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1 Looking For English speaking Hungarian penpals (mind)  10 sor     (cikkei)
2 Re: Post-communist Hungarian political jokes? (mind)  25 sor     (cikkei)
3 A baloldal visszaterese (mind)  8 sor     (cikkei)
4 Re: s.c.magyar -> s.c.hungarian ? (mind)  55 sor     (cikkei)
5 Visit to Budapest (mind)  6 sor     (cikkei)
6 Let's talk economics & politics (mind)  87 sor     (cikkei)
7 The basic treaties (mind)  8 sor     (cikkei)
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9 Searching for my roots (mind)  9 sor     (cikkei)
10 Cultural events at the Hungarian Embassy, USA (mind)  15 sor     (cikkei)
11 Re: Hungarian language translato (mind)  4 sor     (cikkei)
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+ - Looking For English speaking Hungarian penpals (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

I am looking for English speaking penpals to
 correspond to.  I am seeking advise on where I could
post locally in Hungary.  I also seek information on
local bulletin boards there.  I know of Fidonet and
others, but since I don't know Hungarian, I would like
to know how to access those.  If this happens to be a
listserver that I am writing to then my email address
is .

Robert Crockett
+ - Re: Post-communist Hungarian political jokes? (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

In article >, Joe Pannon
> wrote:

> In article > you write:
> >
> >Part of my motivation for asking this is that I'm writing a paper on
> >post-Communist Hungarian political humor.  If anyone has any scholarly
> >references that would be a help to me please let me know of them.
> Just curious ...
> What made you select Hungary?
> Joe

I was born in Hungary (although I left when I was 2) so when my class
split into groups focused on particular countries I chose Hungary.
Unfortunately most of the eastern european political humor scholarship
I've found has focused on either Russia or Poland, so I may not have
chosen the best country for the topic. :-<

myk melez                                       
"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple
secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is
essential is invisible to the eye."
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+ - A baloldal visszaterese (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

Hi everybody,
I've been reading your comments on a lot of political issues, often times
it's interesting. I am writing my thesis on the return of the
communist/socialist parties in Eastern Europe from both a theoretical (is
Bernstein prevailing over Marx?) and a practical point of view. I am also
interviewing the common people in the Eastern European countries. If anyone
has any comments (either personal experience or an academic view) I would
welcome the opportunity to read his or her opinion.
+ - Re: s.c.magyar -> s.c.hungarian ? (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

Dear Drusza "AquaPooch", patient HUNGARY readers and interested s.c.m-ers,

 First the best news: the official Request for Discussion period has been
started on news.groups. With this post I am writing the thread, as far as I
am concerned, is terminated on the email list; s.c.m readers please note
that further discussion is to be crossposted to news.group, and crossposting
to b.l.h is STRONGLY discouraged (due to the email gateway not conserving
proper netnews references, and disrupting the threads that belong to n.g).

 For this last time let me reiterate the general rule that posters to Usenet
should refrain from crossposting with b.l.h for that causes serious
propagation problems! For example, at my site they often arrive after six
(6) full days of delay (whereas our news system may expire them seven days
after the posting date). This indicates that there may be many Usenet sites
experiencing even worse trouble receiving these (since our provider is
better connected than many others)! If you want to send your message to both
the Usenet group and the gatewayed one, email a copy to the list address
 instead of using bit.listserv.hungary, PLEASE.

 Now let me try briefly (really ;-)) to give my closing remarks on the
pre-RFD debate here. My goal is not to limit anything, on the contrary: to
widen the recognition of the Hungarian newsgroup on Usenet. To illustrate
the situation, the way I see it, an analogy with phone numbers stored in
Rolodex would be much better than the Infobahn (better known as superHYPEway
;-(). We can liken the Usenet namespace to rotary card-files (the ubiquitous
Rolodexes in the USA) placed next to every phone - which would correspond to
the newsreader programs themselves in this simile. If you find something you
are interested in, you dial the number and get connected - just as if you
request the group by its name you can participate. But to locate the thing
you have to look for it in the right place - Mr. Smith would most likely be
found under the letter "S", especially if your file is ready-made for you
and you cannot put cards under names of your choice. Similarly, the
Hungarian newsgroup is naturally looked up under 'hungarian' on Usenet so we
better have our Rolodex not missing a card there, or a lot of calls could
not get placed at all. After all, few people will search for 'Istvan's
country' or 'Fradi's homeland', and many may not think checking 'magyar'
either when 'hungarian' is not found!
 And stretching the parable a bit further shows why putting the info into
FAQ's, posting to mailing list or repositing in archives can not be nearly
as effective as choosing the name right in the first place. The phones
represent on the order of 200,000 (yep, that's five zeros) machines carrying
Usenet news, all with group names (overwhelmingly in English) as the most
readily available identifiers. Compared to that any separately distributed
additional information is like a classified ad placed in some newspaper
("Free information of interest to Hungarians/Magyars! Send SASE") versus
the phone number right at your fingertips *and* filed under readily guessable
heading. No doubt some people would stumble upon the ad and enjoy the
benefits of what learn there - like quite a few of us had found s.c.magyar.
But limiting the exposure throws away a great part of the potential of the

Zoli , finger  for the charter of s.c.h
# Wallace Sayre said, "Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter
# form of politics, because the stakes are so low."  He didn't know
# Usenet: welcome to the next level.           (Ron "Asbestos" Dippold)
+ - Visit to Budapest (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

I'll be visiting Budapest this summer and was hoping someone could
alert of points of interest in Hungary. They don't necessarily have to
be in Budapest itself. I would appreciate any sort of assitance. Thanks
in advance.

+ - Let's talk economics & politics (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

Dear fellowlistmembers,

I'm glad that a new thread has begun, and maybe this contribution,
which I had been meaning to translate and send in for some time now (it
appeared in the once-a-month supplmeent to Lidove Noviny called Central
European News, in which the collaborating newspaper is Magyar Hirlap
from Hungary, Gazeta Wyborcza from Poland, and Narodna Obroda from Slovakia.)

I'm afraid it's about a month old, but I've been working hard :-(.

     In a piece called "Debts brake Transformation: The unbearable
 burden inherited from the socialist economies," Sa1ndor Kopa1tsy
 says (I'm summarizing unless I use quotation marks):

     The changeover from socialist to market economies is compli-
 cated by the necessity to pay the debts of socialism.  Experience
 shows that debts and successful transformation don't go together
 (Czechs and East Germans are the only ones who don't have to face
 an unresolvable problem; the Czechs inherited almost no debt, and
 the East Germans received more in aid from West Germany than all
 the debt of the former socialist countries put together).

     Even if their debts were simply forgiven, successful trans-
 formation in Poland and Hungary would take a couple of decades,
 while further east we have to talk about generations.  "The ever
 more rapidly approaching economic collapse threatens the dis-
 integration of the economies and the danger of the rise to power
 of political extremists, and finally an embittered anti-Western

     The situation gets worse: instead of admitting that they
 can't carry their debt burden, these states look for new loans.
 Population lives in worse economic conditions than during the
 final years of socialism.

     Kopa1tsy warns of threatening consequences, calling the suc-
 cessful transformation of the economies of east and central
 Europe the major strategic interest of both sides.  "Its main and
 unavoidable condition is the forgiving of the foreign debts."  He
 recommends a common approach of all debt-burdened former
 socialist countries, demanding the forgiving of all their debts.

     The reason is complicated and rests on a specific understand-
 ing of the cold war and post-war developments in Europe.  Basi-
 cally he says that in the interests of the West, eastern and cen-
 tral Europe was handed over to Stalin and the USSR so that a
 threat to western Europe would exist, that would justify long-
 term US involvement in Europe after the wars end.  The need for
 continued political and military presence gave the US "nearly
 unlimited influence."  He says, "the United states gained as a
 result of the Soviet great-power threat many times more than the
 debt, which they should now forgive those countries that it
 sacrificed at the altar of its own interests at Yalta."

     He goes through the debt-as-weapon explanation for the West's
 eagerness to lend to east and central Europe, pointing out that
 reform movements were strongest in countries (Hungary, Poland)
 where debt was heaviest.  It worked so well that socialism col-
 lapsed before anyone was ready.

     There's an apocalyptic comparison to the situation before the
 Second World War; he claims the US escaped the trap of monetarism
 because its own New Deal was not monetaristic; and he ends by
 arguing that if east and central Europe can't tie itself to
 western Europe, it will fall further behind, its democratic
 institutions will collapse, and without it, Western Europe won't
 be able to compete against North America or East Asia.


 I don't have any training in formal economics, but already as a
 historian, it seems to me that certain of these assertions might
 be discussable, and I wondered what anyone else thought?

 And, just BTW, may I mildly second the suggestion that, if anyone
 begins reading this list traffic and doesn't "find what [they]
 want," that they post something to start something else rolling?
 I've been associated with the list for some time, as such things
 go, and it has always seemed to me that it's pretty much self-
 correcting over time.

 So, how about a general CALL FOR NEW TOPICS?


 Hugh Agnew
+ - The basic treaties (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

Something smells very faul about those basic treaties Horn is so
hellbent to sign by the 21st of this month.  Is it just that Horn
improvised again with that self-imposed deadline and now painted himself
into a corner?  In a situation like that, why would the other side
bother with any concessions?  All they have to do is just sit it out
till the deadline.  And then the fate of minorities is sealed.

Joe Pannon
+ - Another new topic (frivolous) (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

And now (as Monty Python used to say) for something completely

The Budapest Sun (english-language weekly) had the temerity to
publish a list of Hungary's best wines.  Maybe this will put a
different taste in the mouths of our readers?  (Or at least make
them thirsty...)  The list is in rank order.

White Wines:

Mo2cse1nyi Zo2ldveletelini 1993 (Ba1tapa1ti Gazdasa2g)

Balatonszo2lo2si Olaszrizling 1993 (Figula Mihaly)

Balatonlellei Pinot Gris 1993 (St. Donatus)

Balatonmelle1ki Pinot Gris 1993 (Ka1l-Vin)

Balatonbogla1ri Chardonnay 1993 (Eifert & Le1gli)

Zemple1ni Chardonnay 1993 (Chateau Megyer)

Tokaji Furmint 1993 (Diszno1ko2)

O2reghegyi Sauvignon Blanc 1993 (Tibor Ba1thori)

Somlo1i Ha1rslevelu2 1992 (Imre Gyo2rgykova1cs)

Irsay Olive1r (Balatonbogla1ri Borgazdasa1g-BB)

Red Wines:

Villa1nyi Ke1kporto1 1994 (Jo1zsef Bock)

Szeksza1rdi Bikave1r 1993 (Vesztergombi)

Villa1nyi Ke1kfrankos 1992 (Attila Gere)

Gundel Egri Merlot 1991 (Lang-Lauder)

Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (BB)

Cuvee Phoenix 1992 (Gere a Weniger)

Cuvee Bock 1991 (Jo1zsef Bock)

Villa1nyi Sauvignon 1987 (Szo2lo2-bor)

Tokay Wines:

Tokaji Szamorodni e1des 1983 (Diszno1ko2)

Tokaji Aszu1 5 puttonyos 1988 (Oremus)


Hugh Agnew

+ - Searching for my roots (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

I am searching for my roots. Where do I start? My dad was born in 1931 in Backa
Topola, Hungary and is now part of Yugoslavia; it was a border town pre WWII.
I have little info to go on, but if anyone has any idea where to start, please
let me
know. You can email me at . This account will close soon.


+ - Cultural events at the Hungarian Embassy, USA (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

List of forthcoming cultural events at the
Embassy of the Republic of Hungary, Washington, D.C.
I will confirm each event in due time.

March 17        Borbala Dobozy - harpsichord
March 31        Washington Music Ensemble
April  7        Lecture by Professor John Lukacs - State, nation, people
April 28        Concert by pianists Balazs Reti and Laszlo Kenez
May   26        Exhibition of metal sculptures by Janos Enyedi
June  16        Concert by pianist Laszlo Gereb and violinist Katalin Fenyo
June  30        Exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Laszlo Fekete

email : 
+ - Re: Hungarian language translato (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

My church group is seeking translators for a pen-pal program which
corresponds with members of our partner church in a Hungarian-speaking
section of Romania. Anyone in the Northern New Jersey area willing to help
out please contact me via E-mail. Thanks.
+ - nmcnlk;cgh;dgkghj,ghj, (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

+ - Re: Let's talk economics & politics (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

Hugh Agnew writes:
> Dear fellowlistmembers,
> I'm glad that a new thread has begun, and maybe this contribution,
> which I had been meaning to translate and send in for some time now (it
> appeared in the once-a-month supplmeent to Lidove Noviny called Central
> European News, in which the collaborating newspaper is Magyar Hirlap
> from Hungary, Gazeta Wyborcza from Poland, and Narodna Obroda from Slovakia.)

Just a small correction. The Slovak participant is SME, rather than
Narodna Obroda.  NO is more or less neutral.  SME is distinctly right
wing, so articles that appear under the aegis of it and the other
papers you named should be viewed in that light.

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