Articles by: György Lázár

March of Science in San Francisco

March of Science in San Francisco

Tens of thousands hit Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday to march for science. My wife and I attended the lively event which was part of a nationwide call to celebrate Earth Day 2017. Clever, sometimes funny posters criticized Donald Trump and raised alarms over his budget plan which would cut federal funds from research. The Department of Health […]

by · April 24, 2017 · Culture
Tibor Navracsics (left) with Kurt Volker - Navracsics is one of Orbán's opponents within his own party.

The enemy within – Orbán’s trouble with his own party

For years Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been able to control his Fidesz party with an iron fist. Sharp exchanges remained within the walls of Fidesz offices while the leadership always showed a unified front to the public. His recent attack on the George Soros-backed Central European University (CEU), and the Lex CEU law which was approved by the […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Politics
Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk – Don’t be Orbán’s poster boy!

Viktor Orbán’s authoritarian government plans to turn the Budapest International Book Festival (April 20–23) into a political propaganda event. The festival is supposed to be for book lovers. It is an annual four-day extravaganza with panel discussions, book signings, readings where thousands of newly published and older books can be purchased. (Click here to see this year’s program of the […]

by · April 15, 2017 · Culture
Professor E. Szilveszter Vizi (right) supports Viktor Orbán

Orbán’s professors in Hungary and in the US

Tens of thousands rallied in Budapest to protest a law that could force the US-accredited Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros, a Hungarian-born billionaire, to move out of the country. The attack on academic freedom has attracted worldwide criticism, including from North America where hundreds of academics, including dozens of Nobel prize-winners, signed letters and demanded the law […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Politics
Yevgeny Yevtushenko at the University of Pécs in 2009.

Hungary’s favorite Soviet-era poet Yevtushenko dies at 84 in the US

To be honest, I didn’t know that in the last decades Yevgeny Yevtushenko lived here in the US, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He died at the age of 84 due to heart failure. Born in 1933 in a tiny Siberian outpost near Irkutsk, he was a descendant of Ukrainian exiles. As a young and good-looking poet Yevtushenko had pop-star status in […]

by · April 7, 2017 · Politics
Gov. George Pataki thanked George Soros at the CEU Trustee reception

CEU trustee Gov. George Pataki denounces the Orbán Government’s attack against academic freedom

In 2012 when former New York Governor George Pataki became a member of the Central European University (CEU) Board of Trustees, university founder and Honorary Chairman George Soros held a reception at his Southampton, New York home. Pataki was grateful for the appointment. As a trustee, Pataki was instrumental in selecting Michael Ignatieff, the Canadian professor and liberal politician as […]

by · April 5, 2017 · Politics
CEU alumni enjoyed the event.

NY Hungarian Consul General Ferenc Kumin is not a proud CEU alumnus anymore

The Hungarian Consulate in New York City does a fabulous job of informing the public about every event, visit or meeting conducted by their diplomats in the Big Apple. The Consulate’s homepage, personal internet pages, tweets and Facebook pages report every little happening. On March 16th, sixty alumni and friends attended the Central European University (CEU) Alumni Reception at the […]

by · April 3, 2017 · Politics
Lukacs after

The Viktatorship strikes at dawn – the removal of the György (Georg) Lukács statue

It was still dark last Tuesday morning at Szent István Park, Budapest, when the trucks arrived. At dawn as the first light appeared workers dismantled the György (Georg) Lukács statue. They were quiet, fast and efficient and it seemed that they had lots of experience. In a short time the statue of the renowned Marxist philosopher was gone. There is […]

by · March 31, 2017 · Culture
Andy Harris

Rep. Andy Harris, co-chair of the Hungarian Caucus helped to defeat Trump’s health bill

It was President Trump’s first major political defeat. Last week GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor when it became clear it would fail. House Speaker Paul Ryan told President Trump that he was unable to convince fellow republicans and the bill would not pass. The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative congressman played […]

by · March 27, 2017 · Politics
Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Foreign Minister and Mr. Sebastian Gorka President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser.

Sebastian Gorka – Orbán’s man in the Trump White House

This is the fourth installment of a series of articles appearing in HFP on the meteoric rise of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s counterterrorism adviser. Recently questions have been raised about Mr. Gorka’s competence and his connection to anti-Semitic groups and individuals. (See: Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3 ) Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, wants to […]

by · March 24, 2017 · Antisemitism