Hungary Report

A euroreporter from the Ovi magazine

Coalition is ‘at risk’

“If reforms are not proceeding, there is no point left for the SzDSz to remain within the government coalition,” Alliance of Free Democrats (SzDSz) president János Kóka said. The ultimatum-sounding words were triggered by several statements from senior Socialist Party (MSzP) officials, who demanded the healthcare reform should be reconsidered, and, if necessary, withdrawn.

Most explicit was the MSzP’s parliamentary party leader, Ildikó Lendvai, who said it may well be a possibility to keep all healthcare funds 100% state-owned. “Nobody wants this country to pay for the political risk that resulted from the initiators of the referendums,” she explained referring to international reaction to the Mar 9 referendum, and the threat from leading opposition party Fidesz of more referenda to come.

US-based credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade Hungary from “stable” to “negative” will, according to Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, “cost the country several billion forints.”

The debate over the healthcare reform, which was passed by Parliament twice, because President László Sólyom refused to sign it first time round, has been revived because of another referendum threat from Fidesz. “Why queue twice for a slap on the face? Why run head on into the wall twice?” opposition Fidesz party leader Viktor Orbán asked in a TV talk show, referring to a new. The results, Orbán predicted, would be just as devastating for the government as those of Mar 9 had been.

Fidesz is demanding that the government withdraw the healthcare reform which allows private capital and market competition into state-run healthcare. If the government does so, Fidesz will withdraw its referendum initiative, the party says, as it would abolish the government’s bill anyway. Analysts note that this continuous threat from Fidesz to overturn government decisions via referenda hugely increases political risks in the country, causing severe financial damage and, in the long run, might make governing the country for any party virtually impossible. Although, one day after the referendum, the PM was adamant that he would not restructure his government, two weeks later MSzP sources are saying otherwise. According to anonymous Socialist sources quoted by Hungarian daily Népszabadság, several scenarios have been drawn up, depending on the reaction of the junior coalition member.


Hungary recognizes Kosovo

Hungary, along with two other countries that neighbor Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, recognized the independent state of Kosovo. Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hasn’t officially announced the fact, but did release a previously prepared statement that all but does.“Hungary, Bulgaria and Croatia continue to support efforts by the European Union and NATO to create stability and democratic institutions in Kosovo; meanwhile Kosovo’s institutions should guarantee a multi-ethnic state based on the principles of democracy and a constitutional state, which guarantee rights to the Serbian community and to other ethnicities, including their participation in those institutions,” the common statement of the three countries said.

Introducing the document on Wednesday, foreign ministry state secretary Márta Fekszi Horváth also called on Serbia to ensure the safety of 350,000 ethnic Hungarians living in Vojvodina (Vajdaság), an autonomous province in northern Serbia near the Hungarian border.

Although the announcement surprised no one, diplomatic retaliation from Serbia was immediate. The truth is that Serbia feels so lonely in this Kosovo case and the same time would expect countries with major minority problems to understand better before the problem knocks their door.


Forget Disney’s hyphenless Pooh

An article from the Ovi magazine

There is only one way I want to start this review celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh and that is to accuse Disney of ripping the soul out of this lovable octogenarian teddy bear and profiteering from his famous gang of friends. I grew up watching Disney’s ‘hyphenless’ incarnation and thoroughly enjoyed the cartoons, but my opinion has radically altered now I have read the original stories.

October 14th 2006 marked 80 years since Alan Alexander Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh, the first of two books that would firmly establish the bear in the hearts of all that would meet him. The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh contains A.A. Milne’s first compilation of short stories, plus The House at Pooh Corner, which was published two years later in 1928 and introduced Tigger.

The two books, unlike Disney’s animated versions, are written in a style that will make adults laugh more than the children, at whom they are aimed. Milne’s use of language, the poetry ascribed to Pooh and the cynicism expressed by Eeyore are just a few examples of the adult-orientated material within the pages, but it simultaneously awakens the inner-child reminding us of our own childhood games, toys and teddy bears.

Both books are written as though Milne is narrating the story to Christopher Robin, his only son, and you begin to feel as though you are the one sat cross-legged listening intently to the “silly old bear’s” adventures. Milne fires your imagination in such a way that you could almost smell the leaves in Hundred Acre Wood or a jar of honey in Pooh’s house.

When I wrote that the language is directed at adult readers, I mean that the little asides and vocabulary that Milne injects into the text or puts into the mouths of his characters are beyond what most children would understand. In the first story (In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin), Pooh decides to use a balloon to float up to get honey from a beehive, but events take a wrong turn and the bees begin buzzing around the bear, who is pretending to be a cloud: “I think the bees suspect something!” The dry humour, the straight delivery by Pooh and the unlikely use of the word ‘suspect’ when used with bees just left me in pieces.

All the characters in the book develop strong personalities so quickly that you can’t help but love them all. Piglet is effeminate and has a modest ego, plus, despite being a “Very Small Animal”, he accompanies Pooh on many adventures and manages to do a Very Grand Thing. Milne loves capitalization to emphasise the fact that the characters are doing something almost for the first time, so it demands emphasis…a Very Clever Idea.

Returning to the adult theme, I believe that once you have read the books Eeyore will become your favourite character because his pessimistic, sarcastic, cynical and gloomy personality will just win you over. For example, when Roo and Tigger are stuck up a tree, Piglet helpfully suggests that by standing upon each other’s shoulders, with Eeyore at the bottom, they may be able to reach the stranded pair, “”And if Eeyore’s back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh. Ha ha! Amusing in a quiet way,” said Eeyore, “but not really helpful.””

A.A. Milne was a little bitter himself at forever being remembered as a children’s author, especially after writing 25 plays and a number of other books, but he was not the only one to rue Winnie-the-Pooh. His son, Christopher Robin Milne, complained that his father had left him with ’empty fame’ and Ernest Howard Shepard, the illustrator, felt that Pooh overshadowed his work. However, his illustrations give the book another dimension and give a soul to each of the characters; I particularly love his Piglet with his flappy ears.

If, like me, you have only experienced Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, then it is time to inject the hyphens and the Milne back into this 81-year-old bear. Accompany him on an adventure with Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Owl, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Christopher Robin because it will make you feel like a child again…if not, then you will enjoy Winnie-the-Pooh’s fantastic poetry.



An article from the Ovi magazine

“King of Tort” lawyer who squeezed billions out of tobacco and asbestos industries will soon be known as “Queen of Tart” for trying to bribe judge

No comment!


Four webcams and a funeral; farewell services come to the Internet, for those who live too far or can’t find a thing to wear.

Or …nothing to wear! This is a bit creepy!


British nurses told to address patients in more formal, correct manner, as in: “Mr. Smith, I’ve come to shave your willy.”

Call me anything you like, as long you are careful with these razors!


New mothers in America demanding “push presents” including diamonds and expensive trips after giving birth.

I demand a “Bush present” after 10 years of George’s administration!


US Vice-President Dick Cheney has said peace between Israel and the Palestinians will require painful concessions on both sides. He said the creation of a Palestinian state was long overdue, but rocket attacks against Israel hindered peace.

Oh man, he’s gone to increase the oil prices again!


The United States will never pressure Israel to take steps to threaten its security

Which translates, Palestinians you are …doomed!


Final preparations have been taking place in Greece for the lighting of the Olympic flame for the Beijing games. Cloudy skies meant the flame could not be lit in the traditional way – using the Sun’s rays – at the final dress rehearsal on Sunday. If the weather fails to play its part in the ceremony on Monday, a back-up flame will be used to light the torch that will be carried to China.

I have the suspicion that the storms and the winds are coming from …Tibet!


International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge believes the games could be a changing factor in China. “We believe that China will change by opening the country to the scrutiny of the world through the 25,000 media who will attend the games,” he said in a statement. “Awarding the Olympic Games to the most populous country in the world will open up one fifth of mankind to Olympism.”

Is this is his excuse? It is rather poor and I hope the next few months he will come with a better one … at least for the thousands shot on the head in China!


Police in south-eastern Turkey have clashed again with Kurdish protesters marking the Newroz spring festival, resulting in the deaths of two people. Doctors in the town of Yuksekova said a man had died of bullet wounds. A second man also died after suffering bullet wounds in Saturday’s clashes in Van.

How many they must kill to start calling it the Kurd’s genocide? These people have no right in anything; they can hardly breathe under the Turkish boot!


Zimbabwe’s main opposition party has accused the government of printing millions of surplus ballot papers for the presidential and legislative polls. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says leaked documents show nine million papers have been ordered for the country’s 5.9 million voters.

Mugabe, how many you killed today, you little Hitler caricature!


Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has pledged full support to the incoming coalition government, which will be made up of his political opponents. At a military parade to mark Pakistan’s national day, Mr. Musharraf said a new era of democracy was beginning.

Talking about dictators and criminals here is …Musharraf!


You might see a copycat Ovi magazine

Remember that whoever copycats Ovi magazine shows how limited and untalented some parasites can be! But the legal system prevails, even the Mexican one!


Today the Ovi magazine says Water is Life!

Water is life! Water is capital! by Leila Dregger

The development of a lake landscape as a model for the ecological regeneration of the Alentejo.

The IT Tsunami Wave rolls into China by Valerie Sartor
Cyrill Eltschinger, celebrated author of ‘Source Code China’, confessed that he wrote his book out of personal frustration: he wanted to advertise to the world what China has to offer from a software/high tech perspective.

Please Release Min Wa, a Burmese Refugee by Rohingya Human Rights
Min Wa was arrested by Bangladesh Rifles during the evening of 16 July, 2005, from his family home, while he was enjoying dinner along with his wife and only daughter…

I Parlamentari europei: un po’ svogliati, a volte. E non tutti onesti by Newropeans-Magazine
Ogni tanto – un po’ per curiosita, un po’ per divertimento, un po’ anche per senso del dovere – visito i siti delle istituzioni europee: e la parte piu democratica e trasparente dell’UE, ed e anche quella che funziona meglio.


Brush with the Law

An article from the Ovi magazine

Following the previous pathetic banning of Punch and Judy Shows and the demise of the Golliwog, Britain has finally arrived in ‘Looney-Land-City-Centre’ with the announcement this week that Northamptonshire police are investigating a complaint of racism against BBC children’s television mini-star Basil Brush.

With teenage stabbings and binge-drinking reaching worrying proportions, how have we finally reached rock bottom with the possibility of the police interviewing a ‘GLOVE PUPPET’!! My God, I really cannot believe I’ve just written that.

As yet, his face hasn’t appeared on any ‘wanted’ posters or appeals for his whereabouts made on ‘Crimewatch’ but police are anxious to interview the cunning Mr. Brush in relation to allegations made under the 1976 Race Relations Act. Witnesses to the dastardly crime have reported last seeing him wearing a furry coat, sporting a rather dashing bushy tail and with a hand stuffed up his rectum. Children’s favourite Mr. Brush has refused to make a statement other than his traditional “Boom Boom!!”

So what despicable sin has the notorious Mr. Brush been accused of? Well, during an episode that has now been repeatedly shown on T.V. up to eight times, without complaint, and also appears on his DVD ‘Basil Unleashed’, Basil’s ‘friend’ Mr. Stephen falls under a Gypsy’s spell to make him more attractive to women. Basil’s neighbour Dame Rosie Fortune tries to sell Basil wooden clothes pegs and lucky heather and even offers to read his palm, or is it paw? The astute Basil is having none of it and tells her, “I went to a fortune-teller once and he told me I was going on a long journey. He then stole my wallet and I had to walk all the way home. Boom Boom!!”

Joseph Jones, vice-chairman of the Southern England Romany Gipsy and Irish Travellor Network of no fixed abode, well he wouldn’t have would he, complains, “We are fed up with making complaints made about stereotypical comments made about us” basing his complaint that Gypsies no longer sell lucky heather and pegs for a living.

Of course he is absolutely right, because the modern traveller just moves his caravan on to land illegally towed by the latest 4 x 4, lives off state benefits and supplements his income tarmacing drives and rifling through other people’s sheds when they are out.

When will this absolute nonsense all end? If Basil is arrested, will the police have handcuffs small enough! Will they be forced into investigating other atrocities, such as Windy Miller being drunk on cider while in possession of a windmill, or Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb operating an all-white recruitment policy at Trumpton Fire Station or will social services be taking action over Andy Pandy being forced to live in a box with Loopy Loo and Teddy.

Is it really fair that Postman Pat refuses to take early retirement with the closure of rural Post Offices and when ‘elf and safety’ see Bob the Builder clinging on the outside of Scoop as he hurtles through the streets of Bobsville he’ll be closed down for good.

Boom Boom!!

by Clint Wayne

Everybody loves …Robbie

This is an article published in Ovi magazine.

Mugabe hits again by banning all the observers from the elections, especially all the western observers. I’m sorry if once more I’m writing about this notorious dictator of Zimbabwe but, as I have said before, we should not stop reminding that people like Mugabe, criminals of the worst kind, people that have the right of life or death over thousands of thousands of people are around, they are not a myth, they are not the boogie men but the reality for nations like Zimbabwe, Iran and Pakistan.

mugabe01_400Since I’m talking about Iran, according to the Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Iran and China, among other African ally countries, are allowed to send monitors for the democratic elections. I presume the “one party” China and “non party in the name of Allah” Iran and its clerics are the right countries to have opinions on democracy and elections.

Robert Mugabe excused his decision saying that he suspects that the western countries are trying to remove him from government! Really? Saddam had the same suspicions and I wonder why, and Idi Amin before them was suspecting the same and again I have to wonder why and how they get these ideas? After all, everybody loves Robbie, especially in Zimbabwe. Apparently the people in Zimbabwe who don’t love Mugabe and they don’t show it ten times a day are either in prison with their tongue cut or dead!

mugabe02_400“Clearly, those who believe the only free and fair election is where opposition wins have been excluded since the ruling party, Zanu-PF, is poised to score yet another triumph,” Simbarashe Mumbengegwi added. Man, that says everything! I mean you invite Iran to monitor. I mean, it is like going to the polls and thinking, “What am I voting today? Ayatollah, Ayatollah or Ayatollah?” In China things are more clear – the other monitoring democracy, I vote for the Chinese Communist Party otherwise my family pays the bullet!

Apparently Mugabe’s opposition Mr. Tsvangirai commented on the above by saying that the move showed that Mugabe has a lot to hide! Is a wonder how he managed to say that and he added that “those who have been invited will hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and endorse a flawed election.” Please, it is not so simple and, on the contrary, they are going to take lessons and practise them in their own countries, don’t forget Iran has …elections soon!

Mugabe has offered a lot to Zimbabwe, 100,000% inflation and over 80% unemployment, actually the only ones who have work in Zimbabwe are Mugabe’s torturers and killers. The man is an angel. Even his caricature small moustache, Hitler style, is an irony. He believes that it makes him look like his Nazi idol while he reminds more the grotesque character Chaplin had created in The Great Dictator. That’s the reality of Zimbabwe, a grotesque caricature is ruling the country, talks about democracy and leads the elections.