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Project of Croatian house in Tokamachi Japan
In the Japanese city of Tokamachi and with the presence of eminent Croatian architects Vinko Penezić and Kresimir Rogina, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Japan Dr. Drago Štambuk and the Mayor of Tokamachi Yoshifumi Sekiguchi confirmed the decision of the City Council regarding the construction of Croatian House that would represent the focal point of Croatia-Japan friendship in Japan.

Branko Lustig receives 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Born in 1932 to a Croatian-Jewish family, Branko Lustig (left) began his film career in 1955 working on films like Fiddler on the Roof and The Tin Drum before landing a job on Meryl Streep's unforgettable "Sophie's Choice." He is the recipient of two Oscars, having won one for "Schindler's List" in 1993 and another for "Gladiator" in 2001.

Eat that Croatian food man, and you just feel the power in your veins
"30 Rock" actor, stand up comedian, and World Champion, Judah Friedlander (left) is an outspoken fan of Croatian food. To which he was undoubtedly exposed to, by his Croatian mother. Describing the power of Croatian cuisine, he says: "I like pretty much all food, but eat that Croatian food, man, and you just feel the power in your veins."

Marijana Hajdarhodzic & The Penny Black Remedy mix up styles
How many bands have tried to mix up styles and genres and fallen on their face? Don't spend too long trying to come up with an answer. It'll take you a while, and you'll doubtless need more fingers and toes than you are in possession of to keep count. One thing is for sure, The Penny Black Remedy are not a band that you'd be adding to the list of failures.

Ivana Vidovic performing Dora Pejacevic in the city of Zadar May 30 2009
Ivana Marija Vidović, Croatian pianist from the city of Dubrovnik, will soon be a guest of the University of Zadar. Her rectial includes compositions of Albéniz, Chopin, Liszt, Pejačević and Resta, starting at 21:00, May 30 2009. Students of the University will perform her poetry dedicated to Dora Pejačević, the first famous Croatian women composer.

Jovica Kozlica paper plane world champion in Salzburg 2009
Jovica Kozlica, a 26-years old student from Split, Croatia was the only champion from 2006 who defended his title again in Salzburg in 2009. Once again, he won the first place in the Longest Distance category with a throw of 54.43 metres, proving that Croats aren't just good at building ships, but also at aerodynamics.

Hrvojka Mihanovic Salopek and her Stella Maris project of St. Mary's heritage
 Dr. Hrvojka Mihanović Salopek is the leader of an important project Stella Maris - Sea Star, devoted to centuries of St. Mary's heritage in Croatia in the broadest sense: from church architecture and sacral paintings to church music, poetry, literature and Croatian Lenten chants. Till now the project resulted in 5 excellent DVD's which describe an important part of 13 centuries of Croatian spirituality and culture in Europe.

Joseph Haydn Austrian and Croatian composer died 200 years ago
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), a famous Austrian and Croatian composer, died 200 years ago, May 31. He was born in a Croatian ethnic enclave in Burgenland (Gradišće) in Austria. Joseph Haydn composed a lovely melody which is based on a very old Croatian folk song. He named it Volkslied (Folk song), and later it became the Austrian national anthem. This melody is the contemporary German national anthem that everybody knows.

Srdjan Bulat wins three times in Gorizia
Srdjan Bulat (left) a fourth year student from the Zagreb Music Academy from Split, confirmed once again that he is known as one of the best guitar players at the European Classical Guitar Competition "Cittŕ di Gorizia" held May 15-17 in the Italian city of Gorizia. He won three prizes in three of the toughest categories in the competition.

1130 years since the first international recognition of Croatia
The first international recognition of Croatia came on May 21, 879 from Pope John VIII, that is, 1130 years ago. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to Croatian prince Branimir and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed the prince in his letters. A detail of Croatian sacral monument from 9th century can be seen on the left, with the name of prince Branimir.

Studia Croatica 1986 #103
In this 103 (1986) issue of Studia Croatica, Ivo Korsky explains why Croatians struggle for independence and Ernesto Livacic writes about the living Croatian presence in Chilean literature. Three articles are devoted to the Venezuelan Precursor Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) and his relation with Croatia, while Mateo Martinic writes on the Croatian immigrants to Chile (1919-1939). 96 pages, in Spanish.

Marija Miletic Dail, Croatian artist in the USA, and her animation cottage
Marija Miletić Dail is director, producer, animator and filmmaker, working in the USA, born in Croatia. She won the Best of Animation Award in 1974 at the International Film Festival in Switzerland for the film "Why Not?", the Presidential Award in 1992 for the environmental film "Think Earth", and lectured on animation at UCLA, LACC, and Cal Arts.

Kronika povratka Zvonka Busica u Hrvatsku
Nakon 32 godine provedene u američkim kazamatima Zvonko Bušić vratio se u domovinu Hrvatsku. Dne 24. srpnja 2008. godine sletio je u zagrebačku zračnu liku, gdje ga je uz suprugu Julienne dočekao i velik broj rodbine, prijatelja i poštovatelja iz javnog i političkog života Hrvatske. Bušić je kao zatvorenik s najdužim stažom deportiran iz Terre Hautea, gdje je bio jedini nemuslimanski zatvorenik.

Croatian one minute film festival in Pozega May 29-30 2009
The festival jury in Požega has received 454 films from 43 countries worldwide. Sixty films were chosen for the official programme, to be shown on May 29-30 2009. This is already 17th annual festival with a high international reputation.

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic overall winner of the World Cup Finn Class 2009
Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) is the overall winner in the Finn class at the 41st Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres Friday. This was his first Grade 1 win in the class. Another Croatian Marin Mišura won the fifth place at the same competition. Croatia and GB are the only countries with two representatives among 10 most successful competitors.

Ivo Macela distinguished Croatian medical scientist in Prague and Bratislava
Dr. Ivo Maćela 1891-1952, born in Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula, was professor at the Charles University in Prague and at the Comenium University in Bratislava. In 1945 he founded the Medical Faculty in Plzen in Czech Republic. In 1947 he was nominated unanimously candidate for the Nobel Prize by the Council of Professors at the Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, for his research and important achievements in endocrinology.

Branko Istvancic's film depicting Croatians wins Italian award
Branko Ištvančić, distinguished Croatian screenwriter, film and TV director, provided very interesting inserts of his films depicting various aspects of life and spirit of the Croatians: Wellman, The Stone Picker, The Cormorant Scarecrow, The Ghost in the Swamp, Saying Goodbye, From Grain to Painting, etc.

U2 legends of rock'n'roll are coming to Zagreb on August 9th and 10th 2009
The Zagreb concerts of U2 are scheduled for August 9th and 10th. The 10th of August concert was sold out in just a few hours, so organisers and the band arranged an additional concert, for which you may still buy your tickets. The concerts are to be held at Maksimir Stadium. In 1995 Bono recited a verse written in 1628 by Croatian poet Ivan Gundulić:  O lijepa, o draga, o slatka slobodo... (O beautiful, o beloved, o sweet liberty...).

Jack Baric: SEARCHING FOR A STORM screenings in USA, Canada and Australia
  In North America the film SEARCHING FOR A STORM by Jack Barić will be shown in San Pedro, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Montreal, and New York. In Australia it will be screened in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, and Geelong.

Mladen V. Wickerhauser Croatian American mathematician
Mladen V. Wickerhauser is Croatian American mathematician working at Washington University St. Louis, Missouri. His field of professional interestes is in the wavelet analysis and signal processing. In March 2009 he visited his native Zagreb and delivered a lecture at the Department of Mathematics, PMF, University of Zagreb. Dr. Željko Hanjš, University of Zagreb, made a very interesting interview with him.

Sofia Mulanovich Peruvian surfer of Croatian descent inducted in Olympic Museum
Sofía Mulánovich Aljovín is a Peruvian surfer of Croatian descent. She is the first Peruvian surfer ever to win an Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour event. In 2007 she was inducted into the Surfers Hall of Fame, and in 2009 into the Olympic Museum in Laussane in Switzerland.

Miro Gavran's plays in Slovakia, Germany, Poland, and Croatia
Miro Gavran's plays tour throughout Europe in full intensity: on March 17 2009 in Spišska Nova Ves in Slovakia, on March 23 in Augsburg in Germany, on May 10 in Rado in Poland, on 16 May in Ilok in Croatia, and May 22 again in Spišska Nova Ves in Slovakia.

FOR | FROM CROATIA WITH LOVE Croatian Jazz Gala at the Lincoln Center
 The AIC Foundation is launching a concert series "For | From Croatia With Love" which promotes Croatian culture, art and heritage in the United States. Its first concert will be a Jazz Gala at the Lincoln Center featuring Jazz musicians from Croatia and the United States.

Matko Jelavić releases his latest album Prvoj Ruži Hrvatske
Matko Jelavić (left) has released a new album of original music entitled "Prvoj Ruži Hrvatske" (First Rose of Croatia) containing twelve original songs. He has been performing and composing music since he first won at the Split Music Festival in 1988 with his original song "Majko Stara" (Old Mother).

The Vukovar Hospital 1991, important monograph about its tragedy
The English edition of the monograph The Vukovar Hospital 1991 has been published in 2008 by the Vukovar Hospital and "Society of the Croatian doctors and volunteers in 1990-1991". Its Organizer council consists of Dr.  Vesna Bosanac, Dr. Juraj Njavro, and Dr. Štefan Biro. Especially important is an article by professor Andrija Hebrang, entitled: Silence of the International humanitarian organizations about the tragedy of the Vukovar Hospital.

Uskrsnuo za nas. Sretan Uskrs Happy Easter Happy Passover
The celebration of Easter commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead, the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The traditional Croatian Easter custom is painting Easter eggs and exchanging them as gifts. The big one created in naive style, see inside, now traveling the world as a part of the exhibition. Ever heard of Hlebine?

Museum of Frogs in Lokve, Croatia
In the village of Lokve in the region of Gorski Kotar in Croatia there is a unique museum devoted to frogs, called Muzej žaba - Museum of Frogs. Regular competitions are organized in frog jumping, which are very popular, among children as well as among grown-ups. Competitors with their frogs arrive from all over Croatia.

Museum of Broken Relationships visited San Francisco in February 2009
  A museum dedicated to broken hearts has been founded in Croatia. Authors of the concept Olinka Vištica and Drazen Grubišić decided to set up the museum after consoling friends over their failed romances. The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art concept which proceeds from the assumption that objects possess integrated fields - "holograms" of memories and emotions.

Djuro Janekovic photographing Croatia's captial Zagreb in 1930s
Đuro Janeković and his newly discovered photos of Zagreb from 1930s reveal the capital of Croatia in new light and atmosphere. He exhibited his photos in Vienna, München, Buenos Aires, London, Oslo, Stockholm,  Amsterdam, Debrecin, Prag, Varšava, and in Zagreb. An exhbition of his photos is organized at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb until March 12 2009.

Journal of Croatian Studies - Volume XXIV - 1983

The 1983 issue of the Journal of Croatian Studies was fully devoted to the most famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962). The volume features three texts by the sculptor as well as articles by Ante Kadic, Bogdan Raditsa, Christopher Spalatin, Ivan’s son Matthew Mestrovic, Karlo Mirth, among others. The volume has 216 pages including 36 plates.

Bratislav Lucin leading expert for Croatian Renaissance classic Marko Marulic
 Bratislav Lučin, distinguished Croatian scholar and director of Marulianum institute in the city of Split, has recently published two important books dealing with a famous Croatian Renaissance writer Marko Marulić 1450-1524. Marulić's books were read by St Francis Xavier, Cervantes, Thomas More, King Henry VIII, etc. Marko Marulić is the author of the notion of PSYCHOLOGY.

Adriana Smajic from Argentina for Radio Split

Adriana Smajic contributes from Argentina to the program Nedeljni Akvarel. The program is emitted every Sunday noon from Radio Split. Adriana’s contributions deal mainly with the life of Croatians in Argentina

Goran Karan Tours the United States and Canada April-May 2009
  Croatia's platinum and diamond recording artist Goran Karan and his six -piece band "Vagabundo" will be performing in select cities in the United States and Canada. He promises an unforgettable concert featuring his most popular songs and some traditional Dalmatian songs as well as other hits. 

Croatia in NATO on April 3, 2009. NFCA newsletter.
Republic of Croatia is scheduled to formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) together with Albania at a summit marking the bloc's 60th anniversary during April 3-4. 2009. The NFCA is pleased to have contributed over the years to this great accomplishment for the Old Homeland. May Croatia long enjoy the peace and prosperity that is a by-product of NATO membership.

Studia Croatica 1986 #102

In this 102 (1986) issue of Studia Croatica, the main articles are one by Mate Mestrovic about the possibility of Democracy in the then Yugoslavia. Ante Kadic wrote about Marko Marulic, while Maja Lukac-Stier presents the main Croatian community contributions to Argentina. In turn, Ivo Boric wrote about the Croatian immigrants to Bolivia. This issue has 96 pages, in Spanish.

Mario Preskar's 15th win in heavy weight professional boxing on March 28, 2009
Mario Preskar has 15 wins, 2 draws and is undefeated In his short career as a heavyweight professional boxer. His last victory was against Georgian boxer Zurab Naniashvili in the Ukrainian city of Čerkasi.

Jerry Blaskovich - Anatomy of Deceit

Jerry Blaskovich is a US physician of Croatian origin. During the 1991-1995 war in Croatia, nobody had to tell Dr Blaskovich where to go, what to do, whom to help, and what to write. Although living in California, Jerry knew what his homeland needed, what tasks suited his abilities, what pressure his family was able to go through, and what his health and strength allowed him to do.

Sime Strikoman millenium photos of Croatia
Šime Strikoman is the author of a series of unusual photos representing various aspects of Croatia. For example The Kutjevo Wine Cellars celebrate 777 years of existence, so he made a millenium photo. Equaly interesting are his photos related to the island of Pag, towns of Šibenik, Zadar, Biograd, Split, etc.

Earth Hour on Saturday March 28th 2009 8:30 pm local time
On March 28, at 8:30 pm local time, one billion people will go dark for Earth Hour. World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, and governments around the world to turn off their lights to make a global statement and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions. Mole se ljudi širom svijeta da 28. ožujka 2009. u 20.30 sati ugase svjetla i ujedine se u stvaranju bolje budućnosti

Stana Katic Croatian Movie Star in Canada
Stana Katić (b. 1980) is a Canadian film and television actress active in the United States. Stana Katic was born to Croatian parents. In addition to English, she speaks Italian, French, and Croatian. She has an alto mezzo-soprano singing voice.

Studia Croatica 1986 #101
Radovan Latkovic, then editor of Studia Croatica, analysed in 1986 the future of Yugoslavia from an historic perspective. In the 1986 issue, other articles deal with literature, with Pope Sixtus V, of Croatian origin, with brothers Mirko and Stevo Seljan, Croatians explorers in Africa and South America. And much more, 96 pages, in Spanish.

Miro Gavran's 200th staging and new premier in Poland March 27 2009
Croatian playwright Miro Gavran has been a frequent guest in Poland lately, where his plays saw ten theater premiers, and where he had two books of dramas and comedies published. Within the World Theater Day (March 27), the famous Teatr Ludowy in Krakow will stage the 200th performance of this comedy "My Wife's Husband", translated by Anna Tuszynska.

Journal of Croatian Studies - Volume I - 1960
On its first issue, the Journal, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, presented itself with the text "To Our Readers". There, the editors state that the Croatian Academy of America, established in 1953, had planned to publish a learned journal of Croatian cultural, historical, political and economic developments.

Brian Gallagher interviewed Croatian American filmmaker Jack Baric
Exclusive interview with American Croatian filmmaker Jack Baric, the director of the new film, 'Searching for a Storm', published by Croatian Herald (Australia) 13 March 2009. New documentary about 'Operation Storm' which liberated the occupied parts of Croatia in 1995, and saved the city of Bihać in BiH from tragedy. Interviewer: Brian Gallagher, London; Jack Baric on the photo.

CROWN BUSINESS: VRELO juices of health, love and beauty, Osijek Croatia
PRIRODNO VRELO (Natural Source) is a company from the city of Osijek offering juices which are 100% natural, made with cold pressure of fresh fruit and vegetables without concentration, sweetening and addition of water, preservatives, colors and flavour. The company would like to find distributors for these products in Europe, USA, Asia,...

Davor Dijanovic: Da je Hrvatska pokazala malo više samopoštovanja
Da Hrvatska politička klasa nije slijepo jurila u EU, bespogovorno izvršavala svaki diktat iz Bruxellesa i da je pokazala malo više samopoštovanja i dala do znanja da Hrvatska nije ničija prčija niti kolonija, nema sumnje da bi se stvarili odvijale mnoge povoljnije po RH, ne bi bili ni koraka dalje od EU, dapače.

Croatian World Games - Zadar 2010. Interview with Franjo Pavic.

The second Croatian World Games, also known as Crolympia will be held in Zadar in July, 2010, and organized by the Croatian World Congress, the main association of expatriate Croatians in the world. Interview with Mr. Franjo Pavic, head of the organisation committee for Germany and coordinator for Europe

Josip Mikulec tireless world hiker hundred years ago
 Very brave Croatian adventurer Josip Mikulec set out to circumnavigate the globe on foot in the span of five years.  With the start of this journey in Croatia's capital Zagreb he became a perpetual wanderer.  Mostly hiking, he traveled the world some 28 years and achieved a degree of fame for having collected more than 30,000 autographs of world-famous people. 

Zadar Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea under the snow in February 2009
By the end of February 2009 the city of Zadar was completely covered with snow. We provide an interesting presentation by Darko Tomičić, submitted by Ivana Marija Vidović. On the photo is a palm in Zadar covered with snow, as well as The Monument to the Sun behind it, both just by the seashore.

Louis Cukela recipient of USA Navy and Army Medals of Honor during WWI
Louis Cukela (Vjekoslav Lujo Čukela, 1888-1956), was awarded both the Navy and Army Medals of Honor for extraordinary heroism in France 1918 during World War I. He was the only living man to hold two such decorations for extreme bravery in a single war. Čukela was born in Split in Croatia, and emigrated to the USA in 1913.

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