New Opposition Leader Davor Bernardic Mimics Communist Collectivism And Socialist Egalitarianism

Zagreb, 03.12.2016 - 
14th SDP Election Convention Zagreb, Croatia
Photo: fah

  Croatia’s largest parliamentary opposition party, the centre left that’s still carrying the torch for the oppressive communist Yugoslavia, Social Democratic Party/SDP – has its new leader in Davor Bernardic. He is relatively young. Born in January 1980 he was only a baby when Yugoslavia’s communist chief Josip Broz Tito died in May 1980. Evidently […]

Thumbs Up For Croatia’s Secret Truffle Harvest

Motovun Truffle
Photo: NYT

  Joji Sakurai The New York Times/ Australian Financial Review “Go Nero!” Truffle hunter Nikola Tarandek urges on his black Labrador, who scratches furiously at the moist soil of Motovun Forest in Croatia. We are in the hinterlands of Istria, a diamond-shaped peninsula that juts into the Adriatic Sea, exploring one of the richest grounds for premium white truffles […]

Croatia, Communist Crimes and Fidel Castro’s Death

Cubans on Cuba mourn Fidel Castro's passing
Photo: Ramon Espinosa/ Reuters

  Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Saturday 26 November 2016, attracted divided views about him throughout his almost six decades in power in one form or another. Most saw him as a ruthless and murderous despot while others hailed him as a revolutionary hero. Of course the communists and […]

Croatia: The Haunting Of War Missing 25 Years On


  Being in Vukovar on the 25th anniversary of horrid atrocities committed against innocent Croatian people by the Serb aggressor was a sombre, sad, gut-wrenching experience for over 120,000 people who visited there on 18 November and vividly remembered the horrors once again as my last post read. For those who were unable to be […]

Croatia: Candles For The Unforgotten – 25 Years On

Ljiljana Alvir

Friday 18 November 2016 more than a 120,000 people took part in the memorial march in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar to the Serb-led Yugoslav army and Serb rebel forces on 18 November 1991 after a three-month siege and slaughter of Croats and ethnic cleansing […]

Croat Among New Europe 100 Changemakers

Mate Rimac at
Geneva car show March 2016
Photo: Gregor Prebil

Res Publica, Google, Visegrad Fund and the Financial Times have named 15 November 2016 Croatia’s Mate Rimac, the founder and chief executive of Rimac Automobili, a Croatian car manufacturer that develops and produces high-performance electric cars, as one of Central and Eastern Europe’s top 100 changemakers. The event held at BIP Brussels brought together the […]

In Memoriam – Mojmir Damjanovic

Mojmir Damjanovic
1940's Vienna, Austria

  “A 20th Century Personal Journey of Love and Suffering For Croatia” Mojmir Damjanovic passed away at 96 years of age on 10 November 2016 in Sydney Australia – he was my friend. For Mojmir life began soon after the end of World War I, when Croatia was torn away from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and […]

American Croat With Big Plans

Nedjeljni magazine
(Sunday magazine)
Featuring Connor Vlakancic

6 November 2016

  Translation of article by Dusan Miljus, published online at Jutarnji List, 7 November 2016 (slightly different to the printed version published 6 November 2016 – Nedjeljni) Translation by Ina Vukic Should Hillary Clinton win she will have the support of the Democrats in the Congress, and the Republicans will be her opposition. Should Donald […]

Helping Bosnia And Herzegovina On Its Way To EU Earns Croatia Knife In Back

Ilija Vucemilovic
president of Tigers Croatian Veterans Association

  Very recently Russia mended its broken relations with Turkey. Turkey considers Bosnian Muslims/Bosniaks as its brothers. Russia is desirous of wielding influence in order to stop EU expanding to Eastern Europe where Russia keeps building its influence. In efforts to strengthen its hold on southeastern Europe the EU would like Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) […]

Croatia’s Tax Reform: More Not Paying Income Tax And Sugar Not As Sweet

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic
Photo: Patrik Macek/Pixsell

  Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenkovic and finance minister Zdravko Maric unveiled Thursday 27 October 2016 the new government’s tax reforms they’ve been keeping under wraps for weeks. They say that the new tax system, encompassing tax reforms, the government is bringing in from 1 January 2017, will be simple and transparent and fairer. Well, as […]

No Tranquil Joy In Croatia’s Victory Over Russia For Seat On UNHRC

UN September 2016
From Left: Miro Kovac (former foreign minister, Croatia),
Vladmir Drobnjak - Croatian permanent representative at UN,
Gordan Bakota, assistant to former foreign minister
In preparing the document for 
Croatia’s candidacy as member of UNHRC 
Croatia’s former foreign minister Miro Kovac 
noted: “One of the greatest achievements
 of the development 
of human rights
 is the idea that human rights
 belong to 
everyone simply by virtue
 of being a member of the human 
Therefore, we all share great responsibility
protect, promote and advance human rights of all human 
without any discrimination.”

Voting Russia out of the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) for the first time in its history at the UN General Assembly Friday 28 October 2016 will not help the sorry image this UN body continues to have through re-electing countries with atrocious human rights records despite reinstating the US back into the council […]

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