An Architectural Gem in Budapest

BUDAPEST: Approaching the city’s new House of Music, Hungary, the low structure ahead is intriguing, its roof punctuated with what appears to be splotches of gold. Up close the roof hovers like an undulating canvass. The exterior wall is curved translucent glass reflecting trees and passersby.  Everywhere on the ceiling and walls a visitor encounters the architect’s whimsical touch, shimmering gold objects that resemble falling leaves. … Continue reading An Architectural Gem in Budapest

The Puzzle of Orban and the War in Ukraine

BUDAPEST: Hungary is a maze of contradictions. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February the populist Orban government agreed to the first round of EU/US sanctions punishing Moscow for aggression. But Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes cutting oil and gas imports from Russia saying that would cause severe domestic hardship. Arguing that ending the war must be the priority, Orban refuses to allow armaments destined for … Continue reading The Puzzle of Orban and the War in Ukraine

President Biden’s Trip to Europe…and a Misstep in Warsaw

Hong Kong Today | Radio Three | March 28, 2022 Host Samantha Butler asks Barry about President Biden’s meeting with Nato and EU leaders in Brussels and his subsequent stop in Poland where he met Ukrainian refugees and US soldiers and then the Polish president before giving what turned out to be controversial remarks about Russian president Vladimir Putin. Listen Continue reading President Biden’s Trip to Europe…and a Misstep in Warsaw