18 November – Croats Mourn Deeply

Tweet on Vukovar

As I write this post, I watch live streaming Croatian HRT TV coverage from Vukovar – Heroic City, City of Special Piety, City that was on 18 November 1991, after three months of siege under brutal Serb destruction, mass murders, rapes, imprisonments in concentration camps, ethnic cleansing of all non-Serb population, levelled to the ground. […]

Croatia: Blatant Communist Style Intimidation In Presidential Campaigning

Presidential candidate Ivo Josipovic
Photo: Screetshot HRT TV

  At and around election times anything and everything is possible. After all – it is a race the results of which are largely determined by the ordinary person, the voter. Although the official campaigns for presidential elections in Croatia (reportedly to be held 11 January 2015) have not commenced, for months now, the pre-campaigns […]

Croatian Presidential Elections Race: Intelligence Versus Stupidity

Left: Ivo Josipovic
Centre: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
Right: Milan Kujundzic

  Considering the three presidential candidates who have so far officially announced their candidacy for the impeding presidential elections planned for 11 January 2015, the current President dr. Ivo Josipovic, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and dr. Milan Kujundzic, the first two started their pre-campaigning in a rather unmethodical and often seemingly sloppy way. Perhaps there was no […]

When Humanitarian Reasons Exclude Human Rights For Victims Of Indicted Serb War Crimes

Indicted Serb war criminal
Vojislav Seselj at The Hague

  The United Nations war crimes tribunal ICTY in The Hague has Thursday 6 November ordered a temporary release of ailing Serbian ultra-nationalist leader and war crimes indicted Vojislav Seselj (for war crimes committed in large parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vojvodina part of Serbia between 1991 and 1994 against the non-Serb population  […]

A Disturbing Report Card: Croatian Government Fuels Barriers To Education For Children With Disabilities

Josip Grabovac
8th grader at Primary School "Dr Franjo Tudjman" in Knin pleads: 
"Please return my 
teacher's aide 
into my classroom"
Screenshot: hrt.hr news 4 November 2014

Dozens of teacher’s aides who help students with disabilities, were dismissed on Monday 3 November pursuant to the decision made last Friday by the Croatian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. In the counties that were successful in the competition for EU funds, funding for aides from NGOs that applied in the second call for […]

Croatia: WWII Communist Partisans Are Not Your Heroes – Homeland War Veterans Are

Croatian Homeland War Invalids 
At protest site in Zagreb
Photo: Borna Filic/Pixsell (click to enlarge)

  Old habits die very, very hard, as the news reminds us every day, but change begins with illumination — attention, pointing, identifying and generally shining lights in dark places. However the president of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Predrag Matic through their public comments continue to deride […]

And Croatia’s Child Poverty Is Alarming – UNICEF

Excerpt from UNICEF Report on Child Poverty

  A UNICEF report “Children of the Recession” released Tuesday 28 October in Rome says that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since the financial crisis began in 2008. The total number of children living in poverty in rich countries has risen to an estimated 76.5 […]

Croatian Woman Veteran Dies Rallying For War-Invalids’ Rights

Nevenka Topalusic
Croatian Homeland War
Veteran and War-Invalid
Held Onto Her Courage To Her Death

  What a tragic and sad week it has been for Croatia. “I’m here because this injustice is killing me. I went to war so that my children could have a better future but it turns out life is not better for me or for my children. I’m here today explicitly to fight for myself […]

Tour-de-force Raid In Croatian Capital Zagreb Over Corruption

From left: Slobodan L:jubicic, Milan Bandic and Petar Pripuz

On late afternoon/evening Sunday 19 October 2014 police in Croatia’s capital Zagreb have arrested 19 people from the city’s Mayor’s office and associated business holdings. Croatian and the world media are full of this story, as it certainly appears more like a political tour-de-force raid against the city’s authorities rather than a normal train of […]

Communist Crimes: Tito’s Murder Squads Targeted All Croats Who Opposed His Regime

Defendants Josip Perkovic , left, 
and Zdravko Mustac, second right, 
former members of the Yugoslav secret service, 
arrive for their trial in a Munich courtroom 
Friday Oct. 17, 2014. A former head of Yugoslavia’s 
secret service and a one-time subordinate 
have gone on trial in Germany 
over the 1983 killing of a Croatian national in Bavaria. 
Zdravko Mustac and former subordinate Josip Perkovic, 
who later created independent Croatia’s spy agency, 
are both charged with being accessories
 to the murder of Stjepan Djurekovic. 
The dissident was shot and beaten on July 28, 1983 
in a garage in Wolfratshausen, near Munich.
 (AP Photo//Michaela Rehle,Pool)

  How much the “West” will have to answer for – or at least express profound regret – as its complicity in Communist crimes is gradually revealed, may be something that will come to light in no other place but Germany. The past couple of decades have been marked with trickles of information, which suggested […]

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