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US Senator Jeff Sessions to Deliver Keynote Address in Opatija, Croatia
The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy will host a regional conference for elected officials and reform proponents at the International Leaders Summit in Opatija, Croatia, June 16-18, 2011. The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy is pleased to announce that United States Senator Jeff Sessions will deliver a keynote address at Adriatic Institute's International Leaders Summit.

Zvonko Martic & Vido Bagur authors of ethno monograph about Croatians in B&H
Carmelite monk f. Zvonko Martić on the photo and Vidoslav Vido Bagur are authors of important monograph in Croatian and English dealing with national costumes, dances, customs of Croatians throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina: Vila bana zvala priko Vrana (A Fairy Called the Viceroy Over the Mountian of Vran). The book has 200 pp. and about 100 pp contain luxorous photos. The monograph is accompanied with two DVD-s containing numerous dances and songs.

Don Wolf Croatian photographer and benefactor in Kansas City USA
Don Wolf is a professional photographer living in Kansas City, USA. His family is from Gorski Kotar, a mounatinous part of Croatia. His greatest comfort was to help Croatian orphans via the vehicle of photography, showing their needs and presenting them to the good people of America.

1132 years since the first international recognition of Croatia
The first international recognition of Croatia came in May 21st 879 from Pope John VIII, i.e. in the 9th century, in his two letters to Croatian prince Branimir. He gave his blessings to the prince and the whole Croatian people. Croatians live in Europe near the Adriatic coast since the 7th century.

Mijo Juric: Wolves in Springtime, in German with foreword by Dr. Alois Mock
Mijo Jurić's book "Wolves in Springtime" - Life under a Dictatorship, has been published in German with a foreword of dr. Alois Mock, former vice-counceller and minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Austria, while the afterword wrote dr. Hannes Swoboda, distinguished Austrian politician. It is an expanded version of his book "Osamnaesto proljeće" (Eighteenth Spring) published in Croatian in Zagreb.

Vlada usvojila Strategiju odnosa Republike Hrvatske prema Hrvatima izvan Domovine
Vlada Republike Hrvatske usvojila Strategiju odnosa Republike Hrvatske prema Hrvatima izvan Republike Hrvatske. Predvidjeno je i donosenje Zakona (kao instrumenta provedbe Strategije), Savjeta Vlade i Ureda Vlade za Hrvate izvan RH (operativnog tijela), izvjescuje za CROWN Dr. Ivan Bagarić (lijevo), Predsjednik Odbora Za Hrvate Izvan Republike Hrvatske. Strategy for the relations between the Republic of Croatia and the Croatians outside the Republic of Croatia.

Franck Alfirevic Croatian film director from the island of Reunion in Indian Ocean
Franck Alfirevic is a film director born in Paris, and since the age of 9 living on the French island of Réunion in Indian Ocean, 800 km East of Madagascar. He discovered that he has brother and three sisters in Croatia. One of his sisters, Kate - Katarina, sings Švet Ivane - St. John, traditional Croatian song dedicated to the protector-saint of Trogir. The music was registered in his studio on the island of Reunion. A CD has been issued entitled Rencontre magique (Magic reunion) - KATE.

Pope Benedict XVI on his apostolic visit to Croatia 4 and 5 June 2011
Croatia will soon host pope Benedict XVI on 4 and 5 June 2011, which is the National Day of Croatian Families. The slogan of his visit is "Together in Christ". For that occasion a very nice song has been composed, in which about 30 Croatian singers participate. The first international recognition of Croatia came in 879 from Pope John VIII, ie. 1132 years ago!

Songbooks of Bozidar Kunc Croatian composer now available
Croatian composer Božidar Kunc was born  in 1903 in Zagreb and died 1964 in Detroit. His sister Zinka Kunc Milanov was a famous opera singer. Recently Ivana Kunc, his daughter, has issued the first CD containing his music. In 2006 Ivana Kunc gave a concert of her father’s vocal pieces at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has since released a studio recording of these songs entitled “Music of Božidar Kunc.” Much of the music on this CD is being presented for the first time.

Dr. Slobodan Lang: "Storm" was humanitarian operation that prevented genocide
Dr. Slobodan Lang, distinguished Croatian scholar and humanist, gave interview for the readers of the CROWN on 25 April 2011 concerning the 1995 operation "Storm": "... This Court never heared me speaking! It is too strongly afraid of its own shameful history. And that's why it will be a Court of shame! There will be nothing that will be remembered of it, because it did not start from anything. And that's why it is a failure. ..."

“Painting with the Sea” photo art conceived in Croatia by Visnja & Marijan Anic
Višnja and Marijan Anić from Croatia's capital Zagreb concevied a new photo art based on an intricate interplay between sea surface, light and the bottom of the sea. Dazzling sceneries discover a new world of amazing shapes and colors, captured through fascinating photos. This art is the art of nature of breathtaking beauty. Croatian coast with its very clean sea and exceptionally rich archipelago is ideal place for creating real masterpieces in this art.

Joseph Mikulec Croatian globetrotter appearing in a silent movie 1922
Message from Angelina E. Payne, Canada:  "Hello, I happened upon the name of Joseph Mikulec while watching old silent films by the National Film Preservation Foundation. It's from 1922 and I thought that perhaps it might interest you. ... I, too, would love to know what became of this interesting fellow as well as his book." Josip Mikulec met the American president Theodore Roosevelt three times. Mikulec made thousands of kilometers on foot in the USA, China, Japan, India, South America, ...

Dr. Artur R. Bagdasarov author of Croatian language manual for Russian readers
 Dr. Artur R. Bagasarov, distinguished expert in Croatian language, working at the University of Moscow, published a manual for the study of basics of Croatian language for the Russian readers. The book has 256 pp, and was published in 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

I AM is a film about a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment
Director of Photography, Roko Belic (left) assists director Tom Shadyac  on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment. Posing two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit.

Statement by the Croatian Conference of Bishops on The Hague's Verdict
The formulation "joint criminal enterprise" is an unfounded and grave insult to the Croatian people, and to justice in general. This is also how we feel about the verdict against the Croatian state leadership at that time and the generals who led campaigns to liberate territory during the war. We believe that these judgments could provide dangerous and indirect support for new violence, as well as a source of further injustice in the world.

Nikola Knez won three gold Remi Awards at the WorldFest Houston 2011
 Nikola Knez was educated in Croatia where he produced a vast variety of films for various Croatian institutions. In 2011 he won three Gold Remi Awards at WorldFest Houston, and the Gold Pixie Award by American Pixel Academy for 3D computer animation. In 2010 he won two gold Remi Awards. He is the author of more than 300 documentaries, education and science programs, etc.

Blessed Easter to Mr. Gotovina, Mr. Markac, Mr. Praljak, Mr. Kordic and their families
 Happy and blessed Easter to Mr. Ante Gotovina, Mr. Mladen Markac, Mr. Slobodan Praljak, Mr. Darijo Kordić, and their families from Nenad Bach, Darko Žubrinić, CROWN Team and from the readers of the CROWN. Happy and blessed Easter to all the people of good will.

Brodosplit male choir from Croatia among the best in the world
& Brodosplit male choir from the city of Split is conducted by Vlado Sunko, distinguished Croatian conductor and composer. The coir became the world champion at the 5th World Choir Games, Graz 2008, in the category of male chamber choirs. It is especially known for beautiful interpretations of spiritual songs of Christian inspiration from Croatian and international repertoire.

Ante Gotovina - Croatian general and painter
Ante Gotovina, a famous Croatian general, is probably best known for his role in preventing the tragedy of Bihać in BiH. However, we did not know that Mr Gotovina is amateur-painter. On the left you can see his nice portrait of Slobodan Praljak, another famous Croatian general (who has three academic diplomas from the University of Zagreb: in electrical engineering, sociology, and film art). Mr. Gotovina recently made a portrait of blessed Ivan Merz.

Jack Baric presents Searching for a Storm
Is the UN complicit in the wartime tragedies of the former Yugoslavia ... and is the Croatian general Ante Gotovina indicted for war crimes to justify their failed policies? Robin Harris, London: Gotovina is a scapegoat of  the politics and judiciary.

Slobodan Praljak: The truth about Croatia
Slobodan Praljak: Who destroyed the bridges in Mostar and the water pipelines which connected the sources (right coast of Neretva) and the eastern part of the town? The Old Bridge was destroyed on 9th November 1993. The started investigation about the tank crew which fired on the Old Bridge, in spite of my requests was never completed by any authority of BIH or Federation of BIH. A perpetrator was produced and a lie became the "truth".

Croatian generals are not guilty
The monograph [PDF], published in English by the Croatian Cultural Council, contains contributed articles by Milan Vuković, Josip Jurčević, Robin Harris, Mile Bogović, Miroslav Tuđman, Hrvoje Kačić (on the photo), Josip Pečarić etc. From the introducton by Hrvoje Hitrec: "In August, 1995, the Croatian Army liberated large sections of its territory, which had been occupied by the Serbs for many years. This operation is known as Operation Storm (Oluja). In Dalmatia, the most critical part of the operation was headed by Croatian general Ante Gotovina."

Vitomir Miles Raguz: Who Saved Bosnia
A number of articles in this collection appeared in influential publications in the West, including the largest circulation English language policy daily The Wall Street Journal, The Jerusalem Post, European Voice, and The Harvard International Review, as well as in Croatian newspapers and magazines.

Jack Baric Croatian American filmaker: UN Should Be Trailed!
Jack Baric: "...I wonder who is going to open a court to judge the UN, because in my estimation they were complicit during the war [in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina] in the sense of their inactivity in stopping it..." His film Searching for a Storm deals with Croatian general Ante Gotovina.

Exhibition "400 years of Croatians in Vienna" opened by dr. Jan Kickert in Zagreb
Dr Jan Kickert, ambassador of Austria in Zagreb, solemnly opened the exhibition "400 years of Croatian in Vienna" in the hall of the Matrix Croatica - Matica hrvatska. The exhibition has been prepared by dr. Josip Seršić and mr. Mijo Jurić from Vienna, in collaboration with Gabriela Novak-Karall, Secretary General of Croatian Center in Vienna, and Petar Tyran, president of the Center. The exhibition was already shown in Vienna in December 2009, as well as in Slovakia.

Miro Gavran Croatian playwright with four premiers in April of 2011
Miro Gavran had premieres in San Pedro, Prague, Moscow and Osijek. "My Wife's Husband" is a long play, to be sure. You'll notice that when you leave the Little Fish Theatre playhouse after 10:30 at night, checking your cell phone or watch and wondering where all the time has gone. You won't notice it until then, though, because Miro Gavran doesn't give you time to notice - from the moment the play begins right up to its final hilarious (and inconclusive) ending.

Ivana Marija Vidovic - successful debut in Rome in 2011
After opening the Meridiano festival in Tuscany on March 27th 2011, Dubrovnik artist Ivana Marija Vidović held a poetic piano recital in Rome on March 29th 2011, which was her first introduction to the Roman public. The recital, which included a presentation of the Ivana’s newest bilingual edition of "The Life of Flowers" published by the prominent Italian publishing house Akkuaria, took place at the headquarters of the Umanitaria Societa di Roma.

Four centuries of Croatians in Vienna
Pozivamo Vas na izložbu 400 godina Hrvata u Beču 7. travnja 2011. u 19 sati u Galeriju Matice hrvatske, Zagreb, ul. Matice hrvatske 2. Autori izložbe su dr. Josip Seršić i g. Mijo Jurić iz Beča. Suradnici  su Gabriela Novak-Karall i Petar Tyran iz Beča. Sudjeluje i dr. Jan Kickert, veleposlanik R. Austrije u Hrvatskoj.  Hrvati su prije četristo godina (1609) imali svoje Hrvatsko Selo (Crabatendoerfel / Krowotendoerfel) u nekadašnjem bečkom predgrađu Spittelberga (Spitaljbrega).

Humanitarian concert for Japan in Zagreb 4 April 2011 20 pm
Kazushi Ôno Duboko suosjećajući s narodom Japana i njihovom strašnom tragedijom, najavljujemo veliki humanitarni koncert Play & Pray for Japan koji će Zagrebačka filharmonija prirediti u ponedjeljak 4. travnja u Koncertnoj dvorani Vatroslav Lisinski u Zagrebu u 20 sati. S Japanom nas povezuje i veliki japanski maestro Kazushi Ôno na slici, koji je u najtežim godinama, u jeku Domovinskoga rata - bio šest godina dirigent Zagrebačke filharmonije, od 1990. do 1996.

Iva Čačija 1953-2011
Iva Čačija, djevojačko prezime Vidić, rođ. 19.01.1953. u Sinju, kao član stare sinjske obitelji Vidić, podrijetlom sa Čitluka. iznenadno preminula, od posljedica moždanog udara, dana 29. ožujka 2011.g. Iva je bila prekrasna osoba, puna zivotne mudrosti, veselja, razumijevanja prema bliznjima, duhovita...nematerijalna. Supruga poznatog Hrvatskog skladatelja Mojimira Čačije.

The Hague Tribunal does not meet the obligations for which it was established
Dr. Hrvoje Kačić, writing about omissions of the Hague tribunal and the problem of “artillery logs”: ...there is no word of Vukovar, Vinkovci, Osijek, Sisak, Gospić and Dubrovnik (in particular the village of Osojnik), resulting in thousands of victims. The Hague tribunal was silent,... This farce has been going on too long, and the consequences can be worrying and painful.

Dr. Slobodan Lang: Goodness has a right to be recognized as a part of truth
Dr. Slobodan Lang, distinguished Croatian humanist and scientist, learned from Gandhi to treat concrete people with their faith and culture as basic partners in facing and solving problems. He also developed the concept of Postholocaust, meanning that we have to use it as a way to prevent future genocides, concentration camps, hate, as well as promote the universal responsibility of righteous among nations and right to a home.

Ivana Marija Vidovic in Rome piano recital and poetry book in Italian & Croatian
Croatian pianist and poet Ivana Marija Vidović will have a piano recital in Rome 29 March 2011 dedicated to Dora Pejacevic, the first Croatian woman composer. On that occasion her new bilingual poetry book will be presented, published in Italian and Croatian. Two days earliear, 27 March, she will have a concert in Cecina, Italy.

Radovan Vlatkovic Croatian born horn player
One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković (born 1962) has travelled the globe performing extensively as soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher. In 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 2000 he holds the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid. He has also been teaching at the Musikhochschule Zürich.

Ivica Kostelic wins World Cup slalom title 2011
Bravo, Ivica! Kostelic won the Big Crystal Globe. Croatian sport experienced another tremendous success. Our best skier Ivica Kostelic finally had his years long dream come true. Ivica Kostelić posed with a Japanese flag in tribute to the victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

Nenad Bach Band to play for HELP JAPAN Tsunami Relief Concert
The band has been invited to perform for a concert to help support those affected by the recent tsunami in Japan and we're asking all of our friends to come out and support those affected by this terrible tragedy. The concert is being held on Thursday, March 24 at The Bowery Electric in New York City. The band will perform starting at 11:30 p.m. and will be the final act for the night. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and will help the victims of the tsunami.

Sylvie Vucic revealing female Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic to Paris
French on her mother’s side but also Croatian through her father, Sylvie Vucic mixes French volubility, precision and refinement with fiery slavic temperament. She lives in Paris. She has been working in duo with the pianist Jean Angliviel, revealing the vocal work of Dora Pejacevic, female Croatian composer of the beginning of the XXth century. They will have a concert in March 25, 26 and 27 2011 in Paris, in Studio Le Regard du Cigne.

Nenad N. Bach lyrics translated into Arabic
 Nenad N. Bach has a dream, and he wants to share it. In a disordered world, a world of war and violence, injustice and economic woe, composer / musician Bach believes the human family can connect to create a seismic force capable of changing forever our troubled earth. Imagine the possibility of world peace achieved in one hour!

Please help Japan
Japan has been struck by the tragedy of Biblical proportions. Pray for Japan.

Max Emanuel Cencic Croatian singing prodigy
Max Emanuel Cenčić, born in Zagreb, Croatia, is gifted with the most beautiful countertenor voice of our time. He was a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir, subsequently pursuing a solo career. He was awarded as the best new singer of the year 2003 by "Opernwelt" magazine. His performance of Andromeda Liberata in Tokyo was named the best concert of the year 2005 in Japan. Since 2007 Max EmanueI Cencic is recording with the top-label EMI/Virgin Classics.

Frank Westerman Dutchman wrote a book about the Lipik Lipizzaners
Frank Westermann is a Dutchman who has numerous friends in the town of Lipik. He wrote a book in Dutch entitled Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse (Dier, bovendier) dealing with the Lipik lLpizzaners.  He was especially interested in the stallion Conversano Batosta 53 that was born in 1987 as one of two oldest and still living stallions of the Lipizzaner horse breed Conversano in the world. This horse breed has its roots back in 1767.

DOK-ING remote controlled fire fighting system developed in Croatia
Mr. Vjekoslav Majetić is the founder and director of a very successful DOK-ING company in Zagreb, specialized in sophisticated robot controlled systems for demining, fire fighting, and electric cars. Recently the Russian Federation has ordered 14 fire fighting systems. The electric cars raised considerable international interest. The company has about 200 employed, mostly young creative engineers.

Dr. Esther Gitman: Croatians saved thousands of Jews

Dr. Esther Gitman, American historian living in New York, wrote an important monograph entitled When Courage Prevailed. It is a scholarly study dealing with the history of  saving the Jews in Croatia during the WW2. She published original petitions signed by hundreds of ordinary Croatians in order to save their Jewish friends. According to dr. Gitman, no other European nation can show such documents.

Ivan Dragicevic Returns to Australia with Medjugorje’s Message
In June 1981, six children witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary on  Podbrdo Hill, in the parish of Medjugorje in western Herzegovina. Ivan Dragicevic (left) was one of these children; he was 16 years old then. Years after coming to terms with the holy role that has unwittingly evolved for him, Ivan has been traveling to the four corners of the world to share his experience and spread the messages from the Virgin Mary.

Mate Ujevic 1901-1967 the founder and editor in chief of Croatian Encyclopaedia
Dr. Mate Ujević was the greatest Croatian lexicographer of the 20th century. The first volume of Croatian Encyclopaedia was published on 10 February 1941. Five volumes were published until 1945, out of 12 planned volumes. He was editor in chief of The Martitime Encyclopaedia published in 1954 in eight volumes. Dr. Ujević was posthumosly honoured by the title of righteous among the nations by Yad Vashem.

Ivan Pavletic directs "476 A.D." a new film about the Fall of Rome
Writer, director and actor, Ivan Pavletic (left), has filmed the last days of the once mighty Roman Empire. The film, titled "476 A.D." brings to life the turbulent fall of Rome at the hands of the Ostrogoths and the characters that see the sunset of an empire that spanned 12 centuries.

Perforations Festival to be held in New York City, March 11-21, 2011
Zvonimir Dobrovic (left) in association with La MaMa will be bringing the Perforacija Festival from Croatia to  NewYork. The Peforations Festival is a live arts festival featuring some of the leading contemporary performing artists from Southeast Europe. The festival will be held at Club La MaMa in New York City, March 11-21, 2011.

Nik Orosi - one man's passion for coffee

Nik Orosi (left) dreamt about coffee one night, about how he was preparing it in some box and knows that he told his wife, immediately the next morning,  to tell her he was finished with his previous business career and  that he wanted to open a café with real coffee because he had dreamt it!

Sam Miltich jazz guitarist from northern Minnesota
Sam Miltich (left) is a jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He is a musician by profession and plays regularly in the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his bands the Clearwater Hot Club and Big Dipper Jazz Band. In addition to gypsy swing and traditional jazz his musical interests include bluegrass, Brazilian choro, French musette, tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music.

Appeal for Matijas Derek
 Matijas Derek (left)36, father of two children, has been stricken by ALS -  "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis" or Lou Gehrig's desease. Matijas', relatives and friends are hoping for increased research of the disease and have launched a petition the German Parliament with that goal.

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