Monthly Archives: August 2011

Krisztina Morvai: “Nazi Barbie” in US Diplomatic Cables

Another post on Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party, with apologies to readers who are impatient with this string of reports covering Jobbik’s recent appearances in Hungary’s news. Yes, a properly contrarian blog on Hungary should perhaps pay more attention to the … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right, Jobbik, Krisztina Morvai, neo-nazis in Hungary, US-Hungarian diplomatic relationships | Tagged | 7 Comments

“Only We Are the Chosen People”: Hungarian Far Right Holds Troop-Review

“We are chosen, only we are the chosen people,” said one of the speakers, Lóránt Hegedűs, Jr. at the event held today. Gábor Vona, party leader of Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik and the founder of the original Hungarian Guard called … Continue reading

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Vona Gábor in Romania: “A Life And Death Struggle To Come To The Carpathian Basin”

Within days after Jobbik sympathizer Zsolt Tyirityán delivered a speech about shooting Jews and persons of color in an apocalyptic showdown between the pure-bred forces of his Betyársereg and criminal gypsies backed by Israeli tanks; within days only after Jobbik-allied neo-Nazi … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Fidesz, Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Jobbik, neo-nazis in Hungary, Romania, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mandatory Public Work Projects in Hungary

“We would like to give them valuable and useful work,” said Károly Papp, undersecretary of Hungary’s Department of the Interior, the public officer in charge of Hungary’s public works program. “Workers are going to learn agriculture for a year, and … Continue reading

Posted in criminalization of poverty, extreme right electoral wins, Fidesz, Gyöngyöspata, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian government, Hungarian Roma, Hungary, Jobbik, közfoglalkoztatási törvény, közmunka, munkanélküliség, public works, Sándor Pintér, unemployment, Viktor Orbán, workers rights | Tagged | 15 Comments

Der Spiegel: The Goulash Archipelago – EU Remains Silent as Hungary Veers Off Course

On Monday, the German-language weekly Der Spiegel published an exceptionally comprehensive piece on the most disconcerting political developments in Hungary that took place during this summer and on the reasons why this must worry the international community, and the European … Continue reading

Posted in European Union, Fidesz, former prime ministers, Hungarian government, Hungary, közfoglalkoztatási törvény, közmunka, media law, parliament, public media firings, unemployment, US-Hungarian diplomatic relationships, Viktor Orbán, Western criticism of Hungary | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hate Crimes in Hungary

In Hungary, if you are homeless, you have to pay.  As much as 50,000 Hungarian forint, which is the equivalent of 185 EUR or 267 USD. According to a municipal law dated April 27, 2011, anybody found to conduct a “lifestyle … Continue reading

Posted in Budapest 8th district, criminalization of poverty, Gyöngyöspata, hate crimes in Hungary, Hungarian far-right militias, Hungarian Roma, Hungary, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Epilogue to the Neo-Nazi Protest at the Sziget Festival: When Common Sense Capitulates to Presumptuousness

It was not at all the turnout they had hoped for: only 60 to 70 neo-Nazis showed up to force their way into the Sziget festival in the hopes of holding a protest in front of the main stage against … Continue reading

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Open Letter by The Hungarian Helsinki Committee Asks Viktor Orbán and Pál Schmitt to Condemn Hate

“The silent man is an accomplice,” starts out an open letter delivered by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee to three of the highest public dignitaries of the Hungarian state. The Hungarian branch of the international non-profit organization that monitors human rights … Continue reading

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Gyöngyöspata, Helsinki Committee, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Jobbik, Magyar Sziget 2011, neo-nazis in Hungary, Pál Schmitt, Péter Polt, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

“Private Individual” Calls for Protest of Sziget Festival at 6pm on Friday, August 12 – Counter-Protest Under Organization

Not to get too tacky, but in an oft-quoted text, Marx notes that when history tends to repeat itself, it does so in the form of a farce. I am not often in the habit of quoting Marx, however the neo-Nazi protest … Continue reading

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Hungarian Neo-Nazis Discuss Readiness to Take Up Arms

Since the publication of the Sun story on what takes place at a festival called Magyar Sziget (or Hungarian Island), one lesser and one more tremendous updates have become available.

Posted in English-language Hungarian news, Gábor Vona, hate crimes in Hungary, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Magyar Sziget 2011, neo-nazis in Hungary | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Far-Right Group To Protest During Sziget Festival 2011

Hungarian Neo-Nazi far-right group HVIM still plans to protest in the middle of the popular Sziget festival from 10 am to 10pm every single day between August 9 and 15 -despite the fact that their request for a protest permit … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Weightlessness of Hungarian President Pál Schmitt

Sum up the story of what’s taking place in Hungary in one sentence and you are likely to implicate the power dynamics in the parliament for the worrisome changes. In 2010, Hungary’s governing party was able to obtain 2/3 of … Continue reading

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Where Every Man Is A (Very Pure) Hungarian Island To Himself: Magyar Sziget, 2011

Such an atrocious gathering of neo-Nazis that one politician was fired from his far-right party over his participation. It’s the Magyar Sziget, or Hungarian Island, an international get-together for the far, far-right of Europe. The scandal broke out after the … Continue reading

Posted in Gábor Vona, Hungarian far-right, Hungary, Jobbik, Magyar Sziget 2011, neo-nazis in Hungary | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Viktor Orbán/Alexander Lukashenko: Democracy/Autocracy?

UPDATE: In the meantime, Mr. Orbán had an awful press day in German speaking countries over these announcements. A commentary on in die Tageszeitung works out the theme of paranoid loathing in conjunction with Mr. Orbán’s plans to bring his predecessors to … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Lukashenko, autocracy, Fidesz, Hungarian government, Hungary, patriarchy, Péter Szijjártó, Ulrike Lunacek, Viktor Orbán | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment