Loving Croatia is a full-time job

Ina Vukic

Ten years ago, on 19 October 2011, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar that is marked by brutal Serb aggression, savage murder, and ethnic cleansing of Croats, I wrote and published my first article on my blog website “Croatia, the War, and the Future”. In these 10 years I grew a successful blog, I made my mark across the world as an influencer in promoting Croatian truth in the English language. The audience that accesses my blog and visit my articles approaches millions across 227 countries and independent territories. It took love, dedication, consistency, verifiability, hard work and, of course the interest and efforts of people who visit my blog, read the articles, and share them in their works or on social media. THANK YOU ALL!

Suffice to say, what motivated me to blogging was the appalling lack of truth in the world mainstream media and publications about Croatia, its history, and its efforts in distancing itself from the communist Yugoslavia. I wanted the world to know the truth and not the lies written by the Yugoslav communists and Serbs, and their partners throughout the world, including in Croatia itself, who made it their business to vilify with brutal lies the glorious truth of the Croatian nation that always wanted freedom and nothing but freedom to rule over its own life.

In these 10 years I wrote and published 1,103 articles in the English language and on average each of 1,400 words. Together they add up to 1,844,200 words. Furthermore, about 450 of these were translated into the Croatian language and published by various Croatian portals and coupled with another 350 articles written as comments or submission letters in efforts to address inaccuracies written by others throughout the world about Croatia and its fight for independence another 1,590, 535 words poured from my pen in these past ten years. My articles published on my blogsite have been quoted and referred to in 20 books or textbooks, dozens of mainstream newspapers across the world and 175 Academic papers across the world and universities. Most of my articles and opinions deal with international justice as related to wars, the 1990’s wars in the territory of former Yugoslavia, transitioning from communism into democracy, the horror of communist crimes and the Holocaust on the territory of former Yugoslavia, which was relatively manifested the worst within Serbia and not Croatia, as the world was led to believe via fabricated victim numbers and twisted events.

To have a future one desires one must have a past that is reflected in truth and not vilification, lies and fabrications. Hence, I intend to continue writing about the truth of Croatia and its wonderful nation and thanking you all for taking the time and steps on this path of the truth with me. Ina Vukic

ARTICLE IN THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE:

Voljeti Hrvatsku posao je s punim radnim vremenom!

Prije deset godina, 19. listopada 2011., uoči 20. godišnjice pada Vukovara koji je obilježen brutalnom srpskom agresijom, divljačkim ubojstvom i etničkim čišćenjem Hrvata, napisala sam i objavila svoj prvi članak na web stranici svog bloga „Hrvatska, rat, i budućnosti ”. U ovih 10 godina razvila sam uspješan blog, ostavila svoj trag u cijelom svijetu kao influencer u promicanju hrvatske istine na engleskom jeziku. Publika koja pristupa mom blogu i posjećuje moje članke broji prema milijunima u 227 zemalja i neovisnih teritorija. Trebali su ljubav, predanost, dosljednost, provjerljivost, naporan rad i, naravno, interes i trud ljudi koji posjećuju moj blog, čitaju članke i dijele ih u svojim radovima ili na društvenim medijima. HVALA SVIMA!

Dovoljno je reći, ono što me motiviralo za pisanje bloga bio je zastrašujući nedostatak istine u svjetskim mainstream medijima i publikacijama o Hrvatskoj, njezinoj povijesti i njezinim naporima da se distancira od komunističke Jugoslavije. Htjela sam da svijet zna istinu, a ne laži koje su napisali jugoslavenski komunisti i Srbi, i njihovi partneri diljem svijeta, uključujući i samu Hrvatsku, koji su se obavezali da brutalnim lažima omalovažavaju slavnu istinu hrvatske nacije koja je oduvijek želila slobodu i ništa osim slobode da vlada vlastitim životom.

U ovih 10 godina napisala sam i objavila 1.103 članka na engleskom jeziku i u prosjeku svaki od 1.400 riječi. Zajedno broje do 1.844.200 riječi. Nadalje, njih oko 450 prevela sam na hrvatski jezik i bivaju objavljeni na raznim hrvatskim portalima, zajedno s još 350 članaka napisanih kao komentari ili dopisi u nastojanju da se isprave netočnosti koje su drugi u cijelom svijetu napisali o Hrvatskoj i njezinoj borbi za neovisnost, još 1.590.535 riječi izlilo se iz mog pera u ovih deset godina. Moji članci objavljeni na mojoj web stranici citirani su u 20 knjiga ili udžbenika, desecima mainstream novina širom svijeta i 175 akademskih radova širom svijeta i sveučilišta. Većina mojih članaka i mišljenja bavi se međunarodnom pravdom u vezi s ratovima, ratovima devedesetih na području bivše Jugoslavije, prijelazom iz komunizma u demokraciju, užasom komunističkih zločina i holokaustom na području bivše Jugoslavije, što se relativno očitovalo najgore u Srbiji, a ne u Hrvatskoj, kako se svijet uvjeravalo izmišljenim brojevima žrtava i iskrivljenim događajima.

Da bi neko imao budućnost, mora imati prošlost koja se ogleda u istini, a ne u omalovažavanju, lažima i izmišljotinama. Stoga namjeravam nastaviti pisati o istini Hrvatske i njezinoj divnoj naciji i zahvaliti vam svima što ste sa mnom odvojili vrijeme i korake na ovom putu istine. Ina Vukić

Croatian Diaspora Celebrates Philanthropy of Marko Franovic

Tony Abbott (L) Ina Vukic (C) Marko Franovic (R)

It was yesterday, on 8th of May 2021, that the family of Marko, Božo, Marija and Milena Franovic delighted many guests at the Croatian Club Punchbowl in Sydney Australia in celebration of Marko’s 80th birthday. It was an event like no other in my memory. This was not a mere birthday celebration, this was also an opportunity when the Australian community and the Croatian community spread across the world recognised and celebrated the outstanding human being that Marko has been especially through his philanthropy spanning across continents in efforts to better democracy and life for all, awarding him the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Lifetime Achievement Award. And it so happens that Marko Franovic shares the 8th of May birth date with Blessed Stepinac.

Marko Franovic recipient of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy

Croatia’s Blessed Alojzije Stepinac once said: “Nothing will force me to stop loving justice, nothing will force me to stop hating injustice, and in my love for my people I will not be eclipsed by anyone.”

And today, Marko Franovic shows us how these words when translated into actions can mean so very much to so many people.

Sydney based Marko Franovic had, due to oppression and harsh life fled communist Yugoslavia in 1961 and via refugee camps in Italy he reached the shores of Australia – determined to make life better not just for his family but for his Croatian community and the Australian community. His life is a shining testament of success in all he touched with his hard work and dedication. This quiet, humble man delivered enormous positive impact on the creation of the independent State of Croatia and its 1990’s Homeland War and his philanthropy reached every corner in both Australia and Croatia that needed help. Many distinguished guests celebrated yesterday in Sydney and many sent video greetings from Croatia.

To me this was a proud moment not just to celebrate Marko but also to see Australia’s former Prime Minister Anthony (Tony) Abbott among us, thus reminding us that Australia had indeed been an exemplary host country, a new homeland, to so many refugees and migrants from Croatia who were able to nurture a long-standing desire for Croatia to free itself of communist Yugoslavia. Australia was one of the first countries outside Europe to recognise Croatia’s independence and plight for democracy in January of 1992 and it showed a passion of camaraderie with our plights and efforts to achieve that independence and democracy.

Charles Billich (L) Marko Franovic (second from L) Ina Vukic (second from R) Anita Paulic (R)

I was honoured to have been asked to deliver a speech during the celebration of Marko Franovic’s birthday, when he was named Croat of the Year 2021 and received his Lifetime Achievement Award. And here is my speech, which I hope will bring this amazing human being closer to you:     

“Our families of Croatian origins share a common passion and that is freedom from oppression and love for democracy and national identity. We of Croatian origins living in Australia for many, many decades feel especially lucky because this country had offered us the dignity of nurturing our love and dream for a free Croatia, propping up its plight and fight for independence from the Yugoslav communist regime when it was most needed, while growing and nurturing our love for Australia itself. And Marko is a shining example of how wonderful the synergy of love for two countries can be. It is ultimately a win-win situation for all.

As to how very fortunate we, whose immediate families fled to foreign lands, were at choosing Australia to flee to from communist Yugoslavia, like Marko did, I always like to refer to the speech that Sir Robert Menzies’, the longest serving Prime Minister of Australia in history, delivered in Parliament on 27th August 1964 in which, among other things, he said:

“…It is difficult for people coming to Australia easily to forget their historical backgrounds. Since the war a number of organisations opposed to the present Government of Yugoslavia have developed throughout the world amongst refugees and migrants from that country. It is understandable that some Yugoslav migrants of Croatian origin should continue to hope for the establishment of an independent Croatia and within a democracy like Australia they have right to advocate their views so long as they do so by legitimate means. I wish to make it perfectly clear that the vast majority of the migrants from all parts of Yugoslavia who have settled in Australia have proved to be law abiding, hardworking citizens and a real asset to this country…”

Sir Robert Menzies put wind under the wings of our love for our first homeland, Croatia.

Jadranka (Adriana Rukavina (L) Marko Franovic (C) Ina Vukic (R)

This win-win situation that has its foundations in love and loyalty to the first and second homelands is something to celebrate and tonight we celebrate its personification in the shape of Marko Franovic. It needed to be written into a book and I am honoured to present to you the hot-off-the-press ‘Never Forget Your Past: Marko Franovic Story’. It is a book that, after Mr Petar Mamic from Domovina newspaper contacted me with the idea, I myself undertook to write, to collate, to put together with the input of many people as well as collaborating authors Branko Miletic and Vanda Babic Galic. It is a birthday gift to Marko from all of us. Some of you here tonight who have gladly sent me your statements about Marko for the book, know, that you have brilliantly contributed to this gift for Marko but also a gift for both Australian and Croatian communities. Thank you so very much and I apologise if, at times, my requests for contributions came at a time when you had more pressing things to do. But you delivered for Marko and for that I am deeply grateful. Just like many delivered from Croatia. Thank you all, once again.

Never Forget Your Past: Marko Franovic – book covers

Proudly and with deep admiration we can say that the past four decades, at least, of Marko Franovic’s life have been marked by extraordinary gestures of generosity towards the Australian and Croatian communities. Marko is a philanthropist who, with his generous works, personifies the definition of this very word: a person who feels a deep love for humanity, who shows himself with practical kindness and helpfulness towards humanity. Marko is not only respected through his philanthropy. He has integrated with obvious and extraordinary ease his business, philanthropic and civic commitments and has followed a standard for individual and corporate citizenship that reflects a great measure of what we look for in society and rely upon to maintain the preservation of generosity and kindness to others.

Although he prefers to walk selflessly, quietly, under the radar of a bright stage and spotlights – Marko is a man of immense importance. He does not care about fame or recognition because he is a man who loves to support and give the most he can, rather than receive. His firm strides through the social landscape of his Homeland of Croatia and Australia, his many public roles, his contribution to social, political, and cultural care and the achievements that have often been talked about and analysed throughout the many years, are colossal and thus difficult to list in one place like this.

Marko has lived and lives a life what others like to call a life of a good man.

Never Forget Your Past: Marko Franovic Story’ is a book that wanted to show rather than tell and put on display what an exceptional human being Marko is and has been. On that note, the book shows not only the harsh life’s path Marko had to endure in order to become what he is today, but it also gives examples of his prolific philanthropy and how other people and community leaders see him.

I trust you will all enjoy the book and keep it a testament to how love for the first homeland joined with the love for a second can create miracles.  The miracles that are quiet, often unnoticed, but to many have the significance of well-being that inspires creativity and progress.  

Video birthday greetings for Marko Franovic from Croatia with English subtitles

Thank you, Marko, for all you do! I salute you! Happy 80th Birthday!” Ina Vukic

Minister – Get Lost In Your Communist Filth

Nina Obuljen Korzinek (L) Ina Vukic (R)
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“HISTORY HAS SAID EVERYTHING THERE IS ON JASENOVAC AND WHOEVER QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD REMAIN ON THE MARGINS (OF SOCIETY!”/ Nina Obuljen Korzinek/ Minister of Culture and the Media in Croatia 2020.

“Whose politics is this woman pursuing!?” Read http://www.glas-koncila.hr, weekly series on factual events that took place in WWII Jasenovac.“

YOU ARE ACTIVELY  DENYING THE TRUTH TO PEOPLE WHOSE TAXES PAY YOUR WAGES, MINISTER! GET LOST IN YOUR COMMUNIST FILTH!”/www.inavukic.com

 

„POVIJEST JE REKLA SVE O JASENOVCU I TKO TO DOVODI U PITANJE TREBAO BI OSTATI NA MARGINI (DRUŠTVA).”/ Nina Obuljen Korzinek / ministrica kulture i medija u Hrvatskoj 2020. „Čiju politiku ova žena provodi!?“ Čitajte www. glas-koncila.hr, tjedne nastavice o činjeničnim događajima koji su se dogodili tijekom Drugom svjetskog rata u Jasenovcu.

USKRAĆUJETE ISTINU LJUDIMA ČIJI POREZ PLAĆA VAŠU PLAĆU MINISTRICE! IZGUBITE SE U VLASTITOM KOMUNISTIČKOM SMEĆU!”/ http://www.inavukic.com

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