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Daniel Berg

Daniel Berg’s letter to the American ambassador in Budapest, David B. Cornstein

Dear Mr. Ambassador, My name is Daniel Berg, and I am a Board Member of Momentum Movement, a new Hungarian centrist party. Today I am writing to you not only in this capacity, but also as a concerned dual citizen of the United States and Hungary. As a staunch believer in the transatlantic alliance and Hungarian-American cooperation, I felt it […]

by · July 4, 2018 · Focus
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
Marta and Henry Fuchs

Supporting immigrants – a letter from refugees of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On February 1, 2017 the Santa Monica Daily Press in California published a letter from Marta and Henry Fuchs, both refugees of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Today we witness the inhuman treatment of migrants in Europe, especially in Hungary; the horrendous separation of children from their parents in the Unites States and now the latest news that the US Supreme […]

by · June 27, 2018 · Diaspora
Timea’s Song

Timea’s Song

Sex slavery survivor, author, speaker and social advocate, Timea Nagy immigrated to Canada in 1998. Her nightmare unfolded in Toronto in that same year after arriving from Budapest, Hungary in the hopes of finding meaningful employment. The daughter of a Hungarian policewoman, Timea was held in a cheap motel at the hands of traffickers. She was forced to work in […]

by · June 25, 2018 · Culture
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
Richard Beaudette OMI

We cannot be silent or inactive

This weekend we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. John was a prophet, sent to proclaim God’s word to Israel, to remind them of their vocation as God’s People and to announce the coming of the Messiah. Like John the Baptist and all the prophets who came before and after him, we too are called to a prophetic ministry […]

by · June 23, 2018 · Politics
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
Photo: Shealah Craighead / White House

Spectre of Munich 1938 hangs over Singapore

Eighty years ago, British PM Neville Chamberlain went to Munich for a summit meeting with Adolf Hitler, to save the world from a military cataclysm. At the time, Hitler’s scientists were already working hard to unlock the destructive force of the atom. His „rocket men” were busy designing the first prototypes of the pilotless delivery vehicles that would pummel London […]

by · June 21, 2018 · Focus
In Budapest with me, after roaming the city. The last chestnut puré. February 18, 2011).

My mother’s death and the state of Hungarian health care

She would have turned 81 years old today, on June 20th…If they would have let her. My mother always wanted to be on the go. Even most recently, for three straight weeks, every single day, we were going somewhere. We essentially visited all of Budapest. On the last day, February 11, 2018, when I had to send her home to […]

by · June 20, 2018 · Focus
Bertalan Tóth at Sunday's MSZP Congress. Photo: MTI.

The new face of the Hungarian Socialist Party

Starting Monday, Bertalan Tóth faces a most unenviable task, following his election as leader of the Hungarian Socialist Party, winning 54% of the ballots cast at the MSZP congress on Sunday. The 42 year old politician has less than a year to salvage the Hungarian Socialist Party–the dominant political formation in Hungary for two decades following the transition to democracy […]

by · June 17, 2018 · Politics