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Soldiers everywhere…

Mihály István, köszönjük szépen a lehetőséget, hogy tegnap a palesztinai élményekről, kalandokról beszélhettünk az általad vezetett műsorban. Egyelőre egy-két nyaralási tippet adtunk a (jóval) 2 ezer lej alatt keresőknek… 🙂 Tippjeink itt hallgathatók meg.


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After visiting the Jewish cemetery in the settlement, we came upon this scene. A Jewish and a Palestinian man talking/arguing about something. Two IDF soldiers assisted. We went into the shop very close by. The soldiers looked amazed: why would to Jews buy from the Arabs. The Palestinians were also very surprised, but they served us without any problem…

Mihály István, a címben szereplő médiaintézmény szerkesztő-műsorvezetőjének meghívására a ZeneTerefere című műsorban Palesztináról mesélünk. Részletek itt.

A következő kérdésekre válaszolunk majd:

  1. Mit írt házigazdánk, Mo vécéje fölött Hebronban?
  2. Milyen közel kerültünk Jézus megkeresztelkedési helyéhez?
  3. Miért kísért bennünket izraeli katona Hebronban?
  4. Hánykor kell felkelnie az Essla kisfaluban lakó palesztin földművelőnek, ahhoz, hogy a földjét kettészelő izraeli katonai utat őrző katonák át- és visszaengedjék?
  5. Mi volt a legnagyobb csalódás Jerikóban?
  6. Milyen a fal Kelet-Jeruzsálemben és Betlehemben?
  7. Mitől félt a házigazdánk Rammalahban?
  8. Mi Qalqilya érdekessége?
  9. Milyen érzésekkel haladtunk át a Qalandiya ellenőrzőponton?
  10. Melyek voltak a legveszélyesebb helyzetek?

Egyáltalán: mi a fenét kerestünk mi egy olyan veszélyesnek tartott helyen, mint Palesztina?

We wondered around for a long time when we reached a dead end. A surreal scene: two Israeli soldiers at the end of the street with an iron gate behind their backs. An Arab boy selling falafel. In the middle of nowhere. Curious eyes gazed at us from the buildings – mostly children. I approached the soldiers, telling them we want to enter the mos… the church, but we cannot find the main entrance, the others are all closed. I also told them that at a nearby checkpoint their colleague asked if we’re Jews, we said no, but we are Christians, so he said yes, we can enter, and indicated the general direction where to get in, but we are unable to locate it. One of them said, he can accompany us. I felt very uneasy: going back to the Arab merchants with an Israeli soldier makes us automatically Jews, but we told them we’re from Hungary and Romania. We traveled with these passports, we didn’t want to elaborate about our ethnical background and how come we’re both Hungarians from Romania, we travel with different travel documents… What if the soldier is attacked by some Arabs, and we’ll be prosecuted for “luring” him into the danger zone. At each corner he looked left, then right and advanced only then. After asking some Arabs where the entrance is, and them telling him it’s the one we’ve already been to, but it’s closed, her said he has to return to his colleague. An eerie silence followed. More Palestinians gathered around us. He left. We quickly did the same. The Palestinians looked at us with suspicion

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Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Néhányszor azt álmodom, ismét visszamegyek. Repülőtéren vagyok, a beszállókaput keresem… Igen, nosztalgiázom.

Nemrég véletlenül rábukkantam a Világsajtó Intézet (World Press Institute) jóvoltából kameruni (Bertrand Tchoumi), finn (Kaius Niemi), német (Lars von Törne), zimbabwei (Patience Rusere), argentin (Teresa Bausili), kínai (Jinmei Lu), indiai (Shujaat Bukhari), török (Nevin Sungur) kollégákkal együtt megtett amerikai körutunk során látottakra, tapasztaltakra, hallottakra.

A csoportról itt.

Néhányukkal még mindi kapcsolatban vagyok.

Bemásolom ide, maradjon meg számomra, a dokumentum lehet, elvesztődik, megeszi a vírus, miegymás…

About the World Press Institute.

Photos here.

See a surprise at 3:42. 🙂



2003 Program Review


The program completed by the 2003 fellows of the World Press Institute encompassed some 200 briefings, interviews, cultural experiences and other assignments. Special emphasis was given to investigative reporting, war, diversity and the environment. Events are listed in chronological order within categories.


Participated in a four-day journalism seminar led by WPI Executive Director John Ullmann at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Topics included the history of the U.S. news media with particular focus on the 20th century and the role of a free press in a democracy; major press laws including libel and issues of access; an introduction to commercial databases and computer-assisted reporting; issues of neutrality, multiple sourcing and handling of disputes; finding, developing and keeping sources; legal and ethical issues including deception and surreptitious taping.

My host family: Donna and Jon Halvorsen in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Met with Susan Albright, editor of the editorial pages, and members of her staff to discuss the role of editorial and opinion pages and the separation of news and editorial coverage in U.S. newspapers.

Met with journalist Pam Fine in Minneapolis (now managing editor of The Indianapolis Star in Indianapolis, Indiana) to discuss who owns the news media in the United States and why it matters.

Met with Laura Waterman Wittstock, president of Migizi Communications in Minneapolis, a nonprofit organization serving American Indian communities and tribes, for a wide-ranging briefing on Indians in U.S. society.

Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul. Met with Bill Buzenberg, vice president of news, and others for briefings on the role of “public” or non-commercial broadcasting in the United States; MPR’s documentary production unit, American Radio Works; and integrating radio and Internet reporting.

KSTP-TV, St. Paul. Met with station executive Ron Hubbard and news anchors Kent Ninomiya and Harris Faulkner to discuss local television news coverage including the influence of competition and media company ownership.

One of the most exciting moments: Ursus beer in Brooklyn, New York with my friend Zsolt Szabados, a.k.a. Joe. Make no mistake: we also ate mici and listened to some manele music!!!

Participated in individual Community Media Assignments hosted by journalists in Minnesota at the Sauk Centre Herald in Sauk Centre, the Free Press in Mankato, the Houston County News in La Crescent, the Red Wing Republican Eagle in Red Wing, the Pope County Tribune/Starbuck Times in Glenwood, the Post-Bulletin in Rochester; The Paynesville Press in Paynesville and the Pioneer in Bemidji; and in Wisconsin at the Eau Claire Leader Telegram in Eau Claire.

Met at the Los Angeles Times in Los Angeles, California, with Editor John Carroll and others to learn about the Times’ approach to covering the war in Iraq.

Visited the Los Angeles headquarters of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, for a briefing on Univision’s growing multi-media news and entertainment operations.

Met with journalists working in the Detroit, Michigan, bureau of The Wall Street Journal to learn about covering the U.S. automotive industry and journalism ethics for business reporters.

Met with Osama Siblani, publisher and editor of The Arab-American News in Dearborn, Michigan, to hear his views on U.S. policies toward Iraq and the growing national influence of Detroit-area Arab leaders.

Michigan Daily, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Met with journalists at the student-run newspaper to learn about campus reaction to the 2003 decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the university’s affirmative action admissions policies for undergraduate (ruled against) and law school (upheld) applicants.

Where was this photo taken, Patience Rusere? 🙂

Met with Jim Detjen, director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, for a briefing on environmental journalism.

The New York Times, New York. Met with Managing Editor Bill Keller to discuss the aftermath of the Jason Blair scandal; the importance of trust inside and outside the newsroom; international news coverage; and the tradition of an adversarial relationship between the news media and the government in the United States.

United Nations, New York. Participated in a training session with Senior Reference Librarian Dana Loytved on U.N. information resources available to journalists online; attended the daily noon briefing by Fred Eckhard, spokesman for the secretary general; and met afterwards for a private briefing with Eckhard and David Elmhurst, spokesman for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations.

Meet the Finnish-Transylvanian mob bosses: Don Olivio and Don Kaius… 🙂

Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, New York. Met with Conrad Kiechel, international editorial director, and other senior members of the editorial staff to learn about the evolving nature of the magazine and its long-standing emphasis on optimism, reader service and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Time, New York. Met with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter James Steele and world news senior editor Lisa Beyer.

Committee to Protect Journalists, New York. Met with program staff members to learn about the nonprofit organization’s efforts to investigate and document attacks against journalists around the world and to educate policy makers and the public about the importance of press freedom.

Met at The Wall Street Journal in New York with Byron “Barney” Calame, deputy managing editor, for a briefing on journalism ethics.

Slow, stop, look around, let them cross… 🙂

Met in Washington with Geneva Overholser, holder of the Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, for a briefing on the effects of profit pressures on U.S. news media; public attitudes towards journalism and freedom of the press; media literacy; and the Internet as a tool for democratization.

Attended a luncheon meeting of the National Press Club in Washington to hear featured guest Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld give a speech and respond to questions from the audience.

National Public Radio, Washington. Met with Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin and Foreign Editor Loren Jenkins to learn about NPR’s 30-year evolution and its role today as one of the preeminent sources of international news in the United States.

Met with David Mazzarella, editorial director, European-Pacific Stars and Stripes, in Washington to learn about freedom-of-the-press guarantees at the partly government-funded daily, which serves U.S. military personnel at home and overseas.

You’ve been warned…! 🙂

Met with journalist Bob Woodward in Washington to hear about his work at The Washington Post and his latest book, “Bush At War.”

The Washington Post, Washington. Met with Assistant Managing Editor Jeff Lean and reporters David Ottaway and Joe Stephens for a briefing on the Post’s investigative reporting work.

Met with Robert Holden, Stuart Holliday and William Peters at the Office of International Information Programs, Department of State, in Washington for a briefing on IIP programs and information resources available to international journalists.

Participated in a joint seminar with the 2003 fellows of the PEW International Journalism Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, with featured speaker Walter Andersen, an associate professor of South Asia studies at Johns Hopkins.

National Geographic, Washington. Met with senior editors for briefings on the magazine’s editorial philosophy, layout, design and production, and with the head of cartography to learn about the Geographic’s map-making operations.

Met with staff reporter Tom Hamburger at The Wall Street Journal Washington bureau to hear about covering politics and campaign finance.

Met in Austin, Texas, with Paul Burka, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly, to learn about his career covering Texas politics and politicians including George W. Bush.

New life on the farm. Rio, Wisconsin

School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin. Met with Rosental Calmon Alves, director of the school’s Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, other faculty members and students to discuss international and online journalism.

Visited CNN headquarters in Atlanta for a tour of the newsroom plus briefing by Eric Ludgood, vice president, CNN International, on the network’s international news operations.

Spelman College, Atlanta. Toured the campus, met with administration leaders and faculty, and engaged in a discussion with members of the editorial staff of the Spotlight, the student newspaper, on a range of issues including race, higher education, the role of the college newspaper and the U.S. news media in general.

Met with Sherrie Marshall, executive editor of the Macon Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, for an informal conversation on the roles played by race and gender in U.S. journalism.

Participated in a day-long symposium on international journalism hosted by the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Amish man

Knight Foundation, Miami, Florida. Met with Hodding Carter III, president and chief executive officer, Eric Newton, director of journalism initiatives, to discuss press freedom issues.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois. Met for a wide-ranging discussion of U.S. journalism with Howard Tyner, vice president/editorial, Tribune Publishing; Charles Madigan, senior writer/editor; and Scott Anderson, director, Shared Programming, Tribune Interactive.

Met with Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kaman at the Chicago Tribune to learn about “green architecture” and Chicago’s efforts to be an innovator in improving the urban environment.

Met with Gary Gilson, executive director of the Minnesota News Council, to learn about the 28-year-old organization’s role in mediating disputes between the news media and the public.

“What’s News?” Discussed knowledge and impressions of the United States and the U.S. news media gained as 2003 fellows of the World Press Institute during a public forum hosted by WPI at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Part of the 2003 WPI fellows, from left to right: Kaius Niemi, Oliver Kiss, Nevin Sungur,Teresa Bausili,, Lars von Törne and Shujaat Bukhari. Location: Union Square, San Francisco

University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Participated in briefings by Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and law; Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies; and Kathleen Hansen, director of the Minnesota Journalism Center; and met informally with SJMC faculty and graduate students.

Met with Kate Parry, senior editor for politics, education, health, religion and commentary at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, for a briefing on the paper’s award-winning initiatives in civic journalism.

Met with James Dolan, owner of numerous U.S. business publications, for a briefing comparing print media business models in the United States and Europe.


Society, Science and Culture


* “In God We Trust — It’s the People We Suspect: Negotiating the Role of Religious Authority in a Democratic Society,” Jeanne Kilde, visiting assistant professor, Religious Studies.

* “Reading the Urban Landscape,” David Lanegran, professor, Geography.

* “Globalization and the Environment: A View from the U.S.,” Brett Smith, visiting assistant professor, Political Science.

Park Nicollet Institute, Minneapolis. Met with James Toscano, executive vice president and chief operating officer, for a briefing on U.S. health care that included discussion of whether health care is a right or a commercial commodity.

WPI fellows on the loose… 🙂

* “State Supported Education: Facing the Challenges of Cultural and Economic Diversity,” Ruthanne Kurth-Schai, associate professor, Education.

* “Regional Geography of the United States,” Laura Smith, visiting instructor, Geography. An overview of spatial patterns of population, urbanization and transportation; American Indian lands; and relationships between human activity and the physical landscape.

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Met with founder and director Michael Osterholm for a briefing on infectious diseases and Bioterrorism in the global village and the role of the developed world in helping the underdeveloped world.

Met with social activist Betsy Barnum, a member of the Minneapolis Bill of Rights Defense Committee, to learn about grassroots opposition to parts of the USA Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act.

Met with Deborah Pierce, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for a briefing on the agency’s role in combating violent crime, drug trafficking, organized crime, white-collar crime and terrorism.

Voyageur Outward Bound School, Ely, Minnesota. Participated in a rigorous, day-long immersion in team-building that included a ropes course and canoeing in the wilderness near the U.S. border with Canada.

Spent several days with host families in Ely.

Participated in a community forum on news and international affairs hosted by The Ely Echo in Ely.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prior Lake, Minnesota. Met with Vice Chairman Glynn Crooks and other representatives of the tribe and toured the community to learn how SMSC is utilizing its success in the gaming industry for economic and social development.

Vice Chairman Glynn Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community…

Toured the Indian neighborhood in Minneapolis with Karri Plowman of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce and Lyle Iron Moccasin, an employment and retention specialist at the American Indian OIC, to learn about the people and life there.

Spent several days living with host families on family-owned farms in the Upper Midwest to learn about U.S. agriculture and rural life.

Traveled to Palo Alto, California, to meet with Dr. Franklin Orr, director of the Global Climate & Energy Project at Stanford University and former dean of the School of Earth Sciences, for a briefing on the project and overview of the global energy environment.

Met with demographer Leobardo Estrada, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Social Research, Department of Urban Planning, at the University of California in Los Angeles, for a briefing on the U.S. Hispanic population.

Met with Professor Peter Arenella at the UCLA School of Law for a briefing on the criminal law significance of the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas law banning private consensual homosexual sex.

Port of Entry, San Ysidro, California. Briefing and tour on the United States border with Mexico.

Technically I was in Mexico, too… 🙂

Met with officials at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for a briefing on the significance of the 2003 decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the university’s affirmative action admissions policies for undergraduate (ruled against) and law school (upheld) applicants.

Visited the Ann Arbor headquarters of the Great Lakes Commission for a briefing on the nonprofit organization’s advocacy of sustainability as a basis for the development, use and conservation of the natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and the St. Lawrence River.

Accompanied community activists Daryl Bloodsaw and Earamichia Brown on a half-day walking tour of the Harlem neighborhood of New York to learn about the resurgence of the historically African-American community.

Visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for a briefing by Dr. Albert Pierce, director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics, and tour.

Visited the Pentagon in Washington for a tour and general briefing on the Department of Defense by Lt. Daniel Hetlage.

Playing in front of the president…

Met Viet Dinh, a professor of law at Georgetown University in Washington and chief architect of the USA Patriot Act, for a briefing on his role in drafting the controversial post-September 11 legislation that greatly expanded the power of U.S. law enforcement agencies to track terrorists.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington. Toured the museum and interviewed Holocaust survivor Regina Gutman.

Participated in a forum on international affairs and the news media hosted by Macalester College alumni in Washington.

Visited Fort Hood, Texas, headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army, to observe tank combat training exercises and meet with officials for a briefing on the 1st Cavalry’s participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

* “The history of the South and its role in U.S. politics,” briefing by Robert McMath, professor, History, and vice provost, Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Met Catherine Ross, holder of the Harry West Chair of City and Regional Planning and head of the new Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, for a briefing on the center’s plans to address the problems of urban sprawl.

Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta. Met with founder and chief executive Stephen Bright to learn about the nonprofit organization’s efforts on behalf of death row inmates and people underserved by the U.S. legal system.

Harlem. We didn’t stay long. I went to The Bronx as well, but didn’t take pictures…

Visited The Carter Center in Atlanta for briefings on the organization’s peace programs by Ambassador Gordon Streeb, associate executive director, and Kay Torrance, assistant director of public information, and to tour the (President) Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

Visited the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, the largest federal prison in the country, for briefings, a facilities tour and one-on-one interviews with inmates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Participated in briefings on the globalization of infectious disease including SARS, chronic disease patterns by region of the world and the CDC as a source of information for journalists.

Visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a tour of the facilities plus briefings on the center’s history, plans for future human space flight and other space projects.

Visited the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District headquarters in Miami for a general briefing on operations and the district’s integration into the fight against terrorism, and a tour of the harbor.

Live military exercise in Fort Hood, Texas

Met with Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Cuba Transition Project, Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, for a briefing on the project’s planning for post-Castro Cuba.

National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago. Met Dr. Tom Schmidt for a briefing on NORC’s General Social Survey, which studies how and why U.S. society is changing and is the center’s longest-running survey, and Professor William Parish, chair of Sociology, for a briefing on “Trends in Chinese Sexual Behavior 1999-2000,” a study which he led.

Visited the Chicago Emergency (911) Center for a briefing and tour and participated in ride-alongs with the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago Housing Authority. Met Chief Executive Officer Terry Peterson for a briefing on CHA’s 10-year effort to revolutionize public housing in the city in part to become a means of transitioning residents from poverty to self sufficiency, and then visited several properties included in the effort.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Chicago. Founded in 1877, Mercy today is a 3-campus residential care facility for troubled youth. Met with Director of Admissions Juan Medina and staff for a briefing and tour.

Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis. Participated in a panel discussion of world affairs and the news media at an adult education forum, and attended worship services at the church.

Lots of twenties if plan a shopping spree…

“Perspectives on the State of Our World,” a two-day seminar presented by WPI fellows for students, faculty and staff at Macalester College in St. Paul.

The Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis. Briefing by Executive Director Doug Johnson on CVT’s work to heal the wounds and stop the practice of government-sponsored torture on individuals, their families and communities. The center is the first of its kind in the United States and the third in the world.

Met with International Baccalaureate students at Southwest High School in Minneapolis.

* “From Crisis to Crisis: Science, Technology and Science Education in the U.S.,” A. Truman Schwartz, professor, Chemistry.

* “American Contradictions: Reflections of an Immigrant,” Ahmed Samatar, professor and dean, International Studies and Programming.

Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Participated in a “mini-mini medical school” seminar to experience how physicians are trained in the United States.

After the hurricane hit Washington, D.C.

Visited numerous museums and historic sites and attended theater performances, concerts, church services and sports events throughout the country including “Porgy & Bess” … Mississippi River Cruise through Minneapolis and St. Paul … Soudan Mine … International Wolf Center … San Diego Zoo …Circle Line Cruise, Manhattan … “Stomp!” … … Austin City Limits Festival … The Alamo … Ebenezer Baptist Church (New York and Atlanta) … Martin Luther King National Historic SiteDisney World … The Second City … House of Blues (Smokey Robinson, Sunday Gospel Brunch) …Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Berenboim … Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise … Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum … Frank Lloyd Wright Robbie House … Simon & Garfunkle “Old Friends” concert … Atlanta History Center … “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.”


Politics, Economics and Business (including nonprofit)


* “U.S. Foreign Policy” and “U.S. Homeland Security,” Andrew Latham, assistant professor, Political Science.

* “U.S. Government: Institutions and Federalism,” Julie Dolan, assistant professor, Political Science.

* “Agenda Setting in U.S. Politics,” Charles Green, professor, Political Science.

* “Recent Trends in the U.S. Economy,” Peter Federer, associate professor, Economics

* “An Overview of Urban Conditions in the United States,” George Latimer, distinguished visiting professor, Geography & Urban Studies.

* “Labor and Immigration: Friend or Foe?” Peter Rachleff, professor, History.

Austin, Texas

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis. Met with Executive Director Mark Ritchie to learn about this nonprofit organization’s efforts to promote resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research, education, science, technology and advocacy.

Visited NBC Studios in Burbank, California, for a briefing on NBC’s entertainment programming by network spokesman Kim Reed and tour.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit. Visited this large civil and human rights organization to meet co-founder Eleanor Josiatis and learn about the nonprofit agency’s efforts to fight racism, poverty and injustice through education and training.

Went to Ford Motor Company headquarters in Detroit for briefings on environmental planning at the new Ford Rouge truck assembly plant and the soaring cost of health care — the single largest supplier cost — at the automaker.

Visited the Arab Community for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn, Michigan, for a briefing by co-founder and executive director Ismael Ahmed on the large nonprofit organization’s efforts to serve the Detroit-area Arab community.

Traveled to the research and development headquarters of Pfizer Inc. in Ann Arbor for a briefing on the complexity and high cost of major drug research, development and testing, and a discussion of policy issues including providing AIDS drugs to poor countries.

They’re in for what?

IBM, Armonk, New York. Met with John Lutz, vice president of e-Business On Demand, for a briefing on products and services in the pipeline at the world’s largest technology company; and Jim Sinocchi, director of Diversity Communications, to learn about workforce diversity (of race, gender, thought, culture and geography) as a moral and strategic imperative.

Federal Reserve Bank, New York. Met with Senior Vice President Peter Bakstansky for a briefing on the role of the central bank in maintaining price stability and maximizing economic growth and employment.

Carnegie Corporation of New York. Met with Susan King, vice president for public affairs, and others for a general briefing on philanthropy and a detailed discussion of Carnegie’s efforts to inject private money into the public sector as a catalyst for social change.

Visited Merrill Lynch in New York for a tour of the equity trading floor and a briefing by Kari Pinker Nell, director and senior U.S. strategist, on investor appetite for risk-taking.

Met with Vice President Ned Cloonan and others at American International Group, Inc., in New York, the largest insurance company in the world, for briefings on global political and economic risk assessment.

International Monetary Fund, Washington. Met with Deputy Managing Director Augustin Carsten for a briefing on the 2003 IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Dubai and with Economist Todd Schneider for an overview of the IMF, trade and the World Trade Organization.

We went much closer, but I’m on all of the pictures… 🙂

Visited the office of Sen. Norm Coleman in Washington for a general briefing by his staff.

Attended a Town Hall Forum at Emory University in Atlanta to hear (former) President Jimmy Carter give a speech and respond to questions from the audience.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago. Met with Arthur Sussman, vice president and secretary, and others to learn about the foundation’s efforts “to improve mankind” through programs at home and abroad emphasizing, among other things, human and community development and global security and sustainability.

3M Company, St. Paul. Met with executives for briefings on international operations, the health care business, light management technology and the innovation process at 3M.

Interviewed (former) Vice President Walter Mondale at his law office in Minneapolis.

America, I miss you!

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Bár idén lekéstem az akkreditációs határidőt, segítőmnek és jóakarómnak köszönhetően idén mégis sok filmet sikerült megnéznem. Húsznál többet. Karola és Boti is kérdezte, melyik volt a kedvencem. Megvan a válaszom.

Az a produkció fogott meg a leginkább, amelyet, paradoxális módon, a legelső pillanattól untam. Komoly. Erőltetett színészi alakítás, amerikai film, sablonos kezdés. Fújtattam, elégedetlenkedtem, ki akartam menni. Belealudtam, kimaradt néhány szekvencia. Aztán a cselekmény hirtelen megával ragadott, s a film végéig nem engedett el, valósággal fogva tartott. Ez volt az a film:

Egy nagy melléfogásom volt az idén: a Winter brothers. Állítom ezt annak ellenére, hogy ennek a produkciónak a rendezőjét díjazták. A fődíj nyertes film volt a listámon a második leggyengébb: Las herederas/The Heiresses. Hiába, a halandók számára képtelenség megérteni a Művészetet.

Tudva tudtam: a versenyfilmek a legveszélyesebbek. Vagy kiválóak, vagy pedig gyomorforgatóak.

Idén első helyen a dokumentumfilmek (nem kell a fikció, a valóság elég mellbevágó), a versenyfilmek, a román és a magyar produkciók voltak. Nem csalódtam.

A legnagyobb élményt az jelentette, ahogy Kali Karoláékkal meg tudtam beszélni a filmeket. Sajnálom, ha sokat járt a szám, sőt, még iráni és palesztinai fotókat is mutattam.

A filmek után miért nincsenek vitafórumok, ahol az érdekeltek akár vitázhatnak? A kérdez-felelek csak egy gyenge előjáték…

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Az eddig látott produkciók közül a Francia Kulturális Központ udvarán tegnap este látott Despre tați și fii (Of fathers and sons. Rendezte: Talal Derki) című volt. Igen meglepődtem, sőt kisség felháborodtam, amikor a bejáratnál két biztonsági ellenőrizte a csomagomat. Egy, állítólag Münchenből éppen a filmfesztiválra érkezett férfi azt mondta, szerinte természetes és szükséges az ilyen, ez jelenti a biztonságot.

Ellenkezőleg: számomra éppen ez ébreszt aggodalmat, szorongást és félelmet, így érzem magam bizonytalanul. Már nálunk is ez van?!

Felötlenek a nagyon frissen látott izraeli és palesztinai élmények, a golyószórót „viselő” 18 éves lányok és fiúk, a feszültség, a gyomorideg, hogy itt bármelyik pillanatban bármi történhet. Sokkal biztonságosabban érzem magam Kolozsváron, mint bármely nyugat-európai városban, ám amikor egy kulturális rendezvényen ellenőrzik a csomagomat, akkor úrrá lesz rajtam a félelem, s keletebbre menekülnék.

Rendben, az Untoldon is ellenőrzik az ember csomagját, ám elsősorban azért, hogy kintről ne vigyen be enni-innivalót, s ott vásároljon háromszoros áron. Valóban, a kést is keresik, de ott rengeteg alkohol fogy el. De egy filmvetítésen?

OK, tudom, radikális iszlamista családról, Szíriáról, a világ legveszélyesebb terrorszervezeteiről van szó, de akkor is…

Egyébként a DOKUMEMNTUMfilm hátborzongató, a mai közel-keleti világ valóságát tárja elénk. Újdonsága az, hogy családi környezetet mutat be, a vérszomjas harcosokká váló, édesapjuk által radikalizált gyermekek szemszögéből mutatja be a terror csontig vágó pengeélének a világát.

Ma mára, azaz vasárnapre kiszemelt filmek:

  1. Tăcerea celorlalți/The silence of others/El silencio de otros/; Florin Piersic mozi, 15:30 óra

A film előzetese itt, YouTube-on nem találtam meg.


2. Iarna trădării/Winter brothers; Győzelem/Victoria mozi, 18 óra


3. Casa/The Home; (Irán), Győzelem/Victoria mozi, 20 óra


4. Vinovatul/The guilty; Győzelem/Victoria mozi, 22 óra

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A szervezők szerint 3 ezren voltak a megnyitón, ám szerintem olyan kevesen nagyon rég nem maradtak a végéig, mint idén…

Egy héttel a kezdés előtt az elsők között vettem kézbe a Transilvania Nemzetközi Filmfesztivál (TIFF) programfüzetét. Idén Palesztina meg sok más miatt lekéstem az akkreditációs határidőt, de jóakaróimnak, segítőimnek köszönhetően máris sikerült több produkciót megnéznem.

A megnyitó lapos és vontatott volt. Ugyanaz a forgatókönyv, ugyanazok szólaltak fel (Tudor Giurgiu, Mihai Chirilov és Emil Boc). Valamennyiükből hiányzott az energia, a vibe, a cucc, a kakaó. Az volt az érzésem, hogy tudor Giurgiu unja az egészet.

Nagyon szép gesztus volt viszont megemlékezni Doina Corneára!

A Foxtrot című nyitófilmet kezdetben állva néztük kintről, aztán amikor egyre többen mentek el, valakinek elkértük a belépőjegyét, s visszamentünk helyettük. Hullámzó figyelem a környezet miatt.

Kiváló a produkció, de semmiképpen sem ilyen miliőben, nyitófilmként kell vetíteni. Kétszer voltam Izraelben, egyszer pedig Palesztinában, úgy gondolom, egyrészt rá tudok hangolódni a témára, másrészt pedig valamelyest ismerem a filmben bemutatott szituációkat, világosak voltak az utalások, dekódolható volt a politikai és társadalmi kritika, ám a Főtér nem megfelelő hely ilyesmire. A nyitófilmre azért megy az ember, hogy szórakozzon, jól érezze magát, nevessen, ide könnyed produkciók illenek.

De még ezelőtt, pénteken délelőtt láttam a Generația $ című filmet. Költségeimet minimálisra csökkentem, másodkézből vásárolom a ruhákat, számomra képtelenség azonosulni a szupergazdagok világával, értékrendjével, életvitelével, életfilozófiájával, de érdekes volt látni, milyen.

A péntekről-szombatra virradó éjszaka a TIFF-házban tartott parti következményei ellenére (4 óra 25 perckor feküdtem le), ma tíz órakor a Győzelem/Victoria moziban voltam megnézni az O droaie de copii, a maimuță și un castel című spanyol DOKUMENTUMfilmet. Igen, idén is ezek a legfontosabbak. Aztán a versenyfilmek, majd a magyar és román produkciók.

A szinopszis nem ígéretes, de a film annál jobb…! Nézd meg!

Aztán szintén ma jött a Nuntă post-mortem című izraeli film. Fantasztikus produkció, ám a végén nagyon túllőttek a célon, s az ember ráébred: várj csak, ez „csupán” játékfilm. Ajnálom.

Ma, azaz szombaton este 20 órától megnézem a Moștenitoarele című versenyfilmet , majd a Despre tați și fii című dokumentumfilmet.


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Ezek mégis hova mennek ennyien?

Mire van szükség ahhoz, hogy az ember szedje a lábát? Május 12-én, a 21. Jókai Emlék- és Teljesítménytúra 30 kilométeres távjának néhány gyalogos résztvevőjét például egy – nem túlzás – másfél méteres óriássikló motiválta, hogy gyorsabban haladjon. Egy másik résztvevő pedig bevallása szerint egy viperát látott, úgyhogy akik félnek vagy irtóznak az efféle „csúszómászóktól”, azok egy ideig mindenképpen gyorsabban szedték a lábukat…

A gomolygó esőfelhők viszont ezúttal nem siettették a résztvevőket, mint más években: a verőfényes napsütés a túra végéig kitartott, ahol a szervezők gulyással várták az érkezőket.

Az élménybeszámoló folytatása itt.

A fotóriport ide kattintva tekinthető meg.

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