WBEZ | Hungary http://www.wbez.org/tags/hungary Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Camerawoman who was fired for kicking migrants to sue Facebook http://www.wbez.org/news/camerawoman-who-was-fired-kicking-migrants-sue-facebook-113443 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/triping-gettyimages-487372448-82d0f8817ce530efd71629eb2c3857ef634ee0c4-s700-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res450562945" previewtitle="This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/21/triping-gettyimages-487372448-82d0f8817ce530efd71629eb2c3857ef634ee0c4-s700-c85.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 540px;" title="This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary. (AFP/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>The camerawoman who drew international ire after viral videos of her kicking and tripping migrants crossing into Hungary from Serbia last month, says she plans to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she kicked.</p></div></div></div><p>Petra Laszlo, formerly of Hungarian Internet-based channel N1TV, told a Russian newspaper of her plans to sue Facebook for allegedly failing to take down threatening and negative pages on the social media site, according to an online translation of the&nbsp;<a href="http://izvestia.ru/news/593528#ixzz3p8X42aZv">Izvestia</a>&nbsp;report.</p><p>One group, called the &quot;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetraLaszloShame">Petra Laszlo Shame Wall</a>,&quot; has more than 10,000 likes on Facebook.</p><p>The former camerawoman also said she plans to file a separate suit against Osama Abdul Mohsen, one of the Syrian refugees Laszlo tripped and caused to fall on his son.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/17/441169238/man-who-was-tripped-by-camerawoman-in-hungary-gets-new-start-in-spain">He has since settled in Madrid</a>&nbsp;and found a job teaching at Spain&#39;s national football coaching academy, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syrian-refugee-tripped-job_55fb304ce4b08820d9180289?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618">Huffington Post</a>.</p><p>Laszlo is facing a criminal case from Hungarian prosecutors and two opposition parties are seeking for her to serve prison time.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/10/hungarian-camera-operator-kicked-refugees-criminal-investigation"><em>The Guardian</em>&nbsp;reports</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;The opposition parties Együtt-PM and the Democratic Coalition said that they would initiate charges of &#39;violence against a member of the community&#39;, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, against László.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><div id="res450542626"><blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="de">Lage in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Roeszke?src=hash">#Roeszke</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hungary?src=hash">#Hungary</a> weiter schlimm - Polizei überfordert - Flüchtlinge durchbrechen Polizeikette - Verletzte! <a href="http://t.co/GlMGqGwABb">pic.twitter.com/GlMGqGwABb</a></p>&mdash; Stephan Richter (@RichterSteph) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichterSteph/status/641222535586168832">September 8, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div>The ordeal unfolded in early September when hundreds of migrants pushed through a police line in Serbia and dashed across an open field in attempt to find safe haven elsewhere in Europe. Journalists were there to document the event.</div><p>As the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/09/438826530/camerawoman-fired-for-tripping-migrant-who-fled-police">Two Way reported last month</a>, a German television journalist was there documenting the scene in Röszke when the tripping incident occurred.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;In a video that was filmed by German television journalist &mdash; Stephan Richter &mdash; the camerawoman is seen sticking her leg out to trip a man who was evading a policeman&#39;s outstretched arm. With a boy clinging to him, the man falls to the ground. He&#39;s then seen getting up, yelling.</em></p><p><em>&quot;Announcing the firing, N1TV Editor in Chief Szabolcs Kisberk said his colleague &#39;behaved unacceptably in Röszke collection point.&#39; &quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>She eventually did&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/11/something-snapped-hungarian-camera-operator-apologises-kicking-refugees?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618">apologize for her role&nbsp;</a>in the incident and said she only reacted in that way because she was scared.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/21/450542545/camerawoman-who-was-fired-for-kicking-migrants-to-sue-facebook?ft=nprml&amp;f=450542545" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/camerawoman-who-was-fired-kicking-migrants-sue-facebook-113443 Friends describe love's endurance after alcoholic husband's death http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-describe-loves-endurance-after-alcoholic-husbands-death-110855 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 140926 Lisa Sophia bh.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall - and George H.W. Bush&rsquo;s &ldquo;thousand points of light&rdquo; speech - two young American women became close friends while serving in the Peace Corps in Hungary. Lisa Jurkovic and Sophia Forero were assigned to the same village for their two year stints. And during their stay, Lisa met another Peace Corps volunteer named Nick. Recently, Lisa stopped by the StoryCorps booth to talk with Sophia about the impact Nick had on both of their lives.<br /><br />&ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t you meet him playing volleyball?&rdquo; Sophia asks. &ldquo;Do you remember looking at him and thinking he was kind of cute?&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Black hair, fabulous green eyes,&rdquo; Lisa says. &ldquo;He was absolutely the life of the party. He was the one who wanted to go out for pizza afterwards. He was the one who gathered everybody together. If somebody felt bad, he made that person feel better. I liked how honest he was, and open, and friendly. He always made sure that I was happy.&rdquo;<br /><br />Lisa and Nick spent every weekend together, travelling by train, to meet one another.<br /><br />&ldquo;When did you realize this person was someone who was going to be special to you?&rdquo; Sophia asks.&nbsp; &ldquo;Two months in,&rdquo; Lisa says.</p><p>&ldquo;Was there anything in Nick&rsquo;s behavior that made you think that the road with Nick might be difficult?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Nick had a very hard time enjoying anything without drinking.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;When you married him, did you ever imagine that ten years into your marriage he would become more withdrawn or as withdrawn as he became?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t believe that anyone sets out in a marriage predicting anything like that. I&rsquo;m 46 now. It&rsquo;s easy to look back. And at 24 the heart wants what the heart wants.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s really true, isn&rsquo;t it?&rdquo; Sophia sighs. &ldquo;For the last three years of his life, he was slowly just drinking himself to death.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It became impossible for him to be in the house,&rdquo; Lisa says. &ldquo;He refused to seek help for eight years. And he was a liability. He was wrecking cars and it couldn&rsquo;t go on.&rdquo;</p><p>Sophia says, &ldquo;And you basically made the decision in order to make sure that your children&hellip;&rdquo;<br />&ldquo;&hellip;were safe,&rdquo; Lisa finishes.</p><p>&ldquo;Do you ever really think about how much courage that took? Are you able to process that?,&rdquo; Sophia asked.</p><p>&ldquo;It had to happen,&rdquo; Lisa responded.</p><p>&ldquo;I know, but do you realize how important it was for your children? He drove me crazy like a brother, but there&rsquo;s a part of me that really loved him,&rdquo; Sophia recalled, &ldquo;And there&rsquo;s a part of me&hellip;I just wanted to shake him and say: Just do this! Why can&rsquo;t you do this?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Because his pride would not allow it,&rdquo; Lisa says.</p><p>&ldquo;You know that you loved him very much,&rdquo; Sophia says. &ldquo;You know that.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I still do,&rdquo; Lisa says.</p></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/friends-describe-loves-endurance-after-alcoholic-husbands-death-110855 A rising star in Hungarian politics finds himself shut out over how Jewish he is http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/rising-star-hungarian-politics-finds-himself-shut-out-over-how-jewish <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5127113329_a652340827_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 428px; width: 300px; " title="Hungary's Liberty Statue in Budapest. (Flickr/redteam)" />No, this story isn&#39;t what you think it is i.e. it&#39;s not about anti-semitism in Hungary (though, on a grand level, it is a little bit). It&#39;s about the anti-semitic behavior of one person, and the hypocrisy that came with it. Director and dramaturg Kelly Kerwin spins the story of a man who escaped the notice of much of the U.S. press, but hasn&#39;t been so lucky in his native country. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><div><em>Csanad Szegedi, a high-ranking member of the Hungarian Parliament, was&nbsp;notorious for his seditious remarks regarding Jews: He accused them of &quot;buying up&rdquo; the country for&nbsp;Israel and, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/14/world/europe/ap-eu-hungary-rightists-roots.html?_r=3">according to </a></em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/14/world/europe/ap-eu-hungary-rightists-roots.html?_r=3">the New York Times</a>&nbsp;[via the Associated Press]<em>, &ldquo;railed about the &#39;Jewishness&#39; of the political elite.&rdquo;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>These comments are, naturally, controversial, but then Szegedi hit below the belt. He stated &ldquo;The&nbsp;problem the [Hungarian] radical right has with the Jews&rsquo; [is] that Jewish artists, actors and intellectuals&nbsp;[have] desecrated Hungary&#39;s national symbols.&rdquo;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>There are a few ways to rise to power in the modern-day Hungarian Parliament. Csanad&nbsp;Szegedi chose&nbsp;the anti-Semetic route.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>This 30-year old Hungarian parliament member of the Jobbik party had the (neo-Nazi) world at his&nbsp;fingertips and he was going to paint the town red (with the blood of Jews). But, as with everything in&nbsp;life, power has a price. &ldquo;Neither can live while the other survives&rdquo; &ldquo;Winter is coming&rdquo; &ldquo;Against the&nbsp;power of Mordor there can be no victory.&rdquo; &ldquo;&ldquo;Do or do not... there is no try.&rdquo; &ldquo;Why should I fear to trace&nbsp;my birth? Nothing can make me other than I am.&rdquo; Szegedi, has never heard this last quote. From&nbsp;</em>Oedipus<em>. And now, Csanad Szegedi has revealed to the Jobbik Party, to the Hungarian people, and to&nbsp;the world something he recently discovered: Csanad Szeged, the famed anti-Semite, is Jewish.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/rising-star-hungarian-politics-finds-himself-shut-out-over-how-jewish How the NATO peoples helped settle Chicago, Part 3 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/how-nato-peoples-helped-settle-chicago-part-3-99036 <p><p>Today we conclude our capsule look at how peoples from the 28 NATO countries helped build Chicago.</p><p><strong>Belgium</strong>—As early as 1854, the government of Belgium identified 83 Belgians as living in the city of Chicago. What there was of a Belgian neighborhood in the city later developed in the few blocks around St. John Berchmans Catholic Church in Logan Square. Since the 1960s that concentration has dispersed.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Hungary-St.%20Stephen%20King_0.JPG" title="St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church--2015 W. Augusta Blvd."></div></div><p><strong>Germany—</strong>Germans were the first ethnic group to come to Chicago in great numbers. In 1850 one-sixth of the city’s population carried the “born in Germany” label. By 1900 a full 25% of Chicagoans were either first- or second-generation German.</p><p>They settled on the North Side and up the Lincoln Avenue corridor. They built churches, schools, social halls. They printed books and newspapers, and organized political clubs. They were determined to keep their culture. When one nativist mayor closed the saloons on Sunday, the city’s Germans rioted.</p><p>Then came World War I, and a national wave of anti-Germanism. The local Germans became more assimilated. Today, the Dank Haus in Lincoln Square serves as the city’s German-American cultural center. And along with the Irish and the Poles, Germans remain one of Chicago’s largest European ethnic groups. (Hey—those three are my ancestry!) &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Hungary</strong>—In 1890 there were fewer than 2,000 Hungarians living in Chicago. Within 30 years, that number had swelled to over 70,000. Most of the immigrants took up residence on the South Side, notably in the Burnside neighborhood. There were also Hungarian colonies in East Chicago and Joliet, and in the city around Humboldt Park. Today there is no single concentration of Hungarian settlement.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Germany-Altgeld%20%28State%20of%20Illinois%20photo%29.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px;" title="A German immigrant to Chicago: John Peter Altgeld (State of Illinois photo)"></div><p><strong>Lithuania</strong>—As anyone who read <em>The Jungle </em>knows, many Chicago Lithuanians lived in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, while working in the Stock Yards itself. The community gradually moved southwest, while struggling to keep its ethnic identity during the years of Soviet incorporation. In the Marquette Park area, a section of 69<sup>th</sup> Street was renamed Lithuanian Plaza Court. About 80,000 people of Lithuanian background now live in Chicagoland. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Luxembourg</strong>—People from Luxembourg were living on the North Side as early as the 1840s. Within a few decades, a major settlement became established along Ridge Avenue, near St. Henry Catholic Church. A Luxembourger community also sprang up in Niles Center (Skokie). Today about 150,000 Luxembourgers live in various parts of the city and suburbs.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Turkey-TACA.JPG" title="Turkish American Cultural Alliance--3845 N. Harlem Ave."></div><p><strong>Slovakia</strong>—Though there have been Slovaks in Chicago for over 150 years, their numbers can’t be determined with much precision, since Slovakia did not become fully independent until 1993. For much of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century, the major concentration of Slovaks was in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, with another settlement in Joliet. The more recent arrivals have gravitated to Garfield Ridge.</p><p><strong>Slovenia</strong>—Slovenia was first part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and later became a founding state of Yugoslavia, so tracing Chicago’s Slovenians is not always easy. The earliest local colonies were on the Lower West Side and in Joliet. Community life centered around the Catholic parish, though there was also a large secular element. Today there is a Slovenian Cultural Center in suburban Lemont.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-US-American%20Indian%20Center.JPG" title="American Indian Center of Chicago--1630 W. Wilson Ave."></div><p><strong>Turkey</strong>—Chicago’s Turkish population has always been small and dispersed. The Turkish American Cultural Alliance, located in the Dunning neighborhood, has worked to promote art, history, and Turkish heritage.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>United States</strong>—Before the Europeans came, the largest Native group in current Chicago was the Potawatomi. The tribes were forced to cede their lands during the 1830s, though a few families remained. Since World War II there has been a significant migration from the reservations to urban areas. Today the American Indian Center serves the 40,000 people from nearly 100 tribes living in the Chicago area.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/how-nato-peoples-helped-settle-chicago-part-3-99036 Worldview 1.6.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1612-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-06/brazil-photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hungary’s conservative Fidesz party overhauled the central European nation’s constitution and passed laws that consolidate power. The changes may violate the Lisbon Treaty, which governs E.U. membership.<a href="http://lapa.princeton.edu/peopledetail.php?ID=432" target="_blank"> Kim Lane Scheppele</a>, who studies comparative constitutional law, tells Worldview she’s rarely seen a full-blown democracy so recklessly dismantled. Also,&nbsp; Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But the process of turning Rio into a “global city” involves demolishing buildings and evicting residents of Rio’s slums, known as <em>favelas</em>.&nbsp; <em>Worldview</em> talks with Theresa Williamson, executive director of <a href="http://Hungary%E2%80%99s%20new%20controversial%20constitution:%20Hungary%E2%80%99s%20conservative%20Fidesz%20party%20overhauled%20the%20central%20European%20nation%E2%80%99s%20constitution%20and%20passed%20laws%20that%20consolidate%20power.%20The%20changes%20may%20violate%20the%20Lisbon%20Treaty,%20which%20governs%20E.U.%20membership.%20Kim%20Lane%20Scheppele,%20who%20studies%20comparative%20constitutional%20law,%20tells%20Worldview%20she%E2%80%99s%20rarely%20seen%20a%20full-blown%20democracy%20so%20recklessly%20dismantled.%20%20%20Brazilian%20Favelas:%20Rio%20de%20Janeiro%20is%20set%20to%20host%20the%202014%20World%20Cup%20and%20the%202016%20Summer%20Olympics.%20But%20the%20process%20of%20turning%20Rio%20into%20a%20%E2%80%9Cglobal%20city%E2%80%9D%20involves%20demolishing%20buildings%20and%20evicting%20residents%20of%20Rio%E2%80%99s%20favelas.%20We%E2%80%99ll%20talk%20with%20Theresa%20Williams,%20founder%20of%20Rio%20On%20Watch,%20an%20organization%20dedicated%20to%20bringing%20visibility%20to%20the%20favela%20community.%20%20Milos%20Stehlik%20Review:%20Film%20contributor%20Milos%20Stehlik%20reviews%20The%20Conquest,%20a%20film%20about%20French%20President%20Nicolas%20Sarkozy%27s%20rise%20to%20power.%20It%20opens%20at%20Music%20Box%20on%20Friday." target="_blank">Catalytic Communities,</a> an organization dedicated to bringing visibility to <em>favela</em> communities. &nbsp; And film contributor Milos Stehlik reviews <em>The Conquest</em>, a film about French President Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1612-0