Putin Rewrites History in Budapest

by Vera Molnár, On March 9, 2015

1956 was a revolution, crushed by the Soviet Army. Any other interpretation of this history is a lie.

Marx Statue Loses Place of Honor

by Aron Fellegi, On October 13, 2014

Hungarians who lived under Marxism-Leninism do not want it anymore, not even in the form of a statue.

How Communism Still Haunts Hungary

by Vera Molnár, On February 28, 2014

It’s high time to get over a toxic legacy of flawed thinking and failed economic planning.

Herbert Hoover’s Indictment of Allied Strategy

by Nicholas Siekierski, On August 16, 2013

Why should the cost of defeating Hitler have been the enslavement of Eastern Europe?

Churches in Romania Struggle to Reclaim Confiscated Property

by Krisztina Nascsó, On July 8, 2013

Although successive Romanian governments insist that they have made much progress on the issue of church restitution, only a handful of properties have been returned to their rightful owners.

The Iron Lady’s Soft Spot for Eastern Europe

by Travis LaCouter, On April 10, 2013

By casting the confrontation between the free West and the communist East in moral terms, Thatcher gave courage to opponents of communism and hope to its victims.

The Soviet Goal in the Cold War

by Tibor R. Machan, On March 18, 2013

Marx himself argued, back in the 1880s, that the movement toward a global communist future necessarily had to involve spreading out the borders of socialist Russia.

George Kennan & Central Europe

by Lee Congdon, On February 6, 2013

Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.

Acts of Charity vs. A Culture of Giving

by Vera Molnár, On January 7, 2013

What is needed is for Hungarians and other Europeans living in the post-Soviet era to shed their history of government-mandated charity and reclaim a self-sufficient spirit of civic responsibility.

Dedicated to Those Who Fell and to Those Who Carried On

by Kata Mosonyi, On November 7, 2012

Fifty-six years ago, Soviet forces crushed the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, that brief but important historical moment that has shaped Hungarian identity in the 20th century and continues to shape it in the 21st.


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