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Andrássy Boulevard in Budapest, at Christmas.

Christmas reflections

“If everyone were holy and handsome, with ‘alter Christus’ shining in neon lighting from them, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. If Mary had appeared in Bethlehem clothed, as St. John says, with the sun, a crown of twelve stars on her head, and the moon under her feet, then people would have fought to make room […]

by · December 24, 2019 · Culture
Photo: Pastor András Debreczeni with family – his Arizona based congregation wants independence from Budapest.

Attack on Pastor Debreczeni in Phoenix, AZ is orchestrated from Budapest

On September 1, 2019 Zsolt Demeter, Presbiter of the Hungarian Reformed Church in America  published a three-page letter attacking Pastor András Debreczeni of the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Phoenix, AZ.  Demeter called Debreczeni a liar and cheater who illegally taped conversations and demanded  his removal.  Demeter has threatened with lawsuits and made it clear that he had the backing […]

by · December 23, 2019 · Diaspora
Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist

Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist

I’m old enough to remember Don Henley’s popular song, The Sunset Grill about his favorite hamburger joint on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.   The song is about a small restaurant where Henley could mix with everyday people; apparently that is not always easy for California celebrities. The song was part of his 1985 album entitled Building the perfect Beast. In […]

by · December 19, 2019 · Diaspora
Sir Roger Scruton

Trump basher, racist Sir Roger Scruton is awarded by Viktor Orbán

Sir Roger Scruton does not mince words. In a 2017 Hungary Today interview Scruton attacked President Trump’s intelligence: “He doesn’t have any thoughts that are longer than 140 characters.” (Read here) In another interview he talked disparagingly about the Chinese people and declared that they were “robots” and “each Chinese person is a replica of the next one and that […]

by · December 12, 2019 · Politics
Evelyn Farkas with her father.

Evelyn Farkas – Hungarian speaking Russian expert is running for Congress

On November 3, 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be held in the United States.  82-year-old New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey has recently announced that she will not run for re-election.  Among others, Evelyn Farkas has thrown her hat into that race.   If elected she will be the only Hungarian-speaking member of Congress.  The 17th Congressional district is traditionally “blue” […]

by · December 7, 2019 · Diaspora
Left: Ms. Novák. Right: Ms. Rácz.

Hungary — Where a 22 year old Fidesz operative is appointed Deputy Minister of State

In most countries, it would be difficult to imagine a 22 year old who has yet to complete a university education and having no relevant professional experience being appointed Deputy Minister of State. Hungary, it would appear, is the land of such possibilities, provided one is a demonstrably faithful to Fidesz, the ruling party. This week, we learned that Katalin […]

by · December 4, 2019 · Politics
Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

Questions of Colonialism and Victimhood in Hungarian History and Society

The Hungarian Studies Association of Canada invites proposals for individual papers, posters, roundtable discussions, workshops, complete panels, and other innovative presentations and sessions for our annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario, May 31-June 2, 2020. As in years past we will consider proposals on any […]

by · December 3, 2019 · Diaspora
Claire Szabó with her father Miklós Szabó in Budapest.

Claire Szabó, New Zealand Labour Party’s newly elected leader is also a Hungarian citizen

A truly surprising story from New Zealand. The ruling Labour Party has elected Claire Szabó as its new president. New Zealand-born Szabó is also a Hungarian citizen, her father served as Hungary’s Honorary Consul in the past. The 41-year-old politician has an unusual life story. Her father arrived to New Zealand as a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution when […]

by · December 1, 2019 · Diaspora
Far-right State Secretary Árpád János Potápi manages the Petőfi Sándor Program.  He admires pro-Hitler Miklós Horthy and keeps his painting in his government office.

Ukraine declares eight Hungarian activists “persona non grata”

Eight Orbán-paid activists have been abruptly recalled from Ukraine. They are part of the so called Petőfi Sándor Program. The Hungarian Government did not release their names. As part of an über-nationalist lobbying program, Hungary sends paid activists to western Ukraine to improve the national identity of the Hungarian minority by teaching Hungarian language, folk music and leading dance groups. […]

by · November 23, 2019 · Politics
Mr. Péter Völgyesi, Mr. Miklós Maróti, Mr. Péter Horváth and Mr. Sándor Szilvási.

Hungarian-American team wins $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The MarmotE Team, a group of young Hungarian-American scientists placed second and won $1 million in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge in Los Angeles, California. It is worth to mention that the MarmotE team already won $1.5 million earlier by taking the top prize in 2017 and the second place in 2018. That brings their total winnings to $2.5 million. […]

by · November 18, 2019 · Diaspora