Post Tagged with: "United States"

Viktor Orbán to Mr. Trump's left.

Hungary uses Israeli lobbying firm to mend fences with United States

The Orbán government had high hopes that the election of Donald Trump as president would lead to improved bilateral relations between Hungary and the United States–relations that had very much deteriorated since 2010, after Fidesz took power. The Orbán government had been paying Washington lobbyist Connie Mack around $112,000 per month, primarily to secure a much coveted Oval Office visit […]

by · April 19, 2018 · Politics
Joe Namath

Joe Namath – the story of the family name

Everybody recognizes 74-year-old Joe Namath, the retired American sport superstar, ex-football quarterback and actor. He played college football for the University of Alabama and became a sport icon while he played for the New York Jets. Namath was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. In his 13-year professional sport career he played 143 games in the […]

by · April 17, 2018 · Diaspora
Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

Viktor Orbán’s victory in Hungary brings important lessons to us here at home

In 2015, I penned an editorial in The New York Times warning against the growing influence in Europe of Hungary’s right wing prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Last Sunday Orbán was re-elected for a third consecutive term. His hold on power is more entrenched than ever, and his xenophobic, nationalist platform continues to spread beyond Hungarian borders. As U.S. Ambassador to […]

by · April 14, 2018 · Focus
Peter Munk (in sunglasses) with Deripaska (middle)

Oleg Deripaska’s Hungarian friends: Messrs. Munk, Demján and Csányi

President Donald Trump recently unveiled new sanctions against Russian officials, businesses and agencies. One of the prominent names on the list of targeted oligarchs is 50-year-old Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire. Deipaska has links to former Trump-campaign boss Paul Manafort, who is awaiting trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges lodged against him by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of […]

by · April 11, 2018 · East
Good Friday – Hungary’s latest public holiday

Good Friday – Hungary’s latest public holiday

Last year Good Friday became a public holiday in Hungary. The proposal was submitted by the ruling Fidesz alliance with the Christian Democrats and was approved by 163 votes in support and two abstentions. The idea of introducing a public holiday on Good Friday was first suggested by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at a memorial event of the Synod of […]

by · March 30, 2018 · Culture
Poster of the Wass event in February 2018

World War II criminal Albert Wass is celebrated (again) at the NY Hungarian House

On February 23, 2018 the Hungarian House on East 82nd Street in Manhattan hosted another program to celebrate Albert Wass. This is the fifth year that the Széchenyi Society has staged this event. Politicians, Hungarian-Americans, the Wiesenthal Center and other organizations have protested in the past; yet, the organizers were unfazed and the Hungarian House continued the program. (Read the […]

by · March 19, 2018 · Antisemitism
André Watts

André Watts, the African-American and Hungarian concert pianist

As part of our series on lesser known Hungarian Americans we introduce an American superstar, concert pianist André Watts. We feel that this piece is timely since the Orbán government is supporting “ethnic homogeneity” and envisions a white Christian Hungary defending Europe from the “hordes” of Africa and the Middle-East. André Watts is a living legend, a musical virtuoso and […]

by · March 15, 2018 · Diaspora
Marla Maples with Katalin Bogyai

Can Marla Maples get Orbán invited to the White House?

To be a Hungarian diplomat in the United States is not an easy task. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is called by his subordinates “The Boss” referring to his Sicilian methods, told them in no uncertain terms to do everything to get him an official invitation to the White House. Hungary’s “Viktator” is upset because he was ignored by the […]

by · March 2, 2018 · Politics
Old Buena Vista Winery covered with ivy.

Firefighters saved California’s historic Haraszthy Winery in last year’s wildfire

Northern California is slowly rebuilding after last November’s deadly wildfires and according to experts it could take years to recover. The fires destroyed 9,000 structures and killed about 50 people. The fire hit the picturesque wine region of California where several dozen wineries were damaged or destroyed. I was relieved to learn that the oldest winery of the area, the […]

by · February 27, 2018 · Culture
USA Gymnasts work out on the final of camp at the Karolyi Ranch, run by Bela and Marta Karolyi, January 20, 2012, near New Waverley, Texas.

The horrors of the Karolyi Ranch

Long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges and 40 – 175 years for molesting three girls, and is awaiting sentencing on an additional three counts of criminal sexual conduct. One hundred and sixty of his victims testified at his sentencing, including several Olympic medalists. It is suspected that […]

by · February 8, 2018 · Diaspora