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Connie Mack

Move over Connie Mack, Gov. George Pataki is eyeing your plum lobbying job

If Gov. George Pataki bows out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, one day he might make good money as a lobbyist. At least this is what the Cleveland based Bocskai Radio’s interview with Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s young foreign minister suggests. (Hear the radio interview here.) The reporter asked Mr. Szijjártó why Connie Mack got the well-paying lobbying […]

by · November 22, 2015 · Politics
…and this is what they did not see.  Turnout was low.

Tricky photo angles hide low turnout at the dedication of the Hungarian Chapel in Washington DC

Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi, Hungary’s top diplomat to Washington wanted to make the dedication of the Hungarian Chapel in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception a major event. She invited all Hungarian-Americans and passionately urged the 1.5 million strong community to be present “regardless of religious affiliation” what will certainly be an inspiring and memorable event. “Let’s […]

by · November 19, 2015 · Diaspora
Rep. Kaptur (left) with Amb. Szemerkényi (in striped jacket) - Kaptur is the Honorary Patron of the Hungarian Congress.

Boycott Sándor Szakály at the 55th Hungarian Congress in Cleveland

One good thing about 59 year old Hungarian historian Mr. Sándor Szakály is that you don’t have to guess where he stands. He is not only a right-winger, a historical revisionist, and admirer of pro-Hitler dictator Miklós Horthy and his gendarmerie but also a Holocaust denier. Mr. Szakály speaks at events sponsored by Hungary’s far-right party, Jobbik. For example Szakály’s […]

by · November 17, 2015 · Diaspora
Ambassador Bell (in the middle) with Ms. Edith Lauer and Mr. Zsolt Szekeres of the Hungarian American Coalition.

Thank you, Ambassador Colleen Bell!

Almost a year ago, Senator John McCain blasted Colleen Bell on the US Senate floor: “We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest. Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful, who contributed $800,000 to Obama […]

by · October 31, 2015 · Politics
Helen Olsen. Photo: Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum.

One-time Hungarian refugee builds on life of experience

The Spectrum, a Utah-based news site, has granted the HFP permission to republish an insightful and moving story about a Hungarian who fled her homeland in 1956 and settled in the United States. Her story, recorded by Kevin Jenkins, is very candid and is especially relevant in light of the refugee drama still unfolding in Europe. * As millions of […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Focus
Mr. Turcsány at Lake Hope State Park at the Hungarian Communion of Friends event in August 2015.

Far-right publisher and Hungarian diplomats at Lake Hope “Itt-Ott” event

At the end of September Péter Turcsány suddenly passed away in Hungary, he was 64 years old and a well-known figure in Hungary’s far-right circles. His Pomáz-based publishing house, Kráter, is the distributor of pro-fascist and anti-Semitic literature. In August he was in the US, at Lake Hope State Park, as a guest of the Hungarian Communion of Friends, also […]

by · October 22, 2015 · Diaspora
Viktor Király performs in the NBC talent show The Voice.

Nationalists attack Viktor Király – the popular contestant of The Voice

My wife and another 15 million Americans regularly tune in to the NBC television show The Voice where four pop stars, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine, try to find America’s next “Voice.” The talent show is open for everyone, there is no age limit, amateur singers and professional performers may try their luck. The Voice is […]

by · October 9, 2015 · Diaspora
HAC President Maximillian Teleki, Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi and Gov. George Pataki.

Is George Pataki denying his Hungarian roots in the GOP race?

Today, no American politician wants to be identified with Hungary; George Pataki, the 70 years old ex-Governor of the State of New York is no exception. His father’s family came from Hungary, while his mother’s parents were Irish and Italian immigrants. He even speaks some Hungarian! Last December at the annual Mikulás dinner of the Hungarian American Coalition, the organization’s […]

by · October 4, 2015 · Diaspora
Hungarian Helsinki Committee

New York Hungarians to hold fundraiser for refugees

The Hungarian diaspora, in large part, has either been silent when faced with the refugee crisis unfolding in their homeland or, as was the case of nearly all organized Hungarian Canadian community groups, they mindlessly promoted the official line of the Orbán government. For an English-language example of this servility–and one promoted by the Embassy of Hungary in Ottawa on […]

by · September 29, 2015 · Diaspora
University of California at Berkeley The Campanile (University Bell Tower) overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Long running Hungarian program at UC Berkeley on the brink of discontinuation

According to US Census figures about 1.5 million US citizens have Hungarian ancestry and only 10% of them, only about 150 thousand people, are familiar with the Hungarian language. Most speak “kitchen Hungarian” and have problems with reading and writing. Of course, writing a grammatically correct letter or essay in Hungarian is a challenge; few non-native speaker can master the […]

by · September 20, 2015 · Diaspora