The Orbán government under fire

Viktor Orbán was named “Man of the Year” at the Economic Forum held in the Polish city of Krynica. He was chosen from a list of dignitaries, politicians, and scholars that included Pope Francis, but the devout Polish Catholics preferred the herald of hate over the messenger of love. They can be proud of themselves.

Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) and the strong man behind the Polish government led by Beata Szydło, and Orbán Viktor declared a “cultural counterrevolution” in the European Union. While, earlier, the former Soviet satellite countries had tried to make up for the time lost in the deadly embrace of Moscow, the Visegrád 4 countries discovered that their backwardness is in fact an asset. They have set out to spread the gospel of a better Europe across the Continent. As Orbán put it, “the European dream moved to Central Europe.” It seems that they would like to remake Europe in their own image.

As The Financial Times editorial argues, this “cultural counterrevolution” stands against the tolerance, human rights, and liberal democratic values that are the cornerstones of European culture. Their attempt to create an axis against the rest of the EU is a dangerous game and an immoral one as well because they are using the difficulties the Union is currently facing to their own selfish political ends. In addition, wittingly or unwittingly they are serving Vladimir Putin’s mission to extend Russian influence westward.

While the Visegrád 4 countries are proud of their firm stand on the refugee issue, others are horrified at the inhumane treatment of the refugees by the Hungarian authorities and at the East European countries’ unwillingness to cooperate in trying to find a solution to the problem at hand. One of these people is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who delivered a speech at a gala in The Hague on Monday:

I wish to address this short statement to Mr. Geert Wilders, his acolytes, indeed to all those like him—the populists, demagogues and political fantasists…. What Mr. Wilders shares in common with Mr. Trump, Mr. Orban, Mr. Zeman, Mr. Hofer, Mr. Fico, Madame Le Pen, Mr. Farage, he also shares with Da’esh. All seek in varying degrees to recover a past, halcyon and so pure in form, where sunlit fields are settled by peoples united by ethnicity or religion – living peacefully in isolation, pilots of their fate, free of crime, foreign influence and war. A past that most certainly, in reality, did not exist anywhere, ever. Europe’s past, as we all know, was for centuries anything but that.

The proposition of recovering a supposedly perfect past is fiction; its merchants are cheats. Clever cheats….

History has perhaps taught Mr. Wilders and his ilk how effectively xenophobia and bigotry can be weaponized. Communities will barricade themselves into fearful, hostile camps, with populists like them, and the extremists, as the commandants. The atmosphere will become thick with hate; at this point it can descend rapidly into colossal violence….

Do not, my friends, be led by the deceiver. It is only by pursuing the entire truth, and acting wisely, that humanity can ever survive. So draw the line and speak. Speak out and up, speak the truth and do so compassionately, speak for your children, for those you care about, for the rights of all, and be sure to say clearly: stop! We will not be bullied by you the bully, nor fooled by you the deceiver, not again, no more; because we, not you, will steer our collective fate. And we, not you, will write and sculpt this coming century. Draw the line!

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó responded promptly, accusing Zeid bin Ra’ad of “half-truths and lies” with which he tries to manipulate public opinion. “Because of these pronouncements he has become unfit to fill any position at the United Nations. He has completely ruined the reputation of the office of high commissioner for refugees.” The problem is that Zeid bin Ra’ad is the high commissioner for human rights and not refugees. Our instant diplomat still has a lot to learn.

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Zsolt Bayer also noticed that this gentleman with a strange-sounding name said something unflattering about Hungary’s great prime minister and so attacked him in an article in his series “Intolerable.” After describing the horrors of the Islamic State, Bayer expressed his outrage that Zeid bin Ra’ad compared populists like Trump or Orbán to this terrorist organization. With this speech “the Jordanian prince demonstrated that, despite being a prince, he has not as much dignity as a pig, in addition to being as stupid and thick as a slop bucket.” There can be another explanation according to Bayer: “Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights of the United Nations, is a paid agent of the Islamic State. So, he is not a stupid pig but an ignominious, abject traitor, a miscreant who sold his conscience for money. By and large these are the two possibilities.”

Zeid bin Ra’ad’s speech wasn’t the end of the criticism of Hungary coming from the United Nations. Yesterday the UN held a High-Level Forum on Antisemitism where U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power delivered a speech. She spent a considerable amount of time on Hungary as an example of a country where public outcry against anti-Semitism has borne fruit. Hungarian papers described the length of the time Power spent on Hungary as 1.5 pages out of 4. Actually, it was more than that. Of the 2,225-word speech 935 were devoted to the Hungarian situation. Here are the relevant parts of the speech:

This brings me to the third challenge I want to highlight today. We must underscore the fact that antisemitism poses a threat not only to Jews, but to the principles of pluralism, diversity, and the fundamental freedoms that we hold most dear. Time and again throughout history, we have seen that when the human rights of Jews are violated, the rights of others are not far behind. This is true in the case of individuals – as we have seen how the people who troll Jewish journalists and disseminate antisemitic memes on social media also routinely target minority groups such as immigrants and, increasingly, refugees.

It is also true for governments. Consider the case of Hungary, where in 2015, a foundation planned to build a statue honoring Balint Homan, a government minister who championed antisemitic laws in the thirties and who, in the forties, called for the deportation of Hungarian Jews, an estimated 420,000 of whom were murdered in Auschwitz and other camps. And just last month, the Hungarian government bestowed one of its highest honors on Zsolt Bayer, a virulently antisemitic columnist. These actions have occurred against a backdrop of growing antisemitism in the country, reflected in part by the rise of the extreme ethnic nationalist Jobbik party, which refers to the Holocaust as the “Holoscam.”

In addition to being profoundly alarming in and of itself, this growing antisemitism has gone hand in hand with rising xenophobia and other forms of bigotry. Hungary’s prime minister has openly declared his desire “to keep Europe Christian” by barring Muslim refugees who come seeking sanctuary from mass atrocities and persecution, and he’s fanned popular fears by claiming that all terrorists in Europe are migrants. And both Homan in the thirties and forties – and Bayer in recent decades – mixed their antisemitism with the hatred of other minorities; Bayer once wrote of the Roma, “These animals shouldn’t be allowed to exist.”

Yet from Hungary we can also draw important lessons about how to effectively push back against antisemitism – and it is with this point that I wish to conclude. The planned statue to Balint Homan was never erected. A widespread coalition of Hungarian and international organizations, faith leaders, and governments came together to signal their opposition – persuading the Hungarian government to withdraw its support. I’m proud that American civil society organizations and government officials were part of this effort – including many of you here in civil society, and including U.S. Envoy for Combatting and Monitoring Antisemitism and the U.S. Envoy for Holocaust Issues, both of whom are also here with us today. Their engagement is one of the many reasons we continue to urge other countries to create a ranking position for monitoring and combating antisemitism within their own governments. But these envoys were far from the only U.S. government officials involved in the effort; as President Obama said recently, our government made clear that the statue was, “not a side note to our relations with Hungary – this was central to maintaining a good relationship with the United States.”

And while the Hungarian government may have given an award to Zsolt Bayer, organizations, civil society groups, and governments have rightly expressed their disapproval and dismay. So have more than 100 individuals who have received honors over the years from the Hungarian government – including some of the country’s most renowned economists, historians, politicians, poets, filmmakers, and scientists – who have returned their awards in protest.

Let me close, then, by reading from a few of the statements that they gave upon returning their awards.

Former parliamentary commissioner for the rights of national and ethnic minorities Jenő Kaltenbach wrote: “With this you rendered dishonorable and unacceptable both the award itself and the one bestowing it. How you hold yourself to account for this is your business. How I choose to live with this is mine.”

András Heisler, the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, wrote: “I value diversity, not destructive extremism. As a civil activist I received the award, and as a responsible Hungarian citizen I am returning it.”

City mayor Tamás Wittinghof simply posted a picture of his award on Facebook with the caption: “Now we say goodbye to each other.”

And Hungarian-American Katrina Lantos Swett, who many of you know, who had received her award for setting up an organization in Budapest to defend minority rights, said she could not share an award with a man who “deserves censure, not honor, for his loathsome writings and speech.” Katrina named the rights organization she founded after her father – Tom Lantos – the only Holocaust survivor to have served in the U.S. Congress, and a lifelong champion of human rights.

These efforts – which I find very moving – show us that when governments are willing to stand up and speak out in the face of antisemitism, rather than stand by, even hatemongers take notice. And when civil society groups and citizens partner in these efforts – and make clear that such hatred poses a threat not only to Jews, but to the pluralism, rights, and freedoms that we hold as sacred – these efforts are exceptionally more effective.

Imagine, for just a moment, how much violence – against Jews and other minorities – might have been avoided if similar efforts had been undertaken in the past. Imagine all of the hatred and suffering that we can prevent if we come together in such an effort today.

The last time I checked, no government response had been posted. A couple of independent media outlets reported on the speech, which elicited mostly hateful comments. Some commenters believe that Power is totally ignorant of what’s going on in Hungary despite her flawless description of the Hóman and Bayer cases. Others think that Jews and/or members of the domestic opposition are behind Power. Some go as far as to say that Jewish complaints usually follow a brilliant Hungarian move, so they should rejoice. And, of course, there are those who think that the United States has no business whatsoever poking its nose into Hungary’s affairs.

I assume Szijjártó will issue an official response shortly, and I can hardly wait for Bayer’s comments.

September 8, 2016
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tappanch
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I apologize for reacting first.

A. I am pleased that Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad used the “Da’esh” spelling for the acronym cum pejorative nickname of the Islamic Totalitarians. So my reasoning was correct: I have been using this spelling here – with the apostrophe – for over a year.

US politicians ought to be using this term too, instead of the cool-sounding ISIS or ISIL.

B.
I agree with Prince Zeid in a lot of things. Da’esh ideology (let’s go back in time by 1400 years) and Orban’s (let’s go back at least 300 years) have common traits. They both yearn for unfettered power.

But Muslims are NOT a racial group. Criticizing certain Islamic dogmas is not racism. As we Europeans [and Americans] have been doing with dogmas of other religions or ideologies in the last 500 years.

For instance, Geert Wilders speaks out against Islam as a religious ideology and not against Muslim people. “Muslims, leave Islam, opt for freedom”

http://www.geertwilders.nl/index.php/94-english/1996-muslims-free-yourselves-and-leave-islam

If we do not dare to criticize, BASED on FACTS, then we undo very the foundations of modern democracy.

petofi
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Heartily agree with tappanch.

e-2016
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Prince UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has to direct his anger at the active measures ploted in Kremlin.

Most Muslims and non-Muslims will support him if he dares to make a well crafted statement, and liberate the world from the Moscow measures.

Member

Tappanch, if you find yourself appreciatively quoting Wilders, or Trump, you need to re-think where your thinking has been leading you. (It continues to be a deep disappointment that our master of objective data at HS and seemingly staunch opponent of Orbanism, isn’t. What’s your stand on the referendum? [Petofi’s concurrence is of course no surprise.] The magyar malady seems to know no borders: national, credal, party-based or ethnic.)

tappanch
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@Stevan Harnad,

I agree with Eva in boycotting the referendum, I will not go to vote myself. Let us hope that the turnout stays below 50%, so Orban cannot celebrate another victory.

If you find a racist remark by Wilders, I will condemn him. I do not think he and Orban are in the same category. In addition, he is not in power.

petofi
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Harnad,

Your pronouncements, and deeply flawed linking of a pro-Wilders statement to pro-Orbanism, is abhorrent.

There are subtleties in what tappanch has written that completely pass you by.

Fine-tune your thinking, sir.

e-2016
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It is good to have a Petofi on this blog.
Most decent readers have realized by now that Petofi is not the enemy.
Harnad is a very sensitive decent person. Similarly, he is not an enemy.
Our enemies are the grandmasters of the “active measures”
Wiki:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_measures

Grant Boyd-Gibbins
Guest

Spot on, Eva, an excellent piece and an excellent blog – thank you.

Guest

Re: Poles …’They can be proud of themselves’.

Too bad Karol Wojtyla wasn’t around. Szijjarto, Orban and Bayer would probably be doing a fair bit of ‘Kanosszajaras’ and at the same time putting in time visiting shoe stores if he was around. Those fellows wouldn’t get off so easy with John Paul. He’d no doubt put their feet into the penitential fire. And after that penance he’d probably give them all a couple of pairs of shoes for their treks. The shepherd then teaching and helping his wayward flock.

vzgenson
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I always love when devout Catholics tell other devout Catholics how to practice their religion. Way to go!

Guest

If we’re seeing a ‘new’ Catholicism’ being generated in the ‘Eastern’ regions it doesn’t bode well for it being invented there. It’s own generated and directed hatreds will kill it. Those ‘shepherds’ cannot get off not knowing what they do as they infect their flocks.

dvhr
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BMO
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It almost goes without saying that no corresponding response has been issued just yet by the totalitarian regime. How are we to even demand that, have we missed the adjustment to the new political equilibrium?

The Western intelligentsia has hardly any sway over the average uninformed voter. If only Hungary was the only one to possess this widespread immunity against populism. We simply have to face this great degree of political inertia among the Western populace; measured, fact-based and responsible judgment is hard to come by. The real question is whether this is something of a post-recessionary cycle or the new normal?

Guest

Re: ‘political inertia among the Western populace’

A statement which appears to beg the question of where that inertia is going or not going for that matter with the populace in Central Europe particularly Magyarorszag which more and more appears to be Putin’s PR office in the region. The CE electorate must be either like ‘deer in the headlights’ or really enjoying riding that Fideszian whirlwind.

And that apparent euphoria tinted with paranoia appears to have taken them away from focusing on certain responsibilities they have as citoyens. For their governments appear to have abandoned them and serve only themselves. They do not deserve obeisance through what looks robotic fealty on autopilot by the populace. The Middle Ages have vanished but its strains really echo now in Central Europe. It is truly ‘back to the future’. Nostalgie in all its facets is alive and well in the region.

Orionpax
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Hungary is nothing more than trojan horse in EU. I am afraid that in future the way in which that country is being led will eventually come in conflict with the neighbouring nations.

PALIKA
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This is rather encouraging news. Now is the time to act against the Polish and the Hungarian regimes. It is little use preaching alone. It will have zero effect on the culprits. The time has come to take firm international action against them before it is too late. Travel bans on the leaders, investigation of the international financial dealings of the Hungarian high command. Clearly spelt out withdrawing of EU financial support. A clear set of demands as preconditions of resumption of funding.

Member

Alas with the depredations of Daesh, the carnage in Syria, and the nuclear psychosis in North Korea, the democratic world has little time or leverage in Orban’s dark-age Balkan haven. (And the greatest threat to world stability is none of these, but Trumpism, metastasizing within the U.S.)

Guest

Re: ‘Mistah Trump’

It pains to see him showering the KGB man with what seems fawning praise and giving him respect that hasn’t been earned. If the man from ‘Queens’ becomes POTUS, the gladiator games will commence.

Trump in these ‘Russian’ games will be tyro and retiarius at the same time against Putin as sharp secutor in the global arena. I’m afraid it doesn’t look a good match. Putin wouldn’t believe his luck. With the way Trump fights it looks as if he’ll get immensely tangled up every which way in the net he tries with difficulty to throw on Putin. As if the cagey fellow can be caught like a salmon.

Trump looks to be gladiator chum’ to the fighting Eurasian. And it looks that no Maximus is there in the arena to bail the Queens guy out. We had the Pax Romana.And now from the seven hills of Rome we’re getting the hints of the Pox Putiniana.

petofi
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Trumpism is really Putinism–the buying, or threatening, of political elements in society.

Nothing, recently, has been as stomach-churning as the report that 88 retired American generals support Trump. Of course, it’s not a stretch to realize that many generals serve on the boards of companies in the ‘military-industrial complex’…and have been biden by their companies (nay, approached by Trump’s political hacks) to support Trump for future gains. Sick.

petofi
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In fact, Trump is nothing more than the leading edge of Russia’s continued attack on Democracy world wide.

Paco
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Orban has always been a (counter) revolutionary. The left-wing, liberal opposition and foreign politicians did not understand that. They thought Orban was just a bit (too) aggressive. But they never encountered a revolutionary before (now they have Erdogan and Putin too). And he is behaving like a revolutionary. Nothing short of a new (democratic) revolution will be necessary to undo the damage he and his people brought onto Hungary. Does the opposition look like they can deliver that? Secondly, any government is always under such or similar fire. Orban couldn’t care less about Powers or the United Nations. He has two firm, unwavering allies now: Poland and Russia (whose leader is much more popular in Hungary than any European leader due to Orban’s propaganda). That’s more than enough for him. He receives the EU monies and nobody can tell him anything because they have no real power. Orban knows that. If he can rig the elections in 2017 or 2018 nobody will give a shit, he will be democratically elected. Orban’s goal is to stay longer, further entrench his counter-revolution and further enrich himself. He is succeeding and he is just a young dictator. He is still learning the game,… Read more »
Jean P.
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“He is still learning the game, he has many many years, possibly decades in him.”

Yes, if he learns to kill critical journalists. Like in Russia.

pappp
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Don’t worry Jean, we will see that sooner or later. Currently it’s only media like TV2’s reprehensible Russian-style fabrication about Péter Juhász, but all options are open. First I guess journalists and the members or the real opposition (resistance) will get arrested on some trumped up tax evasion etc. charges but rest assured that if they don’t get the message other measures will be used too. Fidesz realized – wasn’t too difficult – that Juhasz is probably the only opposition figure who is incorruptible, who is really working hard and who has already individual respect. Thus he is a clear danger to Fidesz. But the meta level danger is much more important: that he can get away with being tough on Fidesz, that he dares to stand up to Fidesz, that he is there as an example (and not as a token opposition figure like Istvan Hiller et al). I am really afraid that he could end up like András Váradi the mayoral candidate for Felcsút who was run over under extremely suspicious circumstances. I hope Juhasz doesn’t give up. Fidesz will absolutely use any and all means necessary to stay in power. No question about that. In fact a… Read more »
Guest

Zeid bin Ra’ad says very eloquently what I’ve been writing here (and in other places too) for a long time:

The right wing “Christian” lunatics in Europe (and the USA …) have much more in common with the militant Muslims than with democrats! They all want to take us back to the Middle Ages or the Age of Darkness and Unreason!

Maybe now O and K will realise that they’ve gone too far? I won’t hold my breath though …

At least there is now a reaction world wide, not only in the FT, the SPIEGEL and other media but on the highest political level

PALIKA
Guest

Yes it is beginning to escalate.

Istvan
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Our Ambassador Samantha Power, our meaning US citizens like Eva, myself and others, has been a aggressive defender of minority rights on a world wide scale. Her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, a study of the U.S. foreign policy response to genocide is deeply disliked by many in the US military because she is an advocate for the aggressive use of the US military in response to regional acts of genocide around the world. Effectively she wants the USA to be the world policeman, except in confrontation with Russia or China. Then she is a typical scared liberal who shakes with terror over a crisis leading nuclear war. Power’s advocacy of deploying the United States armed forces to combat human rights abuses in largely third world countries is contrary to the idea that the main purpose of the United States military which is for national defense and the promotion of our national interests on a global scale. On the other hand she was weak when faced with direct Russian aggression in the Ukraine and declined to immediately characterize Russian military actions as aggression (see http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-un-idUSBREA1R23R20140228 ). Later she did characterize Russian actions as aggression,… Read more »
e-2016
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I support Samantha O=Powers most of the times.
Our military must progress with the times.
Additionally, we have decent people, like Victoria Nuland, retired Evelyn Farkas, André Goodfriend, who can counter the anti-Western genocidal dictators in Eastern Europe and all over the world.
Just let us have a brave president, who allows the necessary actions.
I have not expected too much from Obama, or Hillary.

bimbi
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Istvan 7:27 am

…and I would suggest that you have a limited understanding of both the diplomatic and military issues involved in the problems that “our” ambassador Samantha Powers (and President Obama) have to face. Easy pickin’s indeed to talk about “peacock dances” – just a cheap shot to round things out – but quite in contrast with your first sentence…

Istvan
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There is more to being the UN Ambassador for the USA than defending minority rights around the world. I suspect Ambassador Powers will not continue to hold this role if Sec Clinton is elected and for radically different reasons if Trump was by some unlikely and unfortunate possibility elected. Saying Powers does a peacock dance in relationship to Russia and China I think is a valid use of the concept in this context. She tries to avoid great power conflicts, but those evasions of the expansionist nature of both the Chinese and Russian states simply encourages greater expansion and makes the possibility of a deadly confrontation even more likely in the future. Its easy to target Hungary for anti-Semitism because it is obvious in relationship to the Zsolt Bayer situation and the Balint Homan statue. But to discuss the political evolution of the Orban regime towards Russia requires someone like former President Clinton to point out the obvious evolution taking place as he did in May during a speech in New Jersey in support of wife Hillary’s presidential campaign. Former President Clinton was also correct in publicly stating that if not for the efforts of the United States to strategically… Read more »
Guest

London Calling!

“Viktor Orbán was named “Man of the Year” …………”

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PALIKA
Guest

A little inarticulate, n’est pas?

Guest

“I am quite frankly scared of Charlie since he has shown such hostility to Hungarians that I feel the need for victim protection.”

Ha! Ha!.HAaaaaaaaa! HAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Oh! Sto…… HAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa stop pleeeeeeeees ….HAAaaaaaaaaàa ……
Haaaaaaaa. STOPPPP!!!!!……. Haaaaaaaaaaaàaaàaaa…….

Guest

Sheer ignorance, n’est pas?

PALIKA
Guest

You are a drunken and inarticulate English oaf. Please just go to some other place where we can be spared your Estuary Garbage

Guest

Friday 17 June 3:48 am

“……….The use of abusive expressions qualify the user not the subject. Abuse soon turns to intimidation and restricts the freedom of speech and deprives the debate of any useful value.”

Hypocrisy n’est pas?

PNR

Jean P.
Guest

“Ha! Ha!.HAaaaaaaaa! HAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Oh! Sto…… ”

I have tried to figure out what causes your periodic eruptions.
Is it Tourettes syndrome? When you have the urge, go ahead and write it but don’t push the post comment button.

PALIKA
Guest

He may have sober moments, but what he writes is inarticulate garbage. He is a pretentious bullshitter. He prefaces his comments with “London calling” , which was the call sign of WW2 BBC broadcasts. Can we please get rid of this oaf?

Guest

Palika, your and pappp’s constant mantra “Fidesz is invincible, it’s no use fighting against them , amen …” (and I’m not even thinking of some of the trolls which were even worse …) makes me more sick than Charlie’s laughter!

At least I can understand him – on the other hand I often think of swearing (or even crying, shedding tears about Hungary …) when I read your stuff!

Feels to me like one of these never ending incomprehensible Latin sermons accompanied by a cloud of incense …

PALIKA
Guest

Not my mantra. It is not invincible but it is in power, shame on the country and on EUROPE

pappp
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wolfi: Just to be crystal clear, Fidesz is not invincible. It is, however, invincible if the opposition does not want to fight and/or corrupt (at least politically). We have ample evidence for both.

A normal, disciplined opposition with a vision could in my view somehow defeat Fidesz (although the election system is all but rigged in favor of Fidesz).

The latest blunder of MSZP: mixing up the hotel in Balatonfüred where Fidesz is staying for its caucus retreat. So MSZP held its mini-demonstration at the wrong place.

Day after day something like this happens which makes “the leading party of the left-wing” look totally ridiculous. It is by now a very consistent, totally ingrained image that the party will never grow out of.

bimbi
Guest

“…the Jordanian prince demonstrated that, despite being a prince, he has not as much dignity as a pig, in addition to being as stupid and thick as a slop bucket.”

Gosh I thought that our favourite Hungarian journalist Zsolt “Bazza meg*” Bayer (as he prefers to call himself) had left his days of foul insult behind – I guess he was only kidding, or lying, whichever is your view point. Maybe he is the Rodrigo Duterte of Hungary.

*Bazza is, of course, a well-known Australian nick-name as indeed is
Meg – short for Margaret. Suits his quite well, doesn’t it?

An excellent blog entry today, thank you.

Guest

Re: ‘maybe… the Rodrigo Duterte of Hungary’

Or perhaps if we bring in a literary vein ZB wouldn’t be far off from being in spirit with the writers like Henry Miller and William Burroughs. The trio are iconoclasts all in there own ways. They like to go and explore with deep diving into areas that most normal human beings have an aversion to. It would seem Miller and Burroughs preferred to put their opinions and observations of the world and people down on paper. Zsolt in his case also just loves to use his mouth to get the ‘words’ out.

tappanch
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The former Fidesz secretary Gergely Prőhle was recently appointed to be the new head of the Museum of Literature. His first decision is to create a Albert Wass exhibition.

http://valasz.hu/itthon/uzenet-a-nemeteknek-magyarorszag-nem-gonosz-hely-120293

This is not so much surprise, Mr Prőhle is related to Arrow Cross MP (1939-1944) Sandor Prőhle.

Gerike
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Prőhle is a die-hard Fidesznik, who is totally committed to the Party. But I guess this exhibition was also an expectation from him too. Anybody who wanted to get the position (see how Prőhle is getting less and less influential but he has no choice as without Fidesz he is literally nobody, he has nowhere to go) has to set up a new literary canon and Wass is one of the foremost writers of Hungarian right-wing. The museum is also the domain of the György Fekete who realized that the position was for some reasons neglected so far. Not any more. And remember he was always the Fidesznik with a human face, the moderate Fidesznik (an empty set dreamt up by clueless observers).

tappanch
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tappanch
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The international reserves of the Hungarian National Bank, MNB continued to sink in August. (The monthly decrease was 427 million euros)

Aug 31, 2015: 33.5
Aug 31, 2016: 24.1 billion euros.

Let us hope that Matolcsy will not give away half of the bank in his divorce settlement …

tappanch
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petofi
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Ahh, yes, Hungarian womyn…what a rep!

With Matolcsy having all that money, he is able to cover the stench…and becomes palatable to the black spiders known as ‘Hungarian womyn’.

tappanch
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Hungarian, Czech and Polish GDP growth with and without EU funded investments:

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Orbanoid
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For most humans, life is more than just $. With you, it seems, it’s otherwise. Nature or nurture?

tappanch
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Distribution of the funds for the anti-migrant campaign.
(the journalist was not allowed to take photocopies of the documents, so he could write down only the June 2016 data in the allotted one hour)

TV2 group: 36.1%
Printed press: 14.6%
Public streets and squares: 14.4%
Internet: 14.0%
Radios: 11.6%
Echo TV: 1.6%
ATV: 0.7%

https://atlatszo.hu/2016/09/09/a-kormanyzati-tajekoztato-kampany-milliardjai-titkoljak-hogy-hova-megy-a-kozpenz/

tappanch
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Internet:
origo.hu, 888.hu, lokal.hu, facebook, pestisracok.hu, ripost.hu, magyaridok.hu

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