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My year in travels

I have been noticeably absent from this blog in 2018, which I could easily label the worst year of my life. One of the few highlights though were some traveling experiences that I would like to share here. Hope you’ll enjoy and here’s to a better 2019! 🥂  1. Prague in spring Katalin Tarjan (@katalintarjan) által megosztott bejegyzés, Márc 16., 2018, időpont: 10:17 (PDT időzóna szerint) A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon Wonderful #rainy day in #Prague. ☔ 💖 #travel #rain #longweekend #walk #tourists Katalin Tarjan (@katalintarjan) által megosztott bejegyzés, Márc 16., 2018, időpont: 10:17 (PDT időzóna szerint) We visited Prague…

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Sunday Smack

Happy Sunday! It is summer in full swing with another heatwave in Hungary. Today is also the day of a New Moon, which they say is a great occasion to start carrying out plans. I would argue that any day is a great day for that, but since here we are today, let’s review our yearly plans and make sure everything is in order. I sure have a lot to think about on that front. Anyway, my favorite bloggers must be on vacation, because there was significantly less posts this week to choose from. Here’s some for you to read,…

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Sunday Smack

Happy Sunday and Happy Summer! This week Britain managed to pull off yet another election where practically everybody lost an no-one knows what to come after, this seems to have become the new standard over there.  Also, political turmoil is mounting in the US, but the President still doesn’t seem to be worried. On this week’s episode of The West Wing Weekly (S03E09 Bartlet for America) there were a lot of talk about Congressional hearings and what they are all about. I happened to listen to it the morning after #ComeyDay, and again, I just love when entertainment really adds…

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Loretta Napoleoni talked about her book “Merchants of Men” before screening of the documentary “Fire at Sea”

This Monday I attended a special event in Budapest organized by the Hungarian publisher of Loretta Napoleoni’s latest book “Merchants of Men:  How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi-Billion Dollar Business”, that just came out in Hungarian. Loretta Napoleoni talked about the essence of the book which is the evolution of the financing of terrorist organizations. After 9.11 ransom paid by foreign governments for their kidnapped citizens became the most important source of funding for terrorist organizations throughout most the Arab world. It involved kidnapping of tourists, journalists and aid workers in countries like Libya (where…

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#UNGA70 General Debate digest Part I.

A promise, now overdue, but better late than never. I will post my review of the general debate in two parts and of miscellaneous events of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly so far in a third. This year I followed more speeches than in previous years, as the refugee crisis in Europe puts many countries in the spotlight that otherwise would not be of interest in terms of world affairs. The theme of the general debate of the 70th session was „The United Nations at 70 – a new commitment to action”, but besides the theme, the…

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Sunday Smack

Happy Sunday everybody! I am typing these words on an airplane flying back home after a wonderful weekend in Milan, Italy. I took this picture especially for you guys, but you can check out my pics of the weekend on Instagram as well. Italy is a beautiful country, don’t you think? Anyway, I hope you all had a great weekend too! UN Charter and Marriage Equality, A Serendipitous Day in San Francisco Great events took place this Friday in the United States. Most of the rest of the world has quite a lot of catching up to do… The Use…

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G8 Summit 2013 – Decisions made

The annual G8 summit has wrapped up earlier this week. On Monday I posted about its expected agenda, now I’d like to briefly go through what’s been decided in Lough Erne in those two days. The EU and US came to an agreement to launch negotiations about what could be “the biggest bilateral trade deal in history” both in worth and in significance. After their main economic discussion, the G8 leaders highlighted the fight against unemployment as a priority in fostering global recovery. They agreed that after bright prospects in 2012, economic and financial difficulties remain in 2013 that require…

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G8 – A Brief History

The annual G8 summit is about to kick off on Monday, so I thought I would do a few educational/informational posts about the G8 in general and about this year’s meeting in particular. So this is the first one in a series, watch out for the rest in the coming days. The G8 summit is held annually to gather eight world leaders in order to discuss current economic and political issues affecting their countries and the world. G8 stands for the Group of 8, that is, the eight most prosperous countries of the world. Almost. To be more specific, G8=G7+1….

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