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Guest

Dear Eva, I cannot express my gratitude for your sane voice in the wilderness that Hungarian politics have become!
Thank you for all the time and effort you have invested in giving us some background in what’s going on.

I also wish you and all my fellow readers and commentators Happy Holidays (whichever you prefer …) and a Wonderful New Year!
And of course I also want to thank them for the discussions that helped me understand the intricacies of my second home …

bimbi
Guest

I apologize for blowing cold on the party here – we atheists are always ready with our two bobs worth – but we need to remember that the punitive actions of Orban and his government take no time off over this “Blessed Christmas Season where we tenderly remember the Birth of the Christ Child”.

As a Christmas gift now LMP, DK, Együtt and Dialogue for Hungary are to suffer arbitrary and unjustified fines of between $10,000 and $20,000 “for accepting forbidden campaign contributions”, these on top of the $2,580,000 fine imposed on Jobbik.

May I suggest that ALL the opposition parties simply get together and TOGETHER say to Orban and his dictatorship, “NO, WE ARE NOT PAYING THIS ARBITRARY IMPOST”.

It is time to call out this Mafioso politician for the crook that he is!

David North
Guest

… and to you Eva! Thanks for all your hard work.

Margot
Guest

Thank you Eva, for all you do. We wish you a merry Holiday season and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2018, maybe a real surprise in April???? K/M

Ron
Guest

Thank you Eva, and to all best wishes from Hungary and a healthy, wealthy New Year.

ambator
Member

Thank you for all you have done and the same to you too!

james de Candole
Guest

Dear Eva, You are our daily bread.

james de Candole
Guest

You are our daily bread

Member

Thank you, Eva!
Kellemes ünnepeket mindenkinek!
Greetings from Balaton.
Karsten

Member

Thank you Eva, your articles are the constant, every day pleasures in my life (and I hope the 6,114 other readers feel the same way)! May you live longer then all of us and be able to do your work, which we all appreciate very, very much!!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Observer
Guest

Dear Eva,
Season’s Greetings and have a healthy and
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 !
May you live to be a 100 and see better times for Hungary too.
Yours sincerely

Aida
Guest

Dear Eva, many thanks for all your work. I wish you a happy holiday even if it is only too brief

wrfree
Guest

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Prof Balogh all who contribute ideas and opinion to this great blog. Thank you. Would be interesting to connect the posts with the individuals. Perhaps one day!

Member

Thank you very much for your daily postings, Eva. It has been a part of my morning routine for at least six years and I hope for many more. Merry Christmas!

Kati
Guest

Dear Éva, I can only echo what has been said so far: the thank-yous, the appreciation, the gratitude, the “daily bread” (nicely put and so true)! Warm Holiday Wishes from your hometown!

Member

Since the current Christmas edition of Népszava didn’t contain an article by Eva, I had to find a substitute to read at my lazy Christmas Eve.

I found and printed out a discussion between Ildikó Lendvai (MSZP and writer of regular opinion pieces in Népszava) and Àgnes Heller (an old lady with a swift and independent mind) about working together with Jobbik to defeat Fidesz in the upcoming election in 168 óra:

http://168ora.hu/itthon/tuz-es-viz-koalicioja-avagy-heller-agnes-es-lendvai-ildiko-vitaja-14040

Ferenc
Guest

A Merry Christmas to all of You, and many many thanks to Eva

And for who likes some musical greetings, herewith “Groovy Christmas by Pee Pee Dynamite”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTlQZr1n9n0
note: unfortunately couldn’t find the b-side, “The Soul Of Christmas”
Ghanaian funk 7″ from the 70/80s, first posted in 2007 at the, now stopped, VoodooFunk Blog by a German vinyl digger and DJ

And, reading the text of the original post, I even have a Hungarian connection to it: People behind the Ghanaian label Agoro produced this music. Some 10 years ago, in one of the Muzeum Koruti bookshops (!), I came across an LP from the Agoro label, which I bought just because of the cover and original African vinyl (price 400Ft). When played it at home the music appeared to be great also, so it has been spinning a lot. No Christmas songs on it though…

Member

Éva you are unique and invaluable. What would we do without you, our daily dose of sanity and hope? And how much lower Hungary would have sunk, if not for your tireless monitoring and exposure of Orban’s machinations?
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wrfree
Guest

Just reflecting after our exchange of presents last night.
I’d think the Doctor gets it right on which way another ‘Grinch’ goes when he gets to the ‘chimbley’.

“Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

gina böni
Guest

Dear Éva, I thank you too for your effort and engagement! I wish you and the readers peaceful holidays.

Istvan
Guest
As always Eva you give us invaluable insights into Hungary, the consistent quality of your essays are truly amazing. So I sit here over looking an amazing vista of the New Mexico high plains having my morning coffee and think about a discussion I had with a relative last night at our ” traditional” New Mexican Christmas Eve meal of posole, green chile stew, tamales, and enchiladas. She is the adopted daughter of one of my extended family members. She was for the last five months an undergraduate student in the Czech Republic, at the Prague School of Economics. She was born in China, but is as American as can be conceived of. I asked her what she thought of her experience, she said there were many fine people at the University she attended in her English language based classes, including several from Hungary. She was asked repeatedly if she was proud of Tomio Okamura, who is of mixed Czech and Japanese descent, who has lived in the Czech Republic since he was 6. He is the leader of the right wing Freedom & Direct Democracy party that draws inspiration in part from Orban. She said he reminded her of… Read more »
Guest

Istvan, in a way this gives me hope – at least some young people everywhere see through those populist politicians who right now seem to be winning all over the world.
I hope the backlash against them will come “soon” – and a return to sanity and to the basic ideas of democracy:
Liberty, equality, fraternity!

Eva (also)
Guest

AMEN!

Member

AMEN! (also:-)

Jean P
Guest

Dear Eva, Thanks for all your writing. For years I have not missed a post in HS.

Donald Trump has tweeted the following so I am now confused about the proper wording of a timely greeting:

“People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

3:56 AM – Dec 25, 2017”

Istvan
Guest
Yes only in his own mind has Trump rescued the greeting Merry Christmas. I have celebrated Eid Al-Fitr with a Moslem family (the break of the Ramadan fasting). I have also celebrated Buddha’s Birthday is known as Vesak, or in Japan as Hanamatsuri. My experiences with non-Christians has generally been one of great respect for Christian religious traditions as long as they are not imposed on them. More often than not most adherents on non-Christian religions want Christians to understand their beliefs. The entirety of Trump’s tweet is based on American fundamentalist harping about secularization of America, and arguments that the USA was founded to be a Christian nation. In this sense very similar to Orban, as Eva’s numerous posts over the years have shown. As a reasonably good Catholic I reject categorically this premise, as do many progressive Catholics in the USA. I do not deny that Islamic fanaticism exists, or that Christians have been persecuted in many countries. But as is said in the Bible: “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” We Catholics forced converted millions of native people on the pain of death for resisting conversion. Since I… Read more »
wrfree
Guest
Yesterday we brought up Pope Francis at the table and had almost the same conversation on Francis. He’s trying to speak truth to all the sins committed past and present and to thwart them in the future. For too long the Church has refused to face its complicity. He has the courage to bring forth honesty to air out the bad smell in Vatican vaults. After intimately being involved in situations where religion has been a destroyer rather than an unifier and stoker of hatred I have always thought ecumenism and pluralism are the only ways to go toward developing understandng between various adherents. Putting one religion ‘higher’ than others in body politics is the surest way to generate consistent discontent and enduring hatreds. And as noted we see how two insipid and sly leaders play that deadly game. And for all those who might want to look ahead at a possible POTUS ‘in-waiting’ Mike Pence. The Atlantic described him as a ‘prophet restoring conservative Christianity to its rightful place at the center of American life’. And the president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and one of Trump’s ‘faith advisers’ said, ‘I don’t know anyone who’s more consistent in bringing… Read more »
bimbi
Guest

@Istvan, 8:16 a.m.

Actually it is not necessary for you to go back to 1598 to find horrendous crimes of the Holy Apostolic Catholic church, though “god knows” there were plenty in that era too. We are reminded that the area presided over by the recently-deceased Archbishop Law (is he burning in hell yet, Istvan?) was the scene of repeated buggery and child rape by members of the church who were then shuttled around to fresh fields for their dreadful anti-social, permanently-damaging crimes to continue. Your church provides the power and command structure for domination over lives young and old and it has failed and failed repeatedly. Fortunately, more and more people are realizing that the silly myths that are the standard foundation of the church are just that – silly myths, repeated and perpetuated to ensure obedience. It leads to a lot of bad stuff man, a lot of bad stuff.

PS. The church is no better in Hungary either – at best, the self- perpetuation of a privileged elite.

wrfree
Guest

I thought I would just add the following because like all human made things and institutions there is always the actuality and the prevalence of demise, decline and fall in their existence. It’s the nature of man’s life on the face of this earth.

However what counts are all the things that fight against that corrosion. It’s the the stubborn continuance of trying which always needs to be in that fight.

‘What is servng God? ‘Tis good to Man’.
….Benjamin Franklin

It’s unfortunate that the Church in some respects has been hijacked when it comes to belief manifested in action in some nations. Bad apples have caused the institution to regress in fulfulling its mandate to serve. We should hope there are those who remember the calling of ‘service’ and chop the sickly and weak trees down.