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AHF News Archive: 2008


AHF Submits Letter Regarding Intolerance in Slovakia -- On November 21, 2008, the American Hungarian Federation submitted a letter to Slovak Foreign Minister Jan Kubis11/23/08 - AHF Submits Letter Regarding Intolerance in Slovakia -- On November 21, 2008, the American Hungarian Federation submitted a letter to Slovak Foreign Minister Jan Kubis who was visiting Washington, D.C.  The Federation's letter raised concern over the intolerant and discriminatory policies and practices aimed at Slovakia's Hungarian minority. [read more]


Csanádi emléktábla Révai Miklósnak: Az emléktábla állítás kezdeményezője Velcsov Margit nagyszentmiklósi magyartanár, aki a Washingtoni Amerikai Magyar Szövetség anyagi támogatásával készíttette11/10/2008 - Csanádi emléktábla Révai Miklósnak - Október 26-án, vasárnap, avatták fel Nagycsanádon Révai Miklós kegyesrendi pap, egyetemi tanár és költő, a magyar nyelv és irodalom nagy tudósa emléktábláját. Az emléktábla állítás kezdeményezője Velcsov Margit nagyszentmiklósi magyartanár, aki a Washingtoni Amerikai Magyar Szövetség anyagi támogatásával készíttette el a márványtáblát, valamint a Telbisz Mária vezette Révai Miklós Egyesület. [tovább]


The American Hungarian Federation Submitted Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates Obama and McCain11/6/2008 - AHF Submitted Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates -- The Federation submitted identical questionnaires to Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain on a strictly non-partisan basis. Barack Obama responds to Hungarian American Community acknowledging need to "continue strengthening democratic institutions throughout Central and Eastern Europe....[and] build respect for human and minority rights in that region and throughout the world." Hungary's press reacts.[Read More]


The American Hungarian Federation participates in CSIS conference as a General Sponsor.11/4/08 - The American Hungarian Federation participates in CSIS conference as a General Sponsor.  On October 2, 2008, the Center for Strategic and International Studies ("CSIS") sponsored a conference, "New Allies and the New Administration: Priorities for U.S.-CEE Relations." The event examined "the strategic relationship between the United States and Central Eastern European states (CEE) with the purpose of generating concrete policy recommendations for the incoming U.S. administration." [read more]


The American Hungarian Federation Participates in White House Briefing and Ceremony for NATO Accession Protocols for Croatia and Albania10/24/2008 - The American Hungarian Federation Participates in White House Briefing and Ceremony for NATO Accession Protocols for Croatia and Albania... During a briefing at the White House on Friday, October 24, President George W. Bush thanked leaders from the Central and East European Coalition (the “CEEC”) for their support of NATO enlargement. The briefing preceded a ceremony in which President Bush signed NATO Accession Protocols for Croatia and Albania. Frank Koszorus, Jr. and Zoltan Bagdy, co-presidents of the American Hungarian Federation (the “Federation”) – an active member of the CEEC – attended both events. [read more]


President Bush Announces Hungary's Inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program.10/17/2008 - President Bush Announces Hungary's Inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program...AHF leaders attend ceremony on Hungary’s inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program.  “I’m pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and South Korea – that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program,” said President Bush at the October 17, 2008 White House Rose Garden ceremony.  [read more]


CEEC meeting with the White House9/11/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Participates in Meeting with White House Officials on Crisis in Georgia... The American Hungarian Federation (“Federation”) along with other members of the Central and East European Coalition (“CEEC”) met on September 9, 2008 at the White House with officials from the National Security Council (“NSC”) to discuss the crisis in Georgia and related matters, including U.S. engagement in Central and Eastern Europe, NATO enlargement, aid to Georgia and other aid packages to the region and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. [read more]


AHF Mourns the Loss of the Rev. Dr. Imre Bertalan, minister to our community, voice of unity, President Emeritus of the American Hungarian Federation and former board member of the HRFA, the Hungarian American Coalition, and the American Section of the World Alliance of Hungarians.9/7/2008 - September 6 Memorial Service for Reverend Dr. Imre Bertalan in Washington...The Reverend Dr. Imre Bertalan, past president and chairman of the American Hungarian Federation, died July 10, 2008 at Schenectady, New York, from complications of cancer, at age 90.  At the time of his death, he was the pastor of the Hungarian Reformed Church of Washington, D.C.  [read more]


More than 150,000 Georgians attended a pro-Mikheil Saakashvili rally outside Georgia's parliament in Tbilisi Aug. 12. Photograph by : Gleb Garanich/Reuters8/15/2008 - American Hungarian Federation believes Hungary should accede to the joint declaration on the situation in Georgia signed by the presidents of the Baltic States and Poland; Federation also participates in CEEC press conference and demonstration in Washington, DC. Hungarians remember all too vividly the Soviet intervention in Hungary. AHF issues statement. [read more in English ] [tovább magyarul]


The American Hungarian Federation and other members of the Central East European Coalition (CEEC) met with Senator Charles Schumer (D–NY) this week. The purpose of the meeting was to seek clarification of statements contained in Senator Schumer’s June 3rd Wall Street Journal article that were susceptible to the interpretation that he condoned Russian designs on Central and Eastern Europe.7/25/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Participates in CEEC Meeting with Senator Schumer: Discusses Russia "Hegemony" statement... The American Hungarian Federation and other members of the Central East European Coalition (CEEC) met with Senator Charles Schumer (D–NY) this week. The purpose of the meeting was to seek clarification of statements contained in Senator Schumer’s June 3rd Wall Street Journal article that were susceptible to the interpretation that he condoned Russian designs on Central and Eastern Europe. [read more]


American Hungarian Federation Participates In “Hungarian Americans Together” Conference6/30/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Participates In “Hungarian Americans Together” Conference... On June 26-27, 2008, the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) participated in a conference titled “Hungarian Americans Together,” held at Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The focus of the conference was the future health and security of domestic Hungarian organization. [read more]


American Hungarian Federation Helps Plan and Participates in Successful CEEC Congressional Policy Discussion on Central and Eastern Europe6/19/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Helps Plan and Participates in Successful CEEC Congressional Policy Discussion on Central and Eastern Europe... the Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEEC) sponsored a foreign policy roundtable discussion and reception on Capitol Hill.  The purpose of the discussion was to analyze issues of interest to the members of the CEEC, including U.S. relations with Russia, enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and energy policies impacting the region. [read more]


AHF members, leaders, and guests commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC6/12/2008 - Victims of Communism Memorial 1st Anniversary... Former California Congressman Tom Lantos was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom (posthumously) during the ceremony. The ceremony marked the first anniversary of the dedication of the memorial. AHF is proud to support the foundation. AHF's October 2007 Congressional Reception in honor of its 100th anniversary began with a wreath laying at the memorial. [read more]


In order to entice Russia to join the economic sanctions against Iran, Sen. Schumer proposes that the United States dismantle the anti-missile system in Central Europe as it "mocks Mr. Putin's dream of eventually restoring Russian hegemony over Eastern Europe." He also proposes to recognize Russia's "traditional role" in the Caspian region, and "make Russia whole if it joins in our Iranian boycott."6/11/2008 - Sen. Schumer suggests return of Russia's hegemony in Central and East Europe... AHF (and Central and East European Coalition) sends letter and calls on community to express its concern. On June 3, 2008, Senator Schumer (D-NY) published an article in The Wall Street Journal entitled "Russia Can Be Part of the Answer on Iran." In this article, Sen. Schumer suggests that stronger economic sanctions would help deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The effectiveness of the sanctions, according to Sen. Schumer, will require Russia's cooperation. [read more] and get involved!AHF Action Alert!


How Hungary Shrank: Ostensibly in the name of national self-determination, the Treaty dismembered the thousand-year-old Kingdom of Hungary, a self-contained, geographically and economically coherent and durable formation in the Carpathian Basin and boasting the longest lasting historical borders in Europe. It was imposed on Hungary without any negotiation by vengeful leaders who were ignorant or ignored the region’s history, and mercilessly tore that country apart. By drawing artificial borders in gross violation of the ethnic principle, it also transferred over three million indigenous ethnic Hungarians and over 70% of the country's territory to foreign rule.6/4/2008 - The 88th Anniversary of Trianon. AHF issues Statement entitled, "Overdue Autonomy for Minority Hungarians! Time to Bury Trianon and Resurrect Democracy." The European order imposed after World War I and then re-imposed following the Second World War collapsed almost within months at the end of the Cold War. One ethnic group after another throughout the region seized the opportunity to realize their own objectives to exercise external self-determination, even as some of them denied internal self-determination to their Hungarian co-nationals.  For example, after Slovakia broke away from Prague’s perceived dominance in the peaceful divorce of 1992, it wasted little time to gerrymander the country’s historic administrative division in 1996 so as to eliminate most of the districts which had a Hungarian majority population. [read more]


Visa3/24/2008 - Hungary and the United States Sign Visa Waiver Agreement... On Monday, March 17, 2008, Hungary, Slovakia and Lithuania signed a Visa Waiver Program memorandum of understanding with the United States.  This agreement is intended to pave the way to help the three countries qualify for visa waiver free travel to the United States later this year. Washington Times publishes AHF Letter to the Editor. [read more]


Ron Asmus3/5/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Raises Issue of Vojvodina Hungarians With Senator Senator Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Ron Asmus...On March 3 representatives of the 19 member organizations of the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) spoke via conference call with Dr. Ron Asmus, foreign policy adviser to Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign. The discussion, which was a follow-up to a meeting with Secretary Madeline Albright and Senator Clinton's Campaign National Security Director, Lee Feinstein held last week. [read more]


The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC), comprised of 19 national organizations representing more than 22 million Americans, including the American Hungarian Federation (AHF), discussed a number of policy issues with presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton’s advisor, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright3/5/2008 - American Hungarian Federation Participates in Meetings With Senator Obama’s and Senator Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisors...The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) and the American Hungarian Federation (AHF), discussed a number of policy issues with both candidates' top advisors. [read more]


How Hungary Shrank, stranding millions across artificial borders3/1/2008 - Zoltan Bagdy writes in support of national self-determination in reaction to February 19 Anne Applebaum article: "... it is doubly puzzling why she now seems to be ringing the alarm-bell about other ethnic groups seeking their own self-determination. Why not the Basques?  Her list doesn’t even mention the Kurds, so I will add it myself:  Why not the Kurds?  Don’t they deserve self-determination?  There are 2 million ethnic Hungarians living outside of Hungary, they are not allowed to use their native language, their cultural and educational opportunities are constrained. Aren’t they entitled to their freedom?" [read more]


AHF Calls for protection on minorities in Kosovo and Vojvodina. 2/29/2008 - As Kosovo gains independence, AHF calls attention to the largest minority in the region: The Hungarians in the former Yugoslavia and within the Carpathian Basin. The recent independence of Kosovo and resulting violence deeply concerns the Federation. In a Letter to the Editor, AHF's Geza Cseri writes: "What is also bothersome and surprising is that there is no overall analysis of minority rights in Central Europe, which is crucial to the peace of the region as well as the whole of Europe. [read more]


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