Croatia: A Seriously Flawed Democracy

Photo: The Economist Intelligence Unit, eiu.com

The rise of disinformation about politics and public affairs represents an existential threat to democratic governance in many countries, and Croatia is no exception. After all, democracy rests on citizens having access to accurate and reliable information sources in order to make judgments about how they should be governed.

Although I receive email comments, letters and submissions by readers of my blog articles from all over the world on a daily basis, I have not written an article about these before. Several weeks ago, I received an anonymous three-page letter that caught my particular attention, perhaps because it, more than any other, made me ask myself the question as to why I started this blog “Croatia, the War, and the Future” in the first place in October of 2011. The anonymous writer claims to be a leading member of the Australian-Croatian community (I have no way of knowing whether this is true) and questions the need for me to write about the Serb aggression against Croatia and ultimately about the need to decommunise Croatia (for which rivers of Croatian blood were spilled in the 1990’s Homeland War)! The writer claims that such content of my articles (indeed anyone’s) serves as fuel for hatred between Croatian and Serbian community in Australia etc.! Well, for one, I personally have never felt that hatred on Australian soil and am not aware of it. All efforts to try and help Croatia develop a decent functional democracy in Croatia have always to my knowledge concentrated on issues within Croatia, not the diaspora, not in Australia.

In a recent survey UK poll regarding information available to the public, the role of government and the journalists more generally, it has been claimed the public want health information not adversarial journalism at a time of national crisis to do with Covid-19.

Some participants, for example, echoed those politicians asking for a “rally-round-the-flag” approach to reporting, saying that it’s not appropriate to criticise the government at a time of national crisis. But most people called for more – not less – scrutiny of political decision making. While the BBC and ITV were singled out for not being critical enough, many respondents wanted both broadcasters to hold the government to account more robustly.

And so, I return to the above mentioned three-page letter I received a few weeks ago. When it comes to the development of a functional democracy Croatia has been in a national crisis since year 2000, that is, after Franjo Tudjman’s death in late 1999. Former communists and sympathisers of the former Yugoslavia communist regime increasingly took power or came into power and the intent and goal to decommunise Croatia post the Homeland War was pushed further and further away from the national forward plan or goal. And to answer the above letter anonymous writer:

Yes, it is absolutely essential for me, and everybody else that cares, to write about the Serbo-Yugoslav aggression against Croatia in the 1990’s. It is absolutely essential particularly because, although the Homeland War had officially ended in 1998, it continued and continues on moral, cultural and national goals levels! The turn in politics during the decade starting with year 2000, to equate the victim with the aggressor has been a particularly troubling platform that ensured communist heritage in Croatia had a life even in a supposedly developing democracy! And this is particularly evident in a dysfunctional public administration that promotes and aids corruption and nepotism as part of that heritage. It is also evident in the almost aggressive and nationally destructive imposition of ethnic minority rights that saw the Serb aggressor wielding their way into the Croatian government, thus belittling, even damning Croatia’s right to defend its citizens’ lives during the war aggression.

As a reminder, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 cleared the way for the formation or restoration of democratic institutions not only in Eastern Europe, but also in Croatia. This surge of progress towards a fully functional democracy conceived by Franjo Tudjman and detailed in 1990 in his inaugural speech for the new Parliament in Croatia had almost immediately after his death begun to roll back.

The reversal in the case of Croatia is evidently the result of Croatia not having a leader that would stand in Tudjman’s decisive shoes of complete abandonment of the communist regime and its laws. Hence, the euphoria for the free and democratic Croatia that had expanded among Croats worldwide during 1990’s experienced increased pressure of dampening as former communist “bigwigs” (who rejected the idea of a free and democratic Croatia from the very start) took hold of power. As that momentum of the euphoria wore off, Croatia struggled to accommodate the political swings and contentious debates intrinsic to democracy and the meaning and the values of its Homeland War. Rapidly erected so-called democratic institutions, most of whom promoted values of former communist Yugoslavia regime rather than a desired democratic Croatia, have resulted in sustained attacks of the Homeland War values and notched up fights to suppress responsibilities of the 1990’s Serb-rebel crimes against Croatians; creating a false but unnerving picture of ethnic rivalries where there are none if one accepts the realities that minorities are only minorities and should not interfere in national aspirations generally.

Amidst all this Croatia remains an economically fragile country. Its internal politics that have since year 2000 abandoned the focus on national identity as a fully developed democracy, away from former communist Yugoslavia regime, in 2019 Croatia still remains in shambles as a democracy. The 2019 world Democracy Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, registered Croatia at the bottom of the Flawed Democracy category. Indeed, in 2020 it is blatantly clear that there is further decline and deterioration of democracy in Croatia. Power is being centralised to an almost dictatorship level where fear of losing ones livelihood due to political opinion expressions or disagreements with the government is widespread; exodus of young and middle-aged people during the past five years has almost surpassed the alarming levels of emigration or fleeing from oppressive communist Yugoslavia during 1950’s and 1960’s; the control of mainstream media in Croatia is foul; the courts are manipulated and protests or dissenting opinion – squelched; denial of reasonable access to polling stations at times of general elections is widespread in selected electorates akin to voter suppression.

Democracy in Croatia has a competitor and that competitor wears the robes of denying the Croatian people the dignity of developing a democracy for which they fought for in the Homeland War and the undergarments are weaved from communist mindset that includes not calling the Serbian aggressor to account for all the Croatian suffering in their own country at the hands of Serb aggressor.

The challenges for Croatia now are more fundamental than political slogans waved around during elections. The challenges are how to stimulate democracy in Croatia and discourage and stamp out the communist mindset laced authoritarianism that has sadly outwitted the democratic trend since year 2000, and how to support democracy where it is under siege because of government’s poor performance, appalling judiciary, distancing from national cohesion for democracy, failure to condemn the former communist totalitarian regime. Responding to these challenges has required and requires a greater willingness to pressure authoritarian leaders who offer short-term economic and security benefits to Croatia but spell long-term trouble. Hence, dear anonymous letter writer, I simply cannot write only about the magnificent physical beauty of Croatia’s tourist attractions. I have a responsibility like all others to write about the flaws of Croatia’s political scenes that cause suffering in everyday life of citizens because of the intolerable flawed democracy and try and act in such a way that may contribute towards obliteration of those flaws. I want full democracy to thrive in Croatia one day. I wanted that in 1989 and I want it now! To achieve that one must show and criticise firmly the things that stand in the way of full democracy and citizens’ enthusiasm and thirst for life and national pride. Ina Vukic

 

 

Croatian Operation Storm – A Moral And Military Victory By An Exceptional People

General Slobodan Praljak
“played an enormous role in the protection of Jews. It is a historical truth that needs to be repeated thousands of times” (Jakov Bienenfeld, Bet Israel of Croatia)
Photo: Screenshot

Operation Storm – a new documentary film by Nikola Knez. In English.

Operation Storm was the single-most decisive battle of the Croatian War for Independence. Launched by the Republic of Croatia in August 1995, it was the largest European land battle since the Second World War. The success of this remarkable military action by Croatia came after four years of brutal fighting. Outnumbered, outgunned, but not outmaneuvered, this tiny new democracy prevailed in a David versus Goliath battle, a moral as well as military victory by an exceptional people. Storm ended the massive humanitarian disaster and genocide committed by the Serbian Army and Chetnik terrorists. It led to the liberation of one third of Croatian territory seized by the enemy, and it made possible the Dayton Agreement that brought peace to the region. This film documents the events surrounding this extraordinary battle, demonstrating that Croatia, along with its army and generals, deserve commendation from the world community, if not a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

(Operacija Oluja – novi dokumentarni film Nikole Kneza

Operacija Oluja bila je najodlučnija bitka hrvatskog rata za neovisnost. Pokrenuta od strane Republike Hrvatske u kolovozu 1995., bila je to najveća europska kopnena bitka od Drugog svjetskog rata. Uspjeh ove izuzetne vojne akcije Hrvatska postigao je nakon četiri godine brutalnih borbi. Ova malena nova demokracija brojčano nadmašena, oružano nadmašena, ali ne i izmanevrirana, prevladala je u borbi Davida protiv Golijata, u moralnoj i vojnoj pobjedi izuzetnog naroda. Oluja je okončala masovnu humanitarnu katastrofu i genocid koji su počinile srpska vojska i četnički teroristi. To je dovelo do oslobađanja jedne trećine hrvatskog teritorija koje je neprijatelj zauzeo, i omogućila je Daytonski sporazum koji je donio mir regiji. Ovaj film dokumentira događaje oko ove izvanredne bitke, pokazujući da Hrvatska, zajedno sa svojom vojskom i generalima, zaslužuje pohvalu svjetske zajednice, ako ne i Nobelove nagrade za mir.)

BBC and DW – Go Jump In The Lake! Beauty Of Croatian Lands – Celebrated!

 

Manuel Neuer (Centre)
Photo: Screenshot

“How beautiful you are”, by Marko Perkovic Thompson, is not even the national anthem of Croatia and yet it has been molested to “Kingdom come” as nationalistic, fascist, ultra-right – God knows what not, down in the doldrums of leftist miserable existence. As one unsavourily expects The Deutsche Welle (DW) and BBC (and other such politically twisted media outlets) have during the past week got their hands on a private video showing Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer on a holiday in a Croatian coastal town, having fun with a number of people singing the popular Croatian song “How beautiful you are” (“Lijepa li si”). While the lyrics of the song celebrate the natural beaty of different parts of Croatia and parts of Herzegovina where multitudes of Croats have lived for hundreds of years (and were joined into the same Kingdom or country on and off over the centuries past) these media outlets had decided to label the song as “controversial”, dubbing it as nationalistic with fascist connotations!

BBC article says that “the lyrics refer to Herceg-Bosna, an area of neighbouring state Bosnia-Herzegovina claimed by Bosnian Croats in the 1990s, who were supported by the government in Zagreb during the Balkan wars. Croatian nationalist folk singer Marko Perkovic penned the song in 1998. His performances have been banned in several European countries. Critics have linked Mr Perkovic – known as Thompson after the type of machine gun he carried during Croatia’s independence war in the 1990s – to the nationalism of Croatia’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime in World War Two. The Ustasha was a Nazi puppet regime which killed more than 100,000 people in concentration camps, most of them Serbs, Jews and Roma. Mr Perkovic denies sympathising with the Ustasha.”

It is quite telling of BBC’s and DW’s political unsavouriness and systematic wrongful imputations regarding Croatian patriotism to write about a song that came into being in 1998, celebrating the beauty of Croatian lands after the bloody war of aggression was won (Croatia’s Homeland War officially ended in 1998 with the reintegration of Serb-occupied and ethically cleansed territory) when they immediately jump into WWII and Croatia’s siding with Germany in the war. It is the idiotic and sinister side of leftist (communist, neo-communist) politics to keep pushing the preposterous idea that Croatians of 1990/1991 did not really want independence from communist Yugoslavia even though they voted for it at the 94% voter level!

Since in its article it mentions Herceg-Bosna, it is quite telling of BBC’s rotten politics to fail to mention in the same article British very own Lord Carrington and Lord Owen who were very forceful and downright usurpers of Croatian people’s rights to self-preservation when it comes to Croats of Herceg-Bosna. Why put all the “guilt” on Croats? Why talk only of Croat supposedly wrongful nationalism in that war where Croats had to defend their own lives from Serb and then Muslim aggression? Didn’t both Lord David Owen and Lord Peter Carrington make their mark in attempting to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina according to ethnic or nationality lines, carve the borders of future countries within former Yugoslavia, including Croatia, during the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1990’s. Of course they did! Lord Carrington attempted to pass a plan that would end the wars and result in each republic becoming an independent nation. Lord Owen continued under Lord Carrington’s pursuits to recognise the importance of ethnic (nationalistic) divides in that cruel and barbaric war of aggression in order to achieve peace and self-determination/preservation.

And when it comes to Herceg-Bosna who else but Croatians from neighbouring countries would come to the aid of Croatians in Bosnia and Herzegovina – no one! One must ask, why then is allegiance to nationality as an important factor of peace that Lord Carrington and Lord Owen not criticised by BBC or DW or anyone else of similar calibre one may come across more important and humanly proper than that of Croatians! The inevitable answer to this lies in anti-Croatian propaganda and political lynching devoid of any common sense, facts or fair-minded reason.

Marko Perkovic Thompson (third from L)
July 2018 = celebrating Croatian victories at FIFA World Cup
Photo: picture-alliance

Marko Perkovic Thompson’s 1998 song “Lijepa li si” in translation goes like this:

How Beautiful You Are

When I remember, tears well up

The scent of memories

Every step of my homeland

And folk customs

I recognise your beauty

Which awakens my love

When I’m with you my heart

Beats stronger, it is big!

Oh, Zagora, you’re so beautiful

Slavonia, you are golden

Herceg-Bosna, a proud heart

Dalmatia, my sea

One soul but two of us

Greetings Lika, pride of Velebit

How beautiful you are

When Neretva heads for the sea

Then remember me

Be the theme of my song

For all of those who are gone

Come on Istria and Zagorje

Let’s raise up all three colours

Let’s embrace in front everyone

Let them see that we are many

Oh, Zagora, you’re so beautiful

Slavonia, you are golden

Herceg Bosna, a proud heart

Dalmatia, my sea

One soul but two of us

Greetings Lika, pride of Velebit

BBC and DW in their articles regarding Neuer’s singing say that “It is not known if Neuer understood the words of the song”! My goodness! What’s there to understand apart from celebration of beauty of the land a nation of people (Croatians) have called home for centuries! Even though “How beautiful you are” is not Croatia’s national anthem for the sake of comparison of connotations a popular song brings I wonder what BBC would say had Neuer while holidaying in Croatia sung “God save the Queen” with its lyrics “O Lord, our God, arise, Scatter her enemies, And make them fall, Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks…”!? Or what DW would say had Neuer while holidaying in Croatia sung Deutschlandlied (Song of Germany) with its lyrics “Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland!For these let us all strive, brotherly with heart and action! Unity and justice and freedom are the pledge of fortune; flourish in this fortune’s blessing, Flourish, German fatherland”!?

What nationalistic garbage would he be accused of then? Most likely none because these twisted media outlets may give only nations of their political choice the right and privilege to celebrate patriotism and national identity using the sheer beauty of their lands but deny it to others. However, BBC, due to its own evident lack of it, would most likely steer away from hailing patriotism as a positive trait of human existence while DW would most likely silently crawl into a dark corner fearing association with “Germany above all” may wreck their chances of being taken seriously. BBC and DW, and those like them can go and jump in the lake as far as I’m concerned. Ina Vukic

 

 

 

Salute Croatian Diaspora! Do You Tolerate Gerrymandering?

Salute Croatian Diaspora! Pozdrav Hrvatsko Iseljeništvo!                        Photo: Ina Vukic

 

 

Salute Croatian Diaspora! We will not be downtrodden by electoral engineering!

Pozdrav hrvatskoj dijaspori! Neće nas pregaziti izborni inženjering!

 

Prior to 2010 Croatian citizens living abroad were afforded polling stations at times of elections in Croatian Diplomatic and Consular Missions as well as in community centres and clubs. After that the polling stations at community centres and clubs were banned! Article 45 of The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia clearly states that all citizens have ” general and equal voting rights during elections … voters who do not reside in Croatia have the right to elect three representatives in the Parliament…”

Article 72. of the Electoral Act states: “When determining polling stations, the number of voters who will vote at them, as well as the availability and spatial distance of the polling station must be taken into account.”

And so what did Croatian citizens living abroad get at these elections held on 4th and 5th July 2020? The same purposeful discrimination as since 2010 even though widespread complaints against such discrimination had never ceased! And so we come to the crunch of electoral engineering by HDZ that clearly and brutally disadvantages and discriminates against Croatian citizens living abroad.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina where HDZ has mastered the art of political control over the people there were 44 polling stations, mostly within community settings and away from any Diplomatic-Consular Mission Of Republic of Croatia in that country!

For the rest of the world outside Croatia polling stations were only set up at head-offices of Diplomatic-Consular Missions and none within community settings! The latter despite the fact that Croatian Embassies and Consulates have held and hold Consular days in many places where their work is done in those places, closer to Croatian communities they serve with their services! It is reasonable and correct to say that a Diplomatic-Consular Mission is defined by the work it does in any country and, hence, it is defined by the places and work it does in those places.

For Example: The Croatian Consulate in Melbourne, Australia, has held and holds official Consular days in Hobart, Tasmania and in Adelaide, South Australia! And yet, polling stations for that entire area of the DC Mission were not set up in all these places but only in Melbourne – making it impossible for all voters to reach the polling station. Covid-19 restrictions cannot be used as excuse because they did not impinge upon access to voting.

The same can be said for General Consulate of Croatia in Sydney that holds Consular days in Brisbane and Gold Coast / the latter two places did not have a polling place set up for Croatian citizens to vote.

The same can be said for Canada. In Canada, for example, the General Consulate of Croatia in Mississauga holds or has held Consular days in Windsor, Kitchener, London St Thomas, Welland, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon and through the Embassy in Ottawa in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton. BUT no polling stations were set up set up there!

The same can be said for almost every other country outside Croatia, bar Bosnia and Herzegovina, where there are Croatian citizens of significant numbers. The number of polling stations was atrociously low, inadequate and downright purposeful denial of voter equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution and related legislation.

I trust that Croatian citizens living outside Croatia will know how to assert their rights and organise accordingly. We are still sailing a stormy sea of transitioning from communism into democracy and I hold that it is the duty of all citizens to ensure that basic rights in a democracy are afforded to all. The electoral engineering that occurs in Croatia is a shame on us all and citizens must not be complacent to injustice and discrimination as through such things a totalitarian rule thrives!

It seems blatantly clear that Croatians living in the diaspora must fight for justice now more than they did at the time of Croatia’s secession from communist Yugoslavia. Losing sight of democracy and rights under it is a dangerous thing. What HDZ has done and is doing regarding elections is tantamount to gerrymandering, which involves manipulating the size and shape of electoral districts in order to favour one political party over the other (needless to say SDP party has done the same in the past). The government, the State, must be held responsible for this and I for one suggest that voters from the diaspora need to expedite a lawsuit against the government, otherwise nothing will change for the betterment of democracy in Croatia. Ina Vukic

 

Croatia – A Case Of Crumbling Self-Determination Under Communist Pressure

Top: retired general Zeljko Glasnovic during former mandate in Croatian Parliament
Bottom from Left: Furio Radin (Italian minority), Milorad Pupovac (Serb minority), Andrej Plenkovic and Goran Jandrokovic (HDZ party),
Gordan Maras, Nenad Stazic,Arsen Bauk, Davor Bernardic (SDP)

 

It took a willing fight of only one exceptional Homeland War veteran (retired General Zeljko Glasnovic) for the main parties of Croatia to show their intolerance towards independent Croatia!

Trebala je spremna borba samo jednog izuzetnog branitelja Domovinskog rata (generala Željka Glasnovića) da glavne stranke Hrvatske pokažu svoju netrpeljivost prema neovisnoj Hrvatskoj!

The Perils Of Enemy Of The People Climbing Into Croatia’s New Government

 

While getting relatively most seats as single party, Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ did not get enough votes in recent General Elections in Croatia on 5th July 2020 to form a majority government. It will need coalition with other parties.

Touting on Croatia’s streets and media that the composition of the new government could include a former rebel Serb whose immediate family, if not he himself, participated in ethnic cleansing and murder of Croats during the Homeland War, is generating increasing bitterness and despair among people such as the one were Israel of today to appoint a high-ranking WWII Nazi official as one of its deputy Prime Ministers. Certainly, any Croatian Prime Minister’s plan for the appointment of Milorad Pupovac as one of the deputy Prime Ministers would push a large number of Croatians to the brink of despair and there is no telling which way that would evolve if Andrej Plenkovic embarks on that path in the composition of his new government. Would it set off a higher than the usual high number of people leaving Croatia, or would it trigger massive unrests? Milorad Pupovac has stated publicly a couple of days ago that candidature for a high position (such as deputy Prime Minister) in Croatia’s government would be discussed in his Serbian party room early next week; indications are that it could also be his condition for forming part of the coalition of the new HDZ minority government.

Milorad Pupovac has been re-elected into the parliament by his Serbian minority under the Croatian electoral laws that permit an ethnic minority representative win seats with barely a couple of hundred votes! There are 8 seats in the Croatian Parliament reserved for ethnic minorities! It’s no secret that Pupovac’s seat in the parliament has always been the subject of condemnation and strong opposition with the Croatian population. Essentially because he works against Croatian people and the truth.

Indeed, it is no secret that the leader of the Serb minority community in Croatia went to his village of Ceranje Donje near Benkovac during the 1990’s war of Serb aggression against Croatia and during Serb occupation of Croatian territory, which the Chetniks (Serbs) kept under control after ethnically cleansing all Croatians and other non-Serbs from that region of Croatia. Pupovac’s brother Vojislav was a member of the murderous Serbian paramilitary forces in Croatia, and his other brother Mladen wasn’t far behind. There have also been testimonies and conclusions in the Croatian media over time that Milorad joined his brothers and rebel Serbs in Croatia in the armed aggression against Croatian people.

Justifiably, serious concerns and disapproval by people regarding any possibility of appointing of Milorad Pupovac as deputy Prime Minister is a warning of sorts that increased conflicts about the values and goals set in the Homeland War are likely to erupt even more in the not so distant future.  It is almost unfathomable why a government that is supposed to serve the values cemented in the foundations od the state’s very existence would actually take the road of purposeful insult against its own people. Yes, appointing Milorad Pupovac as deputy Prime Minister

  • would be a deliberate and ultimate insult against Croatian people who fought off the Serb aggressor in the 1990’s;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against the thousands killed during the war;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against hundreds of thousands of Croats ethnically cleansed from their homes and sent on a road of torture, rape and murder;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against the enormous material damage done to Croatia by the Serbian aggressor;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against independence Croatians paid for with life and blood;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against facts of history of Croatian suffering;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against common sense and human decency and dignity;
  • it would be a deliberate insult against the human right of self-preservation;
  • it would be a deliberate insult to me personally and, I am certain, to millions of others.

And, at the end of the day if, by any chance, an excuse for such deputy-primeminstership appointment is claimed within the bounds of reconciliation then that excuse would be nothing short of a lie! One cannot achieve reconciliation by inflicting pain upon subjects of such reconciliation. Offenders against Croatia’s independence and its people and their representatives must be brought to suffer for their wrongdoing and not rewarded! How can Croatia ever even hope to achieve the sought result of Serbia and Serbs paying compensation for war damages to Croatia and its people if its government places a representative of those who perpetrated the damage almost at the helm of its government!?

Reconciliation requires that facts must be faced, nor avoided. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic is and has been avoiding the facts of Serb aggression against Croatia in 1990’s in many instances. The fundamental truth of the stories of those in Croatia who were murdered, who were raped, who were tortured and placed into torture camps, who were ethnically cleansed and banished from their homes and their pain, cannot be denied.

Reconciliation requires accessibility to records and all state archives. This is not done in Croatia. Reconciliation requires culturally appropriate healing, and this is not being done in Croatia. Reconciliation requires placing the victim of aggression at the forefront of politics and human rights, and this is not being done in Croatia. Indeed, if Croatia’s new government appoints Milorad Pupovac as deputy Prime Minister it would make yet another abominable step in trying to water down the brutal aggression against Croatian people and deny the victims the human right to justice.

Ultimately, reconciliation is about bringing in justice and there is no justice in appointing and active anti-Croat such as Pupovac as a member of executive government of Croatia.

Among the communist left, there is a common tendency to see fascism within every manifestation of nationalism or patriotism. Indeed, the very Milorad Pupovac has constantly labelled all patriotic Croatians as fascists or Ustashe! The fact that he himself stood behind and is aligned with Serb Chetniks does not seem to bat an eyelid of the present Croatian government nor any government reeled in since Dr Franjo Tudjman’s death in late 1999. In right-wing circles, in contrast, “fascism” is a curse that is to be evaded, a kind of persistent suspicion that must be rebuffed – as exemplified by their much-portrayed image and desire for a full democracy, for lustration, and national identity that would stand by its people through thick and thin.

Croatia’s, the nation’s, values are being eroded by former communists, by universal liberal tenets and by “foreign” influences, including those within the European Union. The British fought for retention of national values by voting for Brexit; I hope that Croatians will have the strength and determination to fight off this prostitution of national values as is entertained by some with the very notion that Pupovac could have a role in the executive government.

It’s very possible that the constant sense of crisis in which the Croatian political consciousness has been immersed for two decades, hinders the creation of a feeling of a single, sharp and acute crisis that would spur or incite the masses into action for needed change. The ongoing state of emergency in economic downfall, in the continual degradation of Homeland War veterans who brought independence, the ongoing belittling of Homeland War values, the ongoing corruption and nepotism and clientelism akin to former communist Yugoslavia, the ongoing denial of basic rights such as voting to the massive diaspora … dulls the sting of urgency:

When “bombs” slam regularly into parts of the country’s existence, they too become routine, albeit a lethal routine.

In parallel, Croatia’s political and legal institutions have also undergone further erosion as former communists continue holding key positions. If bringing a rebel Serb, such as Milorad Pupovac, around the table of executive government doesn’t bring the sting of urgency to save the Croatian people from the pit of hand-to-mouth existence – nothing will! The reality is that for most Croatians in Croatia there is hardly enough food or money to live on, hence tens of thousands leave the country each year. The government is about to blame Covid-19, coronavirus, for all the country’s perils; why else would it appoint dr Vili Beros, the leading personality in the build-up of public coronavirus panic since February this year, who was relatively unknown before that, as new Health Minister!

We can argue all we want about the appropriate role of government in the economy, but the outcome will be determined in the political sphere, not the intellectual one. And the political reality in Croatia is that while some voters (at 2020 general elections only about 17.5% of voters voted HDZ in as leading party to form new government) appreciate what governments do for them, they generally feel that public policies are beholden to powerful special interests. And they are not wrong – concentrated interests are powerful and do dominate much policymaking. Those concentrated interest groups in Croatia revolve around former communists; those who help corruption and theft, clientelism, thrive! And now, if Milorad Pupovac enters as deputy Prime Minister, added to that we can, regretfully, be certain that these interest groups are not only about holding on tight to communist mindset but also about degrading and terminally running into the ground those groups who fought for, suffered for, sacrificed for the independence of Croatia from communist Yugoslavia.

To top the insult against the Croatian people, the very people Pupovac and his Serbs attacked viciously in 1990 with the aim of wiping them off their very own lands, said a couple of days for the Croatian media that “he wants to be an equal partner in the Croatian government”! The audacity and disrespect of that man is repugnant! He or any other enemy cannot be equal partner in the government that arose from bloodied ashes of Serb aggression against Croatia. Croatian people were not aggressors they were victims of Serb aggression! Ina Vukic

UDBa and ORJUNA Are Destroying General Glasnovic

“It is better to die standing, than live on your knees”

 

Article by URBANI DESNIČAR

Translated by INA VUKIC

Let’s start with a fist to the head, and then we will return to the text later. Namely, a GREAT FRAUD, rigging, is being prepared by MOST’s orjunas (ORJUN= Organisation of Yugoslav Nationalists) and Dragan Covic’s udbas (UDBa=Yugoslav Secret Police). Their aim? To prevent General Zeljko Glasnovic from becoming a representative for the Diaspora in the Croatian Parliament. A group of young partisans, called Ćuprija, has nominated comrade Milovic to run as candidate for the 11th Electorate.  What does this have to do with the psychiatrist and the team (Psychiatrist = Bozo Petrov, leader of MOST party)? Nothing. But all this is well thought out in the the Yugoslav Covic’s workshop, with anaemic Tito’s obligatory blessing.

Who is this Milovic? Witnesses say that even Sejdo Komšić is an Ustasha for him. Little Tvrtko is a suitable Sarajevo SERB, whose grandfather Bogoljub (from the vicinity of Nevesinje) was a member of “General Draza’s (Mihailovic) guard”. After the war, he took off his cockade, put on a five-pointed star and became a high-ranking (communist) party official. Chameleon Milović was hired by his friend Čova on his portal Dnevnik.ba to glorify his character and work. Why did Uncle Tvrtko suddenly decide to be a “Croat”? Because for some, it has become a lucrative occupation. After the UDBA lost the exclusive right to represent almost 4 million Croats in the diaspora (General Glasnovic saw to this) in the last elections, they are now threatened with losing all 3 seats. And the worshipers of the lame must not allow that.

Since they do not compare with nor can they be measured at all by the quality of candidates on the “General Glasnovic’s Independent List”, their only way to somehow get into Parliament is FRAUD! First, they (unsuccessfully) tried to discredit Mrs. Ina Vukić, and now they are targeting our General. The only living LEGEND on the Croatian political scene. Not to go on and on. Don’t fall for UDBA provocations and think for yourself. “General Glasnović’s Independent List” is the only guarantee that BiH Croats and the Diaspora will have their 3 authentic representatives in Parliament for the first time. These candidates will really fight for their rights this time, not just keep quiet and turn up to pick up the paycheque. FULL STOP.

“Here’s the dawn, here’s the day, here’s Plenki and his bosom friend Bere …” The TV debate between the leaders of the two largest parties “from this area” was so important that I didn’t even watch it. Why? I had to take the rubbish out and paint my wife’s toenails. Joking aside; what’s the point of watching and listening to two assholes, lying to themselves and us? Secondly, what if anything is the purpose of such nonsense? So that the communists’ opinion doesn’t change the last minute and they vote for the “rigid right-wingers” from the HDZ? Or vice versa? Totally a show of missed opportunity and an unnecessary show. It would be better if had they broadcasted “Chapel bonfires” so that we can watch Prsan cursing the Germans’ mother.

What makes people betray their loved ones ideals? After Zdravka Bušić, who spat on everything her brother Zvonko, a TRUE CROATIAN HERO, fought for, the daughter of the First Croatian President, Dr. Tudjman spoke. “Plenković is following in the footsteps of my father Franjo!?”, said Nevenka. This should have been sent immediately for alcohol and drug testing. If the results were negative, she should have been urgently referred to Vrapče for observation (Vrapce=Psychiatric hospital in Zabreb). Because it is not possible that the majority of the nation is blind and does not see Plenki’s “successes”? Apart from the material and spiritual destruction of Croatia there are really no positive things to be seen. But we haven’t crushed ourselves with cleverness, either.  We chose Stjepan Mesic (twice), Squid (Ivo Josipovic) and Frenzied (Zoran Milanovic). Yesterday, comrade Ivo demanded the return of “the Bloody locksmith’s city squares” (bloody locksmith = Josip Broz Tito) in Zagreb? What the fuck is he … to demand something? I also demand that Red Rijeka change its name to Pavelic’s. What do we do now?

Mainly, I can see from the headlines that BiH Croats have again become a sought-after commodity. Even those two who stayed in Sarajevo. Comrade Bero, unprovoked, also mentioned the “third” (entity). Our mothers grieve because of such Delilahs. And the mothers of those who trust them are ever sadder. Well, out of 151 MPs, there will be a lot more old faces than new ones. Pupi (Milorad Pupovac) is the only one safe for now. He has been sitting in Parliament for so long that he now represents BLM, sorry Serbs, and he has become part of the furniture. So, when the cleaners wipe the benches, they remove some cobweb from the “beautiful” Milorad with a little “powder” as well. Our Pupi is tricky, fu..ed by duck Daca. If asked, I would clone General Glasnovic in 150 copies. And I would leave one MP. Mr. Stazic. Purely out of a joke, to make him uneasy.

It is noticeable that YUGO TV companies (and they are all like that) do not differentiate between candidates and treat them all equally. But in penises. Thus, the guest of Dnevnik was the “smart” Puljak, for whom, as a rule, women, children and dogs vote (if he promises them a bone). This still belongs in comedy but could become a tragedy in a couple of years. It should be borne in mind that this strange beakman and his wife are publicly funded by the “Open Society” of Soros George. So, nothing is ruled out. Not even that the big-nosed boy may one day become President. Ah, the Frenzied! He is our best example that we are living in a wonderland.

And for all those who lean to the right, the only space for promotion is FB and Twitter. Of course, only if the “reputable” Faktograf allows them to do so? When we add to this the fact that the “independent” Apis is counting the votes, there is no need to doubt the regularity of the elections. But it doesn’t matter. Let us be alive and healthy and everything else can stuff itself. Because Grunf concluded long ago, “If you want to win, you can’t lose.”

If you’ve had problems with blockages, deletion of profiles and postings on FB, get ready for much worse things. Namely, about a hundred large companies withdrew their ads from FB, due to “hate speech”. But watch this now, OURS and not theirs!? Translated into Croatian, so far, we have been able to freely express our views, and in the future, they will punish us!?  I cross myself with both the left and the right hand. What to do? We can freely share recipes and pictures of our pets. And let’s forget about politics. Unless you have Tito’s picture on your profile. This is a time of absurdity, injustice and minority terror over the silent majority. For the average, normal people, in this “advanced”, technocratic and censored world of theirs, there is no more room.

Every realistic and reasonable person is aware that we cannot expect a miracle in this election. The maximum we can get is the entry of several exceptionally high-quality people and patriots into the Parliament. But, that is something, also. Because change doesn’t come overnight. Our basic problem is lack of time. Because some things (like the election law) MUST change as soon as possible. Not today, not tomorrow – but yesterday. And then again we come to the famous 2/3 majority, which unfortunately we can only dream of.

Alternative? Referendum. I have already written about this but I am intentionally repeating it, because it is extremely IMPORTANT. We know in advance that they will rob us, but we have no other (legal) means left. This time let’s not target the number needed, because they will make fools of us again. If they say they need 400,000 signatures, let’s raise the bar to 600,000 at the start. Surely there are that many of us left? Whatever tricks they use, they can’t theoretically steal 200,000 signatures. Even if the shrunken George counts the votes alone. Since I proudly enjoy my marginal status, I can’t do more than this. Because to achieve something like this, we need strong people with a name and a surname and as many associations as possible, who are still working for the benefit of this country and people.

I can’t brag that I have followed the campaign regularly, but I haven’t noticed that someone has shattered themselves dealing with today’s main problem, GLOBALISM? Or have we already been sold (of which I am convinced), so there is no point in even mentioning that plague? What’s next? The invasion of Jihad warriors in our beautiful country, under the slogan TLM (Terrorists Lives Matter). This time I’m dead serious. When I see what HERD is doing with impunity across America, why would we be an exception? Because the Marxist-Islamic revolution is underway. For now, we’re still watching it on TV. And maybe tomorrow from the balcony? Never say never. Especially today, when nothing living has any meaning or logic.

Amazing things are happening in America and something is definitely wrong. Republicans look more and more like the HDZ. And betrayal is present at every step. Just three words on Twitter explained it all. “The lone warrior!” (LONELY WARRIOR), Trump wrote. Abandoned and abandoned by all. CIA, FBI, Pentagon…He was even betrayed by some Republicans, who are afraid to oppose the red-black gang. The question is, does this great man have any authority left?

Just a few months ago everything looked ideal. So, if someone thinks that the virus and the protests are “spontaneous”, let them think again. Pity, because with Trump’s departure, the last straw of salvation would go. One needs to prepare for the worst, because SATANS (globalists) are the worst thing humanity has ever encountered. Exaggerating? Let’s wait a year or two so we can recapitulate the events. If we survive…

I watch Infowars regularly, and Alex Jones is right when he says the Civil War has already begun. The only country in the world without police, where street law is in force. I watch, in disbelief I hit myself on the head with a glass Coke bottle. Hell, it’s a tragedy…

Klapa songs came to my mind. Stone, rock, bread crust, drop of oil…There is a lot of truth in that. But again, it all depends on the person. Are her eyes hungry or not? I remember when after the war I did some intellectual work (unloading trucks, passing on gas cylinders to manual workers…). Because you had to eat something and pay the bills. The boss was normally a private individual and cracked like slipper. In addition to 3 houses, a new Mercedes and who knows how many millions in the “box”, his favourite saying was: “Poor me, I won’t even have enough money to buy salt!”. And we worked from 7 in the morning until we finished. Sometimes until midnight. Luckily, the joke among “working people and citizens” was top notch. And we didn’t miss out on beer either. You come home all soiled and dead, and you don’t even have the strength to take a shower. But on every first day of the month, 2000 kuna in the pocket. Like a gentleman. And again, I was more optimistic then than I am today. For F sake. The ways of the Lord are mysterious.

After the war, most of us thought positively, and after the battlefield, everything seemed easy to you. We were once ordered to walk over a hill and take up a new position. At night, of course, so that the Chetniks do not see us. Just as we descended, dawn broke and an old man was walking towards us. “Children, how did you get here?” He asks. “Through this forest, Grandpa.” “Well, all that is a minefield.” We just looked at each other, crossed ourselves and continued on…

Each of us has experienced something inexplicable in life. “Happiness,” some would say. “Coincidence,” others would say. And is that really so? For atheists, yes, because they don’t believe in anything. But I would never change places with them. Because they are afraid of death, and I am not. I don’t think about it at all and I don’t know what waits me there. But I know there is “something.” By nature, I am a hard realist and logician, so I am not able to describe that “something” in words. Few people have that gift. The first person that comes to mind is Mr. Ivica Ursić. His texts heal the soul, and in a few sentences, he explains EVERYTHING. That is that natural gift, which cannot be learned in any school.

It’s still dark outside, the normal world is asleep and I talk to myself over coffee and a cigar. I’m afraid I’ve gone a bit overboard, because my basic rule is: “Write as short and as substantively as possible and don’t bother people.”

Because, as Winston Churchill said, (while in the toilet at the bus station in Čapljina (BiH)): “The three most important things we need to do every day are:”

  1. Wake up
  2. Survive
  3. Go to sleep

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Zvonko Busic Committed Suicide Because Of Croats Operating Like Zdravka Busic

 

Retired General Zeljko Glasnovic and his
Independent List of candidates for Croatian Parliament are
the only political force to reel in the positive changes for all Croatians in Croatia, in BiH , in the Diaspora

Croatians in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatians in the Diaspora – at this time of General Elections for the Croatian Parliament remember this: the only candidates running for you who deserves your vote are the candidates on the Independent List Zeljko Glasnovic. List Number 10.  I say that because it is retired General Zeljko Glasnovic who has been consistent and steadfast in pursuing in the Croatian Parliament all issues that benefit all Croatian people whether they live in Croatia or abroad. Those issues deal with the absolute need of fixing the entire government system and its departments that do not but must work to benefit all Croatian people, the entire judiciary, the entire economy, the employment laws to bring in stringent measures that would finally disable nepotism by which the current laws and practices are defined and chase Croatian people into emigration. Do not be fooled in Bosnia and Herzegovina by the candidates on HDZ and other lists. They have managed to swindle you into thinking that it is HDZ who is giving you money. They have not because any financial aid to BiH coming from Croatia is the money given by Croatian taxpayers, majority of whom are on the side of General Glasnovic’s attempts to make our lives normal and difficulty-free. After all, it was General Glasnovic and his activities to benefit you who forced the HDZ government in 2017 to pay out the arrears of HVO veterans’ pensions in BiH!

Do not be fooled by the candidates from the  other lists for the 11th Electorate. Candidates on List No. 10 are the only genuine candidates for for the betterment of Croatia. As for electorates I – X, for areas within Croatia proper: do not remove from your minds that it is and it was in the past 20 years the HDZ and SDP governments who ensured that multitudes of you are brought into a corner with no choice but to emigrate from Croatia in order to secure yourselves a living outside the failing Croatia. Just take one example (of many): Croatia is rich in farmland and agricultural land; Croatian farmers could feed the entire nation and beyond throughout the year, be the supplier of food to the significant Tourism industry, and yet Croatian farmers are either leaving the country in droves due to inability to supply and sell their produce in Croatia! HDZ in BiH has done the same damage.

In April 2018 Dr Jure Buric, Mayor of the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, when Serb aggressors devastated the ancient and world heritage listed city, member of Croatian Parliament over the years after the end of Croatia’s Homeland War, handed in his longstanding membership in HDZ/Croatian Democratic Union party with a protest that said:

“You have become a ‘spiritual Chernobyl’ in the Croatian people.
We are leaving the party because we are ashamed of:
your arrogance,
your hypocrisy,
of your disparagement,
your inconsistencies,
your servitude,
your cowardice,
your greed for positions,
your renunciation of the laws of God.”

That sums up not only HDZ or SDP’s devastation of Croatian economy but also of all other political parties in Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina who have over time been in coalition with them – MOST/BRIDGE in particular.  Through the privatisation that occurred after the secession from Yugoslavia in both Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in both of the countries the nations’ capital ended up in wrong hands, particularly in the hands of former communist operatives who became personally very wealthy on account of the corrupt privatisation process. Nepotism and political-affiliation driven employment market led to the sad reality of today that incompetent workers in key positions throughout secured themselves jobs that are far beyond their capacities and knowhow. 25 years or so of this means that today both Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are sitting on a time-bomb about to explode.

Do not vote for HDZ, SDP and MOST at these elections! Your, your children’s and grandchildren’s lives will continue to plummet into poverty and desperate emigration.

And when it comes to Bosnia and Herzegovina / do not vote for HDZ, SDP or MOST. HDZ has again placed at its electoral list for 11th Electorate Zdravka Busic! Zdravka Busic has evidently for years used and abused her surname Busic and the glory for Croatian independence her late brother Zvonko Busic deserved and committed suicide becayse of people like Zdravka Busic who personally contributed to the devastation of both Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina when it comes to the rights of Croatian people and their welfare. Zdravka Busic used her surname for personal gain, thus securing positions in key government departments which devastated the nation and its care for the ordinary Croatian people and citizens.

Zvonko Busic suicide note
Source: Zvonko Busic book of memoirs and diaries “Zdravo oko sjećanja”, Večernji list, 2014

In his suicide note Zvonko Busic said: “I am sorry but I cannot stand the Plato’s cave anymore…Goodbye friends, goodbye relatives, goodbye all good Croats. Forgive me for everything, stay true to our original Croatia and protect our homeland Croatia.”

In Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the Diaspora, in the 11th Electorate vote for people for whom it is proven they will never stray away from the good and hard fight for all Croatian people. The list is headed by  and has candidates who are veterans and heroes of the Homeland War, it has candidates who have for over 30 years been staunch and loud activists for equal right of all Croatian people no matter where they live, candidates who have professional experience in the developed democracies of the world in state administration, in health care, in legislation, in business development, to only name a few.

Candidates for Croatian General Elections
4th and 5th July 2020 on “Independent List Zeljko Glasnovic
From left front row! Marko Juric, Zeljko Glasnovic, Ina Vukic, Mate Knezovic Back row from left: Milena Matic, Tomislav Sunic, Marina Sunić-Zakman, Elizabeta Mađarevi, Srecko Telar
Candidates not on photo: Marko Perkovic, Martina Ćurić, Franjo Miroslav Perkovic, Marina Sabljic, Kresimir Tabak,

Vote for List No. 10 / Independent List Zeljko Glasnovic. These independent candidates have armed themselves with determination and knowledge to:

  • Change the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and include in its Historical Foundations the role and immense value and key role of Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from the Diaspora in the creation of the independent state of Croatia;

 

  • Bring about a total overhaul and fix Public Administration system so that it serves the people, all people not just the politically suitable;

 

  • Bring about a total overhaul and fix of the Judiciary;

 

  • Bring about a total overhaul and fix of the Croatian economy so that it, for example, gives priority to Croatian production of goods and produce, of government support and meaningful incentives for investments;

 

  • Overhaul and fix Health cover and protection in ways that will see larger participation for Health in the government budget and a fairer contribution to it by the individuals; of particular importance is the fact that retirees who return to Croatia to live pay through their noses for their health care insurance while in Croatia / firstly through double taxation of foreign pensions (which our candidates on List.10 for the 11th Electorate at elections are adamant to scrap) and then through exorbitant personal payment into the state Health insurance fund … HDZ and SDP have been double-dipping into the purses of returnees;

 

  • Install a new law for Elections where Croats from outside Croatia will have more seat in the parliament as deserved both because of their large numbers and because of their key role in establishing independent Croatia; bring in electronic and postal voting. General Zeljko Glasnovic with his team has ensured that the draft of this new law is now completed and ready for presentation to the Constitutional Court for assessment! I as a candidate on his list of Independents am a member of a group of Croats from the diaspora who have in April 2020 lodged at the Constitutional Court of Croatia a claim for the assessment of the existing law on elections as to its discriminatory elements against Croats living abroad. We mean to achieve results!

 

  • Bring in lustration related law via the completed draft of legislation regarding access to information; General Zeljko Glasnovic with his team has ensured that the draft of this new law is also now completed and ready for presentation to the Constitutional Court for assessment!

 

  • Bring about an overhaul and fix of the current legislation on rights of Homeland War veterans, both in Croatia (HV) and in BiH (HVO). General Zeljko Glasnovic’s actions are particularly known in the field of ensuring the status and pensions of HVO veterans in BiH are secured and commensurate with their enormous and self-sacrificing role during the Homeland War for freedom and continued existence of Croats in BiH as constitutional people of BiH!

These are the realities of today’s Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. While we are in the times of electioneering for parliamentary seats these facts contained in this article remain and must guide everyone’s hand in voting at the upcoming elections. Otherwise the HDZ, SDP, MOST… smoke screens will remain and choke every chance our future generations have at being productive according to their personal merit and effort, at being treated with respect and equal rights and access to those rights! Vote for List No. 10 in the 11th Electorate. Our hard work, dedication, knowledge, relevant for progress professional experience – our steadfastness in achieving positive results despite the unfriendly and aggressive climate current and past governments and their followers have been hitting us with is YOUR Passport to a much better and positive future for all. Ina Vukic

 

We Are Your Voice- Mi Smo Vaš Glas

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We know that mainstream media in Croatia is controlled by the political parties in power who filter with bias the information the public is entitled to. Your sharing of this video means that Croatian people get a fair and deserved chance of being fully informed!

General Elections for Croatian Parliament to be held 4th and 5th July 2020. We urge all citizens of the Republic of Croatia living in the diaspora and Bosnia and Hercegovina to turn up at Croatian Embassies and Consulates and vote. If you have not registered in advance to vote YOU CAN REGISTER ON THE DAY YOU VOTE! That is your right according to the Croatian Electoral Commission (DIP) rules for voters:

Voters who do not reside in the Republic of Croatia and are not actively registered to vote may exercise their right to vote on the day of the election with a certificate issued by the diplomatic mission or consular office of the Republic of Croatia abroad.”

Our Independent List Zeljko Glasnovic for the 11th Electorate, List Number 10, is the best list Croatian elections have ever seen. Jointly 140 years of professional experience in public administration and major branches of economy and law, much of it gained through living in the Western democracies! We are determined to bring Croatia into a state of full democracy – overhaul and repair the entire Croatian state and public administration, the judiciary, the economy. Croatia must be free of the existing corruption and nepotism and suffocation of citizen’s rights and accesses to those rights! We must integrate Croatians throughout the world, as we did during the fight for independence from communist Yugoslavia. Your vote away from political parties who have held governments in the past 20 years is the best and only agent to finally achieve that which so much blood was spilled for in the Homeland War and that is a fully functional democracy not a hybrid of communist Yugoslavia.

PLEASE VOTE FOR US! VOTE EITHER FOR LIST No. 10 OR CIRCLE THE PREFERRED CANDIDATE OF YOUR CHOICE FROM LIST No. 10!

THESE ARE THE CANDIDATES ON LIST No. 10 FOR THE 11th ELECTORATE, FOR CROATS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA AND FOR THE DIASPORA!

1. Željko Glasnović
2. Mate Knezović
3. Ina Vukić
4. Tomislav Sunić
5. Marko Jurič
6. Srećko Telar
7. Elizabeta Mađarević
8. Marko Perković
9. Krešimir Tabak
10. Milena Matić
11. Marina Sunić-Žakman
12. Martina Ćurić
13. Franjo Miroslav Perković
14. Marina Sabljić

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE!

An Interview With Ina Vukic – “Future Member Of Croatian Parliament For The Diaspora”

Candidates for Croatian General Elections 4th and 5th July 2020 on
“Independent List Zeljko Glasnovic” for the 11th Electorate:
From left front row! Marko Juric, Zeljko Glasnovic, Ina Vukic, Mate Knezovic
Back row from left: Milena Matic, Tomislav Sunic, Marina Sunic-Zakman, Elizabeta Mađarevic, Srecko Telar
Candidates not on photo: Marko Perkovic, Martina Curic,
Franjo Miroslav Perkovic, Marina Sabljic, Kresimir Tabak.                    (CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE)

 

 

Interview by: Urbani Desničar

Translated into English from source

To describe Ina Vukic in a few sentences is an impossible task. She gave so much for the Croatian Homeland and the diaspora that I could write a book about it (in sequels). And what did she ask for in return? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Her love for this country is something that is rarely seen. Starting from the war, until today. There are few in patriotic circles who have not heard of her blog: “Croatia, the War, and the Future”. But not to go into long texts about her here, all the information is available to you online. I am extremely honoured to have had her agree to an interview for my humble blog. In short, Ina Vukic has done more for this country and its promotion in the world than all previous Foreign Ministers combined. Free of charge. And that is why she deserves our deep bow of respect.

Croatian emigrants are completely discriminated against and that is a fact. 4.4% of Serbs in the Republic of Croatia (around 86 thousand) are guaranteed the same number of representatives as over 3 million Croats outside the Homeland. Given that the referendums are being stolen from us and it is difficult for us to gather a 2/3 majority in the Parliament, what is left for us?

If we read the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia, i.e. the part that looks at the law on the election of representatives for the diaspora and Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) (Croats outside Croatia), then the current law on the Election of Representatives, in practice, greatly discriminates against the right of Croats outside Croatia to be adequately represented in the Croatian Parliament. From the inauguration of the Croatian Parliament in 1990 until 2010, Croats outside Croatia had 12 seats. These, and even more places, Croats outside Croatia deserve not only on the basis of their numbers, but also for their enormous share in the creation of the Republic of Croatia as an independent state. In 2010, a terrible injustice and travesty took place against Croats outside Croatia – their legs on which they stood with utmost sacrifice in the creation of modern Croatia in the 1990’s were simply and abruptly cut off.  Their seats in the Croatian Parliament were reduced to only 3! Well, I ask you, some 3,800,000 Croats up to the third generation live outside Croatia, and even more if we count the fourth and fifth – isn’t this the most blatant of examples of discrimination! A similar number of Croats live in Croatia and have 10 electorates, each has 14 seats in the parliament!! Discrimination against Croats outside Croatia – for sure, and that is catastrophic for Croatia and sad. I think that the best way is to assess the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and assess whether or not the laws on the Election of Representatives in the Croatian Parliament are in accordance and commensurate with the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia? And you see, we are trying to achieve that right now. I am a member of a group of 30 Croats from the diaspora, who a few weeks ago submitted a proposal to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia for such an assessment.

You have done so much good for Croatia (especially during the war), that it is impossible to list them all. In 1995, Dr. Franjo Tudjman awarded you the “Homeland War Memorial” and the “Order of the Croatian Trefoil” Medals of Honour. Very few people know about this fact. Is it modesty or do you just think it was a moral obligation for you?

It is not a question of modesty because I deserved the medals with hard work and dedication, so I am proud of my merits for the Homeland and I thank God for giving me knowledge and strength for that. However, I am sad that Medals of Honour for the Republic of Croatia and the Homeland War are gathering dust in the drawers in the homes of people who deserved them with great sacrifice and dedication. No one would be happier than me if, at least at the celebrations of the Day of Croatian Statehood, these medals adorned the chests of those who deserved them in public. It seems to me that, thanks to the former communists (who were and still are in places of authority), who tried to criminalise the Homeland War and sent our heroes to The Hague (twisted political and false accusations of war crimes), that the medals became a matter of recipients’ personal pride rather than a matter of  national pride, which is what the medal should be.

When you mention moral duty, it certainly stands for anyone who has in any way contributed to the success of the creation of the Croatian state. I was raised in a family, for which, from my memory, the independence of Croatia was of essential and vital importance. From my grandfather, my father and myself – the moral values ​​behind it were simply instilled in me, and they gave me and give me strength. And they also make me an exemplary Croat, not close to those who voted for the Istanbul Convention and for the devastation of human morality but close to those who raised and maintained us on solid feet. And now such amoral people from HDZ and SDP parties and their satellites are again competing in the elections for the Croatian Parliament!? The Croatian people, for whom Croatia and everything it represents resides in their minds and souls, will not give them such an opportunity to devastate Croatia further! Morally, economically and politically. The latter two sentences sound like a prayer to me – and it is a prayer!

By profession you are a psychologist, so I would ask you to give a brief diagnosis of the mental state of the nation? Sometimes I really have a feeling, that we are definitely not normal.

Disorientation! Cultural, moral and political. I do not see a clear true Croatian culture being emphasised in Croatia, and the Croatian public is often imposed upon with parameters of “culture”, many of which are unknown to most, foreign and even insulting. Corruption and nepotism create a form of morality (immorality), while honesty and living by Christian morality are constantly waging a war for supremacy in the hearts of many people. Political disorientation is particularly visible in an abnormally large number of political parties and movements. And in the deep sea of ​national vision and mission Croatia’s does not exist. Without a national vision, the nation is disoriented, and that is social psychopathology. The only cure in the case of Croatia is the expungement from the system of everything in the work of the state that is imposed from the former Yugoslavia and brings double standards in almost everything that makes our everyday life.

Is there still a national charge among emigrants and is anyone thinking of returning to the Croatia of today? Especially bearing in mind that a lot of people see the Diaspora only as an ATM.

Yes, it exists, and it is very strong – it envelopes love for Croatian Homeland. There are those who want to or who have already returned, and there are those who have returned and then after a couple of years changed their minds and returned back to the diaspora. Disappointment in among the diaspora is large. Simply put, the laws they encounter in Croatia serve more to repel than to attract return. Problems such as: bureaucracy, tax, investment, property law, health care regulation, etc., simply make the lives of returnees impossibly difficult and frustrating.

Your Blog is an inspiration to Croatians around the world. You also do humanitarian work, work, write, travel…. How do you manage to balance it all?

I sleep five to six hours a day when dear God permits, and I work most of the other hours. Over the week by day I work as in Sydney CEO of a large organisation for government funded services in mental health and disability. I have dedicated my professional life to the welfare of people who have disabilities, to do my very best in breaking barriers so that with support they can live as normal members of our society. And it is a very demanding and responsible job. In the evening, I work for Croatian truth for five to six hours, for the benefit of the Croatian name around the world, for humanitarian, scientific or cultural associations, I write articles in English and Croatian, etc. And this is repeated on weekends. I am a responsible and reliable person, and this is morally instilled in me because I come from a family where the value of a person is instilled in the work they do, honest work. So, balancing comes naturally. And this has been going on for more than thirty years.

General Zeljko Glasnovic is the only politician who actively and tirelessly works on connecting the Republic of Croatia and its diaspora, and at the same time he is not afraid to tell the truth. How much does his support mean to you and is there anyone else you would point out in that respect?

General Glasnovic never loses focus from what is important for Croatian emigrants and Croats in BiH, and that is very important to us. And that focus is the integration with the Homeland and the development of all relevant legislation and regulations by which this integration can successfully be achieved. Especially during the last parliamentary term, he advocated for the pensions of HVO (Croatian Defence Council) veterans. Thanks to his concern for Croats in BiH, in 2017 he brought the Croatian HDZ government to its knees (as it was threatened with collapse at the time) to agree to General Glasnovic’s conditions in return for his vote in parliament; one of General Glasnovic’s conditions was that the government expedite the payment of arrears of pensions to HVO war veterans and that the law on war veterans be put into procedure as soon as possible. I want to say here that these are all actions that demonstrate General Glasnovic’s specific and dedicated work for his constituency as Member of Parliament. Such engaged MPs are a rarity in the Croatian Parliament.

In the end, it could be said that it was because of this desire for unity and integration of all Croats wherever they live that Croatian emigrants gave themselves in the fight for an independent and democratic Croatia. Emigrants in developed democracies have learned what it means to have a representatives in Parliament and what to expect from them, so the way General Glasnovic works is within the sphere of such “team” work they are used to, and what is expected from a member of Parliament or Parliament. You see, we are convinced in the diaspora that it is necessary to DECOMMUNIZE the Croatian public space and public administration, laws and procedures and public services to the citizens, which are still poisoned by the remnants of the ENEMY COMMUNIST REGIME. Here, too, General Glasnovic never disappoints us, even when it means that the mainstream media in Croatia avoid him because of it. So, his support means a lot to us. We are aware that without the share of knowledge, skill and perseverance in love for the Homeland (and these virtues are present in abundance within the diaspora, even life for all Croats cannot progress in the foreseeable future. But official Croatia largely resists that reality. Unfortunately!

Who else besides General Glasnovic do you want to point out?

To achieve the goals that lie in the hearts and minds of Croats outside Croatia, then the people I want to point out as outstanding are all candidates on the “Independent List of Zeljko Glasnovic” for the upcoming elections in Croatia. I myself am among them. I carry this candidature with pride and conviction that General Glasnovic will continue to hold all of us high in the new parliamentary mandate and emphasise the importance that Croats from BiH and the diaspora have for Croatia.

P.S. By chance (or fate) I started this interview with Ms. Ina, as a link between the Homeland and the Diaspora, a humanitarian worker, a psychologist, a blogger but in the end I have to add another title. “Future Member of the Croatian Diaspora in Parliament”. I am absolutely sure of that. After seeing General Glasnovics independent list, I was at the same time delighted with the names on it, but also disappointed. Because out of 14 people on the list, only 3 can get into the parliament. Which is a real disaster, when you look at all the moral verticals and patriots on it. The General is unquestionable, and I personally think that Ms. Vukic can easily get in. Who will be the third doesn’t matter at all, because you just can’t fail. Unfortunately, there will be no room for 11 patriots. Which is all the more reason to URGENTLY seek changes to the Elections law. How can this be achieved? I really have no idea. Because if I did, the General would now be sitting on Pantovcak (Office of President of Croatia) instead of the FRANTIC KHMER. Still, it is important that things slowly change for the better and that instead of one, we will finally have 3 authentic patriots in Parliament. Because (without any insult to anyone) those two Covic’s “heroes” (HDZ in BiH) only came there for a salary, and they didn’t open their mouths for 4 years. So once again I thank Ms. Ina Vukic for agreeing to this interview and I wish her good luck and success in her new position. This also applies to all other candidates from “General Glasnovic’s Independent List”. FOR HOMELAND READY!

Ina Vukic, June 2020

 

ORIGINAL INTERVIEW TEXT BY URBANI DESNIČAR IN THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE FOLLOWS:

Opisati gđu. Inu Vukić u par rečenica je nemoguće. Toliko je toga dala za Domovinu i iseljeništvo, da bi o tome mogli knjigu napisati (i to u nastavcima). A što je tražila zauzvrat? APSOLUTNO NIŠTA! Njena ljubav prema ovoj zemlji je nešto što se rijetko viđa. Počevši od rata, pa sve do danas. Malo je onih u Domoljubnim krugovima, koji nisu čuli za njen blog: “Croatia, the War, and the Future”. Ali da puno ne dužim, svi podatci su vam dostupni na internetu. Izuzetna mi je čast što je pristala na intervju za moj skromni blog. Ukratko, gđa. Ina Vukić je više učinila za ovu državu i njenu promociju u svijetu, nego svi dosadašnji Ministri vanjskih poslova zajedno. Bez ikakve naknade. I zato zaslužuje naš duboki naklon.

1. Hrvatsko iseljeništvo je potpuno diskriminirano i to je činjenica. 4.4% srba u RH (oko 86 tisuća) ima zagarantiran isti broj zastupnika kao i preko 3 milijuna Hrvata izvan Domovine. S obzirom da nam Referendume kradu a 2/3 većinu u Saboru teško možemo skupiti, što nam preostaje?

Ako pročitamo Ustav RH, odnosno onaj dio koji se osvrće na zakon izbora zastupnika za iseljeništvo i BiH (Hrvata izvan Hrvatske), onda sadašnji Zakon o izboru zastupnika naoko i u praksi, naveliko diskriminira pravo na zastupništvo Hrvata izvan Hrvatske u Hrvatskome saboru. Od inauguracije Hrvatskog sabora 1990. godine pa do 2010., Hrvati izvan Hrvatske su imali 12 zastupničkih mjesta. Ta, pa i više mjesta, Hrvati izvan Hrvatske zaslužuju ne samo po svojoj brojčanosti, nego i po svom udjelu u stvaranju Republike Hrvatske kao samostalne države. 2010. godine se dogodila grozna nepravda i travestija protiv Hrvata izvan Hrvatske, jer su im podsječene noge na kojima su stvarali Hrvatsku 1990-tih. Zastupnička mjesta u Hrvatskome saboru su im srozana na samo 3! Pa molim vas, izvan Hrvatske živi nekih 3,800,000 Hrvata do treće generacije, a i više ako brojimo i četvrtu i petu. Sličan broj Hrvata živi i u Hrvatskoj a imaju 10 izbornih jedinica! Diskriminacija protiv Hrvata izvan Hrvatske – sigurno, i to je katastrofalno za Hrvatsku i žalosno. Mislim da je najbolji način ući u sam Ustav RH i ocijeniti jesu li ili nisu Zakoni o izboru zastupnika u Hrvatskome saboru, sukladni sa Ustavom RH? I to vidite, upravo sada nastojimo postići. Članica sam skupine od 30 Hrvata i Hrvatica iz iseljeništva, koja je prije nekoliko tjedana položila prijedlog Ustavnom sudu RH za takvu ocjenu.

2. Toliko ste toga dobroga učinili za Hrvatsku (posebice za vrijeme rata), da je nemoguće sve nabrojati. Dr.Tuđman vas je 1995. nagradio “Spomenicom Domovinskog rata” i “Redom hrvatskog trolista”. Vrlo malo ljudi zna za tu činjenicu. Je li u pitanju skromnost ili jednostavno smatrate da vam je to bila moralna obveza?

Nije skromnost u pitanju jer sam odličja zaslužila velikim radom i ustrajnosti, pa sam ponosna na svoje zasluge za Domovinu i Bogu zahvalna što me podario znanjem i snagom. No, žao mi je što odličja za zasluge za Republiku Hrvatsku i Domovinski rat skupljaju prašinu po ladicama u domovima ljudi, koji su ih zaslužili velikim odricanjem i požrtvovnosti. Nitko sretniji od mene kada bi barem na proslavama Dana hrvatske državnosti ta odličja u javnosti krasila prsa dobitnika istih. Čini mi se da je zahvaljujući bivšim komunistima (koji su bili i koji još jesu na mjestima autoriteta), koji su iz petnih žila pokušavali kriminalizirati Domovinski rat a naše heroje poslati u Hag (uvijenim političkim i lažnim optužbama za ratne zločine), došlo i do toga da su odličja postala osobni ponos primatelja a ne nacionalni ponos, što su stvari i trebala biti.

Kada spominjete moralnu dužnost, to sigurno stoji za svakoga koji je na bilo koji način pridonio uspjehu stvaranje Hrvatske države. Odgojena sam u obitelji, kojoj je od mog pamćenja samostalnost Hrvatske bila od bitne i životne važnosti. Od mojeg dide, moga oca i mene same – moralne vrijednosti za time su jednostavno usađivane u mene, i davale su mi i daju snagu. A čine me i uzornom Hrvaticom, nikako bliskom onima koji su glasali za Istanbulsku konvenciju i za devastiranje ljudskog morala, koji nas je na čvrste noge dizao i održao. I sada se takvi amoralci iz HDZa i SDPa i njihovih satelita, opet natječu na izborima za Hrvatski sabor!? Hrvatski narod kojem je hrvatstvo i sve ono što ono predstavlja u mislima i na duši, neće im dati takvu priliku da Hrvatsku devastiraju i dalje! Moralno, gospodarski i politički. Ovo zadnje mi sliči na molitvu, to molitva i jest!

3. Po profesiji ste psiholog, pa bi vas zamolio da date kratku dijagnozu mentalnog stanja nacije? Ponekad stvarno imam osjećaj, da definitivno nismo normalni.

Dezorijentacija! Kulturna, moralna i politička. Ne vidim jasnu istinsku hrvatsku kulturu, pa se po javnom prostoru nameću parametri “kulture”, od kojih su mnogi većini nepoznati, strani pa i uvrijedljivi. Korupcija i nepotizam stvaraju jedan oblik morala (nemorala), dok poštenje i život po kršćanskom moralu stalno vode rat za prevlast u srcu naroda. Politička dezorijentacija osobito je vidljiva u nenormalno velikom broju političkih stranaka i pokreta. A i u dubokom moru nepostojanja nacionalne vizije i misije. Bez nacionalne vizije i nacija je dezorijentirana, a to je društvena psihopatologija. Kojoj je jedini lijek u slučaju Hrvatske, izbacivanje iz sustava svega onoga u radu države što se nameće još iz bivše Juge, i donosi duple standarde u gotovo svemu što nam čini svakodnevnicu.

4. Postoji li još uvijek nacionalni naboj među iseljenicima i razmišlja li itko o povratku u ovu i ovakvu Hrvatsku? Pogotovo imajući na umu, da dosta ljudi Dijasporu vidi samo kao bankomat.

Da postoji i veoma je jak. Ima onih koji se žele ili koji su se već vratili, a ima i onih koji su se vratili i onda nakon par godina predomislili, I vratili se natrag u iseljeništvo. Razočaranje u iseljeništvu je veliko. Jednostavno zakoni s kojima se susreću u Hrvatskoj, više služe odbijanju nego privlačenju povratka. Problemi poput: birokracijskih, poreznih, investicijskih, imovinsko-pravnih, uređenja zdravstvene zaštite itd., jednostavno čine život povratnicima nemoguće teškim i frustrirajućim.

5. Vaš Blog je inspiracija Hrvatima diljem svijeta. Bavite se i humanitarnim radom, radite, pišete, putujete…. Kako sve to uspijevate balansirati?

Spavam pet do šest sati dnevno kad dragi Bog dozvoli, a ostale sate većinom radim. Preko tjedna po danu na svom radnom mjestu, glavne i izvršne direktorice (CEO) (velike organizacije u Sydneyu za mentalno zdravlje i invaliditet, financirane od strane Australske vlade). I to je vrlo zahtjevan i odgovoran posao. Navečer po pet do šest sati radim za Hrvatsku istinu, za dobrobit hrvatskog imena po svijetu, za udruge humanitarnog, znanstvenog ili kulturnog karaktera, pišem članke na engleskom i na hrvatskom itd. I to se ponavlja i vikendom. Odgovorna sam i pouzdana osoba i to je moralno usađeno u meni, jer potječem iz obitelji gdje je vrijednost osobe usađena u radu, poštenom radu. Pa tako balansiranje dođe prirodno. I to tako traje već više od trideset godina.

6. General Glasnović je jedini političar koji aktivno i neumorno radi na povezivanju RH i iseljeništva, i pri tome se ne boji reči istinu. Koliko vam znači njegova potpora i postoji li još netko koga biste istakli?

General Glasnović ne gubi fokus od onoga što je bitno za hrvatsko iseljeništvo i Hrvate BiH, i to je nama vrlo važno. A to je integracija s Domovinom i razvoj svih relevantih zakona i uredaba kojima se ta integracija uspješno postiže. Posebno se tijekom proteklog saborskog mandata založio za mirovine branitelja HVO-a. Zahvaljujući takvoj njegovoj brizi za Hrvate BiH, 2017. godine je doveo do toga da je HDZ-ova vlada (kako joj je tada prijetila propast), pristala na uvjet generala Glasnovića da za uzvrat za njegov glas u saboru, vlada požuri sa isplatama zaostataka mirovina braniteljima HVO-a,  te da se zakon o braniteljima stavi što žurnije u proceduru. Hoću reći da su to sve postupci koji pružaju dokaz, da general Glasnović kao saborski zastupnik konkretno i učinkovito radi za dobrobit Hrvata koje zastupa u saboru. Tako angažrani zastupnici su rijetkost.

Na koncu konca, moglo bi se reći da je zbog tog priželjkivanog zajedništva i integracije svih Hrvata ma gdje živjeli, hrvatsko iseljeništvo i sebe dalo u borbi za neovisnu i demokratsku Hrvatsku. Iseljeništvo u razvijenim demokracijama se naučilo što znači imati svojeg zastupnika u Saboru i što očekivati od toga, pa je način rada generala Glasnovića unutar sfere takvog “timskog” rada na koji su navikli, i što se i očekuje od zastupnika u Saboru ili parlamentu. Vidite, uvjerenja smo u iseljeništvu da je neophodno DEKOMUNIZIRATI Hrvatski javni prostor i javnu upravu, zakone i procedure i javne usluge građanstvu, koje još i dan danas truju zaostaci NEPRIJATELJSKOG KOMUNISTIČKOG REŽIMA. I tu nas general Glasnović nikada nije razočarao, pa čak kad to i znači da ga mainstream mediji u Hrvatskoj izbjegavaju zbog toga. Dakle, njegova nam potpora puno znači. Svijesni smo da bez udjela znanja, umijeća i ustrajnosti u ljubavi za Domovinu (a te vrline iseljeništvo posjeduje u izobilju), ni život za sve Hrvate ne može napredovati u predvidljivoj budućnosti. No službena se Hrvatska uveliko opire toj realnosti. Nažalost…

Koga još osim generala Glasnovića želim istaći? Za ostvarenje ciljeva koji leže na srcu i umu Hrvata izvan Hrvatske, onda su to svi kandidati na “Nezavisnoj listi Željka Glasnovića” za dolazeće izbore u Hrvatskoj. Među njima sam i ja, što nosim s ponosom i uvjerenjem da će General Glasnović i dalje u novom saborskom mandatu, držati sve nas i isticati važnost koju Hrvati iz BiH i iseljeništva imaju za Hrvatsku.

ps. Igrom slučaja (ili sudbine) započeo sam ovaj intervju sa gđom. Inom, kao sponom Domovine i Dijaspore, humanitarnim radnikom, psihologom, blogericom….ali joj na kraju moram dodati još jednu titulu. “Buduća zastupnica hrvatskog iseljeništva u Saboru”. U to sam apsolutno siguran. Nakon što sam vidio nezavisnu listu Generala Glasnovića, u isto sam vrijeme bio oduševljen imenima koja se na njoj nalaze, ali i razočaran. Jer od 14 osoba sa liste, samo 3 prolaze dalje. Što je prava katastrofa, kada pogledate koje se sve moralne vertikale i Domoljubi nalaze na njoj. General je neupitan, a osobno smatram da će i gđa. Vukić bez problema proći dalje. Tko će biti treći uopće nije bitno, jer jednostavno ne možeš faliti. Nažalost za 11 Domoljuba neće biti mjesta. Što je razlog više da PODHITNO tražimo promjene Izbornog zakona. Kako to napraviti? Stvarno nemam pojma. Jer da znam, sad bi sjedio na Pantovčaku umjesto MAHNITOG KMERA. Ipak, važno je da se stvari polako mijenjaju na bolje i da ćemo umjesto jednoga, konačno imati 3 autentična Domoljuba u Saboru. Jer (bez ikakve uvrede) ona dva Čovićeva “junaka” su samo dolazila po plaću, a 4 godine usta nisu otvorili. Zato još jednom zahvaljujem gđi. Ini Vukić što je pristala na ovaj intervju i želim joj puno sreće i uspjeha na novoj funkciji. Ovo se odnosi i na sve ostale kandidate sa “Nezavisne liste Generala Glasnovića”. ZA DOMOVINU SPREMNI!

And The Dream Team For Croatia’s Better Future Emerges

General Elections Croatia 2020
I am extremely proud to be a candidate on the independent list for the 11th Electorate headed by Zeljko Glasnovic” (Ina Vukic)

This blog portal has been my virtual home for almost 9 years and here I have had the amazing honour of meeting, corresponding with and feeling the vibes of thousands upon thousands of good people throughout the world who, like me, want the best for Croatia, a country many have never seen but heard of. People who understand what it means to fight for self-preservation and independence like Croatia had during 1990’s and paid in rivers of blood for that human right and privilege. People who are actively interested in what happens to a former communist country when it sets its sights on democracy, who have been a part of this virtual global family that congregates in this blog portal, have gifted me with immeasurable pride and courage to pursue the truth, to make a positive difference in the process and aspirations within democratisation of a nation formerly imprisoned and enslaved by the communist regime. And so, I thank you all and look forward to many more years of this wonderful virtual family and community.

It is today my honour to say here that I am extremely proud to be a candidate on the Independent List of retired general Zeljko Glasnovic at the upcoming general elections for the Croatian Parliament for the 11th Electorate, i.e., for Croats living in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the diaspora.

I, we, need to have you in our corner and if you are a voter in Croatian general elections, we need your vote, your voice. So please vote on 4th or 5th July!

Keeping the community of Croatians living outside Croatia together in its endeavours to pursue democratisation of Croatia, to promote and ensure the rights of Croatians living outside Croatia and their wellbeing was what general Glasnovic did during his last mandate in the Croatian Parliament. His voice for the Croatian community abroad was always loud and clear. He was in that mandate about decommunisation and democratisation of Croatia even when shunned by the mainstream media for it.  More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving so that Croatia can truly prosper away from the suffocating remnants of communism that include corruption, nepotism, employment on political allegiances, discriminatory legislation, suffocating red tape in services to citizens. To achieve this our voice needs to be louder and stronger and that can only be achieved through ensuring adequate seats in parliament.

And I will be proud and grateful if we have you in our corner, with your vote!

General Zeljko Glasnovic has put together a Dream Team for Croatians living abroad, whose goal includes the development of a fully functional democratic Croatian state. And I am a part of that team! I was a part of the Dream Team from the diaspora that moved heaven and earth during 1990’s to help Croatia achieve sovereignty or independence from communist Yugoslavia. That same Dream Team still has its role in finishing the job of helping Croatia become a fully functional democratic state for all its people.

These are the candidates on general Zeljko Glasnovic’s electoral list of independent candidates for Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the diaspora:

  1. Željko Glasnović
  2. Mate Knezović
  3. Ina Vukić
  4. Tomislav Sunić
  5. Marko Jurić
  6. Srećko Telar
  7. Elizabeta Mađarević
  8. Marko Perković
  9. Krešimir Tabak
  10. Milena Matić
  11. Mirna Sunić-Žakman
  12. Martina Ćurić
  13. Franjo Miroslav Perković
  14. Marina Sabljić

The Croatian Electoral Commission (DIP) has on 16 June 2020 confirmed the list as an official list competing at the upcoming general election for parliamentary seats. The 11th Electorate in which this list will run only has 3 seats available in parliament, not enough by a long shot – diaspora deserves many more! But that is a story weaved into law by HDZ and SDP governments and the story rests of discrimination against Croats living abroad by those governments. They must not be given a chance to continue with damage to the Croatian nation.

Why do many call this List a “Dream Team”? Because on it are people who are specially chosen to work together and are considered to be the best at what they do in their everyday life: fighting for and promoting well being of all Croatian people (no matter where they live) and their nation in every aspect of living and life and they are led by retired general Zeljko Glasnovic. I am extremely proud to be a part of this team!

If you are a citizen of Croatia, please vote on 4th or 5th July 2020. Croatian citizens with residence in the Croatian diaspora and Bosnia and Herzegovina can register to vote ahead of the general elections by filling in the appropriate Form for that and providing a copy of Croatian citizenship ID such as passport or Domovnica/ photo ID by 24th June. Citizens of Croatia living abroad can also register to vote at the polling booth on polling the above days in July.

For your convenience please click this link for a copy of the Registration to Vote Form, print it, fill it in, email or fax or take it to you nearest Croatian Embassy or Consulate BY 24 JUNE and contribute positively to the outcome of general elections.

Thank you! Ina Vukic

 

 

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