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  • Pope Benedict to visit Croatia next year (Catholic Caucus)

    10/29/2010 3:28:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/29/2010 | n/a
    Croatia's Cardinal Josip Bozanić has announced that Benedict XVI will make a trip to Croatia in 2011. This will be his first time to the country as Pope. Vatican Radio cited Croatia's Catholic news agency IKA , which reported that the announcement came after a meeting between Croatia's president Ivo Josipovic and Cardinal Bozanic, the current archbishop of Zagreb. A commission to decide on the particulars of the trip will be comprised of Church and State officials, the president told IKA. One detail of the schedule is already known: the Pope will pray at the tomb of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac,...
  • "Once Brothers"

    10/08/2010 1:28:41 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 7 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/7/10 | Staff
    Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to...
  • The Krajina Chronicle: The story of a first line of defense against the Islamic invasions

    08/23/2010 2:23:02 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 5 replies
    The Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies ^ | August 23, 2010 | James Bissett
    A review of The Krajina Chronicle by Srdja Trifkovic. Written by Ambassador James Bissett, Chairman of The Lord Byron Foundation, it was published in the September 2010 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.Srdja Trifkovic is no stranger to Chronicles readers, many of whom have found his articles commenting on foreign affairs, with particular attention to the Balkans, to be insightful, penetrating, and written with authority. His latest book, The Krajina Chronicle, provides further confirmation of his extraordinary talent. The book is a history of the Serbian warrior-farmers who formed the first line of defense against Islamic invasions into...
  • U.S. Mercenaries Accused of Abetting Genocide (MPRI)

    08/19/2010 1:49:34 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Courthouse News Service ^ | August 18, 2010 | Robert Kahn
    (CN) - A private U.S. defense contractor "trained and equipped the Croatian military for Operation Storm and designed the Operation Storm battle plan," which killed or displaced more than 200,000 Serbs in 1995, in the largest European land offensive since World War II, the Genocide Victims of Krajina say in Chicago Federal Court. They demand billions of dollars in damages from MPRI, founded by U.S. military officers who were "downsized" at the end of the Cold War, and L-3 Communications, which bought MPRI for $40 million in 2000. "This is a class action brought by ethnic Serbs who resided in...
  • 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...