Croatia: De-communisation By Any Means Necessary

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  A couple of hundred university students at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (a.k.a. Faculty of Philosophy) of the University of Zagreb have thrown their rioting and protesting weight against the current Dean Vlatko Previsic. They insist he must resign or be forced into retirement as he turns 71 in few months. They […]

Croatian Parliament: The Detrimental Representation of Ethnic Minorities (?)

From Left/Front row:
Furio Radin, Milorad Pupovac, Andrej Plenkovic
Photo: V.P.P./ Hina

  At the time of its formation in 1990 Croatian parliament and a rather large number of NGO institutions were devised and established in such a way that Croatia’s diverse population in the ethnic sense was and remains rather well represented. There are currently eight (out of 151) seats in parliament dedicated to representing ethnic […]

Croatia: War Crimes Trial Against Serb Dragan Vasiljkovic Finally Commences

Dragan Vasiljkovic
at war crimes trial
Split, Croatia
20 SEptember 2016
Photo: Hamze Media

  Serb former paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic (aka Captain Dragan, Daniel Snedden) went on trial in Croatia on Tuesday 20 September 2016 accused of torturing and killing soldiers and civilians during the 1991-95 war of Serb aggression against Croatia. Prosecution alleges that Vasiljkovic, 61, violated the Geneva Conventions while in charge of a Serb paramilitary […]

Yugoslavia has not yet died and we do not know when she will…

Slovenian Ljubljanska Banka
"ran" from Croatia taking
people's savings with it
Photo: Davor Visnjic/ Pixsell

  There was a comedy TV series produced during late 1980’s in a former Yugoslavia state of Montenegro and it was called “Djekna has not yet died and we do not know when she will”. Set in a remote rural place of Montenegro the TV series followed the actions of a family that went about […]

Croatia: Minority Government, More Of The Same (?)

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  The conservative Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, scored a relative victory in the early parliamentary vote on Sunday 11 September and now faces the task of forming a coalition government after voters again failed to produce a clear majority winner. Complete results reported Monday by Croatia’s state electoral commission showed that Andrej Plenkovic’s HDZ […]

Being There As Croatia Votes

Sunday 11 September
Zagreb Croatia
Election day mood
Photo: Connor Vlakancic

  Guest Post 11 September 2016 – dateline! Croatia: “Croatians vote for a new government – Again – The LIST goes ON”. Croatian Sabor election – this time with courage by Connor Vlakancic – 2nd generation Croatian-American in Zagreb A peculiar feeling to be a Croatian-American here in Zagreb this day of 11 September. Yesterday […]

Croatia: Looking To Turn Right At Elections

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  Croatia votes today September 11 for its new government and one hopes that the majority of voters will, as they put pen to paper, behold the priceless value for Croatian independence, freedom from communist oppression and democracy the 1990’s Homeland War has and must always have. The past many months have seen constant false […]

Croatia: “Horton hears a Who” or “The Mouse that ROARED”

Connor Vlakancic
A US Senate hopeful
Photo: hr.n1info.com

Guest post Croatia: “Horton hears a Who” or “The Mouse that ROARED”. An epitaph of Croatian politics-as-Usual by Connor Vlakancic – 2nd generation Croatian-American in Zagreb Horton hears a Who is the story about an elephant with very large ears that he could hear peoples voices of a civilization so small as a dust speck. […]

Slobodan Milosevic Not Innocent – Still, Serbia’s War Crimes Deniers Get Field Day

Former Serbian president 
Slobodan Milosevic 
is led into the courtroom
 of the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague 2002
 PHOTO : JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images

  Dubbed “the butcher of the Balkans”, Serbia’s late Slobodan Milosevic almost rose from the grave with a bright halo glowing above his head last month when a handful of apparent Serb war crimes and Slobodan Milosevic apologists briefly succeeded in convincing much of the unsuspecting world that The UN crimes tribunal in the Hague […]

Croatia: Snappish Coalitions For Snap Elections

Andrej Plenkovic, 
HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union

Photo: Screenshot hrt.hr 3 September 2016

Early general elections in Croatia coming up second weekend of September 2016 have not only got behind them the brutally rushed toppling of a short-lived minority HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union–led government amidst founded and unfounded scandals, but are seeing the formation of snappish coalitions and an emergence of miniature political parties and individuals with irritating and […]

Croatia: BABS Forum Takes Charge Of Central-Eastern Europe Destiny

Dugopolje Split Croatia gas pipeline

  “The area of the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea is Europe’s lifeblood and around 50 billion Euros investment will be needed for its future development”, said the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic at the opening of the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea (BABS) Forum 2016 with her Polish colleague Andrzej Duda in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Thursday, 25th […]

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