Narrator met a friend of his who believed in conspiracy theories (though he does not have many friends, who do).
His friend told him: “The key question I ask when something happens is: cui bono or cui prodest? For example take the refugee crisis. At first glance it seems that they are driven by desperation because their lives have been destroyed by civil war and destruction. When you look closer you find out that they are the victims of profiteering by well-organized people smuggling gangs who ship thousands across the Mediterranean and make billions by it. Continue reading →
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with two Jewish dignitaries, (Ronald S. Lauder, the President of the Jewish World Congress and Senior Rabbi Arthur Schneier,) plus the widow of congressman Tom Lantos, a well-known Hungarian holocaust survivor on his recent trip to the US on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At the same time István Mikola, the State Secretary responsible among others for religious diplomacy, visited the Rebbe of Munkács (head of a small Hasidic sect originally from Munkács, today Mukachevo in Ukraine) at his home in Brooklyn. Continue reading →
Croatia has banned all Serbs from entering its territory Thursday morning in retaliation for Serbs banning Croatian trucks from its territory in retaliation for Croatia shutting down all Serbian border crossings etc. A chain reaction of events that have one common root: the Hungarian border fence that has stopped refugees from entering Hungary and has left them stranded in Serbia. Continue reading →
Hungary has closed its borders, and logically, the refugees are looking for alternative routes towards Germany via Croatia, Romania and then back into Hungary or through Slovenia. This has been all pretty predictable, including the erection of new fences and the closure of further border crossings in the region. We have no reason to be surprised since Mr Orbán announced well in advance that he was going to build a fence, no matter what.
Hungary sealed its border with Serbia on 15 September. Since then refugees can only enter legally at two ”entry points”. If they force their entry by scaling the fence along the border, they commit a crime – based on a new Law in force also as of 15 September, and this automatically disqualifies them from receiving asylum. Continue reading →
After several weeks of absence it is really hard to get back to the daily routine of blog writing. We have been trying for several days now. But the events, yes, we are talking about the refugee crisis, have overwhelmed us. We were gasping for air instead of grabbing a keyboard.
So let’s clarify where we stand on this:
In our view the way in which the Hungarian government handles the crisis is despicable. Continue reading →
The government seems to have opened their box of tricks again. The “A decision was taken to close Hungarian-Serbian border.” headline as seen in our post yesterday, has disappeared from the government’s web page, to be replaced with the previous sub-heading: “The Minister of Interior has been instructed to prepare the closing of the Hungarian – Serbian border”. Which is definitely not the same.
According to NOL.hu the Serbian Ambassador, Rade Drobac has been told in the Foreign Ministry that the decision is not final yet and Hungary is still searching for a solution. Continue reading →
The government’s decision to build a 175 km fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border has been published at lightning speed in the Official Gazette. The government decree has three points.
The government orders the preparation of the erection of a temporary fence. Deadline: 24 June 215
Calls the Minister of National Economy to allocate funds for the measure above. Deadline: 1 August 2014
Calls the Minister of Interior to draft legislation in order to take efficient steps against illegal immigration, taking into consideration the results of the National Consultation about Immigration and Terrorism. Deadline: 1 July 2015.