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December 30

  • An article on the decline in the housing sector in the U.S. and the repercussions for 2006. Zoltan Pozsar, an analyst with Moody's Economy.com comments on the housing boom.

Happy New Year!

December 28

  • An article from the Washington Times entitled "Iraqi army needs armored vehicles" published December 27, mentions Soviet-era tanks donated by Hungary to the Iraqi Army.

  • Also in the Washington Times Bruce Fein comments on the surveillance program of the National Security Agency in an opinion piece of December 28.

  • From today's Washington Times, an article on the president & vice president: "Cheney, Bush remain close."

December 27

  • An article on the use of minority language "Finland Makes Its Swedes Feel At Home" as published in last Sunday's New York Times.

  • A Washington Post op-ed by Robert Novak Lott on Sen. Trent Lott.

  • From today's Science section of The New York Times, an article on cancer genes.

December 26

  • An obituary of György Sándor, a pianist who was protégé of Béla Bartók, as published on December 15 in the Washington Post.

  • book review by Liz Lerman in The Washington Post of Sunday, December 25 entitled "Dance Fever."  The book is "Tango The Art History of Love" by Robert Farris Thompson, Pantheon, 360 pp. $28.50.  There is a reference to a comment by composer Bela Bartok (b. Nagyszentmiklos, Hungary [now Sinnicolau Mare, Romania] 1881, d. New York City, 1945) at a Harvard lecture quoted by bandleader Astor Piazolla.

December 25

From The Washington Times of today:

  • comment from Paul Craig Roberts on the Christmas tradition: "The greatest gift of all."

  • Paul Greenberg writes a commentary entitled "What is Hanukkah?"

  • The late Balint Vazsonyi, who was a columnist of The Washington Times, has a reprinted opinion piece in today's edition from December 25, 2001 with the title, "Christmas, past, present and future."

December 23

The Bush administration's wiretap program has generated a number of articles in the Washington papers. We are sending two opinion pieces from today's Washington Post and an editorial from The Washington Times on the same subject.

  • An op-ed by former Sen. Tom Daschle with the title "Power We Didn't Grant."

  • The op-ed "Impeachment Nonsense" written by Charles Krauthammer.

  • The Washington Times editorial headline is "Wiretaps for me, not thee?"

December 22

  • An article in today's Washington Times entitled "US ban on torture seen helpful to war" featuring Ambassador András Simonyi, with comments on Hungarian American relations.

  • From yesterday's Washington Post, an op-ed by Robert J. Samuelson with the title "Presidential Prosperity Games." The author observes that the president typically has modest influence over the $12 trillion US economy; and though the numbers look good, some psychological factors such as the perception of job security, are in decline.

  • A brief article with the title "Bit of Drama on Senate Floor" on two "longtime colleagues" debating in the US Senate, Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), as published in today's Washington Post.

December 20

  • An op-ed in today's Washington Post entitled "Vital Presidential Power" by William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and Gary Schmitt, scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

  • book review by Brendan Conway published in today's Washington Times with the title "Myth, error and terror."  The book is "Disinformation: 22 Media Myths that Undermine the War on Terror" by Richard Miniter, Regnery, $27.95, 275 p.

December 19

  • From yesterday's Washington Times, an article on transatlantic cooperation an tensions in the fight against terrorism.

  • An op-ed on torture, published in Sunday's Washington Post by Vladimir Bukovsky.

  • book review entitled "How Reagan won in 1980" by Robert M. Smalley. The book is "Reagan's Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right", by Andrew E. Busch, U. of Kansas, $35 cloth, 200 p. illus.

December 16

  • An opinion piece entitled "Iraq's Future, Our Past" published in today's Wall Street Journal. The article was co-authored by the ambassadors to the United States of the four Visegrád countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

  • An op-ed by Charles Krauthammer on Iran in the The Washington Post of today.

  • commentary by Arnaud de Borchgrave in The Washington Times entitled "Jihad roots and ripples." The author mentions Hungary's Index.

December 14

  • From today's Washington Post, an op-ed by Anne Applebaum entitled "What Are the Russians Buying?

  • The National Institutes of Health launches the cancer genome project.

  • An op-ed by Robert J. Samuelson: "The Endless Food Fight", on agricultural subsidies in the European Union and the United States.

December 13

  • From Monday's Washington Post, an article on Sen. Hillary R Clinton (D-NY), who may run for president in 2008.

  • An op-ed in today's Washington Post by Felix Rohatyn and Warren Rudman, on the need to pay attention to our decaying infrastructure: "It's Time to Rebuild America."

  • From the Washington Times of today, a commentary by Bruce Fein on dual citizenship, focusing on Mexican Americans: "Divided loyalties."

December 12

  • An op-ed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Sunday's Washington Post entitled "The Promise of Democratic Peace"  'Why Promoting Freedom Is the Only Realistic Path to Security.'

  • The Sunday, December 11, issue of The New York Times published an article entitled "Case Study: Terrorist Hides Bomb. Terrorist is Captured but Won't Speak.  Is Torture OK? With the quote: "To torture or not?"  In the December 5 issue of the conservative "Weekly Standard", Charles Krauthammer argued for the legalization of torture under limited conditions, criticized Senator John McCain's proposal to ban all."  We are including the article from the "Weekly Standard."

  • From the Sunday issue of the Washington Times, a 'Letter to the Editor' by Frank Koszorus, Jr., entitled "Europe's unnoticed human-rights problem", with reference to the Hungarian minority in Serbia and Romania.

December 9

  • From today's Washington Post, an article on the end of the European trip of the U.S. Secretary of State.

  • An op-ed, entitled "Fixing intelligence" by columnist Austin Bay in today's Washington Times, focusing on the testimony of former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on October 19.

  • And, from Embassy Row column of The Washington Times published December 8, Hungarian Ambassador Andras Simonyi salutes the contribution made by the village of Taszár to the NATO alliance.

December 7

  • An article on the trip to Europe of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, from yesterday's Washington Post.

  • An op-ed by Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Corporation, entitled "Learning to Lose? Our Education System Isn't Ready for a World of Competition", also from yesterday's issue of the Post.

  • And, from Monday's Washington Post, an article on calls to regulate nanotechnology.

December 4

  • An opinion piece from the Outlook section of today's Washington Post by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to president Carter. The title of the article is: "Do These Two Have Anything in Common? President Bush has equated Islamic radicalism with communism. Is the comparison sound? Is it wise?"

  • From the New York Times of December 2, an article on intelligence of the Vietnam war era. There is reference to the Center for Cryptologic History and the decoding of Soviet diplomatic messages from the 1940's by codebreakers of the National Security Agency in a program called Venona.

  • And, from The Washington Times of today, an article on luxury housing in Prague and Budapest.

November 30

  • An article from today’s Washington Post on the upcoming trip of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Europe and the issue of alleged CIA covert prisons in Eastern Europe.

  • Also, from last Sunday’s Washington Times, a review of two books on current conflicts involving American forces. The books are: 
    “One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer” by Nathaniel Flick, Houghton Mifflin, $25, 369 p. illus.
    “No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah” by Bing West, Bantam, $25, 380 p. illus.
    The reviewer is Sol Schindler.

November 27

  • An editorial from today’s Washington Post entitled “Facing Up to Darfur”, calling for action on part of the US administration or admit that it will no prevent further genocide.

  • Today’s New York Times carries an op-ed by Nicholas D. Kristof with the title “A Tolerable Genocide.”
    A quote from the piece: “It is true that a few hundred thousand deaths in Darfur – a good guess of the toll so far – might not amount to much in a world where two million a year die of malaria. But there is something special about genocide. When humans deliberately wipe out others because of their tribe or skin color, when babies succumb not to diarrhea but to bayonets and bonfire, that is not just one more tragedy. It is a monstruosity that demands a response from other humans. We demean our own humanity, and that of the victims, when we avert our eyes. “

November 25

  • An op-ed entitled “Sweet Land of Giving” by Charles Krauthammer from today’s Washington Post on public statues of foreigners in Washington, D.C.  The author makes a reference to the Lajos Kossuth memorial at Riverside Drive in New York City.

  • From the Federal Page of the Washington Post a brief article, “Probing Galaxies of Data for Nuggets” on the CIA’s Open Source Center, a website for unclassified information.

  • And, from the Washington Times an op-ed with the title “Christmas, porn and children” on the concerns related to the availability of high-tech gadgets for children, by Daniel Weiss, analyst of an organization called ‘Focus on the Family.’

November 23

  • An article from today’s Washington Post entitled “World Digital Library Planned”.  Mr. James H. Billington, head of the Library of Congress, has also an op-ed on the project in the same issue of the Post.

  • An article from the Washington Times: Russia is expected to clamp down on foreign NGO’s and tighten controls over domestic ones.

  • Also from the Washington Times, an article from the series “The Old Guard”, An Occasional Conversation with Pioneers of Modern Conservatism, featuring Lyn Nofziger, who was an aide to president Ronald Reagan.  The title of the piece is: “A not-so-mellow skeptic sees a GOP with no focus.”

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21

  • An op-ed from Nat Hentoff from today’s Washington Times on the still unfolding tragedy of Darfur. Khartoum has now help from our own State Department.

  • From the Washington Post of November 13, an article featuring Donald Rumsfeld, the planning of the war in Iraq and his efforts to reshape the U.S. military: “Wrestling with History”.

  • book review from Sunday’s Washington Times on president Lincoln’s cabinet: “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $35, 916 p. The reviewer is John M. Taylor.

November 17

  • From the Washington Post of today an article entitled “Europeans Probe Secret CIA Flights” featuring a statement by Dan Fried, Assistant Secretary for European Affairs.

  • From the Washington Post of November 6, an article on the first International Congress on Islamic Feminism, with the initiative of Spanish Muslims.

November 16

  • From today’s Washington Times an article on the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunisia.

  • An op-ed with the title “Protect the Net” by Helle Dale, also from today’s Washington Times.

  • From the Washington Post, a Letter to the Editor entitled “The EU Supports a Free Internet” by Anthony Gooch, Spokesman of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States.

November 14

  • From yesterday’s Washington Post an op-ed entitled “The Political Center Makes a Comeback” by columnist David Broder.

  • Also, from last Saturday edition of the Washington Post, a piece on the U.S. Supreme Court and foreign policy: “The High Court Looks Abroad.”

  • From yesterday’s Washington Times a book review by James E. Person, Jr. with the title: “A writer who grappled with moral values in his novels.” The book is “Joseph Conrad: His Moral Vision” by George A. Panichas, Mercer University, $35, 165p.

November 9

  • An op-ed from Anne Applebaum in today’s Washington Post on the events in France.

  • An article on the undefined status of Kosovo, as published in today’s Washington Times.

  • And a book review from yesterday’s Washington Times.  The book is “Teheran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States” by Ilan Berman, Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95, 218 p.  The reviewer is Martin Walker.

November 8

  • An op-ed from yesterday’s Washington Post by Peter Galbraith, former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, who argues that American policymakers should not attempt to hold together Iraq, as the U.S. tried to keep Yugoslavia together back in 1990.

  • Another op-ed from the same issue by Jackson Diehl on the conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Also, from the New York Times, an article on keeping accurate time.

November 7

  • From Sunday’s Washington Times, an article from the series, Regional Briefing: Europe, with the title: ”European Union confronts immigration.”

  • From the same issue, an article on immigration in the United States, focusing on the link of poverty and immigration.

  • Also, from yesterday’s Washington Post, a piece on American voter sentiment in the upcoming midterm elections of 2006.

November 3

  • From yesterday’s Washington Post, an obituary of Dr. Endre Marton, father of Kati Marton of New York, who died in New York on November 1.  Dr. Marton reported on the revolution of 1956 and wrote his memoir about the revolution in a book entitled “The Forbidden Sky”.

October 25

  • An op-ed by Richard Holbrooke entitled ‘The System Worked’ from last Sunday’s Washington Post.

  • From last Sunday’s New York Times, an article on the cost of mining gold. The article mentions the environmental disaster that took place in Romania in 2000, because of the use of cyanide in the mining operations. The dumped waste affected the tributaries of the Danube in a large area that included Hungary’s rivers.

October 19

  • An article on corruption in Eastern Europe, as Transparency International, releases the annual rankings: Iceland tops Finland and New Zealand as least corrupt country. The New York Times reported on the situation in Eastern Europe, with Pablo Gorondi reporting from Hungary.

  • book review from last Sunday’s Washington Times. The book is “Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream” by Sue Prideaux, Yale U. Press, $35, 391p. illus. The review is By Gwen Gibson.

September 23

  • An article from yesterday’s Washington Post on Simon Wiesenthal, who died in Vienna, Austria, at 96. He was born in present-day western Ukraine, when the region was part of Austria-Hungary.

  • Also, an article by Tony Judt entitled “From the House of the Dead: On Modern European Memory” in the October 6, 2005 issue of The New York Review of Books. There article includes comments on the ‘House of Terror’ of Budapest.

September 15

  • A brief news item from the Embassy Row column of the Monday edition of The Washington Times, featuring the Ambassador of Hungary, Andras Simonyi.

September 7

  • An op-ed in the Washington Post of today entitled “Planning for Next Time” by Anne Applebaum.

  • From the Washington Times of Sunday, September 4: Richard Rahn comments on the progress in economic reform and transparency in government in “Lessons of smaller states” focusing on the progress made by Estonia and Iceland.

  • book review on the life and work of Fritz Haber, the scientist who made the green revolution possible, and who also supervised the first use of poison gas in World War I. The title of the book is “Master Mind: the Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber” by Daniel Charles, Harper Collins, $24.95, 315p. The reviewer is Martin Sieff.

September 1

  • An op-ed by Anne Applebaum entitled “Solidarity Remembered” published yesterday in the Washington Post.

  • book review from last Sunday’s Washington Times: “Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis” by Bat Ye’or, Fairleigh Dickinson, $23.95, 270 p. The reviewer is Julia Duin.

  • Another book review from the same Washington Times entitled “Where Orwell learned about dictatorship and its evils” by Martin Shieff on the book entitled “Finding George Orwell in Burma” by Emma Larkin, Penguin, $22.95, 294 p.

August 26

  • book review from last Sunday’s Washington Times. The book title is “My Correct Views on Everything” by Leszek Kolakowski, St. Augustine’s, $32, 284 p. The review is by Steve Goode. Mr. Kolakowski, a Polish philosopher now who lives in Oxford, was an orthodox Marxist, who became disenchanted with communism and in 1956 wrote a pamphlet entitled “What is Socialism ?”, which was banned. Soon, he was able to leave from Poland to the West and has written extensively on the fraud that was Marxism, and the problem of secularism, that is, living “without a consciousness of limits, which can only come from religion and history”.

  • An article from the Washington Post of August 23, on the work of Robert G. Webster on influenza virus of animal origin.

August 4

The Washington papers have been writing editorials and articles about a possible avian flu pandemic.

  • An editorial from The Washington Times of July 24, entitled "Vigilance against the avian flu."

  • An article from the Washington Post of July 31, explaining the lack of adequate preparation for the outbreak, now brewing in South Asia, should it take place.

  • The Washington Post of today carries an article entitled: "Bird Flu - Could Be Stopped - If Everything Is Aligned Right."

August 3

Three attachments from The Washington Times:

  • "Income Gap Grows in U.S."  The article discusses income distribution, education, home ownership and small business outlook.

  • An editorial from July 18: "American Science in decline."

  • book review of "Ivan the Terrible" by Isabel de Madariaga, Yale U. Press, $35, 416p. Illus.  The review is by Woodford McClellan.

August 1

  • From yesterday's New York Times an article examining allied inteligence during World War II and the Holocaust. There is reference to the Holocaust in Hungary by Robert J. Hanyok, historian at the National Security Agency's Center for Cryptologic History, in Maryland.

  • In Sunday's Washington Post an article entitled: "At State, Rice Takes Control of Diplomacy."

  • An article from the Washington Post of July 29, the settlers extremism in the Gaza pullout plan.

July 27

  • An op-ed by Anne Applebaum entitled "Think Again, Karen Hughes", on the nomination of Karen Hughes as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in today's Washington Post.

  • John O'Sullivan, editor at large of the National Review, comments on the Muslims of Britain in an article of the Washington Times: "Why Britain will stay steady."

  • An article from the New York Times: "Gov. Pataki Rules Out 4th Term but Not a Run for the White House".

July 26

  • From yesterday's Washington Times, the column "Inside the Beltway", featuring the late syndicated columnist Balint Vazsonyi. The Potomac Foundation of Vienna, Virginia, has published his selected essays with the title, "America on My Mind."

  • Arnold Beichman, of the Hoover Institution, comments on the relationship between the Vatican and the Jewish people in an article entitled "Papal benediction."

July 25

  • book review on two books on Albert Einstein, marking the anniversary of the achievements of 1905, as published in The Washington Times of July 17.

  • From yesterday's New York Times, an article on Mozart entitled: "The Careful Construction of a Child Prodigy."

  • In yesterday's Washington Times, Brendan Conway comments on the book "The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics without God" by George Weigel.

July 21

  • An op-ed from yesterday's Washington Post by Anne Applebaum entitled "Let a Thousand Filters Bloom" on the attempt by the Chinese government to control the internet.

  • Also, from the same edition the column "In the Loop" featuring Karen P. Hughes and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado).

July 19

  • An op-ed from Richard Holbrooke entitled "Was Bosnia Worth It?" published in today's Washington Post.

  • From last Sunday's Washington Times, "Letter from London" by Clive Davis,commenting on the mood of the British after the bombs.

  • An op-ed, "Tolerating a Time Bomb" from The New York Times of July 16, by novelist Leon de Winter. The subject is the radicalization of young Muslims in the Netherlands.

July 17

From yesterday's Washington Times:

  • An article on a statement by a senior general of the Chinese army regarding the use of nuclear weapons.

  • An op-ed on terrorism, focusing on Europe and the Islamic population.

  • Thomas Sowell comment entitled "Tragedy of Africa", on the role of geography and "untested theories" from the West.

July 12

From last Sunday's Washington Times, two book reviews:

  • Steven Mosher reviews the last book written by the late Constantine Menges. The title is:  "China: The Gathering Threat", Nelson Current, $27.99, 554p.

  • Also, "The Arrogance of the French" by Richard Z. Chesnoff, Sentinel, $23.95, 179p. The reviewer is Lyn Nofziger, who was adviser to president Ronald Reagan.

July 4

  • An article from the Washington Post on covert operations based in France.

  • From The Washington Times a special report on the crisis in the EU.

  • On the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, an excerpt on the significance of that battle, published in the first issue of the Hungarian-language literary publication of Washington called "Arkanum" of June, 1981.

July 2

  • An article from The Washington Times of July 1, entitled "Loan corruption control" by U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, on an initiative to push for anticorruption measures and make more transparent the lending process by multilateral agencies.  The writer tells the story of a small and poor African country, Lesotho, "with the luck and pluck" to uncover and fight in court a case of bribery on part of European, Canadian and South African engineeering firms.  This case supports the October 2004 statement of Peter Eigen, Chairman of Transparency International that "Corruption in large-scale public projects is a daunting obstacle to sustainable development, and results in a major loss of public funds needed for education, health care and poverty alleviation in developed and developing countries."

  • With the summer season on for escapist movies, a brief piece on the Steven Spielberg-directed remake of the 1953 science-fiction feature, "War of the Worlds", produced by George Pal (1908-1980), who was born in Hungary.

  • Also from the Science section of The New York Times of June 28, an article on the concept of time.

July 1

  • An op-ed from The Washington Post published on June 29 by Anne Applebaum entitled "Who are the Pro-Americans?"

  • Edith Balazs from The Associated Press, on June 23, on the EU crisis from the perspective of Eastern Europe.

  • An article from The Washington Post on the passing of gulag survivor George Zoltan Bien, who fled Hungary in 1956.  Our thanks to Dr. Karoly Nagy of New Jersey for sending the article published on June 20.

June 27

  • Lobbying has become a big business in Washington.  It is the subject of an articlefrom the Washington Post of June 22: "The Road to Riches is Called K Street."

  • From yesterday's and today's Washington Times, an article in two parts: "Chinese dragon awakens" deals with the rapid Chinese military build-up and the theft of U.S. technology through military and commercial information gathering.  Some defense officials call China a fascist state. A senior official was quoted: "We may be seeing in China the first true fascist society on the model of Nazi Germany, where you have this incredible resource base in a commercial economy with strong nationalism, which the military was able to reach into and ramp up incredible production."

June 22

  • On June 15, we posted information on the article on the Csango published in the June issue of National Geographic. Here is a brief background document explaining why the National Geographic article on the Csango is important: the right of the Csango population to learn and speak Hungarian, has become a European human rights issue.  Particular thanks for this educational effort is due to Professor Andras Ludanyi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition, who is also mentioned in the article.

  • From today's Washington Post, an article on Jack St. Clair Kilby (1923-2005), who first conceived the integrated electronic circuit or microchip in 1958. Mr. Kilby died on Monday in Dallas, Texas at 81 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.

June 17

  • In an op-ed from today's Washington Times Charles Krauthammer in "Assimilation Nation", points out the capacity of the U.S. to assimilate immigrants. There is a reference to Hungarians, among other ethnic groups.

  • In another op-ed from today's Washington Times Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and William B. Quandt comment on the the U.S. position in the Middle East and the need for presidential leadership.

  • An obituary from today's New York Times:  Dr. Zoltan Ovary, an immunologist at New York University, died in Manhattan at 98. He was born in Kolozsvar, Hungary, and worked at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and the University of Rome. He was a pioneer in allergy research.

June 15

  • Just to let you know that in the current, June 2005, issue of the National Geographic there is a feature on the Csango. You may access the website atwww.nationalgeographic.com which gives you partial access to the text, unless you are a suscriber.

June 14

  • An op-ed by Henry Kissinger on China entitled "China: Containment Won't Work" from the W. Post of Monday, June 13.

  • Arnaud de Borchgrave comments on AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in last Sunday's issue of The Washington Times.

  • From The New York Review of Books, Orlando Figes in an essay entitled "The Fiddler's Children" comments on the book entitled "The Jewish Century" by Yuri Slezkine, Princeton U. Press, $29.95, 438 p.

June 10

  • An op-ed by Anne Applebaum from the June 8 issue of the Washington Post entitled "Amnesty's Amnesia" commenting on the organization's misuse of the word "gulag."

  • In the Embassy Row feature of the Washington Times of today, Daniel Fried, assistant secretary of state for European affairs is featured in a mission to Europe in anticipation for the June 20th U.S.-EU Summit in Washington.

  • An article on the oil probe involving Rompetrol Group, of Romania, in the Washington Post of today.

June 7

  • From Sunday's Washington Post an article on the self-employed veterans who return home from duty. The article features legislation proposed by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), who in February has introduced a bill to provide tax credits for small business owners called up for service.

  • From Sunday's New York Times Magazine a piece on hedge fund managers handling investment risk.

  • From Monday's Washington Post an article on concerns over EU regulations and their impact on individual countries.

June 5

  • An article from today's Washington Post featuring Niklas Zennstrom. A 39-year old Swede, his newest venture is Skype Technologies, that allows users of the software to talk, via computers, for free.

June 3

  • Gov. George E. Pataki of New York will head the U.S. delegation to a European summit on discrimination opening on June 8 in Madrid.  An article from the Embassy Row column of June 1's Washington Times.

  • An op-ed by Masha Lipman on Russia from The Washington Post of June 1.

  • Also, a scholar from the Cato Institute calls for a total reorientation of The World Bank activities in an article in today's Washington Times.

May 28

  •  In yesterday's edition of "Noticed in the Press" we sent an article in Hungarian from the weekly "Heti Valasz" by Szabolcs Szekeres.  The subject of the article is the need for substantial economic reforms in Hungary.   For the benefit of those who do not read Hungarian, please find attached the English version of the article: "What Should We Ask of the EU?"

May 27

  • From the Hungarian weekly "Heti Válasz" of May 26, an article by Szabolcs Szekeres, entitled "What Should We ask from the European Union?"  The author, who has extensive experience in economic development and was head of the Hungarian privatization agency under the premiership of József Antall, argues for critically needed reforms in Hungary. Action, or inaction, on a comprehensive program will have a far greater effect on Hungary's development than the economic support provided by the European Union.  We regret that, at this time, the text is only available in Hungarian.

  • A key component of national economic development is a good educational system. An article from last Tuesday's Washington Post entitled: "Focus on Schools Helps Finns Build a Showcase Nation" 'Achievements Reflect High Status to Vocation of Teaching' gives high marks to Finland in this critical area.

  • An op-ed by Richard Holbrooke from today's Washington Post with the title: "China Makes Its Move."

May 23

  • An article from Sunday's Washington Times: "Wasting your Money" by Brian M. Riedl, on wasteful government spending.

  • book review by Ron Laurenzo. The book is: "Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War II on the Eastern Front: by Constantine Pleshakov, Houghton Mifflin, $26, 326p. illus.

  • The Washington Post of May 19 reports that Georgetown University is developing a super-network linking 50 cancer institutes throughout the US, using grid computing.

May 17

  • An op-ed published in Monday's Washington Post, entitled "Implementing Bush's Vision" by Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State.  The author sees a role for non-governmental organizations in advancing the "spread of democracy."

  • Also, from the Monday edition of the Washington Times, a survey of economic competitiveness of 60 economies in the world by the Lausanne-based international Institute for Management Development (IMD).

May 15

  • comment from The Washington Times of today on the commemoration of the end of World War II entitled: "Forum: World War II victory as remembered and not." The author, Ewa Thompson of Rice University, argues that Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia entered the war on the same side. The article mentions "the Hungarian rising in 1956."

  • The Yalta agreement is the subject of an article by The Washington Post of today.

  • Also, from the Washington Post of May 14, a review of the Hungarian film "Kontroll."

May 11

  • Letter to the Editor published today in The Washington Times. The author is Frank Koszorus, Jr. writing in response to a speech by Bush at Riga. The letter mentions the Hungarian revolution of 1956.

  • Also from The Washington Times a book review on Reagan. The book is "The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan" by John Ehrman. The review is by Amb. Robert M. Smalley.

May 10

  • The work of a lobbyst requires above all experience, preferably on the Hill. An articleon lobbying stresses that years of apprenticeship are a must for an effective lobbyist: it is certainly not a field for self-proclaimed amateurs bent on wasting the resources of a community.

  • A brief article on Sen. George V. Voinovich of Ohio.

  • Also, a book review on two new books by John Lukacs entitled "A return to barbarism?" published on May 8 by The Washington Times. In an earlier issue of Noticed in the Press, the first book was already the subject of the review by The Washington Post.  The books are: "Democracy and Populism: Fear & Hatred" Yale U. Press, $25, 248p.  "Remembered Past: John Lukacs on History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, A Reader" Edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI, $30, 922p.

May 8

The commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Russia is the subject of numerous articles and comments in the press.  Here are three from The Washington Post:

  • An article on the trip of president Bush entitled: "Bush Faults WWII Legacy in E. Europe", President Says Freedom Was Traded for Stability.

  • An op-ed by Masha Lipman, editor of the Carnegie Moscow Center's "Pro et Contra Journal" with the title "Dark Victory."

  • From yesterday's editorial: "Mr. Putin's History."

May 5

  • An article on the upcoming trip by president Bush entitled "Bush has delicate Task ahead in Moscow" published in the Washington Post of today.

  • From The New York Times of May 4 a Letter from Europe: "Still the Tyrant, Stalin Refuses to Be Wished Away."

  • The Embassy Row column of today's Washington Times, featuring the visit of the foreign minister of Romania.

May 1

  • Martin Mosebach, a German writer, comments on the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, in an op-ed published in The New York Times of April 30, entitled "The Pope Without a Country."

  • A former Princeton University economist, Ben Bernanke, proposes that large differences in propensity to save are causing worldwide economic imbalances.  Theop-ed "The Global Savings Glut", by Robert J. Samuelson, was published April 27 in The Washington Post.

  • book review by Timothy Garton Ash and Timothy Snyder entitled "Ukraine: The Orange Revolution" from the April 28 edition of The New York Review of Books.

April 27

  • An op-ed by Anne Applebaum entitled "Opting for Truth Over 'Triumph'" published in The Washington Post of today

April 25

Three book reviews of four books in three attachments: one from yesterday's Washington Times and two from the prior Sunday's Washington Post.
  • Woodford McClellan reviews the book entitled: "Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism" by Janusz Bugajski, Prager/CSIS, $49.95, 302 p.

  • Leon Aron reviews: "Stalin: A Biography" by Robert Service, Belknap-Harvard U. $29.95, 715p. And "Stalin and His Hangmen" The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him by Donald Rayfield, Random House, $29.95, 541p.

  • In the review entitled "Losing our Way", Owen Harries comments on the new book by John Lukacs, "Democracy and Populism" Fear and Hatred, Yale University Press $25, 248p.

April 21

  • An article in today's "Embassy Row" column, a regular feature of The Washington Times, featuring Dr. Otto von Habsburg and his visit to the United States, sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition and the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation.

April 18

  • An article from today's Washington Times featuring Dr. Otto von Habsburg and his wife, Regina, daughter Gabriela and son György, who are on a visit to the United States, and were also guests of honor for the Gala Dinner to benefit the Hungarian American Coalition in the evening of April 13 at the Cosmos Club in downtown Washington, DC.  
    The brief article includes a picture of the Habsburg family receiving guests at the Cosmos Club, as well as another caption of the president of the Hungarian American Coalition, Mr. Maximilian Teleki, and Ms. Aniko Gaál Schott, one of the organizers of the event.

April 15

  • piece from Nora Boustany from The Washington Post of today featuring Dr. Otto von Habsburg, who is in a visit to the United States sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition.

  • Also, a website link to access a speech delivered by Dr. Habsburg at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on April 14. http://www.heritage.org/Press/Events/archive.cfm

April 14

Three articles from The Washington Times:

  • On trade: from a net seller of advanced technology three years ago, the U.S. becomes a net buyer, losing competitive advantage.

  • A piece featuring Edwin J. Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, an influential think tank promoting policy on the Hill and the White House.

  • Columnist Paul Greenberg writes a belated comment on the recently departed George Kennan in a commentary entitled "George Kennan: a stranger at home."

April 11

  • A brief article on conclaves from the Washington Times od April 7, mentioning a veto of a papal candidate by Austria-Hungary in 1903.

  • report on John Paul II the reconciliation efforts towards the Jewish community from the Washington Post of April 8.

  • comment on Germany by Professor Steve Ozment of Harvard University published in yesterday's Washington Times.

April 7

Three opinion pieces on the legacy of Pope John Paul II.  In both of the W. Post op-eds, the writers make reference to Hungary.

  • The first op-ed, entitled "Passing of a worthy pastor", is from last Sunday's Washington Times, by John O'Sullivan, editor at large of the "National Review."

  • Charles Krauthammer's op-ed in the Washington Post, of April 4, is entitled "The Power of Faith."

  • And, in yesterday's Washington Post op-ed "How the Pope 'Defeated Communism'", is by Anne Applebaum.

April 3

  • The lead editorial of today's Washington Post entitled "Pope John Paul II."

  • An interview with Kinga Gal, member of the EU parliament, on the self-government of the Szekely people in eastern Transylvania, as published in the Hungarian daily "Magyar Nemzet." At this time, the piece is only available in Hungarian.

  • An essay by John Lukacs from the current issue of The New York Review of Books entitled "The Siege of Budapest."  The text will constitute the foreword of the upcoming book entitled "The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II" by Krisztian Ungvary, to be published by Yale University Press.

March 31

  • An article from The Washington Times of March 29, Arnold Beichman writes on the situation of the Christian minority in Iraq.

  • An interview with mathematician Dr. Peter D. Lax, published on March 29 in The New York Times. The piece is entitled "From Budapest to Los Alamos, a Life in Mathematics."

March 29

  • letter to the editor that was published in Sunday's Washington Times in response to the special report on the Roma minority in Europe with particular focus on Eastern and Central Europe that published last week.

March 21

  • An op-ed by Richard Holbrooke from the W. Post of today entitled "The Paradox of George F. Kennan".

March 20

  • A special report, published in today's Washington Times entitled "EU seeks to embrace Gypsies" by Andrew Borowiec.

  • The travel section of today's Washington Post features "Hungary: Please May I have Some More".

  • An article on the passing of George F. Kennan published last Friday in the Washington Post.

March 17

  • Two articles from today's Washington Post on the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank.  The first is entitled "Nomination Shocks, Worries Europeans", and the second is "Wolfowitz Picked for World Bank".

  • Also, an article from last week's Washington Post on the persistent problem of adoptions in Romania.  The article mentions a child called Laszlo sought to be adopted by an American couple in Virginia.  The article also features Ms. Heather Conley, deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, who has met frequently with members of the Hungarian American Coalition.

March 5

  • An op-ed entitled "The Road to Damascus" in yesterday's Washington Post Charles Krauthammer comments on the revolutionary mood in the Middle East.  The author also mentions in the article the liberal revolutions of Europe in 1848 and the Hungarian revolution of 1956.

  • Also, Bill Bergman of the American Institute for Economic Research writes on the eroding purchase power of the dollar in an article from yesterday's Washington Times entitled "Watch your wallet."

  • From the same issue of the Washington Times, an article on the decline of atheism and the role of established religions.

March 1

  • The obituary of former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Nicolas M. Salgo, published in The Washington Post of today.  Mr. Salgo died on February 26 in Florida.

February 21

  • An op-ed from today's Washington Post entitled "Tunnel Vision on Corruption" by Moises Naim, editor of the magazine "Foreign Policy". The worldwide drive against corruption, according to the article, is mixed at best an the outlook for significant improvement is not very good. It cites a number of countries, among them Hungary, where "prosperity has coexisted with significant levels of corruption."

  • Also, from the New York Times of today, two articles dealing with the issue of extremism, in Europe and in Israel: "Europe's Jews Seek Solace on the Right" by Craig S. Smith and "Israel Gears Up for Burst of Far-Right Anger" by Greg Myre.

February 18

  • An op-ed by Richard Holbrooke entitled "The End of the Romance", dealing with V. Putin's Russia and published in Wednesday's Washington Post.

February 14

  • Two articles below that were posted on the website of the American Enterprise Institute and related to Europe. The first is entitled:  "Europe-Thy Name is Cowardice" and the second is "EU & Cuba: Freedom vs. Appeasement" by Vaclav Havel.

  • Another review of the work of photographer André Kertész published in The Washington Post of February 11, entitled "Kertesz, Seeing the Unseen".

February 9

  • An op-ed entitled "Free to Dance in Iraq" by columnist Charles Krauthammer from the last Friday issue of the Washington Post.

  • An article on a motion to ban communist symbols in the EU, featuring József Szájer of Hungary in today's Washington Times.

  • And from yesterday's Post, a review of the recently opened exhibit of photographer André Kertész in the National Gallery of Washington, DC.

February 3

  • An article from yesterday's Washington Post on the first trip abroad by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  The title of the article is: "Europe Keen to Leave Tensions in the Past."

  • Also a commentary on a new book highlighting president Reagan's political ascendency in the seventies entitled "Republican revolutionary" by Robert M. Smalle.  The title of the book is "Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign that Started it All", by Craig Shiley; Nelson Current, $25.99, 448 p.

February 2

  • Today's Embassy Row column from the Washington Times, featuring comments by the Ambassador of Poland on Ukraine, and the nomination of the U.S. Ambassador to Romania Jack D. Crouch to the second post at the National Security Council.

January 31

  • An op-ed from today's Washington Post entitled "Marketing Darfur".

  • Also, the passing of Ephraim Kishon, a writer, playwright, satirist, who made his mark in the cultural life of Israel. He died last Saturday in Switzerland and was born in Budapest in 1924.  Here are the obituaries published by The New York Times andWashington Post.

January 30

  • An article from the Hungarian daily "Népszabadság" of January 27, featuring a brief interview with the president of the Hungarian American Coalition, Maximilian Teleki.  The article is also available in English.

  • An editorial from last Saturday's Washington Post entitled 'For the Triumph of Evil'.  During the commemoration of the Holocaust, international inaction on Darfur is clear: the Sudanese regime is getting away with genocide.

January 24

  • An op-ed on U.S. foreign policy entitled "A Higher Realism" by Robert Kagan from Sunday's Washington Post and a report on the 'Bush doctrine' from the same issue.

  • book review from the Sunday Washington Times. The book is: "Neoconservatism", Irwin Stelzer Ed. Grove, $15, 328p.  The reviewer is Clive Davis.

January 18

  • An op-ed from today's Washington Post of by Richard Holbrooke on changes in staffing at the State Department with a likely focus on the nomination of career diplomats.  The title of the piece is "Tea Leaves at Foggy Bottom."

  • Also, from the Washington Times of today Peter Roff comments on a book by Newt Gingrich entitled "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America", Regnery, $27.95, 243p.

January 16

  • An op-ed from The New York Times entitled "What the World Wants From America."

  • A look back to president's Bush ascent in an article from the Washington Times: "Texans still marvel at Bush's swift rise to top."

  • Arnold Beichman comments on the centennial of the Russian revolution of 1905.

January 11

  • An op-ed on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, written by two prominent United States senators.  The title of the article is "Stop the Genocide".

January 2

  • Letter to the Editor by Frank Koszorus, Jr., a Board member of the Hungarian American Coalition, commenting on the situation of the Hungarians of Vojvodina and published in yesterday's Washington Post. The letter is in response of the op-ed entitled "Where to Start With Europe" of last December 23.  The op-ed, sent by "Noticed in the Press" on Dec. 24, is attached along with the text of the letter of January 1.

  • An article from today's Washington Post entitled: "Bush Is Urged to Quickly Outline Foreign Policy Goals."

  • book review from today's W. Times of the book entitled: "Edward Teller: the real Dr. Strangelove" by Peter Goodchild, Harvard U. Press, $29.95, 466p. The review is by Jeffrey Marsh.


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