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Tamás Pilhál

Fidesz columnist Tamás Pilhál declares hunting season on the Hungarian opposition

A small group of Hungarian democratic activists in Toronto, Canada, are trying their best to share the true nature of the Orbán regime with English speakers. Recently, they translated a truly horrendous article from Fidesz news site Pesti Srácok, written by Tamás Pilhál. Mr. Pilhál advocates that members of the Hungarian opposition are, in fact, enemies of the Hungarian nation […]

by · July 23, 2019 · Focus
Heller in the 1960s

Ágnes Heller, Hungarian philosopher and patriot is dead at 90

I met Heller about five years ago in Budapest. This tiny woman was probably the most effective international campaigner against Orbanism. In conversation she was sharp and domineering and to my surprise she said that she knew who I was because she had read some of my pieces at Galamus, a now defunct portal edited by the excellent Zsófia Mihancsik. […]

by · July 21, 2019 · Culture
Letter to the Editor on Fascist Souls and Father András Kun

Letter to the Editor on Fascist Souls and Father András Kun

I am grateful for having received a fascinating newspaper clipping from Tomas Korper, in response to a piece appearing in HFP entitled The Genocidal Priest — The Last Interview with András Kun. The letter writer’s father, trying to survive the Holocaust by posing as a military officer, was captured by Kun in Budapest and was brutally beaten by him and […]

by · July 18, 2019 · Antisemitism
Professor László Norbert Nemes and Ms. Judith Hartyányi

The Kodály Center at Holy Names University

In 1868 six women of the religious order Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary arrived to California from Montreal, Canada and founded a teachers college called Holy Names University. The campus today is located high above the San Francisco Bay and has stunning views. The Catholic university provides a program for music teachers and has become a […]

by · July 18, 2019 · Culture
Poster of the Diaspora School Camp

“Hungarian speakers only” summer camp in Wisconsin paid by the Orbán government

A couple of weeks ago a children’s summer camp was held at Phantom Lake, Wisconsin. The organizers invited children between 8-14 years of age with one precondition: they had to speak the Hungarian language. The Hungarian Government generously supported the week-long fun-filled event. It was advertised only in Hungarian in the US and was called “Diaspora School Camp.” According to […]

by · July 12, 2019 · Diaspora
Joe Eszterhas posing in a pro-Orbán T-shirt.

Joe Eszterhas has found God and Viktor Orbán

Joe Eszterhas does not mince words. At the 2016 National Republican Convention in Cleveland, his hometown, he called Hillary Clinton a “criminal” and Trump an “a**hole.” Now he has found a new political hero – authoritarian Viktor Orbán. The 74-year-old writer poses in an Orbán T-shirt giving an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Hungarian Prime Minister. I used to like […]

by · June 29, 2019 · Diaspora
Ágnes Bátory (left) and Sara Svensson

The use and abuse of participatory governance by populist governments

Ágnes Bátory and Sara Svensson both from the Central European University Budapest co-authored a remarkable paper about public consultations. They analyzed Viktor Orbán’s national consultations in Hungary, these are probably the most wide-scale consultative exercises in contemporary Europe. Some of our readers might not know that the Orbán government repeatedly sent questionnaires to every household in the country in some […]

by · June 24, 2019 · Politics
Gladys and László Széchenyi

Gloria Vanderbilt and the Széchenyi family

Gloria Vanderbilt, the American fashion icon died on June 17th in New York. She was 95. She was born wealthy; her father Reginald was an heir to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune. Gloria, a talented painter, writer and fashion designer, was related (by her aunt’s marriage) to the Széchenyi family, and also to “the greatest Hungarian,” István Széchenyi. In 1945 she […]

by · June 20, 2019 · Culture
Downtown Pécs, with the former Mosque of Pasha Qasim, from the Ottoman era, today the Candlemas Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

University students victims of violent hate crime in southern Hungary

The Pécs District Prosecutor’s Office has charged two young Hungarians with assault causing bodily harm motivated by hate. The young men physically assaulted two citizens of Yemen, one of whom was enrolled as a university student in Pécs, while the other studied in Szeged. The attack occurred in front of a commercial establishment in Pécs last summer, but it took […]

by · June 19, 2019 · East
Ambassador Bálint Ódor with Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

Actions not words needed to stop Hungary’s efforts to subvert Canadian democracy

It is time that Canadian Hungarian Academic organizations, such as the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC), and Canadian-Hungarians of good conscience, follow the example set by the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter (CHDC) and portals such as this one, by not only speaking up publicly, but acting with resolve to unmask and stop the affinity fraud engaged in by the […]

by · June 17, 2019 · Diaspora