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President Biden nominates David Pressman as US Ambassador to Budapest

President Biden nominates David Pressman as US Ambassador to Budapest

On Friday, May 13, 2022 President Biden announced his intent to nominate David Pressman, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Hungary. The official announcement reads:  “David Pressman is the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs.  At the United Nations, Pressman represented the United States on the United Nations Security Council and led U.S. […]

by · May 16, 2022 · Politics
President Trump and Hungarian swimmer, Réka György attack trans University of Pennsylvania swimmer, Lia Thomas

President Trump and Hungarian swimmer, Réka György attack trans University of Pennsylvania swimmer, Lia Thomas

In January 2022, former President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports nationwide if he were re-elected president.  “We will ban men from participating in women’s sports,” during a rally in Conroe, Texas. “So ridiculous.” Trump specifically criticized Lia Thomas the trans University of Pennsylvania swimmer.  Trump misgendered Thomas, referring to her by the wrong […]

by · April 25, 2022 · Politics
A lesson in defeat — Hungary’s united democratic opposition suffers unexpectedly poor result

A lesson in defeat — Hungary’s united democratic opposition suffers unexpectedly poor result

Election night in Hungary was as good as it could be for Fidesz and proved as awful as possible for Péter Márki-Zay’s United for Hungary. Not only did Fidesz sail to victory, but rather helpfully, a small anti-vaxxer hard-right party called Mi Hazánk — formed by former Jobbik members that disagreed with a turn to more moderate politics — managed […]

by · April 4, 2022 · Politics
Hungary’s amoral ruling party must be defeated

Hungary’s amoral ruling party must be defeated

Standing on a little wooden chair and encircled by fans, this image of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán summed up effectively the bogus, foundationless nature of the Orbán regime that has ruled the country for 12 years. Fidesz is, after all, the party that embraces the conceit of being the sole legitimate representation of all that is Christian and patriotic. Yet […]

by · April 1, 2022 · Politics
A burned ballot cast for the United for Hungary rainbow coalition in Marosvásárhely.

Scores of ballots cast for Hungarian opposition parties found burned in Transylvania

Piles of  mail-in ballots, some cast for the United for Hungary rainbow coalition, as well as for the far-right Mi Hazánk party, have been discovered in a garbage dump near the town of Marosvásárhely, Romania — also known in Romanian as Târgu Mureș. Many of the discarded ballots were burned. The dump is essentially an illegal nuisance ground, located on a […]

by · March 31, 2022 · Politics
Hungary’s election is tight, but Fidesz has the edge

Hungary’s election is tight, but Fidesz has the edge

Hungarians go to the polls Sunday, April 3rd (with advance voting on April 2nd for the diaspora in North America) to decide the fate the Orbán regime, in power since 2010. A poll released this week shows a tight race between the two leading party slates: Fidesz-KDNP and the United for Hungary (Egységben Magyarországért) rainbow coalition of opposition parties. Závecz […]

by · March 30, 2022 · Politics
Putin, Orbán, Le Pen and Mészáros – Hungary’s pipe-fitter turned oligarch

Putin, Orbán, Le Pen and Mészáros – Hungary’s pipe-fitter turned oligarch

I wonder if anyone ever heard about Hungarian oligarch Mr. Lőrinc Mészáros in France?  The billionaire is playing an important role in the upcoming French election, Mészáros is bankrolling Marine Le Pen’s election campaign. Here is the story. Mészáros is Viktor Orbán’s childhood friend who started out as a pipe-fitter and within a couple of years miraculously he became one […]

by · March 13, 2022 · Politics
Orbán’s pro-Putin propaganda is working, Hungarians blame Zelensky for Russia’s attack

Orbán’s pro-Putin propaganda is working, Hungarians blame Zelensky for Russia’s attack

For over a decade, Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán has been waging a war against the country’s free press and he is succeeding.  Most of Hungary’s 10-million people do not speak another language. Orbán’s fake-news factories, trolls and misleading “political analysts” dominate the media and the result is that today the Hungarian public seems to be one of the most […]

by · March 5, 2022 · Politics
Péter Márki-Zay on February 24, 2022 in front of the Russian embassy in Budapest.

Hungary’s united democratic opposition announces election slate and is boosted by polls

Hungarian voters, spanning from Hungary to across the ocean in Canada, will head to the voting booths on April 3rd, 2022. And after 12 years in power, democratically-minded Hungarians will seek to end Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s authoritarian, corrupt and singularly cynical rule. What makes this national election different than the last three in which Mr. Orbán’s Fidesz party claimed […]

by · February 25, 2022 · Politics
File photo: the Záhony border crossing between Hungary and Ukraine. Source: MTI.

Hungary prepared to accept Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian invasion

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, traditionally an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has finally condemned Moscow’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine. The Hungarian leader also announced that the country is ready to accept refugees from Ukraine immediately. The first Ukrainian citizens to seek refuge in Hungary crossed the border at Beregsurány and Záhony on 24 February. The average wait times […]

by · February 24, 2022 · Politics