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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.

My Wife's Husband Premieres makes US premiere March 9 – 24, 2011
Little Fish Theatre (LFT) in San Pedro is kicking off its 2011 Mid-Week Series with the comedy MY WIFE’S HUSBAND by Croatian playwright Miro Gavran, directed Don Schlossman. A favorite in Croatia, LFT will be presenting the US Premiere of the English translation of the play. This production features Croatian actress Iva Hasperger (left).

Michael Mazzeo Gallery hosts exhibit by Hrvoje Slovenc March 3 to April 23, 2011
Michael Mazzeo Gallery is pleased to present Home Theater, a solo exhibition of large-scale,multiple-panel, color photographs by the New York based, Croatian photographer, Hrvoje Slovenc (left). The work will be on view from March 3 through April 23, with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 10, from 6 – 8 PM.

Kava Cafe in New York City gets rave reviews
John Saric (left), the owner of Kava Cafe was so impressed with Stumptown Coffee Roasters that he was moved to open a coffee bar within walking distance of his home in New York City. "Kava" is the Croatian word for "coffee." The name is a tribute to Saric's parents, who are from Croatia.

Dr. Kathleen V. Wilkes 1946-2003 devoted her life to the victory of Croatia

Dr. Kathleen Vaughan Wilkes was a distinguished British humanist, professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford, and also taught at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Croatia. During the Serbian siege of the City in 1991 and 1992, she was spreading the truth about its merciless destruction. Dr. Wilkes wrote on Dec 26, 1991: "Dubrovnik... there is still no water or electricity, scant food, no glass in the windows, temperature at freezing point..."

Dr. Hrvoje Kacic's book Serving My Country translated into several languages
Prof. dr. Hrvoje Kačić is a distinguished Croatian specialist in maritime law.  Since 1990 he was an independent M.P. of the Croatian Parliament, elected chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs during the first mandate. From 1994 to 2001 he was president of the State Commission for Borders of the Republic of Croatia. His book Serving My Country has been published in Croatian, English (three printings), Spanish and German. It will soon appear in Ukrainian and Polish.

Ivica Kostelic & Natko Zrncic-Dim sang Croatian Anthem in Chamonix France 2011
Ivica Kostelić: "Natko's result makes this victory to be double so sweet! My best friend right on the winners' podium just beside me. We sing Croatia's national anthem together - I mean - this is like the best day of my sporting career so far, maybe even ever". Natko Zrnčić:-Dim "...being with Ivica on the podium, singing our national anthem... Really unbelievable, and the moment you keep inside your heart for the rest of your life."

Dr. Artur R. Bagdasarov promoter of Croatian culture and language in Russia
Dr. Artur Rafaelovič Bagdasarov is a distinguished Russian linguist of Armenian origin, very active in promoting Croatian culture, in particular the Croatian language, in the Russian Federation. He is the author of numerous books, dictionaries and articles dealing with Croatian literary language. For his efforts he has been awarded with the 2010 INA Award in Zagreb.

Dr. Slobodan Lang and his concept of the Challenge of Goodness
Dr. Slobodan Lang, professor of medical ethics at the University of Zagreb and at Harvard, is best known for his tireless work on humanitarian issues, without precedent in contemporary history. He initiated the concept of „Challenge of Goodness“ and proposed and presented prevention of hate and genocide, protection of hospitals, prisoners of war and refugees, as well as responsibility for goodness by human beings during conflict.

"I Will Follow You" by the Nenad Bach Band is hit of the week on Radio Split
  "I Will Follow You" by the Nenad Bach Band has been named hit of the week by Radio Split in Croatia! This is the band's first single and is off of their EP "All I want is Freedom." On Sunday, January 23, the Nenad Bach Band performed at the historic Towne Crier in Pawling, New York to a captive audience.

Croatia in the Early Middle Ages published in English and French
An excellent and easy to read book that should be available in all universities and libraries world-wide for scholars and anyone interested in studying the history of Europe's Middle Ages. Croatia is one of the oldest continuously existing countries in Europe. Hilda Foley. This luxorous monograph  containing 30 extensive articles with numerous photos, has been published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Croatian cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić are a YouTube hit
Cellist Luka Šulić (left) along with cellist Stjepan Hauser have created a hit on YouTube with their new video. The video features the duo engaged in a classical music rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". This rendition was arranged by both Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić and already has several hundred thousand views on the popular video sharing site.

Branko Franolic 1925-2011 distinugished promoter of Croatian studies
Dr. Branko Franolić, distinguished Croatian scholar, a member  correspondent of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, spent most of his life far from his homeland, in England, France, Canada and elsewhere. He defended his doctoral thesis at famous Sorbonne in Paris. He left behind him numerous important books and articles dealing with various aspects of Croatian history and culture.

Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan has Croatian roots
17-year-old Teresa Scanlan (left) is the youngest winner in the history of the Miss America contest and the first woman from Nebraska to take the crown. The blond beauty is also part Croatian. The origins of the newly crowned Miss America can be traced back to the small Croatian island of Ilovik, which her grandparents left many years ago to move to the United States.

Tomislav Domazet-Loso Croatian biologist in cover article of Nature
Evolutionary geneticists, Tomislav Domazet-Lošo, on the left, from Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb (Croatia), and Diethard Tautz and Max Planck Institute for the Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany), showed that the development of embryos mirrors evolutionary history. The results are published in the 9th December 2010 issue of Nature as a cover story. Dr. Tomislav Domazet-Lošo is a son of Croatian admiral mr. Davor Domazet-Lošo.

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