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 →
Index has published a video showing how the Croatian and Hungarian police peacefully cooperated in loading refugees from a Croatian train into a waiting Hungarian one. So much about “Major violation of intrntl law at the HUN/HR: train with over 1000 migrants with 40 armed HR policemen crosses the border without permission” as tweeted by government spokesman Zoltán Kovács. Hungarian police issued a statement saying that the Croatian policemen did not carry arms. So much about truthfulness.
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.
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 →
Getting hold of migration related figures has been really hard in January, when the Prime Minister discovered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre that immigration was an issue. Times have changed, and for quite some time the official website of Hungarian police, police.hu, displays the number of apprehended migrants in the last five days on its front page, with a link to the graph showing the figures for the last 30 days. Plus, there is the option to review 2015 data month by month. The customer friendly police satisfies the hunger for data of the masses. Continue reading →
From the web page of the Government:“The Office of Immigration and Nationality informed the authorities of Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Finland, France, Poland, Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Italy, Sweden and Slovakia via the DubliNet system that effective as of 23 June 2015, Hungary is suspending the acceptance of Dublin transfers for an indefinite term.”….
“Hungary has exhausted the resources at its disposal. The situation calls for prompt action, and in the escalated situation which has recently evolved Hungary must take measures before the European Union adopts its decisions on the matter.”Continue reading →