. Her father was a well-known anti-fascist who worked for the Beneš government-in-exile in London and later became a […]

by · May 9, 2018 · Politics
Viktor Orbán and Rep. Dennis Ross

Rep. Dennis Ross – Orbán’s friend in Congress is retiring from political life

Viktor Orbán has lost one of his staunchest supporters in the US. In an unexpected announcement 58-year-old Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) has indicated that he is leaving Congress and won’t seek re-election in November. He is not alone. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has also decided not to run and so far, 59 House Republicans are retiring. Democrats have the […]

by · May 7, 2018 · Politics