A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

We published a piece about Hungarian-language announcements in California that „Slovakia” was organizing a March 25 non-stop charter flight from Washington DC to Bratislava.  Stranded Hungarian citizens could also buy one-way tickets for 1,100–2,500 EUR depending on travel class and “Slovakia” would also consider charter flights from Florida and California. (Read here) The announcement also appeared … Continue reading “A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic”

Stranded Hungarians may fly to Slovakia from the US

There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of stranded Hungarian citizens in the US, desperately trying to return to Budapest.  US airlines has suspended most transatlantic service and there is little hope that flights will be restored soon. In the last couple of days Hungarian-language ads have appeared saying that „Slovakia” is organizing a non-stop charter flight … Continue reading “Stranded Hungarians may fly to Slovakia from the US”

Europe in trouble as Spain records over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

London, March 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Health authorities in Spain say coronavirus infections have reached 5,753 people, of which almost 3,000 are in the capital, Madrid. That represents a national increase of more than 1,500 in 24 hours. No new figures for deaths were immediately announced, but as of Friday, Spain had recorded 120 COVID-19 deaths. Spain … Continue reading “Europe in trouble as Spain records over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours”

Slovakia’s election sees rise of anti-corruption party and demise of ethnic Hungarian parties

Slovakia held parliamentary elections on Saturday, February 29th and the vote was significant for two reasons. First, it brought the victory of the curiously named “Ordinary People” party (OĽaNO), which swept to power on a populist anti-corruption platform, garnering 25% of the vote. Second, for Hungarians, the election was an unhappy turning point, in that … Continue reading “Slovakia’s election sees rise of anti-corruption party and demise of ethnic Hungarian parties”

Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pledged to siphon off Russia’s transit oil from the Russia-EU oil pipeline Druzhba, if Moscow fails to supply the “necessary volume” of oil in February. “If Russia fails to deliver the necessary amount of oil […] we start taking oil from the transit pipeline, too,” Lukashenko’s media office quoted him as saying … Continue reading “Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West”

Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the Czech Republic parliament Feb. 15 for two letters urging Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, to grant Taiwan observer status in the World Health Assembly.   One letter was sent by Petr Fiala and Vojtech Pikal, vice presidents of the lower house, with another … Continue reading “Czech lawmakers urge WHA observer status for Taiwan”

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Swedish Counterpart Linde Hold Press Conference – Video

Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov is holding a press conference with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde following a bilateral meeting. Lavrov and Linde last spoke in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava nearly two months ago. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the country wants to deepen its ties with Sweden in the spirit of good neighbourliness. The … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Swedish Counterpart Linde Hold Press Conference – Video”

Slovakia: Third Positionist Party Rises to Second As Gypsy Violence Engulfs Country, by Eric Striker

Nationalists are on the rise in Slovakia. The People’s Party – Our Slovakia, led by charismatic rebel Marian Kotleba, is polling at 14% ahead of parliamentary elections next February. This will almost double the seats they won in 2016, putting them ahead of all the competing conservative and liberal parties and making them second only…

MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences

Condolences conveyed by allies and like-minded partners following the deaths of Gen. Shen Yi-ming, chief of the general staff, and seven other service members during the emergency landing of a Blackhawk UH-60M helicopter in northern Taiwan are deeply appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan. 3.   The … Continue reading “MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for Blackhawk condolences”

Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist

I’m old enough to remember Don Henley’s popular song, The Sunset Grill about his favorite hamburger joint on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.   The song is about a small restaurant where Henley could mix with everyday people; apparently that is not always easy for California celebrities. The song was part of his 1985 album entitled … Continue reading “Sunset Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with a Hungarian twist”

Krampus Trumpus Rumpus

Seasons Beatings! ‘Tis the Krampusnacht time again, when Krampus, the hornèd, horny Xmas devil of rich medieval Alpine folklore and cheap Hollywood horror movies, roams the earth, wreaking hornèd, horny havoc upon the “naughty.” Bad Santa Krampus is the dark side of jolly old Saint Nick. He also looks a lot like Pan, the ancient … Continue reading “Krampus Trumpus Rumpus”

Après l’expulsion de deux diplomates russes d’Allemagne, place à la détente ?

Alors que deux membres de l’ambassade russe en Allemagne ont été sommés de quitter le pays «avec effet immédiat» – la Russie étant accusée de n’avoir pas «suffisamment coopéré» dans l’enquête sur le meurtre d’un Géorgien à Berlin – la chancelière allemande, Angela Merkel, a mis en garde le 5 décembre contre toute spéculation sur le meurtre du ressortissant géorgien à … Continue reading “Après l’expulsion de deux diplomates russes d’Allemagne, place à la détente ?”

OSCE Ministerial Council Kicks Off in Bratislava – Video

The 26th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council kicks off in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava this Thursday and will last through Friday. The participants are expected to discuss the most pressing challenges facing security in Europe and beyond, and chart the way forward for the OSCE’s working agenda. The Ministerial Council is the organisation’s most important … Continue reading “OSCE Ministerial Council Kicks Off in Bratislava – Video”

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump

Photograph Source: Noir – CC BY-SA 3.0 The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany’s despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for … Continue reading “The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Shock Therapy and the Rise of Trump”

Les restrictions contre les médias russes sont une tentative de «censure politique», selon Moscou

Lors d’une conférence intitulée «Liberté des médias et sécurité des journalistes en Russie et dans la zone de l’OSCE : défis et opportunités à l’ère numérique» qui a eu lieu le 6 novembre à Moscou, le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov a vivement critiqué les restrictions auxquelles font face des journalistes russes dans de … Continue reading “Les restrictions contre les médias russes sont une tentative de «censure politique», selon Moscou”

Remains of Kenyan victims of Ethiopian airline crash arrive home

London, Oct. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The remains of 28 out of 32 Kenyans who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March have been brought to Kenya. Remains of 28 out of 32 Kenyans who perished in the Ethiopian plane crash in March arrive at JKIA, set to be handed over to kin. pic.twitter.com/8U9ROqPwXT— Pamela Asigi … Continue reading “Remains of Kenyan victims of Ethiopian airline crash arrive home”

Capitalism’s Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth

Ralph Chaplin – Industrial Workers of the World journal “Solidarity” (June 30, 1917 issue) In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none. Labor rights are routinely violated around the world, and the trend is only getting worse. The International Trade Union Confederation has again issued its annual Global Rights Index and the result … Continue reading “Capitalism’s Triumph: Labor Rights Violated in Every Country on Earth”

Oman’s largest healthcare show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sep 25, 2019 Muscat, Oman, 23 September 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Oman’s largest healthcare and medical event organized by biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, opened on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre under the auspices of the His Excellency Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Advisor to the Ministry of … Continue reading “Oman’s largest healthcare show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre”

Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State – Public Domain “I extend a special welcome to Australia’s former prime minister. It is in part due to his tough policy that we regard Australia as a model country. We especially respect it for the brave, direct and Anglo-Saxon consistency which it has shown on migration and defence … Continue reading “Strong Men in Europe: Tony Abbott Visits Hungary”

Climate Chaos Descends on Europe

Photograph Source: Joe deSousa – The Musée d’Orsay at sunset – CC BY 2.0 It’s been a rough summer in Europe. On August 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 … Continue reading “Climate Chaos Descends on Europe”

L’Afrique dans le viseur de l’OTAN

Sorti en avril 2019, le projet de rapport intitulé « SÉCURITÉ ET STABILITÉ EN AFRIQUE – DÉFIS ET PRIORITÉS POUR L’OTAN » rédigé par le Portugais Julio Miranda Calha est édifiant. Il est pourtant passé totalement inaperçu. Un article de Leslie Varenne. Source : IVERIS Comme tous les projets de la Commission Politique de l’OTAN, les grandes lignes directrices … Continue reading “L’Afrique dans le viseur de l’OTAN”

Défense européenne : L’avion hispanofranco-allemand verra-t-il le jour ? Par Guillaume Berlat

Source : Proche & Moyen-Orient, Guillaume Berlat, 24-06-2019 « Nous vivons aujourd’hui dans un monde qui devient sans foi ni loi… Les rapports de forces purs dominent les relations internationales et la confrontation l’emporte sur le compromis…. L’Europe doit sortir de son innocence, elle doit cesser d’être naïve. Elle doit assumer ses responsabilités et ne … Continue reading “Défense européenne : L’avion hispanofranco-allemand verra-t-il le jour ? Par Guillaume Berlat”

The Hitler-Stalin Pact, Reconsidered

On August 26th, an article titled “The Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 23, 1939: Myth and Reality” appeared on CounterPunch. It made many useful points about the right of the USSR to conclude a non-aggression pact with any capitalist nation in light of the invasion that nearly destroyed it in the early 1920s. While Cold War … Continue reading “The Hitler-Stalin Pact, Reconsidered”

Slovakian traveler ends up in Rotterdam, instead of Rotherham

A man from Slovakia ended up in a Rotterdam police station on Wednesday night, looking for help.  The man was on his way to visit his mother in the English town of Rotherham, but instead accidentally bought a ticket to Rotterdam, the police said on Twitter. The traveler was accidentally sold a ticket to the … Continue reading “Slovakian traveler ends up in Rotterdam, instead of Rotherham”

Antal Csicsátka – developer of FM stereo standard

As part of our series on lesser known Hungarian Americans we introduce Antal Csicsátka, the General Electric Company engineer who developed the “stereophonic FM broadcasting system.” FM radio broadcast would not exist in its current form without Csicsátka. On February 25, 1964, the United States Patent Office granted General Electric a patent covering the stereophonic … Continue reading “Antal Csicsátka – developer of FM stereo standard”

Europol, Spanish police arrest ten members of animal trafficking network to Africa

London, August 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A ring of illegal animal trafficking network from Europe across Africa through Morocco has been busted by the Spanish Civil Guard. The international network specialised in trafficking protected species of animals ‘Operation Fennec’ supervised by Europol, is the fruit of a coordinated investigation with the participation of Portugal, Slovakia, and Morocco. … Continue reading “Europol, Spanish police arrest ten members of animal trafficking network to Africa”

Slovak researchers use Shvabe optics to create lasers

Shvabe (part of Rostec) exported to Slovakia a large lot of diffraction gratings. The Russian optics is used for development of lasers. The consignment consists of 20 gratings produced by State Institute of Applied Optics (GIPO), a Shvabe Holding enterprise. It is the second delivery to the customer, the first 10 items were sent in … Continue reading “Slovak researchers use Shvabe optics to create lasers”

Germany and France: Old Demons

The suspension of arms sales is a classic instrument of diplomacy. It has been wielded on a number of occasions against nations whose governments and armed forces are accused of flagrant human rights violations. In May 1977, the U.S. administration under Jimmy Carter suspended arms sales to the Argentine military junta after the coup of … Continue reading “Germany and France: Old Demons”

Un rapport de l’OTAN révèle la présence d’armes nucléaires américaines en Europe

Un document mis en ligne par l’Assemblée parlementaire de l’OTAN, l’organisation interparlementaire de l’alliance, daté du 16 avril, affirme que «dans le cadre de l’OTAN», les Etats-Unis disposent d’«environ 150 armes nucléaires, en particulier des bombes gravitationnelles B61, en Europe, à bord d’avions à double capacité, à la fois américain et alliés». Le texte d’une … Continue reading “Un rapport de l’OTAN révèle la présence d’armes nucléaires américaines en Europe”

States Opposing Russia’s Return to PACE to Present Relevant Resolution – Polish Official

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s delegation announced that it was leaving PACE immediately after the adoption of a resolution reinstating Russia’s credentials in the organisation. The delegations of Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia also left the assembly following Ukraine’s move. “We discussed this topic yesterday. We are all outraged by this situation. The representatives of … Continue reading “States Opposing Russia’s Return to PACE to Present Relevant Resolution – Polish Official”

Delta Unveils Latest E-Mobility and Green Solutions at ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2019

Jun 11, 2019 Picture:  Bangkok, Thailand, June 8, 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. showcased its portfolio of solar inverters (PVI) and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging products and solutions at the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2019 at BITEC, Bangkok. Delta’s highlight product was the 150kW Ultra Fast Charger for green smart cities … Continue reading “Delta Unveils Latest E-Mobility and Green Solutions at ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week 2019”

Négociations en cours pour le raccordement de la Slovaquie à Nord Stream 2 et TurkStream

«Moscou et Bratislava doivent trouver des solutions mutuellement bénéfiques pour relier la Slovaquie aux projets de gazoduc Nord Stream-2 et Turkish Stream», a déclaré le Premier ministre russe Dmitri Medvedev lors d’une conférence de presse à l’issue d’un entretien avec son homologue slovaque, Peter Pellegrini, le 5 juin à Moscou.  Cet entretien avait pour objet les … Continue reading “Négociations en cours pour le raccordement de la Slovaquie à Nord Stream 2 et TurkStream”

Empire and Satellites Commemorate WWII Sideshow, China and Former Soviets Not Invited (VIDEO)

RT did a good job of pointing out the irony of making sure Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, New Zealand and Luxembourg are there but leaving out Russia and China. But it’s nothing anybody should get upset about. Remember Reagan and Bitburg? D-Day commemorations have always been about NATO and about current daily politics, not about WWII. … Continue reading “Empire and Satellites Commemorate WWII Sideshow, China and Former Soviets Not Invited (VIDEO)”

Quand le Parlement européen se « nationalise »

L’article 13 du traité sur l’Union européenne (TUE), qui contient la liste des institutions de l’Union européenne (UE), cite le Parlement européen (PE) en premier. Suivent ensuite le Conseil européen, le Conseil, la Commission européenne, la Cour de justice de l’UE, la Banque centrale européenne et la Cour des comptes. À l’image de la construction … Continue reading “Quand le Parlement européen se « nationalise »”

Diplomatic allies urge WHA observer status for Taiwan

A proposal urging Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer was submitted by 14 of the country’s diplomatic allies to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 20.   The government and people of Taiwan sincerely appreciate the backing of Belize, … Continue reading “Diplomatic allies urge WHA observer status for Taiwan”

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, … Continue reading “The Threat of Political Climate Change”

Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?

A number of recent reports have indicated that at least one S-300PT surface to air missile system has been delivered to the United States for testing. Satellite images at an American military testing site show a 30N6 fire control system and 5P85 transporter erector launchers, though the time of delivery as of yet remains uncertain. Пусковые … Continue reading “Russia’s S-300 Pops Up on US Soil, But Is That a Big Deal?”

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

by John Feffer In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved … Continue reading “The Rising Tide of the Populist Right”