AHF eNews February 4th, 2005
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2/5/2005 - Banned Trianon Documentary makes it's way to the Internet for download and viewing!
Those interested in viewing
the controversial film that was banned by the Rumanian AND the Hungarian
governments, can now view the film on the Web. Directed by the renowned
Gábor Koltay and with internationally respected historians
such as Nemeskürti and Raffai, the film has and will continue
to spark critical debate. AHF encourages open debate on Trianon
and encourages all to review the film - unfortunately this site
offers the film in Hungarian only. [Go
President Bush's inaugural address indicate a change in US attitude
toward support for national self-determination and autonomy?
AHF applauds such language and hopes these words can be made policy for ethnic Hungarian communities struggling for survival.
NGO CALLS FOR ACTION ON KOSOVA'S INDEPENDENCE... The International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a 40-page report released in Prishtina, Belgrade, and Brussels on 24 January that "either 2005 will see the start of a final status solution that consolidates peace and development, or Kosovo may return to conflict and generate regional instability." AHF is calling for international attention on the Vojvodina province in Serbia-Montenegro where anti-Hungarian violence continues. [more]
(AP) Six members of a Hungarian family were brutally killed in adjoining homes in a northern Serbian town on the border with Hungary, radio B-92 reported Wednesday. The bodies were found Tuesday in the family's adjoining homes in the town of Horgos, after neighbors noticed the houses were unusually quiet. A local court judge, Snjezana Lekovic, confirmed the killing, but police gave no official statement on the case. Horgos lies in Serbia's northern Vojvodina province that has recently seen a rise in attacks against the region's minority ethnic Hungarians. [more] [see all AHF news]
AHF was among the fifteen organizations from Europe, North America, and Latin America that met January 5-6, 2005 in Szabadka/Subotica (Vajdaság/Vojvodina, Serbia-Montenegro) to join forces in persuading the Government of the Republic of Hungary to coordinate with them its efforts to assist ethnic Hungarians living as national minorities in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia-Montenegro, Ukraine, Croatia, and Slovenia. [more] [see all AHF news]
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The Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, one of the world's finest museums when it opened in 1906, will undergo complete renovation of its galleries.
The facelift will do away with Communist-era lighting and heating, and add an underground extension like that of the Louvre in Paris, it was announced Thursday by it new director, Laszo Baan. [more]
Campaign Launched in Vojvodina
Hungary and Serbia agreed yesterday to launch a joint tolerance campaign aimed at stamping out tension and hostility between ethnic minorities in the two countries, officials said. The campaign featuring economic, cultural and educational programs will kick off in May with a youth camp in the northern Serbian town of Subotica, which has a large Hungarian population, Hungarian Parliamentary Speaker Katalin Szili said. (AP)
Conservatives Get Eight Point Lead
The conservative Citizens Party (Fidesz) is the top political organization in Hungary, according to a poll by Gallup. 28 per cent of respondents would vote for the opposition Fidesz in the next general election, a three per cent increase since December. [more]
Plachy: 'Falling in love with the truth' [BDSz
- Plachy is a world-renowned photographer and mother of Academy
Award (Oscar) Winner Adrien Brody of "the Pianist" - see
her and more Famous
NEW YORK – On Dec. 10, 1956, exactly one month after Soviet troops crushed the last hopes of the Hungarian Revolution, 13-year-old Sylvia Plachy lay hidden in a farm cart that was carrying her toward the Austrian border. [more]
Suzuki unit to boost output in 2005/2006
ESZTERGOM, Hungary - The Hungarian unit of Japanese car maker Suzuki Motor Corp. said on Friday it would increase output to 150,000 units in 2005 from 95,000 last year [more]
New Wave of Slovakian
A NEW wave of Slovakian migrant workers are being employed by Hungarian companies in Gyôr-Moson-Sopron county and their numbers are expected to increase in the foreseeable future, as unemployment in Slovakia remains high.[more]
BUDAPEST, Hungary - (KRT) - Time has passed, but the obsession remains: Hungarians are scrapping over the spies who dwell among them.
In the latest battle to pry open secret police files saved after the collapse of communism, the protectors of truth hail from the least likely corner of Hungarian politics. The Socialists, the government's leading party, which harbors members of the former regime, called last month for full access to all files. [more]
in Romania: Agreement on Sharing Governing and EU Integration Experiences
electronics company Elcoteq will invest euro 54 million in Hungary
Finnish electronics company Elcoteq will invest euro54 million to expand production capacity at its Hungarian subsidiary, officials said Monday. The expansion, to be completed by 2008, will create 700 new jobs, Economics Minister Janos Koka said.
Elcoteq, which makes mobile phones and other equipment on an outsourcing basis for customers like Nokia Corp. and LM Ericsson, launched its Hungarian operations in 1998 in the city of Pecs, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Budapest. [more on Forbes]
agree on joint Euro 2012 bid with Croatia
BUDAPEST: Hungary will make a joint bid with Croatia to host the 2012 European Championship after the country’s Cabinet gave its approval, the Hungarian Football Association (HFA) announced on Friday. [more]
of giant sound stage to begin in Hungary in July
BUDAPEST (AP) - The construction of a new film studio, including what is said will be the world's largest sound stage, is expected to start in early July in a village close to Budapest, officials said Friday.
Hungarian-born Hollywood producer Andy Vajna and local construction mogul Sandor Demjan last year announced plans to build the complex on a former army base in the Hungarian village of Etyek, 30 kilometres southwest of Budapest. [more]
Hungary to build next generation 3G mobile network
Swedish telecomms solutions provider Ericsson said on Tuesday (25 January) that it had signed a contract with the Hungarian mobile operator T-Mobile Hungary to build a 3G (UMTS) network in Hungary.
Under the agreement Ericsson would supply radio access network and core network systems, including related network roll-out services. Ericsson would be the sole supplier of T-Mobile Hungary's 3G network.
cuts key interest rate
The Hungarian central
bank reduced its key interest rate by half a percentage point, from
9.5 to 9.0%, the bank said in a statement posted on its website.
"Autonomy" trips response: Comment by Hungarian PM heats up Slovak-Hungarian debate
Slovak Spectator, Monday, January 24th
SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovic, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský rejected the idea of "autonomy" in a joint meeting on January 17.
The official announcement came after Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány of Hungary said that for ethnic Hungarians living abroad the notion of autonomy would be a better solution than dual citizenship. [more]
However, the Slovak National Party (SNS), being true to its history of xenophobia and against what its representatives call "the Hungarian threat", demanded that the Slovak parliament unite and oppose Hungarian efforts of irredentism and autonomy. [more]
pilots Start Gripen Training
The first Hungarian pilots have arrived in Sweden to start their Gripen conversion training. The first five Hungarian pilots, who will undergo conversion training to Gripen has arrived in Sweden today. For the next year, they will be based at the Swedish Air Force F7 Wing at Satenas. [more]
bridges: Hungarians helping Rumanians to join the EU
PRIME Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány says his government will hold joint cabinet meetings annually with Rumania in order to help its neighbor join the European Union and "ease the historic burden" of the two countries' relations. On January 17, the premier met with his Rumanian counterpart Calin Tariceanu in Budapest where they held a joint press conference. [more] Also see more on [Reuters]
Business Continues to Expand Outward: will privatize Montenegrin
A Hungarian company which operates within Deutsche Telecom has made the best offer for the privatisation of the Montenegrin Telecom, the Montenegrin government's Privatisation Council said in a statement on Friday.
The statement said that the second best offer was made by the Slovenian Telecom, the third by Telecom Serbia and the fourth by Mobilkom Austria.
Drajko joins Graphisoft as Director, International Sales
Graphisoft® announces the appointment of László Drajkó as the Director of International Sales. In his role, he will be responsible for managing the independent sales channel globally for ArchiCAD®, and supporting the roll-out of the world’s first 5D Virtual Construction™ solution. [more]
Roma MEP on a mission
Ms. Jaroka is one of the youngest MEPs. The first Member of the European Parliament of Romany origin, Livia Jaroka, has told the BBC she wants a better deal for Gypsy communities across Europe. Ms Jaroka was elected to the European Parliament when Hungary joined the EU last year.
"I am a representative of the Hungarian people...[more]
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