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Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 04.16.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

The post-2015 framework is about development justice in our immediate future but also about building a new framework for many generations to come. The problem, however, is that people cannot think and act long term if their daily life is an existential struggle.

Yom HaShoah 2015: Remembering the Holocaust on a Trip to Eastern Europe

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Laurie Levy

It's the shoes that make me cry. In a photo of my mother from 1924, I am drawn to her scuffed Mary Jane shoes. I remember my grandchildren toddling in their Robeez. In 1944-45, Jews were told to remove their shoes and then shot and pushed into the river. Only their shoes remained behind. Some of them were so tiny.

From Here to 'Afar': The Art of Peter Forgacs

Tom Teicholz | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

That feeling of being in two places, two time periods, at once, is part of the experience of a remarkable exhibit on view through May 24 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (CJM), a video and sound installation by Hungarian artist Péter Forgács.

Hungary Goes to the Dogs - WHITE GOD - an Astonishing Movie!

Jay Weston | Posted 03.27.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

May I suggest that you mark your calendar for April 3rd, because that's when a foreign film which I love will be opening here..... for just one week, although I suspect it will be renewed if enough people express interest in seeing it after the word-of-mouth spreads.

Hungary's Green Wave Crashes

John Feffer | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met the biologist Gyongyi Mangel in 1990, her enthusiasm was contagious. So much was going on in Hungarian civil society that it was hard to keep track of all the new initiatives. She was passionate about connecting issues and it was hard not to get caught up in her can-do spirit.

A Tale of (Fraternal) Twin Cities

Allison Pataki | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
Allison Pataki

When you drive across the border from Austria into Hungary, you barely know that you've passed an international boundary. This took me by surprise the first time I made the two and a half hour drive from Vienna to Budapest.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

Ukraine: Enough With Stale Insider Debates in the Media

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Going overboard with the geopolitical analysis, the media invites wonky policy insiders to discuss how "U.S. interests" should be deployed in the fight to protect Kiev.

The Failure of Nationalist Politics in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The European financial crisis certainly prepared the ground for the growth of nationalist parties throughout the continent. Cluj, a large city in the Transylvanian region of Romania that has an ethnic Romanian majority, is a good illustration of the limits of nationalist politics.

A Tale of Two Menus: Eating in Sister Cities on the Danube

Allison Pataki | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Allison Pataki

Sure enough, the same items kept popping up on every menu, whether I was in the Hungarian or Austrian capital. There was Hungarian goulash everywhere I went in Austria and the Austrian Schnitzel all over the other side of the border.

Unfashionably Good

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 03.03.2015 | New York
Eric Uhlfelder

So infuriating is the peculiar nature of the lead character in Manhattan's Mint Theater Company's latest farcical production, that your typical New Yorker may likely have to restrain himself... even herself... from leaping on stage.

Hungary's Green Minister

John Feffer | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I first met Zoltan Illes in 1990, he was 29 years old and in his first month as the youngest state secretary in modern Hungarian history, working in the ministry of environment. He granted me quite a long interview and was unusually frank not only about the environmental situation in the country but also about the challenges he faced in his own position.

10 Things Not to Miss in Budapest

The GypsyNesters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Budapest is truly a tale of two cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River. Here are our suggestions on getting the most out both Buda and Pest.

Recreating Central Europe

John Feffer | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

In an interview in Warsaw in August 2013, Dariusz Kalan, a Central Europe expert with the Polish Institute for International Affairs (PISM), talked about Poland's attempt to represent the region in European bodies, why young people are leaning toward conservative movements, and how Central Europe views Russia.

Climate Reformation: The Solar Technology Vision of Zoltan Kiss

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Peter Schwartz

As someone who for much of the past year has studied the global climate crisis as an existential threat to human life, I can't overstate the value bro...

Double Standards in Our Foreign Policy -- and That's Just the Way It Is

András Simonyi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
András Simonyi

Pragmatism however should not be an easy way out of the responsibility for human rights and dignity that we, as democracies, share in the world. We should not suggest that we do not have an influence, when we actually do.

Editors Resign As Media Group Owner Predicts 'War' With Hungarian Government

AP | By PABLO GORONDI | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Six top executives of a media group controlled by a former ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban unexpectedly resig...

Housing Is for All

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

Balint Misetics and I talked about his views on militancy, how homeless activism connects to other political struggles in Hungary today, and why this kind of work can be traumatic over the long run.

Roma as Consumers

John Feffer | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

When it comes to Roma, East-Central Europe is still in its segregation era. The business community hasn't really begun to see Roma as consumers because it's too busy worrying about how an association with Roma would adversely affect its image. Istvan Forgacs would like to change that.

My Own Personal Auschwitz

András Simonyi | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
András Simonyi

Very often I look at the pictures of my grandmother Paula. She was warm and loving. I imagine my conversations with her, sitting on her lap. I hear her. Her voice makes me feel strong and indestructible.

Lost in Transition

Liza Long | Posted 03.16.2015 | Divorce
Liza Long

One rainy evening in early October 2007, on a winding residential street in Budapest, Hungary, I got lost. I pulled out my notebook, squinting at the greying street signs as I tried to decipher something about my location.

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

9 Totally Weird Holiday Traditions Around the World

Findery | Posted 02.10.2015 | Travel
Findery

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the globe, many of which you've probably never heard of -- the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala).

A New Danger to U.S. Interests in Europe: Political Appointees

Robbie Gramer | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Robbie Gramer

Hungary used to embody the promise of the West. Now, the United States and its European allies need to ensure Hungary doesn't embody a failure of the West.