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Armenian community protests Lajos Kósa’s visit in Los Angeles

Lajos Kósa, the Orbán government’s Minister in charge of the Modern Cities Program, gave a speech on the evening of October 22 at the United Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the local Armenian community was called to demonstrate in front of the building. The protesters labelled the Orbán government as “morally bankrupt,” adding that it “brings shame to all […]

by · October 26, 2017 · Diaspora
Judy Young-Drache (left) and Bob Rae (right)

Flight to Freedom: Bob Rae gives keynote on anniversary of 1956 refugee crisis

The Honourable Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario and currently special envoy to Myanmar, spoke at Saint Paul University on October 23rd, 2017, the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Chantal Beauvais, the rector of Saint Paul University, opened this day of the conference entitled Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 by noting the University’s strong commitment to […]

by · October 23, 2017 · Focus
Amina Jalabi presenting photography pertaining to refugees. Photo: C. Adam.

Flight to Freedom — The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957 (Day 1)

Ottawa’s Saint Paul University was the site of the opening day of a conference organised on the sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the vast majority of Hungarian refugees to Canada and in the year of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. Mike Molloy, President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, opened the conference by reading the greetings from Ahmed Hussen, […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Focus
Mayor Bogdán and Consul General Ferenc Kunim (right) - friendly cooking in New York.

Hungary’s government media discredits mayor of Cserdi, László Bogdán

This is a case study of Hungary’s government sponsored “mob journalism.” Within weeks the celebrated mayor László Bogdán, Hungary’s successful Roma leader, has become an enemy of the people. David Kostelancik, the top U.S. diplomat in Hungary has raised concerns about disappearing independent media outlets. He has said that the remaining independent media “face pressure and intimidation.” “Government allies have […]

by · October 21, 2017 · Politics
László Bogdán

Locals assault and threaten to murder mayor who promised to welcome refugees in Roma village

A mob of locals kicked and spat at László Bogdán, the mayor of Cserdi, after the community leader suggested that he would welcome those refugee children who were not allowed to vacation in the village of Őcsény a few weeks ago. The news of Mr. Bogdán’s assault first appeared on the Facebook page of a television program called Privátszféra, which […]

by · October 19, 2017 · Politics
Foreign Minister Szijjártó insults US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Foreign Minister Szijjártó insults US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

Relations between Hungary and the United States have been bad for a long time and don’t seem to be improving. In a recent interview Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s young and feisty foreign minister, has openly attacked the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, because of the US Embassy’s response to a new educational law in Ukraine. (Read here in Hungarian.) Péter […]

by · October 19, 2017 · East
Zsuzsanna Szelényi speaking at a conference organized in Budapest earlier this month by Political Capital on the prospect of joining the Eurozone.

Hungarian parliament rejects motion on adoption of the euro

On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament voted against a motion brought forward by independent MP Zsuzsanna Szelényi calling on the government to begin the formal process of replacing the forint with the euro as the country’s currency. The goal of Ms. Szelényi’s motion was to express that parliament is committed to adopting the euro and confirming that “the time had come to […]

by · October 17, 2017 · Politics
Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

Flight to Freedom: The Canadian Refugee Experience Since 1957

This three-day conference (October 21-23, 2017) explores Canada’s involvement in the central issue of our time: the global search by refugees for a safe home in light of this country’s history of immigration and nation-building. Recognizing Canada’s 150th celebrations and also the 60th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of 38,000 Hungarian refugees during 1957, this conference uses their example […]

by · October 16, 2017 · Culture
President Trump and Ambassador Szabó (right) in the Oval Office.

Orbán is desperately trying to secure a White House invitation

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has told his US-based diplomats that he wants an invitation to the White House. Let’s face it, the Hungarian strongman is a bit insecure. Orbán has ruled Hungary with an iron fist since 2010 yet he couldn’t secure a photo op with a sitting US president in the Oval Office. The Hungarian Prime Minister thinks that […]

by · October 14, 2017 · Politics
Cover of one of his US recording

Ervin Nyíregyházi – from Hungarian child prodigy to California drifter

We remember Ervin Nyíregyházi, the Hungarian-American pianist and composer. Considered a “lost genius” as he is one of the lesser known or forgotten Hungarian immigrants in North America. Ervin Nyíregyházi was born in 1903 in Budapest. Ervin tried to sing before he was one year old, sang tunes before he was two and was able to play almost every song […]

by · October 11, 2017 · Diaspora