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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
Source: Migration Aid/Daily News Hungary

Hungary’s Migration Aid launches outreach to refugees from Ukraine

Hungary is at the centre of an unfolding refugee crisis, following Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Western Ukraine is also home to a community of more than 150,000 ethnic Hungarians, many of whom have close ties through family and friends to Hungary. While compassion always calls us to see beyond linguistic and national boundaries when it comes to […]

by · February 25, 2022 · East
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
Viktor Orbán refuses to condemn Putin even if Hungarians in Ukraine come under assault

Viktor Orbán refuses to condemn Putin even if Hungarians in Ukraine come under assault

The leader of Hungary’s united democratic opposition, Péter Márki-Zay, pointed out Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s deafening silence on the invasion of its peaceful eastern neighbour by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He added pointedly that Mr. Orbán would avoid condemning his ruthless Russian ally even if the Hungarian minority in western Ukraine were directly threatened by the current war. “In 1956, we […]

by · February 24, 2022 · Politics
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Stop Hungarian glorification of WWII-era fascists in the US – a letter to Congressman Deutch

Congressman Theodore Eliot Deutch is representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District since 2010.  His district is the home of many Americans of Hungarian origin in the State of Florida.  I called on the Congressman to condemn recent efforts of the Hungarian Government to promote WWII-era fascists in the United States. *** Dear Congressman Deutch, In 2015 you wrote a letter to Prime […]

by · February 16, 2022 · Politics
The Radical Vision of FreeSZFE at Yale University

The Radical Vision of FreeSZFE at Yale University

On January 27, Yale University Library held a Zoom conference on “Art, Education, and Protest in Hungary: The Radical Vision of FreeSZFE.”  In September 2020 the entire faculty and students of the Theater and Film University went on strike and occupied their building to protest the privatization of the University by the government, the transfer of national assets to a […]

by · February 6, 2022 · Culture
Cover source: Black Rose Books.

Journey to a Forgotten Revolution — An Interview with András B. Göllner

Introduction At the start of the new year, Black Rose Books and the University of Chicago Press announced the world-wide release of a new volume of essays on a revolution that threatened to derail not only the emerging world order after World War I but irritates to this day one of the most sensitive nerve endings of a people’s collective […]

by · January 16, 2022 · Focus