Having read the book, I’m looking forward to this much-anticipated film/series.
It’s been about a week and much of Croatia is buzzing with excitement about the start of the filming of a new feature movie called “The General”. Most say: About time! And indeed it has great significance and potential in spreading and maintaining the truth about Croatia’s Homeland War and its Operation Storm of August 1995, which swiftly and decisively liberated the Croatian territory, occupied and ethnically cleansed of all non-Serbs by the Serb forces. This is a movie and a TV series’ filming of the long-awaited life story of Croatia’s much-loved war hero General – Ante Gotovina.
On August 4th, 1995, Operation Storm commenced. It was a large-scale military operation led by Croatian armed forces in order to gain back the control of Croatian territories which had been claimed by Serbs. The united Croatian forces led by General…
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Vukovar still haunts me; it always will. The basement of the hospital has been ‘preserved’, but to my eyes it has been sanitised. What it was like during the Serb siege then the occupation cannot be communicated through tableaux or memorials. Remembrance means putting it all together and re-living the stories of both the survivors and the dead. We give honour to them every time we tell their stories, lest we forget….
Being in Vukovar on the 25th anniversary of horrid atrocities committed against innocent Croatian people by the Serb aggressor was a sombre, sad, gut-wrenching experience for over 120,000 people who visited there on 18 November and vividly remembered the horrors once again as my last post read. For those who were unable to be there, here is a close-up journal of what Connor Vlakancic’s eyes saw in the day leading up to that big day, on the day of Remembrance itself and the day after; what he felt as any of us might in the same place; he came from the US to be there.
“It is now 03:01, I can’t slumber, I must search about. The sky black of overcast and haze at ground level in the streetlights. The temperature is brisk and a breeze…
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It was Friday 21 October 2016 when in Zagreb Croatia, accompanied by the Croatian Catholic University rector Zeljko Tanjic the UK based Robin Harris presented a copy of his new book “Stepinac – His Life and Times” to the president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic. Robin Harris is a well-known British historian, publicist, writer and an important adviser to the former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
“Stepinac – His Life and Times” is the first all-encompassing biography of Alojzije (Aloysius) Stepinac, Cardinal Archbishop of Zagreb during WWII whose deeds and persona have been subject to controversies ever since WWII, mounted and perpetuated by the communists of Yugoslavia and their friends.
“For the last seventy years—ever since his show-trial in 1946—Alojzije Stepinac, Cardinal Archbishop of Zagreb, has been the…
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It was May, 1945. The Second World War was over, and the real agony of civilian refugees and defeated soldiers (independence and freedom from Kingdom of Yugoslavia fighters in particular) from the territories of former Yugoslavia had just begun. The agony of the defeated Croatian soldiers and civilians is known as the Way of the Cross. Instead of the humanitarian protection they should have received, Yugoslav partisans, communists, gave them death sentences. Endless columns of refugees from Yugoslavia walked towards the West, seeking refuge and instead were sent back and sent on the road of no return – Huda Pit was one of the places where that road finished for thousands innocent victims.
Post WWII Communist Yugoslavia was literally littered with mass graves, particularly Croatia and Slovenia – the remains cluttered the underground in deafening silence…
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The referendum held on 25 September 2016 in the entity of Serbian Republic (Republika Srpska/RS) within Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) regarding confirmation that 9 January should be set as public holiday for the celebration of the Day of Republika Srpska/Serbian Republic Statehood Day may to many in the outside world seem benign but given BiH’s geographic position coupled with the 1990’s history puts it all in a different light. But, in reality and in truth this frighteningly defiant move led by Milorad Dodik, RS president – and nourished and supported via Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s promises of financial supports – has all the hallmarks of officially legitimising war crimes, especially ethnic cleansing and genocide (including Srebrenica) committed during 1990’s against Croatians and Bosniaks/Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina/BiH in that…
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I love Croatian food, but finding Croatian recipes in English isn’t always an easy task, so today I thought I’d post my own version of a famous Croatian dessert, paradižot. I beg forgiveness if my interpretation is lacking in authenticity, but my family have been most pleased with the results.
- 1 litre cream (or milk)
- 7 eggs, separated
- pinch of salt
- 5 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/8 cup rum and milk (ratio according to personal taste)
- 100g savoiardi biscuits (butter biscuits are traditional)
- dark chocolate for grating
Whip the egg whites with the salt until stiff, then beat in vanilla sugar.
Warm the cream and sugar in a wide pan to a gentle simmer. Add spoonfuls of the egg whites and poach on both sides for 3-5 minutes. (They should float around like icebergs.)
Line the bottom of a serving dish (e.g. flat casserole dish) with the biscuits (and put aside any leftovers). Sprinkle the biscuits with the rum/milk mixture, then half of the lemon zest.
When the egg whites are cooked, layer them over the biscuits and crumble any leftover biscuits over the top.
Add the egg yolks, vanilla sugar, and remaining lemon zest to the milk and heat gently. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens, then pour over the biscuits and egg whites.
Finally, grate chocolate over the top and chill in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.
A true, brilliant face of justice stepped out into the streets of Croatia and the world last Friday!
On 22 July 2016 Zagreb Country Court issued a judgment of great historical and political importance, announcing the complete annulment of the sentence against the archbishop of Zagreb, Aloysius Stepinac, passed by the politically rigged communist Yugoslav court 70 years ago, in October 1946.
The Zagreb County court in Croatia, a panel of judges presided over by Judge Ivan Turudic, annulled, quashed the 1946 communist Yugoslavia treason conviction against Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac, ruling that he did not receive a fair trial. Belgrade (Serbia) driven anti-Croat hoards, whose mission was to ensure that Croatia was the only Yugoslav federation state to be made responsible for the crimes of the…
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Croatian war reporter’s, journalist’s and writer’s Ante Gugo’s best-selling non-fiction book in Croatia “Storm Which We Could Not Avoid” first released in 2015 in the Croatian language, twenty years after Croatia’s August 1995 swift and skillful Operation Storm liberated Krajina part of Croatia’s territory occupied and ethnically cleansed by Serb forces in early 1990’s, has now been translated into the English language and its title is “In the Eye of the Storm”.
Ante Gugo had said that his book on the Operation Storm in Croatia arose from a desire to answer the question as to whether it would have been possible to realise the independence of Croatia without a war, that is, where is and how deep does the root of Croatian-Serbian contentions run. “The search for the answer to that question…
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There’s a federal election in three weeks, and most of us wish it would just go away. We’re weary, not just of the usual electioneering, but of the seeming futility of the whole shebang. When it comes to the political process, even the small act of casting a vote, we ask ourselves ‘what’s the point?!’ and sigh with cynicism.
I’m no exception to this world-weary political fatigue, and yet my name has somehow made its way onto a ballot paper… and not for the first time. So I thought I’d share with you the thoughts that came to me when I asked myself ‘what’s the point?’ – because my position is pretty futile. I’m in second spot for a party with no real history in this state. It’s a party with ‘Christian’ in its name, so there’s no hiding my unpopular beliefs from anyone. My chances of winning election are nil, so what’s the point? What’s the point of voting for candidates who won’t be elected? What’s the point of them running in the first place? Isn’t it just a waste of time and money?
But it’s not about resources, and it’s not about winning. It’s about personal responsibility. Each one of us has a conscience. Some could do with a bit more exercise and a few seem close to inoperative, but every one of us has one. And it is never a waste of time to do the right thing, even if we think we’re going to lose. William Wilberforce knew he was going to be largely ignored the first time he spoke against the slave trade, but he still spoke out even though it seemed a pointless waste of time. We, likewise, have a responsibility to cast our votes for the best candidates (according to our personal judgement) no matter how futile it seems.
We don’t do what’s right merely to achieve a goal, after all. I like to believe we’d all try to prevent a murder no matter how futile our attempts might be. That said, goals are important, all the more when they can’t be attained alone or overnight. Some goals may even be beyond our lifetimes, but we must act in the faith that what we do can make a difference.
There’s something else, though, that weighs on my mind this election, something that isn’t going to go away once we cast our votes, and that’s the battle raging around us. Some of us are oblivious to it, others are in denial, and most of us don’t want to be involved. But it’s a battle for the bedrock of our civilisation, and those who remain passive are rendered (to use Yugoslav Communist terminology) “useful innocents” – unwitting collaborators manipulated by communist machinators.
If we are too apathetic to cast a protest vote, too scrupulous to dirty our hands in worldly affairs, and too self-interested to waste our time, then we have become what we’re supposed to be fighting against. If there is one thing I identify most at the root of the destruction of Judeo-Christian civilisation it is the decay and demonisation of morality. Morality: “Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour”, to quote the Oxford Dictionary.
As people of good will, we are supposed to care about our society. Indeed, we’re supposed to care about our enemies as well as our neighbours. We’re not supposed to use religious scruples as an excuse to ignore a victim, no matter who they are. And we’re supposed to exercise charity of heart even when it goes against our own interests. Morality is something we have to practice all day and every day. Why should anyone take us seriously when we talk about the institution of marriage or the sanctity of life if we can’t be bothered doing the right thing on election day?
I don’t care whether you vote for me – I’m not going to win and I’ve never cared about being popular – but I do care about whether you take life seriously. Because life is all about our choices, millions of seemingly insignificant choices. Choosing what is right and good is something we have to make habitual, because when we don’t we end up on the wrong path. And our society is a reflection of this – little mundane immoral choices placing us in the grip of vices such as promiscuity, addiction, and corruption.
This federal election, vote for someone who cares about where we’re headed instead of some self-interested politician beholden to a secular party. Vote for what’s right and good by doing what’s right and good. To quote Edmund Burke, “the tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny”. Don’t be part of the multitude. Vote for someone who isn’t ashamed of the everyday morality of life.