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Danny Schechter 1942 - 2015 journalist, documentary filmmaker, social justice activist and media critic

By definition Danny was a journalist, documentary filmmaker, social justice activist and media critic, but that would be a reduction and simplification of what Danny real was and is. The man who understood the world affairs; talks one minute to the president of a country and the next minute talks to a group of elementary school kids. Only highly intelligent and highly compassionate people can do that. Danny did and could work for major networks as a highly paid producer. By being and staying as an independent journalist, Danny chose truth vs comfort. Only rare birds put such value on truth.

World Premiere of Nenad Bach's new video "Daughter's Eyes"

Announcing the world premiere of Nenad Bach's new video "Daughter's Eyes" which is the 4th Music Video out of Bach - Orlic audio video laboratory. The video was filmed at the Bella Donna Chapel in Adriatica, McKinney, Texas on April 14, 2014. It premieres today on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2015.

Filip Zadro attends Clinton Global Initiative University 2015
More than 1,000 students from all over the world gathered last week at the University of Miami to address the world’s most pressing challenges” – says the Clinton Global Initiative University website. Among those students from all over the world was a Croatian, Filip Zadro, senior student of the Audio Arts and Acoustics Department at Columbia College Chicago. He was recently accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to present his project that repurposes used shipping containers as mobile infrastructure units, which can then be used in developing countries to provide clean water and energy to communities without steady access to those basic resources.

Robert Herjavec of "Shark Tank" on Season 20 of "Dancing With the Stars"
If you are not familiar with Robert Herjavec (left) he is recognized as the “nice” Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award- winning hit show Shark Tank. Born in Croatia, Robert and his family fled communism in the former Yugoslavia with just one suitcase and $20 to their name. As Founder & CEO of Herjavec Group, Robert has grown his cybersecurity business over 12 years from $400K in sales and 3 employees to $140 million in sales and 250 employees worldwide. Robert is a proud Dad, a bestselling author, a marathon runner, a Ferrari racecar driver and is thrilled to be able to soon say “a dancer!”

Robert Benmosche 1944-2015 CEO of AIG found paradise in Croatia
Robert Benmosche: I was in Dubrovnik in Croatia back in 1997 and found it was a beautiful place. I said to myself, "Bob, what do you want to do when you retire?" I had read an article that said Zinfandel may have come from Croatia. And so I said that is an interesting idea.  In 2006, I was able to get two pieces of land. One in Dingac where my vineyard manager's property is, and another in Viganj, about 12 acres, right on the sea. I chose it because it had these yellow flowers called broom. They say where the flowers grow is great for growing grapes.

Goran Višnjić Joins World Stars in Fight to Protect Elephants
Famous Croatian actor Goran Višnjić has joined a host of stars as ambassadors for one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world – The International Fund for Animal Welfare – in its aim to protect the world’s elephants. Višnjić, who rose to fame in his role as Dr. Luka Kovač in the American television series ER, has warned the world about the threat to elephants in a video which also features a number of stars.

Frank Westerman's book about the Lipik Lipizzaners translated into Croatian
Frank Westerman's book about Lipizzaner horses, with emphasis on their destiny in the 20th century, especially during the Serbian aggression on Croatia in 1990-1995, originally published in Dutch, has been translated into 15 languages and has 40 editions until 2015. As stressed by Frank Westerman in his book, the CROWN (Croatian World Network) and Nenad Bach had an important role in launching the international media campaign aiming to return from Serbia the stolen Croatian Lipizzaners from back to their homeland. Mr. Westerman visited on many occasion the town of Lipik, in which numerous noble Lipizzan horses have been mercilessly assassinated during the aggression.

President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović visits New York City
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (left) was at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday March 6, 2015 for an event marking International Women's Day and the 20th anniversary since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and she also meet with representatives of the Croatian community in New York. She also attended the "No Ceilings: Full Participation Project", a Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton event, and met with former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The 2015 “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School to be held in Milna on the Island of Brac
The 12th annual composition course this summer as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The composition course consists of: a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman (left), cultural and outdoor group activities in Milna and nearby on the island of Brac, and final concert of works by course participants. The course will focus on works written for the Milna Ensemble, which consists of the composer-performers who are members of the course. The dates of the course are 25 July through 5 August, 2015. the deadline for receipt of all materials is Friday, 13 March, 2015.

Tena Stivicic Wins Blackburn Drama Prize
Tena Stivicic (left) was awarded the 37th annual Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play “3 Winters,” a dark, era-hopping drama about a Croatian family in post-World War II Zagreb. At a ceremony at Playwrights Horizons,The Blackburn, the oldest and largest prize awarded to female playwrights, is given annually to an English-language theater work of outstanding quality.

Nikola Tesla distinguished Croatian-American inventor and his high-school education in Croatia
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) attended the high-school (High Real School) in Rakovac, Croatia, in the period of 1870-73, where the subjects were taught in German language. One of the compulsorly subjects that young Tesla had, was Croatian language (Kroatische Sprache), which was his mother tongue. Martin Sekulić, high school professor of Mathematics and Physics, was probably the most important among Tesla's professors during his entire education, since he enthused him for electricity, magnetism and polar light. Sekulić was an active researcher and a member of the Academy of Sciences in Croatia's capital Zagreb, in the Department of Mathematics and Natural  Sciences.

Croatian director Tiha K. Gudac receives CEI Award 2015 at Trieste Film Festival
Tiha K. Gudac (left), born in Zagreb in 1982, was awarded for the documentary film Goli (Naked Island) which, as underlined by the jury, “denounces how a nation’s past can haunt its present”. The CEI Award (3.000 EUR) was presented by Alternate Secretary General, Amb. Margit Waestfelt, on the occasion of the awarding ceremony in Trieste on 22 January. Goli is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past, a mosaic made of clues, family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people who were brought together by the same place, a political prison in former Yugoslavia, also known as an “Island of broken souls” – and consequences this place has left on three generations.

TV shows turn Croatia into hot spot for South Korea
Koreans finding love and adventure traveling through Croatia in reality TV shows have put the Balkan nation on the map, making it a popular tourist destination for the Asian market. It all started back in 2012 with the filming of the South Korean show "Romantic," featuring Koreans in their 20s and 30s visiting Croatia's highlights, from the capital Zagreb to the stunning Plitvice lakes national park and onto UNESCO World Heritage site Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast. It became a perfect TV advertisement to visit Croatia.

Zdravko Basaric i.e. Patrick Hughes Croatian writer of Countdown Trilogy promoted in Israel Jerusalem 2015
The Countown Trilogy written by Zdravko Basarić (Patrick Hughes) living in a small town Sveta Nedelja near Croatia's capital Zagreb) was first published in Croatian and English, promoted in 2014 at Israeli pavillion at the world's largest Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Now, in 2015, we have significant news for the readers of the CROWN: this trilogy, which has been published in Croatian and English in 2013, is being published in Hebrew in Jerusalem, the State of Israel, 2015. Congratulations to Mr. Zdravko Basarić, the author of the trilogy, and to Mr. Pierre Lavi, publisher of the Hebrew edition and responsible for international editions.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic Croatia's first woman president inaugurated on 15th February 2015 in Zagreb
Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was sworn in as Croatia's first female president in history. She was a former foreign minister, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Washington and an Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy. She was the first woman ever to be appointed Assistant Secretary General of NATO. Mrs. Grabar-Kitarovic is at the age of 47, and except her native Croatian, she fluently speaks English, Castillano and Portuguese and can also communicate in French, Italian and German.

Victor Zimet's film "Everything Is Forever" about Nenad Bach on Amazon!
Nenad Bach remains committed to his work as a “citizen of the world,” a tireless antiwar activist, the driving passion which infuses his life and the music he creates. Zimet’s latest feature, EVERYTHING IS FOREVER, is the third indie rock doc from Home Team. Stephanie Silber, producer of the film and Irish-American wirter, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Nenad will be opening this year’s Julien Dubuque Film Festival with the debut of his new song "I Feel Dubuque" on Thursday April 23rd at the Five Flags Theater. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Super Bowl XLIX will be a battle of the Croatians

What do Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, Bill Belichick, and Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots all have in common? If you guessed that they all had ties to Croatia, give yourself a pat on the back and get ready for Super Boxwl XLIX! That's right Sunday's game features a battle of the Croatians. If you are interested in reading about the trio's Croatian ties then read on! 

10 Annual Heritage and History Tour of Croatia with Robert Jerin September 12 - September 26, 2015

Join noted genealogist, Robert Jerin, for this custom designed exploration of Croatia’s history and heritage. We’ll have a chance to meet with local villagers as well as professionals working in the field of genealogy while we tour this country rich in tradition and benefiting from a confluence of cultures for thousands of years. This year’s tour will include a tour of places on the lovely, but often overlooked, Istrian Peninsula, Gorski Kotar known as the Green Heart of Croatia, including Mrkopalj, Plitivice Lakes Park, Slavonia, the centuries old pilgrimage town and church of Marija Bistrica, Zagreb and Samobor. Included are many scrumptious traditional meals and several performances by Croatian musical groups including Klapa and Tamburitza.

Michael Bilandic mayor of Chicago 1977-1979 proud of his Croatian heritage
Michael Bilandic was born in 1923 in Chicago, Illinois and was one of four children born of his Croatian immigrant parents. His father was from a village near Sinj, Croatia and his mother was from the island of Brac, also in Croatia. In 1977 he was elected as Chicago’s 40th mayor until 1979. He was devoted to his family, faithful to his church, and proud of his Croatian heritage. He was presented the Vinodol Code Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the administration of justice in Illinois.

Nenad Hancic created new font inspired by the Vinodol Code written in Croatian Glagolitic Script in 1288
Nenad Hančić, living in Duesseldorf, Germany, has created a superb new computer font representing the famous Vinodol Code, a very old and important legal document written in Croatian Glagolitic Script, dating from the 13th century, more precisely, from 1288. This is the first font representing the most important Croatian Middle Age legal document. The Vinodol Code was written more than two hundred years before the discovery of America. Congratulations to Nenad Hančić for great job!

Documentary about Mia Slavenska, Mia, a Dancer's Journey to be screened in NYC on January 31, 2015
Don't miss the only New York City screening of "Mia, a Dancer's Journey," January 31st, 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. The film is a daughter’s promise to tell her mother’s story which serves as the starting point for this documentary on the life of the celebrated Croatian ballerina Mia Slavenska, which becomes a fascinating and moving reflection on historical memory, national identity, and the power of dance. The film retraces Mia’s journey from tumultuous prewar Europe through her emergence as a glamorous ballerina of the Ballets Russes and a star attraction on stages across America, culminating with her return to her homeland.

Blase Joseph Cupich installed as Chicago's Archbishop on November 18, 2014
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has been installed as the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago at an Installation Mass on November 18 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Cardinal George presided at the Monday evening Liturgy and Archbishop Cupich delivered the homily. Among the civic leaders welcoming Archbishop Cupich were Governor Patrick Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.  Also welcoming the new Archbishop was Dr. Jelena Grčič Polić, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia.

Miro Gavran Croatian writer will have ten theater premieres in America, Asia and Europe in 2015
In the first four months of this year, Croatian writer Miro Gavran ( will have ten theater premieres: in America (Los Angeles), Asia (Mumbai and Bangalore in India, Tel Aviv in Israel, which will be his first premiere in Hebrew), and Europe (Moscow in Russia, Parnu in Estonia, Prag in Czechia, Zagreb in Croatia). Works by Miro Gavran have so far been translated into 37 languages, while more than 250 premieres have been made based upon his dramas and comedies, which have been seen by over three million viewers around the world.

Botanical Garden in Zagreb founded in 1889, through the lens of Nikola Piasevoli
Nikola Piasevoli amateur photograper fell in love with the Botanical Garden in Zagreb and regularly pays visit on every season, from spring to automn. The Garden was set in 1889 as a gift from the City of Zagreb to the University. The only compensation for it was (and still is) an agreement to open the doors of the Garden to the visitors, free of charge. About 5500 taxa of higher plants grow in Croatia, which is more than in Spain (5050), France (4630) and Germany (3200).

Ivana Marija Vidovic Croatian pianist and poet had Christmas concert in Tirana in Albania Dec 2014
After the concert of Ivana Marija Vidović  in Tirana in April 2014, in front of a large audience, in the main hall of the Academy of Arts "Akademia e Arteve" at the festival FLAUTE MAGJIK, a new invitation has followed in December. Vidović took part at the Piano Festival Pianodrom in the same hall of the Academy and under the artistic direction of maestro Fatos Qerimaj, Vidović performed mainly Hispanic repertoire and one work by an Albanian author T. Harapi.

Franjo Dugan playing organs in Zagreb during the first public registration of a gramophone record in Europe
The first remote public registration of a gramophone record in continental Europe was successfully organized in Croatia's capital Zagreb, 1927. It was the third such registration in the world, after the USA, New York in 1925 and GB, London in 1926. The concert of Croatian Christmas carols with Franjo Dugan as the organist in the Zagreb Cathedral (stuffed with 2000 worshippers who were singing), had been registered for the Edison - Bell - Penkala Co. in Zagreb. We mention in passing that Penkala was a famous Croatian inventor, known among others for his "chemical pen", named as penkala in his honor.

Bunjevci Croats from Backa and their Christmas traditions expressed in straw and cakes
Straw work is a unique naive art form which originates from the rich folk art of the Bunjevci-Croats settled in the north of Bačka. In Tavankut, a village near the town Subotica, the self-taught women nourish and preserve this naive art skill by entwining beads and making paintings out of straw which portray specific motifs and themes from the life of the Bunjevci-Croats. Also, delicious and richly ornamented Christmas cakes called božičnjak are prepared. On the photo Christmas cake by Dubravka Vrbljanac. With this article we wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Forum Center in Zagreb connecting Croatia, Venezuela and Latvia via Croatian Glagolitic Script
The aim of Congress Centre FORUM Zagreb is to satisfy the needs of their customers by providing dedicated and customized quality services, as well as prompt and efficient solutions at any time. It is directed by Josip Hrgetić, a Croatian born in Venezuela, and by his wife Mara Vitols Hrgetić, of Latvian origin. The Centre organizes seminars, workshops, courses, market research, launching of new products, video conferences, press conferences and other  business and social meetings. Their charming halls are docorated with Croatian Glagolitic Script, and moreover, the halls are named after Croatian Glagolitic characters.

Mia Slavenska Croatian-American ballerina broadcast premiere "Mia, a Dancer's Journey"
"Mia, a dancer's journey" aired November 20th on PBS SoCaL in Southern California and received great ratings and great reviews in the press! Viewers can catch an encore of the film on PBS SoCaL, Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9 pm! In February, the film will be released to PBS stations across the country and millions of Americans will have access to this film on television. This is the first time a film like this about a Croatian American ballerina has been distributed nationally on Public Television and we are very happy about this accomplishment. Adding to the excitement, the film will have a film festival premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York in January, 2015.

Petar Guberina and his Verbotonal method described by Dr. Carl Asp in Zagreb
Verbotonal method is an auditory-based strategy that maximizes the listening skills of children and adults with hearing impairment and possibly other communications disorders, while simultaneously developing intelligible spoken language through binaural listening.  Originally developed by Professor Petar Guberina of Zagreb University (on the photo) for teaching normal hearing people to speak before reading a foreign language, it has been more popularly used in Europe.  However, Dr. Carl W. Asp, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) has developed both academic and research programs for its applications through the acquisition of a Federal grant since 1967.

Carmen Verlichak author of the book Edificios y monumentos de los Croatas de la Argentina
Carmen Verlichak is the author of a new monograph entitled Edificios y monumentos de los Croatas de la Argentina, published in 2014 by her own company Krivodol Press. She provides short stories about numerous Croatian families in Argentina. Especially interesting is the story about Father Stjepan Gregov from the island of Pašman in Croatia, who emmigrated in dramatic circumstances to Argentina. She also mentions the need for the building at Marcelo T. de Alvear street in Buenos Aires to be directed to its original purpose, a donation to the Croatian people. It was donated by Nicolas Mihanovich, a founder of Argentine Merchent marine.

Professor Ivan Gutman distinguished Croatian expert in mathematical chemistry
Professor Ivan Gutman (b. in 1947) is holder of two PhDs: in Chemistry and in Mathematics, and is a leading international expert in mathematical chemistry in the world today. He has published 1260 professional scientific articles and is author of several research monographs published by Springer, North Holland and Nova Publishers. Professor Gutman has enormous international cooperation with numerous scientists throughout the world in his field of research.

Patrick Hughes Croatian writer guest of Israeli pavilion at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair
  Patrick Hughes (Zdravko Basarić), Croatian writer, had the honor to participate with his Countdown Trilogy in the pavilion of the State of Israel during the largest book fair in the world in Frankfurt (8-10th of October 2014).  Thanks to his publisher for global market Mr. Pierre Lavi, the books are translating into Hebrew. The philosophy of Patrick Hughes is condensed in the following words: "Words and bullets kill, but I prefer to create good words rather than bullets. Help me create words of peace for all humanity".

PhotoMath smart camera calculator and PhotoPay created by Jurica Cerovec and his colleagues in Croatia
It's really stunning: the PhotoMath video on Vimeo has very quickly reached 2 million views. Their web page has over 9000 page views each minute, and the iOS app alone was downloaded more than 1.6M times in less than three days in the Automn 2014, becoming the top free app in most countries around the world. It has been created by Jurica Cerovec and his colleagues at MicroBLINK in Croatia. Their products have recently been shown with great success in London, and they have created enormous interest throughout the world. They open completely new perspectives in education and other areas.

Miro Gavran Croatian playwright to have eight premieres in eight countries
  In the next two months, November and December 2014, the Croatian playwright Miro Gavran will have eight theatrical premieres in eight different countries:  Russia, Czechia, Slovenia, Romaina, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzgovina and in Poland. This rich theatrical series starts on November 6th with the premiere of Gavran's drama "All About Men", in the famous Russian theater RED TORCH from Novosibirsk. Miro Gavran's works have so far been translated into 35 languages. There have been over 250 theatrical premieres worldwide of his dramas and comedies.

Filip Ude won silver medal in pommel horse at the 2014 World Gymnastics Championship in China
Croatia is becoming a world super-power in gymnastic disciplines due to successes of  Filip Ude who won silver medal on the pommel horse at the World Gymnastics Championship in Nanning in China, while Marijo Možnik won silver medal on the bars. This is a big success of Croatian sports. Filip Ude thus has three silver medals from three most prestigious international gymnastics competitions: from the Olympic Games, from European Gymnastics Championships and from World Gymnastics Championships. The latest success in China is a historic event for Croatian sports.

Silvije Vidovic distinguished Croatian pianist in the USA
While having played hundreds of concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., Silvije Vidovic continues to excel through his genuine artistry and profound performances. Mr. Vidovic’s extraordinary musical talents come by no surprise as he was born into a family of musicians, and by the age of eight was giving performances in his hometown of Karlovac, Croatia. Presently, Silvije is a lecturer professor at the Florida International University, Lynn University, and at the University of Miami.

Announcing the formation of the Association of Croatian American Professionals

We’re very pleased to announce the formation of the Association of Croatian American Professionals. We are an association of professionals in the United States, and around the world, interested in building a lifetime of professional connections to support the business, networking, and social activities of our members. Our members represent all facets of the international professional community, such as scientists, doctors, engineers, attorneys, journalists, artists, business executives, accountants, etc. We also welcome professionals of non-Croatian heritage who are active in the Croatian community.

Darko Sertic's Applied Ceramics company in California, Croatia, Taiwan, Japan and Israel
Darko "Matt" Sertic is a well respected entrepreneur who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Ceramics headquartered in Fremont, California. Applied Ceramics, Inc., is a worldwide leading fabricator and supplier of custom-made ceramics, quartz, silicon and sapphire components for the semiconductor processing equipment industry. The company has facilities in California, Croatia, Taiwan, Japan and Israel. He also founded the culinary academy in Sisak, Croatia, called Kul In.

Cedomir Antolic distinguished Croatian spiritual singer, composer and songwriter
Čedomir Antolić is distinguished spiritual singer, composer and songwriter in Croatia, active since the early 1970s, a person of unique vocal color and of rare musicality. He is usually accompaning himself with his guitar, singing his beautiful verses and. Mr. Antolić founded several spiritual music groups in the city of Zagreb, and for the last several years he had very successful collaboration with Željka Marinović. Mr. Čedo Antolić also had several public appearances with Nenad Bach. His music style ranges from butterfly tenderness to volcanic force. Equally impressive are his colorful improvizations as a background vocal accompaning other singers.

Faust Vrancic 1551-1617 Memorial Center on the island of Prvic near the town of Sibenik in Croatia
Faust Vrančić was a distinguished Croatian inventor and encyclopaedist during Renaissance 16/17th centuries. Among his most important inventions we mention the parachute as we use today (very different from Leonardo da Vinci'c), suspension bridge and wind turbine. He wrote an important five language dictionary of the most noble Eureopan languages, which included Latin, Italian, German, Croatian and Hungarian. Faust Vrančić, born in the town of Šibenik, now has a superb Memorial Center on the nearby island of Prvić, where he was burried according his last wish.

Poziv na akciju Pokretom protiv Parkinsona 3p u Maksimiru Zagreb 4. listopada 2014 u 10 sati
Program za subotu 4. listopada 2014.: Park Maksimir u Zagrebu, 10-15h prezentacija načina vježbanja, 11h zajedničko hodanje Putem Nade (podrška borbi  oboljelih od Parkinsonove bolesti i sindroma), 12h koncert Nenada Bacha, Radojke Šverko i gostiju, 17 h projekcija filma „Everything Is Forever“ (Kino Tuškanac). Nakon projekcije filma bit će razgovor s Nenadom Bachom.

Professor Tefko Saracevic distinguished Croatian-American expert in Information Sciences
Professor Tefko Saračević studied electrical engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and completed Ph.D. (1970) studies in information science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. As principal investigator or co-principal he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes for Health, Department of Education, Council for Library Resources, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNESCO, and several other national and international organizations. His results are widely reported, distributed, and cited. He is recipient of honorary doctorate from the University of Zadar, which is the oldest Croatian university, founded in 1396.

Ana Vidovic playing and teaching classical guitar in Sao Paulo in Brazil 2013
Ana Vidović is one of the youngest virtuoso guitarists in the world. Ana started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. Ana has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions all over the world. Ana Vidović had a great honor to open the 4th International Guitar Festival "Leo Brouwer" in Brazil with her concert program, and she also had a guitar masterclass in Sao Paulo.

Pope Frances appoints bishop Blase J. Cupich Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago
His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago,  the Vatican announced in September 2014.  Archbishop Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral. Archbishop Cupich was born on in 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich.  He is one of nine children, five sisters and three brothers. Archbishop Cupich has Croatia roots.

Marin Čilić wins the US Open in New York!
On September 8, 2013 Marin Čilić became the winner of the US Open in New York at Arthur Ashe Stadium by defeating Kei Nishikori, the man who had defeated the number one tennis player in the world. Two days earlier, Marin took down Roger Federer 6:3 6:4 6:4 while Nishikori outplayed Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) 6-3 and so the match of the new Titans was set to different music than most people expected  for the game on Monday.

More about Marin Cilic winner of the 2014 US OPEN tennis competition and of the Gram Slam title

In this article we provide several video recordings and interviews, describing the latest success of Marin Čilić at the US OPEN 2014. It is surprising to see a young Croatian giant (197 cm) being so dominant in his games. He likes to work with children. His birthplace is Međugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world during the past 30 years. Marin is living in Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavat directed by Ivana Marija Vidovic offering a rich program September 8-14, 2014
Participants of the Epidaurus Festival: Marking 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss Jordi Vázquez, tenor,  Cláudio Suzin Rodríguez, piano (Spain); Ave Maria for Cavtat, by Oliver Lakota, trumpet, Germany, Alexander Frey, organ, USA; Tirana Virtuosi, Lorenc Radovani, violin, Ramazan Peku, violin, Gezim Belegu, cello, Arben Basha, double bass, Fatos Qerimaj, clarientte, Robert Radoja, piano; Evenings of Tino Pattiera,  etc. Program compiled by Ivana Marija Vidović, Artistic director of the Epidaurus festival, on the photo.

Ante Glibota interview for Art Investor journal in Munich Germany conducted by Judith Eilers in 2014
Mr Ante Glibota, distinguished Croatian expert in art history completed a rare bibliophilic book (83 x 63cm.) in June 2014 with Otto Piene’s lithographs and Fernando Arrabal’s poems and his introductive essay, which gave him a lot of pleasure. Another important monograph on 450 pages, aboutChinese artist Li Zhuo, who is one of the most talented artists among the younger Chinese generation, and that will be completed in November 2014, and followed by an exhibition tour in the same European museums. Another important book in preparation deals with Chicago architect Lucian Lagrange, who he follows closely since 1981. It is important to note his preparative work on Swiss multimedia artist Franziska Megert. Etc. etc.

Festival Kvarner in Opatija celebrating five years of existence with attractive concert program for 2014
Mahler was here, Puccini visited it, Lehar and Kalman were regular guests. We are talking about the unique Opatija - a place, where, probably, the most beautiful (concert) venues of the entire Adriatic coast are situated. What brought us to found the Festival Kvarner? To anticipate: Only a re-foundation to revive Opatija's 100 year old tradition as a Gesamtkunstwerk has been done!  Program for 2014 includes pieces by J. Haydn, R. Strauss, Irish folk music, etc.

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