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Vlasta Burian’s Hungarian (sounding) speech

Vlasta Burian’s Hungarian (sounding) speech

The Czech comedian, Vlasta Burian was born in 1891 in Reichenberg, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (today Liberec, Czech Republic) as Josef Vlastimil Burian. He was funny as a child, a born entertainer, and later became a popular comedian in the newly formed Czechoslovakia. In 1925 he opened his theatre in Prague and started to make movies. The Undertaker and The Inspector General […]

by · February 23, 2019 · Culture
Protesters at the historic building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

On the suppression of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

On February 12 hundreds of scientists formed a human chain around the historic Hungarian Academy of Sciences building in downtown Budapest. Members of the Academy inside were holding an emergency meeting to decide how to handle the threat to the nation’s science community from the authoritarian Orbán government. The protests started when Hungary’s minister for innovation and technology, László Palkovics, […]

by · February 19, 2019 · Focus
Hungarian parliament on Monday, 18 February, after the entire opposition walks out in protest.

Opposition parties stage parliamentary walk-out and stand in solidarity with Suzuki workers

Hungary’s opposition parties presented a unified front Monday in walking out of a session of parliament to protest the widely panned overtime law, more colloquially known as the “slave law.” Rather than participating in the work of parliament, where the ruling Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority and where there is absolutely no chance for the opposition to effect change […]

by · February 18, 2019 · Politics
A sign marking the local Hungarian Office of Immigration and Nationality in southern Hungary's Tompa transit zone.

European Union sees considerable drop in asylum seekers

The number of asylum applications lodged in the European Union’s 28 member states declined by 10 percent in 2018. And the prior calendar year already showed a year-over-year drop of 44 percent. In 2018, the EU saw a total of 634 700 asylum applications, of which the largest country of origin was Syria (representing over 10% of all applications submitted). Within […]

by · February 17, 2019 · East
Cécile Tormay

Antisemitism of the Orbán regime – Cécile Tormay’s statue and plaques

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán frequently talks about having zero-tolerance for racism and antisemitism, yet his government recently honored Cécile Tormay, a prominent anti-Semite. Cécile Tormay was born in 1877 and died prematurely in 1937 at the age of 60 in the picturesque village of Mátraháza where she shared a house with Countess Ambrózy-Migazzi. The Hungarian writer was an admirer […]

by · February 14, 2019 · Antisemitism
Alberta’s Wirth Institute in solidarity with Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Alberta’s Wirth Institute in solidarity with Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Colleagues and friends of the Wirth Institute at the University of Alberta strongly support the Hungarian Academy of Sciences! To show their solidarity, members of the Institute in western Canada join the live chain demonstration at the Academy building in Budapest with books published by “Akadémiai Kiadó” from the University of Alberta Libraries. Students, teachers, researchers and people of all […]

by · February 12, 2019 · Culture
Szijjártó and Bolton

US expects Orbán to confront Russian influence and keep “ironclad commitment” to NATO

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently invited representatives from 79 countries to an all-day meeting on defeating Islamic State and other enemies of the US-led coalition in the Middle East. President Trump and State Secretary Pompeo spoke to the guests. Pompeo called the withdrawal of US troops from Syria as a “tactical change” that does not change the US […]

by · February 9, 2019 · Politics
Hungarian headline of upcoming Pompeo visit

Orbán announces Pompeo visit to Budapest – State Department does not know about it

A couple of days ago Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hinted that preparations were underway for a visit to Budapest by US Secretary State Mike Pompeo. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó was more specific; he told the media that Pompeo’s visit will take place in mid-February. Newspaper headlines appeared praising the “excellent relations” between the two countries and celebrating the after eight […]

by · February 5, 2019 · Politics
Two thousand Hungarian books were tossed into this container at the Foyer Hongrois in Montreal, before being taken away to be destroyed. The Foyer has eliminated its entire library.

Two thousand Hungarian books destroyed in Montreal — Foyer Hongrois library eliminated

The Foyer Hongrois, a publicly-funded Hungarian retirement home in Montreal, decided to eliminate its entire library, citing a lack of space in the facility and low circulation figures. Sparking significant dismay among local Hungarians, the Board of Directors decided unilaterally to dispose of more than 2,000 Hungarian-language books. A large dumpster was parked at the side entrance of the residence […]

by · February 2, 2019 · Diaspora
The story of the Hungarian vineyards in Tallapoosa, Georgia

The story of the Hungarian vineyards in Tallapoosa, Georgia

Ralph Spencer was born in 1859 in Connecticut and became a businessman with interests in retail and oil. He is known as the chief developer of a small town in the State of Georgia called Tallapoosa. Most of Spencer’s businesses failed and his creditors often questioned his honesty. Some even considered him a swindler but he was never successfully prosecuted. […]

by · February 1, 2019 · Culture