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  • Census sparks tensions across Balkans

    04/03/2011 6:45:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | Sunday, April 3, 2011 | AFP/Sarajevo
    Croatia, Kosovo and Montenegro have started to count their populations as part of a year of censuses across the ethnically tense Western Balkans to keep up with EU countries doing the same... Because of the painful history organisation of the count sparked debate and controversy throughout the region: from Macedonia, where ethnic Albanians fear that their importance will be reduced, across Montenegro, where there are complaints that Serbs are being "assimilated", to Bosnia which did not even manage to adopt a census law. In Kosovo, where the last census was held in 1981 while it was still a province in...
  • 'Lovely' Kentucky woman accused of horrific war crimes

    03/18/2011 8:39:54 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 47 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 18, 2011 | By BRETT BARROUQUERE, BRUCE SCHREINER / AP
    STANTON, Ky. — The arrest of a Croatian woman in small-town Kentucky for alleged war crimes two decades ago in the former Yugoslavia "brings her long run from justice to an end," a U.S. marshal said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier ordered that Azra Basic, 52, be held without bond pending an April 1 status hearing and appointed her a lawyer. Prosecutors argued that no bail amount would guarantee Basic's presence in court. Federal agents arrested Basic on Tuesday. A complaint filed by U.S. Attorney James Arehart accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps in the early 1990s...
  • Report: Germany offers Croatia 20 aging F-4 Phantom fighter jets

    03/16/2011 6:51:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Report: Germany offers Croatia 20 aging F-4 Phantom fighter jets By: The Associated Press ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatian state TV is reporting that Germany has offered Croatia 20 aging F-4 Phantom fighter planes to replace its even older MIG-21 jets. Croatia's HRT television says the twin-engine American-made fighters can fly for another couple of years before they are retired. But the six Soviet-made MIGs in the Croatian air force fleet have an even shorter flight span left. HRT says the Croatian government has not yet answered to the German free-of-charge offer for the McDonnell Douglas Phantoms, which entered service with...
  • Arab Revolt Spreads To Europe

    03/11/2011 3:05:15 AM PST · by nancyvideo · 5 replies
    RightBias ^ | March 11, 2011 | Jeffrey Kuhner
    The Arab freedom wave has now hit the shores of Europe and in the most unlikely of places: the Balkans. Croatia, an Adriatic nation that straddles the civilizational fault line between Central Europe and the Balkans, has been seething with public unrest and protests.
  • Virus of Arab revolutions eats Balkans from within

    03/06/2011 7:57:48 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | March 4, 2011 | Vadim Trukhachev
    The virus of the "Arab revolution" seems to be spreading to Europe. Mass anti-government demonstrations took place in Croatia; there were protesters' clashes with the police. Nationalist trace is visible in these events directly related to the outcome of the war in Yugoslavia 15-20 years ago. A rally with thousands of participants gathered in Zagreb on Tuesday. The participants demanded the resignation of Prime Minister, leader of the Conservative party Croatian Democratic Union Jadranka Kosor. The main opposition, Socialist Party, was not favored either as the protesters burned its flag in the same way as they have the Conservative banner....
  • Croatia looking to give military jets facelift

    02/04/2011 9:42:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Croatian Times ^ | 2/5/2011 | Croatian Times
    The Croatian Ministry of Defence has invited representatives from Russian fighter aircraft manufacturers to evaluate whether any of Croatia's fighter planes could be modernized. Representatives of the Russian company MiG and Rosoboronexport agency will be coming to Croatia to evaluate the condition of several 20-year-old planes that they manufactured. Croatia is looking to either modernize its current stock or buy some new or used planes. Eight planes should be modernized according to the Ministry of Defense's plan, costing the state some 20 million dollars. Considering that these planes are more than 30 years old, only the manufacturer can decide whether...
  • The big cleanup begins [Balkan corruption]

    12/25/2010 7:28:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Press Europ ^ | 23 December 2010
    Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro: in the space of a fortnight, the leaders or ex-leaders of all three countries have been arrested or accused of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, reports a Montenegro weekly, the EU is paving the way for the accession of all three Balkan countries.Like something out of a political thriller, former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was arrested in Austria [on 10 December] under a warrant issued by his own country. He is now waiting for extradition in a Salzburg jail and says he’s prepared to answer corruption charges. A day or two prior to his arrest, right before parliament lifted...
  • Cardinal Puljic Must Vacate Residence-- Sarajevo Court Upholds Communist Decision: Croatia in Uproar

    11/30/2010 3:29:10 AM PST · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/30/2010 | Tancred
    (Sarajevo) In the past 17th of November there was a final judgement by the Bosnian-Herzegovinan Federal Government in Sarajevo, has ordered the vacation of the residence of the Archbishop of Vrhbosna-sarajevo, Vinko Cardinal Puljuic, from the Episcopal Palace. The residence, the property of the Curia, was confiscated in the past by the Communist regime, to house there Communist or Muslim spies, according to Corrispenza Romana.
  • Mesic just one of 6,000 Croatian residents on Serbia´s pensions payroll

    11/27/2010 10:58:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    Croatian Times ^ | November 26, 2010
    The former Croatian president Stjepan Mesic is just one of some 6,000 Croatian retirees receiving pensions from Serbia, the Serbian press has reported. These people used to work in Serbia and have paid contributions to the country’s fund for pension and disability insurance (PIO Fond). The director of public relations sector of the PIO Fond Jelica Timotijevic says that all of those who had worked for the presidency of the former Yugoslavia, for example – and have later become state officials and politicians in their own countries – have a right to a Serbian pension based on individual agreements between...
  • KUHNER: The Soros empire

    10/29/2010 8:35:43 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    ...Mr. Soros is the sugar daddy of the Democratic Party and the modern left. His net worth is more than $7 billion. He is one of the richest and most influential men in the world. Almost every major liberal organization, think tank or media outlet has been the beneficiary of Mr. Soros' largesse. The Nation magazine, Mother Jones, Media Matters, MoveOn.org, NPR and the Center for American Progress - all together they have received tens of millions of dollars from the financier. They serve as front groups and propaganda vehicles to promote Mr. Soros' brand of transnational socialism. ..Mr. Soros...
  • 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...