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Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

WATCH: The Best Jump Rope Tandem In The World

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.16.2014 | Sports

The Banhegyi sisters have been skipping rope for more than 20 years. That thorough experience has landed them spots with Cirque du Soleil, and rece...

Good Bye Brother Tommy Ramone, Rest in Peace

András Simonyi | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
András Simonyi

He was an amazing talent, a true innovator, a virtuoso drummer and guitarist. He was also a fellow Hungarian.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

Honoring Congressional Gold Medal Recipient Raoul Wallenberg: One Man Who Made a Difference

Mark Brzezinski | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Brzezinski

On July 9, the American Congress will convey a powerful message through the bestowal of the Congressional Gold Medal to remember the courageous acts of Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat who chose to rise to a higher moral calling.

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

minube | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
minube

With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.ne...

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

On Red Mud and Other Messes

John Feffer | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 2010, in Hungary, a reservoir wall containing the industrial sludge pond of an alumina plant collapsed and more than a million cubic meters of toxic red mud swept across the countryside, through several villages, and into the rivers feeding the Danube. Accidents happen. But this was not a complete surprise.

Hungary's Economic Leap

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Given its position at the head of the pack of countries in the region, Hungary was expected to be the first to make the successful transition to capitalism. But today, Hungary has fallen behind many of the other countries in the region in terms of growth, employment, debt, and other economic indicators.

Even the Ruler of Hungary Needs an Independent Third Sector

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Jon Van Til

In both the long and short run, Hungary is likely to suffer from the majoritarian zeal of Orban's desire to run it all. Even the strongest ruler stands to benefit from citizen interest in resolving society's problems.

The First Roma Feminist

John Feffer | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the United States, women of color frequently experience the double burden of discrimination. They are discriminated against by race and also by gender. The same applies to Roma women in East-Central Europe. And sexism imposes its own double burden, for Roma women must confront not only the prejudices of society as a whole but also discrimination within traditional Roma families.

Toward Local Resilience in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Joining the European Union should have been a step up environmentally for Hungary. But it was a mixed blessing.

The Dam

John Feffer | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

It says a lot about Hungary in the 1980s that the movement that represented the biggest challenge to the Communist authorities was an environmental one.

Jobbik: Looking East

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Jobbik parliamentary representative Tamas Hegedus believes the party did so well because, more than any of the other parties, it spoke directly with voters and not simply through the media. The electoral war between Fidesz and the main opposition coalition also helped Jobbik's numbers.

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

Hungary's U-Turn

John Feffer | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

How could the world be heading inexorably in the direction of market democracy when even the country long considered next in line for membership in the European Community was collapsing into war, nationalist extremism, and ethnic cleansing?

Participatory Environmentalism in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

Only with the limits imposed by the energy crisis and now the climate change crisis has recycling become obligatory in many parts of the world. The range of recyclables has also widened dramatically over the years beyond just paper, cans, and bottles.

Can Politics Be Different in Hungary?

John Feffer | Posted 05.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian environmentalists had been trying to create an authentic Green Party ever since the end of Communism. When they pulled together a new initiative on 2009, they didn't call it a Green Party. Instead, they wanted to transform the entire process of doing politics in the country. The name of the party said it all: Politics Can Be Different.

This Is Not a Transition

John Feffer | Posted 05.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

If the origins of the "transition" were hazy, the trajectory was even more so. Yugoslavia's "transition" was certainly very different from its neighbors, for it seemed to move directly backward from the 1990s into the blood politics of the 1940s.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

Ukraine Crisis: Hands Off Transcarpathia!

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the Ukrainian crisis worsens, and the central government is revealed as incompetent and ineffectual, outside powers are stirring up mischief within the country's restive regions.

Funding Roma Autonomy

John Feffer | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
John Feffer

The reduction in extreme poverty varied from region to region, with great gains made in Asia and not much progress achieved in Africa. In East-Central Europe, the drop was roughly comparable to the global average. There is, however, a statistical anomaly in the data for East-Central Europe.

Democracy Without Democrats in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anybody can claim the mantle of democracy. Russian neo-fascist Vladimir Zhirinovsky runs a party called the Liberal Democratic Party. Even North Korea makes a nod in this direction when it calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The countries of East-Central Europe are, of course, in a different category.

Roma as Game Changers

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Roma are a significant minority of the population in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the countries of former Yugoslavia. Depending on the political balance of power in the country, Roma could achieve the same kind of success as the MRF if they consolidated their voting strength behind one party.

From Journalism to Activism in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

Szilvia Varro worked as a journalist for 18 years. She won Hungary's top journalism award for her investigative pieces on the extreme right and its approach toward Roma, the Pulitzer Prize (Joseph Pulitzer was born in Hungary). But after 18 years, she quit. And started something new.