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Béla Bunyik (in sunglasses) and Los Angeles Consul General of Hungary Mr. Tamás Széles.

The Post-Communist Mafia State at the Hungarian Film Festival in Los Angeles

Three years ago I wrote about a cherished Californian tradition; the Hungarian Film Festivals in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For many years these events were interesting and entertaining, and the organizers presented an array of films, features, documentaries and shorts. (Read here about past festivals.) The “father” of the Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival is Béla Bunyik. He came […]

by · November 21, 2017 · Culture
The Orbán government transferred hundreds of millions of forints to Hungarian Canadians

The Orbán government transferred hundreds of millions of forints to Hungarian Canadians

The State Secretariat for National Policy of the Prime Minister’s Office has produced a break-down of unprecedented government subsidies provided to Hungarian Canadians between 2014 and 2017, following a query sent to State Secretary Árpád Potápi from our Hungarian-language publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap. On October 20th, we had specifically asked the State Secretary what measures it had in place […]

by · November 18, 2017 · Diaspora
Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

Hungary and Zimbabwe — And thoughts from activist Doug Coltart

We would be loath to draw sweeping parallels between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, now on the brink of collapse, and the much younger “System of National Cooperation” regime established by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Hungary in 2010. After all, Mr. Mugabe truly did rise to power as the consequence of a political revolution (and a protracted guerrilla […]

by · November 16, 2017 · Focus
Nikolic is giving an interview to a Serbian TV station

Nemanja Nikolic and Orbán’s attack on “mixed marriages”

This past October Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, listed these mortal dangers facing the Hungarian nation: “assimilation, the adoption of other languages and mixed marriages.” (Read here.) Almost a century ago Hungarian nationalists thundered that Hungary was a lonely island in the “Slav Ocean” and warned that its unique language and culture would be swallowed by its neighbors. Now Budapest […]

by · November 14, 2017 · Culture
Gábor Vona with Henrik Havas and the Hungarian parliament in the background. Photo: Facebook.

Jobbik’s Gábor Vona gets a boost in his appeal to centrist voters

For Gábor Vona, Christmas may have come early this year. Henrik Havas, a colourful media personality, television host and author, is writing a book on Mr. Vona. Mr. Havas mostly uses a somewhat tabloid writing style and has published on a very diverse range of topics, from sex and pornography, to the stories of convicted murders and their crimes to […]

by · November 13, 2017 · Politics
Screen capture from the Azonnali video.

Fidesz voters speak about how long Prime Minister Viktor Orbán should stay in power

Reporters from the Azonnali website recently asked Fidesz supporters gathered outside the House of Terror in Budapest how long they wanted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to stay in power. Going on 12 years in office, he is the third longest serving prime minister in Hungarian history, and will become the second longest in summer 2018, following his all but certain […]

by · November 11, 2017 · Politics
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U.S. hearing on Russia points the finger at Hungary

New revelations at the Congressional hearings into Russia’s interference into last year’s American elections provide powerful evidence for allegations first presented by the Hungarian Free Press in April of this year. (See: András B. Göllner. „The Budapest Bridge”. Hungarian Free Press, April 13, 14, 21, 2017, and its sequel „Creatures in the Budapest Hills”.) In the 243 page transcript of […]

by · November 8, 2017 · Politics
Josh Frydenberg (left) and Prime Minister Turnbull in the Australian Parliament.

Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull speaks about Hungarian atrocities during the Holocaust

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, is angry. He says those who accuse his energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, of being a dual Australian-Hungarian citizen just do not understand the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Josh Frydenberg’s mother Erica Strauss was born in 1943 in the Budapest ghetto. That is where the fascists had pushed all the Jews in together, as […]

by · November 7, 2017 · Focus
Gáspár Orbán preaching. Photo: Felház.

A portrait of Viktor Orbán’s son as a healer and Pentecostal preacher

Gáspár Orbán, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 25 year old son, used to be known most for mirroring his father’s deep affinity for football and for being a professional football player. Those days are over, but the young Mr. Orbán is making a new name for himself as the leader of a Pentecostal church community, where he speaks in tongue, asserts […]

by · November 6, 2017 · Culture
Rabbi Gábor Fináli. Photo: Szabolcs Oláh. Gyulai Hírlap.

Is there a Hungarian Jewish identity and does it have a future?

Gábor Fináli, a rabbi in Budapest, wrote a fascinating essay in Szombat, a weekly Jewish community magazine, about what he sees as both the lack of a clearly defined Hungarian Jewish identity and the decline in progressive thought within Hungary’s Jewish community. It’s an insightful piece, considering that often the starting point for any discussion of Hungarian Jews is their […]

by · November 5, 2017 · Culture