When the Iron Curtain Fell

How totalitarianism came to Eastern Europe, and why it didn’t stay.

Frank Dikötter Reason Magazine 1/5/2013

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956, by Anne Applebaum, Doubleday, 608 pages, $35.00.


…From 1948 onwards, the communist parties also began to dismantle the institutions of civil society. Schools were nationalized and independent organizations suppressed. […]

Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews

CNBC 27 Nov 2012

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a “national security risk”, stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.

Marton Gyongyosi, leader of Hungary’s third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was […]

Hungarian Born Billionaire Warns Against Socialism

Townhall 10/12/2012

Thomas Peterffy is concerned for the future of America.


Pelosi’s disclosure belated in husband’s land deal

Partner is father of favored envoy

Chuck Neubauer The Washington Times 10/10/2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s husband, a real estate developer and investment banker, stands to make millions of dollars in a previously undisclosed residential real estate project in California as a partner with the father of a woman Mrs. Pelosi helped become ambassador […]

European nations begin seizing private pensions

Hungary, Poland, and three other nations take over citizens’ pension money to make up government budget shortfalls.

Jan Iwanik The Christian Science Monitor 1/2/2011

People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, […]

Hungary sludge flood called ‘ecological disaster’

Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties Tuesday after a flood of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant engulfed several towns and burned people through their clothes. One official called it “an ecological disaster” that may threaten the Danube and other key rivers.

Bela Szandelszky Associated Press via The News Tribune