Party System, Voting System and Media Conspiring To Hollow Out Croatian Democracy

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Zeljko Glasnovic
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To listen in on any halfway serious discussion of politics in Croatia these days is to eavesdrop on a cacophony, on a racket of dissatisfaction, anger and disillusionment. Issues come and go several times a day in the hothouse of political crises and divisions that Croatia appears to chronically be in, but the underlying unease and anger remain no matter how much people vent or how many logical arguments they make about a given issue. Which means – the time for wielding axes of decommunisation is now.

That the electoral system (which delivers power) is a vital heart-muscle of democracy and if it doesn’t seek out true representation of the people, as it has been the case in Croatia, then it must be changed. Croatia’s electoral woes are a harsh reminder of elements contained in the communist heritage that trickled down and trickles down from the…

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Hurricane Illusions – And Realities

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If human emissions made Irma worse, did they also bring the 12-year lull in Cat 4-5 hurricanes?

By Paul Driessen ~

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought out the best in us. Millions of Americans are giving money, toil, and sweat to help victims rebuild. Unfortunately, the storms also highlighted some people’s baser instincts.

Some advanced ideological commitments to campaigns to “keep fossil fuels in the ground,” raise energy costs, and reduce living standards. Others hyped Harvey’s record rainfalls, claiming carbon dioxide emissions made the Gulf of Mexico warmer and its air more moisture-laden. A few were just obnoxious.

These storms are a product of “this administration’s climate denial, racism, and callousness,” 350.org activist Jenny Marienau fumed. “How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take, until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” Daily Show comedian Trevor Noah fulminated.

Perhaps these newly minted “experts” received mail-order degrees in climatology or meteorology – or…

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International public prosecutor blamed the country’s government for genocide and torture on Rohingyas in Myanmar.

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International public prosecutor blamed the country’s government for genocide and torture on Rohingyas in Myanmar. The verdict was pronounced in a crowded court at the auditorium of the University of Malaya on Friday, according to eyewitness inspection, various documentary documents and testimonies. The tribunal chief justice Daniel Feuerstein announced the verdict after five days of hearing in the University Malaya Legal Faculty Moot Court.

President of the Judge Panel, former President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Danielle Feuerstein, Others are – Juliah Ismail of Malaysia, Helen Jarvis of Cambodian lawmaker, former head of the law department of Sydney University of Sydney, Jill H. Boeringinger, Indonesia’s human rights advocate Nursiabani Katjasunkana, Iran’s human rights lawyer Sadie Sadar and current solicitor general of Italy Supreme Court of Cassation Nillon Racy.

Seven judges of the tribunal will read and share at least 30 pages long primary verdicts. Australian judge Jill H…

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Croatia Drowning Its Diaspora In EU Financial Problems

Croatia, the War, and the Future

One would need to be totally blind, or stupid, not to see the politically orchestrated communications from the pro-EU-leaning leftist Croatian mainstream media and European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s announcement mid-last week. Croatia’s so-called demographic experts say that Croatia could take at least 50,000 new immigrants in short-term to make up for the potential work-force losses that emerged through mass exodus of people due to unemployment the day before EC’s Juncker in his annual state of the union speech made an announcement regarding “swift inclusion in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area”. The fact that there was no reference to the rich and large Croatian diaspora as part of Croatia’s demographic “experts” contemplating immigration earns concern and utter disillusionment; after all, Croatia’s government’s mouth is full of calling upon the Croats from the diaspora to return to Croatia! Were this not a lip service only, there would, one justifiably…

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Tarawa Tribute – Eye Witness Account – Intermission Story (17)

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USMC on Tarawa Atoll

Gradually, those buried on Betio in the Tarawa atoll are being identified and returned home.  Pacific Paratrooper is including this story as a tribute to them.

Edwin Glasberg, 93, has lived an extraordinary life and is known as a WWII hero for a number of reasons. He was born on the 14th may, 1924, in Boston and as soon as he was able, he left school and enlisted in the Marines. He was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Division.

Edwin Glasberg, USMC

War broke out and he was sent to the Western Pacific where he first used his weapon in anger. He was one of the 18,000 Marines that made up the first wave that landed on the Island of Tarawa. There was no significant resistance on the beach, as the Navy had shelled the Japanese positions before the Marines landed…

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Power Plant Harbinger of D-Day on the Horizon

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During the major overhaul on Unit 1 during the spring of 1994 in retrospect, there were signs that something similar to the downsizing at the Oklahoma Electric company that had happened in 1988 was coming around again. The reason the company had to downsize was a little hard to swallow, but they were real. We had painted ourselves into a corner. The punishment was a downsizing (D-Day). The reason was that we had been very successful. The outcome was ironic.

I will save the details of the 1994 downsizing for a post in a few weeks. In this post, I want to talk about the Power Plant Men, and how we all played an important part in bringing the demise of 50% of our own workforce. I will also mention some of the True Power Plant Men that were let go because of the tremendous accomplishments achieved by those very…

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Serbia Did Control Brutal Aggression Against Croatia

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Borivoja Savic
at UN MICT Hague
Photo credit: MICT

Serb Borivoje Savic’s (a witness for the prosecution at the UN Mechanisms for International Criminal Tribunals/MICT in The Hague), 2012 amalgamated  statement (PDF) in the war crimes committed in Croatia proceedings against Goran Hadzic was, 5 September 2017, admitted by court decision as evidence in the Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic war crimes retrial.

Stanisic, who was the chief of the Serbian Secret Service SDB from 1992, and his former assistant Simatovic are being retried for the persecution, murders, deportations and forcible resettlement of Croat and Bosniak civilians during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1991 to 1995.

According to the charges, they were part of a joint criminal enterprise led by former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, aimed at forcibly and permanently removing Croats and Bosniaks from large parts of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in…

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Power Plant Gulf War Syndrome

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Originally posted December 13, 2014.

It seemed like it was getting dark already when Scott Hubbard and I were driving home from the plant in Scott’s pickup on January 16, 1991. We were listening to NPR on the radio, as we did most days. Just as we were entering Stillwater on Hwy 177, NPR suddenly stopped their regular broadcast to announce that there were reports of bombs dropping in Baghdad.

Up to this point, we had all hoped that Saddam Hussein, seeing the massive buildup of the U.S. and other countries at his border would pull his forces out of Kuwait and go home. At 5 pm Central Standard Time (2 am Baghdad time), the week long air assault on Saddam Hussein’s troops began. Scott dropped me off at the church where he had picked me up 9 1/2 hours earlier and I drove straight home. Glued to the radio…

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The Menace Of Croatia’s Communist Ideals (Im)moral Compass

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Vukovar Croatian Homeland War Memorial

Watching Croatia’s current political discourse (and deadlock, political and economic chaos, government crises, unrelenting emergence of the identity of communist revenge against the victory in Croatia’s Homeland War for self-determination, independence and democracy that labels as fascist even the slogan “For Home Ready” (Za Dom Spremni) under which in early 1990’s many sacrificed everything so that Croatia could be free of communist Yugoslavia …, I see a menacing lack of authentic discussion of the core values of sovereignty and democracy for which the Homeland War was fought that ought to be guiding the Croatian people as a society.

I see Croatia as morally adrift, as not having a clear sense of how to ground its people’s identity and actions to ultimate values that transcend time and place; it lacks clear moral compass or a foundational guide that stem out from its very own fight and…

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Kelly Is Blocking Negative Amnesty Coverage From Trump

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It is being reported that President Donald Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, Retired General John Kelly, has placed the President in a bubble. According to Axios via The Daily Caller, Kelly is blocking outside access to the President and hiding news reports from sites like The Daily Caller and Breitbart News.

On the one hand, the Communist media complex pool of leaks intended to destroy the President have been cut off. Credit where credit is due, Kelly appears to have lock down leaks coming out of the White House.

On the other hand, the Progressive establishment of both parties and their fellow swamp critters may see Kelly’s presence as a way to ring in POTUS and his agenda. If that is the case, then the President’s Chief of Staff is doing both the country, the President and his supporters a disservice.

Case in point, the President’s alleged…

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