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    Children age 7 and 8, involved in the cult of personality of Hungarian war criminal Wass Albert

    The cult of personality of Hungarian war criminal Wass Albert continues in Romania in the areas controlled by the political organization of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (in Romanian, UDMR). Children are now being involved at public events where the cult of personality of war ciminal Albert Wass is promoted.

    I am reproducing below a translating of an article published in February this year by a Hungarian language newspaper from Covasna country (in Transylvania) that talks about a public event of commemorating the ”public personality” of Count Wass Albert, a war criminal responsible for the death of Romanians and Jews in the Second World War in Transylvania. Several children were involved in the event, which took place in Sfântu Gheorghe, capital of Covasna county, a town led by mayor Antal Arpad, a member of UDMR.

    They commemorated Wass Albert 

    Organized by HVIM (t.n. - an organization that promotes Hungarian revizionism) at the memorial tree planted by the HVIM in the reformed churchyard from Sfântu Gheorghe, the writer, poet and public personality Count Albert Wass, who died on February 17, 1998, was commemorated on Saturday. Vizi Abigel spoke on behalf of the organizers. Publicist Zoltan Bedo spoke on behalf of the Movement for Lasting Hungarian, with a short presentation of the life of this great personality. Sisters Lilla (8 years) and Rita (7 years) Bacs, and also schoolgirls Kerekes Katalin and Vass Emoke recited poems written by Wass Albert. The public event ended with wreaths and singing of hymns.”

    Source: Szekely hirmondo newspaper, no. 36 of 02.22.2016 (translated from Hungarian by European Center of Studies Covasna - Harghita)

    In May 1946 both Albert Wass and his father Endre Wass were sentenced to death in absence by the Cluj Court (in Transylvania) and their possessions were confiscated being found guilty for the events that occurred in September 1940 when a Hungarian lieutenant named Pakucs arrested six residents of Sucutard and executed four of them (two Romanians and two Jews) in the village of Taga. Albert Wass was found responsible for instigating and causing the carnage from the village of Muresenii de Campie when Hungarian soldiers, led by Lieutenant Gergely Csordás, killed 11 civilians (details here).

    This is the English version of this article.

    PHOTO: War criminal Wass Albert, roncea.ro

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    EXCLUSIVE. ActiveWatch violated human rights. The NGO was sentenced to pay moral damages to a Romanian human rights activist

    Covasna County Court rejected March 18th, 2016 the appeal of Romanian NGO ActiveWatch against the sentence of Sfântu Gheorghe Town Court that sentenced ActiveWatch to pay moral damages to journalist and human rights activist Dan Tanasa for violating his human rights.

    In October 2015 the Sfântu Gheorghe Town Court partially upheld the action and sentenced ActiveWatch, led by Mircea Toma as president, to pay me moral damages for violating my human rights.

    ActiveWatch published in August 2014 on their blog an article signed by Adrian Szelmenczi, a member of this NGO, in which they released my personal data without my consent (article in question here).

    This action constituted a violation of fundamental human rights. Ironically, ActiveWatch - Agency Media Monitoring defines itself as „a human rights organization campaigning to free communication in the public interest” and which, according to its website, has provided a platform for debates on sensitive topics, among these are also human rights (more details here).

    Afterwards, I notified the National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing (ANSPDCP) who sanctioned Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency for the violation of the right to privacy and the violation of the right to protection of personal data, according to Romanian Law no. 677/2001 (details here).

    In other words, an organization that defines itself as a defender of human rights has been sanctioned exactly for the violation of human rights, as the right to private life and the right to protection of personal data are fundamental rights guaranteed by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

    Following the sanction imposed by ANSPDCP I sued Mircea Toma, Adrian Szelmenczi and ActiveWatch and requested the court, among other, to sentence them to pay me moral damages for violating my human rights.

    Sfântu Gheorghe Town Court found that ActiveWatch violated my human rights and sentenced them to pay me moral damages in the amount of 500 lei (aprox. 125 euros).

    ActiveWatch appealed against the sentence of Sfântu Gheorghe Town Court but their appeal was rejected by Covasna County Court (details here). Thus, the sentence of Sfântu Gheorghe Town Court remained final. On March 22, ActiveWatch payed me the moral damages (details here).

    PHOTO: Mircea Toma, president of ActiveWatch (first on the left), alongside Romanian political analyst Cristian Pârvulescu (center) and former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, inliniedreapta.net

    This is the English version of this article in Romanian.

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    SO, WHY ROMANIA? This is Brașov and surroundings

    Hello again dear friends, I'm Danny Paun and I'm pleased to present you my new film about an epic country...Romania!

    Here we are after a few months with another production that showcases a bit of the Romania's nature and beauty. It took us a while in getting this ready just in time for a special day, 1st December, Romania's National Day. LA MULŢI ANI ROMÂNIA!

    This time around, we've been hiking the high Carpathian Mountains to get some breathtaking visuals and emphasis on the natural beauty of Romania. Apart from the lovely city of Brasov, we also visit some beautiful villages of Transylvania to film some really amazing fortified churches and fortresses that this part of the world has to offer, it just feels like we were back in time while over there, everything so pure and peaceful. It's been a few months in the making of this production and it was filmed in two seasons, from summer days of july and august to not so hot days of october and november... We'll definitely plan to make a winter video as it's quite unique over there.

    Me and my small (but mighty) team hope that you will enjoy this one too. Please help us promote these amazing places and subscribe to our channel for more productions to come. Also, please visit our new website thisiswhyromania.com (you'll also find a short explanation why we decide to change the site and channel name). Thanks again for watching.

    NOTE: please feel free to share but don't "forget" to credit/mention this page or our website:
    http://www.thisiswhyromania.com
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    The soundtrack is by Tony Anderson - Eyes Wide Open (licensed via musicbed.com).
    Filmed and edited over a period of four months using DJI Phantom 3 Professional (4K) and Sony and Canon DSLRs.

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    Stealing the Last Forest: Austria's Largest Timber Company, Land Rights, and Corruption in Romania

    Romania is home to Europe's last remaining virgin forests and some of the continent's largest populations of bears, wolves, and lynx. Theseforests are under serious threat due to rampant illegal logging. Over a multi-year investigation, EIA documented this illegal logging and found a major driver behind this destruction was an Austrian-based timber and wood processing company known as Holzindustrie Schweighofer.

    Earlier this year, EIA released a video documenting how Schweighofer willingly and knowingly accepted illegally harvested timber and incentivized additional cutting through a bonus system. The company is the largest buyer of softwood timber in Romania, responsible for processing around 40% of the country's total annual softwood production. It then sells this processed timber to nearly every European Union member state, to popular biomass companies, to be used as bio-fuel and lumber.

    EIA's report, Stealing the Last Forest: Austria's Largest Timber Company, Land Rights, and Corruption in Romania, provides new evidence to Schweighofer's illegal business practices and documents the many types of illegalities prevailing in Romania's forests. In nearly every case investigated, the illicit wood arrived at Schweighofer’s mills. The report also identifies Europe's largest buyers of Schweighofer's products.

    Read EIA's press release on the official launch of Stealing the Last Forest here.

    Related Information & Timeline:
    December 22, 2014 – Romanian organization Agent Green releases a video in which the organization’s director is beaten and pepper-sprayed by Schweighofer’s guards while tracking illegal timber to a Schweighofer mill (the investigation was conducted earlier that year)
    April 2015 – Romanian media releases a leaked letter from September 2014, sent from Schweighofer CEO, Gerald Schweighofer, to the Romanian Prime Minister demanding that a proposed forest law be amended, threatening consequences to trade relations between Austria and Romania if not
    April 27 – EIA releases undercover video exposing Holzindustrie Schweighofer of accepting illegal wood
    May – Schweighofer attempts to justify the CEO’s bullish intervention in Romanian domestic politics by releasing its own letter
    May 7 – Leading German news magazine Der Spiegel concludes that Schweighofer conducted illegal activity, following its own review of information provided by EIA
    May 9 – Following EIA’s video and the Der Spiegel article, thousands of Romanians protest in the streets of Bucharest, outraged over the forest destruction in Romania
    July – Romanian Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests announces an investigation of Schweighofer’s operations found various violations of the law, including illegally logged timber. The investigation report is handed over to the Prosecutor’s Office of Romania’s Supreme Court of Justice
    August 6 – Forest certification body, PEFC files a complaint on compliance against Schweighofer in light of EIA’s April video and an investigation by the Romanian government
    October 7 – Despite documented illegalities, PEFC drops its complaint
    October 21 – EIA releases report, Stealing the Last Forest: Austria’s Largest Timber Company, Land Rights, and Corruption in Romania; WWF demands full investigation and files EUTR complaint

    Download the full report in English, German and Romanian here.

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    DOCUMENT. Romanian Defence Minister, ex-member of communist nomenklatura

    25 years after the events that took place in December 1989, when the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown by a popular ”Revolution”, the former active members of the communist nomeklatura are still leading the destinies of Romania.

    Galați, Romania, August 26, 2015. Defence Minister Mircea Dusa said Wednesday at the Smardan firing range of Galati County that on September 3, NATO force integration units (NFIUs) will be simultaneously inaugurated in all the six eastern border member states of the European Union, Romania included. ”At 11:00 o'clock on September 3, we will be simultaneously inaugurating in all the six eastern border member states of the European Union NFIU NATO units, which include raising the NATO flag and opening the similar command in Bucharest City,” said Dusa, according to the Romanian news agency Agerpres.

    The Romanian Defence Minister is a key person in the efforts of NATO allies to balance the Russian territorial appetite. Generals from various NATO countries visit Romania and work together to strengthen the relations with Romania, strategically situated right at the border with Ukraine. All of them seem to be pleased with the way Mircea Dusa is covering the situation on this side of Europe.

    But Mircea Dusa is not a novice when it comes to discipline and rigid hierarchies. As a former member of the communist nomenklatura in Romania, he is well aware of how to serve in a disciplined way.

    Born in Toplita, Harghita County, right in the hearth of Romania, Mircea Dusa is also a member of the Romanian Parliament. Since 2004, Dusa is a deputy in the Romanian Parliament and, at the same time, Romanian Defence Minister since December 2012, after a brief period leading the Romanian Interior Ministry between August and December 2012.

    All these public offices are well indicated in his biography published on the official website of the Romanian Defence Ministry. Still, Dusa omitted from this biography his early years in politics, specifically the years he activated in the communist nomenklatura.

    According to the information and documents published since 2013 by Romanian newspaper Romania Liberă, after the military service in the town of Miercurea Ciuc (October 1974 - February 1976), Dusa was hired as a traffic signalman at an Auto depot in Topliţa, his hometown, and after a few months he moved to the People's Council of Topliţa, as a technician in the Architecture and Town Planning Department. Here he was elected secretary of the Bureau of the Communist Youth Union (in Romanian UTC) from the People's Council, position he held for 4 years (June 1976-1980).

    In 1978, when he was 23, Dusa was received in the Romanian Communist Party (in Romanian PCR), and two years later was sent to a nomenklatura school in Bacau to follow a two months course. Due to the graduation with good results of this course, in December 1980, Dusa was promoted as secretary of the Bureau of the Communist Youth Union from the Topliţa’s town Committee (the appointment to this office was done with the signature of the Secretary of the Harghita’s County Committee of PCR), joining at the same time Harghita’s County Committee of Communist Youth Union. The leaders of the Communist Youth Union in Bucharest were satisfied with his performance as head of the Communist youth in the city of Topliţa and after one more year (December 1980 - November 1981) they decided to promote him to the position of territorial instructor of the Central Committee of Communist Youth Union, with a monthly salary of 3,350 lei (although at that date Dusa did not had a University diploma, as a member of the communist nomenklatura Dusa earned as much as a surgeon with years of experience).

    25 years after the events that took place in December 1989, when the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown by a popular ”Revolution”, the former active members of the communist nomeklatura are still leading the destinies of Romania. In this case, the Romanian representative when dealing with NATO and the USA is Mirea Dusa, a former active member of the former communist nomenklatura in Romania.

    Unfortunately, Romanian Parliament never passed a lustration law. One more prove that in December 1989 there was no ”popular Revolution” overthrowing the mean dictator. The second and the third lines of the communist nomenklatura came to power by overthrowing the first line of the communist party. This is why a lustration law, similar to the ones Germany and Poland passed, never came to existence in Romania, thus the former members of the communist nomenklatura are still dictating in Romanian politics.

    I am curios to know what does the proud American Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, XVIII Airborne Corps Commander, feels like when he shakes the hand of a former member of the communist nomenklatura? What does the proud British General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, think of when he salutes a former member of the communist nomenklatura in Romania?

    Starting November 16, 1981 Dusa was promoted as territorial instructor of the Central Committee of Communist Youth Union receiving a salary of 3,350 lei as a member of the communist nomenklatura (Photo: Romania Liberă)

    Starting November 16, 1981. Dusa was promoted as territorial instructor of the Central Committee of Communist Youth Union receiving a salary of 3,350 lei as a member of the communist nomenklatura (Photo: photo of official document published by Romania Liberă)

    August 26, Galați, Romania. XVIII Airborne Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend shakes hands with Romania's Minister of National Defense Mircea Dusa following an airborne operation at Smardan Training Area, Romania. XVIII Airborne Corps led a Combined Joint Task Force during a joint forcible entry training exercise as part of Operation Swift Response 15. (Photo: dvidshub.net)

    August 26, 2015, Galați, Romania. XVIII Airborne Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend shakes hands with Romania's Minister of National Defense Mircea Dusa following an airborne operation at Smardan Training Area, Romania. XVIII Airborne Corps led a Combined Joint Task Force during a joint forcible entry training exercise as part of Operation Swift Response 15. (Photo: dvidshub.net)

    Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe analysed on Tuesday the regional security following the crisis in Ukraine; the two attended an international military exercise at the Smardan firing range of Galati County. (Photo: nineoclock.ro)

    April 22, 2015, Romania. Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and General Sir Adrian John Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe analysed on Tuesday the regional security following the crisis in Ukraine; the two attended an international military exercise at the Smardan firing range of Galati County. (Photo: nineoclock.ro)

    MAIN PHOTO: Bucharest, May 2014. Mircea Dusa with US Vice-President Joseph Biden, agerpres.ro

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    Romanian ForMin: Hungary PM's promotion of revisionist symbols in no way making bilateral relation more efficient

    The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry says that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's posting "revisionist symbols" on Facebook will in no way help the bilateral Romanian-Hungarian relation to become "more efficient", as it breaks the provisions of the Treaty of Understanding, Cooperation and Good Neighbourliness forged by Romania and Hungary in 1996, as well as the Declaration on the Romanian-Hungarian cooperation and strategic partnership for 21st century Europe from 2002, transmits the Romanian news agency Agerpres.

    "Unfortunately, barely a day since he called for pragmatism and pronounced for an 'efficient' Romanian-Hungarian relation, Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban has chosen to post images including symbols of Greater Hungary and Szeklers' Land on his Facebook account. The promotion by the Hungarian premier personally of such revisionist symbols, that are completely unacceptable and running counter the spirit of the Treaty of Understanding, Cooperation and Good Neighbourliness forged by Romania and Hungary in 1996 as well as the Declaration on the Romanian-Hungarian cooperation and strategic partnership for 21st century Europe from 2002 and the constitutional order in Romania in no way contributes to making the Romanian-Hungarian relation 'more efficient' and to restoring a climate of confidence", the ministry said in a post on its Facebook page on Sunday.

    All the story on agerpres.ro

    FOTO: Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary

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    EXCLUSIVE. NGO Active Watch, led by Mircea Toma, sanctioned for HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION / DOCUMENT

    PHOTO: Mircea Toma, President of ActiveWatch - Media Monitoring Agency (romania-actualitati.ro)

    The National Supervisory Authority For Personal Data Processing (ANSPDCP) has sanctioned NGO Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency for the violation of the right to private life and the right to protection of personal data, according to Romanian Law no. 677/2001.

    The sanction comes after a formal petition sent by me.

    In February I have petitioned the NGO Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency, headed by Mircea Toma, concerning the fact that in an article signed by Adrian Szelmenczi, a member of Active Watch, and posted on the NGO's blog in August 2014 my personal data was released to the public without my consent (article in question here). The petition was sent according to the legal procedure provided by Law no. 677/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data.

    The releasing of my personal data to general public without my consent was clearly a violation of fundamental human rights, the right to private life and the right to protection of personal data. This happened despite de fact that Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency defines itself as ”a human rights organization campaigning to free communication in the public interest” and which, according to its website, has provided a platform for debates on sensitive topics, among these are also human rights (more details here).

    In other words, an organization that defines itself as a defender of human rights has been sanctioned exactly for the violation of human rights, as the right to private life and the right to protection of personal data are fundamental rights guaranteed by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

    Mircea Toma alongside Romanian political analyst Cristian Parvulescu and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta (Photo: inliniedreapta.net)

    Mircea Toma alongside Romanian political analyst Cristian Parvulescu and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta (Photo: inliniedreapta.net)

    Replying to my petition, Mircea Toma, President of ActiveWatch, declined to disclose the way he came into possession of my personal data and to apologize for the injustice that he caused me (his reply to my petition in Romanian here).

    While acknowledging that he violated the law and my rights by publishing my personal data without my consent on the blog of his NGO, Mircea Toma refused to communicate how he came into possession of such data and to apologize for the injustice he caused me.

    After Toma's response, I petitioned The National Supervisory Authority For Personal Data Processing (ANSPDCP) and after an investigation that lasted more than three months, ANSPDCP replied me telling that NGO Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency was sanctioned for the offense provided for in art. 32 reported on art. 4 para. 1 letter c of Law no. 677/2001.

    ANSPDCP did not communicate also the amount of the sanction imposed in this case (most likely it is a simple warning).

    Note: This article is the English version of this article.

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    Austrian Company Exposed Offering Bonuses for Illegal Romanian Timber

    BUCHAREST—The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), an environmental organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and London, has released a new video exposing the leadership of the largest forest products company in Romania, the Austrian-based Holzindustrie Schweighofer, willingly and knowingly accepting illegally harvested timber and incentivizing additional cutting through a bonus system.

    This evidence comes as Schweighofer has been identified in Romanian media as playing a central role in efforts to stop a new forest law from being approved by the Romanian Government. The forest law is currently under debate in the Romanian parliament.

    In the video, undercover

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    EXCLUSIVE. Romanian MFA: Hungary refuses to give back Gojdu Foundation's patrimony DOCUMENT

    Hungary refuses to implement an agreement signed with Romania in 1937 in which Hungary agreed to give back the patrimony of the Gojdu Foundation. A document of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) proves once again that the agreement signed in 2005 by Romanian PM Călin Popescu Tăriceanu and Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Răzvan Ungureanu, regarding the issue of the Gojdu Foundation was an act of national treason.

    According to a document of International Law and Treaties Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, the last agreement between Hungary and Romania on the issue of the goods of the Gojdu Foundation is The agreement between Romania and Hungary on the final settlement of the affairs concerning the Gojdu Foundation, signed on 27 October 1937. Based on this Agreement, Hungary signed on to give back to Romania ”the whole patrimony of Gojdu Fundation which is found in Hungary, with all rights and obligations related, and it called for patrimony to be made available to the body representing the Fundation”.

    According to Romanian MFA, the Annex of the Agreement of 1937 included also a list of the goods of Gojdu Foundation on Hungarian territory.

    Romanian MFA says that Romanian diplomatic efforts aim also the execution of this Agreement.

    The Romanian MFA document (please find document here) signed by Alina Orosan, director, and Ana Maria Nicola, director, proves once again that

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    EXCLUSIVE. The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR), a multi-million Euro business publicly funded annually

    How much is the amount of public funding that the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR, UDMR in Romanian) receives annually? Which is the legal basis for financing DAHR from public funds? In the following lines I am proposing you an analysis about a business worth millions of Euros annually from public funds. A business that is conducted with public funds and with the consent of the entire Romanian political class.

    See also SHOCKING. DAHR leaves Bucharest government and threatens with VIOLENT ethnic conflicts

    Motto: "DAHR is not a political party, but an organization representing an ethnic community in Romania. We have always said that DAHR must be treated differently than a political party...” Tamas Sandor, President of DAHR organization in Covasna County and President of the Covasna County Council, February 2014

    ”DAHR is not a political party, but an NGO of the Hungarian community and has the right to fly its own flag. We will not display Romanian national flag on our headquarters, everything will remain as before” Borboly Csaba, President of DAHR organization in Harghita County and President of the Harghita County Council, January 2009

    Romania is the only country in the European Union that allowed, legally, the establishment of political parties on ethnic criteria. Following the formation of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, in 1989, came the creation of the Hungarian Civic Party (PCM) in January 2008 and the Hungarian People's Party of Transylvania (PPMT) in September 2011.

    The sole purpose of these three political parties formed on ethnic criteria is that of obtaining territorial autonomy on ethnic criteria of the so-called Szekely Land, a region that consists of the counties of Covasna and Harghita and part of the Mureș County. Radical extremists and moderate extremists are on the same wavelength when it comes to ethnic autonomy of this region. The moderate extremists act in the Romanian Parliament, Government and other public institutions, while the radical ones act locally in the three counties, together with part of the moderate extremists.

    See also Romania: The Common Homeland of Hungarian Fascists and War Criminals

    Of the three political parties only DAHR receives annual funding from the state budget. If by 2009 DAHR was funded both as a political party, under Law no. 27/1996 of political parties and other laws regulating political parties, but also as a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the Hungarian community in Romania, starting from 2009 DAHR is funded exclusively as an representative NGO of the Hungarian community in Romania.

    DAHR funding from public funds during the period of 2000-2007

    Between 2000 and 2007, DAHR was financed by the General Secretary of the Romanian Government based on

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    SHOCKING. DAHR leaves Bucharest government and threatens with VIOLENT ethnic conflicts

    The mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe, Antal Arpad Andras, declared on Saturday, 13 December, from the tribune of The Unional Representatives Council of The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR, UDMR in Romanian) at Târgu Mureș, that if the prime minister Victor Ponta will not ”instruct” the Covasna county prefect “to leave the Hungarians alone”, then in the so-called szekely region in Romania could happen the same as in march 1990 at Târgu Mureș, cites Agerpres.

    See also EXCLUSIVE. The Council of Europe is stirring the Hungarians from Romania at ETHNIC SECESSIONISM. An official document of CE is rewriting the history of so-called Székely Land DOCUMENT

    ”I am asking mister Frunda to ask his chief, the prime minister of Romania, to instruct the Covasna county prefect to leave the Hungarians alone. What the prefects do, qualifies himself also. (…) or else, in the

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    Romania's PM uses EU funds for electoral bribery

    Romanian PM, Victor Ponta (FOTO: romanialibera.ro)

    Romanian PM, Victor Ponta, candidate in the Presidential elections (FOTO: romanialibera.ro)

    According to Mediafax news agency, the Romanian Government has already distributed by mail, 2.6 million tickets for food aid of the disadvantaged persoans, vouchers that can be used after November 16, the date of the second round of presidential elections, the Prime Minister Victor Ponta said. 

    He pointed out that food is distributed through a European program that addresses all EU Member States, the Romanian Government ensuring only the cofinancing of the vouchers. Those who received the voucher will get 6 kg of flour, 6 kg of maize, 800 g of pasta, 4 liters of oil, 4 kg of sugar and 24 cans.

    A week ago, members of the Government have announced that EU food for deprived persons, whose number is estimated for this year to 3.3 million unemployed, retired, disabled or veterans, will be distributed after November 16, the date of the secound round of Presidential elections, but on a coupon that will be mailed since October 22, the beneficiaries being so informed in advance that they would receive aid.

    The coupon is a novelty introduced this year.

    The campaign for the first round of elections for the President of Romania, began on October 3, 00.00, and ended on November 1, 7:00.

    Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta won the first round and will face

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    Romania, the only country in the world governed by an NGO

    dan_tanasa-300x300By Dan Tanasă 

    Romania is governed by a non-governmental organization (NGO). And this has not started yesterday, but is going on for nearly 25 years. 

    I've heard of countries governed by dictators or political parties, but I have not heard of countries governed by non-governmental associations. What big Western democracies such as France, Germany, Austria and the USA, to give just a few examples, failed to do, Romania succeeded in doing: to entrust the country's government to an NGO. If until now things were in a fog that suited the rulers of the day, now it is quite clear, wrote in an official document of Harghita’s County Prefecture, signed by Victor Ponta’s Government representative, the prefect Petres Sandor.

    Responding to a request sent by me, the prefect Petres Sandor told me that the The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR, UDMR in Romanian) is exempt from the requirement of hoisting the Romanian national flag on its offices because DAHR, a ruling organization now in Romania, is not a political party but an NGO (document here). An NGO which receives millions of Euros on an annual basis from the Government of Romania (documents here). An NGO that politically controls county councils, dozens of municipalities in Romania and has representatives, politically appointed, in all structures of the central state. An NGO that is part of civil society and a political party at the same time.

    If a couple of dozens of Romanians associate to create an NGO they can not participate in elections because only political parties participate in elections. Conversely, if a couple of dozens of Romanian citizens of Hungarian ethnicity associate to create an NGO they can participate in elections because they are Hungarian ethnics and a minority in Romania. A double measure applied for 25 years in Romania at the expense of

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    EXCLUSIVE. Open letter to the editors of ”The Rough Guide to Romania” concerning false info in the guide

    The Rough Guide to Romania by Longley Norm Burford Tim 6th Edition 5 30 2011

    by Dan Tanasă

    I received a copy of this email signed by Valentin Prundaru, a Romanian living in Canada, and decided to post it on my blog. I hope the editors of ”Rough Guide to Romania” will have the decency to reply in a timely manner.

    From: Valentin Prundaru
    Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 7:43 AM
    Subject: Romania
    To: [email protected]

    Dear Editor,

    I live in Canada, and I've read your book, "Rough Guide to Romania".

    My feedback for you is the following:

    Generally speaking the book describes very well lot's of places in Romania, and it's a very good guide for somebody who has never been to this beautiful country. As a Romanian, who lived lot's o years in Transylvania and visited all of it, from Satu Mare to Targu Secuiesc, and from Timisoara to Sighetu Marmatiei, I can say that the book is presenting in an unfair manner the Romanians, in relation with the Hungarians and Szekelys minority.

    See also How I decided to stop paying for TIME’s crap about Romania

    After reading the book, my feeling was that the authors are presenting Romania as a country that got lucky and after WWI it was rewarded with territories which didn't deserve it and which belongs to Hungary.

    Reading the book, i found out that most of the

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    EXCLUSIVE. The Council of Europe is stirring the Hungarians from Romania at ETHNIC SECESSIONISM. An official document of CE is rewriting the history of so-called Székely Land DOCUMENT

    Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg (FOTO: pravdiko.mk)

    Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg (FOTO: pravdiko.mk)

    By Dan Tanasă 

    In early June the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) released the monitoring report on Romania, adopted in March 2014. 

    “Székely Land” existed as a legal entity from medieval times. This is what the authors of the ECRI Report on Romania are claiming. The report has a number of inaccuracies that put Romania in a very bad light. A European institution that should have been objective is taking up themes that are produced and are promoted aggressively in the Romanian public space by Hungarian extremist organizations. Key ideas of revisionist discourse promoted by DAHR (The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania) in the Hungarian media from Romania and Hungary are found in the pages of this report which should have contained objective interpretation of the situation and not DAHR’s opinion regarding the alleged discrimination of the Hungarian community in Romania.

    Like DAHR, the authors of the report are taking up the idea accordingly to which Covasna County Court has established that the hoisting of the flag of the so-called “Szekely Land” on public buildings in Romania is legal (page no. 48 of the report), but this is completely untrue. This is because absolutely all the cases related to the hoisting of the flag of the so-called “Székely Land” on public buildings in Romania are irrevocably establishing its illegally hoisting on public buildings (documents in Romanian here). Moreover, the report's authors are arguing that the flag of the so-called “Székely Land” would be a local symbol, which is completely false. The flag of so-called “Székely Land” is a ethnic symbol invented in 2009 by Hungarian extremists campaigning for the territorial secessionism of the so-called “Székely Land” (details in Romanian here). The Székely Land is also the home of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Romanians who are not recognizing the flag of the “Székely Land” as being their own.

    The enforcement of the law regarding the flags of

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    EXCLUSIVE. EU flag burned by Hungarian extremists in Romania PHOTO

    March, 10. Târgu Mureș, Romania. The EU flag is burned by Hungarian extremists.

    March, 10. Târgu Mureș, Romania. The EU flag is burned by Hungarian extremists.

    by Dan Tanasă

    The EU flag was burned on March 10 at an unauthorized rally of ethnic Hungarian extremists in Târgu Mureș, Romania, claiming the territorial autonomy of the so-called Szekelyland, a region in central Romania.

    The unauthorized rally followed a commemoration called ”The Szeklers Freedom Day”, authorized by the city hall and organized by an Hungarian extremist organization from Romania claiming an autonomous Szekelyland, a region in central Romania where the ethnic Hungarian live in a vast majority. Several other civic and political organizations of ethnic Hungarians from Romania and Hungary participated at the commemoration. Among them was the leader of the neo-fascist Jobbik Party in Hungary, Vona Gabor, and leaders of The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR), the political party of ethic Hungarians in Romania, now present in

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    How I decided to stop paying for TIME’s crap about Romania

    By Dan Tanasă

    On October 3rd, 2013, TIME magazine published an article signed by Andrew Katz called “Untouched: A Portrait of Romania by Tamas Dezso”. It illustrated some pictures taken in Romania by this so-called famous Hungarian photographer.

    The first picture shown is one of a dumping site near Aiud, taken in 2012. The first picture that a TIME’s reader can see about Romania is that of a dumping site. Wow! That’s original indeed! I am sure dumping sites look the same in Hungary and in many other countries from our planet. Yet TIME decided that a dumping site is easily associated with Romania so why not promote this.

    The second picture shows two gypsies selling carpets in Pojorata, in Northern Romania. I wonder why did Dezso decided to photograph two gypsies from Romania and not two from Hungary? I am sure they look the same.

    The slides continue, among others, with a metal scrape collector, a copper mine, some old people, poor houses, a jail cell, an abandoned mine, a sodium factory and a lonely horse. All the pictures are in grey tones, showing cold and unfriendly images.

    TIME magazine Romania Tamas Dezso Andrew Katz

    I had mixed emotions looking at these. I was happy because I saw my home country in TIME magazine. I was sad because the editors considered that these kinds of pictures deserve some space on TIME’s web site. This was the first time I saw an article about Romania on TIME’s website, at least in the last year and a half. Being a subscriber, I was regularly receiving the print version of the magazine. In a year and a half of being a subscriber I’ve noticed Romania being mentioned only twice in the printed version: something about the street dogs and something about a Romanian gymnast that lost a gold medal because of accidental doping (one sentence in each case). I read nothing positive on my home country for a magazine I had been subscribing to for over a year and a half.

    What prompted me to react this time however was not the foolish pictures that depicted sites that one can encounter anywhere else in Europe or in the World for that matter, but the following phrase, written by the author of the article, Andrew Katz:

    ”The former Eastern Bloc nation that won its independence in December 1989, after a deadly two-week revolution dropped the iron wall, is more associated today with striking gold-miners and a rampant stray-dog population, which authorities are attempting to bring under control”.

    TIME magazine Romania Tamas Dezso independence Andrew Katz

    I was utterly aghast! What 1989 independence? Romania has been independent since the 1877-1878 War of Independence, when the two principalities, Moldova and Țara Românească that formed a Romanian state since 1859, obtained its independence from the Ottoman Empire. This information is not secret and is available on the internet for anyone to see.

    The stupidity of Andrew Katz, the author of this nonsense, forced me to react by faxing a formal letter to the Managing Director of TIME magazine, as follows (I sent it on the London fax number):

    Madrid, 25th of October 2013

    TO: Nancy Gibbs, Managing Director, TIME Magazine

    Ref: an article posted on TIME Magazines’ website

    Dear Nancy,

    I have been a proud subscriber of TIME Magazine for over a year now and I very much enjoy reading each issue. I decided to subscribe to TIME Magazine because it brings me insights on all kinds of global issues and allows to me to become acquainted with different points of view from around the World.

    However, I am writing to express my profound resentment concerning the decision of TIME Magazine to publish on the website, on 3rd of October, an article entitled “Untouched: A Portrait of Romania by Tamas Dezso”. The article is signed by Andrew Katz and illustrates pictures taken by Dezso that portray a dark, cold, black and grey, old and unpleasant Romania, which reflects an extremely insular point of view.

    The only thing that Katz managed to show is that Dezso has a very good eye and is more attracted by the degradation in our lives instead of the beautiful things and picturesque landscapes that Romania has an abundance of and which will stay with you forever. Apart from other small mentions of Romania, always illustrating something negative about my home country (the scandal with the horse meat which was actually attributed to a company from France or the street dog issues), this is the first time I see TIME Magazine taking an interest in Romania. Unfortunately, Katz decided that it was best (for who?) to include some awful pictures on gypsies, some old people and some demolished buildings as being contemporary Romania. This could not be further from the truth.

    What made me ultimately write this letter to you was actually a complete fabrication that Katz published in this article. Katz says “The former Eastern Bloc nation that won its independence in December 1989, after a deadly two-week revolution dropped the iron wall…”. This is such a preposterous lie. Considering that Romania obtained its independence in 1878 I am assuming that Katz is plain and simply ignorant or that he failed miserably to carry out the slightest amount of research on the internet to verify this claim.

    I feel like I am paying with my own money for these types of articles that are portraying a cold, black and ugly Romania and I must say this upsets me greatly.

    I am not saying that what the pictures show is not a reality in Romania but I cannot help wandering what the purpose of this is? Is this the image of Romania that TIME wants to promote? If it is, I must wonder why? If TIME wants to show Romania why not illustrate something positive and beautiful? I would be honored to show you some places and people from the real Romania if you are lacking contacts and info about this country.

    For instance, last Sunday was the 8th Sunday in a row when tens of thousands of Romanians protested in the capital, all over Romania and including all over the world against a cyanide mining project that a Canadian company wants to start in Romania.

    Last week, a couple of hundred of poor Romanian villagers stopped Chevron from beginning the exploration for shale gas in their small village using the mechanical fracking method, fearing that the water and the land would be contaminated.

    Thank God Romania has a lot more to show to the world than appalling pictures about gypsies, some old people and some demolished buildings.

    As I am very close to the social issues in Romania, and although I currently reside in Madrid, I hereby extend my offer to help any editor of TIME Magazine who wants to do a properly researched article about Romania on any topic.

    Kind regards,

    Dan Tanasă

    Futile to say I never received an answer, despite the fact that I clearly indicated several ways in which I could be contacted. TIME magazine had no time to deal with my complaint and to correct this preposterous claim from its website.

    As I was paying for these kinds of articles and TIME did not have the time to reply, not even with some simple acknowledgement from their PR department, I decided not to pay for Tamas Dezso’s frustrations or Andrew Katz’s ignorance and canceled my subscription.

    See also Szekely Land – the other side of the story. A reply to The New York Times.

    PHOTO: Cover of last printed issue of TIME I received in 2013

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    The Guardian: Hungarians must face their Nazi past, not venerate it

    Supporters of Hungary's extreme-right Jobbik party marching in Budapest in memory of Admiral Horthy. 'Anti-Jewish laws, the deportation of more than half a million Jews to death camps – all these and many other crimes are connected to him.' Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

    Supporters of Hungary's extreme-right Jobbik party marching in Budapest in memory of Admiral Horthy. 'Anti-Jewish laws, the deportation of more than half a million Jews to death camps – all these and many other crimes are connected to him.' Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

    by András Schiff

    A new statue of Admiral Horthy – Hungary's war-time ruler and Hitler's ally – symbolises a refusal to face up to the country's darkest history

    Last month in Budapest a new statue was unveiled to a dangerous man. Right in the heart of the city – in Szabadság Tér (Freedom Place) – there now stands a monument to one of Hitler's closest allies: Admiral

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    EXCLUSIVE. Inside “The Bucharest Lounge”: Romania through the eyes of a Swede. Interview with Yvette Larsson

    Yvette with the traditional Romanian blouse

    Yvette with the traditional Romanian blouse

    by Dan Tanasă

    A few months ago I met Yvette Larsson on Facebook. Yvette is a Swedish teacher and leadership trainer who lives in Helsingborg, and is the founder of “The Bucharest Lounge”. I was astonished by what I saw on the Facebook page of “The Bucharest Lounge” so I decided to ask Yvette to share with us some details on her project. She was kind enough to give us the insides of “The Bucharest Lounge”.

    Dan Tanasă: Yvette, it’s been a while now since we became friends on Facebook. I’ve noticed that you are the founder of “The Bucharest Lounge”. I see beautiful pictures of you in the Romanian traditional blouse (the “ie” as Romanians call it). You travel a lot in Romania and promote all that is connected with Romania. I am pretty sure you heard this question before but I cannot help asking you: what is “The Bucharest Lounge”?

    Yvette Larsson: The Bucharest Lounge is a place where I spread the beauty and meaning of Romania seen through the eyes of a Swede, to show the world outside Romania a more nuanced picture of Romania. Romania and Romanians are unfortunately suffering from constant negative press and a bad image abroad. You know why. The world we live in right now is a visual one. We consume pictures through all sorts of media, both traditional media and on the internet. I believe pictures, but also art projects and graphic design campaign can be powerful tools to rebrand Romania.

    Dan Tanasă: When did it all started? What made you get involved in such a project, a unique one from what I know?

    Yvette Larsson: I was in Romania in 1985, when I was 13 years old. I met a boy who was 14 and we started to write letters to each other. That correspondence continued for approximately 20 years. First with letters and later emails. The emails are lost in cyber space. The letters we saved most of them and they are now the base for the manuscript I wrote for one and a half years. Hopefully it will be published in the near future, if I find a publisher who will be passionate about the story. (details here)

    Our handwriting is like a fingerprint. It’s unique. However, communication is faster now with emailing. Back then, in the 1980’s, we wrote handwritten letters to each other. We don’t do that so much any longer. I hope those of us who are parents will keep encouraging our children to write, not only on the computers, but by hand too.

    The logo of The Bucharest Lounge

    The logo of The Bucharest Lounge

    Back to Romania. My friendship with Mihai made a big impact on me as we met so young. Him growing up during Communism and me in open Sweden. My family and I always kept an eye on what was going on in Romania.

    I never went back again until 2011. 26 years later.

    I didn’t get involved with the Bucharest Lounge, I started it. I started it basically for two reasons. First one was

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    EXCLUSIVE. Historian Vasile Lechinţan: "The US Congress members have fallen into a trap"

    Istoricul Vasile Lechințan

    Istoricul Vasile Lechințan

    With regard to the letter signed by 21 U.S. congressmen requiring the Secretary of State, John Kerry, to intervene in the course of justice in Romania to put an end to the “persecution” of Roman Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran and Unitarian churches from Romania, I asked historian Vasile Lechinţan (from Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania) to give us a brief view on the subject. He was kind enough to make a brief statement.

    Dan Tanasă: Mr. Vasile Lechinţan, you learned that on June 13th, 21 American congressmen sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking him to put pressure on the Romanian government in order to end the “persecution” and to fully return the goods seized in 1945 by the Romanian communist government from churches and other religious groups, indicating a colossal amount of 2,140 schools, hospitals, orphanages and other civic and charitable institutions confiscated, belonging to the Roman Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran and Unitarian churches. What’s your opinion on the matter? Are the American congressmen right to be outraged by the situation in Romania and to blame Romanian on this topic?

    Vasile Lechinţan: Mr. Dan Tanasă, I would certainly sign alongside the 21 U.S. congressmen to ask for justice for the “Hungarian churches” if the situation would be real, but unfortunately, it seems the 21 U.S. Congress members fell into a trap that has been set, apparently, by The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR). The Romanian people from Transylvania was robbed and humiliated for over 800 years by the representatives of the “Hungarian churches” in Transylvania in the country’s Diet (a form of government at that time), was deprived of culture, of freedom and of dignity by these representatives, was removed from the benefits of public goods resulted including by their work and wealth, despite the fact that they were the majority ethnic group in the country, and among these common public goods are also the ones claimed by DAHR only for the purpose of ethnic cleansing of Romanians: the former Latin colleges Roman Catholic, Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran and Unitarian with massive support including from Romanians for hundreds of years, major foundations created by the Austrian Empire for young people from Transylvania, all these should be common bridges of history and culture, not symbols of the Hungarian ethnic supremacy. I am very sorry that the

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    Romania: The Common Homeland of Hungarian Fascists and War Criminals

    Dan TanasăBy Dan Tanasă

    The use of public funds in order to edit a calendar using an image of the well-known fascist and anti-Semitic writer Nyirő József does not fall under the provisions of O.U.G. no. 31/2002 (which forbids the celebration of those guilty of crimes against peace and humanity). This is the opinion of the Prosecutor’s Office Court from Odorheiul Secuiesc, after I petitioned them against the decision of Tamasi Aron Highschool’s Director to promote the fascist writer Nyirő József by including an image of him in their calendar. The Hungarian author, born in Romania, was a member of a fascist party, a declared anti-Semite and violently assaulted Romanians while cheering for the entry of Miklos Horthy´s army in Northern Transylvania. So how much did he do? - If he did not kill anyone then he can be glorified freely; his anti-Semitic and anti-Romanian conduct can be overlooked.

    In April this year I published a piece about the Prosecutor's Office Court from Gheorgheni who decided not to prosecute some local council members who glorified, inside the City Council´s meeting room, the war criminal Albert Wass.

    Both “personalities” are promoted by the political and civic elite of ethnic Hungarians living in Romania just because they had and advocated strong anti-Romanian feelings, revisionism and chauvinism.

    Both “personalities” are revered by the extremist government from Hungary, led by Viktor Orban, precisely because they are symbols of the fight for the dream of Greater Hungary. The writings of both “personalities” are disputed even by intellectuals in Hungary.

    In return, Romania tolerates the cult of personality of the two, inside public institutions of the Romanian state and sometimes even using public funds. Since the glorification of Albert Wass and Nyirő József involve public funds and public institutions (moreover, some public institutions are involved in the exoneration of the two) we

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    EXCLUSIVE. The Romanian good will vs the Hungarian contempt at Korosi High School in Covasna. PHOTOS

    Saturday, June 1st, 2013. The town of Covasna, Covasna county. End of year ceremony at "Korosi Csoma Sandor" High School. On this occasion a defining moment for the relations between Romanians and Hungarians in Covasna and Harghita counties happens.

    The Romanian orthodox priest is officiating the religious ceremony. The Hungarian students, on the left side of the photo, are sitting down. The Romanian students, on the right, are all standing.

    Ceremonie sfarsit de an Liceul Korosi Csoma Sandor Covasna slujba ortodoxa

    Later on, the Hungarian catholic priest is officiating the religious ceremony. The Hungarian students, on the left side of the photo, are standing (they can easily be recognized thanks to their costumes). The Romanian

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    EXCLUSIVE. Romania allows the cult of war criminal Wass Albert, responsable for the death of Romanians and Jews during the Second World War

    Istoricul Vasile Lechințan

    Historian Vasile Lechințan

    Last Thursday I posted on my blog, exclusively, the resolution signed by Valeriu Crudu Irinel, prosecutor at the Prosecutor's Office in Gheorgheni, Harghita county, dictated by him in the criminal case No. 207/P/2013  in which Arus Zsolt István (member  of the Hungarian Civic Party) and Zoltan Lorant Kemenes were accused of committing the offense of promoting the cult of persons guilty of crimes against peace and humanity, according to art. 5 of O.U.G. No. 31/2002, for having promoted the cult of war criminal Wass Albert. 

    The prosecutor from Gheorgheni absolved the two promoters on the reason that the acts committed by Wass Albert, for which he was sentenced to death, would not fall under the O.U.G. No. 31/2002 (the Romanian law that bans the cult of persons convicted for crimes against peace and humanity). Personally, I have expressed my opinion concerning the resolution signed by Mr. Crudu Irinel-Valeriu. The resolution is one of the most disgusting and vile Romanian resolutions signed by a magistrate that I have ever seen.

    Concerning the subject of Wass Albert I asked historian Vasile Lechinţan from Cluj-Napoca to share with me his point of view on this matter. He was kind enough to clarify things regarding this case.

    Dan Tanasă: Mr. Vasile Lechinţan, I know that in 1993 you fully published in a science journal, the Sentence no. 1 of People's Court of Law in Cluj-Napoca in the trial of war criminals from Ip, Treznea, Huedin, Mureșenii de Câmpie and other cities in Transylvania. We now have a resolution signed by a Romanian prosecutor that challenges the fact that Wass Albert would fall within the provisions of O.U.G. No. 31/2002 and absolves people who propagate the cult of personality of the war criminal Wass Albert. What do you think? 

    Vasile Lechinţan: Indeed, in 1993 I published the whole criminal sentence of the People's Court of Law in Cluj-Napoca, dated 13th of March 1946, in "Acta Musei Porolissensis" magazine. The Criminal Court in Cluj-Napoca, in which there was also present a representative of Hungarian ethnicity, namely Belovay Ștefan from the Communist Party, judged and sentenced to death, in absentia, Wass Albert, declaring him "guilty of the country's disaster by committing the crime of war”.

    Dan Tanasă: And if Wass was convicted of war crimes how come a Romanian prosecutor decides that what Albert Wass did does not fall under O.U.G. No. 31/2002? 

    Vasile Lechinţan: Dear Mr. Dan Tanasă, Albert Wass is clearly among those guilty of crimes against peace and humanity, since he was declared a war criminal, he was not tried and convicted for a crime done in a pub, but, during war time, he involved the Hungarian army, stationed in the area, to commit the terrible atrocities from Sucutard and Mureșenii de Câmpie, in which children, women and elderly people have fallen victim, and is guilty of promoting xenophobic ideology because the Criminal Court in Cluj-Napoca has made it clear that Albert Wass and his family "were hating Romanians". And this was happening in a time of war, when any denunciation to the Hungarian army of occupation meant immediate death sentence and execution, as happened in Ip and Trăznea.

    Dan Tanasă: So, considering this, what could be the implications of the resolution signed by the prosecutor from Gheorgheni? 

    Vasile Lechinţan: Mr. Tanasă, first it will have international connotations. Let's see how the Jew community will react, because two innocent Jew women were executed in Sucutard following the instigation of Albert Wass. Last year a researcher from Budapest came to me. He was concerned by the Albert Wass case and the

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    Sponsor of hockey club makes death threat to jurnalist and 15 years old pupil

    Csató Kovács Imre (Foto: www.hsccsikszereda.com)

    Csató Kovács Imre (Foto: www.hsccsikszereda.com)

    Yesterday, an ethnic Hungarian living in Miercurea Ciuc, a small town in Harghita county, in the so-called Szekely Land from Romania, sent me a death threat message, simply because I am a journalist and a social activist for the rights of Romanians in Covasna and Harghita counties, populated in majority by ethnic Hungarians, who are subject of ethnic cleansing by the Hungarians.

    The message was sent by Csató Kovács Imre through his Facebook page to my Facebook page and had the following content: ”Te büdös gazember, a torkodat kéne elvágni, a Sabinájéval együtt! Takarodjatok Székelyföldről, terület tolvajok!” The translation of the message is: "You stinking garbage, we should cut off your throat, together with Sabina’s! Get out off Szeklerland, land thieves!"

    The death threat message was addressed to me but also to Sabina Elena, a 15 years old pupil from the town of Covasna, also in the so-called Szekely Land from Romania, who these days is in the middle of a huge public scandal after being accused of ”provocation” by Hungarian press in Romania after she went with a headband made of Romanian flag at her school on the 15th of March, a national day in Hungary. Hungarian teachers at her school and also Hungarian pupils considered this gesture as being offensive towards them. Sabina was called in the principal’s office and questioned for her gesture. The principal’s office started an investigation, requested by the School Inspectorate of Covasna County, after the case went public and rumors were that Sabina would be punished for her gesture. Finally she wasn’t. She is still under enormous public pressure by Hungarian media and Hungarian ethnics who are criticizing her.

    Sabina is now a symbol of dignity in Romania after thousands of Romanians publicly expressed their solidarity with her gesture and are protested against her being punished for her gesture in several in rallies in the big cities of Romania.

    Csató Kovács Imre, the person threatening me and Sabina, is the biggest sponsor of the hockey club HSC Csikszereda from Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita County. The information appears of the website of the club.

    This death threat comes after another one, made by an Hungarian citizen a few days ago, who threaten to kill

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    Szekely Land – the other side of the story. A reply to The New York Times

    by Dan Tanasă

    On February 6th, The New York Times published an article, signed by James Montague, in which it literally promotes the Hungarian theory of revisionism of the Trianon Treaty signed in 1920 after the First World War which lead to the extinction of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and birth of Romania. The author clearly had no intention of writing an objective piece and to plainly inform the readers of the big picture of the so called SzekelyLand.

    I do understand that it is hard to see the real issues writing an article 8000 km away, so assuming that Mr. Montague is of good faith and did not write the article on commission, I will kindly reply to his article with a few ideas.

    First of all, Mr. Montague compares the Catalan issue with the SzekelyLand “struggle”. This is like comparing two different things. They might look the same for a superficial analyst but they are not the same. While the Catalans fight for Cataluña, in Romania the Hungarians fight for the independence of the Szekely Land. In a country where less then 200 people have declared themselves as being Szeklers when asked by the Census bureau, somebody is fighting for the autonomy of SzekelyLand! It doesn’t make any sense. And that is because the main porpoise of the so called autonomy of the SzekelyLand is in fact the revisionism of the Trianon Treaty by creating a smaller Hungary in the middle of Romania. How could anyone believe that 200 people can claim autonomy for a territory in the middle of a sovereign EU country? This makes sense only if we consider that, in fact, the main subject here is not the preservation of the Szeklers traditions and culture, but the creation of a smaller Hungary in Romania, in which Hungarians can fell “at home”.

    Secondly, Mr. Montague chooses to ignore that fact that almost 40% of the population of the so called SzekelyLand is non-Hungarian, made by Romanians and other nationalities, which do not support the autonomy of the so called SzekelyLand. In fact, right at this moment the ethnic Romanians from the counties of Covasna, Harghita and Mureș, composing the so called SzekelyLand, are the ones that are constantly discriminated by the public authorities controlled by the ethnic Hungarians (city hall, county halls, public libraries, etc.). There are many public institutions (city halls, public libraries, other public institutions, etc.) in which there are no Romanians working at the present time and there will never ever be. Why? Because of the fact that the Hungarian language is forcedly imposed in the public space in the so called SzekelyLand. Despite the fact that Romania has only one official language, Romanian, Hungarian is imposed at all levels, in private and public institutions. For new job openings Hungarian is mandatory, whether the job is in a public or private sector. For ethnic Romanians it is a matter of learn Hungarian of leave the area. This is basically a form of ethnic cleansing against Romanians.

    Thirdly, Romania was presented several times, including by the former president of the USA, Bill Clinton, as an example when it comes to promoting, defending and respecting minority rights, including Hungarians. Every minority in Romania has a member elected in the lower house of the Romanian Parliament. The Hungarian minority is represented in the Romanian Parliament starting 1990 with a handful of members. In the legislature that started December 9, 2012 the Hungarians have 28 members in the Romanian Parliament. Starting 1990, the Hungarians where constantly represented as well in the Romanian Government. Starting 2004, every department of the Romanian Government had dozens of Hungarians hired due to the presence of the Hungarian political party present in the government of Romania. The Hungarians in Romania even had a vice prime-minister in the person of an ethnic Hungarian, Marko Bela. Ethnic Hungarians are involved even at this moment in every major decision making in Romania, from the central government to the local level, in Covasna and Harghita counties, where they control everything: city halls, county halls, local public institutions, public funding, etc. Hungarians in Romania have access to public schools in their mother tongue; they have access to positions in public institutions, newspapers, TV shows, churches, all in Hungarian and all funded by public funds. Basically they have all the rights that any Romanian has. And this is as it should be. Having this, the allegations that Hungarians in Romania are discriminated or oppressed are pure lies.

    The Hungarian leaders that currently lead public institutions locally in Covasna and Harghita counties constantly choose to disobey the Romanian laws and Constitution. The disrespect of the law and Constitution goes so far that they even choose to disregard decisions made by courts of law. I wonder how Mr. Montague would react if a mayor in USA would choose to disrespect the USA Constitution or a court order. Or is it that only the American Constitution is holy?

    The Hungarian leaders from Romania support, by different ways and means, a vast number of far-right extremist groups that promote the revisionist ideology. The paradox is that fascist groups that have been banned by courts in Hungary are promoted freely in Romania by the Hungarian leaders simply because they support revisionism. It is well know the case of the writer Albert Wass, condemned in Romania for crimes against humanity, that is promoted by the Hungarian leaders, sometimes with public founds, just because he was a supporter of the revisionism and annulment of the Trianon Treaty that lead to the dissolution of the Great Hungary.

    A simple journey of Mr. Montague in Covasna and Harghita counties would have shown him that those two counties are almost Hungarian and almost nothing there reminds the visitor that that part of territory is still Romania. Hungarian national flag is up on many public buildings, the so called Szekely Land flag as well is up on public institutions, despite the fact that it is illegal, Hungarian inscriptions are all over the places, people asking you in Hungarian when you enter stores, menus exclusively in Hungarian in restaurants, all mark the freedom that the Hungarians enjoy in the so called Szekely Land. This entire situation leads to grating privileges to the Hungarians living in the area and the emigration of Romanian to other parts of Romania, with a more friendly air.

    Talking about friendly air and promoting tolerance I would point out the declaration of the mayor of Sfântu Gheorghe, the ethnic Hungarian Antal Arpad, made in 2008 while he was a member of the Romanian Parliament: Romanians in SzekelyLand could face the same fate as the Serbs in Kosovo if Romania does not grant autonomy to SzekelyLand. Basically, a leader of the Hungarians threatened Romania with a civil war if autonomy is not granted. Would Mr. Montague live in such an area with this “friendly” air?

    The author chooses to ask Laszlo Tokes to testify on the subject. If the author would have had the decency to google him he would have seen that Tokes, considered a “symbol” of the struggle for the autonomy of the Szekely Land, is considered by a vast part of the Romanian society one of the most toxic characters of the public life in Romania, supported only by President Traian Băsescu for political reasons.

    Lastly, I have to say that I believe it is totally unprofessional to ask a 22 years old boy to testify concerning the life of Hungarians in Romania during the communist era when that boy was not even born when the communist regime ended in Romania.

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    DAHR is putting pressure on Romanian juridical system to save a convicted politician

    by Dan Tanasă

    Despite the firm appeal of Viviane Reading, EU Commissioner for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights, on the Romanian politicians not to pressure the justice system, the political party of Hungarians in Romania is putting public pressure on the juridical system after one of their members was sentenced to 3 years in prison 

    The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR) has launched a website to collect signatures against the conviction of a DAHR member, Marko Attila, to three years imprisonment for abuse against public interests for the illegal retrocession to the Reformed Diocese of Transylvania of the “Szekely Miko” College building in Saint George, Covasna county.

    The website www.13020.ro aims to inform public opinion on the conviction case of Marko Attila, a politician member of DAHR, and to collect signatures against what the promoters call "the injustice against the Hungarians". Under the slogan "Protest against the injustice – Sign the petition! They can take anything. They can pun in prison anyone!" initiators instigate the Hungarian community inRomanianot to respect a court justice sentence and try to put pressure on the higher courts that could keep this first sentence in this trial in which two politicians, DAHR members Marko Attila and Marosan Tamas, were sentenced to three years in prison.

    Among the initiators of this petition we can find Tamas Sandor, President of the Covasna County Council and President of DAHR Covasna, Antal Arpad Andras, Mayor of Sfantu Gheorghe and President of DAHR Sfantu Gheorghe and MEP Gyula Winkler, member of DAHR.

    People are encouraged to sign the following statement: "I protest against the forced nationalization of “Szekely Miko” College! I support Marko Attila and Marosan Tamas who were unjustly sentenced to three years imprisonment! I firmly reject this attack on the Hungarian community! "

    Concerning this issue the prefect ofCovasnaCounty, Codrin Munteanu, said that the "re-nationalization" by the Romanian State of the "Szekely Miko" College building in Sfantu Gheorghe, promoted by a group of protesters, is false and likely to artificially create social tensions. The Prefect made this statement after some catholic priests appealed to ethnic Hungarians to gather in front of the "Szekely Miko" College to protest against the "re-nationalization" of the "Szekely Miko" College building.

    DAHR already issued a public statement on July 24 in which they express “indignation and surprise to the fact that State Secretary Attila MARKO has been convicted at first instance to serve a 3 year imprisonment sentence”. “Furthermore, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania considers that it is outrageous and

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    Centrul Simon Wiesenthal: Today in Hungary anti-Semitism is on the rise along with a resurgent far-right movement

    Centrul Simon Wiesenthal transmite azi prin intermediul unui newsletter:

    Azi, 9 noiembrie, oamenii din intreaga lume sarbatoresc Kristallnacht, pogromul Germaniei naziste din 9 noiembrie 1938 care marcheaza inceputul masacrelor impotriva everilor din Europa.
    Azi in Ungaria, tara in care si-au pierdut viata 500.000 de evrei, la Auschwitz sau alte lagare de concentrare, antisemitismul este in crestere alaturi de miscarea de extrema dreapta, care a castigat 17% din voturi la recentele alegeri.

    Redau mai jos materialul dat azi publicitatii de Centrul Simon Wiesenthal:

    Today, people around the world commemorate Kristallnacht, Nazi Germany’s pogrom that took place on November 9, 1938 and marked the beginning of the destruction of European Jewry.

    Today in Hungary, which lost half a million Jews, most of its Jewish population in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, anti-Semitism is on the rise along with a resurgent far-right movement that won 17% of the votes in recent elections.

    Against this backdrop, Simon Wiesenthal Center Israel Director Dr. Efraim Zuroff finds himself on trial in Budapest in a lawsuit filed by an Hungarian Nazi war criminal responsible for the murder of hundreds of Jews.
    In a first-person report for Wiesenthal.com, Dr. Zuroff explains that, “For the past 30 years, I have been actively involved in trying to facilitate the prosecution of Nazi war criminals, so it was quite upsetting to find myself in the dock 10 days ago in Budapest as the accused in a libel/defamation suit filed by one of the more important Holocaust perpetrators whom I have exposed and sought to bring to justice.” Dr. Zuroff continues… "The person in question, Dr. Sandor Kepiro,(pictured) was among a group of Hungarian army and gendarmerie officers who organized a mass murder of at least 1,250 innocent civilians (mostly Jews, the others Serbs and Roma) in the Serbian city of Novi Sad on January 23, 1942.

    Intreg materialul aici.

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    Hungarian extremists in Romania celebrate, publicly, the invasion of Romania by the former Hungarian fascist leader, admiral Miklos Horty

    Two of the most important newspapers from Romania, “Gandul” and “Jurnalul National”, have released on Friday info about the celebration, by the Hungarian minority in Romania, of the fascist leader and former governor of Hungary, admiral Miklos Horty.

    Hungarian extremists in Romania will celebrate on Saturday, 11 of September, in the town of Miercurea Ciuc, publicly the Hungarian fascist leader, admiral Horthy Miklos, despite the fact that the law prohibits promoting fascism With the approval of Mayor Raduly Robert, a member of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) (Raduly is a sympathizer of Hungarian extremism) and police chiefs and gendarmerie in Miercurea Ciuc, in Harghita county, on Saturday, there will be a parade with the Hussars (Hungarian soldiers) to celebrate the invasion of Transylvania by the troops of the fascist leader, admiral Horthy Miklos back in September 11, 1940.

    Hungarian extremists from local branches of extremist organizations forbidden in Hungary such as Youth Movement of 64 counties (HVIM), Székely National Council from Ciuc and Hussar Association from Ciuc will organize on Saturday, in Miercurea Ciuc, a series of events to celebrate 70 years of the invasion of Romania and the occupation of the city on September 11, 1940, following the Vienna Diktat, by the Hungarian troops, lead Admiral Horthy Miklos, the Hungarian fascist leader.

    The program of this celebration of the installation of Horthyist-fascist Hungarian occupation in Transylvania following the Vienna Diktat from August 30, 1940, will start at noon, on Saturday, with a gathering at the grave of a native of Miercurea Ciuc, Kopacz Bela, accidentally killed during the Horthy's entry into the city, followed by a parade of troop of hussars ride from railway station to city center, where a new rally will take place, with speeches, poems and "patriotic" songs.

    After that, in the evening, in the at the Culture House, the celebrating the establishment of occupation of Horthy’s fascism in Transylvania will conclude with a lecture on his life and work, supported by literary historian Laszlo Tompo. Antifascist organizations from Romania or abroad had no reaction so far to this celebration in Romania of the Hungarian fascist leader Horty Miklos.

    For reference please see http://www.gandul.info/news/extremistii-maghiari-il-sarbatoresc-sambata-public-pe-amiralul-horthy-miklos-liderul-fascismului-ungar-legea-interzice-promovarea-simbolurilor-fasciste-7175674

    and

    http://www.jurnalul.ro/stire-observator/romanii-din-harcov-intre-tichete-de-parcare-in-limba-maghiara-si-amintirea-lui-horthy-554093.html

    Foto: Mediafax, Thomas Campeanu

    Update: see also http://www.historia.ro/exclusiv_web/actualitate/articol/amiralul-horthy-liderul-fascismului-ungar-sarbatorit-ciuc

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    Open letter to Mr. Ivan Gašparovič, President of the Slovak Republic and Mr. Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovak Republic

    From: Dan Tanasa
    To: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
    Cc: tanasa dan ; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
    Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 1:32:18 AM
    Subject: Open letter to Mr. Ivan Gašparovič, President of the Slovak Republic and Mr. Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovak Republic

    Open letter to

    Mr. Ivan Gašparovič President of the Slovak Republic
    and
    Mr. Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovak Republic

    Gentlemen,

    I would like to take this opportunity to warmly salute the reaction of the Republic of Slovakia towards the revisionist gestures initiated by the new leader of the Hungarian Government, Mr. Viktor Orban.
    The way you choose to react, as the leaders of the Republic of Slovakia, honors you and forces me to appreciate the national dignity promoted by Slovakia by adopting the new citizenship law as a reaction to the citizenship law initiated by the Hungarian Government lead by Viktor Orban.
    It is obvious that the gesture of Hungarian Government to give Hungarian citizenship to all Hungarian abroad is provocative, confirming the revisionist spirit the governs the Orban cabinet and it is meant to revive the illusion of Greater Hungary that would incorporate a part of Romania and Slovakia as well.

    Unfortunately, although the share of the Hungarian community in Romania is only 6.5%, compared with almost 10% in Slovakia, the Romanian political class is totally subdued to Hungarian revisionist interests. Romania had no reaction towards the gesture of the Republic of Hungary. Moreover, the Hungarians in Romania benefit from true privileges that no community of Romanians from abroad benefit from.
    In Romania, the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), as a political representative of the Hungarian community in Romania, is a member in the Romanian government for almost 20 years. The Hungarian community from Romania benefits from dozens of government positions, positions of deputies and senators in the Romanian Parliament, schools, newspapers, television all in Hungarian, mayors and presidents of county councils democratically elected based only on the membership to the Hungarian ethnicity. Right in the center of Romania, in the two counties where Hungarians have a share of over 75% of the population the Hungarian revisionist actions are tolerated and even funded with hundreds of thousands of Euros annually. Romanian Constitution and laws that govern Romania are being violated repeatedly by local elected Hungarian officials without any disturbance from a Romanian authority.

    Gentlemen, in central Romania, in the two counties where 75% of the population are ethnic Hungarians, the Romanians are obliged to listen to headphones the local council meetings which are held in Hungarian and are being translated in Romanian. Moreover, I have proven in the past tow years, in three different cases, that in these two counties the Hungarians are discriminating the Romanians, in Romania. This also proves the violent ethnic cleansing lead by Hungarians against Romanians right in the center of Romania.

    Your gesture and attitude towards Hungarian revisionism pleases a vast part of the citizens of Romania, which are sick and tired of the Romanian political class, a political class of traitors silenced when facing the Hungarian revisionist challenges. The way you choose to answer to the Hungarian irredentist challenges is admirable, no matter its motivations, and is a living proof of the admirable character of Slovak people.

    Dan Tanasa, Romanian citizen
    02 June 2010
    Madrid, Spain

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