Hungary Leader Viktor Orban Addresses CPAC Dallas

The Hungarian prime minister, whose anti-immigrant rhetoric and attacks on democratic norms have been widely rebuked, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas.

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In Ukraine, Some Ethnic Hungarians Feel Ambivalence About the War

After Moscow’s invasion, some Ukrainians worry that divided loyalties within the country’s small ethnic Hungarian minority might make it susceptible to pro-Russia propaganda from Hungary.

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Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?

Brussels supports Kyiv’s battle against Russia, but gaining full membership to the bloc could take years. Is there another way to bind Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe?

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How Trump, DeSantis and Viktor Orban Wield Power

Make your enemies pay; let your friends prosper.

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Why Republicans Love the Land of ‘Illiberal Democracy’

Viktor Orban’s Hungary has a lot to offer them.

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Progressives Can’t Stop Republican Censorship

The right’s political strength matters more.

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Hooked on Cheap Oil, Hungary Resists an Embargo on Russia

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised voters to keep energy prices low. The dividends from taking Russian fuel also help fund the policies that have made Hungary a beacon for right-wing groups.

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

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Europe Is About to Ban Russian Oil: What Happens Next?

Policymakers want to stop financial support to a war machine. Replacing that energy supply is going to be difficult and expensive for consumers.

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Macron’s Win Is Also a Blow to Orban’s Nationalist Crusade in Europe

The Hungarian leader had cast his own victory as the start of a nationalist wave in Europe — one that Marine Le Pen would have joined. Instead, Mr. Macron’s victory in France is a win for the European Union’s approach.

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The Dangerous Lesson Viktor Orban Taught Republicans

Bret Stephens and Zack Beauchamp debate the biggest challenges threatening liberalism in America and beyond.

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Why Liberalism Needs Nationalism and Religion

The Ukraine War could inspire a reassessment of what liberalism should seek to be.

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How Hungary’s Viktor Orban Won

How Hungary’s Fidesz party won.

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With Ukraine War, Viktor Orban Softens His Embrace of Russia

Facing an election on Sunday, Viktor Orban plays neutral peacemaker while campaigning against the “gender insanity” that he says is creeping in from the West.

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In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

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In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

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Dispatch From Hungary: Can This Man Oust Viktor Orban?

The strongman’s ties to Putin might finally hurt him.

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NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine, Risking Conflict With Russia

Brussels is proud to be providing military aid, but Moscow may see it as a dangerous intervention and could move to disrupt the flow of arms through Poland.

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Trump’s Strategy: ‘Confuse and Obscure’

Readers say lying and concealment are Mr. Trump’s response to investigations of Jan. 6 and his finances. Also: Russia, Ukraine and Hungary; Covid vaccines.

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Top European Court Rules E.U. Can Freeze Aid to Poland and Hungary

In a landmark decision, the European Court of Justice cleared the way for the bloc to cut billions in aid on the grounds that members are eroding rule-of-law checks and balances.

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E.U. Cuts Payments to Poland in Dispute Over Unpaid Fines

For the first time, the E.U. executive arm said it would divert millions in grants to a member country to cover unpaid fines, escalating a confrontation despite jitters over Ukraine.

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A Music Museum Opens in the Heart of Hungary’s Culture Wars

At City Park in Budapest, a building project has come to exemplify the politics of Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister.

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Facing Tough Election, Orban Turns to Putin for Support

The Hungarian leader made his name by defying Moscow. But he has increasingly turned toward Russia in an effort to secure the natural gas he needs to keep energy prices low and voters happy.

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For Some of Ukraine’s Neighbors, ‘Defend Europe’ Has Another Meaning

For the populist leaders of Poland and Hungary, Russia’s saber-rattling on the border with Ukraine takes a back seat to domestic politics and issues like immigration.

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Eastern Europe TestNew Forms of Media Censorship

With new, less repressive tactics, countries like Serbia, Poland and Hungary are deploying highly effective tools to skew public opinion.

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How the European Union Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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Trump Endorses Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Far-Right Prime Minister

Democracy in Hungary has been backsliding under Mr. Orban, whose efforts to consolidate power have caused consternation in the European Union.

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How the E.U. Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists

The leaders of Turkey, Hungary and Brazil are all grappling with problems posed by the global rise in prices ahead of national elections.

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Laszlo Z. Bito, Scientist, Novelist and Philanthropist, Dies at 87

He fled communist rule in Hungary, discovered a treatment for glaucoma in the U.S., then became an author and a voice against authoritarianism in his homeland.

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In Their 80s, and Living It Up (or Not)

Two octogenarians have different reactions to an essay, “Living My Life Again.” Also: “Illiberal democracy”; housing in the Bronx; rich vs. poor

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The DNA of Roma People Has Long Been Misused, Scientists Reveal

An op-ed in Nature calls for higher ethical standards in the usage and analysis of genetic information from the Romani, a marginalized group in Europe.

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Poland’s Attacks on Rule of Law Leave Europe at Odds With Itself

E.U. leaders are facing an increasingly urgent question: What to do with a member that repeatedly violates a core principle, but refuses to leave the club?

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Czechs Defeat a Populist, Offering a Road Map for Toppling Strongmen

A wide range of parties in the Czech Republic banded together despite their differences to oppose Andrej Babis, the country’s populist prime minister. Opposition parties in Hungary are hoping to duplicate the feat.

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Should Gifted Students Be in Separate Classes?

The debate over gifted-and-talented programs. Also: Moderna’s chairman responds; “illiberal democracy” in Hungary – and the U.S.?

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Hungary’s Leader Fights Criticism in U.S. via Vast Influence Campaign

Viktor Orban, the country’s far-right prime minister, has spent millions on lobbying, support for think tanks and cultivating allies in Washington.

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Europe Tightens Purse Strings to Try to Pressure Poland and Hungary

Frustrations over rule of law violations in the two countries have prompted the European Union to block payments in an effort to bolster legal action.

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Pope Francis Criticizes Political Use of Christianity

On a four-day visit to Slovakia and Hungary, Francis had strong words for those who wield Christian symbols for personal gain.

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What Game Theory Says about China’s Strategy

The classic ‘salami slicing’ tactic is to move against a foe in small increments, staying below the threshold that will provoke a response.

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George Soros Is Making Changes at His Foundation While He Still Can

The result is a painful restructuring to focus on the fight against rising authoritarianism around the world.

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Meeting Hungary’s Strongman, Pope Treads a Fine Line With an Embattled Leader

Pope Francis’ meeting with Viktor Orban could help, or hurt, the prime minister’s efforts to curry favor with voters ahead of coming elections in Hungary, which is predominantly Catholic.

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Stephen Vizinczey, ‘In Praise of Older Women’ Author, Dies at 88

His best-known work, somewhat scandalous for the mid-1960s, treated sex frankly and sold millions of copies.

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This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone

Over the weekend, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments — including Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates — used spyware developed by NSO Group to hack into the phones of thousands of their most vocal critics, including journalists, activists, politicians and business executives.

A leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets was obtained by Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International and shared with the reporting consortium, including The Washington Post and The Guardian. Researchers analyzed the phones of dozens of victims to confirm they were targeted by the NSO’s Pegasus spyware, which can access all of the data on a person’s phone. The reports also confirm new details of the government customers themselves, which NSO Group closely guards. Hungary, a member of the European Union where privacy from surveillance is supposed to be a fundamental right for its 500 million residents, is named as an NSO customer.

The reporting shows for the first time how many individuals are likely targets of NSO’s intrusive device-level surveillance. Previous reporting had put the number of known victims in the hundreds or more than a thousand.

NSO Group sharply rejected the claims. NSO has long said that it doesn’t know who its customers target, which it reiterated in a statement to TechCrunch on Monday.

Researchers at Amnesty, whose work was reviewed by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, found that NSO can deliver Pegasus by sending a victim a link which when opened infects the phone, or silently and without any interaction at all through a “zero-click” exploit, which takes advantage of vulnerabilities in the iPhone’s software. Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak said in a tweet that NSO’s zero-clicks worked on iOS 14.6, which until today was the most up-to-date version.

Amnesty’s researchers showed their work by publishing meticulously detailed technical notes and a toolkit that they said may help others identify if their phones have been targeted by Pegasus.

The Mobile Verification Toolkit, or MVT, works on both iPhones and Android devices, but slightly differently. Amnesty said that more forensic traces were found on iPhones than Android devices, which makes it easier to detect on iPhones. MVT will let you take an entire iPhone backup (or a full system dump if you jailbreak your phone) and feed in for any indicators of compromise (IOCs) known to be used by NSO to deliver Pegasus, such as domain names used in NSO’s infrastructure that might be sent by text message or email. If you have an encrypted iPhone backup, you can also use MVT to decrypt your backup without having to make a whole new copy.

The Terminal output from the MVT toolkit, which scans iPhone and Android backup files for indicators of compromise. (Image: TechCrunch)

The toolkit works on the command line, so it’s not a refined and polished user experience and requires some basic knowledge of how to navigate the terminal. We got it working in about 10 minutes, plus the time to create a fresh backup of an iPhone, which you will want to do if you want to check up to the hour. To get the toolkit ready to scan your phone for signs of Pegasus, you’ll need to feed in Amnesty’s IOCs, which it has on its GitHub page. Any time the indicators of compromise file updates, download and use an up-to-date copy.

Once you set off the process, the toolkit scans your iPhone backup file for any evidence of compromise. The process took about a minute or two to run and spit out several files in a folder with the results of the scan. If the toolkit finds a possible compromise, it will say so in the outputted files. In our case, we got one “detection,” which turned out to be a false positive and has been removed from the IOCs after we checked with the Amnesty researchers. A new scan using the updated IOCs returned no signs of compromise.

Given it’s more difficult to detect an Android infection, MVT takes a similar but simpler approach by scanning your Android device backup for text messages with links to domains known to be used by NSO. The toolkit also lets you scan for potentially malicious applications installed on your device.

The toolkit is — as command line tools go — relatively simple to use, though the project is open source so not before long surely someone will build a user interface for it. The project’s detailed documentation will help you — as it did us.

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Europe’s Divisions on Vivid Display Over Hungary and Russia

In a summit of European Union leaders, there were fierce, emotional arguments about Hungary’s new law on sex education and about how and when to meet Russia’s president.

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A Culture War Between Hungary and Europe Escalates Over L.G.B.T. Bill

E.U. leaders say that they will do all they can to thwart a proposed new law in Hungary that would, they say, equate homosexuality with pedophilia.

#discrimination, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hungary, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

Populist Leaders in Eastern Europe Run Into a Little Problem: Unpopularity

The leaders of Slovenia, Hungary and Poland, who rode to power on waves of anti-elitism anger, face rising opposition over their pandemic responses and heavy-handed policies.

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Hungary Adopts Child Sex Abuse Law That Also Targets LGBT Community

Legislation increasing sentences for pedophiles was changed to include restrictions on portrayals of homosexuality and transgender people that young people might see.

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Hungary Transfers 11 Universities to Foundations Led by Orban Allies

The transfer, accompanied by billions of euros in state assets, will enable the prime minister and his supporters to exert long-term influence.

#colleges-and-universities, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

20,000 White Crosses: Marking Covid’s Toll in Central and Eastern Europe

The crosses painted on a Prague street highlight a stark death toll in the Czech Republic as the coronavirus sweeps across the region.

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