Crimea Platform Summit Sticks A Flimsy Band-Aid On Croatian Government Corruption Woes

Often like two ships passing in the night! Front: Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic, Back: Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. Photo: HINA

That Croatia appears to have irretrievably lost its plot as a whole country standing united without a major shift in governing political parties has shockingly been proven last week, yet again. This is not the Croatia thousands lost their lives for in the 1990’s Homeland War, fighting off the Serb aggression despite UN arms embargo being imposed against it. Croatia was so very fortunate to have had its strong diaspora standing by and participating significantly in the efforts to secede from communist Yugoslavia and develop a true, fully functional democracy. Overwhelming corruption inherited from that communist totalitarian regime still plunders and fleeces national wealth and standard of living for the people.

Four former and recent government ministers have been arrested for fraud and corruption and yet Andrej Plenkovic’s Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) government in coalition with the Serbian ethnic minority SDSS (Independent Democratic Serbian Party) still stands! The opposition insists the government should be ousted, snap elections held, and the government representatives keep on ignoring such civilised and democratic rules of engagement in leading a nation – and so does the EU authority, creating thus huge mistrust in the Union among the populous.

The four former government ministers indicted last week are: Darko Horvat, Josip Aladrovic and Tomislav Tolusic from the Croatian Democrtatic Union Party and Boris Milosevic, former deputy Prime Minister to Plenkovic from the Independent Democratic Serb Party.

Indicted Recent Croatian Government Ministers from Left: Darko Horvat, Boris Milosevic, Tomislav Tolusic and Josip Aladrovic. Photo: Cropix

Darko Horvat, as the first indicted, is accused of having, when he was Minister of Economy, allocated grants to entrepreneurs and companies out of personal interest and at the instigation of the co-suspects Boris Milosevc and Tomislav Tolusic, and that he thus illegally allocated 2 million and 600 thousand kunas state budget funds. Josip Aladrovic, on the other hand, is accused of favouring the employment of two people while he was at the head of the pension insurance institute. In addition to the former ministers, the indictment includes four other suspects.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg of corruption and nepotism that goes on in Croatia. It all begs the question: who is in whose pocket to permit such horrible governance and governing of the country with no end of this nightmare in sight.

“The indictments (against four of his recent government ministers and a deputy Prime Minister) are not a burden for the Government,” said haughtily Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. The self-importance this man appears to nurture is staggering and repulsive.

The president of the HDZ Members of Parliament Club, Branko Bacic, said last Wednesday, after the announcement that four former members of Plenkovic’s Government were indicted, that his party does not accept the thesis of HDZ’s collective responsibility for the eventual criminal responsibility of an individual.

What a dangerous politician, what a dangerous government. The Party is not the issue here, but the government and governance are. HDZ had several mandates in government during the past three decades and just like the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governments has done nothing to root out corruption, or most of it anyway, starting with the grassroots of government, the local government all the way up to the state level. In any decent democracy the government would fall overnight.  

When talking of the opposition I venture to say that all left-leaning political parties in parliament, and there are a few, are splinters off the former communist regime and all appear to have members at the help who were in Social Democratic Party government. Hence, no qualification to lead Croatia were new general elections to come before mid-2024. There are a few solid opposition parties and individuals who lean towards the centre-right that could emerge, finally, as winners and the coming twenty or so months may well weed out the hopeless ones from the promising ones. What Croatia needs most is a political party at the helm that will weed out corruption and nepotism via installing mechanisms of control and audits at all levels. That can only be done, in my view, by those who are squeaky clean of corruption and nepotism, otherwise the gut-wrenching circus will continue until more and more young people abandon Croatia.  

And then, as if this was not enough to demonstrate the political disarray and governance shambles Croatia is portraying, the First International Parliamentary Platform on Crimea Summit was held during the week in Zagreb and Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic snubbed it, avoided it like the plague so to speak – while Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic played the host to it. The Summit provided a perfect mask and coverup for the deplorable latest cases of corruption Plenkovic’s government should be held accountable for.

First International Parliamentary Summit on the Crimea Platform held in Zagreb, Croatia, October 25, 2022 Photo: HINA

While the purpose of the Ukraine-initiated consultation and coordination Summit has its eye on taking Crimea from Russia and return it to the Ukrainian fold Croatian President Milanovic commented: “I see a lot of cynicism and dishonesty toward the Ukrainian people and the war, and I do not want to contribute to that. In the end, Americans and Russians will have to sit at the table because they are waging a proxy war over Ukraine and the Ukrainian people are paying a terrible price for it. I don’t know why no one dares to say this openly, but that’s the truth.”

Speakers and members of parliament from around 40 countries gathered in Croatia’s capital Zagreb on Tuesday 25 October to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine. Serbia failed to respond to the invitation to the Summit and some media ascribe this to instructions received from Russia for Serbia to avoid the Summit. The speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, attended the Summit.

Co-hosted by speakers of the Ukrainian and Croatian Parliaments, the summit was addressed via video link by Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Russia has continued to refrain from any dialogue on the subject ever since its conception in August/September 2021 in Kiev, while elsewhere firmly stating that Russia’s “sovereignty” over Crimea is undeniable, and now also over the territories of Eastern Ukraine it occupied via brutal aggression and organised sham referendums recently on seceding from Ukraine in favour of Russia. Vladimir Putin constant firm stand is that Crimea will not be a matter of discussion and that the occupied parts of Eastern Ukraine are now Russian territory. There is a very little doubt that Ukraine`s president seriously counted on a different response from Moscow, but nevertheless, Zelenskyy was not put off by this lack of success and pursues the issues, hence having ended up with a Summit attended by an impressive number of nations, mainly NATO members.

While it seems very dubious that Crimea is to return to Ukraine any time soon (or ever) given Russia`s military onslaught in Ukraine and determination to strengthen its sway over Crimea and Ukrainian occupied territories, the best-case scenario is that the platform could transform into a major irritant for Russia that spells no peace and stability for a long time. This said, if this scenario indeed materialises further, and the Second Summit is planned for 2023, the Crimea Platform most likely will be used by more powerful parties/countries for their own purposes as a tool to apply pressure on Russia, if and when necessary, and to excuse and blame their own inadequacies in governing their own countries on the Russia-Ukraine War. This will leave Ukraine as a bystander, at best, and, at worst, as a loser. The Western politicians have already started covering up their incompetencies and blaming everything that is going wrong on Russia, such as energy crises, living costs increases, economic downturns … No wonder Andrej Plenkovic’s incompetent government has hopped onto this bandwagon and the abyss of ridding Croatia of corruption and nepotism seems to be plummeting deeper than before Russia started “copping” the blame for everything. Something must give in Croatia. The sheer weight of corruption, theft and nepotism scandals erupting almost weekly is becoming too heavy.  Ina Vukic

Lost Sleeping Beauty (?)

Kolinda Grabar KItarovic, President of Croatia

When in the second half of 2014 Croatia’s president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic entered into the race for the Office of the President of Croatia the other candidates’ camp hung a “Barbie” tag upon her. One assumes that the “Barbie” tag relates to her good looks, elegant and fashionable dress but also it maliciously alluded, at the time, to the notion that she may possess a lack of needed knowhow power for that leadership position. More than three years into her mandate as President of Croatia it would seem that Grabar Kitarovic reminds one of a lost “Sleeping Beauty” rather than of “Barbie”, and I do say that without any derogatory intentions to the Brothers’ Grimm Sleeping Beauty or Mattel’s Barbie, for they represent positive values and aspirations many generations have grown up with.

It would appear that she has suddenly awakened after more than three years to a socio-economic landscape where nothing of note of the urgent crises that needed fixing she spoke vehemently about at her inauguration speech has changed.

Grabar Kitarovic’s inauguration speech in February 2015 was filled with optimism, hope and positivity about a great future Croatia will have, or start having, under her leadership. “Our economy has been hit by crises for the last six years,” she said. “Thousands of young people are leaving, many companies are going bankrupt. This requires urgent action from the government, employers, and unions… We find ourselves in a time that calls for a broad national consensus on key issues. There is no time for divisions … It is time to rise above our individual and political party interests in order to overcome the economic crisis.”

All of our differences were brought to the forefront during the campaign, but starting today we have to turn them into our strength,” she said and continued, “I call upon all of us in Croatia to abandon the history of our divisions and misconceptions. It is only though togetherness of the whole nation that we can build a better Croatia. Let’s compete with ideas, solutions and innovation, and not with the roles our parents or grandparents played. We will not realise a better life through ideological divisions nor will be become better people on account of them… Just as president Tudjman had created the preconditions for the creation of the Croatian state through the reconciliation of the divided national being, so too must we open a new page of our better future through a new Croatian togetherness. We seek a better life in the future, not in the past!

Although the country’s economy currently shows signs of humble but steady recovery and budget surplus the crises she spoke about at her inauguration are still as critical as they were in February 2015. Grave lack of investments and industrial developments as well as widespread company bankruptcies or insolvencies had led to a gravely lacking job market and unemployment, resulting in many tens of thousands of people leaving Croatia in search of employment elsewhere within the EU or abroad. Demographic crisis has been colouring Croatia’s books for a couple of years now.

While presidential powers are limited in Croatia and real reforms and legislation thereof rest upon the government, there is the presidential power to call governments to accountability, as one of president’s duties is to “watch over the orderly and fair functioning of all governmental bodies”.

At this point in time it is most appropriate to ask about the concrete protocols or measures president Grabar Kitarovic had put in place in order to “watch over the orderly and fair functioning of all government’s bodies”; and the “fair” functioning at times of crises (without the benefit of having seen the actual presidential list of specific duties or steps to be taken in that realm) surely must cover the measures undertaken to address the crises, to curtail them. Certainly, there has been a great deal of presidential generalised rhetoric what should, could, would be done for Croatia but never what has been done or where we are – or, how are the government bodies faring in attending to the crises the country has been and is enveloped in.

On 11 June 2018 Grabar Kitarovic held a long press conference, which came over as some sort of awakening from a long sleep – hence, Sleeping Beauty analogy. During the press conference she, for the nth time, spoke about the crises and the urgency of dealing with them; same things or mainly same things as stated before in public on various occasions. She said that she has prepared documents that contain concrete or specific measures that should be undertaken to get Croatia out of these crises and that she would be handing those documents to the government forthwith. Some media as well as various government bodies have stated that ideas and suggested measures to overcome the crises have been put forth before by politicians, individuals, members of government, members of community activists etc. and that the government has been working on many…

So here comes the crunch:

President Grabar Kitarovic said at the same press conference that there have been three different governments since she took over the Office of the President and that she has not been able to establish a working relationship with any of them, that would lead to the implementation of ideas to solve the crises! One wonders whether such an admission (confession?) has components of excuses for some inaction on her part, given that we are amidst the time of preparation for next presidential elections due late 2019.

(R) Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Croatia’s President
(Second from R) Andrej Plenkovic, Croatia’s Prime Minister
Photo: Screenshot

Certainly a void, a gap, a disconnection in the relationship between the Government and the President of Croatia has been noticeable all the while. It always takes two to tango, even on the podium of leading the country in the direction everyone wants. From her statements at the press conference, from her confession regarding inability to form a positive/effective working relationship with the government, it is impossible to know who is responsible for such a sorry state of affairs in the country; or whether no one is responsible except lack of trying, lack of team-building and team-functioning skills; or what! The public was not given any details about any attempts by Grabar Kitarovic to establish a working relationship with the government.

Having in mind that her inaugural speech accentuated the urgent need for unity, the impression one gets from her statement on 11 June is that, really, everyone has been asleep at wheel for three years, especially her, when it comes to joint efforts for the betterment and interests of the country. I say especially her because the president is the one who must “watch over” the orderly and fair functioning of government departments. And, in a state of crises no president should tolerate unworkable relationships between the government and the president; the president must as a matter of responsibility ensure that a relationship exists at least on the cold, monitoring basis if no cordiality is possible.

In reality, the divide between the president and the government has been a sorry state to watch; recriminations and even some offensive choice of words went well beyond incivility to embrace disagreements on core principles and conceptions of how the world (the country) works or should work. Bridging this divide, if possible at all, will take much more than a change of tone in the President’s Office, or the Government’s. It requires, as well, a policy and procedure agenda that spells out traditional partisan bounds. For the interests of Croatia as a whole, the citizens are entitled to know how the president and the government will work together in overcoming the urgent crises and political point scoring can go to hell (as far as I’m concerned)!

Given she pointed out from the start the alarming situation with crises in Croatia, it is an open question whether there was any feasible course the president could have pursued in the early months of her presidency that could have diminished the fierce partisan conflict of her first three years in office, regardless of changes in governments. Systems and protocols/procedures exist (and if not they should be drawn up) to be followed regardless of circumstances. That is just the way things must operate if persisting crises are to be curtailed. It appears that Grabar Kitarovic had not locked in any such system or procedure within the realm of her duties to “watch over” the functioning of government departments. If I get to be proven wrong on this, I will be happy.

Whether the president or the government, or both, were not partisan enough in order to establish a working relationship is a question that could only be answered by having the insight of what was done, who has done what, in order to make this indispensable relationship work. The relationship is indispensable particularly given that both the president and the government admit to the existence of crises (economic, demographic…) and it seems that it is the president’s role to watch over government’s functioning in these matters. How much support and determination on each side was there to reduce the crises Croatia had found itself in? Judging by the media, government officials have been saying that they are working on plans and measures to address/reduce the crises that the president had reiterated on 11 June, thereby suggesting that the president’s statements about them are unfounded. So, I suggest, the president would be well within her duties to carry out an audit of these measures rather than leaving the public with a message that she was unable to overcome the divide between her and the governments she has been dealing with. The latter just makes her out to be a whinging and whining persona detached from professional etiquette. Presidents cannot give the appearance of living in a bubble that is about to pop at any moment, at the detriment of the nation, without outlining all the efforts undertaken as part of her duties and expect to survive it.

If people get angry enough quickly enough they may just be able to stop this steep descent in standards of living and opportunities to succeed. Ina Vukic

Croatian Government: “… pure sabotage, manipulation through fear …”

Prof. Dr. sc. Davor Pavuna

Prof. Dr. sc. Davor Pavuna

As an introduction, he put his hands together and said: I love you. He then suggested to the audience in the filled hall to close their eyes and think of someone with whom they’d like to realise a better relationship and to tell them with their inner voice: I love you.  An unusual introduction to the lecture, coloured with wonderful energy and positive force, that’s a part of the forum “Openly about faith”, delivered by the world-renowned physicist, Croatian professor with a Swiss address, dr. Davor Pavuna. His lectures strengthen, challenge the emotions of fulfillment similar to those when you finish watching a good movie with a happy ending or when you read an exceptional book, which has a message of optimism that changes your life, awakens it.

An interview with Prof. Dr. sc. Davor Pavuna
by Lidija CRNČEVIĆ
(Translated into English by Ina Vukic)

We spoke in the Classical gymnasium gardens where he held a lecture on that day to young people, who listened to him for two hours almost “not breathing”, says don Bernard. Immediately before the lecture in the John Paul II Hall, dr Pavuna implied that he was not in Dubrovnik by accident at the time when decisions are being made regarding Srdj (Srđ/golf course development and apartment building proposals), Ombla (hydroelectric plant) and Peljesac bridge … and people in the hall listened to him with total concentration and understanding, feeling that there is profound understanding to which he testifies. Yet, for half of his life, he was an agnostic and a disbeliever, and because of this he is often known to say that he knows “what’s happening in President Josipovic’s and Prime Minister Milanovic’s heads” … and then …he become a witness to God’s love and grace. Has this been only a moment or a long-lasting road along which he kept awakening and becoming conscious?

“When I was about 24 years old, a student at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb that already knew something about Physics, I realised that I cannot receive all the answers through pure science even if I was fairly and honestly a serious researcher, young man. I started to listen to the “Beatles” then, and they were flirting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and so I completed studies of Transcendental Mediation, and on one occasion my father’s friend came to visit us and said: listen, you are seeking spirituality; that is why I proceeded to study it.

When I was 26 I went to England for my Doctorate and I marveled at how everyone there talked openly about Jesus Christ, how they mention the Gospel and the good news as something positive while back home, in the Bolshevik ‘titoslavia’, that was poison for the people. When I spoke with my parents I asked what kind of a Catholic family were we when they did not tell me that was the most beautiful news that ever was. They told me they were afraid of UDBA (Yugoslav Secret Police), because they had already had problems when they baptised me.

After that, I began studying not only the Bible, but other religions as well, I even went through Hare Krishna, Zen Buddhism, I studied the Koran, the Occult, Kabbalah, and then in India they wondered what I was looking for there when I have ‘my’ Jesus Christ, the greatest guru of them all. At the beginning of 1980’s I started going to spiritual lessons with Father Zvjezdan Linic and it was then that  I got to know Jesus Christ, during a healing prayer I was healed of all possible delusions, circusies, Satanism, and gradually I began developing into a believer.

It does not come overnight and, in a way, I am an interesting witness because for half of my life I was a disbeliever or an agnostic, and after that, a follower of Jesus and a believer. Given that I have experience in both, I know exactly the conscience that the agnostic Josipovic and the disbeliever Milanovic as well as the other disbelievers have, and I also have the conscience of the other one, the normal believer. And, on appearance, I’m the same as them from outside, but completely different from inside.

While once I was scattered, nervous, neurotic, with similar behaviour that we see today from Prime Minister Milanovic, whose behaviour is also schizophrenic at times, today I posses the greatest gift of all – the gift of faith.  That is the most beautiful gift I could ever give to anyone. When I look at myself from inside, I feel peace and joy, it’s not important what’s happening outside. There is gentleness within me, independence, lots of prayer, contemplation, maturing, but there in no greater gift for man than to realise the gift of faith and receive grace. Life and faith are grace, and when you receive that, there is no Nobel Prize or anything else in life, which is greater than that. When I was in Mostar, in December, I was told that the visionary Vicka has invited me to visit her. When I came to her I told her I did not understand, that I did not need anything. She replied: I know, brother, but the two of us are servants of Jesus Christ …”

Can we talk about you mission, you hold lectures more frequently than before, you criticise bankers, politicians, investors … your words impress more because a fascinating scientific biography of a world-renowned physicist stands behind them?

“ Yes, I know I have a mission. While I was in my ‘Indian phase’, with Sai Baba in Puttaparthi, I once wanted to abandon physics. That was just before the time when they asked me what I was looking for in India when I have Jesus Christ, the greatest guru of them all. At that time Vesna Krmpotic, our great poetess, was also there and I told her that I would like to study spirituality, and all she said was – no, stay with physics.

I suffered a great deal for having had to stay in contact with those Cartesians, Mathematicians, with such ‘bizarre’ people, who had fallen into the illusion of that knowledge, although it’s not bad, I’m happy for having understood, for having mastered everything to its last level, because it is beautiful to understand creation.  I know that well, but the ultimate truth is not in mathematics, in physics and in understanding creation.

The ultimate truth is the relation of man towards dear God, awareness, conscience and love are also important components at the moment of departure, atoms remain here, but as my mentor Tomislav Ivancevic says, the spiritual soul separates again, and that is awareness, conscience and love. Holy books and all the testaments say that we meet with dear God as with infinite light and love.  Theologically speaking, according to my belief, man is an infinite conscience of love within a being that continues, love in infinite being in conscience, and so the body is the smallest, it is the man’s limitation, the suffering and the cross, it can be comfortable, useful … but it is terribly temporary.

The worst moment in life is when you are separated from your mother at birth, when they cut the umbilical cord, because to be in the mother’s womb is something that is most beautiful. A man truly feels good when he is in synergy and re-joined with God, after holy mass, when he receives communion, returns again into the body of Christ, it is like returning into the mother’s womb.  I can even explain that as a scientist, because I’m a professional in the highly coherent quantum systems, which is transcendental to me and other people, that is a science that requires studies of Physics over 12 years, and is compatible with this mystique about which I’m talking about and if people would know the miracles we know in science, they’d immediately believe, you know the miracles from the Bible, artificial, immaculate conception, they’ll be able to achieve that as well in five thousand years … people do not understand to which degree we are potent in scientific terms as beings, and when we deepen that spiritual component as well, because we are all God’s and if we were to inherit Christ as He himself says: I am the way, the truth and the life and so you can be like me. We are like apes in our bodies, but we are also like God, the point is in the will, capacity, belief, believing to the end … as Jesus says: if you had as much faith as there are seeds of mustard, you could move mountains”.

How is it possible that Croats can be recognised as intelligent, capable, diligent people, while at home in our country everything is going in a catastrophic direction?

“I understand numbers and facts well … I won’t judge anyone, but I’m of a trained mind, so you work it out yourself … you cannot, on the one hand, calculate that the world economy has, say 50 trillion Euro, and on the other hand you see that there is 5 thousand trillion in the banks, 100 times more, those are bankroids’ deceptions, derivations, manipulations … I see how they’re deceiving us, we have all become proletarians, and we have all become debtors and I see that they’re making us into slaves or worse …

In the state of Croatia, where I was a reviewer of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and the Arts, in 1992 that was a fair strategy, but 21 years later when my children have grown up, I see that my country is a tragedy… and listen to the numbers, my homeland Croatia, which could have been a heavenly garden by now, has 370 thousand officially unemployed, 180 thousand people who work but do not receive pay, that is 550 thousand people who do not have regular income, nor are they regularly included in the society.

When you multiply this with about three persons in a family, that is about 2 million people, half the nation … is it possible that in 2013 in the 21st Century, when I talk about topics that make your hair stand on end, because I am a professional man, that my nation, and I’m the dust of this nation, a child of this nation, whatever, that half of my nation almost has nothing to eat?!

250,000 farmers are on the brink of hunger and collapse, and this country could feed millions, wait, who is mad here? We have the so-called left option in government, social-democratic, that is DEMONcracy, I’m ashamed to think about them, I cannot understand why those people haven’t resigned yet, because I also said that a year ago. They cannot solve anything, regardless of which government is in power, because it’s always the same people, from the system, they are a part of the problem, they are potentates, they are bourgeois, neo-skoj ( re:Young Communist League of Yugoslavia), neo-liberal pharaohs who work for foreign centres of power, I know that because my students work for those foreign centres of power. Hence, we are dealing here with manipulation of a nation, and not only ours, the same story goes for our Greek, Spanish, Italian brothers … the only ones who have saved themselves, and we could have done that as well, are Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria … because they went with productivity, they placed an accent upon engineers and productivity, we could have done that as well.

I’m not judging anybody but I have the right to ask. And I’m asking loud and clear, let them give me an answer, it’s all the same to me whether the government is HDZ or SDP, we have been betrayed by the complete partitive politics, all respect to the exceptions, I won’t say – everyone.  But, allow me, we are among the top 10 or 20 in the world for beauty, sport, music, science … how is it possible that we are sixtieth for our economy? That means that there is pure sabotage, manipulation through fear. You humiliate and blackmail the people for every ‘carrot’.

Iceland has shown a mature democracy when, four years ago, it removed all of its rulers, jailed its Prime Minister, wrote a new Constitution, nationalised and took over all the banks, dismissed all debts … what’s quite legitimate … only people are sovereign. I am no leftist, no revolutionary; I’m only talking about the factual state of affairs. Why is Iceland better than Croatia? It’s not!

Why does this country not have the right to a referendum, why is some Srdj constantly thrown at us, some Ombla, which are complete manipulations as is Plomin? I say that responsibly, in the republic of Dubrovnik, which is a global symbol of freedom, self-conscience, where Rudjer Boskovic, the symbol of superman, I don’t know how to call him as he was exceptional even in that century … and we allow all this?? Wait, people, are we apelike for allowing this to happen? Well, when will someone bang their fist on the table, well this is a most elementary logic; I know even more numbers.

I’ll say it again, I’m not judging, I’m only talking about the factual state, is that not a task of a physicist, tell the facts and know the analysis. I know a lot more and this what’s happening to us is a horror, proven manipulation. My physicist colleagues, main professionals for the financial crisis and the public, we are mathematically qualified, we know that we are manipulated, we know exactly who, where, what and how, we know everything.

On 15th April, in Switzerland, we had a meeting of the world’s best professionals, truly exceptional, even Heads for the crisis, in the Swiss and other banks around the world, therefore colleagues who know, when I publicly asked, before the full hall of people, whether we could believe the politicians, bankers and investors, the answer was a loud and clear no. So, I say, with a complete conscience, consciousness, integrity: the politicians, bankroids, investors and media manipulators, who are manipulating us and work on this planet as well as in Croatia in order to suck our energy and resources are mafia of the worst kind … this is not a conspiracy theory, this is the factual state of things, which I attained from my students, and you can imagine how many I have, plus the real number, the details I have, which I can show to anyone at anytime. I know everything by heart, including where there is which Croat on the planet, I ask you which minister knows all that, and we’re paying him?

We have not counted the victims from the First, the Second to the Homeland war, we don’t even know how to count the corpses, and I’m involved with the studies of electrons and I know where every one of my electrons is. Listen to me carefully: two years ago, in an interview with the president of Zagreb bank administration, it was said that there was 20 billion Euros of our savings in Croatian banks, from that they lift 10-12% interest, even 2.3 billion Euro annually … that money goes abroad, who is mad here?? The savings of Croatians at home and abroad, in the banks here, go abroad, I’m not even going to talk about the privatisation of those same banks, I ask scientifically, am I a cretin, am I mad?? I am formed to know how to analyze things like that and I cannot be mad. But we are among the first world’s 10 or 20 in everything, it’s just that in the economy and in things like these that we come sixtieth … This means we’re dealing with sabotage, I can prove it to you, forgive me you political partitionists regardless of which political party you come from, but you have betrayed this nation, it’s all in black and white, that’s a factual state of affairs”.

Yes, but who will bang their fist on the table? Who is the power that’s prepared for such fundamental and profound changes? Who are the new people, for many years now the Croatian political scene, even at the lower levels, has always seen the repeat of the same people? The people are facing the wall, all offered options have been spent … why do we increasingly, more often, see that at times of elections the people are giving up their right to decide.

“Who is going to be the one to bang his fist on the table? Well, among them I’ll be one as well. You know, these are collective phenomena. It’s like when a butterfly moves its wing on Hawaii and a storm happens in Boston. The times of Tito and Hussein are finished. We are protected by information, manipulations, that’s called the correlated era, neither the politicians nor the bankroids can understand these things I’m talking about … neither they nor the investors can pull us out from that because they do not possess trained minds like Physicists do. Mathematicians could, but even they cannot connect the details with mathematics in the concepts I’m talking about.

However, physicists have analyzed the so-called econometrics and distribution, we understand it, we can even tell when the phase transition of information occurred, in the 1960’s when we transitioned from one type of correlating information into an another type, the next unavoidable phase transition will be in about 2050, give or take twenty years, because we are in such a biosphere of correlating that we will experience financial collapse or we will pull ourselves out, but that depends on us. Accordingly, we all act in planetary ways, but we must awaken people … we have initiated that phase transition but it won’t be as if we choose our new leader and, with that, we will save Croatia … let’s not create illusions about that.

Different centres of power blackmail even an expert team, it’s known exactly who they are, because that is a global problem, of course. Croatia is not in a typically Croatian problem, Greece, Spain, Italy … are there … When what’s happened to us happens, and betrayal has happened over the past 15 years, instead of creating a country like Austria, Switzerland, in other words an industrious country that we have in our genetic code, Croats are prosperous, but we have entered into bad Sanaderisation, Berlisconisation, a prostituted component of this nation, we just ‘lick’ someone over, we just bow to someone … the various types of theft, those social phonies, those people who push themselves into politics, don’t know anything.

When you talk to me you can tell that I’m more or less sophisticated in my communication, but you cannot say that I do not know my numbers, my facts, my relations. I bring out hard numbers, as every engineer does, engineers make products from ideas, revenue works with these, and those people only cheat, scam, speak nonsense … I think every woman sees that very well. And then it happens that the country becomes a colony, all become Greece and that becomes unavoidable. That is like a vortex you cannot stop. So, we must awaken the young and we too must awaken, there is a lot of the how and the what. We act. Why are we not talking about them? Both domestic and foreign intelligence services are involved in that, so, in order to protect ourselves and in order to win, we must work ‘under the radar’ so they don’t see us”.

One could conclude that your coming to Dubrovnik before the referendum, in the moment when the role of “saviour” of the survival of Croatian economy – from investments in Srdj and Ombla, was imposed upon it, was not accidental?

“Of course it wasn’t accidental. I came to save Dubrovnik from Srdj, Ombla and similar smut, including the Peljesac Bridge. Water is the absolute fundamental property, water from springs can be rotated, it is like a happy molecule that dances, when you place it into a tap or a bottle, it’s like people in a bus, it cannot dance, that’s absolutely important, it’s more important than petroleum. Especially for this century.

And then it happens that some kind of zombies, the so-called investors, out of reasons totally different from nobleness and golf, are offering such a project on Srdj.  For Dubrovnik’s profit? For greater profit for Dubrovnik, golf on Srdj is as if you go and colour Stradun in with lovely felt-tip pens, as if Stradun will be more beautiful if you colour it in – some more.  Literally cretinism, odd corrupted types speak nonsense.

I have nothing against golf, we can talk about that, but not this here and not in this context, because the Dubrovnik landscape is historically important here, and the water in this countryside, in Konavle, is important … and the absolute foundation is at the back of Ombla. We’re talking here about classic manipulation of the so-called dogsbodies, for some odd interests and some odd betrayal. There’s a lot more to this, symbolics are there, I’m not here by accident, including the need for Peljesac Bridge, it is an absolutely normal thing that we connect the Dubrovnik region with its parent country.

Dubrovnik is a much bigger brand than Croatia, or in the extreme case Rudjer Boskovic, who was an exceptional scientist and member of all academies; there is none like him today … accordingly that is the defence of the essence of authenticity. We are here today to defend that that is most important, and that is – identity. Let’s compare that with water – which would not be what it is if it were not for oxygen and hydrogen. Identically, it’s important for Dubrovnik to be Dubrovnik, and to destroy Srdj or Ombla means that you destroy the essence of Dubrovnik, taken oxygen and hydrogen from it … that’s as if you place a mother into some artificial formation and leave her to bear children. An absolute no must be said to that, no, no and no!

We’re dealing with the manipulation of citizens here, these people are hypnotised with some supposed needs. Consumerism is already a terribly known terminology for manipulation, when you enter into a shop, people are hypnotised by colours, meaning the red and yellow attract better etc., so, it’s done in the same way in the media. People are being convinced into usefulness of Srdj, from employment onwards, but people are manipulated with this”.

What has happened with Croatian intellectuals, where is their social engagement, ultimately, accountability? Why are most of them keeping silent?

“Partly because these zombie-like dogsbodies in power have ‘destroyed’ them, ridiculed them … the self-conscience of this nation has slumped so much, and that is a part of that manipulation. To break a nation, to bring it to a state of numbness, you must break its self-conscience. Everything and everybody is being manipulated. I’ve already said: whoever wants to invest in Dubrovnik – and your Mayors, all of them are to blame – must become a citizen of Dubrovnik, pay taxes here, bow to St Blaise and become Catholic. Then we can talk about investments. Do not permit some sort of “Genghis Khan globalisation”, for them to occupy this free republic, because we all fall with that, anyone that doesn’t see that is either stupid or foolish. That is the message that is crystal clear. Hence, there are not only wars that occur with weapons, there are special wars, this is a war of spirit, a war of strategy … Dubrovnik is being defended here even today!”

You are an adviser to the American President Obama for Energetics…
“Not only to him, I’ve worked in America for over 20 years, I work with the Chinese, Koreans, Turks, Slovenians, Montenegrians, … European Union, it’s almost more difficult for me to say with whom I have worked that with whom I haven’t …”

except in our country?

“ Well, not really … in recent time my mathematics, natural science, biotechnical account in Croatia has ‘exploded’. Suddenly my colleagues, whether they like me or not, people who know things, work with things, calculate something, say: help, this is a nightmare, these social phonies have destroyed the country.

Engineers and scientists are in a consternation, it’s like as if you know how to play football but you’re always seated on the bench, and those people just zombie around, there is no productivity any more, everything has crashed … Why do we need so many Economists, we have a surplus of Economists, what are they going to sell when we don’t produce anything any more. My own account has engaged me, given that I’ll be an Emeritus in Switzerland in a few years, I’m moving towards retirement, I want to be engaged … If the Koreans could move from a subservient colony to a leader in productivity in only two generations, this nation can achieve that quicker.

You can see that we have emboldened ourselves, this is revolution … conscience, consciousness and love. Croatian people must bang their fists on the table and those various Mayors, local pharaohs, I’m not at all interested in how you might call them and to which party they belong, that partitiocracy must fall. I’ve said – I have the solution. Iceland, Iceland, Iceland. Some humble people in Iceland removed the whole government, emptied the parliament, re-wrote the Constitution, threw all the banks into the garbage, dismissed all debts …like a computer that you unplug from the electricity.

Turn it off and then turn it back on, reinstall the operational system and appoint honourable and dignified people who will work in the interests of the people, and people are sovereign. Accordingly, we no longer want those pests, honour to exceptions, but they are collective pests. Because only pests can allow all this that is being done to the people. Slaves had greater rights than what people have in this country … we must ‘fight’ among ourselves for a referendum. That’s impossible in a country, which has good social maturity”.

Who are the people of love whom you often mention?

“People of love are everybody, including the two of us … they are not exclusively Catholics. People of love are those who understand the sciences of Jesus Christ, at times they are perhaps disbelievers, but in practice they apply science. But from the psychological, the psychiatric perspective science is eerily logical … let’s presume that someone is not a believer, but he understands the meaning of forgiveness and love, which from the psychological point of view are obviously important.

In simple terms, science of the Gospel is forgiveness, towards one self, towards fellow man, even towards dear God, and then we can experience that love, the channels of love begin working. But when you deliberate even without regard to the religious part, forgiveness is important, it is psychologically important. You cannot heal a patient if the doctor-patient channels don’t exist, or if the patient is not active. It’s known that we have 60 thousand thoughts in a day, of which even 95% are negative. We have even moved the spectrum of thoughts in this civilisation and that’s why prayer is important, contemplation, faith. Well, if we change that now, and the people of love do that, we have a chance.  Action is important!

Let’s be active; let’s demand accountability, and that means that we are moving towards the better, that we experience heavenly garden in this our country, and that is possible.  Because we have splendid water, splendid land parcels, we can have splendid food, let’s experience love, togetherness, compassion … it’s possible to achieve this in half a generation here”.

The election of such a new Pope, humble, with a steel, not gold crucifix around his neck, named Francis (Franjo) … is also not accidental.

“Let’s be frank, we could not receive a greater gift than to return the essential simplicity of God’s science, Jesus Christ … that is the way out from the enormous consumerism, manipulations … our church is also partly to blame, one of the guilty parties for that. We have not been adequately active, we know that Satan has crept into the church, even into the Vatican, that’s no secret … this of which I speak is called awakening because of that … we will either perish as a civilisation or we will conquer. We, as people of love, must count on all possible dominations, but as we are Christ’s, we are the conquerors, love conquers forever, and that’s why I am a great optimist. Thanks be to Jesus and Mary”.

Davor Pavuna 1ABOUT Prof. Dr. sc. Davor Pavuna: Professor, Institute of Physics of Condensed Matter FSB – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Born in Croatia 1952. Diploma work on magnetotransport in metals (Zagreb, 1977); Ph.D. Thesis on electronic properties of amorphous metals (1982) under Prof. J.S. Dugdale, at that time, the President of the SRC of Great Britain. Following 3 years of research in the CNRS as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Grenoble, where he initiated successful research program on quasicrystals, Pavuna joined EPFL in 1986 as a superconductivity and subsequently functional materials group leader. His publications include more than 150 research papers, 25 reviews, 24 edited professional books, widely used (>100 Universities recommend it worldwide) textbook on superconductivity. Pavuna teaches elementary physics, basic and advances courses on quantum fluids and properties of disordered solids. He has co-organized 15 international conferences and 3 summer schools. In addition to more than hundred lectures in leading institutions worldwide and invited conference talks, he collaborated with and advised companies in Korea, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Ireland and USA. Source:

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