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  • Operation Storm victims remembered

    08/04/2010 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 20 replies
    www.b92.net ^ | August 4, 2010 | Beta, Tanjug
    BELGRADE -- A commemorative service was held in Belgrade to mark 15 years since the Croatian military Operation Storm and the exodus of ethnic Serbs from that country. Serbian president Boris Tadic, right, attends the service (Tanjug) Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej held the service before a number of officials, including Serbian President Boris Tadich, Deputy Prime Minister Jovan Krkobabich and General Secretary of the Serbian parliament Veljko Odalovich, as well as many people who gathered on the occasion. "We have gathered here today to remember in prayer the people killed 15 years ago, who were guilty first of being...
  • Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia Commemorate Operation Storm

    08/04/2010 6:21:18 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 2+ views
    www.balkaninsight.com ^ | August 4, 2010
    Thousands of people across several Balkan countries have held services to commemorate those who died in Operation Storm 15-years ago. Croatia's Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor headed a delegation of high-ranking officials at Zagreb central cemetery to mark the military operation carried out by forces from her country and Bosnia and Herzegovina to retake areas of Croatia claimed by ethnic Serbs. She said on Wednesday the operation had been “a victory" over the policies of former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic. Masses were held at the same time in main churches in Belgrade and Banja Luka for about 2,000 Serbs who were...
  • Croatian president stirs hornet's nest with apology

    04/20/2010 6:16:48 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 254+ views
    www.earthtimes.org ^ | April 17, 2010 | German Press Agency (dpa)
    Zagreb - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has fallen foul of the government over an apology for crimes his countrymen committed during the 1992-95 Bosnia war, Zagreb media reported Saturday. In a speech to the Bosnian parliament, Josipovic expressed his regrets at the deaths of thousands of Bosnians during the conflict and criticized the policies of the country's leader at the time, Franjo Tudjman. "I deeply regret that that kind of policy contributed to the sufferings of the people and the divisions that still trouble us," said Josipovic, who took office only two months ago. In the war Serbs, Croats and...
  • Croatian Teen Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent German

    04/18/2010 7:49:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 996+ views
    Macedonia Online ^ | Thursday, April 15, 2010 | unattributed
    A Croatian girl baffled doctors when she woke up from a coma speaking fluent German, which she didn't previously know, and is now unable to talk in her native tongue. Two weeks ago, the 13-year-old girl lost consciousness for 24 hours. She had been studying German at school and watching German TV shows, but her parents insist she was previously unable to communicate properly in that language. "You never know when recovering from such a trauma how the brain will react," hospital director Dujomir Marasovic told the U.K.'s Telegraph. Various experts have examined the teenager, who is from the southern...
  • Croatian coma girl wakes up speaking German

    04/14/2010 12:25:16 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 22 replies · 1,175+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 14, 2010 | Ninemsn staff
    A Croatian girl has woken from a coma unable to speak her native language — instead talking in fluent German. The 13-year-old girl, who lost consciousness for 24 hours two weeks ago, has doctors baffled by her bizarre condition. She had been studying German at school and watching German television shows, but her parents maintain she was previously unable to freely communicate in the language. "You never know when recovering from such a trauma how the brain will react," the UK Telegraph quoted KB Hospital director Dujomir Marasovic as saying. "Obviously we have some theories although at the moment we...
  • Serbian Republic marks Croatia's Jasenovac death camp uprising

    04/12/2010 2:43:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 15 replies · 512+ views
    Serbianna ^ | April 12, 2010 | XINHUA
    Republika Srpska marked the 65th anniversary of the uprising in Jasenovac concentration camp, one of the most brutal death camps of World War Two, in Donja Gradina, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. Donja Gradina was the main burial site for the Jasenovac extermination camp located in the vicinity of a town by the same name. Jasenovac was established by the Nazi-allied Independent State of Croatia (NDH) during World War Two. The number of people slaughtered at Jasenovac, most of whom were Serbs, Jews, Roma and opponents of the Ustasha regime, totals in the hundreds of thousands. About 1,000 prisoners rose...
  • Croatia should apologize for World War II genocide before joining the EU

    04/03/2010 10:41:20 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 36 replies · 909+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 2, 2010 | James Bissett
    Croatian fascists murdered hundreds of thousands of victims as part of a campaign against Serbs and Jews.Croatia is nearing the finish line of a multiyear race to join the European Union. Its accession has been pushed along by traditional ally Germany, and by the United States, which has encouraged the EU’s southwest expansion to include all of the Balkans and even Turkey. However, there is another – moral – requirement Croatia should have to meet for its own sake before being admitted. It should fully and publicly acknowledge its role in World War II as a loyal ally of the...
  • If it's good enough for Serbia's goose, why not for Croatia's gander?

    04/01/2010 10:04:13 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 260+ views
    Stella Jatras | 12/7/2000 - April 1, 2010 | Stella Jatras
    Ravnagora's note: Although first written in December of 2000, this essay is particularly relevant today in 2010, given Serbia's "apology for Srebrenica". ***** In an AP article dated 21 November [2000], Croatia’s president, Stipe Mesic, insisted that "ousting Slobodan Milosevic was not enough," and "urged Yugoslavia’s new leaders on Tuesday to hand him over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal and face up to their country’s role in the Balkan wars. Croatian President Stipe Mesic praised Yugoslavia’s democratization, which began with the election Sept. 24 of the new president, Vojislav Kostunica. But he said Kostunica should apologize for Milosevic’s policies,...
  • Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Recruiting Violent Jihadist Fighters

    03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST · by Doogle · 152 replies · 3,304+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 030910 | FOX NEWS
    A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
  • Mass grave of history: Vatican's WWII identity crisis

    02/23/2010 5:58:17 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 110 replies · 1,460+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 22, 2010 | Julia Gorin
    Catholic Church, looking for a bulwark against communism, supported what became genocidal regime of Nazi satellite Croatia. Photo courtesy of the United States Holocaust Museum The controversy over the canonization of Pope Pius XII concerns whether he spoke out enough against the slaughter of Jews during World War II. But that question is a red herring when trying to grasp the big picture of the Vatican's role during the war. The real question is whether the Vatican supported the world order, or at least aspects of it, that the Third Reich promised to bring, a world order in which dead...
  • Pope gunman wants to write new Bible in Croatia (wants to correct mistakes)

    01/25/2010 7:51:55 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 456+ views
    Inquirer ^ | January 24, 2010
    ZAGREB – The Turkish man, who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in1981, has said he wants political asylum in staunchly Catholic Croatia, where he plans to write a new Bible, a local daily reported on Sunday. "If Croatia gives me political asylum, I would be glad to come and live in Croatia," Mehmet Ali Agca said in a message delivered through his lawyers to the influential Vecernji List daily."Croatia is a Catholic country and I am a Catholic. I am preparing to write a new Bible and correct mistakes and I would like to do that in Catholic...
  • Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b...

    01/22/2010 2:28:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 852+ views
    DHS.gov - News ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Contact info deleted by me. # Note: The following text is a quote: Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Release Date: January 22, 2010 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano this week designated 11 new countries as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, which allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary or seasonal jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. The 11 newly designated countries—Croatia, Ecuador, Ethiopia,...
  • Croatian president threatens Bosnian-Serbs

    Outgoing Croatian President Stjepan Mesic is threatening military action if the Bosnian Serbs go further with their attempts at independence. He was speaking to Croatian media a month before he is due to stand down. The Serb part of Bosnia-Herzegovina is preparing to hold a referendum on independence. The move has led to an increase of tensions with Bosnia's other ethnic groups, the Muslims and ethnic Croats. Mr Mesic believes that a referendum would breach the Dayton agreement which ended the Bosnian civil war in 1995. He argues that Croatia, as one of the signatories of Dayton, has a duty...
  • Serbia Files Genocide Suit Against Croatia

    01/14/2010 12:02:09 PM PST · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 664+ views
    <p>BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia filed a lawsuit against Croatia at the International Court of Justice on Monday, accusing it of genocide during the 1991-1995 Balkan war, which killed or displaced thousands of people.</p> <p>Serbia was responding to a similar lawsuit that Croatia filed to the same Netherlands-based court in 1999, claiming that Serb attacks during the conflict also amounted to genocide. In 2008, the International Court of Justice granted Croatia the right to sue Serbia by deciding the court has the authority to rule in the case.</p>
  • Train Line Across the Balkans Restitches a Region

    01/12/2010 4:11:19 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 10, 2010 | Nicholas Kulish
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The siege of Sarajevo had just begun the last time Vera Bagur, now 68, took the famous train line from Sarajevo to Belgrade. It was one of the few physical links that bound Muslims, Serbs and Croats. Lala Tomljanovic and Vera Bagur, both 68, who share an apartment in Sarajevo, rode the train from Sarajevo to Belgrade for the first time in 18 years. More Photos » That unity was cracking into violence as she peered, against the conductor’s orders, out the window as tanks rolled past in the dry, unpicked cornfields. “That was the...
  • ISAF Supports Educational Sector in Ghowr

    01/03/2010 7:23:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    School children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participate in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29 (Photo courtesy of ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan) NEWS RELEASEISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA–006 For Immediate Release CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan (Jan. 2) – About 500 school children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participated in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29. The head of the provincial education department, local authorities and the chief of staff of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team there attended the event. "The local government put a lot of effort into facilitating education for the people...
  • Nikola Tesla's Youngest Descendant, Serbian Refugee

    12/22/2009 2:06:44 AM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 1,513+ views
    Shameless Croats Her name is Danijela Tesla, she is 18-years-old and lives in Smederevo, Serbian town near Belgrade. She is the youngest descendant of the “man who invented 20th century”, Serbian-born American immigrant Nikola Tesla. Ever since the world’s greatest inventor — also regarded as “the greatest genius” that ever lived — closed his eyes in New York hotel on 7 January 1943, Tesla’s name and revolutionary inventions have been the subject of vicious contention between the governments, state officials and institutions, nations and corporations. Recently, Walt Disney studio which wants to create a Tesla character for one sequence of...
  • George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis (Part 1)

    07/16/2004 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 109 replies · 12,902+ views
    RichardPoe.com ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.</p> <p>"George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party," charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson's comment as hyberbole. However, Soros' massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.</p>
  • Former US diplomat Peter Galbraith grabs hundreds of millions in Iraqi oil money

    11/13/2009 6:33:51 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Axis of Logic ^ | November 13, 2009 | Alex Lantier
    Yesterday the New York Times reported the Norwegian financial newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv’s revelations that Peter Galbraith, a former US diplomat and advisor to the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars in profit from Iraqi oil revenues. Galbraith’s profits would result from his cashing in on his links to the Kurdish regional leadership, and his role in drafting Iraq’s Constitution, shortly after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. In 2004, Galbraith helped the Kurds arrange deals with Norwegian oil firm DNO and prepare for negotiations on the Iraqi Constitution, including controversial provisions on...
  • Governor General of Canada to Visit Slovenia, Croatia, and Greece

    10/22/2009 4:47:43 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 561+ views
    www.gg.ca ^ | October 16, 2009 | www.gg.ca
    OTTAWA — At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will make an official visit to the Republic of Slovenia, from October 21 to 22, a State visit to the Republic of Croatia, from October 23 to 27, and a State visit to the Hellenic Republic, from October 29 to 31, 2009, during which she will be accompanied by her husband His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond. “Slovenia and Croatia are young democracies whose roots reach back through centuries of history. Canada is young, but it...
  • Croatian NGO plans monument to Nazi collaborator Ante Pavelic

    10/08/2009 1:09:41 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 17 replies · 1,742+ views
    Croatian extreme right-wing NGO The Croatian Cultural Movement (HUP) has announced plans to erect a monument in honor of former Croatian president Ante Pavelic in Zagreb, Croatia, this December. Ante Pavelić visiting Hitler at Berghof. SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World HUP president Tomislav Dragun has been quoted as saying that the monument will stand adjacent to the capital's central square. Pavelic, the president of Croatia during World War II, was known for his state-organized terror campaign against Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croats. He was installed as the president of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) in 1941, a...
  • Sick Heil!

    09/09/2009 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Canuck1 · 5 replies · 522+ views
    The Sun, UK ^ | September 8, 2009 | Brian Flynn
    Sick Heil!By BRIAN FLYNN Published: 08 Sep 2009 CROATIAN football chiefs are using a sick fascist hatemonger to whip up a vile racist frenzy among fans. A Sun investigation today reveals the Croatian FA is behind a cynical campaign encouraging thugs - who will be at Wembley for tomorrow's match against England - to worship the right-wing nut spreading hatred and Sieg Heil chants on the terraces. Shocking songs by fascist rocker Marko Perkovic that glorify genocide and Hitler's death camps are played at Croatia's home matches. And his sick slogans are chanted by thousands of fans. England striker Emile...
  • Medjugorje Priest, Under Investigation, Defrocked

    07/31/2009 9:37:10 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 14 replies · 990+ views
    Priest, investigated by Vatican, chose to leave order and priesthood By JOHN P. CONNOLLY, The Bulletin Monday, July 27, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI has defrocked a priest at the center of alleged apparitions at the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, according to a report by the Catholic News Agency. Fr. Tomislav Vladic reportedly decided to leave the priesthood and his religious order during an ongoing investigation of his role in the claims of apparitions, including an accusation of sexual misconduct for getting a nun pregnant. Fr. Vladic was at odds with the Vatican and the local bishop of Medjugorje when he...
  • German Eurofighter transports sweet mustard to Croatia

    05/27/2009 6:52:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1,364+ views
    Croatian Times ^ | 26. 05. 09
    German Eurofighter transports sweet mustard to Croatia Croatian Times Sausage-noshing German ambassadors used a 67 million GBP Eurofighter warplane to fly emergency supplies of mustard to a VIP party. Diplomats in Croatia wanted to serve traditional white bangers at the bash to celebrate Germany's 60 years as a democracy but couldn't get the right mustard anywhere locally. So they called in air support from the Luftwaffe who sent pilot Norbert Biehler with a case of the special sweet mustard for the party, reports Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List. Now the extravagant use of military funds in under investigation in Germany. "It's...
  • Croats flock to support openly corrupt politician

    05/21/2009 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Parody · 1 replies · 356+ views
    The Register ^ | 20th May 2009 11:17 GMT | Matt Dupuy
    'All for me, nothing for you' message a hit with voters A Croatian politician is close to becoming the mayor of the town Prolozac - despite promising to be corrupt and to treat the town "like our family business". Voters have flocked to the campaign, which runs under the slogan "All for me, nothing for you". Josko Risa polled 27.89 per cent of the vote in the first round of voting on Sunday, placing him second. Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija reports that he will now face Mate Lasic, the current incumbent from the Croatian Democratic Union, in a run-off on...
  • Croatian MP jailed for war crimes

    05/09/2009 9:49:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 526+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 8, 2009 | BBC
    A far-right Croat MP has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for war crimes against Serb civilians during Croatia's war of independence in the early 1990s. A court in Zagreb found Branimir Glavas had given orders to a paramilitary unit under his command to murder six Serbs in the eastern city of Osijek in 1991. The former general was charged last year after the Croatian parliament partially lifted his legal immunity. Glavas denies any wrongdoing and says his trial was politically motivated. He blames the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), from which he was expelled in 2006 after clashing...
  • Croatia cursed by crime and corruption

    04/16/2009 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 232+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 15, 2009 | Matt Prodger
    Britain's Foreign Office is warning visitors to Croatia this summer to beware of a threat from organised crime, following a number of assassinations and attacks on prominent figures, reports Matt Prodger.Irena Scuric shows Matt Prodger the scene where Ivo Pukanic was killed "We heard a very loud and low noise, something like voooom!" On the evening of 23 October 2008, Irena Scuric was eating pizza with her daughter in a restaurant less than a minute's walk from the offices of one of Croatia's most popular newspapers, Nacional, when they heard a blast. "We saw the car, which was burnt," she...
  • New Allegations by Croatian Holocaust survivors against Franciscan Order - OFM

    04/16/2009 7:32:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 1,136+ views
    www.vaticanbankclaims.com ^ | April 14, 2009 | Dr. Jonathan Levy
    New Allegations by Holocaust Survivors against Franciscan Order - OFMDetails Slowly Emerge about Nazi Gold in Vatican April 16, 2009 San Francisco United States District Court for Northern California Alperin v. Vatican Bank and Franciscan order Case No. C-99-4491 MMC A federal court judge has overruled objections of the defendant Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM) and has permitted the filing of an Amended Complaint in the decade long lawsuit Alperin v. Vatican Bank & Franciscan Order. The plaintiffs, Holocaust survivors and their heirs from former Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, are seeking an accounting and return of gold and...
  • Holocaust Survivors of Jasenovac Testimonial Book Banned on April 10th

    04/15/2009 12:30:36 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 1,100+ views
    Wanda Schindley | April 14, 2009 | Wanda Schindley
    On April 10th, the day the Independent State of Croatia was born in 1941 to begin a state-mandated campaign of genocide against Serbs, Jews, and Romas, a U.S. judge, for the first time in Western history, issued (on behalf of Barry Lituchy) a permanent ban against a book containing testimonies of Holocaust/genocide survivors.Below: I. Brief History of the Lawsuit A. Initial demands of Lituchy, et al. B. Demands in the Complaint C. Claims in the Complaint D. The lawsuit against Kingsborough E. Preliminary Injunction F. Settlement demands G. Lituchy’s attacks II. Current Status A. Appeal to the Second Circuit III....
  • National Guard Program Contributes to NATO’s Expansion

    04/09/2009 4:45:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 – For NATO’s two newest members, a National Guard program contributed to their April 1 accession into the alliance. Albania and Croatia have been members of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program for more than a decade. Along with other initiatives such as NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, the National Guard’s State Partnership Program helped the countries prepare for NATO membership, National Guard Bureau officials said. Established in 1949 as a defense pact against the former Soviet Union and now 28 members strong, NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary April 4. A dozen countries founded NATO...
  • Mass World War II Grave Found in Croatia

    04/04/2009 4:02:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 5,162+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/4/09
    A mass grave dating from World War II and containing the remains of up to 4,500 people, including German officers and their Croatian allies, has been found near Zagreb, media reports said Saturday. Bones were found in six caves at Harmica, in the Zapresic region, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the capital, close to the border with Slovenia, newspapers and state television said. The website of the daily Jutarnji List said they included soldiers of the Croation Ustachi regime allied to the Nazis and some 500 German army officers. It quoted an official of the Croatian branch of...
  • Croatia Won´t Use NATO in Disputes with Neighbors

    04/04/2009 11:06:17 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Javno ^ | April 2009 | Hina
    Croatia will not use its membership in NATO to solve outstanding issues with neighbouring countries. On the contrary, Croatia’s goal is security and development of all countries in the region, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic said at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation session in Strasbourg on Saturday. President Mesic said that Croatia joined this military-political alliance to boost its security, but also to contribute to the stability and security of other countries, especially South-Eastern European countries. He believes that what is important for Croatia is not merely joining NATO, but also the whole process of accession during which Croatia met a...
  • Croatia Will Not Enter EU with Serbia, Macedonia

    04/04/2009 10:57:33 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 19 replies · 2,045+ views
    Javno ^ | April 2009 | Matija Velican
    Croatian President Mesic and Prime Minister Ivo Sanader ZAGREB, CROATIA - "This is a historic moment because Croatia is arriving at the summit as a member of NATO. We waited very long for this moment and we implemented all the necessary reforms. We got an army which is depoliticised and profesionalised," Croatia’s President Stjepan Mesic said before leaving for the NATO Summit in Strasbourg. He voiced satisfaction with the fact that he would be present at that historic moment. "NATO is not an army, it is also a political alliance which gathers countries that protect certain democratic values, freedom, democracy,...
  • Obama Gives Croatian President Mesic Washington Treaty Copy

    04/04/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 519+ views
    Javno ^ | April 2009 | A.S./ English Translation by Lajla Mlinari&#263; Blake
    Stjepan Mesic, Barack Obama, Ivo Sanader Albania and Croatia have already done a lot on behalf of NATO, Barack Obama said, alluding to soldiers participating in peace missions. The NATO summit in Strasbourg began with a minute of silence for people who had been killed on behalf of NATO. After that, French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a speech. He said the summit was taking place in Germany and France to show that these two countries ensure peace and security together. German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that Afghanistan is NATO’s biggest challenge. "We must define our goals and periodically determine what...
  • Croatian President Mesi&#263; praises relations with Kosovo

    04/04/2009 6:04:26 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 310+ views
    B92 ^ | April 2, 2009 | Beta
    PRIŠTINA -- Croatian President Stjepan Mesic; said Croatia and Kosovo have well-developed bilateral cooperation at all levels and this cooperation should be strengthened. In an interview with Radio Television Kosovo (RTK), he said that Kosovo was well organized, that all state institutions had been formed and were functioning, and that it was becoming a more functional state. “The proof is in the fact that more than 50 countries in the world have recognized Kosovo,” Mesic said. He said that the development of industry was of special importance, to encourage foreign investors to come to Kosovo and to take advantage of...
  • Croatia probes a Serb for post-WWII killings

    03/31/2009 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 13 replies · 823+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | March 31, 2009 | Snjezana Vukic for AP
    ZAGREB, Croatia-A prosecutor in Croatia has lifted the veil on a painful episode of Balkan history: the execution of thousands pro-Nazi soldiers and civilians at the end of World War II. The Croatian state attorney has asked that a case be brought against an elderly former major in the communist-run Yugoslav army on suspicion of ordering 13,000 people put to death. It marks the first legal procedure ever in Croatia regarding postwar killings carried by the victorious antifascists, or partisans. And part of the evidence may be the accused's own autobiography. Simo Dubajic, 86, is suspected of ordering the executions,...
  • Slovenia Border Spat Imperils Croatia’s NATO Bid

    03/24/2009 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 291+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 22, 2009 | Dan Bilefsky
    Planters mark the border between Obrezje, Slovenia, foreground, and Bregana, Croatia — and between a NATO and European Union member and a nonmember. OBREZJE, Slovenia — Customers at Kalin, a rustic, 180-year-old tavern, can eat roast pork dinners here in Slovenia, step a few yards across the room to Croatia to use the bathroom, saunter back to Slovenia to pay the bill and end their meal on Croatian soil over a game of billiards and a shot of local pear brandy. They can do so because of the vagaries of history and an accident of geography. To prevent any confusion,...
  • Croatia’s Secret Reparations Revealed

    03/14/2009 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies · 811+ views
    Institute for War and Peace Reporting ^ | March 13, 2009 | Goran Jungvirth
    ICTY - Tribunal Update Zagreb awarded damages to families of victims killed in detention. Croatia secretly paid 1.8 million kuna (250,000 euro) to the families of people killed in the notorious Lora prison camp in the early 1990s, confirmed officials this week. Lora, a Yugoslav-era naval base in the coastal city of Split, was taken over by Croatian forces in 1991, the start of the Croatian war of independence, as the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, JNA, forces withdrew. From 1992 to 1997, it functioned as a prison camp for mainly Serbian, but also Bosnian and Montenegrin, civilians and prisoners of war,...
  • Croatia cooks up 'world's largest' sausage

    03/02/2009 7:42:32 AM PST · by SolidWood · 7 replies · 929+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Feb 14 | AFP
    VINKOVCI, Croatia (AFP) – Croatians on Saturday cooked up what they claim to be the world's largest sausage, measuring 530 metres (1,738 feet). Hundreds of locals gathered in the main square of Vinkovci in the country's east and grilled the giant sausage, made with 400 kilogrammes of pork, 10 kilos of salt, 2.5 kilos of spices and 3.5 kilos of garlic bought for a local farm, the town hall said.
  • Tensions Rise in Fragile Bosnia as Country’s Serbs Threaten to Seek Independence

    02/27/2009 6:37:07 PM PST · by BabaYaga · 24 replies · 1,098+ views
    PRAGUE — Bosnian Serb leaders have threatened to pull out of state institutions and are pressing anew for independence from Bosnia and Herzegovina, threatening to throw the fragile, multiethnic country into political crisis once again. Analysts and observers of the region said the situation could unravel the United States-brokered Dayton accords of 1995, which ended a savage war that killed more than 100,000 people, most of them Muslims, between 1992 and 1995. The pact divided Bosnia and Herzegovina into a Muslim-Croat Federation and a Serb Republic, presided over by a decentralized political system that reinforced rather than healed ethnic divisions....
  • Slovenia-Croatia border row heats up

    02/23/2009 8:38:52 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 454+ views
    BBC News ^ | February 18, 2009 | Oana Lungescu
    A border row dating back to the collapse of Yugoslavia is threatening Croatia's chances of completing EU membership talks this year and becoming the bloc's 28th member by 2011. Slovenia, the first former Yugoslav nation to join the EU in 2004, has been blocking talks with Croatia because of the 18-year-old dispute, which mainly concerns a small bay in the Adriatic Sea. Seen from a boat, Piran is a glorious sight - a Venetian-style city built of limestone and marble, lapped by the blue waters of the Adriatic. It's easily missed on a map, but this small bay of just...
  • NATO concerned over Slovenia block of Croatia

    02/23/2009 8:31:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 201+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | February 20, 2009 | Xinhua
    KRAKOW, Poland, Feb 20, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer expressed concern on Friday that politics in Slovenia might prevent Croatia from formally joining NATO at a summit in early April. "It gives me reason for concern that we might not see a situation at the summit in Strasbourg and Kehl that we can greet Albania and Croatia in the NATO family," he told a press conference at an informal NATO defense ministers' meeting. "I think everyone involved, including in Slovenia, should do everything they can to make that happen," he said....
  • Croatia's Franjo Tudjman would have ended up in the Hague

    02/22/2009 6:47:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 691+ views
    B92 ^ | February 22, 2009 | Jutarnji List (Morning News)
    ZAGREB -- Had he lived, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman would today be in the Hague accused of war crimes, a former American ambassador to Croatia claims. Peter Galbraith told Zagreb daily Jutarnji List that Croatia, "had it not been for the war and Tudjman", would now be an EU member. Galbraith testified at the Hague Tribunal in the trial of Ante Gotovina and two other former Croatian generals charged with Operation Storm crimes committed in 1995. Nearly a quarter of a million ethnic Serbs were driven out of their homes during the Croatian army and police campaign. Now the Zagreb...
  • Tudjman’s Police Minister Admits Croatia Started the War by Attacking Serbs

    02/14/2009 8:08:46 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 22 replies · 1,703+ views
    De-Construct.net ^ | February 13, 2009 | De-Construct.net
    Serbs and Yugoslavia were Under Attack, Not Croatia In the exclusive interview, Franjo Tudjman’s Internal Affairs Minister Josip Boljkovac admitted Croat leadership carried out planned attacks on Croatia Serbs in 1991, in order to start a war. “Tudjman wanted the war at any cost, following the concept according to which Serbs must disappear from Croatia,” Boljkovac said. Croat media censored reports from Boljkovac’s testimony at the trial against former Osijek mayor Branimir Glavaš, war criminal responsible for horrific crimes against the local Serbs, concealing parts of his testimony which charge Croatia with instigating the war. “During the testimony, Glavaš accused...
  • Balkan Basket Case

    02/08/2009 12:26:55 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 112 replies · 3,221+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2009 | Jefferey T. Kuhner
    From Iceland to Latvia, the growing financial crisis is triggering popular revolts. Several European governments are on the verge of being toppled. Yet, it is in the Balkans where the rising tide of discontent may have the most significant impact. The bloody breakup of Yugoslavia left in its wake successor states - all of whom, with the exception of Slovenia, are mired in economic stagnation. The region's biggest disappointment, however, has been Croatia. It is now badly lagging behind its northern Slovene neighbor due to massive political corruption. Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader vows to lead his country into the...
  • Jutarnji List: Barack Obama to visit Croatia, Albania in April?

    02/04/2009 10:53:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,942+ views
    Focus Information Agency ^ | 4 February 2009
    Zagreb. U.S. President Barack Obama might visit Croatia and Albania in April, the Croatian Jutarnji List writes on its Internet site. According to anonymous White House sources Obama will most probably visit Zagreb and Tirana immediately after the NATO summit in Strasbourg. If Obama does not visit the two countries on organizational grounds, the prime ministers of the two NATO newcomers will visit the White House, the Jutarnji List says.
  • Croatian parents paid to give "traditional" names to their children

    02/07/2009 10:43:14 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 8 replies · 863+ views
    News.com.au ^ | February 5, 2009 | Agence France-Presse
    A PRIEST worried about the erosion of Croatia's national identity has offered to pay parents who flout trends and give their babies traditional names. "Those who name their child after a grandfather, a grandmother, a saint ... on the day of baptising will be given 1000 kunas ($A270)," reads a notice on his church's doors in the southern coastal town of Ploce. The message is accompanied by a list suggesting some 80 Croatian male and female names considered "traditional" - such as Ante, Petar, Ana or Marija. "Anything suspicious is out of the question," the Catholic priest, Petar Mikic, was...
  • Barack Obama's pledge to the Serbs before becoming President of the U.S.

    01/25/2009 7:58:29 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 22 replies · 761+ views
    Serbian Unity Congress ^ | March 2008 | Barack Obama
    Mirjana Samardzija President Serbian Unity Congress Washington, D.C. 20037 March 1, 2008 Dear Ms. Samardzija, Thank you very much for your letter of February 28. I share your concerns about the situation in the Balkans and, in particular, about the need to protect minority rights in that region. For that reason, within hours of Kosovo's declaration of independence, I issued a statement that insisted that all the people of Kosovo, of whatever ethnic origin, must be able to live in a free, tolerant and prosperous society where minority rights and religious sites are fully protected. I also noted in my...
  • The Dubrovnik and Bosnia-Hercegovina Deception

    01/17/2009 7:57:23 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 105 replies · 4,048+ views
    John P. Maher | January 11, 2009 | Professor John Peter Maher
    The following is a book review and testimony from American professor and veteran of the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC), John Peter Maher, who visited the former Yugoslavia several times during the 1990s, both before the wars there began and during them. His observations remain essential for any truthful historical review on what really went on over there, as opposed to the "facts" that were fed to the public via the media. Ravnagora. _________________________ Here’s a novelty. An honest book on the Yugoslav war has managed to get into print. An Irish Army officer Brendan O’Shea has published “The Modern...
  • (De Mint Could Give Hillary Hell in Confirmation Hearings) "Sen. Clinton, just who is Zdenka Gast?

    12/08/2008 3:04:14 PM PST · by Bokababe · 15 replies · 1,170+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | December 4, 2008 | Jack Cashill
    DeMint: Senator Clinton, just who Is Zdenka Gast? Clinton: Zdenka Gast? Help me out here. DeMint: Let me refresh your memory. Gast played a key role in Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's fatal trip to Croatia in April 1996. Ostensibly at least, Brown went to Croatia to broker a deal between the Croatian government and a certain American corporation. Gast served as liaison between the two. Clinton: Why is this an issue? DeMint: For starters, it was a sweetheart deal the White House coerced Croatia to sign. For another, the White House's Croatian client was President Franjo Tudjman, a notorious anti-Semite....