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Colleen Bell in Budapest

Namaste, Ambassador Colleen Bell!

President Obama appointed Ms. Colleen Bell to serve as the United States’ Ambassador to Hungary and in December 2014 she was finally confirmed by the US Senate. Now she is in Budapest where she released a smart video message, sending greetings to the Hungarian people. Here is the video. She also visited the Sándor Palace where she presented her appointment letter to […]

by · January 23, 2015 · Politics
Mr. Orbán in Paris

Orbán marches in Paris, yet blocks freedom of speech at home

Viktor Orbán is desperately trying to make his countrymen believe that he is a respected politician in the European Union. His participation in the Paris march might have provided a great photo opportunity, but his dismal record in stifling free speech at home has not changed. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) is a France-based international organization that defends freedom of speech. They […]

by · January 13, 2015 · Politics
Éva Voisin

The Orbán government denies Hungary’s WWII collaboration with the Nazis

On October 28 six diplomats based in San Francisco gathered at Congregation Emanu-El to discuss the growing anti-Semitism in Europe. “The New Anti-Semitism in Europe” panel attracted close to 200 people at the synagogue, a surprisingly high number, considering that Game 6 of the World Series was playing on a television in a nearby room. European and especially Hungarian anti-Semitism […]

by · January 7, 2015 · Focus
Mr. Orbán and Mr. Putin (Reuters)

Investigative journalists say that Putin, Orbán are most corrupt

2015 started with a new condemnation of Mr. Viktor Orbán; the embattled Prime Minister of Hungary was declared one of the most corrupt politicians of Europe. The Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) announced on December 31, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named corruption’s “person of the year” for 2014. OCCRP is an international organization of […]

by · January 2, 2015 · Politics
Hungary's authoritarian Viktor Orbán defended by the National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada.

Pro-regime Hungarian Canadian organization enraged that defence of Orbán goes unpublished

The National Alliance of Hungarians in Canada (NAHC), an openly pro-regime group founded in 2012 to defend the actions of Hungary’s authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government, wrote a letter to the editor to the Globe and Mail earlier this month, after London-based correspondent Mark MacKinnon wrote two pieces in which he was critical of the governing party, and of […]

by · December 29, 2014 · Diaspora
The Liszt statue was donated by Mr. Tamás Fekete.

Liszt statue in Toronto

A whole-figure statue of Ferenc Liszt has been inaugurated at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Jeff Embleton the Manager of Public Relations mailed me the photo of the 7 feet (2.25m) tall sculpture which was generously donated by Mr. Tamás Fekete, a Canadian with Hungarian roots, who arrived to Canada after 1956. Mr. Fekete already donated a similarly […]

by · December 25, 2014 · Diaspora
Mr. Volker maintains close contacts with Mr. Tibor Navracsics Hungary's EU Commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Senator McCain accepts money from the fascistic Orbán government

Don’t you just love it! A couple of days ago, John McCain, a senior Republican told the U.S. Senate: “I am not against political appointees … I understand how the game is played, but … (Hungary) … is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator, getting in bed with Vladimir Putin, and we’re going to send […]

by · December 12, 2014 · Politics
Mr. Orbán in the DMZ, between North and South Korea. Photo: Facebook.

Fidesz support continues to collapse, but an opposition win in Veszprém is still a challenge

Accoring to polling data released this week by two reputable firms — namely Ipsos and Medián — Fidesz is continuing its losing streak and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s popularity has taken a hit as well. Both Ipsos and Medián had very similar findings: in under two months Fidesz support has decreased by between 10 and 12 percent. Medián’s director, Endre Hann, noted […]

by · December 11, 2014 · Politics
Photo: Balázs Nagy

The “crucifixion” of Viktor Orbán

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán knows that his government is in trouble. There is open in-fighting between Fidesz and the Christian Democrats (KDNP) over prospective changes to the church laws, which Mr. Orbán’s party initiated without first consulting with KDNP (or any of the churches, for that matter). And then, the forced Sunday closures of stores, the scrapped Internet tax,  heavy-handed drug testing laws proposed […]

by · December 10, 2014 · Politics
Demonstration at the Hungarian Consulate in NYC. Ferenc Kumin calls the NYPD to deal with the peaceful protesters.

NY Consul Ferenc Kumin overreacts by calling the police on anti-Orbán protesters

On November 17, there was a demonstration in New York City at the Hungarian Consulate. As part of „The Day of Public Outrage” young people staged an orderly protest with signs saying “Orbán-free Hungary” at the Consulate building. As it turns out, Hungarian diplomats viewed these anti-government protesters as a major security threat. First, they sent out an employee to take photos […]

by · December 8, 2014 · Diaspora