After her dark decade away from tennis, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni returns to Wimbledon with a point to prove   
After fleeing her home in 1999 to escape an abusive father, the Croatian spent the next decade missing from tennis. Speaking to The Independent, she opens up on her remarkable comeback
          Neanderthal Teeth Show Evidence of Dentistry    
KRAPINA, CROATIA—Evidence found in teeth at a Neanderthal site in Croatia points to rudimentary attempts at dentistry 130,000 years ago, according to a report in The Independent. David Frayer of the University of Kansas analyzed the teeth—found in the early 20th century at the site of Krapina—and observed grooves, scratches, and chips consistent with the use of a simple toothpick-like tool. Based on the pattern of markings on the individual's teeth, Frayer believes the Neanderthal may have been attempting to ease the pain of an impacted molar. To read more on the archaeology of dentistry, go to “Not So Pearly Whites.”
          (DF) Prime Minister Borissov Urges Balkan Political Elites to Rise above History   
June 30 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov attended a meeting of heads of state and government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), which was held in Dubrovnik on Friday. During his visit to the Croatian city, Borissov was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2018, Liliyana Pavlova.
          (DF) Bulgarian Foreign Minister Tells Her Balkan Counterparts There Is No Alternative to European Prospects for the Region   
June 30 (BTA) - Addressing a meeting of heads of state and government of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Dubrovnik, Croatia on Friday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said there is no alternative to the European prospects for the Balkan countries, said the Foreign Ministry.
          (DF) PM Borissov: "Bulgarian-Croatian History Is Deeply Rooted in Bulgaria, Continues to Make Successful Progress"   
June 30 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic unveiled a memorial plaque to Tsar Ivan Asen II's Dubrovnik Charter in the Croatian city on Thursday, the Government Information Service said.
          Debate: Slovenia's partial victory in row with Croatia   
In the border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia an international arbitration tribunal in The Hague has ruled that much of an area of contested waters in the Bay of Piran on the Adriatic coast belongs to Slovenia. Under the ruling Croatia in return profits from certain border corrections and gains a mountain peak. Zagreb, however, refuses to accept the ruling. What will be the consequences?
          No one has cause to rejoice | Večernji list - Croatia   
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          Will Croatia replace Greece as big blocker? | Der Standard - Austria   
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          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   
It will compete with other boat services along the Adriatic coast.
          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast.

          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   
UberBOAT offers speedboats for up to 12 people.
          Croatia rejects ruling in maritime dispute with Slovenia   
Croatia has rejected a ruling by an international arbitration court that hands victory to Slovenia in a long-running maritime dispute. In a row that centres on the Bay of Piran, judges have granted Slovenia unhindered access to international waters in the Adriatic Sea with a 10-nautical mile corridor. The countries have argued over a stretch of their sea and land border since independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar told a news conference: "The ruling of the arbitration court is final and legally binding for both countries. For Slovenia and for Croatia. "The historic moment has arrived for Slovenia. The decision must be respected." Slovenia wants to now look at implementation of the decision, even though it says not all expectations have been met. But Croatia walked out of the arbitration talks in 2015 and says it is not obliged to obide by the ruling. Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said: "The first and most important message from Croatian government regarding the arbitration decision is that we do not consider ourselves obliged by this ruling, we are not obliged to abide the ruling at all, and we will not apply the contents of this ruling." "For us this arbitration has no legal value. But we stand ready to discuss this border issue with Slovenia. We don't expect them to make any unilateral moves in light of this ruling." Both countries agreed to arbitration in 2009, in a deal that also saw Slovenia drops its opposition to Croatia joining the European Union.
          Annecy Festival Distributes its Special Prizes   

 

 

 

Special Prizes

 
 

Under embargo till Friday 16 June, 7:30 pm
(Paris time)

 

Discover the list of films that won Special Prizes, congratulations to all the winners!

 
 

Festivals Connexion Award – Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / In partnership with Lumières Numériques & Pilon Cinéma  

Nothing Happens

Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot

DANSK TEGNEFILM, MIYU PRODUCTIONS

Denmark, France

Junior Jury Award for a Graduation Film

What a Peaceful Day

Eden (Kai-Hsun) Chan

TAIPEI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Taiwan

Junior Jury Award for a Short Film 

Valley of White Birds > La Vallée des oiseaux blancs

Cloud Yang

WOLF SMOKE ANIMATION STUDIO

China

Young Audience Award

Hedgehog's Home > La Maison du hérisson

Eva Cvijanović

ONF, BONOBOSTUDIO

Canada, Croatia

FIPRESCI Award

Negative Space

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

IKKI FILMS, MANUEL CAM

France

Best Original Music Award for a Short Film, sponsored by the SACEM

Radio Dolores

Katariina Lillqvist, Kusti Vuorinen

FILM COOPERATIVE CAMERA CAGLIOSTRO

Finland

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

Petit Vampire > Little Vampire

Joann Sfar

AUTOCHENILLE PRODUCTION

France

"CANAL+ Creative Aid" Award for a Short Film

L’Ogre > The Ogre

Laurène Braibant

PAPY3D PRODUCTIONS

France

André-Martin Award for a 2016 French Feature Film

La Jeune Fille sans mains

Sébastien Laudenbach

LES FILMS SAUVAGES, PELLEAS FILMS

France

André-Martin Award for a French Short Film

Nothing Happens

Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot

DANSK TEGNEFILM, MIYU PRODUCTIONS

Denmark, France

André-Martin Special Distinction for a French Short Film

Negative Space

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

IKKI FILMS, MANUEL CAM

France

City of Annecy Award

Maacher Jhol > Le Curry de poisson

Abhishek Verma

JAMUURA

India

 
 

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          Comment on The Order of the Silver Dragon – Knights of Croatia by 10 reasons why Zagreb is a family destination – A great place for teenagers! | The British Berliner   
[…] Order of the Silver Dragon: Each Saturday, (April – September), tourists can meet members of the Red Srebrnog Zmaja, otherwise known as the Order of The Silver Dragon at St. Mark’s Square in the Upper Town! This Order re-enacts famous historical conflicts […]
          Daily 3-Bet: Mohsin Triple, Staples in Limbo, Secret WeedSOP   

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a fresh map, a 30-day bus pass and no idea where our next afternoon poker news journey might land us.

Got a hot tip for a future 3-Bet? Tweet us @PokerListings or drop a note in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find Mohsin Charania locking up a poker Triple Crown, Jamie Staples sidetracked in Romania and the 'secret' history of weed at the WSOP.

1) Charania Seals Triple Crown

For most of the past decade or so there have been three major tours that laid claim to the most prestigious tournament titles in poker:

Mohsin Charania
Elite company for Charania.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) the European Poker Tour (EPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP)

The EPT is now a thing of the past and with events like the Super High Roller Bowl and the burgeoning partypoker Live tour, winning a "Triple Crown" in poker might not stay linked to those 3 acronyms forever.

Still, it's a pretty dazzling accomplishment to lay claim to a title from all 3 of those poker behemoths and, up until yesterday, just 5 players had done it:

Gavin Griffin Roland de Wolfe Jake Cody Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier Davidi Kitai

Add one more name to that list today: Mohsin Charania.

The former EPT Grand Final winner and 2-time WPT champ put a WSOP gold bracelet on his resume yesterday in Event #52, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, to complete the trilogy.

The $364,438 he added to his almost $6m career earnings is far from his largest score but, as he told poker media after his win yesterday, locking up a Triple Crown still feels "pretty damn awesome."

We can imagine. Check the full write-up of his win at WSOP.com

2) Staples in Limbo in Romania

The life of a travelling poker pro/streamer like Team PokerStars Online's Jamie Staples can be pretty stressful as it is.

Jaime Staples
Stream on hold for now.

There are the ups and downs of poker variance, setting up and moving on from place to place and, of course, just navigating the basics of day-to-day life in countries where you don't speak the language or have the lay of the land.

Sometimes it can be pretty awesome, as it was last week when Staples won 5 online tournaments from Split, Croatia, and prepped for his next 45-day haul in Bucharest, Romania.

Then, unfortunately, things can take a turn pretty quickly. Upon arriving in Bucharest and going through the process of setting up a new home/grind station, getting gym memberships, buying food etc, they hit a hiccup. A major hiccup.

Despite getting the green light from their PokerStars contact prior to moving, as a Canadian Staples can't actually play from Romania. It's a .com/.eu thing.

Whatever the reason, they're out of luck. And now have to move on to get back to streaming for his large fanbase asap. It's a bummer, for sure. But given the confusion from Stars they're going to help get things back on track on their dime.

The big question now: Where should they go? Check the latest from Staples in the video below. Tell them where they should go and play in the comments.

3) The 'Secret' History of Weed at the WSOP

Let's cut to the chase: The fact that poker players, young and old, tend to smoke a lot of pot wherever they are - the World Series of Poker included - isn't exactly a 'secret.' At least to anyone that's been to/played/worked there over the last decade.

Brian Micon
Thriller dance was weed influenced. You don't say ...

That said, it's not as though there's been a lot of stuff written about it, either - or on how it may help/hinder their poker games.

We've done a deep dive on how various drugs affect your poker ability before and now Derrick Oliver Dewan has taken a crack at exposing the weed culture in a new piece for Leafly.com.

With legal recreational marijuana now in play in Nevada the piece, called "The Secret History of Cannabis at the World Series of Poker," explores the pervasiveness, proliferation and risks of weed culture among poker players.

Dutch Boyd, Brian Micon and Allen Kessler are among the pros to give their takes. Check it out at the link above.



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          As a deadline approaches, will Manchester United agree to pay Inter Milan's asking price for Ivan Perisic?   
The date of June 30th always seemed crucial in Manchester United's pursuit of Inter Milan's Croatian winger Ivan Perisic.
          Neanderthal dentistry used tools to treat toothache 130,000 years ago   
The pattern of grooves on the teeth of a Neanderthal skeleton found in Croatia shows that the ancient hominids attempted to treat dental problems with tools, writes Andrew Masterson.
          Judges award Slovenia high seas access in dispute with Croatia   
International judges have awarded Slovenia key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, sparking a furious reaction from Zagreb which said it would refuse to implement the ruling.
          The Croatian Foreign Policy: from the Independence to the European Union   
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          Court Rules In Favor Of Slovenia In Sea Border Dispute; Croatia Rejects Decision   
An international arbitration court has handed Slovenia a victory in its long-standing border dispute with Croatia, awarding it direct access to international waters in the Adriatic Sea in a decision Zagreb says it will not honor.
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          Spark by Hannah Senesh   
Translated from the Hungarian & editedby Thomas Orsz g Land (July 2017)Hannah Senesh, 1921 1944, (Hungarian spelling Hanna Szenes), poet, farmer, soldier, emigrated as a youth to Palestine to escape rising Fascism in Europe, and eventually joined the British Army there. She was parachuted into partisan held territory in Croatia from where she trekked to her native Hungary with a mission to rescue downed Allied aircrews and assist the Zionist resistance to the mass murder of Jews. more>>>...
          why nazis are wrong   
the fact are Hitler and nazi love islam.
there think Islam, a "very practical religion for soldiers" because of the prospects of paradise promises to martyrs, was the view of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and one of the architects of the Holocaust. Like him, Hitler felt an astonishing fascination with this religion, which led to a viral, warlike and anti-Semitic community, that is to say, the reverse of what he saw as a Judeo-Christian corruption Which, he said, had poisoned the West. In the spirit of Hitler, Muslims may even prove to be useful, reports an article by Timeline:

"Hitler thought that Muslims could be manipulated to be a powerful tool for the Nazis. For most of the sick and the majority of Muslims fought against Germany. Nevertheless, a significant number - an entire division - was radicalized through a partnership with virulently anti-Semitic extremist Muslims. "

Admirative of Turkey, Hitler wanted to take up the idea of ​​Max Von Oppenheim, director of the NFO, the German intelligence services in the East during the First World War. The latter had tried, without much success, to use Islamic fanaticism as a weapon for the benefit of Germany and its ally Ottoman pendant the Great War.

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          Football: Trustin Farrugia Cann took charge of UEFA Europa League 1st Qualifying Round match in Andorra   
International referee Trustin Farrugia Cann was appointed by UEFA to officiate the UEL 2017/2018 – 1st Qualifying Round (1st Leg) match UE Santa Colona (Andorra) vs NK Osijek (Croatia), played at Andorra La Vella, Andorra, yesterday 29th June 2017, at 19:00 CET. His assistant referees were FIFA official Jurgen Spiteri and Elite Category official William [...]
          Football: FIFA Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri appointed for the UEFA Regions Cup Finals in Turkey – 1st to 9th July 2017   
International Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri has been selected by the UEFA Referees’ Committee to officiate in the 10th edition of the UEFA Regions’ Cup finals taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from Saturday 01 to Sunday 09 July 2017. Teams from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine won [...]
          Man United hand massive boost as £44m target set to reject new contract offer   

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United top summer target Ivan Perisic is ready to reject Inter’s contract offer in order to force through a move to Old Trafford. The same sources suggest that the Serie A club are willing to give the Croatian attacker a £85,000-per-week contract deal in order to fend off interest from the… Read More »

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          The Glastonbury Usurper. 29 Jun 17   
Danny Howard calls from Croatia and gets an apology from Scott, Caroline Flack calls from a hot Love Island, and another listener calls claiming he is the real Glastonbury Naked Man! Plus Alice Levine reveals her fear of Microwaves in Real Or No Real.
          Five For Friday: Beach Volleyball   
Olympians Dalhausser and Lucena lead Team USA at the FIVB World Tour in Croatia.
           Employment outcomes among junior researchers in medicine in Croatia    
Petrovečki, Marko and Smiljanić, Ljiljana and Trošelj, Mario and Polašek, Ozren (2008) Employment outcomes among junior researchers in medicine in Croatia. Croatian medical journal, 49 (1). pp. 91-97. ISSN 0353-9504 (Print) 1332-8166 (Electronic)
          Slovenia gets three quarters of territory in Croatia dispute   
Slovenia has been given three quarters of the Bay of Piran, the Court of Arbitration has ruled. Slovenia, which has been in dispute with Croatia over its sea border for years, will not have direct access to international waters, but has been granted passage through the Croatian part of the sea in this area. Slovenia’s […]

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           Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast    
Uber Technologies Inc launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast.
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Most pharmacies (‘ljekarna’ in Croatian, a sign with a green cross) in Dubrovnik are opened six days a week from 8 am to 6 pm in low season and from...

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          Croatia ignores ruling on Slovenia border dispute   
A bitter dispute over land and sea borders between Croatia and Slovenia appears to remain unresolved following Zagreb's refusal to recognise a verdict by an international court in The Hague.
          Slovenia wins legal territorial dispute against Croatia in The Hague   

The disputed waters, which belonged to the former Yugoslavia before its disintegration, were claimed by both countries. A Court of Arbitration in The Hague Thursday ruled in favour of Slovenia in its legal dispute with Croatia and ordered that the maritime border between the two countries be modified in the coming months. The decision has not been accepted by Zagreb.


              
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          Comment on CONTACT INFORMATION by tony prosser   
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          Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute offering 2017 summer language and study abroad programs   

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is still accepting applications on a rolling basis, for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs until May 10th.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 6 locations. Participants earn 8--13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material. 

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

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          Miro Cerar: Judges award Slovenia high seas access in row with Croatia   
International judges on Thursday awarded Slovenia key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, sparking a furious reaction from Zagreb which said it would refuse to implement the ruling.
          US SAYS IT APPEARS ASSAD IS GETTING READY TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON INNOCENT PEOPLE AGAIN-TRUMP SAYS DON;T YOU DARE OR THE MISSLES WILL DESTROY YOUR LAND AGAIN.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

ISAIAH 17:1,11-14
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.(DAMASCUS FRYED TO A PULP)
11  In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12  Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14  And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD KILLED IN OVERNIGHT RAID) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.

AMOS 1:5
5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden:(IRAQ) and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,(JORDAN) saith the LORD.(I belive ISIS-DAMASCUS GET NUKED BY ISRAEL)

Nikki Haley‏Verified account @nikkihaley 14h14 hours ago-JUNE 27,17-Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad's government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike put Washington in confrontation with Russia, which has advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.U.S. officials at the time called the intervention a "one-off" intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the U.S. role in the Syrian war.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait)

White House says Assad may be preparing chemical attack-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The White House says it has found "potential" evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack.Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations" for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."He says the activities are similar to those made before an April chemical attack. The Trump administration launched missile strikes in retaliation for that attack, which it blamed on Assad.Spicer warns that "if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."The White House has provided no immediate evidence to back up its claims.The Associated Press.

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

Focus-China's 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe By Eric Maurice-euobserver

Prague, 26. Jun, 13:27-Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far.The so-called 16+1 was established in 2012 as Beijing's initiative to cover various issues such as investment, trade, but also culture or education.The group includes 11 EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.It fits into China's global strategy to engage new partners in political and economic ties in different formats.Despite having a permanent secretariat, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries - the initiative's official name - is more a series of bilateral relationships with no overall coherence, as experts pointed out in discussions at the Prague European Summit conference earlier this month."It's not really a multilateral format," Petr Kratochvil, the director of Prague's Institute of International Relations, told EUobserver."It's more a group of countries that China took to have bilateral ties with. It's mainly Poland and Hungary in terms of investment, and Romania and Serbia for building projects."China's interest in the 16+1 countries is different from one country to another.In the Czech Republic, Kratochvil noted, the Chinese have mainly invested in real estate, a football club - Slavia Prague, which just won the Czech championship - or the media."It's not really the kind of investment the country wants, because it doesn't produce anything," he said.In Budapest, meanwhile, the government announced last week that Hungary and China would soon start to cooperate in the healthcare industry – from making medical equipment to developing biotechnologies.Kratochvil noted that the amount of Chinese investments in the region had remained limited and was concentrated on a few high profile infrastructure projects, such as the Budapest-Belgrade high-speed railway that Chinese companies plan to build.The focus on infrastructure shows that China considers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) a full part of the One Belt-One Road initiative – an investment and infrastructure plan, spanning from China to the Middle-East and Africa through to Central Asia."Southern and Eastern Europe are a testing ground for the Belt and Road," Anastas Vangeli, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, told EUobserver.He said that 16+1 was more an "experiment" than a "Chinese plan", and that Beijing tries "to see whether this type of diplomacy can help them boost economic relations.""To put it very simply, the whole idea is to find ways to boost the economy outside China, to generate demand for Chinese goods," Vangeli said, adding: "And these are not cheap goods: high speed railways, satellites systems or nuclear technology."Agatha Kratz, from the European Council on Foreign Relations, a London-based think-tank, told EUobserver that: "The first idea was to treat CEE as Asia and Africa.""That was a big shock, they explained that loans for projects that China would build were not going to happen."For Kratz, the success of the 16+1 initiative is to be found on the political side than in the economic side.She pointed out that annual summits between the 17 leaders, usually in Europe, constitute a "formal channel of communication".-A pragmatic question-After five years, the 16+1 format "has shown its limits, but it will continue," Kratz added.For China, the forum is "high-level enough and it helps to understand how best to promote what it can do in Europe".For CEE countries, the summits are "one more bilateral forum, one more way to have meetings with China and explain what they [CEE countries] need from it."For countries that are either part of the EU or willing to join it in the future, the Chinese partnership is "a pragmatic question", Kratochvil insisted.Although some leaders, such as Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban or Czech president Milos Zeman, are supportive of certain Chinese positions – for instance Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea – the region is not going to become a Chinese "ally"."The idea of a strategic shift is nonsense," Kratochvil said.

DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS

1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

REVELATION 18:23
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

REVELATION 9:21
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Myanmar, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth $800 million-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BANGKOK/YANGON (Reuters) - Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than $800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking.The move came even as authorities struggle to stem the flood of illicit drugs in the region, with Thailand's justice minister last year saying the country's war on drugs was failing.In Thailand's Ayutthaya province, more than 9 tonnes of drugs with a street value of over 20 billion baht ($590 million) went up in smoke including methamphetamines, known locally as "yaba" or "crazy drug", according to police."Currently, we are able to take down a lot of networks, including ... transnational networks bringing drugs into Thailand ... to be shipped to Malaysia and other countries," Sirinya Sitthichai, Secretary-General of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, told reporters in Ayutthaya.In neighboring Myanmar, the police said they destroyed confiscated drugs worth around $217 million.Myanmar remains one of the world's largest producers of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamines. Those narcotics are often smuggled into China.Last year, law makers in Myanmar voiced disappointment over the country's lackluster efforts to tackle the drug problem.The market for methamphetamines has been growing in Southeast Asia, the United Nations has said. It estimates that Southeast Asia's trade in heroin and methamphetamine was worth $31 billion in 2013.(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa in AYUTTHAYA and Aye Win Myint in YANGON; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Pot insider says dispensaries are 'dreaming' if they think they'll be part of legalization framework-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Omar Khan sat down with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to discuss big questions that have yet to be answered in the federal government's push to develop a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales by July 2018.Khan is former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and he now works with the marijuana industry as vice president, public affairs of Hill + Knowlton strategies.Questions and answers have been condensed.Matt Galloway: How prepared is this country for legal weed? Omar Khan: I think right now you have a patchwork of readiness. You have provinces like Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who are fairly well advanced in terms of their thinking. And you have others, like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who quite frankly are a little bit further behind.MG: What are the big questions that still have to be answered? OK: I think one of the points that's getting less attention is where will one be able to use marijuana. For example, you can walk down a public sidewalk and smoke a cigarette, but you can't walk down the sidewalk and drink a beer. I think that's a conversation that needs to happen.MG: Do you think that people will be allowed to smoke marijuana in parks, if they can't have an open bottle of alcohol there now? OK: There's a lot of evidence that suggests that harm associated with marijuana use is less than that associated with regular alcohol use. So I think it's something that the province of Ontario especially is going to be looking at as they move forward with their strategy.MG: What about the sale issue? OK: Since the government has set a fairly aggressive timeline for legalization — some have said, July 2018 — I think it's going to be very difficult for the government to have an up-and-running, bricks-and-mortar retail operation by this time next year essentially. I think the government is looking at three options: one would be a wholly government-run crown corporation a la LCBO; I think another option would be a heavily regulated system that gives out private licences for retailing; and then, the third option would be what we call a hybrid. Some private licences combined with a government-run system, similar to how beer and wine is distributed in Ontario.MG: Which way do you think they are leaning?OK: I know the Ontario government started looking at this seriously, right after the election of the Trudeau government. I know the attorney general, Yassir Naqvi, is working away feverishly to put together some options for cabinet to consider. I also know the premier is very big on consultation, so I suspect that before any plan is rolled out, there will be a robust public consultation.MG: Can you have robust public consultation and still set up that regulatory body in time? OK: I know they've been working at this hard for a year or so. The timeline's going to be a challenge no doubt. That's why I suspect that if there are going to be public consultations, as I presume there will be, they'll be rolling them out fairly shortly.MG: Is the timeline too tight? OK: It is what it is. Having worked in government, I know that sometimes you have to set a deadline to get everybody working away at achieving a goal. At the end of the day, what's important is that we are going to have legalized adult use of recreational cannabis in this country. And, industry, government, all involved stakeholders need to start working very fast to get this done right.MG: You work with the industry now. What do they want to know? OK: Like members of the public, they are waiting for more information about what the retail distribution model will look like. But I think industry is very interested in sharing some of their expertise when it comes to distribution. There are a lot of players who have a lot of experience dealing with controlled substances. So for example, pharmacies, care centres. I want to give kudos to Mayor Tory who spoke out vigorously against the illegal dispensaries that are out there right now. The one question everyone needs to ask is, where are these people getting their supply? We have 50 licensed producers or marijuana in this country right now.MG: So where are they getting their supply? OK: I don't want to open myself up to defamation. But they're not getting them from the licensed producers because none of them would risk their licence by providing supply illegally.MG: The assumption from many of the illegal dispensaries is that they're going to be part of the new regime.OK: I think they are dreaming in technicolour. There is no way the province of Ontario or any other province is going to give a retail distribution licence to any entity that's involved in criminal activity.MG: Do you really think we'll meet this deadline? OK: The good thing [Finance Minister] Morneau has put out there is that if there's a province that isn't ready with an up-and-running distribution system next year, there will be a fallback, and I suspect that will be online sales.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve-Agence France-Presse-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Madrid (AFP) - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.Authorities were sending additional firefighters to tackle the flames at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva, a fire service spokesman told AFP."The flames are not under control, they are spreading," he added, though no injuries have been reported.The blaze comes a week after wildfires killed over 60 people in neighbouring Portugal.Strong winds and scorching heat were complicating efforts to fight the blaze, which broke out Saturday near the town of Moguer, officials said.The fire has not yet hit the neighbouring Donana National Park, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 and is well known for the extensive biodiversity of its dunes, wetlands and woods."The flames have not reached the national park," the official in charge of the environment with the regional government of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal Lopez, told Spanish public television."A special effort was made during the night on the front which threatened the park the most," he added.The national park is one of Spain's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a popular tourist attraction.It is home to a variety of animals, including endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, a large cat found only in Spain and Portugal.Officials temporarily evacuated a lynx breeding centre on Sunday as a precaution.A female Iberian lynx died at the Acebuche captive breeding centre on Saturday "due to stress" during its capture for evacuation, the centre said in a statement.The other lynxes are "safe and sound", said the mayor of Moguer, Gustavo Cuellar. "Each lynx held in captivity is receiving detailed care."Over 200 firefighters backed by 15 vehicles and seven planes were battling the blaze on Monday morning, emergency services said.The cause remained unknown but Fiscal Lopez said officials were "certain" human activity played a role."It remains to be seen if this was with (criminal) intent or due to negligence," he added.The fire prompted the closure of several roads and the evacuation of some 2,000 people, including guests at camp sites and several hotels.There were no immediate details on how much land had been burned so far.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

LUKE 2:1-3
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

Opinion-New initiative could trump the Visegrad Group By Wojciech Przybylski-euobserver

Warsaw, 26. Jun, 17:09-"New Europe" was a term coined by the administration of former US president George W. Bush.When the USA decided to invade Iraq, this term was used to differentiate between – and celebrate – the solidarity of new Nato members compared to the reluctance of the old allies.Since then, the intricacies of European politics – from smaller initiatives to larger regional alliances and even to the inner-workings of the EU itself – have grown considerably.Many wishing to weaken Europe’s position and potential on the global stage try to exploit this division of old vs new, and it is something all leaders on the continent should be wary of.With that still in mind, on 6 July US president Donald Trump will arrive in Warsaw and take part in an assembly of one of these regional alliances, the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) – a meeting of the EU leaders representing Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).The three seas is a reference to the countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas.The initiative is seen as a major diplomatic triumph of the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, who is also the leader of the TSI and desperate for a win.However, the TSI is just one of many political groupings in the CEE region with a primary focus on influencing EU policy. Other such groupings of more or less importance are the Visegrad Group (V4), Slavkov triangle, Danube Region, Weimar Triangle and Nordic-Baltic cooperation.While their main focus is on fostering cooperation within the EU, such formations are becoming increasingly interesting for external powers such as China (in the so-called 16+1 format) and now the US.Trump’s visit will definitely put a spotlight on the TSI and help this format to continue.TSI members – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – pledged in their founding declaration a year ago to foster regional projects in the areas of energy, transportation, digital communication and economic sectors in CEE.However, according to analysts who are advancing the concept, like Bartosz Wisniewski, the head of research office at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), the region still has a long way to go when it comes to its economic development.The TSI is meant to complement connectivity between the East and West of Europe, with greater connectivity along the north-south axis, thanks in no small part to the EU's financial contribution.-Not quite quid pro quo-The US has already increased on their military presence in the region, even more so than had been originally promised by the administration of former US president Barack Obama.The LNG (liquid natural gas) terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland – a strategically important facility allowing for more energy independence in the region – has only recently celebrated the arrival of its first transportation from the US and awaits its next shipment from Qatar, and other countries.Justifiably suspicious of their eastern neighbour, Poland will most likely take the opportunity to sup-port the recent sanctions that were proposed by the US Senate last week on contractors for the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) project, as well as other significant Russian businesses.In comparison, both Trump and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban have sought to lift the sanctions on Russia, a sentiment that is also shared today by Austria, a member of the TSI, whose companies are contractors for the NS2.However, according to PISM these differences are fine, as they are neither an attempt to undermine European integration, nor a block to ward off Russia.To the Czechs and Slovaks, the TSI, especially now, might be a little more problematic.While they agree with the goal of north-south connectivity, they are cautious – if not suspicious – of the political dimension.V4 is the most important format to Slovakia, whereas the country treats the TSI more like a one time event.For Slovaks, there is no political content in this grouping. And, beyond that, there is no security component and no political dimension for the country.Czech officials have also expressed reservations towards Poland, a country that, along with Hungary, emphasises the East-West divide. The radicalisation of some V4 members also does not help.Poles automatically reject all ideas from the Western members, a Czech diplomat recently told Gazeta Wyborcza.A member of the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, who was quoted in the same article, went even further, claiming that the idea of a Three Seas Initiative is unacceptable because of its 20th century neo-imperial origin.Such criticism is dismissed by PISM analysts, who underline that despite any apparent differences, Slovakia and Czech Republic will send their representation.Despite many reservations, the obvious champion of the initiative has become the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Allegedly, her personal involvement was of key importance to the US delegation.The TSI clearly goes along with her plans for her LNG terminal in Croatia that will improve gas sup-ply diversification – independent of Russia – and increase energy cooperation in the region.-Needing a pat on the back-It might be too simplistic, but there is the chance that Trump is using the occasion as a slight against German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron.Is this a not-too-subtle comment about how Trump sees future European cooperation? The question needing to be answered by EU leaders will be whether they think Trump is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.That worries some, who do not believe that the Polish ministry of foreign affairs can handle a diplomatically sensitive visit.Warsaw, already isolated in the EU, may want to be even more confrontational after Trump's visit. This will also not help to reconcile with Brussels, Berlin or Paris.Furthermore, it will not help to build regional solidarity, since the northern and southern neighbours of Poland will not feel like taking part in fist-fights that would complicate relations with their Western partners.No matter how well-intentioned these leaders are in developing ties between their nations, they will all struggling with domestic and regional issues, as well as questionable popular support.It all makes the meeting feel more like the international conference of future political pariahs.Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, and chairman of the Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw. His new book ‘Understanding Central Europe’, co-edited with Marcin Moskalewicz, will be published by Routledge in the second half of 2017.

UK visitors set to pay into EU budget after Brexit By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 27,17-euobserver

BRUSSELS, Today, 22:25-British nationals may end up paying into the EU general budget after the UK leaves the European Union.An EU proposal to tighten border security controls for all visa-free travellers sometime in 2020 will be generating cash by demanding fees from holidaymakers. The fees will pay for annual running costs.But an European Commission official on Monday (26 June) said any surplus revenue would also then go to the EU budget and reduce member state contributions.Proposed last November, the Commission's European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias), will screen all visa-free travellers before they enter the passport-free Schengen zone of 26 European states."Any accumulated surplus generated by the Etias revenues would in any case revert back to the EU general budget and hence reduce member state contributions," the Commission official told MEPs.A five-year application under the scheme is €5. The fee is small but the UK's total sum in the pot is not insignificant.Brits made 35 million holiday trips to the EU last year alone with around a third going to Spain, followed by France and Greece. Another 5.5 million were business trips.A spokesperson from the UK-based Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) told EUobserver that the UK holiday figures to the EU have increased substantially in the past few years.He noted that 2016 was "an all time record".Abta wants the British government to negotiate an exemption for UK nationals in Etias, noting that "it is in everyone's interest to keep these flows going."The UK government, meanwhile, says it is determined to get the best possible deal for the country.A UK government spokesperson said Etias was just "one of many areas that may need to be addressed as we leave the EU and agree a new partnership."It is also likely to stir up resentment among people who campaigned to leave the EU, given that British nationals may still be footing, albeit indirectly, the EU budget after Brexit.Commission estimates suggest Etias will cost over €200 million to launch and around €85 million to maintain annually. Discussions between the EU institutions have yet to start but the plan is to reach an agreement before the end this year.German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht said the EU would be better off making it easier for people to travel than imposing a new system that not only creates more red tape but also blanket collects personal data."Making it easier for people from countries, which are also democracies, to travel to the European Union and back is a positive thing and we need not to make that more difficult but easier," he said on Monday.EU nationals, for their part, took 10 million holiday trips and some 7 million business trips to the UK in 2016.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Before tragedy strikes': Liberals launch centre to prevent homegrown terrorism-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

The federal government has launched a new centre tasked with preventing the radicalization of Canadian young people.A special adviser will be named in the coming months to oversee the local outreach and research projects funded through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.The centre will have dedicated staff, but will be located within the existing Public Safety Canada space.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada must become a world leader in understanding and dealing with radicalization that leads to violence, in order to retain its national character as an open, diverse society that is also safe and secure."The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help us do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes," Goodale said in a statement. "It will support and empower local leaders to develop initiatives that are suited to their community."Last year's budget set aside $35 million over five years and $10 million each year after to combat radicalization and violence in Canada.Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of heritage (multiculturalism), said the new centre will drive better research, understanding and engagement, with a special focus on youth vulnerable to radicalization. Building up trust relationships and opening lines of communication are critical to combating radicalism at the ground level, he said.-No boundaries to extremist views-The centre will not focus on Islamist extremism alone, but will cover a wide spectrum, because while some attacks are perpetrated by Islamist extremists, others target Muslims, Virani said."When we look at what's happening across the country, radicalization is not endemic to any one group, institution, race or religion," he said. "It doesn't have particular boundaries that are tied to a religion or an ideology. That's very important to keep in mind because that's a situation we need be upfront about in terms of where the threats are coming from and not focusing on any one particular community."In January, six people were killed and 19 others injured in an attack by a gunman at a Quebec CIty mosque.-Domestic acts of terror-Last August, Aaron Driver died in an altercation with police in Strathroy, Ont. RCMP believe he was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing in a public place.That incident came less than two years after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo while he stood on guard at the National War Memorial, an act the RCMP called terrorism, before making his way to Parliament Hill.Jeremy Littlewood, a terrorism expert at Ottawa's Carleton University, said Canada's domestic terrorism problem is smaller than some of our closest allies, but that doesn't mean there is no danger.Littlewood said it's too early to tell if Canada's approach will work to combat domestic terrorism, but he said it is wise not to target only one group of extremists."Making it one type of terrorism specific, for example, al-Qaeda or ISIS-inspired terrorism, is a recipe for creating fear, suspicion and perpetuating the notion of suspect communities within a population," he said.Littlewood said success will depend partly on sustained funding, and an openness about what is working and what is not.The government is accepting proposals for the Community Resilience Fund as of July 6, 2017, which has $1.4 million available to fund projects in 2018-19. For subsequent years, there will be $7 million for continuing and new projects.Ten projects have already received funding for counter-radicalization work.

Crowd flows, camera coverage being studied to bolster Parliament Hill security-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

OTTAWA — Security officials say they're ready for the throngs set to descend on Parliament Hill for Canada's 150th birthday celebration Saturday.But that doesn't mean federal researchers are done thinking about how to better protect the country's seat of democracy in the months and years ahead.Advisers are gathering data on everything from crowd flows to video-camera placement to ensure both security and openness in the parliamentary precinct.Parliament Hill security is a "tough nut to crack" because of the fine balance between guarding the most important democratic institutions while keeping the grounds open to people, said Rami Youssef of the federal Centre for Security Science, a wing of Defence Research and Development Canada.After a gunman stormed the Hill in October 2014, dying in a hail of bullets in the Hall of Honour, the centre completed two studies. One looked at the physical security of Parliament's Centre Block, while the other delved into procedures for handling visitors and employees in the parliamentary precinct.The most tangible result of the armed assault was creation of the unified Parliamentary Protective Service, drawing together forces from the RCMP, House of Commons and Senate.The centre's researchers need more information before making the next set of recommendations to decision-makers, Youssef said in an interview."The reality is there's a lot of data to be collected, and a lot of data to be studied and analyzed," he said. "We have to go little by little, because they cannot make any drastic changes just overnight."Researchers are interested in the varied nature of the crowds that turn up on Parliament Hill, as well as the ebb and flow of pedestrian traffic at different times of day.Plans were revealed four years ago to boost video-camera coverage of the Hill substantially to guard against possible attacks by detecting abandoned packages, suspicious activity and disturbances.Researchers are studying different types of cameras, their placement and the percentage of visual coverage on the Hill, Youssef said.Work has been focused to date on trying to prevent attacks in the parliamentary precinct but, time permitting, the centre might explore other types of threats and hazards, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster, he added.Many parts of the Hill are undergoing extensive renovations. That could be a welcome opportunity to embed security changes into revamped buildings, Youssef said.The new Parliamentary Protective Service is working with the centre researchers on projects throughout the precinct, but disclosing details of the efforts "would expose operational tactics and measures" that could affect safety, said Melissa Rusk, a spokeswoman for the protective service.Federal officials are also reviewing the mandate of the Government Operations Centre, the focal point for monitoring major national events and emergencies. In addition, they are seeking a new home for the Ottawa-based centre.During the 2014 shooting, the centre lacked computer technicians, food was limited and senior emergency officials weren't in the building, according to internal documents released two years ago. — Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter-Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press.

3,000 N.L. Muslims gather for Eid celebrations at Jack Byrne Arena-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Muslims in the St. John's area joined with others around the world in celebrating Eid Sunday — the festival that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.The celebration at Jack Byrne Arena Sunday morning began with prayers and then a meet and greet with tea, coffee, and snacks."After prayer, we had refreshments, and after refreshments they put out some bouncy castles for kids to play on," Reem Abu-Hendi said.The local celebration is huge — about 3,000 Muslims packed the Jack Byrne Arena early Sunday morning."The community at first, was not that large so like the mosque used to accommodate us but now it's really big like 3,000 people in one place, it's amazing," she said."Just to see all the Muslims in one place, it's a great feeling." Abu-Hendi said.Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, who believe that it was when the Qur'an — the holy book — was revealed through the prophet Muhammad."It's 30 days but this year it happened to be 29 because of the moon,"  Ayamen Shaawen said.The month, which started this year May 26, includes dawn-to-dusk fasting, and ends with a religious holiday called Eid."We fast from 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. so it's 18 hours a day," Abu-Hendi said.The fasting can be challenging, but that's what makes it worthwhile, she said."Your body just gets adjusted to it, and I would say it's thirst more than hunger, so you can usually go about your daily activities but around 6 p.m.-7 p.m., I'm done," she said.Without food all day, you'd think there might be a lot of cranky people walking around who are "hangry," but Abu-Hendi says it's all about willpower."Ramadan teaches you patience and self-control. If we lose to anger we could break our fast," she said."It's more of a self-discipline thing," Shaawen said.Volunteers who set up the event get up at the crack of dawn to prepare the arena for the 3,000 attendees."It's a big challenge for those who volunteer to organize it. Before we had a smaller community and our mosque was able to accommodate the size of our community but not anymore," said organizer Ayse Sule."It's a team effort," said Moein Shahwan, vice-resident of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador."It brings lots of richness to our community and we are proud of it," Sule said.

Relatives of serial killer's victims speak of pain, guilt and anger-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One after another, family and friends of a serial killer's victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province's long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her "shadow of death" over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding  — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn't stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into."Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart," she said.Her daughter, and Millard's granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears."I don't know if I will ever truly recover," she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011."I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why," Jon Matheson wrote. "I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn't eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?"The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a "red surging" well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs."I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me," wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago."It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it," he said. "But you cannot blame yourselves."Thomas described Wettlaufer's "free run" on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders."Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice," he said, calling Wettlaufer a "shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised."Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility."She made it nice for everybody there," Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as "'fun and feisty' — and she was.""The woman lived to be 96 years old for God's sake," Rivers said. "We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been," she said. "We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she."For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner's box without looking at anyone."I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered," she said in a soft voice."Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing."Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer's sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her."It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying," she wrote in her statement. "I was doubled over in pain in my stomach...Just such pain. My whole body hurt...I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess."Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family."I truly think sometimes I'd be better off if she did her deed."Shortly after Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.Liam Casey , The Canadian Press.

Demand for Canada 150 flags, brings seamstress out of retirement-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canada Day is just under a week away and thanks to the demand for flags leading up to the big celebration, one New Brunswick woman has had to put her retirement on hold.Theresa King's basement is full of bright materials and the tools to turn them into something special. Since March, most of King's projects have been paused while she helps her former employer.- Cyclists pedal into New Brunswick for Canada 150 journey - Fredericton's Canada 150 funding largely focused on 'Indigenous reconciliation' "I thought I was going to be retired," King said with a laugh from her seat in front of a sewing machine.After 28 years working for The Flag Store in Thornton, Ont., she moved to Tower Hill, near St. Andrews. King was only given two years before her old boss came calling."The demand for Canadian flags for the 150 has been so dramatic that they have been out of flags forever," King said.So she agreed to help, thinking at first it would only be for a couple of weeks. Her estimate turned out to be off. Way off.Getting into the flag business-"By the time I'm finished, it will be about 2,500, three-foot-by-six-foot Canadian flags that I will have finished."Working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., King can put together about 250 flags a week, which despite their complexity, she will tell you is fast.In order to save on the shipping costs, King drove her first shipment of 1,400 flags to Ontario in May.There has been some time for King to enjoy some side projects, like altering a graduation dress, but she said she's happy to help her former colleagues.In her years working for The Flag Store, she said March always meant the beginning of the busy season. But Canada 150 she said, has created demand the store isn't normally accustomed to."Those girls are pretty tired too," King said. "They're just swamped and there just isn't enough time in the day."It isn't just King who is hard at work in the workshop, she enlisted her husband, Doug, to help out too.He'll be the first to tell you that he never planned on getting into the flag business. But after stencilling off bright red maple leafs from cloth, Doug King said the work keeps him out of trouble.While her time is occupied by piecing together red and white material, King will have a little variety in her life this week.-100 and counting-A text from her boss saw rolls of green, gold, and black arrive at her door with a request from the Jamaican consulate."I have 100 to make" she said, "So I can ship them on Wednesday."After being so busy, you would think King planned on taking Canada Day off to enjoy seeing some flags fly. Instead, she said she's only going to take a break to go to the market before getting back to work.With a goal of getting another 1,000 Canadian flags finished by September, she said her next delivery will be her vacation."That'll be my holiday" King said, "A few days off to drive to Ontario and deliver all the flags."

Canadians will soon have a law on how to dispose of mercury-filled light bulbs-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.The bill also requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the act receiving royal assent. -No regulations-Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher, who introduced the private member's bill, said there were no federal regulations outlining how to dispose of light bulbs."You can take your mercury-bearing light bulb, and you can throw it in your garbage bag and put it to the curb," he said.One regular, 13-watt residential compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) — the curly looking ones that are slowly replacing the traditional, round incandescent bulbs — contains on average 3.5 milligrams of mercury. Energy Star-certified CFLs contain 2.5 milligrams or less. Fluorescent tubes contain up to 12 milligrams.Fisher said about 1,150 kilograms of mercury end up in Canadian landfills each year, and can contaminate the environment.Mercury is also listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act."So this is an incredibly big issue," he said.Compact fluorescents on the rise-A 2014 federal ban on most residential incandescent bulbs means more Canadians are using compact fluorescent bulbs. A 2014 report from Statistics Canada noted that in 2011, three-quarters of households across the country used at least one CFL bulb.About half the households that used CFLs reported throwing them in the garbage, and Haligonians were the most likely to toss them, with 84 per cent doing so, the report said.-'Piecemeal' approach-Recycling facilities in some municipalities and provinces break CFL bulbs down and recycle about 98 per cent of the components, including the mercury. Some retailers also collect used bulbs to send to recyclers.But Fisher described that as a "piecemeal" approach.He encourages Canadians to recycle their bulbs or simply hold on to them until the new law is developed."If the worst thing you have to do is put them in a cardboard box and leave them in your garage until the strategy comes forward, please do so, because what we'd like to see is no mercury-bearing light bulbs going into our landfills across Canada," said Fisher.

Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks in reservoir-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said.Officials did not disclose the cause of the accident and provided few details.Videos posted on social media showed motorboats coming to the aid of passengers on the upper decks as the boat rocked from side to side. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists."At the moment we have nine people found dead. Another 99 people were rescued immediately and 40 more got out on their own," she said.Survivors on local television reports said they heard a loud noise before the boat began to sink and that not all of them had life jackets. Rescue operations were ongoing.Rescue workers and the air force were helping passengers at the scene, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Twitter post.The large reservoir, about an hour from the central city of Medellin, is a popular tourist destination.(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

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In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. They were Augustinian monks. Others from their monastery had recanted. These refused.  1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. It sounds excessive, but he was a protestant. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg began. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army were killed and 40,000 wounded. 1921, the Communist Party of China was founded. 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 began in the United States. 1923, the Canadian Parliament suspended all Chinese immigration. 1931, United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport). 1932, Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed. 1935, Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambushed strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

In 1942, World War IIFirst Battle of El Alamein. Also 1942, the Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax was abolished. 1943, Tokyo City merged with Tokyo Prefecture and was dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city). 1947, the Philippine Air Force was established. 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurated Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan. 1949, the merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ended more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family. 1957, the International Geophysical Year began. 1958, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation linked television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. Also 1958, flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began. 1959, the Party of the African Federation held its constitutive conference. Also 1959, specific values for the international yardavoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) were adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

In 1960, independence of Somalia. Also 1960, Ghana became a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah became its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be its Head of state. 1962, independence of Rwanda. Also 1962, independence of Burundi. 1963, ZIP codes were introduced for United States mail. Also 1963, the British Government admitted that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. 1966, the first color television transmission in Canada took place from Toronto. 1967, the European Community was formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission. Also 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867, which officially made Canada its own federal dominion. 1968, the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program was officially established. Also 1968, the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries. Also 1968, formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States. 1970, President General Yahya Khan abolished One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces. 1972, the first Gay Pride march in England took place. 1976, Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira. 1978, the Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government. 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.

In 1980, "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. 1981, the Wonderland murders occurred in the early morning hours in Los Angeles, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash. 1983, a North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashed into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board. 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. 1987, the American radio station WFAN in New York, New York was launched as the world's first all-sports radio station. 1990, German reunificationEast Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. 1991, the Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague. 1997, China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers were officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

In 2002, the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression. Also 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collided in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board. 2003, over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong. 2004, Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens began at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC. 2006, the first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China. 2007, the Concert for Diana was held at the new Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast in 140 countries. Also 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces. 2008, Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections. 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Also 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) began its operative peacekeeping mandate in Mali. Also 2013, Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 was discovered.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.


Here is a video I made Waltzing Matilda

I was asked to do a Banjo Patterson Poem. I thought I had done this, but I hadn't. This was made so as to tell the story, rather than sing the song.
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"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"
http://conservativeweasel.blogspot.com/2011/12/waltzing-matilda.html

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree;
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee;
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred;
Up came the policeman - one, two, and three.
"Whose is the jumbuck you've got in the tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with we."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up sprang the swagman and jumped into the waterhole,
Drowning himself by the Coolibah tree;
And his voice can be heard as it sings in the billabongs,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Written 1895, first published as sheet music 1903.



=== from 2016 ===
 The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced. 

Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery. 
From 2014
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited. 

Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam. 

One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled. 

Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that? 

The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
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As I understand it, Serbo-Croatian is more or less a single language, written in the Cyrillic alphabet in Serbia and the Latin alphabet in Croatia. There are still a lot of Serbs living in various parts of Croatia, and a lot of both living in Bosnia, so using both alphabets probably makes sense. Of course, there is no love lost between the Serbs and Croats, since they were in direct opposition in WW II and are of opposing religions. But quite often, when you get to the good ole US&A it doesn't matter much any more.
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Also not to be confused with Slovakia which is a country further North. J/K, can't wait to try it!
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          Vipnet invests HRK 15 billion in Croatia since inception   
(Telecompaper) Telecommunications operator Vipnet is celebrating eighteen years of operation in Croatia, during which it has invested HRK 15 billion, reports Seebiz.net...
          Comment on Don’t Mess w/ POTUS Trump! by Chia Cha   
Trump against Merkel and EU on Balkans. Merkel wants port on Mediterranean sea via Slovenia on expense of Croatia (with direct access to warm sea toward China and Suez), while US ambassador in Croatia says no, EU always think that on Balkans rules are not needed to be followed. New Europe should be proteced from EU kaliphate vampires. Future will look in near term how relation between Merkel and Trump will look like.
          Hotel Gacka   
While Flyfishing in Croatia I stumbled across this remains from the Civil War Croatia.

Hotel Gacka
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Gacka Riverside
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          How the U.S. of America Armed the Terrorist Gangs in Syria   
The policy of arming military groups committed to overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad began in September 2011, when President Barack Obama was pressed by his Sunni allies—Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar—to supply heavy weapons to a military opposition to Assad they were determined to establish. Turkey and the Gulf regimes wanted the United States to provide anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to the rebels, according to a former Obama Administration official involved in Middle East issues. Obama refused to provide arms to the opposition, but he agreed to provide covert U.S. logistical help in carrying out a campaign of military assistance to arm opposition groups. CIA involvement in the arming of anti-Assad forces began with arranging for the shipment of weapons from the stocks of the Gaddafi regime that had been stored in Benghazi. CIA-controlled firms shipped the weapons from the military port of Benghazi to two small ports in Syria using former U.S. military personnel to manage the logistics, as investigative reporter Sy Hersh detailed in 2014. The funding for the program came mainly from the Saudis. A declassified October 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency report revealed that the shipment in late August 2012 had included 500 sniper rifles, 100 RPG (rocket propelled grenade launchers) along with 300 RPG rounds and 400 howitzers. Each arms shipment encompassed as many as ten shipping containers, it reported, each of which held about 48,000 pounds of cargo. That suggests a total payload of up to 250 tons of weapons per shipment. Even if the CIA had organized only one shipment per month, the arms shipments would have totaled 2,750 tons of arms bound ultimately for Syria from October 2011 through August 2012. More likely it was a multiple of that figure.   The CIA’s covert arms shipments from Libya came to an abrupt halt in September 2012 when Libyan militants attacked and burned the embassy annex in Benghazi that had been used to support the operation. By then, however, a much larger channel for arming anti-government forces was opening up. The CIA put the Saudis in touch with a senior Croatian official who had offered to sell large quantities of arms left over from the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. And the CIA helped them shop for weapons from arms dealers and governments in several other former Soviet bloc countries. Flush with weapons acquired from both the CIA Libya program and from the Croatians, the Saudis and Qataris dramatically increased the number of flights by military cargo planes to Turkey in December 2012 and continued that intensive pace for the next two and a half months. The New York Times reported a total 160 such flights through mid-March 2013. The most common cargo plane in use in the Gulf, the Ilyushin IL-76, can carry roughly 50 tons of cargo on a flight, which would indicate that as much as 8,000 tons of weapons poured across the Turkish border into Syria just in late 2012 and in 2013... ... ... ... ... ...

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          Croatia End 18-Year Wait to Reach Euro Semis   
Croatia reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 18 years after guard Krunoslav Simon scored 23 points to inspire an 84-72 win over Ukraine in the European Championship on Thursday. [NYT Pro Basketball] [Read More]
          Croatia ousts Ukraine to reach semis   
Croatia beat Ukraine 84-72 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the European basketball championship for the first time in 18 years. [FOXSports.com - NBA] [Read More]
          Ante Zizic anxious to bring 'rebounding and toughness' to Celtics    

At the age of 20, with half a season of the top level of European basketball to his name, Ante Zizic is embarking on a long leaning process as a Celtics rookie.

But for those with painful memories of how badly the Celtics were exploited on the glass in the playoffs, the 6-10 Croatian has some welcome words.

“I think I can help this team with rebounding and toughness, because that’s my style of game. I prefer that,” he said after Friday morning’s practice in preparation for the NBA Summer League. 

After dominating the Adriatic League over the first half of last season, Zizic joined the Turkish club Darussafaka Dogus, and came under the guidance of former Cavaliers coach David Blatt.

Zizic joined a team that reached the Turkish league semifinals, but more notably played in the EuroLeague playoffs for the first time since the franchise was founded in 2000. Zizic flourished under Blatt’s watch, though not with the same dominant effect he had for the Croatian team Cibona.

But no matter. Zizic believes he was helped not only by the heightened competition, but also by Blatt’s NBA-friendly system. 

“(Blatt) prefers an NBA style of game, so when I arrived in Istanbul and Darussafaka in a couple days I learned how NBA teams work,” he said. “NBA is totally different. I need a little bit of time to adjust to all the rules and what I can do in the game, but of course I just want to keep improving because I am only 20 and I think I can improve every single detail of my game.” 

There’s one other area that benefitted Zizic last season -- the lengthy schedule. He has a good idea now of the NBA grind.

“I played like three different competitions in one year, many games, or 80 games, so it’s like NBA,” he said.

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          Celtics summer league roster includes Ante Zizic, Jayson Tatum    

It’s almost opening night. For summer league, at least.

The Celtics set their roster for summer league today, with No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum joining a roster that also includes last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown, and his fellow 2016 first-round selection Ante Zizic.

Zizic, from Croatia, will be making his Celtics debut in summer league, as he did not participate in the summer session last year.

It will be the second straight summer league for Brown. 

All three second-round picks from last week, Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird, will be on the roster. They’ll be joined by 2016 second-round picks Demetrius Jackson and Abdel Nader. 

The Celtics open summer league on Monday at 7 p.m. in Utah against Philadelphia. They will play three games in Salt Lake City before heading to Las Vegas for the second half of the summer league.

The full Celtics summer league roster: 

Kadeem Allen, G

Rosco Allen, F

Jabari Bird, G

Jayden Brown, F

Perrin Buford, G/F

Demetrius Jackson, G

Landen Lucas, F

Abdel Nader, F

Semi Ojeleye, F

Terran Petteway, F

Scoochie Smith, G

Jayson Tatum, F

Trevor Thompson, C

Scott Wood, F

Ante Zizic, C

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          LIVE TEXT: Subiecte si barem Bacalaureat 2017. Elevii sustin examenul la materia aleasa de ei   
Acestea au fost subiectele de la Geografie: La primul subiect, elevii au avut de identificat Croatia pe harta, apoi sa mentioneze o capitala si sa compare Italia si Irlanda. La subiectul al doilea, la cerintele despre Romania, candidatii au avut de comparat Campia de Vest si Subcarpatii de Curbura. La subiectul al treilea, cerinta a fost sa descrie Marea Britanie si sa calculeze evolutia populatiei intr-o perioada determinata Subiectele la celalalte materii dintre care elevii puteau alege: La Biologie, elevii au avut de rezolvat un test gril?, la subiectul 2 citeste in continuare
          TSG sign Robert Žulj   

TSG Hoffenheim have signed 25-year-old offensive midfielder Robert Žulj. The Austrian arrives on a free transfer from 2. Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth and has agreed a contract until June 2020.

“Robert was one of the outstanding players in the second division last season,” said TSG director of football Alexander Rosen, who especially rates Žulj’s “technique and vision”.

“I am very happy about receiving the chance to be able to prove myself at this level of football,” said Žulj, who scored 19 goals and assisted a further 15 over the course of 85 2. Liga games. “I know very well that I’m going to be playing for a club that just had a phenomenal Bundesliga season and that also has a very strong squad,” said the 1.90 metre tall Austrian, who has Croatian heritage. “I want to take on the challenge from day one and do everything in my power to make a breakthrough in the Bundesliga.

Žulj moved from Linz’s youth academy to Austrian top-tier side SV Ried, before moving to RB Salzburg. He played 104 games in the first division of Austrian football, scoring 27 goals in the process, and making five appearances in the Europa League. He has also played 29 games for his country’s youth teams (U18 to U21).

July 22nd will be a special day for Robert Žulj, when he travels with TSG to their training camp in Windischgarsten (Austria, 16th – 23rd July). There TSG will play a friendly against Italian top-tier side FC Genoa – the location? His place of birth: Wels. 


          Razvojem ruralnih područja do uspješnog društva   
Razvojem ruralnih područja do uspješnog društvaZavršna konferencija "Razvoj ruralnih područja za uspješno društvo" u organizaciji projektnog tima Hrvatske poljoprivredne agencije u sklopu provedbe EU projekta GRASS Croatia od strane Europske komisije, održana je u Hrvatskoj gospodarskoj komori u Bjelovaru. Od ulaska Republike Hrvatske u EU do danas, prilagodba standardima Zajedničke poljoprivredne politike nije završen posao te se...
          The Art of Tomislav G.   

Wonderful dreamy work by Tomislav G., a mathematician, CG generalist, Blenderist, abstract designer from Croatia.

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          Meet the drunkest footballer EVER: Breakfast booze, night-long sessions and pre-game liquor   
These days only bare walls are left of the Vila Rebar, one of the most mythical places on the outskirts of Zagreb. Situated on the Medvednica mountain overlooking the city, it was once a retreat for Ante Pavelic, leader of the Croatian fascist puppet-state in the Second World War.Later it became a popular destination for hikers and housed a restaurant which remained famous until 1979, when fire swallowed all of its wooden fixtures and fittings, leaving only foundations and the basic stone structure at the mercy of weeds and graffiti artists.But 12 years earlier, it was also the site of the most surreal accident in Croatian football history.On a lovely morning in June 1967, the Vila Rebar guests were enjoying the sunshine and fresh air on an open terrace. However, this wasn’t a typical day for the people of Zagreb. The night before, their beloved Dinamo had done what had seemed impossible: after losingthe first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0, they defeated the Germans 4-0 to reach the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.There awaited Don Revie’s mighty Leeds United. But the two final legs had been scheduled for late August and early September, so Dinamo hadmore immediate concerns –there were three more league matches to be played, and the Blues were title contenders. Over coffee or spritzer, people on the restaurant terrace discussed Dinamo’s chances. If they beat FK Sarajevo and won at least one of the remaining two away games, they would win the trophy that had eluded them for nine years.Causing commotionSurely the team, re-energised after this fantastic, improbable win against the Germans, could do it? They had the best players – including Stjepan ‘Stef’ Lamza, the genius playmaker. Jack Charlton surely couldn’t stop him, let alone any defender in the Yugoslav league.Lamza produced a magical display against Eintracht and the newspapers were full of praise for him. There were also rumours he’d leave for Inter, Milan or Barcelona. But could he do without the Zagreb nightlife, which made him even more of a city icon than his on-pitch achievements?“Suddenly, there was all this commotion,” says Zvonko Orsag, an eyewitness at the Vila Rebar. “A man fell from the balcony upstairs onto the table next to where I was sitting. He hit it with his shoulder, rebounded off it and banged his head on the ground. We all jumped from our chairs.”The man appeared conscious, but he wasn’t moving and his head was covered with blood. Every one of the terrace were horrified when they recognised his face. It was Lamza himself. His eyes were blinking uncontrollably and he reeked of alcohol.It wouldn’t be the last time Dinamowere affected by their players’ drinking culture. In 2013, their Brazil-born fantasista Sammir spent the night in police custody when he was apprehended for driving drunk as a skunkthe morning after partying all night.In 2012, defender Domagoj Vida was thrown off the team bus for casually opening a can of beer in front of his coach. Later, tabloids broke the story of Jozo Gaspar, a club legend from the 1990s, stealing a credit card from the locker room of a lower-league club and using it to buy36 bottles of Jagermeister.There are many more examples from previous decades. One player was found intoxicated and passed out in his doorway before the team was due to depart for an important match. Another bragged to journalists: “I drank half of the city’s booze...”, while one player urinated in front of reporterson leaving the team bus at an away match."I was afraid"But all that is nothing compared to what was happening in the 1960s, when Dinamo were a riot squad and won their only piece of continental silverware. Their story is soaked in alcohol and almostall anecdotes begin and end with Stef Lamza: probably the most boozed-up player of all time.Born in 1940 in Sisak, 35 miles south-east of Zagreb, Lamza came to Dinamo as a20-year-old. The team had just won the Yugoslav Cup and narrowly lost the title to Red Star. They also had Marton Bukovi, the Hungarian coach famous for pioneering the 4-2-4 formation and developing the role ofthe deep-lying centre-forward.“I was afraid,” Lamza tells FFT, his piercing and dramatic blue eyes staring from behind white eyebrows and white moustache.“To me, Dinamo players were like aliens – they were like these football gods and it took me a while to gather the courage and join them. They all had their rituals and I was left out as the youngest. I even had to knock on the door when I entered the locker room.”The road to acceptance, it would seem, led through Zagreb’s bars and restaurants. It’s no secret that Dinamo players were, at that time, epic booze hounds, known as much for their all-night parties as they were for their football.An urban legend has it that all taxi drivers had to drive them in reverse between two popular bars, because the players were keen to leave an impression: they were proud of their lifestyle and made little effort to hide it. And the fans appreciated them for it – the Zagreb crowd always preferred bohemian characters who played beautiful, technical football.Going hard over homeLamza’s outrageous off-pitch reputation later overshadowed everything they did, but it’s clear that the drinking culture was there before he arrived. He will never blame peer pressure or reveal names of his accomplices in particular events, though he was rarely alone.By late 1961, Lamza not only rose through the ranks to earn a place in the starting line-up, but also became part of the ‘hip’ Zagreb crowd. When Dinamo played Barcelona (in the return leg of the FairsCup, having lost the first match 5-1) just before Christmas, he showed up at the Maksimir Stadium just 10 minutes before kick-off. He was hammered.“That day, a team-mate and I made an early start in one cafe near the ground,” Lamza recalls. “We’d been drinking since before lunch. Then he started feeling unwell and I told him he needed to stop. So he left – they later found him sleeping on the street. I stayed, althoughI was aware the people from the club were probably looking for me all over the city by then. In the end I showed up just in time and scored two beautiful goals in that match that we drew 2-2.”This became a recurring pattern. There were stories of Lamza drinking two litres of hard liquor before one match or hiding in the cellar of his favourite bar ‘Splendid’ when Dinamo sent someone to bring him to practice. One time, he was so wasted that he didn’t know where he was or who he was playing. “We were standing in the tunnel, preparingto enter the pitch,” says Rudi Belin, a great defender of the ’60s.“I was concentrating, thinking about the player I was required to mark when Stef came to me and asked:‘Who are we playing, mate?’ He was dead serious.The opponents that day were none other than Red Star Belgrade, and the match was played at their Marakana Stadium in front of 100,000 people. Lamza scored twice and asked the coach to take him off at half-time."“I’m not sure Belin and I are talking about the same game,” says Lanza, struggling to recall the details. “But I did once score two against them at the Marakana and asked to be subbed off. I meant no harm, I just thought someone else should get the chance. Why should I play all the time? It didn’t seem fair to the others.”Carefree he may beTo Lamza, football was –above all –fun. And it showed on the pitch: his style was playful and entertaining, which made him a huge crowd favourite. He didn’t alwaysplay drunk (“Sometimes I was hungover,” he once joked), but by today’s standards he would have been judged a raging alcoholic and immediately sent to rehab. Dinamo tolerated his escapades to a much larger extent than they probably should have, but they knew what he was worth to them and were always afraid of losing him to their rivals.Besides, these were the 1960s, when muchof continental football was still very romantic and played at a slower tempo; players had much more space and time at their disposal, so individual skill was of far greater importance than it became after pressing and all-out running were fully adopted into the game.Dinamo players’ touch and technique clearly weren’t affected too much by their lifestyle, because they were doing extremely well on the pitch. From 1963 to 1966 they appearedin four consecutive cup finals and won two(in 1963 and in 1965); they reached the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final in 1961 and Fairs Cup final in 1963, when they lost to Valencia.They also had five second-place and threethird-place league finishes in that decade. Maybe they could have done even betterif they had been more professional, but their bohemian character was a part of thecharm.Lamza regularly produced captivating displays. He also began receiving call-ups to the national team – buthe wasn’t very keen on playing for Yugoslavia.“I saw some things I didn’t like,” he explains. “Some players were favoured over me and I was a misfit.A couple of times, I made up a reason to leave. Once I even intentionally injured myself so that I could be sent back to Zagreb – I didn’t enjoy being part of that team and would much rather play five-a-side with friends in my neighbourhood.”Although he was a big star, he only won seven caps for Yugoslavia.Brandy with the bossIn 1965, new coach Branko Zebec began implementing a more professional approach at Dinamo. He had a peculiar relationship with Lamza – criticising and blaming him publicly when things didn’t go well, but also praising him more than anyone else when Dinamo were winning. Zebec also tacitly approved of his star player’s ‘special’ status and allowed him more freedom than the others.“We had several conflicts,” Lamza says. “But there was this one occasion that set the course of our relationship. As I drove him home after practice one evening, he said, ‘Pour us a shot of rakija’ [home-made brandy]. I refused, because we had a game tomorrow. But he was insistent: ‘Oh, come on, Stef,’ he said. So we had one, two, three, I don’t know how many... He could never hold his liquor well and first started teasing, then insulting me.I got mad and left before it got any worse.We never spoke about that night again. Never!”Zebec had been a talented manager, who later worked in Germany. He brought Bayern their first Bundesliga title in 1969 and took Hamburg to the 1980 European Cup Final. But he was also a very difficult character. Towards the end of his coaching career, he became infamous for his strict disciplinarian measures and extremely harsh training methods.Players complained that he often insulted them and, as he started falling asleep on the bench during matches, the reason for his behaviour transpired. In 1988, he died of alcohol-related illness aged 59. Both Zebec and Lamzabelong to a long line of Dinamo legends who struggled with the same demon. In 1967,they led the club to European glory together, but neither got to participate in the big final.Dinamo scraped through the early rounds of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup as the first side to benefit from two innovations. For the first time in the history of the competition – the predecessor to the UEFA Cup –replays were scrapped with teams going through on away goals, or by tossing a coin if they beat each other by identical results after extra time in the second leg.Head turnedDinamo first ‘cheated’ in the coin toss against Spartak Brno, as they started jumping in the air and celebrating before anyone could see which side it had fallen. Then they took advantage of the away goals rule as they beat Dunfermline 2-0, after having lost4-2 in Scotland. They narrowly beat their Romanian namesake Dinamo Pitesti by a single goal in two matches, then thrashed Juventus 5-2 on aggregate. The Eintrachttie in the semis was their huge comeback.On that magical evening in Zagreb, the crowd gathered outside the Dinamo locker room, chanting: “We’re not letting Stef go!” and “Dinamo is Lamza, Lamza is Dinamo!” What they didn’t know was that Stef Lamza had already agreed to join Standard Liege.Later that night, the team gathered for a dinner party at the Vila Rebar. Moved by what he had heard from fans, he started rethinking his decision to leave. Standard were a strong and respected side, but hardly biggerin stature than Dinamo. They could only pay more money – much more, as professionalism was never officially introduced in Yugoslavia and payments were illicit. Always the misfit and uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, he worried that he might not have what it takes to play abroad. But it was already adone deal and there was no coming back.“We all had too much to drink that night,” Lamza says. “I couldn’t sleep in the morning, my head was a mess. I went downstairs to the bar – there was nobody there, but I found a bottle of rum and started drinking. By the time my team-mates woke up and came down for breakfast, I had drunk the whole bottle.”Karlo Zagar, Dinamo’s physio at the time, recalls: “It was around 10am when guests started arriving at the Vila Rebar. They were observing Lamza and laughing at him.”As one group of players and coach Zebec left for the Maksimir Stadium to train, others stayed for a massage. Zagar convinced Lamza to retreat to his room and try to get some more sleep; he also asked one of the maids to lock him in.Brush with deathBut Lamza couldn’t sleep. He soon woke up and, after realising the room had been locked from the outside, tried to use the balcony.Still drunk, he didn’t see the sign warning the balcony was out of use, as its wooden floor was rotten. As soon as he stepped out, he fell right through it and onto the terrace where people had been discussing his genius.Doctors managed to save his life, but the centre of balance in his brain was permanently damaged, which meant he couldn’t dribble anymore. His transfer to Standard fell through, and he wouldn’t play for Dinamo again either – except in his farewell match against Benfica in 1970. He also played for three other clubs, but he wasn’t anywhere near his former self.Without him, Dinamo were beaten by Rijeka and they drew with Sarajevo, losing their title challenge to them. When the big clash with Leeds came, Zebec was already at Bayern and Lamza confined to a hospital bed. Their team won 2-0 in Zagreb and drew 0-0 in Leeds. Listening to the match live on his transistor radio, Lamza said he felt “magnificent”.These days, Lamza is living off a life-long pension from Dinamo Zagreb and still drinking, but “less than before”. He’s regularly voted the club’s best ever player in polls.“I led an easy, comfortable life,” he tells FFT. “I saw the world and squandered everything I earned, but I’d do it all again – if only I could avoid that Vila Rebar incident. But I was really drunk and don’t remember much of what happened.”This feature originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of FourFourTwo.Subscribe!New features you'd love on FourFourTwo.com
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There's good information online about location and public transportation re farmers' markets. If you go to the Green City Market you will also be five minutes from the Division Street Market (both markets hold on Saturday mornings) which is two blocks long. If not driving, either the 22 or 36 bus runs between them on Clark. If you are in town for markets, you might be interested in hitting some ethnic market neighborhoods too. Here are a few: 1) Devon Avenue running westward for about eight blocks from Western Avenue is intensely Indian and Pakistani with many grocery and produce stores. Devon then continues with Jewish and Russian groceries and bakeries. 2) Al Khayam on Kimball in the block running southward from Lawrence has everything Arabic---nice cuts of lamb, a big selection of canned goods, a big array of pastries, and freshly-baked pita and lavash bread. 3) Argyle Street between Sheridan and Broadway and spilling down Broadway has Vietnamese and Thai markets. 4) Tony's Finer Foods is a small chain of supermarkets that specialize in everything Hispanic; also Tony's is the only outlet to which GOYA regularly distributes its limited supply of frozen nectar concentrates (guava, soursop, tamarind, parcha). 5) Andersonville (Clark just north of Foster) is a good place to find Middle Eastern products---Middle Eastern Grocery and Bakery is on Foster one door west of Clark is wonderful and makes their own breads and "pies" (turnovers with vegetable fillings); Pars Grocery on Clark has Persian products. On South Archer, the Racine Bakery (Lithuanian) has every kind of pumpernickel and is also a deli; Pticek & Son at Narragansett and Archer does Croatian and Polish baking; the big Shop & Save at Archer and Long has aisle after aisle of imported products, especially from Eastern Europe. 6) Ann's, corner of Chicago Avenue at Leavitt, is small but has a nice selection of Russian products including a big freezer full, also does baking and has a deli counter. 7) For Korean and pan-Asian, do not miss Joong Boo Market at 3333 N Kimball.
          Perisic ready to force €30m move to Man Utd   

The Croatia international has given his agent the go-ahead to make his potential switch from Inter to Old Trafford happen


          Oakland University Chorale to Perform Bon Voyage Concert at Historic Detroit Church   

Before embarking on a European concert tour this summer, the Oakland University Chorale will present a Bon Voyage Concert on June 27 at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit. The concert, Power, Passion, and Peace, will feature music from the Renaissance period to today. It is entirely a cappella and will span styles from sacred music that is more than 400 years old, to African American spirituals, to contemporary American choral music.

Power, Passion, and Peace will begin at 7:30 pm. Michael A. Mitchell, conductor of the Chorale, said, "Sweetest heart of Mary is a beautiful old church and a spectacular place for a concert." The church is located at 4440 Russell Street, Detroit. The concert is free and all are welcome.

Many of the students in the Chorale plan to be professional singers, and the upcoming tour will offer invaluable experiences of European culture and the performance standards of the places where so much great music was created. Future educators in the group will draw on these experiences to enrich lessons for their students.

The group will leave from Toronto and fly to Venice, where they will have the great honor of singing at Sunday evening Mass at St. Mark's Basilica. They will also sing in the Italian town of

Pordenone.

The second leg of their tour will take them to Bled in Slovenia, where they will give a concert at St. Martin's Parish Church. The third leg will see them in Zagreb, Croatia, where they will sing in the Atrium of the Klovic Court Gallery. Their final concert will be in the beautiful Baroque Peterskirche, located in the heart of Vienna.

The Chorale will also take tours of each location, learn about the culture of the cities they visit, and the students will have time to explore on their own. "The students are incredibly excited to share their music with audiences in Europe," said Professor Mitchell. "They have worked diligently all year to raise the funds and prepare the music for this trip. I'm excited for them, and I believe the trip will change their lives."


          Vipnet invests HRK 15 billion in Croatia since inception   
(Telecompaper) Telecommunications operator Vipnet is celebrating eighteen years of operation in Croatia, during which it has invested HRK 15 billion, reports Seebiz.net...
          The Top Cookbooks of 2017 So Far   
And the best is yet to come

We're taking a look back at the best, most reliable cookbooks of 2017 so far. Here are our picks, from Melissa Clark's Dinner to a book full of authentic coastal Croatian recipes.


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You should definitely do the drive from Split to Dubrovnik before or after your time in Hvar :)
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          Japan Volleyball Association missed application deadline for beach volleyball event in Croatia   
Japan failed to qualify for the ongoing FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Croatia because the Japan Volleyball Association missed the entry deadline, a ...

          The amazing race : The twelfth season.   
Eleven teams are sent out on a 30,000 mile quest covering five countries never been visited before on the Race, including Ireland, Lithuania and Croatia. Testing the Racers2 physical wherewithal, they bike ride in Ireland on a high-wire 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, pole-vault over a stream in Holland and attempt to milk several stubborn camels.
          Croatian government picks AlixPartners to advise on Agrokor restructuring   
AlixPartners have been selected as advisors for the restructuring of Croatian food-to-retail consortium Agrokor Group. Agrokor, which represents around 15% of Croatia’s GDP, entered into Extraordinary Administration due to the group’s unmanageable debt levels.
          A Stroll by the Sea   

Photographer Saša Tomić was just about done with this couple’s post-ceremony portrait session at the Excelsior Hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia, when he had an idea for one last shot. “I decided to go back to the terrace of the hotel and create one wider shot of the bride and groom while they were walking,” Tomić says. Once he found a spot overlooking the couple,...

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          A Victory for This French Team at Euro 2016 Would Be a Victory for a Better France   

I watched Thursday night’s game between France and Germany in a biker’s bistro on Rue de Bretagne in Paris, where one of the handlebar-mustached regulars brandished the insignia of Hell’s Angels France; where the heavily tattooed and studded wait staff wearing biker leather vests delivered cheese platters to the patriotic patrons; where the Croatian-born bartender actually growled at me when I asked for some water. It was fucking great. When the phenomenal Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal the Croatian popped some confetti, which quickly stuck to available surfaces or fell into glasses; when he scored the second one, the whole bistro chanted: “Griezmann! Griezmann! Griezmann!” And when the injured Jérôme Boateng was carried out, some of the present applauded in their schadenfreude, or whatever the French word for that pleasantly unnoble feeling is.

The applause might have seemed exceedingly cruel, unless one recalls—and some at the bistro must have—the 1982 World Cup semifinal game between West Germany and France, when the German goalie Schumacher committed a brutal foul (which the ref did not call) on the French fullback Battiston, sending him to the hospital with broken teeth, cracked ribs, and damaged vertebrae. That night in Seville, Spain, in one of the most enthralling matches I’ve ever seen, the Germans beat on penalties the great French team featuring Platini, Tigana, Giresse, and Trésor. Four years later, they beat another great French team (the reigning Euro Champions), but this time they simply smothered them, ending an era of French flair that would return only with Zidane.

All this is to say something that everyone already knows: There is a history between France and Germany, and the unfortunate Boateng provoked an expression of feelings that have accumulated over generations. He got caught up, so to speak, in a long conflict. At the same time, Boateng, who has been one of the players of the tournament, is a face of a new Germany. Not only does he not fit into the blue-eyed Rummenigge mold, but his is a generation of players who came of age after the tournament failures at the turn of the millennia, the players who have radically changed the style of German football. Watching them pass the ball around on Thursday night—practicing, shall we say, ticken-tacken—made me recall that in the ’80s the German team featured a blond beast called Hans-Peter Briegel, who had been a decathlete prior to his soccer career. The distance from Briegel to Boateng is enormous.

The distance, however, from Platini, by way of Zidane, to Griezmann is much smaller, at least according to the French media, presently busy assembling a narrative of continuity among French soccer’s great eighties, late nineties, and the present. For that continuity, a star player is required. Paul Pogba was the pre-tournament favorite, but the current leading candidate is certainly Griezmann. He had a fantastic season with Atletico Madrid, even if he missed the crucial penalty in the Champions League Final, and has been great for France, scoring six goals (from only 12 shots on goal), providing energy and guile that has driven the team past all obstacles thus far. He doesn’t quite show the mesmerizing flair of Platini or Zidane, but if the French win the Euro, Griezmann will probably be the iconic player of this generation.

If that comes to pass, his iconic status would be aided by the fact that his sister was at Le Bataclan on the night of the shooting, managing to escape. The success of the French team—and of the tournament, which, with one game left, has not been affected by terrorism—goes a long way in overcoming the national traumas of 2015. It is important that this diverse French team now stands for a nation that has been under attack. Like the 1998 team, the squad of Griezmann, Pogba, and Sissoko is a thorn in the side of the racist right-wingers, exposing as fallacious the Le Pen–ian claim that a monochromatic “French” France would be better off.

A victory on Sunday would be a victory for a better France.

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.


          How Football Can Explain a Divided Europe   

Here are a few of the things that have happened in the past week in Europe:

Two parts of the United Kingdom, Wales and Northern Ireland, played a football game against one another in the 2016 European Championship, as if they were their own separate nations.

An island European nation of approximately 330,000—Iceland—sent about one-tenth of its population on a journey to the banks of the Mediterranean, where their football team, led by a part-time dentist, defeated another region of the United Kingdom—England—that was playing as if it was also its own nation.

A French Republic deeply divided over the question of how—and whether—immigrants from its former colonies and their descendants can be integrated into the Republic cheered on its soccer team, made up largely of the children of African immigrants. That team defeated another European island nation, Ireland.

The game contradicted any notion that there is cosmic justice in the world. In 2009 France had kept Ireland out of the World Cup through one of the most notorious acts of cheating in the modern game, when Thierry Henry scooped the ball with his hand and in so doing set up the winning goal.* An Ireland victory on French soil feels like it would have made things right somehow. But of course that’s rarely how football—or life—actually works.

Belgium, meanwhile scored four goals against Hungary: one by a Flemish player, another by Walloon, a third by the child of Spanish immigrants, and a fourth by the child of immigrants from the Congo. Among the other players on the pitch that day were another child of Congolese immigrants, another whose father is from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, and a Mohawk-sporting child of Indonesian immigrants.

In a week during which the idea of Europe itself has been put to the test, is there a parable in all of this? Can we look to the football pitch to understand what this place—a continent, yes, but also an idea—actually is, and might turn out to be?

There was, first of all, this: an archaeology that helps explain the Brexit vote in the very presence of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in the knockout round of the tournament.

The fact that three of the regions of the United Kingdom—known, it is true, as “home nations” and tied together by a political compact far older than the European Union—get to play in the tournament is itself an artifact of the vexed relationship Britain has long had with European institutions.

When football’s governing body, FIFA, was formed in 1904 Britain was conspicuously absent, with the English Football Association—along with those of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—refusing to join. The founding nations of the organization were France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, and its lingua franca was French, the acronym from the organization the result of a Franco-English linguistic mash-up: Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

It was only in 1946 that the four British football federations agreed to join what by then had clearly established itself as the leading global institution in football. But they negotiated a return not as one nation but as four. So it is that England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland are among the non-nations that exist in FIFA as nations—alongside places like Palestine and New Caledonia—and allow the organization to brag that it has more members than the United Nations. The four also are members of the UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations founded in 1954, which organizes the European Championship.

The United Kingdom, furthermore, holds four seats out of eight on the powerful IFAB, the International Football Association Board, which governs the rules of the game and is the body that determines if any changes will be made to these rules. The other four seats are filled on a rotating basis by FIFA. The United Kingdom, then, are essentially the Permanent Members of this board, whose power is considerable.

At least one of these nations has performed some lovely football here. Fans have been treated to the spectacle of a Welsh team whose play has been one of the highlights of the tournament. Gareth Bale’s stunning goals (and his excellent hair) have been a pleasure to watch. The Welsh fans (along with those from Iceland) seem to best embody what it means to be part of a nation, belting out their nineteenth-century anthem in Welsh, celebrating a “land of poets and singers, and people of stature,” whose “brave warriors” and “fine patriots” are all willing to “shed their blood for freedom,” or at least for football.

 When Wales faces Belgium this Friday in the quarterfinals, it will be an encounter between two entities representing the ironies of contemporary Europe. While Wales feels like a nation, even though it isn’t one, Belgium is a nation that doesn’t really feel like one.

Several decades of profound internal conflict between Flemish and Walloon groups over language, culture and politics have created a curious and in many ways dysfunctional patchwork of bureaucracy in the country.

Immigration has transformed Belgium, with 70 percent of the capital of Brussels born abroad. And that city has been transformed by the project of Europe itself, its central city home to the massive buildings that govern the European Union. The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels have only increased the tensions and uncertainties around the nation’s future.

Belgium’s football success in recent years, however, has been striking: from being one of the lowest-ranked teams on the continent, absent from international competitions, they have now risen to near the top of the FIFA rankings, spending much of this past year as number one. This is the result of a concerted project by the Belgian Football Federation to improve its recruitment and training of young players. They have worked hard to incorporate all of the countries communities, notably immigrants and their children, into the process.

The results are on display each week in the English Premier League, where a series of talented Belgian players play on top teams. Of course having talented players on a team is never enough—as England has shown spectacularly this tournament—if there isn’t a strategy and a sense of cohesion and coherence on the pitch.

The Belgian team is one of a series in Europe today in which players of immigrant background play a prominent role.

This has long been the case of the French team, which has had players of African and North African background on the national team since the 1920s. When they won World Cup at home in 1998—the last time the country hosted a major tournament—they did so with a team famously composed of delightfully multi-ethnic cast of characters, most famously Zinedine Zidane, the child of Algerian immigrants.

More recently the German team has also featured prominent players who are the children of immigrants. Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played his last games for his nation during this tournament, is the child of a Bosnian father and Croatian mother. Though it was only in 1979 that the English team first included a black player, today they are central, and offered up some of the few bright spots in the lineup during a generally lackluster team performance. The Welsh player Hal Robson-Kanu, meanwhile, is of Nigerian background. Certain teams, however – particularly Italy and Spain—have many fewer children of immigrants on their roster.

I’ll be rooting for Belgium on Friday, and not just because that’s where I was born.

When you cheer on the Red Devils, you can’t forget that you are cheering for an idea rather than a reality, and that in a way that idea only exists on the football pitch.

The Belgium that takes shape on the pitch is actually so far from the nation it purports to represent. The team, at its best, is coherent, bringing together disparate languages and histories, a place where immigrant communities are not just welcome but understood as fundamental to the future of the nation.

With Radja Nainggolan’s Mohawk, striking tattoos, and powerful strikes on goal, Kevin De Bruyne constantly moving about the midfield and sending in his beautiful arcing passes, Axel Witsel lurking dangerous around the box, Romelu Lukaku eternally in front of goal but only rarely actually scoring, Marouane Fellaini permanently on the sidelines but looking strangely happy about it, the team is funny, and fun to watch, taking themselves just seriously enough but not too seriously.

Once upon a time the French team—particularly during its 1998 World Cup run—represented something like this too, and it still does in a sense. But the rounds of hope and disappointment around the team, both about what they could do on the pitch and the extent to which they could change society itself, have now become a bit exhausting in their way.

Each new controversy around race, immigration, and the make-up of the French team just seems like a new act in an interminable and unresolvable drama. But at their best, as in their game against Ireland, they still can deliver a burst of joy through their fluid, attacking play, and the idea of a France vs. Belgium final is certainly an attractive one.

If it comes to that I’ll feel pretty divided, though I’ll probably root for Belgium. It’s not that I harbor a hope that the Belgian team can really change the country. I’m just glad that, for a few hours, we can imagine something different, finding a bit of energy through which to confront the fact that that today’s Europe seems less and less what it could be.

*Correction, June 30, 2016: This post originally misstated that Thierry Henry's infamous handball took place in 2005.


          France’s Euro 2016 Kit Looks Like a Pair of Blue Pajamas, and Other Jersey Thoughts   

If you live in a major metropolitan area and you walk, take public transportation, or enjoy day-drinking, there’s a good chance that you will see someone, probably a young-ish man, possibly with a beard, wearing a soccer jersey in the next few weeks. For some, wearing a soccer jersey in public has a symbolic significance; it tells the world that you support a certain team, and depending on the vintage of the kit, it can signal how long you have been a fan. Most national and club teams change their shirts yearly, which makes perfect sense in this most capitalistic of world sports. This year is no exception, with sportswear giants like Nike, Adidas, and Puma, as well as upstarts like New Balance and old stalwarts like Umbro, issuing new uniforms for the 24 European and 16 American teams playing in the Euros and Copa America. And as more U.S. citizens identify as soccer fans, expect to see more and more shiny polyester on the streets.

I have the good fortune of living in a neighborhood that’s home to a store that will likely supply a large number of these jerseys. Upper 90 opened six years ago on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and in that time has been so successful that it doubled in size, taking over the space of a car-service dispatcher that was doomed once Uber came to town. During the rest of the year, this is the place to go if you are looking for soccer shoes for your Sunday league game, or more likely for your kids, and the floors are stocked with shorts, sweatshirts, hats, and jerseys of popular European club teams such as Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and in particular, Arsenal. If you were to walk in to Upper 90 tomorrow, you could still find the latest Arsenal, and for some reason Borussia Dortmund kits, but most of the rest have been replaced by the national strips of teams playing in this year’s tournaments.

I asked some of the many young salespeople working at Upper 90 if business is any different in cup season. The consensus answer was: not yet, but they expect it to pick up. After the Copa began last week, more customers have come in looking for national team shirts. The U.S. is popular, despite its forgettable shirt—especially forgettable, that is, when compared with this—but Mexico and Colombia shirts are also selling briskly. European team gear is not as popular yet, but the store expects to see more sales after that tournament starts on Friday. Based on the calls they have received so far, France, who is hosting the Euros this year, is poised to sell a lot of shirts to Americans. As one salesman commented, “The French, they always have style.” In the past that may have been true, but this year’s France kit, made by Nike, looks like a pair of blue pajamas, or even worse, a little too much like Italy’s.

That a store like Upper 90 can thrive in the age of internet shopping is a surprise, especially when it isn’t even allowed to sell gear from all the teams playing in the tournaments. For some teams, like Romania, this is because the store doesn’t have a distribution deal with the kit manufacturer, in this case Joma. Upper 90 did manage to score some Albania jerseys manufactured by the Italian company Macron. Apparently this is because the store’s owner knows a guy who has a connection, and it’s a good thing, because they are fielding at least three calls a day from fans looking for the red jersey with the black double-headed eagle. (Eagles, with one head or two, are a popular motif this year, appearing on the crests of Russia and Austria as well.) Upper 90 stocks some of the more obscure jerseys from teams like Bosnia and Slovakia, but a number of popular shirts are unavailable.

According to one staffer, Nike is not shipping certain teams’ kits to retail outlets, reserving them for sale online. One of the most popular jerseys that seems to be available exclusively online is Poland’s, an irritating fact to the folks at Upper 90 who have to turn away customers, and to denizens of Greenpoint. Even more disappointing, at least for soccer fans with more adventurous fashion sense, is the absence of shirts from Turkey and always distinctive Croatia. This is a new policy, since the red-and-white checked strip featured prominently in the store window during the last World Cup, although it’s not often seen in the wild, or on the Upper West Side. The salespeople I talked to were somewhat sanguine about Nike’s decision, though they were as surprised as I was that Nike would miss a chance to sell its products as widely as possible since every uniformed fan is a walking advertisement for the company.

Over the next month, don’t be surprised by the brightly colored technical fabrics adorning the backs of fans and poseurs alike. If you feel up to it, ask about the shirt; soccer fans love to talk about their obsessions. But be suspicious of the bearded, bespectacled hipster rocking a bright yellow Brazil shirt. And if you see anyone sporting this, run the other way. 

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.


          This Lovely Animation Will Make You Wish the World Cup Were Still Happening   

Richard Swarbrick makes amazingly gorgeous animated films based on real sports moments. Seriously, they’re like Shepard Fairey portraits come to life, but better. He did one for the just finished World Cup, and watching a few seconds of it will make you wish it was 2018 right now. Some of the shots are actually kind of hard to decipher (try for yourself), but Swarbrick sent us his approximate shot list, which is reprinted below with some minor modifications for accuracy purposes.

1. Neymar’s first goal for Brazil against Croatia.
2. Oscar’s goal for Brazil against Croatia.
3. Robin Van Persie’s flying header for the Netherlands against Spain.
4. Arjen Robben’s second goal for the Netherlands against Spain.
5. Clint Dempsey’s goal for the U.S. against Ghana.
6. Lionel Messi’s goal for Argentina against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
7. James Rodríguez’s goal for Colombia against Japan.
8. Tim Cahill’s goal for Australia against the Netherlands.
9. Arjen Robben’s first goal for the Netherlands against Spain.
10. Lionel Messi’s goal for Argentina against Iran.
11. James Rodríguez’s goal for Colombia against Uruguay.
12. John Brooks’ and Jürgen Klinsmann's celebration for the U.S. against Ghana.
13. Tim Howard’s great save for the U.S. against Portugal.
14. Jermaine Jones’ goal for the U.S. against Portugal.
15. Wesley Sneijder for the Netherlands against Mexico.
16. Luis Suarez’s bite for Uruguay against Italy.
17. André Schürrle’s goal for Germany against Algeria.
18. Tim Krul’s first save of the Netherlands-Costa Rica penalty shootout.
19. Gonzalo Higuaín’s goal for Argentina against Belgium.
20. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s celebration for the Netherlands against Mexico
21. Thomas Müller’s goal for Germany against Brazil.
22. Toni Kroos for Germany against Brazil.
23. Sami Khedira’s goal for Germany against Brazil.
24. André Schürrle’s first goal for Germany against Brazil.
25. André Schürrle’s second goal for Germany against Brazil.
26. Mario Götze’s goal for Germany against Argentina.
27. Germany's Philipp Lahm celebrating with World Cup trophy.

If you didn’t care about the World Cup to begin with, this lovely animation will make you wish that the NBA season was still going, and this lovely animation will make you wish that the Doctor Who season had started already.


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          Perisic ready to force €30m move to Man Utd   
The Croatia international has given his agent the go-ahead to make his potential switch from Inter to Old Trafford happen
          Comment on Croatia Road Trip Itinerary: The Ultimate Guide by Moseeto   
Great summary of your experiences! I'm going with my wife to Croatia - starting from Zagreb and heading to Dubrovnik. Just nervous about the driving, as I'm from UK. Also the signs and the places to view n where to park! We are going for 6 days. I want to spend a night somewhere between Zagreb and Dubrovnik. We will be in Zagreb for one half days, then drive down to Plitvice - stay for short while before heading further down to the Dalmatian coast. We hope to spend 2 days in Dubrovnik. Any suggestions? Any possibility of going to Mostar during that time?
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Yes, incredible island ;)
          (Colorado Springs) Rifle mags - $ 8   
I have 9 GI 30rnd pre-ban AR mags for $8ea. They are unmarked. All the Okay Industries and Colt mags are gone.  30 round Croatian steel AK47 mags for $15ea, some are sealed in factory wrapper, all are unused. Lancer AWM 30rnd Black mags for $16ea, and 30rnd black MOE Pmags for $13ea
          (Colorado Springs) P226 and 1911 mags - $ 13   
For sale: Wilson Combat 47D magazine, new in factory packaging $33 each or $90 for all three. 
Mecgar P226 9mm magazines. $30 ea or 8/$220
I also have plenty of steel Croatian AK47 30rnd mags. $15 each, 10/$130
30rnd black MOE pmags for $13 each
          For sale - moda white faux leather summer shoulder bag/clutch... - Auction   

Zetland 2017, Australia
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          For sale - breville professional fryer with removable bowl in... - $47   
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          For sale - crock-pot 210W 3.5L slow cooker with removable bowl... - $1   
Green Hill 4865, Australia
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          For sale - crock-pot 210W 3.5L slow cooker with removable pot... - $1   
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          Judges award Slovenia high seas access in row with Croatia   
International judges on Thursday awarded Slovenia key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, sparking a furious reaction from Zagreb which said it would refuse to implement the ruling.
          Croatian -- BENJAMIN FULFORD: 26:06:2017   

Povijesne promjene u centralnoj Europi, Aziji i drugdje dok se stari poredak urušava



26. lipnja 2017.



Ponekad se povijesne promjene najavljuju nejasnim naslovnicama kao što je ova: „Ministri obrane iz šest zemalja fokusiraju se na suradnju u Pragu.“


Mnogo točniji naslov bi se čitao: Austro-Ugarsko carstvo oživljava nakon sto godina. Priča kaže da će Češka, Slovačka, Mađarska, Austrija, Slovenija i Hrvatska provesti zajedničku vježbu zaštite svojih granica. Njihove zajedničke granice su gotovo iste granice kao one od Austro-Ugarskog carstva i unutar tih granica civilne, policijske i vojne vlasti će raditi zajedno. Obično zajednička vanjska granica, u ovom slučaju djeluju neovisno od EU, je definicija zemlje.


Vrijedno je spomenuti da je Habsburška dinastija srušena nakon Prvog svjetskog rata bila rival Saxe-Gotha- Rothschild dinastija koje su dobile rat; što može biti razlog zašto je Mađarska već izbacila svoju Saxe-Gotha-Rothschild centralnu banku.

Dobro se kladiti da Karl von Habsburg,


čelnik Paneuropske unije i nasljednik Habsburškog prijestolja, vidi priliku da oživi carstvo svojih predaka, sada kada su njihovi rivali Saxe-Gotha-Rothschild izgubili veliki dio svoje moći.

Drugdje u Europi, vidimo sve veću podjelu između Njemačke i SAD-a gdje sada ljudi u Njemačkoj otvoreno govore o tome da EU nametne sankcije SAD-u za odmazdu na njihova nastojanja da zaustave Nijemce od kupnje jeftinijeg ruskog plina.


Europljani također nastoje stvoriti zajedničku vojsku sposobnu da djeluje u inozemstvu, kao još jedan prekid s Amerikom od američkog predsjednika Donalda Trumpa.


Također, Rothschildov rob, francuski predsjednik Emmanuel Macron sada se jasno priklonio Rusiji u vezi Sirije. To je jasni pokazatelj da oportunistički Rothschildi shvate koga trebaju sada cijediti ako žele zaštititi svoje interese.

Porast ruskog utjecaja, međutim, doveo je do velike borbe za vlast s Malteškim vitezovima koji pokušavaju preuzeti kontrolu, prema tamošnjim FSB izvorima. Sljedeći Rusi su nagrađeni križem malteških vitezova:

Ministar obrane Sergei Shoigu, B.A.Berezovsky, Pavel Borodin, G.E.Burbulis, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, VV . Ilyushin, V.V.Kostikov, M.Yu.Lesin, S.F.Lisovsky, Yevgeny Primakov, A.V.Rutskoy, S.A.Filatov, Shaimiev, S.M.Shahry, V.B.Yumashev, i S.V.Yastrzhembsky, prema ruskim FSB izvorima.

„Zašto su ti ljudi uključeni u organizaciju koja je promicala uništenje Rusije (onoga što je od nje ostalo), kolaps industrije, znanosti i obrazovanja, istrebljenje ruskog naroda i duhovno osiromašenje nacije?“ pita izvor povezan s Društvom Bijelog Zmaja. „Masonski red Malteškog križa nagradio je za pomaganje iza kulisa da se uništi ruska državnost, suverenitet i snaga države, nastavlja ovaj izvor.

Izvor kaže kako Malteški vitezovi pokušavaju kontrolirati sve privatne ruske zaštitarske tvrtke. Oni to rade preko udruge tjelohranitelja u Rusiji na čijem je čelu Fonareff koji je mala lutkica Malteškog reda. Matična organizacija je Međunarodna uslužna organizacija tjelohranitelja i sigurnosti.


„Kad čitate njihovu web stranicu, jednostavno uklonite anti“… jer čujem kako su bolničari i Crveni križ uključeni u trgovinu ljudi i krađu organa, prema izvoru, koji je visokopozicioniran u ruskoj vladi.

Cijelu organizaciju predvodi profesor George Popper, stariji Malteški vitez.


Leo Zagami, samopriznati sotonist, tvrdio je da masonska P2 loža obožavatelja crnog sunca zapovijeda Malteškim vitezovima.

U svakom slučaju, pokušaj IBSSA da kontrolira sve privatne zaštitarske tvrtke u Rusiji tipičan je za fašističku P2 masonsku ložu koja želi stvoriti apsolutnu, centraliziranu svjetsku diktaturu. Ruska frakcija WSD-a suprotstavlja se centraliziranoj monolitnoj kontroli i očekuje se da će pobijediti u borbi za vlast.

I drugdje, borba za vlast također ide protiv sotonista. Na Bliskom istoku, kralj Salman imenovao je svog sina Mohammeda Bin Salmana kao kraljevića i otpustio polubrata Nayefa, koji je dobro povezan s američkim establišmentom. Budući da je kralj Salman koji se nedavno pojavio u javnosti vidljivo mlađi od senilnog Salmana koji je preuzeo prijestolje, sigurno je pretpostaviti da je on samo dvojnik i da je 31-godišnji Salman mlađi sada kralj Saudijske Arabije.

Međutim, izvori iz Pentagona kažu: to je samo uzaludan pokušaj da se odgodi globalni reset valuta. Nadalje, Saudijska Arabija je izolirana od strane rusko-iranskog-katarskog kartela, i uskoro bi mogla biti prisiljena prodati ono malo nafte koju još ima za juane i ne-dolare“, kažu izvori. Trenutno samo UAE, Bahrein, Egipat i Izrael podržavaju Saudijski režim.

Izvori iz Pentagona kažu da je zet američkog predsjednika Donalda Trumpa, Jared Kushner, poslan po nalogu američke vojske/obavještajnog establišmenta u Izrael kako bi se sastao s izraelskim premijerom Benjaminom Netanyahuom da zatraži promjenu režima u toj zemlji. Nije slučajno da su snage Irana i Hizbolaha, pod zaštitom nove ruske zračne baze, stigle na izraelsku granicu kako bi dali do znanja zločinačkom Netanyahuovom režimu da je vojno izoliran od svijeta. Američka vojska neće se boriti da zaštiti zločinački Netanyahuov režim, kažu izvori iz Pentagona.

Sličan potez napravljen je u Ukrajini gdje je predsjednik Petro Poroshenko pozvan u Washington da razgovara o promjeni režima, kažu izvori. Ovi potezi su dio svjetskih napora za okončanje sukoba i da se pripremi put novom financijskom sustavu, kažu izvori.

Najvjerojatnije je da će doći do promjene režima u SAD-u, nastavljaju izvori. Najnovija događanja ovdje pokazuju da cijela kampanja okriviti Rusiju starog establišmenta nema uspjeha. Umjesto toga kabala je na stražnjim nogama jer su Bernie Sanders i žena Jane pod istragom FBI-a za bankovne prijevare, a bivša državna odvjetnica Loretta Lynch je pod istragom ministarstva pravosuđa zbog opstrukcije pravde, kažu izvori iz Pentagona.

Sam Trump očekuje da će na kraju biti uklonjen, jer SAD zahtijeva stvarnu promjenu režima dok Trump samo predstavlja manje zlu frakciju starog režima, nastavljaju izvori.

I u Aziji se događa puno toga. Prošlog tjedna, južnokorejski predsjednik Moon Jae In je razgovarao sa sjevernokorejskim kolegom Kim Jon Unom gdje je dogovoreno ujedinjenje Korejskog poluotoka u bliskoj budućnosti, prema izvorima japanske desnice bliske kralju. Ovaj potez, kao i početak oživljavanja Habzburške države, sada je moguć jer se tajna vlada Federalnih Rezervi nakon 1913. raspada, kažu izvori Društva Bijelog Zmaja u Aziji.

U međuvremenu, u Japanu je bio bizarni incident u kojem je sudjelovao USS Fitzgerald, najsuvremeniji uništavač raketa, kada se u njega zabio teretni brod registriran na Filipinima. Pentagonovi izvori spekuliraju da je to „možda bio lažni događaj e-krađe od strane Izraela, koji ne može koristiti svoje podmornice, da okruži Sjevernu Koreju upravo nekoliko dana nakon 50-godišnjice izraelskog napada na USS Liberty 1967. godine.

Druga mogućnost je, kaži izvori, da je Fitzgerald možda bio imobiliziran emp-om ili elektronskim oružjem, prisiljavajući američku vojsku da razotkrije svoju bazu na Marsu, potisnutu tehnologiju, i tajni svemirski program (ssp) što je dobro za čovječanstvo.

Definitivno je postojala neka vrsta tajne tehnologije razvijene u Japanu posljednjih godina. Japanske podzemne vojne zalihe hardvera, a baze u Kyushu nedavno su uništene nekim tajnim oružjem. Također, zračenje oko Fukushime sasvim je nestalo nakon što je flota nepoznatih letjelica letjela nad područjem, prema japanskoj vojnoj obavještajnoj službi.

Fašistički režim premijera Shinzo Abea također je pod sve većom opsadom. Ovdašnje novine izvješćuju kao skandal da je Abe pretjerano utjecao kako bi pomogao obrazovnoj ustanovi Kaske Gakuen u Okayama prefekturi da otvori novu medicinsku veterinarsku školu.


Ono što novine ne izvješćuju je da Kake Gakuen vode isti ljudi koji su bili uključeni u japansku zloglasnu jedinicu 731 instituta za kemijsko i biološko ratovanje i da je veterinarska škola bila samo pokri

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Dark, indigo blue, fresh and they taste so divine...do you love them too?

20" x 27" /50x70 cm/ archival fine art giclée reproduction print on beautiful white Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 276 g Paper - genuine artist paper made of 100 % cotton with fine, smooth matt surface.
It is printed with finest archival fade resistant inks, the colors are rich and vivid; it is the exact replica of my original illustration.

The image is centered on the paper leaving a white border for framing.

****I sign and date my prints upon request.****

Each print is mailed in a nice & secure mailer tube, wrapped in protective tissue paper.

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Anek

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          Olive Manager dobio EuroCloud nagradu   
Combis je osvojio prvu nagradu za najbolju Cloud uslugu za vertikalna tržišta na EuroCloud Award Croatia 2017 natjecanju
          Croatia rejects tribunal ruling in border dispute with Slovenia   
Award of contested waters to Ljubljana risks adding to tensions in region
          Η Χάγη χάνει την όποια αξιοπιστία της    
Η Κροατία φωνάζει και διαμαρτύρεται για την «άδικη» απόφαση του Διεθνούς Διαιτητικού Δικαστηρίου της Χάγης και δηλώνει ότι θα αγνοήσει απόφαση για τον Κόλπο της Τεργέστης στην Ίστρια .

Η Σλοβενία πανηγυρίζει και μιλάει για «ιστορική», απόφαση. Το Διεθνές Διαιτητικό Δικαστήριο της Χάγης παραχώρησε στη Σλοβενία το μεγαλύτερο τμήμα του διαμφισβητούμενου Κόλπου Πίραν, τον οποίο όμως εξακολουθεί να διεκδικεί η Κροατία, και έδωσε διάδρομο στη Λιουμπλιάνα.

Η διαφορά μεταξύ της Κροατίας και της Σλοβενίας για τον κόλπο Πίραν χρονολογείται από την διάλυση της Γιουγκοσλαβίας. Η Πρωθυπουργός της Κροατίας Γιαντράνκα Κοσόρ και ο πρωθυπουργός της Σλοβενίας Μπορούτ Παχόρ υπέγραψαν τον Νοέμβριο του 2009 συνυποσχετικό διαιτησίας και η διαδικασία που ξεκίνησε Ιούνιο του 2014 στη Χάγη. Τον Ιούλιο του 2015, η εφημερίδα «Vecernji list» δημοσίευσε συνομιλίες μεταξύ του Σλοβένου Δικαστή και της εκπροσώπου της σλοβενικής κυβέρνησης που είχαν υποκλαπεί από τις οποίες προέκυπτε η συνεννόηση με τους διαιτητές για να αποδοθεί το 75% των υδάτων του κόλπου Πέραν στη Λιουμπλιάνα.
Η Κροατία κατήγγειλε την διαδικασία και αποχώρησε και είχε δηλώσει ότι δεν αναγνωρίζει τις αποφάσεις του δικαστηρίου.
Έτσι χθες ανακοινώθηκε μια γνωστή εδώ και δυο χρόνια απόφαση που εκθέτει το διαιτητικό όργανο στο οποίο είχε αποθέσει την ύπαρξη της η ελληνική ψωρο-ελίτ από την εποχή του Αττίλα.

Η απόφαση του διαιτητή είναι πολύ αρνητική για τα ελληνικά «δίκαια» στο Αιγαίο , διότι αγνοεί τις ακτές ,και βάζει "αναλογικά ζητήματα" και με το «διάδρομο» προς την Αδριατική, υιοθετεί την τουρκική άποψη για την υφαλοκρηπίδα του Αιγαίου.
          EU is failing again in the Western Balkans   
If I could draw a cartoon it would be the statelets of the western Balkans fighting in a furious 2020 dustball of fists and boots whilst an EU President as shamefaced as a labrador who has copiously fouled the bedroom rug looks on, with the caption "You had one job ..."

The EU's foreign policy is a litany of failure, yet these hubristic Federasts want their own army to reinforce that failure; whilst they poke Putin in Ukraine, the Western Balkans are being lost to Russian expansion and Salafist pollution, corrupted through Turkish influence with Saudi money into a hotbed of radical Islamism. Reports in the Republican American Interest and the Lefty Der Spiegel  catalogue the loss of interest by the EU in further Balkans accessions and the loss of interest by the Balks (if they can be so termed) in the EU; latest polls indicate that just 18% of Serbians really want to join the Federation. As Russia protects Christian orthodox nations, newly groomed Islamist statelets throw up new Saudi-funded mosques staffed by Saudi-supplied imams, to radicalise a new generation of Islamist terrorists. 

The Washington Post thinks it is a failure of democracy, that Balkans statelets are 'halfway democracies' and offers reasons for this. The paper misses the biggest reason of all. That the EU has the role of democracy mentor and monitor, and that the EU is in itself the most profoundly anti-democratic of regimes. It's like giving the job of Civics teacher to Pol Pot. What sort of lesson do the Balkans get from a corrupt Brussels EU regime that believes that the secret ballot and universal suffrage are obstacles to be over-ridden, that plebiscites can be repudiated and overturned, that solemn treaties can be broken for political ends and that threats, bullying and hubristic posturing are equated with statesmanship?

We should not forget that the Balkans are exporting their violent men who return even more skilled in crime and violence; Islamists fight for ISIS and pass back and forwards through a complicit Turkey, Albanian cocaine gangs dominate Europe, Serb people traffickers cross Europe in trucks filled with Afghan migrants. The reason why Austria can't put cigarette prices up to over €4,50 a pack is the ease with which white brands are smuggled from Balkans factories. Now that Croatia is part of the EU, there are a quarter million more Croatian passport holders than there are Croatians; well, who speaks enough Serbo-Croat to know? 

I have little doubt that the western Balkans will blow up again, and the dirty EU labrador whose fault it will be will wring its paws and ask for British peacekeepers and US ground attack aircraft to clear their shit up.
          Submission for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia   

Summary

Human Rights Watch’s key human rights concerns on Serbia are reflected in the 2017 World Report chapter on Serbia. Accountability for war crimes is hampered by slow progress on prosecutions. Concerns over freedom of the media continue amid repeated threats against journalists and failure by authorities to investigate cases of threats and violence against investigative reporters. Roma also face discrimination, as do lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Members of these communities face threats, discrimination and harassment. The situation for refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs remains a concern, particularly inadequate asylum procedures, pushbacks, and limited capacity of reception centres. Moving children with disabilities out of institutions and into family-like environments has been a limited and slow process.

In light of the serious human rights concerns that persist in Kosovo, scrutiny by international human rights bodies is vital. We therefore urge the Human Rights Council to ensure that Kosovo is subject to the Universal Periodic Review process and other human rights monitoring in an appropriate and robust fashion. Our concerns on the human rights situation in Kosovo are available on our website: https://www.hrw.org/europe/central-asia/serbia/kosovo

 

1.Treatment of Migrants and Asylum seekers

While Serbia has seen a significant decrease in the number of asylum seekers and other migrants arriving since 2016, there continue to be serious obstacles to accessing protection and humane treatment including for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. There are credible reports of on-going summary returns of asylum seekers from Serbia to Macedonia.

According to the UNHCR, partner organizations and the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration there were 6,600 asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Serbia at the time of writing.

According to the Serbian Ministry of Interior’s Asylum Office, 2,922 individuals expressed intentions to seek asylum in the Republic of Serbia in the first five months of 2017. Most are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis. Asylum seekers are housed in overcrowded camps and often in unsuitable mixed accommodation with single males, families, single women and unaccompanied children sharing living space.

In 2012, Serbia accepted a recommendation to “Take all necessary measures to ensure the improvement of socio-economic conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons.” Yet, as of June 9, 2017, Serbia had not granted anyone the status of a refugee. In 2016, Serbia granted refugee status to only 19 asylum seekers and subsidiary protection to 23. In addition to low recognition rates, and problems registering asylum claims, there are significant backlogs in the country’s asylum procedure with thousands of pending claims.

During the first five months of 2017, the Ministry of Interior registered 46 unaccompanied children in Serbia, from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Serbia lacks formal age assessment procedures for unaccompanied children, putting older children at risk of being treated as adults instead of receiving child protection. Only three institutions exist in Serbia for unaccompanied children and have a total of 32 places. Other unaccompanied children stay in temporary shelters known as “refugee aid centers” together with unrelated adults or open reception centers, where in some cases unaccompanied children can be accommodated separately from unrelated adults. The number of unaccompanied children is, based on the observations of our researchers, likely much higher than the officially reported 46.

Progress in finding durable solutions for refugees and internally displaces persons (IDPs) from the Balkan wars living in Serbia was insignificant. According to UNHCR, as of June 2017, there were 29,414 refugees in Serbia, 20,334 from Croatia and 9,080 from Bosnia and Herzegovina while the Serbian government recorded 203,000 internally displaced people from Kosovo.

In an April 2015 report, Human Rights Watch interviewed migrants and asylum seekers who described violent assaults, threats, insults, and extortion, denial of the required special protection for unaccompanied children, and summary returns to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. There is credible evidence that summary returns from Serbia to Macedonia continue. Serbian authorities have not taken adequate steps to address halt these abuses.

Recommendations

  • Issue clear guidance to police officers that they should treat asylum seekers and migrants with respect and in a manner consistent with Serbia’s human rights obligations, in particular the prohibitions on ill-treatment and non-refoulement, and ensure access to asylum procedures in Serbia;
  • Ensure that anyone who expresses a wish to apply for asylum should have a meaningful opportunity to register their asylum claim and present their case;
  • Ensure humane and suitable conditions for asylum seekers and migrants accommodated in asylum facilities across Serbia, with special attention given to vulnerable groups, including families with children, unaccompanied children, single women, older persons and people with medical conditions and/or disabilities;
  • Issue clear guidance to police officers to provide unaccompanied children with special attention and care as required by domestic and international law.

 

  1. Lack of Accountability for War Crimes

Despite accepting recommendations to take all necessary measures to end to impunity by prosecuting alleged perpetrators in accordance with international standards, war crimes prosecutions in Serbia are hampered by a lack of political support, resources or staff at the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor and inadequate witness support.

Since the establishment of the War Crimes Prosecution Office in 2003, 110 judgments have been issued: 75 convictions and 37 acquittals. But few high-ranking officials have been prosecuted for war crimes in Serbian courts.

Despite the war crimes strategy adopted by the government in February 2016, which sets out criteria for prioritizing cases and commitment to prosecute high-ranking officials suspected of war crimes, progress appears to have stalled. Between January 2017 and June 2017, the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office issued only 1 indictment against 1 person. During the same period, no one was convicted or acquitted by the first instance court for war crimes and two persons were acquitted at the appeals stage.

The most notable example of the lack of progress in war crimes accountability is the failure to bring charges in relation to the organized removal of more than 900 Albanian bodies from Kosovo to Serbia in 1999 and their reburial in mass graves, including on the grounds of a police training center. Some of the people allegedly involved in this crime were named in 2011 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its judgment against Serbian police chief Vlastimir Đorđević but, to date, no one has been indicted.

Another case involves the apparent execution in custody of three U.S. citizens – the brothers Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi – who were arrested in Serbia in June 1999, transferred to a police training center, and killed in July 1999. Despite assurances in June 2015 to US State Department officials by then Serbian Prime Minister Vucic that there would be progress in the case, no one has been brought to justice for this crime.

In June 2017, ICTY President Carmel Agius asked the UN Security Council to ensure that three members of the Serbian Radical Party, indicted for contempt of court, are extradited to the Tribunal. So far Serbian authorities have not obliged. During its previous UPR, Serbia accepted the recommendation to continue its cooperation with the ICTY and to ensure that other perpetrators are prosecuted in domestic courts in accordance with international standards.

Recommendations

  • Ensure greater efficiency in war crimes investigations and prosecutions, particularly against higher ranking military and police officials who may bear command responsibility;
  • Ensure an effective investigation into the 1999 transfer of bodies of hundreds of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo to Serbia; investigations should include the persons named in the 2011 ICTY decision against Vlastimir Đorđević;
  • Ensure an effective investigation into the apparent extrajudicial executions of the three Bytyqi brothers, including responsible commanders;
  • Ensure that the three indicted persons in the contempt case of Jojić et al. are extradited to the ICTY.

 

3.Restrictions on Media Freedom

Human Rights Watch research in Serbia shows that journalists and other media workers operate in a hostile environment where threats, smear campaigns and political interference with their work is commonplace. Media freedom is a critical precondition for the development of a democratic society, as well as a condition of closer ties to the European Union.

The Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) registered 69 incidents against journalists in 2016, and 40 in the first six months of 2017. The incidents in 2017 included 3 physical assaults, 12 verbal threats and 25 incidents involving pressure.

The work of a national commission established to investigate the murders of three prominent journalists, Slavko Curuvija in 1999, Dada Vujasinovic in 1994, and Milan Pantic in 2001, has made limited progress. The widow of Slavko Curuvija has criticized the slow progress of the trial against four state security officials suspected of alleged involvement in her husband’s murder. The deaths of the remaining two journalists remained unsolved. In 2012, Serbia rejected a recommendation to establish an “International Commission for Investigation of Murders of Journalists”.

Government officials and pro-government media have repeatedly criticized independent news organizations. The former Prime Minister Vucic, now President, was quoted in 2015 criticizing the Balkans Investigative Reporting Network as liars funded by the EU to speak against the Serbian government.

In research carried out in 2015 and updated in 2016, Human Rights Watch found that journalists in Serbia face physical attacks and threats, including death threats, as a result of reporting on sensitive issues including war crimes and government corruption. The state response to attacks and threats against journalists appears to be weak, despite accepting recommendations during their previous UPR to create a climate in which journalists are able to report on sensitive issues without fear or harassment and reprisal.

Recommendations

  • Publicly and unequivocally condemn all attacks against journalists and media outlets carried out in retaliation for their work and ensure swift and thorough investigations into all such incidents;
  • Conduct prompt, effective, impartial, and thorough investigations into all attacks and threats against journalists and media outlets, including cybercrimes, and bring prosecutions as appropriate.

 

4.Treatment of Minorities

During the second cycle UPR, Serbia accepted all recommendations received relating to the treatment of minorities, including one recommendation to “Enforce legal safeguards to ensure fair and equal access to housing, education, employment and government services for Romani individuals and protection against arbitrary, forcible evictions and displacement from their homes or temporary residences”. Yet, Roma often live in informal squalid settlements lacking basic services such as schools, health care, water and proper sewage. Roma in such informal settlements are also vulnerable to forced evictions without offers for adequate alternative accommodation. Segregated education remains a problem, with Romani children often attending mainstream schools in separate classes and are overrepresented in schools for children with special needs.

Recommendations

  • Ensure procedural safeguards and adequate alternative accommodation in cases of forced evictions of Roma;
  • Ensure that everyone in Serbia, regardless of ethnicity, age, or employment status can access public services, including healthcare and education;
  • End segregation of Romani children in mainstream schools and ensure that all children are provided quality education in an inclusive setting.

 

5.Disability Rights

Human Rights Watch documented in its 2016 report ‘It Is My Dream To Leave This Place’: Children with Disabilities in Serbian Institutions that hundreds of children with disabilities in Serbia live in state institutions where they are likely to experience neglect and isolation, have no privacy and have little or no access to education. They also may be given inappropriate medication, and may not be allowed to make their own decisions even when they become adults. The majority of these children have at least one living parent, but given the dearth of community-based services, parents often do not have the support they need to care for their child with a disability. Instead, parents may be advised by health professionals to give up on their child with a disability.

Human Rights Watch research found that some young women with disabilities who live in institutions experienced invasive medical interventions without their free and informed consent, but rather based on the consent of their guardian. The interventions included the insertion of intrauterine devices (for birth control), administration of pap smear tests (Papanicolaou test, a screening procedure for cervical cancer) and termination of pregnancy. According to institution staff interviewed by Human Rights Watch, anaesthesia was used in every case so that the women would not resist the interventions. 

Despite accepting all recommendations on the topic of disability rights during both previous UPR cycles, in April 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities expressed deep concerns about the number of children and adults with disabilities living in institutions and about the poor living conditions in institutions in Serbia. The committee urged Serbia to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities and to ensure access to inclusive and quality education. The committee also called on Serbia to replace its guardianship system and ensure all people with disabilities have access to services and support in the community of their own choice and preference.

In February 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Child adopted concluding observations on Serbia and urged the government to “urgently reduce placement of children under the age of 3 in residential care institutions, including those with disabilities, and expedite the placement in family-based care.” The Committee further raised concerns about segregation, neglect, limited privacy, exclusion from education and play, forced and inappropriate medical treatment that children with disabilities experience in orphanages in Serbia. The Committee urged Serbia to end such practices and to make sure children with disabilities are safe and have the right to live with their families or in other family-like environments.  

Human Rights Watch is concerned that the Serbian government continues to invest in institutionalization despite ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. This despite the fact that Serbia accepted a recommendation in 2012 to “Consolidate the constitutional and legislative framework to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities”.  In March 2014 and in April 2016, Serbia opened two newly built institutions for children and young people with disabilities. It cost the Serbian government 66 million Serbian dinars (or 600,000 EUROS) to build one of the two facilities. 

As of June 2017, the Serbian government has not yet adopted a de-institutionalization plan or followed up with other previously expressed commitments to transition people from institutions into community-based living arrangements.  According to UNICEF and local activists, Serbia has yet to take steps to end neglect of children living in institutions and hold those responsible for treatment of children to account. In a phone conversation with the Serbian Ministry of Education in March 2017, a representative of the Ministry told Human Rights Watch that no concrete steps have been taken to ensure children with disabilities who live in institutions have access to education.

Recommendations

  • Protect children and young people with disabilities in institutions from harm and abuse;
  • Provide necessary support and services to move children and adults with disabilities from institutions to communities, in line with Article 19 of the CRPD;
  • Ensure all children and young people with disabilities enjoy their right to an inclusive, quality education, on an equal basis with others, in line with Article 24 of the CRPD;
  • Protect the right to legal capacity and supported decision-making for persons with disabilities, in conformity with Article 12 of the CRPD.
  • Ensure persons with disabilities enjoy their right to health, including the right to free and informed consent to medical treatment, is respected.

 

 


          The Art of Tomislav G.   

Wonderful dreamy work by Tomislav G., a mathematician, CG generalist, Blenderist, abstract designer from Croatia.

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          Vucic, Grabar-Kitarovic, Thaci to be at same table   
The South-East European Cooperation Process member countries is being held in Dubrovnik today, which will be attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Croatia, which chairs the South-East European Cooperation Process, hosts a meeting to conclude its presidency of this regional initiative, and a day after the Dubrovnik Summit, the traditional Dubrovnik Forum is being held.
          Slovenia gets three quarters of territory in Croatia dispute   
Slovenia has been given three quarters of the Bay of Piran, the Court of Arbitration has ruled. Slovenia, whoch has been in dispute with Croatia over its sea border for years, will not have direct access to international waters, but has been granted passage through the Croatian part of the sea in this area.
          TrailO is an outdoor sport   
Ez a mai nap mottója. A tegnap esti Team Officials Meetingen ezt is megkaptuk szóban / írásban, és miután jártunk már néhány ilyen összejövetelen, sejtettük, hogy ennek a közlésnek oka van. Egyéb jelek is arra mutattak, hogy nem lesz az 1. napi PreO futam sétagalopp – kezdetleges hidak, keskeny ösvény, aminek állapota erősen függ az éjszakai eső mennyiségétől és a tömegtől, hogy ki lehet menni az út szélére, ahol már stabilabb a terep… Igyekeztünk a srácokat nem nagyon megijeszteni, de azért reggel az első dolgunk volt megnézni, nem halasztották-e el a rajtot.
Éjszaka végig esett és reggel is még sokáig, bár egyre kisebb intenzitással. Viktor indult elsőként, Miksának és nekem már tetemes csúszás gyűlt össze a rajtoltatásban. A szó szoros értelmében is csúsztunk, már a pálya előtti időmérő megközelítése sem volt egyszerű. Gondolkodnom kell, hogy indultam-e valaha ilyen körülmények között versenyen; mert esőben már sokszor, de ez a mai pálya egy olyan ösvényen haladt, amin megállt a víz, így képezve folyamatos, hosszantartó dagonyát. Pedig pár hete le is gyalulták valami géppel, hogy jobban megfeleljen a kerekesszékeseknek. Hát, nem hiszem, hogy bármelyikük élvezte volna…
Még a mi dolgunkat is erőst hátráltatta, csúszkáltunk, figyelni és kerülgetni kellett; de a különböző típusú járművekkel mozgó sporttársaknak szörnyű volt. Beragadtak, irányíthatatlanná váltak a székek, a használóik pedig nyakig sárosak. Pedig a kirendelt segítők és rendezők nem kímélték magukat, időnként kisebb válságstáb állt össze, hogy egy-egy megfeneklett széket kimozdítson kétségbeejtő helyzetéből. Nagyon nehéz így koncentrálni, és a jó megoldásokhoz vezető egyik fontos „technikát”, a több irányból megfigyelést emiatt nemigen tudták alkalmazni. Örültek, ha előrehaladtak a következő nézőpontig, a többségnek esze ágában sem volt visszamenni valamit megnézni.
Nagy kár, hogy az időjárás gonoszul belerondított a játékunkba, mert egyébként a két szakaszra bontott, összesen 26 feladatból és két időmérő állomásból álló pálya jó (kifejezetten erre készült) térképen, izgalmas helyeken, kellő térképolvasási kihívással várta a rekordszámú indulót (utóbbi infót a megnyitó ünnepségen tudtam meg).
Az a gond, hogy az openben engedélyezett 140 perc még átlátható, beosztható, de a paralympiai kategóriában két menetben kiosztott összesen 60 perc extra időt (szumma 200 perc) nem lehet kihasználni. Ennyi ideig nem lehet koncentrálni folyamatosan, mozgássérült emberektől ezt pláne nem lehet elvárni, úgy, hogy közben vizet kapnak felülről, sarat alulról.
Egyébként nekem feküdt a terep, élvezetes is lett volna, a feladatokat is épp megfelelő nehézségűnek találtam. Az időmérőkön igyekeztem megfontolt lenni, így sikerült azokat hiba nélkül megúszni. 5 egész másodpercet hagytam a pályában; az időmérés egyébként SI rendszerrel történt. Az egészen ejtett három hibámmal elégedett vagyok. A többiek eredményét még számolási eltérések miatt kifogásolnunk kell. (Minden csúszott a verseny után is, nem volt még este hivatalos eredmény, későn kaptuk csak vissza a kartonunkat, térképeket, korrekciót kérni is csak holnap tudunk.)
Beérve a célban találtam a már fürdés utáni Viktort, és hamarosan érkeztek a többiek is, így közös erővel vetettük alá Miksát és kocsiját a bringásoktól importált módszernek, a slagozásnak.

1.Michele Cera Italy 44 25
2.Antti Rusanen Finland 34.5 24
3.Dušan Furucz Slovakia 35 24
4.Guntars Mankus Latvia 43 24
5.Martin Fredholm Sweden 44 24
6.Jānis Rukšāns Latvia 59 24
14.Fruzsina Biró Hungary 65 23
17 / 25.Zoltán Miháczi Hungary 206 22 /23
49 / 52.Ferenc Fehér Hungary 68.5 17 / 18

1 Soren Saxthorp Denmark 71 23
2 Ivica Bertol Croatia 68 22
3 Pavel Shmatov Russia 145 22
30 Miksa Laáber Hungary 144 13
39 Viktor Beke Hungary 393 10

Holnap TempO selejtezőn leszünk Karlovacban, ezért – egy gyenge, de igaz párhuzammal – most egy Karlovacko-val hangolódunk rá.

          Bulgarian PM is on a Visit in Dubrovnik   
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is in Croatian city of Dubrovnik for the summit of the Heads of State and Government of the countries participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) within the final meetings of the Croatian SEECP Chairmanship, reported BNT.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva will take part In a parallel meeting of foreign ministers on 30th of June....
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          Izjebana Hrvatica Croatian-Hrvatski By KRMANJONAC   
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          AMC extends reach in Croatia   
AMC Networks International – Central & Northern Europe has extended the reach of AMC in Croatia by striking a distribution deal with Telekom Austria-owned Vipnet.… Read more - Source: www.digitaltveurope.net
           Grunner e-bike mixes massive range with punchy performance    

The Grunner e-bike has up to 2.2 kW of power

E-bikes offer a way for commuters to arrive at work sweat-free, but some boosted two-wheelers are starting to offer ranges that rival bikes of the fossil fuel-powered variety. One such example is the Grunner developed by Croatia-based Mobile Vehicle Technology and Absolute Design, which boasts 2.2 kW of power and 180 km (112 mi) of range.

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          NIGHTS IN   
I'm completely burnt out from school and work stuff - it's been a super-long week, and the fact that I'm spending my free day (Yay for Bank Holidays!) working on a presentation is not making the whole situation any better. So, after 3-4 days of thinking about the subject for my next post (which isn't very common for me - before even thinking about it, I already know what I want to talk about), I just decided to share my current obsessions:

1. Bates Motel. Vera Farmiga, the little cute boy from the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (that isn't so little anymore) and the most beautiful young actress Olivia Cooke (possibly my future lover FYI) make an amazing cast of a prequel to one of my favourite Hitchock pieces - Psycho. In its 3rd season, there are 28 episode of the wonderful cinematography and tons of suspense. Note that I'm not really a horror fan, but this show just makes me want to watch more. But yeah, best tv show ATM so... Game of who?!

2. Spotify (+ the browse button). Yes, I know that UNFORTUNATELY Croatia is not on the Spotify list so you can't really use it there, but for the rest of the world - do join in if you haven't yet. I've always been a fan of the excitement that I get from playing a random Youtube playlist, and I still sometimes do that, but the Spotify Browse section is a place I lose my hours - going through numerous playlists, (re)discovering old and new, and a special love for those late night playlists. It just makes those heavy night hours better.

3. Poundsales. Yes, quite specific but also possibly the best place to be on a weekend. After crying (simbolically, NOT PHYSICALLY) after seeing the amazing Dries Van Noten pieces in Selfridges, I can't help but enjoy going into rails of dirty and smelly clothes and pulling out amazing gems that make me happy as much as Selfridges does. All that for a £ and with a sane conscience of not falling under that produce-buy-throw away process. Yes - buying second hand means being sustainable.

4. Lush (esp. Oxford Street). I've fawned over the new Lush store just off Oxford Circus through all of my social media accounts, but I just can't stop raving about it! The three-story high extravaganza of organic ingredients and unreal smells makes you achieve a visual orgasm (the colours are amazing), while their interior filled with sinks (!!!) makes you want to try everything there is. Plus, the 'fragrance museum' in the lower floor is totally amazeballs - gives your nose a roller-coaster ride.

5. Hampstead Heath. Ahh, my lovely North London! Literally a 10 minute walk from my place, Hampstead Heath is the most wonderful place to be in this shifty springtime weather. And although I'm typically not a big solo-runner (at least not long distance), I pushed myself into going running several times - just for the experience that this park gives you. Screw Hyde, Green or Regent's - Hampstead Heath has the loveliest view (one of the highest spots in London), gives you space to be alone (one of the biggest parks), and is just a pure explosion of greenery (one of the oldest parks). A couple of hours there give me strength to go through my week with a positive mind.

Plus, in the lack of words - just look at the photos!!! Possibly my favourite ones yet from my collaboration with little miss Ali!
photos by Ali Baïllon
Wearing Topshop satin crepe culottes, Gant Rugger turtleneck, DIORALOP vest, Olney straw boater hat, Daniel Wellington watch & Zara studded brogues



          LOOK SEE FIND   
ok, next topic: HOUSING.

So, as soon as I got back from Zagreb, back in January - I knew I wanted to move out from my lovely aunt's and uncle's place. They were nice enough to host me for a couple of months, when I was just a fresh Londoner, but I truly wanted to experience an independent life as soon as possible. I haven't moved to the other part of Europe, just to find that someone is still cooking my meals. So, the flat hunt began...

Anyone that has ever tried to find a flat room in London (and possibly other European cities, but I wouldn't know about that) how gruesome the process is - nudging everyone you know if they know anyone who knows anyone to ask anyone who has someone whose friend's girlfriend's cousin just moved out of a pretty little room somewhere that is not Zone 892. Okay, yes I'm exaggerating but that's basically how it starts - people you know and people they know. So, the first stage was quite unsuccessful for me - probably due to the odd time to find a flat (end of January), and not due to the lack of interest spread by my peers (I love you all). 

STEP 2: Visit every online page devoted to finding you a new place to live. Gumtree, Zoopla, Spareroom, and even a couple of visits to Craigslist (which resulted in more imaginary sex activity than my prudish self has ever imagined). This part of the search was only partially successful. I contacted probably about 100-150 (not exaggerating) people through the pages above. Maybe a dozen got back to me, and I got to see 4 places to live in total. Spoiler: they all looked absolutely horrible, severely tiny and quite odour-y. A big part of this was my budget. Yes, I come from Croatia, and I wasn't born with a Silver spoon falling out of my mouth. I did start to earn money from the age of 15 (or maybe even earlier), but I was never a saver. From forever, I was a lover of stuff and places so I mostly invested my money in travelling and buying things (most prominently clothes, shoes & accessories). No, I'm not sorry for that although another scenario would help me live completely carefree, but it also most probably wouldn't result me in having a blog and working in fashion. So, the equation has worked in another way. But back to the budget - I knew I wanted to find a flat for the maximum of £600, due to the fact I had just recently got a job as a receptionist and my monthly pay was roughly around that amount. See, in normal places, £600 a month would get you a nice studio flat; in Zagreb - that money would get you a house in the city centre, but in London - it gets you stinkin' little room. Or that's what phase 2 made me think.

STEP 3: If anyone ever says social media is stupid, useless, and a waste of time - please shush them right away. If You are one of those people, prepared to be shushed. As the 1st of February was dangerously approaching, and I was more and more aware that me moving out into a nice place was not quite on the horizon, I got more and more anxious. I'd like to think I'm a person that's always hoping to be more positive than pessimistic, so it was quite a difficult period, a period that was also the time for my Uni hand-ins, which didn't quite make it easier. But, I lived through it with a smile on my face - thanks to my amazing family and friends. However, my amazing family and friends, combined with a smile on my face weren't quite going to find me a place to live. At the proposal of a lovely college mate (thanks Saloni!) and as I was spending tons of time on Facebook - both for school and leisure purposes (FTW for exam/hand-in deadlines!), I started searching for Facebook groups that involved housing in London. I joined probably around 7 of them, all boiling with both too-good-to-be-true (hence, they ARE NOT TRUE) and harshly realistic ads. To make the story short, I was spending all of my free time scrolling through those groups - the best ads were taken in several seconds, the worst ones were left to hang - without a comment or a like. And then, one evening - I stumbled upon an ad about an adorably messy room in Northern London. An adorably messy room that ended up being my huge and adorably clean room that I love so much. And all that for £524 (including bills!).

I absolutely understand I've been incredibly lucky, but I just want to encourage everyone to look and search, have an active mind and a yearning set of eyes. Do not fall for scams, but also do not take pieces of cr*p for gold. Yes, there are tons of sh*tty places, but there are some reasonably priced corners around London (and every other place on the world) that's waiting for you. Also - be ready to pay for a deposit, but that's something that's (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease) going to be back on your account by the time you move out. GOOD LUCK!

ps. I'm still not completely happy with how my room looks (decoration wise!), but as soon as I will be - I'll share some pics here. If you're really eager, go to my Instagram account and keep and eye on the constant progress and personal corners.
Photos taken by my designated SBR photographer Ali Baïlon, in the back yard of my amazing flat
Wearing a vintage scarf I got from the LMB recyclying centre  thanks to the Love Your Clothes initiative, a stripy H&M long-sleeved shirt, Zara linen floral trousers, a 70's polyester-suit jacket that looks like it came from the Brady Bunch rack but cost me £1 at the Mile End poundsale, Giant Vintage sunglasses, a Daniel Wellington watch & a pair of Northern Cobbler ankle-boots


          (S)ASSY   
To quote my favourite UK talk-show host: 'Ohh, what a week it's been.'

Spilling some liquid around my computer -> computer stop working -> crying -> screaming -> crying -> going to Croatia for a short set of holidays -> sending my computer to the repair-man > doing an exciting new (kinda secret) project -> hanging out & partying with my old friends -&> getting my computer fixed in an awesome turn of events -> being happy -> NOW.

I almost feel exhausted even thinking about these past ten days - it's been everything but physically relaxing, and it was supposed to be my holiday. Now that I'm back in London, it's time to work, meet deadlines (training my writing muscle!), and live my real life. It has honestly been tricky juggling my idea of a London life and the reality of my London life. The constant question that has been popping on and on again -  an exciting smile on around not-friend, not-stranger's face and asking me 'So... How's London?'

I've been refraining myself from saying anything too in depth (in true London style) and mostly answered - 'It's amazing, I love it.' That's when the conversation stopped because the other person got exactly what he/she/it wanted - a confirmation of the amazing London life. And when you get the answer you want, you most probably don't ask any more questions. But it's not - I still have the same problems of waking up, the dilemma of being late, having to eat, pee AND poop, the constant (no) love problems, and all that jazz. However, there are those magic moments, that happen probably too rarely. Moments when you realise - yes you need to poop and pay rent, but hey - YOU'RE POOPING AND PAYING RENT IN LONDON. And then, during those several magic moments you feel amazing and lightweight, it's the time when you respect all your decisions. Decisions to move out of the safe comfort (food) zone of your parent's home, leaving most of your friends behind and experiencing something new just because you think there's an opportunity. Thankfully, I met amazing people and am studying what I absolutely love and enjoy doing (which I promise to talk about in one of the future posts) - which definitely makes giving £87 for a month of transport much easier.

So please - don't ask the 'So, how's London?' unless you're ready to hear a story about pooping in one of the most disgusting toilets in Hyde Park. Another time. Maybe...

ps. I truly didn't expect this post to turn into a digestion diary. Sorry for that. x

photos by Ali Baïlon
Sassy attire featuring Angela Lukanovich blazer, H&M white t-shirt, vintage fatman trousers from Beyond Retro, Zara belt, Massimo Dutti shoes, Giant Vintage sunglasses



          Cold Tunes   
It's extremely difficult to admit it (although not as difficult as I expected), but yeah... After a shorts-wearing-warm Halloween/October, now it's time for a freeze-your-brain November. I know winter time doesn't start for a month or at least two more weeks - if you're on the Winter Wonderland/London calendar. I know it's London is all about SELL SELL SELL, but I literally don't get this 2 month overture of Christmas going around. I wasn't stunner by the all-Christmas floor in Harrods/Selfridges/put in any other fancy department store, but Christmas decorations and Mariah tunes all over the place from the beginning of November? Really?

So, as a natural defier (not quite, but okay), I've been listening to some not-very holiday tunes for these past few weeks. Since I got my Spotify acoount (hooray for living in UK!!! - it's not available in Croatia), I just started to love the on-the-go, online streaming thing - with no hassle of (legally!) downloading songs and syncing devices, blah blah... My obsession is so strong that it came to a point where I take a bus instead of a tube (although it takes me three times more), just so I can listen to some music. Just to make it clear - this is not any kind of a Spotify ad, I still use the free version and get quite frustrated when a Pitbull song gets obligatory because I used all my limited skips, but I'm seriously in love with it, and for the first time considering paying a subscription for something - all those Netflix stuff have never really been available back home, so it's still kind of difficult admitting that cost of buying something you usually watched/listened to for free. Ehm.

But all my techno-musical obsessions aside, I kinda got wrapped up in the music itself - discovering some new-old artists and new-new singles, and as it's kinda currently taking over my life (while I'm in the process of creating moodboards and researching for future school projects) - sharing my current favourites playlist made sense. I don't really know if we share an audio sensibility, but an hour of more/less interesting tunes should get you to a one-day worth of googling and researching. So give it a go, cuddle into a cosy red blanket (other colours are applicable) and enjoy...


          Home Jewels   
It's funny how when I was back home, I dreamt about having a Chanel store just so I can go and see the windows, but now that I have it not that far from me - I start snooping around the fresh work from back home.

I have had quite an up-down relationships with young, Facebook-based jewellery Croatian designers - at the beginning of this blog, I was extremely enthusiastic about interacting with them - interviews (ran weekly :O), giveaways, features etc. At some point, I started being more picky with my interviewees - I wanted to give more depth to the whole point, but as work and real interviews came along - it all kinda went away. Since then, I have been a loud and proud supporter and wearer of examples like Trska, Micica and Marina Marinski, but haven't really pushed myself out of those limits to get to know the new people. I have been, however, virtually collecting some interesting pieces for the last couple of months and it's kinda time to present my personal selection of the new (to me - not necessarily young market-wise) brands that scratched the surface of my interest. So let's go...

First one in the bunch is also my latest revelation - Nott. jewelz. The idea of conjoining roping and hardware into a cohesive piece of jewellery that doesn't lack in flow feels quite stunning in its final look. Quite a minimalistic approach to campaigns and promotion is nothing bad, but as the product has enormous potential, I would love to see some more adventurous styling and photography - just to have an idea how the pieces work in that surrounding. Although Nott. jewelz aren't a household names in the magazines, judging by the solid amount of press clippings they gained (judging only by the scrolling on their Facebook page), I'm quite sure and very hopeful that Silvija Talan who is the talent behind the brand, will get her recognition and not become just another 'social media brand'.

With a bit more refined and glamorous approach to jewellery was the way to go for Iva Viljevac. Her eponymous brand Iva Nakit has already gained a backdrop of followers, and I have heard about her (most probably through her sister's Diana high-glam designs), but what struck me the most was her latest campaign that hopefully showed the further path of the brand - elegant and feminine yet not over-the-top and tooth-ache sweet, Iva's latest campaign put together interesting and talented people (Ana Marija Cajner of Talia Models as the face and John Pavlish as the man behind the camera) to create a visual rest for your eyes. Sometimes everything you need is a soothing set of images, and this is exactly it - and besides design, visual branding is what makes a brand which truly puts this one in quite a good spot.

Vague in branding (as it's always the case with quality Croatian tourist products) but definitely strong in concept and ideas is Hvart. Defined as mixture of art, fashion and tourism, Hvart necklaces are souvenirs that have a bold graphic look and are just waiting to be pushed as a concept - pushed towards more promotion, higher production and a broad audience. Creating a play on a laid-out architectural net of some of the most recognisable buildings in Hvar (like the Arsenal and the Cathedral, both on the main square), Maria Marta Radman finished a full-blooded product that is ready to be seen outside a store in Hvar and the one in Split, with a proper social-media campaign.

And once again, we go back from marketing discreetness (if that ever existed) to a proper example of powerful branding... Although Mateja Penava is a retired supermodel (she's still young!) who walked on worldwide catwalks (exclusive for Prada, if you please!), graced the biggest beauty campaigns and magazine covers and was one of the Croatian early modelling birds on the other side of the world, she has recently become more recognisable for her work as the face of cool indie brands rather than YSL and Givenchy make up products. Her recent comeback was for the purpose of presenting the latest work of Emma & Nala Jewelry, another young brand that has been mostly Facebook-known but bursted quite intensely after this recent move. Although their products aren't creatively breaking the barriers, I once again applaud them for the strong choices they made after the design. The campaign was shot by the talented Franjo Matković, and co-modelled by Sven Novosel (who is conveniently one of my friend's boyfriends), so I am definitely bias - but I absolutely can't wait to see what's next for Sonja Žigić and her brand, and hope that the praise she got from Vogue and Glamour will only push her out of the boundaries, not keep her in this pretty cool, but at moments quite safe zone.

For some brands though, big production just isn't the way to go... SheShe Lee, a brand that is mostly famous to the Croatian fashion blogger audience, is the perfect example of that - brilliant and bold, but when dissected not exactly high-complex, colour-blocking perfectly corresponds to Vesna Kutnjak's latest collection. You can almost see the similar (if not the same) materials used in SheShe Lee's and Emma&Nala's pieces, but the approach is so different you can't really put a finger on it. This kind of graphic on-point direction and a distinct way of visualising products outside the limits of a fashion shoot is a way of creating campaigns that is quite compelling, and is definitely a good base for the next step. Ino Zeljak's immaculate photography just plays  off the strong edges of the pieces themselves and it just can't exude more fun and joy. And isn't that the point of jewellery?

For the last piece of this quite personal and not-very-thorough analysis of the current bijoux scene back home, I decided to keep probably the most interesting example, one that has a true creative potential, a good-quality retail base and a commercial link that is yet to be discovered. Tanja Topolovec already has her pieces in Vešmašina, one of the most interesting concept stores in Zagreb and has been worn both inside the pages of magazines (even I styled one of her headbands in an ELLE shoot) and on the more/less famous people, but the latest campaign is what pushed me into considering this brand a jewellery brand, instead of leather accessories. Yes, the pieces are made of leather, but this is probably the first time that I feel a true decorative yet functionable approach to fashion. Putting a crisp white shirt under the black harness or an oversized knit under the brown one-shouldered piece - you get a completely new unit, a new, well-gelled piece of clothes. It all clicked just a bit better thanks to the chic miss Audrey Hepburn, khm, Josipa Janković under the lense of Karmen Poznić. It all works, and makes a unit that makes me jealous that I'm not back home.

          3-Year Itch   
And then there were 3. 3 years of Style Brick Road. A place where style meets fashion. (note to self: that description has to go!)

When I opened this little online destination, I was an 18-year-old kid, not aware of the fashion industry or how it works. (Un)Fortunately, today I am 3 years older with a 3-year-old experience, and moments like ELLE Croatia and London Fashion Week under my wing. 

So, I want to take this blog-a-versary to express my gratitude for everything that has been happening in the past 36 months, and congratulate you for baring with me all those words and images. 

Yet, it somehow feels quite fake celebrating at the moment, just because my current state of mind isn’t there. AT ALL. I know it’s not birthday-appopriate but SBR has been an honest place for me from the beginning, so I want to express my feelings of the moments as well.

Moving away from your home is hard. Moving away from your country is harder. Coping with all of the challenges (that I sugar-coatedly call challenges but in fact are real-life f*ck-yous in your face) without your home to go to, without a support you have been developing for the past 21 years. It’s f*cking hard. At the moment, I am having a big ball of anxiety deep inside, from the frustration of not being able to find a job, of not being able to live on my own, for not being able to be independent. This shouldn’t be a pity party, but a birthday party, yet I somehow ended up being a Debby Downer with a big gray cloud over my head. And I know it’s just a momentary crisis that will pass soon, and how other people have greater problems – but these are mine and this is what I have to deal with.

SO. Let’s toast to the past 3 years, and for the next 33 – in this wonderful galaxy named the Internet, and a planet named Style Brick Road. This year, without a cake or champagne, because I'm in London - where there's no mommy to bake a cake, and even a children champagne costs a fortune.

+ An exciting surprise (because no bday is a bday without a surprise, even this half-depressing one)
I’m a sunglasses guy, and it’s a 3rd bday, and 3 is a perfect number – in collaboration with Giant Vintage Sunglasses, I am giving 3 sets of $30 coupons for the luckiest 3 readers of Style Brick Road. If you check out their site and you’ll see they ship worldwide and you can get quite a few pairs out of that $30 coupon.
All you need to do is follow Giant Vintage on Instagram (if you don't have it, it's free to open and click that follow button :) and like Style Brick Road on Facebook (see details below) and you’re in! ps. The giveaway is WORLDWIDE and will close on (in the spirit of numbers) 30th October!

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Wearing H&M jeans (find similar jeans) and scarf, Asos Mickey Mouse sweatshirt (find similar t-shirt),  Zara shoes,  Fjällräven backpack, Giles and Brother bracelet, Daniel Wellington watch, Giant Vintage sunglasses, Dioralop vest and S&H Athletics jacket

HAPPY B-DAY TO STYLE BRICK ROAD! < 3

          Coolness(T)   
There have been several moments when I absolutely hated the fact I was part of social media, some including personal and others including very non-personal moments, but the moment when I realise how great that virtual galaxy really helps and means to me are much more long-lasting. One of those appeared recently, while a past school-mate shared a photo of the project she started. To be honest, I always knew she was into design and fashion (hence her chic school styles), but has never really realised she was into creating fashion. How clueless I were...

I get quite frustrated when I try to explain how this project went on (which is definitely not a good thing for an aspiring writer), just because it is an exhibition within a platform within a project within an association. Quite boring, and very Croatian.
So, basically Croatian Designer's Association (HDD) has launched a platform named Design Tourism back in 2012, to encourage the most lucrative sector in Croatia (hello, sea!) and team up interesting design ideas to freshen things up a bit. Interestingly, this year's inspiration came from the fact that Sun and sea are the most dominant touristic factors, so they asked product designers to come up with a 'work in progress' project that is either a creative and solution for an existing problem or a new product on its own, inspired by the Sun.

So, inspired by the (over)exposure to the sun and all its effects, Luka Šola, a Vienna-based Fine Arts student (and that high-school colleague of mine), teamed up with a fellow Viennese-Croat Matea Ban into a duo named SoBa to develop a both visually stunning and useful product of the future. Probably every person that has been going to the seaside remembers the fridge-bags that were a must-have on its way to the beach - to have a fresh bottle of water or a cooled out apple/watermelon/insert a fruit, or maybe just so the chocolate doesn't melt. Everyone must have experienced the moment when your lip-balm melted because it was exposed to the sun. Well, those kind of situations transcribed themselves into a truly original idea of elevating that vanished piece of 'accessory' and creating a true fashion statement. 

With a vibe of a Chanel-backpack and those hand-woven Etsy bracelets, yet with a true utility factor in mind, they created Coolness(T), a bag that acts like an insulation for anything you can fit in it. Cold stays cold, and hot stays hot - the three layers (including a double-sided aluminium foil as the interchangeable middle factor) make sure the content doesn't change it's temperature or consistency. Yes, all this tech-y convo makes you think of something very basic looking - just because it's useful. Well, the girls didn't stop after creating something useful, but played around with its design, embracing the utility side of it, yet playing against it in the colourful weaving and a tiny buoy that is once again both useful and an animated touch. It's also important to mention that the bag is very resistant and waterproof due to its plastic textile, and good in size. The images for this proto-product also have my high-school written all over it, as Luka was the photographer and her (and mine!) colleague Kristina Vrdoljak quite professionally modelled through this stellar set of shots that showcased the abilities of the Coolness(T) bag (which is also intelligently named, so kudos for the branding bit as well) to the fullest.

In the end, it's important to say this product is still in the 'final prototype' phase, yet I definitely expect of SoBa to develop it fully. It would be a true waste not to complete such an interesting idea and create a cool fashion souvenir of the Croatian coast that would be worn around to world. Good luck girls!! PS. If you are interested in these or have any kind of enquiries, you can find their contact sat Coolness(T) project page & their facebook page.


          Transparency International   
I believe every person that has a love for clothes/shoes/accessories and 'fashion' in general (in terms of personal dressing) also has that one piece of clothing/pair of shoes/accessory that they didn't get when they could.

Something of that kind has happened to me, and this is probably the first time I'm 'saying it out loud'. My one that got away is a black transparent organza parka by Link by Ogi Antunac and Zoran Mrvoš, from their SS13 collection  I can still remember the moment I saw it hanging on the rack in the studio of ELLE Croatia, waiting for the beautiful Tamara (today Tabitha) Pernar to put it on and let the genius Bruna Kazinoti shoot her. I kept touching the fine material, and constantly had to remind myself 'it's too small'. Another thing that stopped me from going in a bit deeper and finding out more about it was the fact that it was womenswear. There was a problem with grasping the fact that clothes are made for people to wear, not their genitalia. Still, something did stop me from getting my hands on it (besides those few hours in the studio). But as with everything in life, I got a second chance. And a good one indeed. This past April was the time when the talented Sonja Lamut showed her Spring/Summer 2014 collection at Cro-a-porter, was my second chance. This action-packed show served her best work to date and made me wish I was a size 2, just so I could get into those wonderful outerwear right off the runway. Thankfully, Sonja is a friend so she said yes to making me a custom-made - wait for it - transparent topcoat. It was completely different in spirit and style than the one by Ogi and Zoran, yet it somehow had a feeling of the first one. What a fantastic feeling.

Transparency has since (finally) entered my life, and as a proper tumblr geek, I have since been scrapbooking all of my favourite see-through fashion moments. Back in 1968 when Barbra Streisand picked up her best-actress Oscar in a Arnold Scassi twinset it was the beginning of naked dressing. Although Marilyn Monroe's see-my-everything dresses were literally her performance uniforms, but Barbra truly showed a middle finger to everyone with this black,white and sparkly fashion statement. A skip, hop and we're in the 90's, when nipples were cool and wearing a bra was not. Naomi Campbell pulled out her thin knit dress, while Kate Moss went all-on-display in a iridescent slip, that was brought back to life with the last H&M Studio collection. Few years later, more accurately in 1998, Rose McGowan wore a dab more than nothing to the MTV Movie Awards. Literally. Nothing. She was there with her then-boyfriend Marilyn Manson (who wore a multi-coloured cheetah suite to contrast his monochromatic face) and mooned everyone. A bit more sophisticated (yet it's hard to define sophisticated while you're focusing on one's exposed nipples) twist was Rihanna's Adam Selman outfit she wore to pick up her Fashion Icon award at this year's CFDA awards. That head-to-toe fabulous coordination reminded me of the awards back in the 60's and 70's when Cher was wearing Bob Mackey and costume designers were dressing the actresses.

Runway-wise, there were many shows that saw through their textiles - Miucca Prada for Miu Miu's AW14 and the see-through heeled wellies, and Italo Zuccheli's Calvin Klein's SS15 work has pushed the naked PVC to the limits of combining those textiles with flesh-coloured ones, and focusing on a muscular silhouette of the 90's male models, yet not in that SEXSEXSEX Versace way. For Zuccheli, it was more about the shapes, waists and shoulders, rather than being all about the six packs. A whole group of young menswear designers has embraced the translucency as the new thing for SS15 - Angelos-Frentzos combined the flowy material with the shapes of classic American sportswear into an almost haunting scheme of fashionable giants, while Jean Phillip captured the sporty factor in a more literal and layered way with pumping red mesh going all in. Berlin's menswear scene was also powerful on the mesh front - Franziska Michael had boxy overgarments over the feminine printed basics, while Julian Zigleri and Vektor by Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler  did white transparency in a way that somehow ended up being both retro-gentleman and highly feminine. Vektor's whites were my favourites - sharp and crisp, the collection ended up with neoprene and metallics that are to die for. Two of the shows I went to during this September's SS15 London Fashion Week whose clear moments I absolutely loved were Christopher Raeburn, a (too) chilled sporty vibe I was at moments disappointed with but at moments were clapping with joy, and TOGA's  abstract-art infused collection (which will definitely be in a seperate post soon) which transparency was such a light contrast to the heavy painted textiles infused throughout the looks.
Left: LINK lookbook by Franjo Matkovic, Right: ELLE photo by Bruna Kazinoti
Celebrity photos from Google, Getty etc.
Calvin Klein Collection SS15 backstage by Essential Homme, ftape.com
Angelos-Frentzos SS15, photos from The Kinsky
Jean Phillip SS15, photos from Simone Munari
Vektor by Kristina Puljan and Martin Eichler, all Berlin Fashion Week photos from Those Pieri Twins
Julian Zigerli SS15, Berlin Fashion Week
Franziska Michael SS15, Berlin Fashion Week
Christopher Raeburn SS15
TOGA SS15
I'm wearing custom made SOEL by Sonja Lamut transparent overcoat, Primark t-shirt (find similar t-shirt), H&M tapered striped trousers, Zara studded oxfords (find similar shoes), Jeepers Peepers sunglasses (find similar sunglasses), Daniel Wellington watch and Rebecca Minkoff backpack (also find in navy) +  my H&M DIY jumper around the waist



          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast.
          VA - The Legend Of The City: Club House Sounds   
Трек-лист:
001. Jay Frog - Like It! (Radio Edit)
002. Neon City Inc - Music Shower (Radio Edit)
003. Cliff Wedge - No One Like U (Radio Edit)
004. Nora En Pure - Waves (Original Club Mix)
005. Leyla Ek - Discobedience (Radio Edit)
006. Santino Kluge - Fly (Club Edit)
007. Brothers - Sacrifice (Best DJ Version Radio)
008. Robert Burian - So in Love (Extended Mix)
009. Masterbeat - Leave The Lights On (Radio Edit)
010. DJ Rosso - Dance In The Sun (Radio Edit)
011. Yuu K. Akatsuki - Black Breath (Radio Edit)
012. Lika Morgan - Feel the Same (Esquire so Powerful Remix)
013. SRNDR - Lose My Mind (Radio Edit)
014. Beerg - Fireball (Radio Edit)
015. Miguel Alcobia - Alfama (Radio Edit)
016. Popcorn Poppers - Pass the Buck (Original Club Mix)
017. Dwellback - Trigger (Radio Cut)
018. John Snow - 7K (Radio Edit)
019. Ellis Adventure - The Huh (Radio Cut)
020. EDX - Feel the Rush (Original Club Mix)
021. DualXess - Girls (Radio Cut)
022. Demoe Beats & Pierce G - The Exchange (Original Mix)
023. 1950 - Sushi Slide (Radio Edit)
024. Rosy Dilettuso - No Olvidaras
025. DJ Rosso - I Will Try (Radio Edit)
026. DUSK (IS) - Bites The Dusk (Original Mix)
027. Rjabinski & Sasha Plus - Broken Diamond (Original Mix)
028. Fort Arkansas - Joy & Comfort (Original Club Mix)
029. Javi Garcia - El Sur (Original Mix)
030. DWINZ! - Bang (Original Mix)
031. Blasterjaxx - Charge (Extended Mix)
032. Joe Garston - Pop Shove It (Original Mix)
033. Impak - Complex (Original Mix)
034. Cold Rush - Bullet (Radio Edit)
035. Planet Noize - Razor (Original Mix)
036. Lupo & JRF - Purple Nights (DUSK (IS) Remix)
037. Kilian Noda - Venezuela (Original Club Mix)
038. DJ Rhiannon - Nasty Bitch (Peep'n Tom & Tyco Remix)
039. Will Fast - Hey Hey (Original Mix)
040. Cliff Wedge - Is This A Game (Radio Edit)
041. Scott Forshaw feat. Brit Chick - Too Easily
042. JAXXMiKE - Dope Riffin (Original Mix)
043. Dirty Showdown - Knockout (Original Mix)
044. Crius - Running In Circles (Philip Mayer Remix Edit)
045. Dropbeat Dean - Riser (Original Mix)
046. Black Rabbit - Just Keep Rocking (Original Mix)
047. Lika Morgan - Shed Light (Fort Arkansas Remix)
048. Hypster, Heren - Neon Teens (Heren Remix)
049. Phun & Key - Processor (Radio Edit)
050. Alex Kenji - My Babe (Me & My Toothbrush Remix)
051. Honora - Come Along (Radio Edit)
052. Calippo - Solstice (Original Club Mix)
053. Meller - Butterfly (Radio Edit)
054. KANST - Heliecal (Extended Mix)
055. Ozi - Jump (Radio Edit)
056. Jake Anderson - Pacific Ocean (Extended Mix)
057. Dr. Beat - How About You (Radio Edit)
058. ArtLec - White Bay (Original Club Mix)
059. Rabih - You & I (Radio Edit)
060. Nora En Pure - Diving with Whales (Daniel Portman Remix)
061. Ryan Street - Lights Go Down (Radio Edit)
062. Gil Glaze - Mother City (Extended Mix)
063. Miguel Alcobia - The Groove Awakens (Radio Edit)
064. Tosel & Hale - Nostalgia (Original Club Mix)
065. Cliff Wedge - Never Gonna Give U Up (Radio Edit)
066. Paige - Tonight (Club Mix)
067. Shaolin Master - Party Hard (Radio Edit)
068. Ad Brown - Don't Wanna Wait (Club Mix)
069. Hr. Troels - Chameleon (Radio Edit)
070. Hardcopy - Raw Stylin' (Original Club Mix)
071. The Boogeyman - The Bass Poem (Radio Edit)
072. Helvetic Nerds - You and the Music (Original Club Mix)
073. Sequence 2 - Crazy (Radio Edit)
074. Milk & Sugar - Music Is Moving (Nora en Pure Remix)
075. The STW Project - Us (Radio Edit)
076. Federico Scavo - Woodstock (Original Club Mix)
077. Phun & Key - System Crash (Radio Edit)
078. Rimsky feat. Tony Tonite - Starlight
079. Cliff Wedge - Love At First Sight (Radio Edit)
080. Ben Muetsch - I Say (Original Mix)
081. Vio - One Girl (Stephan F Radio Edit)
082. Croatia Squad - Prepare for the Night
083. Surisan & Mirsad - I'm On Fire (Radio Edit)
084. Jamie L Ward - Everyday of My Life (Original Club Mix)
085. Brothers - Sacrifice (Best DJ Version Radio)
086. Benny Camaro - Stars Come Down (Original Club Mix)
087. Miguel Alcobia - Tram 28 (Radio Edit)
088. Anton Liss feat. Veselina Popova - Keep on Loving
089. Kathy McLean - Light In Me (X-Plane Radio Edit)
090. Calippo - Ibiza Nights - Beach Mix
091. Dave Gate - I Can't Get You (Radio Edit)
092. DJ Rosso - Fade Away (Radio Edit)
093. Masterbeat - Hold Me Tonight (Radio Edit)
094. Dr. Beat - Will You (Radio Edit)
095. The Boogeyman - All Music To Me (Radio Edit)
096. Brothers - Vita Esagerata
097. Miguel Alcobia - We Get It Right Sometimes
098. Arctic Motion - Black & White (Radio Edit)
099. Moonrider - Resurrection (Radio Edit)
100. Deep Spirit - Lonely 2K16 (Club Edit)
          Croatia rejects ruling in maritime dispute with Slovenia - euronews   

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Croatia rejects ruling in maritime dispute with Slovenia
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Croatia has rejected a ruling by an international arbitration court that hands victory to Slovenia in a long-running maritime dispute. In a row that centres on the Bay of Piran, judges in the Hague have granted Slovenia unhindered access to ...
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          Slovenia and Croatia reignite border dispute - EUobserver   

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Slovenia and Croatia reignite border dispute
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An international arbitration court will deliver a ruling on Thursday (29 June) that is likely to reignite a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, putting EU institutions in an uneasy position. The court, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands ...
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          Judges award Slovenia high seas access in row with Croatia - Yahoo News UK   

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Judges award Slovenia high seas access in row with Croatia
Yahoo News UK
International judges on Thursday awarded Slovenia key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, sparking a furious reaction from Zagreb which said it would refuse to implement the ruling. In a complex 300-page judgement, the judges ruled ...


          Optima names Kezman as H1 Telekom board president   
(Telecompaper) Croatian operator Optima Telekom has announced that Zoran Kezman and Tomislav Tadic have joined the H1 Telekom as new board members...
          7/1/2017: Business This Week News: Open waters Uber launches speedboat service in Croatia   

A crew member from UberBOAT steers a boat in the Adriatic sea near the island of Solta, Croatia, yesterday. Uber Technologies launched its speedboat service in Croatia, connecting major tourist spots along the country’s Adriatic coast.
          Seven countries capture men’s Porec pool titles    
Porec, Croatia, June 30, 2017 - Led by two tandems from Beach Volleyball power Brazil, eight teams from seven countries captured men’s pool title here Friday at the US$600,000 Porec Major as the FIVB World Tour returns to the Croatian seaside resort for the third-straight season.
          Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic & Switzerland seek Porec women’s gold   
Porec, Croatia, June 30, 2017 - Four women’s teams from four different countries won two matches each here Friday to advance to the semi-finals of the US$600,000 Porec Major as seventh-seeded Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas of Brazil will be challenged by pairs from, Canada the Czech Republic and Switzerland for the podium positions at the FIVB World Tour event.
          Five countries top men’s Porec Major pools   
Porec, Croatia, June 29, 2017 - Five countries are the sole leaders of their men’s pools after the completion here Thursday of the second of three rounds of group play in the $600,000 Porec Major as the Swatch Major Series event returns to the Croatian seaside resort for the third-straight season.
          Talita and Larissa lead 16 women’s teams still playing in Porec   
Porec, Croatia, June 29, 2017 - Sixteen women’s teams from eight countries remain in the competition at the $600,000 Porec Major after the completion of pool play and the first-round elimination bracket matches here Thursday at three different sites in the Croatian seaside resort.
          Predstavljen bogat popratni program omiškog Labyrinth Open Croatia festivala   
Još samo tjedan dana ostalo je do sjajnog debitantskog festivala na našoj obali – Labyrinth Open Croatia, koji će se održati od 08. do 11. srpnja u Omišu. Najpoželjnija destinacija na prelijepoj makarskoj rivijeri, atraktivan line-up s prestižnim imenima iz svijeta elektronike, techna i house-a, odlična gastronomska ponuda, zanimljive radionice i panel diskusije te najluđi boat party samo su mali dio […]
          Vintage Leather Jewelry Trinket Box with Hinged Lid and Blue Silk Lining Made in Yugoslavia by EitherOrFinds   

14.00 USD

This is a lovely vintage leather jewelry or trinket box, which was made decades ago in Yugoslavia, now broken up into the countries of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo.

The leather has been expertly cut and pieced together in an unusual abstract floral design. Primarily created in beige or off white leather, it is laced around the outside with green leather, with other design colors of blue, green, and wheat gold leather.

Hinged and lined with blue silk, it measures 6-1/2 by 6 by 2.

Although there are some signs of use, the box is in very good condition and ready for whatever jewelry or trinkets you'd like it to contain.


          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   
UberBOAT offers speedboats for up to 12 people.
          Uber запустил в Хорватии летнюю службу морского такси — Автоновости Autoru.news   

Компания Uber запустила в Хорватии сервис UberBOAT, позволяющий вызвать водное такси. Катера, вмещающие до 12 человек, в течение лета будут курсировать между популярными среди туристов местами: городами Дубровник и Сплит, а также островом Хвар и любыми другими островами по запросу клиентов, сообщает Reuters. К примеру, стоимость найма скоростного катера для восьми человек для поездки из Сплита в Хвар будет стоить 2600 кун (400 долларов), уточняет агентство. «UberBOAT предлагает два вида услуг — маршруты между материком и островом, а также аренду скоростного катера на полдня и целый день. Возможность остаться на ночь на лодке или нанять лодку без капитана и матросов не предусмотрена», — говорится в заявлении компании.Вызвать быстроходный катер можно через мобильное приложение Uber. При этом клиенты смогут выбрать свой собственный маршрут передвижения либо воспользоваться такси по расписанию.Ранее сервис UberBOAT был протестирован в Стамбуле и Майами. В Хорватии ему придется конкурировать с другими лодочными службами адриатического побережья. [embedded content] Источник новости Источник новости

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          Riverside Sunshine   
It's finally not miserable and raining constantly, for a few days at least. (My boyfriend is telling me to write this more negatively because apparently I am unauthentically 'peppy' in my blog posts and the IRL me needs to be conveyed).
Last week I passed my theory test and I'm officially one step closer to driving. My life was briefly taken over by driving lessons etc. but now I'm back :) 
As for the outfit, you can find my body from DressLily *here* - bell sleeves are still a favourite of mine.
Also are you guys excited for Summer? I will be going away to a few different places and my first trip is to Croatia in a few weeks xx




Body: DressLily
Skirt: ASOS
Necklace: H&M
Backpack: Topshop

          Πυροδοτεί «βόμβα» με τον Σίλντενφελντ;   
Σε μία είδηση που φαντάζει κάπως… τραβηγμένη, δημοσιεύει σήμερα ιστοσελίδα η οποία ασχολείται με θέματα των Κροάτων ποδοσφαιριστών. Με ανάρτηση της στο twitter, λοιπόν, αναφέρει πως η Ανόρθωση βρίσκεται σε επαφές με τον γνωστό μας, από την παρουσία του σε ΠΑΟΚ και Παναθηναϊκό, Γκόρντον Σίλντενφελντ. Μοιάζει κάπως περίεργο η «Κυρία» να ικανοποιήσει τα οικονομικά θέλω του […]
          Rid Your Heart of These False Motives for Reading Your Bible   

Why do we read the Bible?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever wondered why reading the Bible is so important for Christians?

There is one really good reason why we should read our Bibles.

It has been stated that the Bible is the most-sold book in all of history.

It has been called a history book.

A love letter from God.

While these statements may be true, in a sense, they are not the reason why we should make it a daily discipline to read the Bible.

If we approach the Bible as a best-seller, we insult the power of its words.

If we approach the Bible as a mere history book, we degrade the importance of its inspiration.

If we approach the Bible as a love letter, we fail to understand the purpose of why it was given to us to read.

The one really good reason to read your Bible is to get to know God.

This is the single greatest difference between Christianity and every other religion.

The god of every other religion is unapproachable, unpredictable, and incapable of clearly defining his wishes. This unpredictable nature creates a great fear in the hearts of his followers. They can never know if they have pleased him or called his wrath down on their heads.

But Almighty God, chose to make Himself known to mankind, even as we are known by Him.

That thought is mind-blowing. How are you known by God?

You are known so intimately that no human could ever know another human being as intimately as God knows you. Before He created the world, He had already mapped out every detail of you in a book. He knows the number of hairs on your head right now. He knows every motive behind everything you say, do, or think.

He, in fact, knows you better than you know yourself, because we're so prone to allow our own rationalizations to deceive us.

God wants us to know Him this intimately.

And so, He gave us the Bible.

The Bible has also been called an instruction manual for life, but even that isn't the purpose of the Bible. God didn't give us the Bible to tell us how to live our lives; He gave us the Bible so we could get to know Him.

The more we get to know God intimately, the more we will want to glorify Him through our lives.

The more we seek to glorify God through our lives, the more we will want to keep His commandments and do those things He instructed us to do.

Keeping His commands, however, must always flow out of relationship with God.

And that's what the Bible comes down to:

Relationship

Getting to know God intimately so that our lives look more like Him, so that His light can shine brightly through our lives, so that our lives reflect His love and grace to the world.

So, how well do you know God? {eoa}

 

Dr. F. Dean Hackett has served in full-time Christian ministry since October 1971. He has ministered throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, serving as pastor, conference speaker and mentor. He has planted four churches, assisted in planting 15 others, and currently serves as lead pastor of Living Faith Church in Hermiston, Oregon. Dr. Hackett founded Spirit Life Ministries International in 2001 to facilitate ministries in Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina and to open a training center for workers in those nations. You can find him at F. Dean Hackett - Foundational, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


          Playboy - Simona Zuber in Playboy Croatia PlayboyPlus   
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          Eurocon Trip Report   
Germany’s recent Eurocon was quite small in comparison to recent events in places such as Spain, Sweden, Croatia and Finland. The total attendance was under 300, and seemed to skew towards an old, white male demographic. That was a shame, … Continue reading
          III. Zagreb International bike polo tournament   
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Sunday, October 11, 2015
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Bike Polo Zagreb
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           Grunner e-bike mixes massive range with punchy performance    

The Grunner e-bike has up to 2.2 kW of power

E-bikes offer a way for commuters to arrive at work sweat-free, but some boosted two-wheelers are starting to offer ranges that rival bikes of the fossil fuel-powered variety. One such example is the Grunner developed by Croatia-based Mobile Vehicle Technology and Absolute Design, which boasts 2.2 kW of power and 180 km (112 mi) of range.

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          The Week in Review: eZ Platform 1.10 Released, Nominations Open for CMS Critic Awards and More   

News

eZ Platform 1.10 is out!

eZ Platform 1.10 brings improvements for both editors and developers. Editors will now have support for tables through the online editor. For developers, a new theme engine is now included, the translation API has been made easier, and more support for faceted search in SolrBundle. And of course, bug fixes and minor improvements.

The release is available through the usual channels. Downloads can be found on ezplatform.com. More information about eZ Platform v1.10:

Read the official announcements on ez.no/Blog and ezplatform.com/Blog.

2017 CMS Critic Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 CMS Critic Awards. Help us WIN for the 2nd year in a row and nominate eZ Platform for "Best Enterprise CMS", nominate here. Nominations will be open from June 26, 2017 until August 27, 2017.

In other news:

Resources

What is Solr Search Engine Bundle?

This week, I would like to highlight one of the powerful features within eZ Platform, the support for Solr search. You can view the full details about this bundle on our documentation site.

Ezplatform-solr-search-engine, as the package is called, aims to be a transparent drop-in replacement for the SQL-based "Legacy" search engine powering eZ Platform Search API by default. When you enable Solr and re-index your content, all your existing Search queries using SearchService will be powered by Solr automatically. This allows you to scale up your eZ Platform installation and be able to continue development locally against SQL engine, and have a test infrastructure, Staging and Prod powered by Solr.”

Tip: eZ Platform 1.10 now supports faceted search, documentation about this can be found here.

Looking for a bundle compatible with eZ Platform? Check out: https://ezplatform.com/Bundles.

Social media

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or YouTube, and join us on Slack for any help with eZ Platform or community-related questions.

Events

Call for speakers is now open for SymfonyLive Berlin in October. We encourage the eZ developers community to submit topics around Symfony and content management in general. This can be a great opportunity to present the eZ Platform architecture. Keep in mind some English talks will be selected. To increase your chances, you can submit as many topics as you’d like. Register to speak here: https://cfpberlin.live.symfony.com/package.

For more events, make sure to check out this list.

 

Each week we publish a roundup of highlights from the eZ ecosystem on share.ez.no, which we republish here on the eZ Blog. If you have any news or events to share, please contact me.

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          Just a heads up   
So, the first weekend of July I'll be having my anniversary wedding, which means I'll be on a trip to Croatia with my husband. Don't expect me to post/reply to much at that time xD
          Croatian Singing Sensation Marina Godanj Does A Breathtaking Rendition As A Tribute To Whitney Houston!   

A popular folk singer in Croatia, Marina Godanj, was born on January 17, 1985. She is an extremely talented singer with a voice that can render beautifully across various tones and pitches. She has performed in various cities like London, Canada, Montreal, Hamilton and Mississauga.

(PRWeb January 30, 2014)

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          Labyrinth Open Croatia: Poslastica za ljubitelje elektronske glazbe   
Još samo tjedan dana je do debitantskog festivala na našoj obali – Labyrinth Open Croatia, koji će se održati od 8. do 11. srpnja u Omišu. Atraktivan line-up s prestižnim imenima iz svijeta elektronike, techna i housea, gastronomska ponuda, zanimljive radionice i panel diskusije te najluđi boat party, samo su dio onoga što čeka brojne posjetitelje željne zabave i vrhunskog provoda
          ‘TUĐMANA’ OPALILI PO DŽEPU: Stigla kazna za nevjerojatan skandal, zna se i tko je kriv za propust   
Nakon što je Hrvatska agencija za civilno zrakoplovstvo pokrenula istragu vezanu uz slijetanje zrakoplova Croatia Airlinesa na letu iz Zagreba za Dubrovnik na aerodrom Fiumicino u Rimu od prije dva tjedna, što je izazvalo velik interes medija i žustre rasprave u javnosti, agencija je zaključila kako će Međunarodnoj zračnoj luci Franjo Tuđman naplatiti kaznu. Iako […]
              
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          UberBOAT – speedboat services in Croatia   
UberBOAT – speedboat services in Croatia (https://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/217790-uberboat-speedboat-services-in-croatia.html) Uber has launched a speedboat service, offering rides for groups of people in Croatia, Reuters reported.
          The Summer of Their Discontent   
Given that Europeans are ever so much more sophisticated than Americans they are, this summer, suffering an invasion of immigrant refugees. This time, it’s Italy and Spain that are taking the brunt of the invasion. For the record, the flow of immigrants to the United States over the past six months has dropped precipitously.

Lucianne brings us up to speed (via Maggie’s Farm):

Italy’s migrant welcome centers are in a state of “collapse” as huge waves of African migrants take advantage of the temperate climate to make the crossing from Libya to the Italian peninsula. On Tuesday, 8,500 African migrants are reaching Italian shores aboard 14 different ships, adding to the 5,000 who arrived on Monday. The massive arrivals have led local media as well as politicians to speak of an authentic immigrant “invasion” exceeding the country’s capacity of assimilation. Officials reported on June 15 that more than 65,000 migrants had arrived since the beginning of the year, but that was prior to the latest.

As for the South of Spain, aka Andalusia, the same scene is playing out. The Daily Mail has the story:

Last week, 1,025 migrants arrived illegally on the Andalusia coast, where millions of Britons holiday each year in the famous Costa resorts. Every day, more come on what is now the fastest-growing migrant sea route from Africa to Europe.

Italian authorities are now threatening to refuse entry to any refugee boats coming from Libya:


Italy has threatened to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya's coast as it struggles to cope with the highest rate of rescues this year, officials said.

The country's representative to the EU, Maurizio Massari, said the situation 'has become unsustainable' as it emerged 10,000 refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean in the last four days.

Italy's former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said citizens were 'exasperated' and a fresh strategy was needed.

The Italians want other European nations to share the pain. We shall see what Chancellor Merkel and President Macron say about that. For now, a group of lesser Central European nations has decided to close their borders to all further refugees.

Legal Insurrection (via Maggie’s Farm) reprints the story from ABC:

Defense officials of six Central European countries and the Balkans have pledged close cooperation in tackling migration with all possible means including use of armed forces.

The countries — Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia — have created a grouping called the Central European Defense Cooperation and want to be a role model for the entire European Union.

Among the group’s goals is that all migrants who want to apply for asylum in EU countries have to do it in centers outside the bloc.

Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said after a meeting in Prague on Monday that his country has been preparing a detailed action plan of cooperation for the six whose military forces will train in a joint drill in next few months.

Naturally, EU authorities are trying to punish nations who are refusing to accept their fair share of refugees. National Review reports on this side of the story:

The European Union announced this week that it would begin proceedings to punish Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for their refusal to accept refugees and migrants under a 2015 scheme the E.U. commission created. The mission’s aim was to relieve Greece and Italy of the burden from migrant waves arriving from the Middle East and Africa, largely facilitated by European rescues of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The conflict between the EU and these three nations of the Visegrád Group is not just about the authority the EU can arrogate to itself when facing an emergency (one largely of its own making), but about the character of European government and society in the future.

According to the Telegraph, it’s just beginning:

Europe could face a new wave of migrant arrivals this summer, a leaked German government report has warned. Up to 6.6m people are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to details of the classified report leaked to Bild newspaper.

They include more than 2.5m in North Africa waiting to attempt the perilous crossing by boat. Angela Merkel’s government has not commented on the report, which the newspaper says was marked for internal use only.

There are fears of a dramatic rise in arrivals as the summer weather turns favourable for sea crossings. Growing numbers of migrants are known to be attempting to reach Europe by boat in the wake of the closure of the Balkan land route last year.

Back in the realm of the crude Americans, the six Muslim nation travel ban will take effect today.

          A SEAFARER LEGEND RETIRES   

After 11 long years of loyal and reliable service, Seafarer lead yacht Alter Ego, has returned home to the UK. She currently holds the record as the longest serving lead yacht in Seafarer history. Recognisable by her distinctive blue hull and classic sleek lines, The Compass 34 has found herself in service as a lead yacht in Croatia, Turkey, The Sporades, The Ionian and The Dodecanese   Alter Ego has decided to retire to south of England, a popular choice with many Brits of her age, where she intends to spend her time having leisurely weekend sails and lighter duties […]

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          Olive Manager dobio EuroCloud nagradu   
Combis je osvojio prvu nagradu za najbolju Cloud uslugu za vertikalna tržišta na EuroCloud Award Croatia 2017 natjecanju
          For sale - hp laserjet Pro mfp M127fn Networked Monochrome... - Auction   

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          For sale - Magicard Tango 2e Two Sided Color id Card Printer - Auction   

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          For sale - hp Laserjet P4515x Workgroup Laser Printer and Tray... - Auction   
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          For sale - Boys Clothes Size 24 Months - Auction   
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          Optima names Kezman as H1 Telekom board president   
(Telecompaper) Croatian operator Optima Telekom has announced that Zoran Kezman and Tomislav Tadic have joined the H1 Telekom as new board members...
          Uber launches speedboat service along the Croatian coast   

Crew members from UberBOAT stand on a boat at the Adriatic sea on the island of Solta, Croatia, June 30, 2017. Antonio Bronic/ Crew members from an Uber boat help a man exit the boat at the Adriatic sea on the island of Solta, Croatia, June 30, 2017.


          Judges award Slovenia high seas access in row with Croatia   

In a complex 300-page judgement, the judges ruled Slovenia should have "a junction area" with international waters, allowing "freedom of communication" to all ships, civilian and military, seeking access to Slovenia. THE HAGUE: International judges on Thursday awarded Slovenia key access to international waters off the Croatian coast, sparking a furious reaction from Zagreb which said it would refuse to implement the ruling.


          Court Rules In Favor Of Slovenia In Sea Border Dispute; Croatia Rejects Decision   

A ship passes along the Croatian coast through Piran on June 27. A court at The Hague has ruled that Zagreb should grant neighboring Slovenia "uninterrupted access" to the high seas via the bay An international arbitration court has handed Slovenia a victory in its long-standing border dispute with Croatia, awarding it direct access to international waters in the Adriatic Sea in a decision Zagreb says it will not honor. The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on June 29 ruled that Slovenia should have "uninterrupted access" to the sea in the dispute over 13 square kilometers comprising the Bay of Piran and a stretch of mainly uninhabited territory.


          UPDATE 1-Court says Slovenia should have corridor to int'l waters in dispute with Croatia   

An international arbitration court on Thursday handed Slovenia a victory in its long-standing maritime dispute with Croatia, granting it direct access to international waters in the Adriatic Sea. The court's decision is final and binding, but Croatia withdrew from the proceedings in 2015 and has repeatedly said - as recently as last week - that it will not abide by its rulings.


          Slovenia wins legal territorial dispute against Croatia in The Hague   

The disputed waters, which belonged to the former Yugoslavia before its disintegration, were claimed by both countries. A Court of Arbitration in The Hague Thursday ruled in favour of Slovenia in its legal dispute with Croatia and ordered that the maritime border between the two countries be modified in the coming months. The decision has not been accepted by Zagreb.


          VODICE - Квартира - 98,000 EUR (Prodavatelj: ALFA NEKRETNINE VODICE, Real Estate)   
Croatia, Vodice, apartment for sale size 42m2, located 550m from the sea. The apartment is located on the second floor of the building. It consists of
          UberBOAT – speedboat services in Croatia   
Uber has launched a speedboat service, offering rides for groups of people.
          milkor MGL Mk 1 40 mm grenade launcher - South Africa.   
milkor MGL Mk 1 40 mm grenade launcher - South Africa

The Milkor MGL 6-shot 40mm grenade launcher is the first heavily produced multi-shot 40mm hand-held weapon. Developed by the South-African company Milkor, it entered production in 1983, and served with South-African National Defense Forces for more than twenty years. Since the 1996, an enhanced version of the basic design entered the production, it has been delegated MGL Mk.1. The Milkor MGL is also employed by more that twenty other nations internationally. Milkor MGL offers major firepower increase, VERSUS US-made M79 single shot 40mm launcher. The rapid-fire capability (six shots in less that 3 seconds ) is essential in ambush eventualities and in quick-pacing street warfare. The Milkor Mk.1 is now offered for export, and a nearly actual copy of Mk1, is made in Croatia by the RH Alan company as RGB-6. The most recent modifications of the Mk.1 launcher, which are made in South Africa and offered in USA with permission by Milkor are the Milkor Mk.1S and Milkor MK-140. These 2 launchers differ from original Mk.1 by having stronger, chrome steel frame ( vs the original aluminium frame), as well as by having four Picatinny-type accessory rails round the barrel. The difference between Mk.1S and Mk-140 is the length of the cylinder - while Mk.1S keeps the original cylinder, the Mk-140 has a longer cylinder, which can accommodate a wider variety of the less-lethal 40mm ammo, which generally has longer warheads. Both types also do fire all standard 40x46mm 'lethal' ammo, including HE, HE-FRAG, HEDP and others.

The Milkor Mk.1 is a revolver type, hand-held grenade launcher. The six-shot cylinder is revolved by the clockwork-type spring for each shot. Spring is wound manually during the reloading. For reloading, the rear part of the frame (along with the pistol grip ) is unlocked and then revolved sideways round the top strut of the frame, till the chambers in the cylinder are exposed for reloading. Once cylinder is reloaded, the rear part of the frame is revolved back and locked into position. The double-action firing mechanism has a manual safety above the pistol grip. All Mk.1 launchers are fitted with the red-dot type sight, with range scale. Modern versions, M.1S and Mk.1L, also be fitted with other types of sighting equipment, using Picatinny rail on the apex of the barrel. The top folding shoulder stock has a rubber recoil pad.

I don't remember ever seeing these videos of the Milkor MGL grenade launcher on Youtube before, so I have spliced them together and uploaded them. The MGL is a repeating 40mm grenade launcher that uses a revolver-style mag. It can fire any NATO low-velocity 40mm grenade, and has a 6-round capacity. It's rate of fire is approximately the equivalent of 60rpm, when rapid firing. The MGL has been exported and/or built with permission in at least thirty nations, including the United States of America, who ... Great MGL systems from Grenade Launcher
          Comment on Running on 100 percent renewable energy … or not by Marijan Pollak   
As we say in my country "ignorance is not knowing better way to do things".. My WindSolars would be 100% "Green" because they would be built using Self-Renevable Energy that they themselves would produce.. They would work 24/365 thanks to Thermal Energy storage properly insulated so loses would be negligbe if any.. My new Wind turbines would produce 144 TIMES more electricity from same Wind that now just ONE standard unit use. Since all energy produced by Wind or Hydro can be turned to heat it can be added to Thermal storage of new CSP Solar, to be regenerated when required. Therefore 100% renewable, 100% of time. Land would be saved at least 80% in built in Greenhouse and WindSolar can be built in new Skyscrapers, giving one more use to land, and perhaps also multiply it by Vertical Farming. Regards from Croatia, the Homeland of Engineer Nikola Tesla!.
          Uber will now let you hire a speedboat to cruise along the Croatian coast   

UberAntonio Bronic/REUTERS

Uber launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast.

UberBoat, which offers speedboats for up to 12 people, has already been tested in Istanbul and Miami among other locations, and will operate in Croatia during the summer tourist season.

It will compete with other boat services along the Adriatic coast.

The service will be available, via the Uber app, from the cities of Split and Dubrovnik in the southern Adriatic as well as from the island of Hvar. The price of hiring a speed boat for up to eight people to travel from Split to Hvar, for example, will cost 2,600 kuna ($400).

"UberBoat offers two different services — transfer between the mainland and the island or speed boat rent for half-day or whole-day trips ... There is no possibility to stay overnight on the boat nor to hire the boat without captain and sailors," Uber said in a statement.

The users will be able to define their own itinerary during daily trips or opt for an organized schedule involving some of the most popular destinations.

Croatia is a popular tourist destination in Europe with tourism accounting for 18 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

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          For sale - Melissa & Doug Butterfly Wooden Bead Set Age 4+... - Auction   
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          Trista Sutter opens up about her terrifying seizure   
Trista Sutter is opening up about the terrifying seizure that she suffered while on vacation with her family — and why she now considers it a “gift.” Earlier this month, the former Bachelorette star enjoyed a trip to Europe with her husband Ryan, and their two children — son Maxwell ‘Max’ Alston, 9, and daughter Blakesley Grace, 8 — before she was hospitalized due to the violent seizure that she suffered in Croatia.
          Best and Worst Moves Manchester United Could Make in the Transfer Window   

We have reached the point in the transfer window when fans start to get antsy if their club does not have its business concluded, and Manchester United supporters are no exception.

It is hard to blame them, either, given the relentless speculation those on social media are exposed to. The Europa League final was on May 24, and while United have brought in Victor Lindelof since, the rest of their targets remain unacquired.

There is plenty of time before the season starts, transfers are complicated and the planes that will whisk United off on their pre-season tour are still a fair way from needing to be fuelled up and ready to go.

But given that people have spent more than a month thinking about the transfer market, we thought we would ask them what they believe United should—and should not—do between now and the end of August.

This is an interesting take, one that makes a good deal of sense given United's manager is Jose Mourinho. The previous incumbent, Louis van Gaal, was a fan of multifunctional players. Raised in the Dutch school of thinking, it is easy to see why he valued total footballers. Mourinho, on the other hand, prefers a specialist. 

In 21st century football, there are plenty of attackers who can play up front, behind a striker or as inside forwards. Had United signed Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, they would have had to find a position for him, but if they concentrate on players with specific roles, Mourinho can build around that.

This is a related point. The difference in preference between specialists and multifunctional players is one example of why having an overarching vision for player recruitment is important. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, United were essentially an autocracy—there was no need for a director of football because Sir Alex served that function.

Now, though, unless the club expects Mourinho to stay for a decade or so—and history suggests that is extremely unlikely—United could benefit from a more joined-up approach.

Six of the 12 players Van Gaal brought to the club have gone already: Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Victor Valdes. It would not be a shock if another couple left this summer. This is an example of the uncertainty that comes with managerial changes. A director of football would be a good move, although it might be tricky to pull off with Mourinho at the helm.

Oh, and as for Wayne Rooney, in what might make for painful reading for the club captain, the idea that keeping him would be one of the worst things United could do reared its head time and again.

Another structural point rather than being about a specific player. In the past couple of summers, United have done quite a bit of their business ahead of the panic-stations last week of the transfer window. Mourinho will no doubt hope he knows his squad before the season starts, and the point about allowing room for targetting a huge star is well taken.

If all the solid, important business is taken care of, going after a glamorous long shot cannot hurt. If it is not, then those prospective blockbuster deals take away valuable mindshare in terms of addressing more vital long-term targets.

There was, in the interests of balance, one suggestion that signing Ivan Perisic would be one of the best moves United could make, but his name appeared far more frequently on the other side of the equation.

Although some fans take a distinct trust-the-manager approach, it is easy to see why many are dubious about a big-money move for the Croatian.

The numbers, in terms of Perisic's historical output levels, do not add up. The 28-year-old had a fine season for Inter Milan last time out, scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists, but that is by far and away his most productive season in recent memory. He has not hit double figures for assists at any time in the past five years and has only done so for goals twice: last season and at Wolfsburg in 2013/14.

The other key problem perceived by fans is Perisic is a left-winger and that bringing him in might mean more time on the sidelines for Anthony Martial. The 21-year-old Frenchman is extremely popular at United, thanks in no small part to his contribution during his first season, Van Gaal's last.

Getting rid of Martial hit many people's "worst move" lists.

They are two tweets mentioning Alvaro Morata, who seems to be a popular potential signing among United's support. The Real Madrid striker is not an automatic first choice under Zinedine Zidane, though he did play more than 1,300 minutes of league football last time out, per WhoScored.com, making 14 starts.

Madrid's smorgasbord of attacking talent means there is no shame in being a rotation option there, and he managed a remarkable-under-the-circumstances 15 goals in La Liga in 2016/17.

Fifteen is, though, the number of goals he got across two seasons with Juventus in Serie A. He was a young up-and-comer at that point, so it is not a huge knock against him that he was not more prolific, but while there is plenty of cause for optimism should he sign, his arrival would not seem to be any guarantee of future success.

There are also questions about what his arrival would mean for Martial and, more pertinently, Marcus Rashford. Martial has proved himself comfortable on the left flank, but Rashford's best performances have come when he's played through the middle. Morata is just 24, so unlike, say, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he cannot be thought of as a short-term signing to tide United over until Rashford is ready for the big time.

The local lad would likely have to resign himself to a few seasons of playing away from the centre-forward berth in which he has so impressed. If United were signing guaranteed goals, the effect it would have on Rashford would be easier to forgive. But the potential transfer has downsides as well as positives.

If he signs and is brilliant, the above passage will look faintly ridiculous.

Fabinho, the Brazilian who helped guide AS Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season, would be a fine addition. He has spent a good part of his career at wing-back but was extremely effective in the heart of Monaco's midfield last term. And again, selling Martial would be a big mistake.

Other than Rooney, there has not been a lot of talk about outgoings beyond a general "whatever you do, do not sell Martial" vibe. Selling some of United's less impressive performers should be a priority this summer. One of their two England centre-backs, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, would be a decent candidate for departure, particularly with Lindelof's arrival.

One interesting general point about the responses to the request for people's best or worst transfer moves is not too many people were advocating superstar-level signings. What United fans want as a collective is for the weak spots in the squad to be bolstered with a sensible approach.

Given the past few summers have seen superstar arrivals, it is interesting the expectation is that will not continue.

There is a long way to go before this summer is over. It will be fascinating to see how closely the club's business mirrors fans' desires.

Read more Manchester United news on BleacherReport.com


          New! - Racisce - Island of Korcula   
Racisce is a village on the island of Korcula, part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia!
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          Hannus joined SWORKz Team Estonia   
SWORKz has announced the signing of Hans Hannus to the Estonian race team, and his participation in the upcoming Euros in Croatia.
          Slovenia gets three quarters of territory in Croatia dispute   
Slovenia has been given three quarters of the Bay of Piran, the Court of Arbitration has ruled. Slovenia, which has been in dispute with Croatia over its sea border for years, will not have direct access to international waters, but has been granted passage through the Croatian part of the sea in this area. Slovenia’s […]
          Uber will now let you hire a speedboat to cruise along the Croatian coast   

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Uber launched its speedboat service in Croatia on Friday, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast.

UberBoat, which offers speedboats for up to 12 people, has already been tested in Istanbul and Miami among other locations, and will operate in Croatia during the summer tourist season.

It will compete with other boat services along the Adriatic coast.

The service will be available, via the Uber app, from the cities of Split and Dubrovnik in the southern Adriatic as well as from the island of Hvar. The price of hiring a speed boat for up to eight people to travel from Split to Hvar, for example, will cost 2,600 kuna ($400).

"UberBoat offers two different services — transfer between the mainland and the island or speed boat rent for half-day or whole-day trips ... There is no possibility to stay overnight on the boat nor to hire the boat without captain and sailors," Uber said in a statement.

The users will be able to define their own itinerary during daily trips or opt for an organized schedule involving some of the most popular destinations.

Croatia is a popular tourist destination in Europe with tourism accounting for 18 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

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          Manchester United Transfer News: Marquinhos Blow, Latest Ivan Perisic Rumours   

Reported Manchester United target Marquinhos has signed a new five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, putting an end to speculation about his future at the Parc des Princes.

As noted by French football journalist Jonathan Johnson, the Ligue 1 side confirmed fresh terms had been agreed on Saturday, with the Brazilian set to stick around in the capital until 2022:

United have long been tipped as possible suitors for Marquinhos, with Globo Esporte (h/t Metro) recently stating the Red Devils had bid a whopping €70 million (£60 million) in an attempt to secure the player.

Per Scouted Football, Marquinhos has regularly been tipped to leave PSG:

Marquinhos has established himself as one of the most exciting young defenders in world football in recent seasons and cemented his status in the PSG team alongside Thiago Silva last season after the sale of David Luiz.

The 23-year-old is adept in his defensive duties, able to spot danger, use his dynamism to win back possession and distribute with intelligence. Alongside his senior compatriot Silva, he's come on a lot since his move from Roma.

United have already strengthened their defensive options with the signing of Victor Lindelof this summer. According to James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph, they were also eyeing Michael Keane, although he's set to join Everton:

Marquinhos would have been a fine addition for the Red Devils, although it's easy to see why he's opted to stay at the Parc des Princes.

PSG have a big season coming up having lost their Ligue 1 title and suffered a dramatic elimination in the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Barcelona. Keeping hold of Marquinhos and ensuring he remains a defensive linchpin for years to come will be crucial for their development.

        

Inter Milan Waiting on New Ivan Perisic Offer

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter Milan are waiting on Manchester United to increase their bid for winger Ivan Perisic from €40 million (£35 million) to €50 million (£43 million).

It's also suggested United are considering including Italy international Matteo Darmian in any offer to get a deal over the line.

"United could use Darmian as leverage to sweeten the deal, but Inter are waiting on Man United's monetary offer before enquiring on the Italian right back," it's added. "It is now in the Red Devil's hands."

Perisic is one of the most exciting wingers in Serie A and has become a popular figure among the Inter Milan fans. Here is a look at why:

It's easy to see why United manager Jose Mourinho would be a fan of Perisic. The Croatian may not be the flashiest wide player around, but he's powerful on the ball, relentless in the way he commits opponents and is always looking to get into dangerous areas.

As noted by WhoScored.com, if Perisic was a little more clinical in these positions, he'd be some force:

Mourinho has a lot of options to call upon out wide, and Perisic would provide more thrust on the flanks. Players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata offer guile and intricacy in these berths, whereas the Inter man would bring an aggression that's currently lacking in the wide options

Should United raise their bid to Inter's valuation, some eyebrows will be raised about the price. It's easy to see Perisic being a big hit at Old Trafford under Mourinho's stewardship, though.


          IPC launches upgraded system to enhance treatment of cross-border consumer enquiries   
International Post Corporation (IPC) launched its new Global Customer Service System (GCSS), presenting a number of enhancements to the existing customer service system. The new system will link more than 250 call centres globally from about 180 posts in over 175 countries, enabling a more effective and rapid resolution of customers queries.
GCSSWith the rapid growth in cross-border postal items volumes, customers expect a rapid answer to queries about the location or delivery status of their items. This has led to an increased need for swift cooperation between posts involved. The new IPC Global Customer Service System aims at reducing the time required to  resolve customers’ queries, meeting the needs of customers and at the same time reducing the workload and hence the costs for the individual posts’ customer services. With the inclusion of all international tracking information and continuous update of data, this tool answers the increasing demands from e-retailers and consumers for real-time information about the whereabouts of cross-border postal items.
IPC’s newly upgraded Global Customer Service System builds on the original IT-based IPC system developed 12 years ago to replace a paper query system. The GCSS is a web-based application enabling the exchange of enquiries between posts’ customer service departments. It contains a formalised workflow based on competitive response targets, with focus on proper data provision and conclusive replies, and various tools to pro-actively communicate information on item and query status.
IPC has also set up a dedicated Working Group on Customer Service Quality Awareness, with the aim of creating tools, guidelines and methodologies that will help customer service agents to better operate the GCSS workflow and respond to market demands.
In a first phase, the IPC Global Customer Service System is being applied to priority parcels in all 31 posts participating in the IPC e-Parcel Group (EPG) delivery network1. In November this year, the system is to be extended to Registered, Exprès and Insured services through the IPC-managed PRIME initiative and in March 2014 to EMS products. Ultimately the IPC GCSS will be used for all types of services by up to 180 posts worldwide.  
Ensuring a swift treatment of cross-border customer enquiries is essential for posts to be able to play a bigger role in cross-border e-Commerce. The IPC global customer service system is therefore a key element of IPC’s e-Commerce solutions.
 
1  Österreichische Post, AT; bpost, BE;  Swiss Post, CH; Croatian Post, HR; Cyprus Post, CY; Czech Post, CZ; Deutsche Post, DE; Post Danmark, DK; Eesti Post, EE; Correos, ES; Itella, FI; ColiPoste, FR; Chronopost, FR; Royal Mail, UK; ELTA, GR; Magyar Posta, HU; An Post, IE; Iceland Post, IS; Poste Italiane, IT; Lithuania Post, LT; Latvia Post, LV; P&T Luxembourg, LU; Malta Post, MT; TNT Post, NL; Norway Post, NO; Poczta Polska, PL; CTT Expresso, PT; Poşta Română, RO; Posten Logistic, SE; Posta Slovenije, SI; Slovak Post, SK; USPS, US

          Ambianceurs' essentials from Suncébeat #6   
My favourite tunes from the festival Suncébeat which occured 2 weeks ago in Croatia http://suncebeat.com/
              
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          Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia   
All I can say about today is 'WOW' Plitvice Lakes National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage register and I understand why. An amazingly beautiful park. There are 16 cascading lakes forming 100's of waterfalls. Ted and I put in approximately 12 miles o
          Episode 114: Ejokeulation   
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          Neanderthal Teeth Show Evidence of Dentistry    

Croatia Neanderthal Dentistry KUKRAPINA, CROATIA—Evidence found in teeth at a Neanderthal site in Croatia points to rudimentary attempts at dentistry 130,000 years ago, according to a report in The Independent. David Frayer of the University of Kansas analyzed the teeth—found in the early 20th century at the site of Krapina—and observed grooves, scratches, and chips consistent with the use of a simple toothpick-like tool. Based on the pattern of markings on the individual's teeth, Frayer believes the Neanderthal may have been attempting to ease the pain of an impacted molar. To read more on the archaeology of dentistry, go to “Not So Pearly Whites.”


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          VODICE - Appartamento - 98,000 EUR (Prodavatelj: ALFA NEKRETNINE VODICE, Real Estate)   
Croatia, Vodice, apartment for sale size 42m2, located 550m from the sea. The apartment is located on the second floor of the building. It consists of
          AMC launches on Vipnet in Croatia   
(Telecompaper) AMC Networks International – Central & Northern Europe has signed a new distribution deal for its AMC channel...
          Квадратные корзинки для белья из газет.    

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          This CEO is paying his employees $10,000 to leave San Francisco — but nobody has taken him up on it yet   

zapier foundersBack in March, a company called Zapier made headlines when it announced it would pay $10,000 in moving expenses for new employees to leave the expensive San Francisco Bay Area — the opposite of how it usually works.

Now, Zapier CEO Wade Foster tells Business Insider that interest in working for the company has never been higher, with a sustained 30% increase in applications since the creation of this so-called "delocation package." 

And yet, Foster says, there's a "funny" aspect: while the company has made 10 new hires since March, only one of them is from the San Francisco Bay Area — and she hasn't decided whether or not she's going to take the money and leave Silicon Valley behind, says Foster.

Zapier provides a way for various office software and web services to connect with each other — for instance, automatically copying every new Gmail attachment into a Dropbox folder. Recently, Zapier revealed that it was on a $20 million annualized run rate (ARR), a measure of how much revenue it's on track to generate this year. 

The delocation package wasn't anything personal against San Francisco — Foster has long held that he wants people to work from wherever they're most comfortable, rather than feel stuck in the Silicon Valley tech scene.

More than anything, the delocation package attracted a lot of applicants who were drawn to Zapier's philosophy around remote work, says Foster. All 85-plus Zapier employees work remotely from wherever they are. While Zapier's co-founders are all based in the Silicon Valley area, the company doesn't maintain any permanent office.

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So while the $10,000 offer got Zapier some attention, it's really those practices that are driving the uptick in applications. 

Those applicants come from all over, too, with one of the new hires based out of Croatia. To Foster's mind, it's more about making sure applicants are happy, wherever they happen to be. If that San Francisco-based new hire wants to go, or stay, it's up to her and whatever she wants.

"It's her choice," says Foster. "That's the beauty of remote work."

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          She Was Told To Leave The Room When She Asked A Question During A Football Match. Then She Decided To Do This.   
A Turkish man was all set to watch the Turkey team play Croatia in a big Euro game. As the game played, he became upset because Turkey wasn’t doing any good. Then his girlfriend...
          Uber’s boat service makes waves with Croatian locals   

Uber is testing new waters in Europe — literally. The company today launched a branch of its BOAT service for tourists in Croatia, which will allow visitors to get transportation in the Adriatic sea via the Uber app. UberBOAT lets users charter specific trips between cities Split and Dubrovnik and island Hvar for up to 12 people. The trips aren’t cheap, mind you — a trip from the mainland to the island will cost about $400, and the price goes up with more passengers. This might be good for tourists, but the company is not popular among local professionals. Croatian…

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          Massive blow for Manchester United as one of Jose Mourinho's main targets decides to stay put   
Internazionale have decided not to sell Ivan Perisic to Manchester United, Metro has claimed on Friday. The Croatian is a target for manager Jose Mourinho. But the Nerazzurri will find the £26.4million they need to abide by the Financial Fair Play Regulations without selling the winger. The departures of Ever Banega, Federico Dimarco, Senna Mianque, […]
          Do You Remember These Men?   


Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns intoYugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia.

James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General.

Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USSLamberton.

Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.)

Telly Savalas, US Army.

Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps. , B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer.

Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge.

Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle ofOkinawa.

Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radsioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill.

Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged.

Robert Mitchum, US Army.

Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission.

Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee.

John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash.

Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan.

Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life.

Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. Downed seven Japanese fighters.

Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid.

Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan.

Larry Storch . US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with TonyCurtis.

Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant.

Robert Montgomery, US Navy.

George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years.

Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star.

Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal.Medi call discharged.

Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps.

DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps.

Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer.

Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater.

Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerialgu nner on a B-25, Aleutians.

Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years.

James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy.

Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest.

Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot.

Rod Sterling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila.

Gene Autry, US Army Air C corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-IndiaTheater.

William Holden, US Army Air Corps.

Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard.

Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa.

Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines.

William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot.

Jack Klugman, US Army.

Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor.

Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines.

Tom Bosley, US Navy.

Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and thePhilippines.

Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor.

Harry Carey Jr., US Navy.

Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot.

Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall

Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman.

Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO.

Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when they Navy found out.

Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines.

Harvey Korman, US Navy.

Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa.

Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater.

Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene.
  
Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa.

Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Instructor.

Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific.

Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper.

Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers.

Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division.

Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor.

James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines.

Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers.

Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator.

Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre.

Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged.

Hugh O'Brian, US Marines.

Robert Ryan, US Marines.

Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa.

Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe.

Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action.

Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps.

Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner.

Victor Mature, US Coast Guard.

Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber.

Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer

Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier.

Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater.

Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USSNorthampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties.

Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines.

Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot.

Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot.


Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1.


Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration.

John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention.

And of course we have Audie Murphy, America's most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor.


Would someone please remind me again how many of today's Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan?

The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September, 11,  2001 and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers and the Left.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened.

My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort.  Like millions of Americans during the WWII, there was a job that needed done, they didn't question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw.  They took it as their "responsibility", their "duty" to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come.  As a member of that "First" generation, I'm forever humbly in their debt.






          Coming Out On Croatia’s Most Popular TV Show Was Political. It Was Also Fun. – Daily Beast   
Daily BeastRight after the war, it took me some time—involving leaving Croatia and living abroad to connect the invisible dots—to come upon the wide “special interest” bookshelves at British libraries, lesbian magazines in bookstores, and popular TV shows … …read more Source:: TV Shows News On Google News
          Comentariu la Cea Mai Buna Afacere MLM de către Claudia si Constantin V   
''Infecteaza-i'' pe ceilalti cu pasiunea ta Concediul bine meritat se apropie cu pasi repezi! Unii prefera sa si-l petreaca acasa. Noi, in schimb, preferam odihna activa: excursii, tururi, activitati. Pentru noi, in ultimii 20 de ani inceputul concediului a coincis cu Tabara de vara si nu are cum sa fie altfel! Aventuri extraordinare in pitorestile locuri din Croatia si intalniri cu membri Calivita care doresc sa isi pastreze sanatatea si sa aiba un stil de viata superior. Aceasta este o ocazie excelenta de a face schimb de experienta in domeniul mentinerii sanatatii cu ajutorul produselor si serviciilor noastre. Aceste momente de neuitat petrecute in mijlocul unor persoane minunate ne ajuta sa ne reincarcam bateriile pentru intregul an. In plus poti participa la traininguri sau poti discuta personal cu conducerea companiei, ceea ce ne intareste convingerea ca cei 20 de ani petrecuti alaturi de Calivita au fost alegerea potrivita. Astfel vom incepe vara inarmati cu noi cunostinte, incercand sa nu le impunem nimic, ci doar ''infectandu-le'' cu pasiunea noastra. Nu exista viata fara probleme, insa e mult mai usor sa le rezolvi cu o atitudine pozitiva fata de tine si de ceilalti. Relatiile stabilite in timpul vacantei pot dura ani de zile: poti deveni prieten cu oamenii pe care i-ai cunoscut sau iti poti largi reteaua. Nu uita: Entuziasmul dublat de cunostinte ii ''infecteaza'' pe ceilalti! Concediile reprezinta o ocazie excelenta de a intalni noi oameni si de a-i incuraja sa se alature companiei noastre Calivita.''
          Comentariu la Cea Mai Buna Afacere MLM de către Izabela P   
Pasiunea mea este activitatea pe care o desfasor... ''Calivita este cu mine de 14 ani, in fiecare zi, oriunde as fi si orice as face. Vara am mai multe posibilitati sa intalnesc oameni. Discutiile cu ei imi ofera o ocazie excelenta de a veni in intampinarea nevoilor lor si de a le sugera solutii sub forma excelentelor noastre produse. De curand am devenit bunica si ador sa ma plimb cu nepotelul meu. Iar aceasta imi ofera inca o ocazie excelenta de a intalni alti bunici si parinti carora le pot recomanda produsele Calivita. Sezonul cald se apropie cu pasi repezi. Si anul acesta voi merge, impreuna cu sotul meu, in Tabara de vara din Croatia. Aici ne distram si ne relaxam, dar, in acelasi timp, suntem activi, alaturi de alti membri Calivita si facem schimb de experienta. In aceasta aventura ne vom reincarca bateriile, ne vom imbogati cunostintele si vom invata multe lucruri de la liderii si managerii din alte tari Calivita.
          Real Madrid Transfer News: Dani Ceballos Decision, Latest Mateo Kovacic Rumours   

Real Betis midfielder and reported Real Madrid target Dani Ceballos has decided to delay a decision on his future after previously hinting he was close to making a call. Elsewhere, Manchester United are said to be targeting Mateo Kovacic.

Ceballos has been heavily linked with Los Blancos and recently suggested he would reveal his plans after the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, but the trickster has opted to take more time before coming to a conclusion.

After losing 1-0 to Germany in Friday's final, he told reporters: "I'm screwed up, and I do not think about the future now. I want to disconnect, spend my holiday with the family and, after a couple of weeks, I'll start to see proposals and think about my future."

Ceballos was named Player of the Tournament despite Spain's fall to Germany in the final in Poland, and he finds himself in esteemed company among other stars to have previously won the award:

As mentioned in the previously linked report, Barcelona have also been closely associated with a move for the midfielder. And Betis president Angel Haro recently distanced his star from a move to Real. 

Despite reports from Spanish daily AS stating the 20-year-old would become Los Blancos' first summer signing, Haro dismissed the suggestion when appearing on Canal Sur TV (h/t ESPN FC's Adriana Garcia):

"There are no ongoing negotiations with any club. We would like him to remain at Betis and we will do all that we can for that to happen, but it doesn't only depend on us but on several parties."

"It would be in Betis' best interest for him to remain as long as possible and for him to help us win titles. Next season we want to have a leap in quality."

Ceballos lit up the European Under-21 Championship and lived up to his billing as one to watch. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe recently noted his potential as an underlying superstar:

Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly target Real midfielder Kovacic after hopefully sealing a move for Los Merengues striker Alvaro Morata, who has also been linked with the Red Devils.

According to Spanish outlet Diario Madridista (h/t Liam Spence of the Daily Express), United are willing to double Kovacic's wages to tempt him to England, and Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney previously suggested the Croatia international might be a worthy investment:

After paying his dues as a fringe figure at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the 23-year-old is beginning to grow into his boots as a more senior figure for Real. However, that means he's someone manager Zinedine Zidane likely won't want to lose.

What's more, it's suggested Kovacic's agent, Nikky Vuksan, has said his client doesn't want to leave anytime soon, telling Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Spence): "Kovacic will not leave Real Madrid. He will stay. [I can] safely [say that]. All the rest is not true.”

Read more Soccer news on BleacherReport.com


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          What next for Eastern Europe?   
While President Trump tweets, the United States and Russia drift towards war over Syria, and the new Thirty Years War between Shi'ite and Sunni continues on many fronts, another critical drama is playing out in the Eastern half of the European continent.  I find it particularly interesting because it is a replay of the drama I described about 40 years ago in my first book, Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War, which is linked at left and available as an e-book.

For the first few centuries of the modern era the peoples of Eastern Europe lived under large empires.  The Ottoman Empire had reached Europe in the 15th century and eventually included what is now Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Rumania, some of the nations of the former Yugoslavia, and Hungary.  The Tsar of Russia ruled what are now the Baltic States and, by the 19th century, Poland.  The Holy Roman Empire--which in 1806 became the Austrian Empire, and in 1867 the Austro-Hungarian Empire--included parts of Poland and the present-day Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.  All these peoples, to varying degrees, developed nationalist movements during the 19th century.

The enormous strain of the First World War proved too much not only for the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires, but also for the German Empire.  The Allies--France, Britain, Italy and eventually the US as well--sponsored the claims of some of the national movements in their territory.  In January 1918, in his Fourteen Points, Woodrow Wilson endorsed an independent Poland and autonomy (not independence) for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.  When those nations collapsed ten months later, various national movements proclaimed new states.

As the brilliant but eccentric English historian A. J. P. Taylor noted in 1961, the post-1919 settlement in Eastern Europe reflected the astonishing fact that both Germany and Russia had been defeated. Only that allowed for the re-creation of an independent Poland, the new states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia,a larger Rumania, independent Poland and Finland, and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  It seemed in 1918-9 that things might go even further and that Ukraine might become independent as well, but the Bolsheviks managed to secure control over it in the Russian civil war.  These states were economically and politically weak.  Nearly all of them initially formed some kind of democratic government, encouraged down that path by the western powers.

In the short run, several of the new states--Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania--were threatened by Hungary, which had lost huge territories at the peace conference, while in the long run Czechoslovakia and Poland had to worry about a resurgent Germany. France, eager to cement its status as the leading power in Europe, offered all those states some kind of alliance.  Clearly the French would have trouble defending them once the Germans or Russians regained their military strength, but the French were counting on keeping the Germans weak.  The alliances faced no serious threats until after the rise of Hitler.

By then all these countries had undergone profound political changes.  While all of them had begun as democracies, only Czechoslovakia, Finland and the Baltic States were still electing their governments by the early 1930s--the rest had come under some form of authoritarian rule.  The agricultural states among them, as I showed in my book, came under German influence after 1935 because the Germans, desperate for food, offered them a market for their produce.  In 1938 Hitler managed to destroy Czechoslovakia when the French abandoned their alliance.  In 1939-40, Hitler and Stalin concluded the Nazi-Soviet Pact. They partitioned Poland and the Soviets incorporated the Baltic States.  Hungary and Rumania became allies of Hitler while Yugoslavia was occupied by the Italians and the Nazis.  In 1945,  the whole region (except Finland) came under Soviet occupation and the USSR installed Communist governments.

The collapse of the USSR in 1991--77 years after the start of the First World War--started this process over again.  Once again, as in 1919, the entire region was liberated from foreign rule.  This time the proliferation of new states has gone much further, with Czechoslovakia and former Yugoslavia giving way to no less than 8 new states, and not only the Baltic States, but also Ukraine and Belarus, becoming independent.  Once again the new states established various forms of democracy.  And once again, powerful nations from outside the region offered them alliances. NATO, led by the US, offered membership to virtually every new state in the region, including the Baltic states--after initially promising the new Russian government not to do so.  The EU also offered many of them membership, choosing to ignore the enormous economic and cultural differences that still divide Europe somewhere around the frontiers of Germany and Poland.

Germany is no longer an imperialist nation, although it leads the EU and played a key role in its enlargement.  Russia once again went through a chaotic period but by 2000 it was recovering its strength under Vladimir Putin.  He is clearly determined to reassert Russian influence--if not more--over many of the states of the former USSR.  Belarus lost any real independence very quickly, and Putin is actively contesting the West in a bid for influence in Ukraine, and using the Russian military at the border to do so. He also very obviously has designs on the Baltic states, which are extremely vulnerable militarily.  And while Putin cannot offer these states markets the way the Germans did 80 years ago, he can provide them with energy.

And once again, democracy has proven fragile in Eastern Europe.  Rightist parties now lead the governments of Hungary, Poland, and some of the other states of the region. The governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are weak and subject to corruption and outside influence.  These nations face a choice between  western-style democracy--which is having enormous problems in the west--and Russian-style authoritarianism.  It is not at all clear which path they shall take.

Only a gigantic war settled the question of Eastern Europe's future 80 years ago.  Such a war does not seem in prospect now, but limited wars, such as a lightning Russian occupation of one or more Baltic states, cannot be ruled out.  Russian and NATO aircraft are constantly confronting one another in the region.  The Russians also seem to be using cyberwar against Ukraine, and they may use it elsewhere. To reach a new equilibrium diplomatically would require a level of statesmanship which is not apparent on the world scene.  Nearly thirty years ago, when the Soviet empire collapsed, I commented frequently that this time, Eastern Europe had taken a new shape without a new world war.  Now it seems that the process may involve a larger conflict--albeit of a possibly different kind.
          Eurovision Preview: The Grand Final   

It's Grand Final time and tension is building to see who actually does win this year's contest.

Five countries automatically qualify for the Final and I thought I might preview each of them and see how they stack up.

United Kingdom
The UK have had an up-and-down experience with Eurovision of late, with some years doing quite poorly and other years doing pretty well. They haven't won in a good 10 years though. I don't think they'll win this year though. Andy does a great job with this song and it's quite a catchy, toe-tapping single. What he does on stage on the night to make it even more spectacular is to be seen, but the song is a chart buster.
Dix points

Germany
Nothing says lots of points more than a group of young, attractive women in little dresses - this is Germany's entry this year. And they come with a pretty Europoppy song which really should go far in the competition. It's quite possible that this one could be in the top 5 but after the Semi Finals results Europe can't be prejudged as usual. An enjoyable song and an enjoyable group.
Dix points

France
The French hate this one because it's sung in English most of the way through. But for the rest of us it's a breath of fresh air. For once, the French have given us something other than big women wearing flowing dresses moaning about lost loves in French. The background vocals sound great in the preview clip but haven't been working as well in the rehearsals, so it will be interesting to see how they go. This one is truly Divine.
Douze points

Spain
Instead of actually trying this year, Spain has sent a ridiculous entry. However, it is Spain and many people do want to know if the Spanish have intelligence so it's probably a good choice. Rodolfo is scary and old. At least he won't be alone in the Eurovision Retirement Home this year - he'll have some Croatians to keep him company. A bizarre song about a dance. Europeans will probably love it, but I really don't.
Huit points

Serbia
It's more of the same from Serbia this year, with another ballad and lots of musical intervals. Another woman, but this time she looks feminine. It doesn't do much for me and the only reason why it's in the final is because they won last year. I don't think it's going to do all that well this year. But we don't mind - it's Serbia.
Six points

And my top five?
Sweden, Ukraine, Norway, France and Germany

I could pick a winner, but I will most probably choose the song that ends up being near the bottom. However, in the spirit of Eurovision, I'm going with a Norweigan victory. Let's see how I go.


          Eurovision Round Up: Semi-Final 2   

And time for Semi Number 2. The last half get their chance to shine... and try to get their way into the wonder that is the Eurovision Grand Final.

Will they be as interesting as last night's? Let's find out.

Iceland
A big welcome to Eurodance and its entry in this year's contest. And a big hello to the newest gay icons Euroband. Nothing says camp more than two blond singers, one with a set of knockers and the other wearing too much eye makeup. Throw in the dance moves for drag queens and the pink and black outfits and we've got Mardi Gras set. As for the song... let's dance. Perfectly Eurovision.
Dix points

Sweden
Oh Charlotte. A bad start. You need to hit the right notes. Luckily it came back... and one of the biggest favourites of the Contest was done well. It's nice to see Charlotte has been keeping the Swedish plastic surgery industry in the black since her last appearance in Eurovision. Another example of perfect Eurovision pop. And it surely deserves a chance in the Final.
Douze points

Turkey
Those crazy Turks. People still fight over whether they're actually in Europe or not. But would they fight over this song? Stick standard soft rock. Nothing too exciting. Lots of lighting effects to help it. And crazy facial expressions from the lead singer. Not really a fan... but will Europe embrace rock this year? We'll have to find out.
Sept points

Ukraine
Finally, the Ukrainians have resorted to sex to get points. And they've done a good job at it. Big points for the lead singer who kept her composure even with the tiny piece of material she was wearing as a so-called dress, and extra points for the hot Ukrainian boys locked up in boxes. Another wonderful Eurovision pop song, perfect to rock on to in any state, in any location. Go the Ukrainies!
Douze points

Lithuania
From the excesses of Europop to the stillness of a Lithuanian man wearing tight, tight, tight leather pants singing in English. There's something about his voice I really don't like. It sounds as though he's talking as well as singing - a Denis Walter who's doing more of the talking thing. It sounds as though he's trying too hard. I'm not sure it's too appealing. Stick to Lithuanian.
Trois points

Albania
A 16 year old has infiltrated Eurovision. Aren't you supposed to be drunk to perform though? How does that work? Obviously it's legal for her. What's not legal is the song. And the cape. What was she thinking? The song is a mixup of all sorts of things - bit of rock, bit of pop, bit of ballad - and nothing really pulls it together. It's distressing. And then that cape is really something. Obviously she thinks she's Superman... but not even he can save her.
Cinq points

Switzerland
After years of not hearing it, Italian has finally come back to Eurovision. But by the bloody useless Italians? No - the Swiss. And quite a handsome man singing it as well. The crowd love him and I do too. It's really a nice song and this one could do well. Unlike the huge boobs of the backup singers, this song actually moved quite well from the slower reflection to the more rock/pop part. Unfortunately poor Paolo couldn't quite get the notes he was after. That by itself might ruin the chances.
Dix points

Czech Republic
Falling off notes seems to be a common theme tonight, which is quite sad. This poor woman did no better, especially when she started sounding like a man. Luckily for any men listening, they could tune out and just watch the backup dancers in their tiny bikini type costumes. Nothing better than a bit of flange flopping around for entertainment. Quite a possible Euro dance hit here, but it's just not doing anything for me. It got a bit boring after the first 30 seconds. Blah.
Cinq points

Belarus
Shiny disco balls. And shiny disco kittens. Pity about the Belorussian singer. I hope they all don't look like that and enjoy wearing those very tight leather pants. It seems Lucrezia and De stade has been supplying the Eurovision contestants with their clothing this year. They must've also been supplying Belarus with choreography - that whole sex, bondage, pushing down thing... not pretty. The song. Nothing all that exciting.
Six points

Latvia
Another welcome to The Wiggles to this year's Contest. Captain Feathersword has been cloned and thrown into Latvia to be devoured for Eurovision. I think this would be an excellent song for children to learn so they know all about pirates. It seems to be very correct, right down to the clothes worn. If I was the audience, I'd be shit scared of them. At least these guys would have an excuse for wearing tight, tight leather pants.
Sept points

Croatia
The best thing about Eurovision is that it lets those who have left their mother country still connect in some way to it. Croatia has wonderfully thought about these people and given us a stage of old men, exactly the type of Croatians who are dispersed around the world. The one problem about this song is a cute factor - a 75 year old rapper is going to get cute votes. Bastard. You either have to be a small child or a crazy old man to get cute votes these days. Ripped off.
Sept points

Bulgaria
I always enjoy a big feather fan, especially when held by a woman whose suspenders are showing. She does want the DJ to take her away, but with the fires that are springing up around the stage I think the DJ's going to have to stop, drop and roll first. A fun song, but could've been done differently. I don't know... it was good... but something was missing. Enjoyable in any case.
Huit points

Denmark
Hello Simon. Do you want to come to Australia? I like the way you use your mic stand. And I like this song. I can guarantee that there will be people singing the chorus over and over... until they forget it.. and then hear someone else singing it. Thank god Simon was able to sing this one properly. I think Dicko would've enjoyed his stage presence. I wonder what Marcia would've moaned? Come on Simon, come over and we'll stay together 'All night long...'
Dix points

Georgia
2008's token disabled person is here and it's nice that an up-and-coming ex-Soviet country is the one to provide it. I'm not sure the black zombies are really all that helpful when you're trying to sing about peace. Neither is singing like a man and not making it all that helpful, as it does not bring peace to my ears to hear it. Extra point for the huge hair from the backup singer.
Six points

Hungary
This song sounds more like a late-90s Irish entry... but with a different slant on the pronunciation of English. The woman looks like a fish that's in the process of being cleaned out. The dress could've been far better. But the song's nice. I'll give her points for the song. She was very confident about it too. Pleasurable.
Sept points

Malta
The Maltese have a history of poor song choice - not this year. A sure-fire favourite thanks to the Eurodance and quite attractive woman (apparently they do exist in Malta). The song itself, Vodka, really makes no sense but it sounds like fun even though it's sung in English. If I was drunk, I'd be jumping around to this one for sure. Whether it will do well in the final is unknown, but it's a certainty to get in.
Dix points

Cyprus
This one's getting points exclusively based on the good looking Cypriot men in sparkling suits. Bugger the woman or her Victorian intial costume or the song in general. These boys could dance, play with fabric, be a staircase, sing, lift things... they would have to be the stars of the performance. And look, OK, the song was alright too but in the end, it's the boys who count.
Huit points

Macedonia
Macedonian rapping, in English, is something you don't often get a chance to experience. There's obviously a reason for that. It's unfortunate that the main rapper is wearing clothes and has bad hair. Bad hair is also a curse for the singer. She does a good job at the singing bit though. That's quite impressive. It's a boppy song and quite appropriate for Eurovision. I like it.
Dix points

Portugal
Quite a big sound from quite a big lady. Someone needs to tell her that her hair colour doesn't help her squishy face and that her lipstick doesn't actually have to match her hair. The song itself is a memorable one and the drums near the end, doing that whole marching thing, does help it quite a bit. I'm a bit of a fan of this one. Would it do well Europe-wide? Quite possibly.
Huit points

That's it. All the semi-finalists have had their time in the spotlight and now it's time to see who gets a chance to sing for glory tomorrow. My choice?

Hello Belgrade. Hello Europe. My selection for the final, in no particular order, is:
1. Sweden
2. Ukraine
3. Malta
4. Denmark
5. Iceland
6. Switzerland
7. Macedonia
8. Bulgaria
9. Cyprus
10. Portugal

And the real results... Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Albania, Latvia, Croatia, Denmark, Georgia and Portugal.

Only five out of ten, and a few 'certainties' who weren't actually there. Bugger. However, its the big night tomorrow night on SBS at 7:30pm and I'll be predicting my top three as well as previewing the five songs that are already in the Final tomorrow.

Bring on Eurovision!


          Countdown to Eurovision: 111 days to go   

25 years ago, the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Munich. The host had to present everything tri-lingually with the show taking over three hours to complete even though there were only 20 countries competing.

A standout song was from Yugoslavia. Danijel's song, Džuli, was quite a bouncy affair. The song itself wasn't the standout as such. Watch the backup singers - they obviously popped one too many pills that morning. Plus they must've had their sunglasses on when they were choosing their dresses. However, the whole Croatian marine look really does set the whole thing off.

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ENG13. Dele Alli (England) (600 Ft/db) – Game Changer
ENG14. Wayne Rooney (England) (400 Ft/db) - Expert 
ESP05. Sergio Ramos (Spain) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
ESP07. Héctor Bellerín (Spain) (50 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
ESP13. Alvaro Morata (Spain) (150 Ft/db) – Goal Machine 
FIN05. Niklas Moisander (Finland) (200 Ft/db) – Defensive Rock
FIN07. Sauli Vaisanen  (Finland) (25 Ft/db) – Rising Star 
FIN13. Perparim Hetemaj (Finland) (100 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
FIN14. Tim Sparv (Finland) (250 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
FRA06. Paul Pogba (France) (300 Ft/db) – Game Changer
FRA13. Patrice Evra (France) (400 Ft/db) – Expert
FRA16. Kingsley Coman (France) (25 Ft/db) – Rising Star
GER02. Joshua Kimmich (Germany) (25 Ft) – Rising Star
GER05. Mats Hummels (Germany) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
GER06. Thomas Müller (Germany) (150 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
GER13. Mesut Özil (Germany) (400 Ft/db) - Game Changer 
GER14. Manuel Neuer (Germany) (600 Ft/db) – Expert
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HUN01. Gulácsi Péter (Hungary) (50 Ft/db) 
HUN02. Guzmics Richárd (Hungary) (50 Ft/db) 
HUN03. Lang Ádám (Hungary) (100 Ft/db) 
HUN04. Kádár Tamás (Hungary) (100 Ft/db) 
HUN05. Szalai Ádám (Hungary) (300 Ft/db) – Goal Machine
HUN06. Gera Zoltán (Hungary) (300 Ft/db) – Fan’ Favourite
HUN07. Fiola Attila (Hungary) (50 Ft/db)
HUN08. Elek Ákos (Hungary) (100 Ft/db) 
HUN10. Dzsudzsák Balázs (Hungary) (100 Ft/db) 
HUN11. Gera Zoltán (Hungary) (50 Ft/db)
HUN12. Kleinheisler László (Hungary) (50 Ft/db)
HUN13. Nemanja Nikolics (Hungary) (300 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite 
HUN14. Dzsudzsák Balázs (Hungary) (450 Ft/db) – Game Changer
HUN15. Stieber Zoltán (Hungary) (50 Ft/db) 
HUN16. Prisikin Tamás (Hungary) (100 Ft/db) 
HUN17. Nemanja Nikolic (Hungary) (50 Ft/db) 
HUN18. Szalai Ádám (Hungary) (50 Ft/db) 
ITA06. Marco Verratti (100 Ft/db) – Key Player
ITA13. Ciro Immobile (Italy) (100 Ft/db) - Goal Machine 
NED05. Kevin Strootman (Netherlands) (100 Ft/db) - Key Player
NED06. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
NED12. Quincy Promes (Netherlands) (100 Ft/db) – Rising Star
NED14. Maarten Stekelenburg (Netherlands) (400 Ft/db) - Expert
NOR05. Joshua King (Norway) (200 Ft/db) - Goal Machine 
NOR06. Rune Jarstein (Norway) (250 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
NOR12. Martin Odegaard (Norway) (25 Ft/db) – Rising Star
NOR13. Markus Henriksen (Norway) (100 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
POL05. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) (200 Ft/db) - Key Player 
POL06. Arkadiusz Milik (Poland) (100 Ft/db) - Goal Machine 
POL13. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) (100 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
POL15. Bartosz Kapustka (Poland) (25 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
POR05. Pepe (Portugal) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
POR06. Rui Patricio (Portugal) (100 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
POR15. Renato Sanchez (Portugal) (100 Ft/db) – Rising Star
POR17. Crisitnao Ronaldo (Portugal) (300 Ft/db)
ROU05. Ciprian Tatarusanu (Romania) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
ROU06. Vlad Chiriches (Romania) (400 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
ROU09. Razvan Marin (Romania) (25 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
ROU14. Florin Andone (Romania) (100 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
RUS05. Aleksandr Kokorin (Russia) (100 Ft/db) - Goal Machine
RUS06. Igor Akinfeev (Russia) (100 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite 
RUS09. Alexandr Golovin (Russia) (100 Ft/db) – Rising Star
RUS13. Alan Dzagoev (Russia) (400 Ft/db) – Game Changer
RUS14. Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) (400 Ft/db) - Expert 
SUI05. Fabian Schä r (Switzerland) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
SUI06. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) (100 Ft/db) - Key Player 
SUI13. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) (250 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite
SUI14. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) (600 FT/db) – Game Changer 
SUI16. Breel Embolo (Switzerland) (100 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
SWE02. Victor Lindelöf (Sweden) (100 Ft/db) – Rising Star 
SWE05. Victor Lindelöf (Sweden) (100 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
SWE06. Andreas Granqvist (Sweden) (100 Ft/db) - Key Player 
SWE13. Emil Forsberg (Sweden) (100 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
TUR05. Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey) (100 Ft/db) - Key Player  
TUR06. Burak Yilmaz (Turkey) (200 Ft/db) – Goal Machine
TUR13. Nuri Sahin (Turkey) (600 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
TUR14. Arda Turan (Turkey) (400 Ft/db) – Game Changer
TUR16. Emre Mor (Turkey) (25 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
WAL05. Aaron Ramsey (Wales) (100 Ft/db) – Key Player
WAL06. Ashley Williams (Wales) (100 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
WAL08. Ben Davies (Wales) (50 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
WAL14. Gareth Bale (Wales) (400 Ft/db) – Game Changer
ARG05. Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) (100 Ft/db) - Goal Machine 
ARG13. Javier Mascherano (Argentina) (600 Ft/db) – Expert
BRA05. Marquinhos (Brazil) (200 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock
BRA06. Paulinho (Brazil) (100 Ft/db) – Key Player 
BRA09. Casemiro (Brazil) (25 Ft/db) – Rising Star
BRA13. Dani Alves (Brazil) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
BRA18. Neymar Jr. (Brazil) (300 Ft/db)
CHI05. Gary Medel (Chile) (200 Ft/db) - Defensive Rock 
CHI06. Claudio Bravo (Chile) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
CHI14. Alexis Sanchez (Chile) (300 Ft/db) – Game Changer
CHI16. Nicolás Castillo (Chile) (50 Ft/db) – Rising Star
 
COL05. David Ospina (Columbia) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
COL06. Falcao (Columbia) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite
COL07. Sebastian Perez (300 Ft/db) – Rising Star
COL13. James Rodriguez (Columbia) (300Ft/db) – Game Changer
COL14. Luis Muriel (Columbia) (300Ft/db) – Game Changer
 
MEX05. Raul Jiménez (Mexico) (200 Ft/db) - Goal Machine 
MEX06. Andrés Guardado (Mexico) (250 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
MEX13. Hector Herrera (Mexico) (250 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
MEX15. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) (300 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
NZL05. Chris Wood (New Zealand) (250 Ft/db) – Fan’ s Favourite 
NZL06. Clayton Lewis (New Zealand) (50 Ft/db) - Rising Star 
AUS02. Brad Smith (Australia) (300 Ft/db) – Rising Star 
AUS05. Mile Jedinak (Australia) (150 Ft/db) - Fan's Favourite 
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          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

          Why Did the Lakers Draft Lonzo Ball   

Nineteen-year-old Lonzo Ball is in place to be the leader and face of the Los Angeles Lakers' franchise after the former UCLA Bruin heard his name called for the no. 2 over all pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

On Thursday, Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka put the call in to Ball about three minutes before the pick went live, and Ball's dream became a reality.

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On draft night, only minutes after his son had been drafted with the no. 2 overall pick, Lavar Ball continued his personal P.R. campaign and promised that his son would lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his first season on national television. As a reminder, the Lakers only won 26 games a season ago, and they're coming off the four worst seasons since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.

"He's his own man, so I don't know what he's going to do," Lonzo Ball said, with a smile visible through the phone, when asked if Lavar Ball would tone done his outspoken behavior now that his eldest son had made it to the Lakers. "It's going to be a surprise for you guys and me, but you just got to stay tuned."

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka offered his own views on the elder Ball, views that did not match the narrative normally associated with the loud spoken creator of the Big Baller Brand and a frenzy that has swirled around his soft spoken son in the months leading up to the no. 2 pick.

"Time with (the Ball) family really helped crystalize our decision," Pelinka said late Thursday night, after the draft had wrapped up. "We spent a day out at his house and got to see really how the sons interacted with their mom and their dad and really got to see the way Lavar cared for his sons, and even more importantly, the way he cared for his wife, Tina, and the condition she's in."

Tina Ball recently sufferred a stroke.

Pelinka added, "Listen, there can be a sense of bravado with some of the media stuff, but when you get to see the heart of a person and how they treat others, I think that's when you really get to know them. And all I can say is that we walked away from that really impressed with the family."

Based on the Lakers' executive's words and the action of executing on the no. 2 pick, Lavar Ball seemingly helped Lonzo Ball become a Laker far more than he hurt his son's chances. However, the 19-year-old did not entirely earn his draft position and status because of his father yelling into microphones.

"There's something very, very special about his basketball abilities," Pelinka said about the younger Ball. "I think if you use a sports analogy in another sport--football--you look at passers like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers that just have an ability to do something that is so special with where they put the ball and where they deliver it. I think the vision and abilities that Lonzo has just puts him in a class of being a transcendent talent."

Lakers coach Luke Walton opted for a different word: "Genius."

"We want the ball moving, and we want to play an up-tempo game, and that's what Ball is a genius at," Walton said as he drowned in a sea of microphones and cameras only minutes after the selection had gone public.

"I'm sure he'll fit into our culture," Walton said before adding to his thought. "He'll improve our culture with the way he plays, the way he passes, his selfless nature, and that's why we took him."

Ball is an LA pure bread, so fitting in off the court doesn't appear to be a concern. Having lived in Westwood for college and having his family home base in Chino Hills, LA isn't an exotic far away dream land with unfamiliar big city lights or newly found fame. When asked about how LA would welcome one of its own, Walton confidently stated that his experience in public in recent weeks led him to believe the city was already rooting for the younger Ball to succeed.

On the topic of playing at home, Ball said he thought it should be a "comfortable" environment. "For LA, I've been here my whole life. It definitely helps me. I always play for my home town."



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          Plenković: Morat ćemo revidirati odluku o uvozu stranih radnika   
Premijer RH Andrej Penković rekao je u subotu u Dubrovniku kako će se odluka o uvozu stranih radnika morati revidirati s obzirom na manjak radne snage u pojedinim zanimanjima, a gradonačelnik Dubrovnika Mato Franković požalio se da Croatia Airlines tretira Dubrovčane kao građane drugog reda.
          The 2014 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship Results (Part Four)   
Welcome to the fourth post of a miniseries of posts I am going to make about the 2014 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Most people don't realize that this tournament isn't just sixteen teams competing to win the gold medal. There are dozens of countries in various divisions competing to rise up the ladder of international ice hockey. In this, the 78th edition of the IIHF tournament, there are actually 46 teams trying to improve their international ranking and someday grab the gold medal.

Links for Part One, Two, and Three are right here, where I painstakingly checked out Division III, Division II B, and Division II A respectively.

Yesterday's post described Division II A in all its glory. Congratulations to the Estonian national team for clobbering Division II A and moving up into Division I B for next year's tournament. I-B is the subject of today's post, as it is the third tier of the IIHF tournament. This year's iteration took place in beautiful Vilnius, Lithuania from April 20th to 26th and THANK GOD SOME NHLERS ARE IN THIS TOURNAMENT. All due respect to other leagues in Europe, I know nothing about their players unless they played at some point in North America. It's been a struggle reporting on these lower tiers but finally I have a chance to talk about players I am familiar with. Here are the tournament standings:

All standings are courtesy of Wikipedia.
Poland advances in to Division I A and moves one step closer to getting a chance to play in the top tier. Poland's win is all the more impressive because they were able to defeat a Lithuania team led by this man.

Image courtesy of Lisa Gansky via Wikipedia.

That's right, it's New Jersey Devils forward Danius Zubrus! He had a great tournament with 9 points in 5 games, but the Lithuanians fells short of rising to the top in a very competitive division. The top four teams finished within three points of each other and there were several one goal games that were key in setting up sight a tight contest. Great Britain had a great showing this year, winning a 4-2 contest against the eventual champion, Poland.

Here are the tournament's top scorers:


Zubrus and his linemates were the toast of the tournament. Shoutout to Colin Shields of Great Britain, who netted a hatrick against the Poles. Most impressive. I predict next tournament Great Britain pushes up the standings and contends to move up to Division I A.

Here are the tournament goaltenders:


Polish goaltender Przemyslaw Odrobny was arguably the MVP of the Division I B tournament, winning four games and only conceding four goals with a .955 save percentage. This division, more-so than the previous ones, was very tight series of contests that turned into goaltending duels. Those are some impressive stat lines for the goaltenders. The tournament directive selected Zubrus as top forward, Odrobny as goaltender, and Alan Letang from Canada...er, Croatia for defenseman. Letang had a cup of coffee in the NHL, playing in 14 games with only 2 PIM to show for it. He has been a mainstay in the German and Austrian leagues for the vast majority of his career.

Tomorrow we visit Division I A, the second highest tier on the IIHF tournament. Thanks for taking the time to check out these surveys of the tournaments, it's been a pleasure writing them. See you again tomorrow!
          Croatia's Finest broadcast again by National Geographic Channel   

The rebroadcasting of Croatia’s Finest, a Croatian culinary travelogue in English filmed on locations across Croatia, has started in over 90 countries worldwide, the team conducting this project reported on Thursday.


          FM praises Croat expats for contribution to building a free Croatia   

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday pointed out the contribution made by the Croatian Diaspora in efforts to build a free Croatia, and recalled that he was also born to a family of Croatian emigres in Argentina.


          Bosnian Croat reps insist on channel airing programmes in Croatian   

Being one of the constituent peoples, the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a broadcaster that will air programmes in their native language, HNS BiH official Ivan Vukoja said at a news conference in Mostar on Friday.


          Birth anniversary of Croatia's 1st female journalist to be marked   

The Centre for Women's Studies, which manages the Marija Juric Zagorka Memorial Apartment and carries out documentary-information, educational and cultural activities related to the study and promotion of the heritage of this novelist and Croatia's first female journalist, stated on Friday that it was marking the 144th anniversary of the birth of Marija Juric Zagorka next week.


          Hribar's statements prompt HRT Supervisory Board to demand human rights' protection   

The Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) Programming Council is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, 28 February, to discuss, among other things, "the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms in HRT programmes" as requested by the national broadcaster's Supervisory Board.


          HND says President must answer journalists' questions   

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Thursday called on the Office of the President to change its decision and immediately answer questions by reporters from the Index.hr news portal who asked the questions in accordance with the Law on the Right to Access Information, but were refused with the explanation that the sheer number of questions disrupted the work of the Office of the President.


          Slovenian media: Maric and Pocivalsek reach agreement on Cimos debt   

Slovenia's Economy and Technology Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and Croatia's State Property Management Minister Goran Maric reached an agreement on Monday on a solution to the problem of the Koper-based Cimos company's debt to the defunct Rijecka Banka, Slovenian media reported.


          Skopski Festival 2013 - Skopje Music Fest (Macedonian Music Songs)   
Skopski Festival 2013 is one of the many editions of the biggest and oldest festival of popular music in Republic of Macedonia. In this post we will share some facts about 2013 Skopje Festival, names of the winners... Some Facts of Skopski Festival 2013 (Skopje Music Fest) - Organizer: MRT/MTV - Macedonian Radio and Television - Date: November 12, 2013 - Location: Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Skopje, Macedonia - Songs performed: 20 new songs - Music guests: Goran Karan (Croatia) and Igor Cukrov (Croatia) Winners - Skopski Festival 2013 The winners at Skopski Festival 2013... Main prizes (according to Macedonian audience): - 1st - Lambe Alabakovski - Ce Te Chekam Jas - 2nd - Tamara Todevska - Teshko Bez Tebe - 3rd - Dimitar Andonovski - Ako Me Boli Other prizes: - Lifetime achievement prize: Ljubomir Brandjolica Skopje Music Fest - Download Free MP3s We will share the winning songs of "Skopski Festival 2013" with you, as soon as the music artists put the MP3 files of the songs online. Stay tuned. UPDATE: We shared few songs from 2013 Skopje Fest. Download the MP3s... ===>> Skopski Festival 2013 - MP3 Free Download .
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          £39M-rated winger set to push through Premier League move   

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          ONTD Reading Challenge (July) - "I Don't Know Her"   
Happy July! A new month, a new ONTD Reading Challenge task! This month the theme is "I Don't Know Her," and the task is to read a book by a woman author who you've never read anything by. If you've yet to decide on a book (or books), milfordacademy and hjalmartazar are here with a selection from across the globe!



Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo (Nigeria)
"Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine."

The Queue, Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt)
"Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter’s health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia’s health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia’s case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life."

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)
"Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few."

Aya, Marguerite Abouet (Côte d'Ivoire)
"In the sun-warmed streets of working-class Yopougon, aka Yop City, holidays are around the corner, the open-air bars and discos are starting to fill up, and trouble of a different kind is about to raise eyebrows. At night, an empty table in the market square under the stars is all the privacy young lovers can hope for, and what happens there is soon everybody's business. Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City."

Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe, Doreen Baingana (Uganda)
"Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin's dictatorship. Three of the eight chapters are told from the point of view of Christine's two older sisters, Patti, a born-again Christian who finds herself starving at her boarding school, and Rosa, a free spirit who tries to magically seduce one of her teachers. But the star of Tropical Fish is Christine, whom we accompany from her first wobbly steps in high heels, to her encounters with the first-world conveniences and alienation of America, to her return home to Uganda."




The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, Martha Batalha (Brazil)
"Euridice is young, beautiful and ambitious, but when her rebellious sister Guida elopes, she sets her own aspirations aside and vows to settle down as a model wife and daughter. And yet as her husband's professional success grows, so does Euridice's feeling of restlessness. She embarks on a series of secret projects - from creating recipe books to becoming the most sought-after seamstress in town - but each is doomed to failure. Her tradition-loving husband is not interested in an independent wife. And then one day Guida appears at the door with her young son and a terrible story of hardship and abandonment. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao is a wildly inventive, wickedly funny and keenly observed tale of two sisters who, surrounded by a cast of unforgettable characters, assert their independence and courageously carve a path of their own in 1940s Rio de Janeiro."

Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn (Jamaica)
"At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. "

Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien (Canada)
"Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences."

The Body Where I Was Born, Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico)
"From a psychoanalyst's couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood—in which she was born with a birth defect into a family intent on fixing it—having somehow survived the emotional havoc she went through. And survive she did, but not unscathed. This intimate narrative echoes the voice of the narrator's younger self, a sharp, sensitive girl keen to life's hardships."

Lakota Woman, Mary Crow Dog, (US)
"Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights."

Things We Lost in the Fire, Mariana Enríquez (Argentina)
"A woman returns to the rundown suburb of Buenos Aires her family once called home. From the safety of her window, she watches as a teenage prostitute raises her five-year-old son on the street. They sleep outside, surrounded by pimps and addicts, psychopaths and dealers, worshippers of the occult and corrupt police.

One day, the mother and the dirty kid are gone, and the dismembered body of a child is found in the neighbourhood. Is the murder part of a satanic ritual, or a gangland killing? Could it be the dirty kid, and if so, is his mother a victim too; or an accomplice; or his killer?"




Waking Lions, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Israel)
"Dr Eitan Green is a good man. He saves lives. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road in his SUV, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene. It is a decision that changes everything. Because the dead man’s wife knows what happened. When she knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, tall and beautiful, he discovers that her price is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies."

Penance, Kanae Minato (Japan)
"When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later. Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after the Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter's murder."

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang (China)
"Through the story of three generations of women -- grandmother, mother and daughter -- Wild Swans tells nothing less than the whole tumultuous history of China's tragic twentieth century, from sword-bearing warlords to Chairman Mao, from the Manchu Empire to the Cultural Revolution. At times terrifying, at times astonishing, always deeply moving, Wild Swans is a book in a million, a true story with all the passion and grandeur of a great novel."

Foreigner: A Novel, Nahid Rachlin (Iran)
"Feri, an Iranian woman in her thirties, left Iran to study and work in the United States, where she married an American and settled down. Now, after fourteen years, she has returned to Iran to visit her family. Unexpectedly, she finds herself strangely pulled by the old culture, where she will confront as never before the question of where she belongs and how she wants to live."

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (South Korea)
"Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan."




Based on a True Story, Delphine de Vigan (France)
"Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L. L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously."

House of Day, House of Night, Olga Tokarczuk (Poland)
Nowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany, and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator moves into the area, she discovers everyone--and everything--has a story. With the help of Marta, her enigmatic neighbor, the narrator accumulates these stories, tracing the history of Nowa Ruda from the its founding to the lives of its saints, from the caller who wins the radio quiz every day to the man who causes international tension when he dies straddling the border between Poland and Czechoslovakia."

Café Europa, Slavenka Drakulic (Croatia)
"Drakulic notes that Eastern Europeans are so anxious to become like their Western counterparts that every city and town has a Cafe Europa that is a pale imitation of similar establishments in Paris and Rome. She presents here a collection of essays that explore life in various Eastern European countries since the fall of communism. As a citizen of Croatia (formerly a part of Yugoslavia) living now in Vienna with her Swedish husband, she writes knowingly as a survivor of a communist regime, as one who realizes that pitfalls still lie ahead for nations emerging from the Soviet yoke."

The Door, Magda Szabó (Hungary)
"A stylishly told tale which recounts a strange relationship built up over 20 years between a writer and her housekeeper. After an unpromising and caustic start benign feelings develop and ultimately the writer benefits from what becomes an inseparable relationship. Simultaneously we learn Emerence's tragic past which is revealed in snapshots throughout the book."

Quicksand, Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)
"A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Eighteen-year-old Maja Norberg is charged for her involvement in the massacre that left her boyfriend and her best friend dead. She has spent nine months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. How did Maja—popular, privileged, and a top student—become a cold-blooded killer in the eyes of the public? What did Maja do? Or is it what she failed to do that brought her here?"




The Hate Race, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australia)
"'Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .'

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street.

Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing."

Breadfruit , Célestine Vaite (French Polynesia)
"When a drunken Pito proposes to Materena, she initially thinks it's just the booze talking. As she nevertheless starts planning, she juggles everyday life only to have Pito act as though he's forgotten his proposal."

Carpentaria, Alexis Wright (Australia)
"In the sparsely populated northern Queensland town of Desperance, loyalties run deep and battle lines have been drawn between the powerful Phantom family, leaders of the Westend Pricklebush people, and Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob, and their disputes with the white officials of neighboring towns. Steeped in myth and magical realism, Wright’s hypnotic storytelling exposes the heartbreaking realities of Aboriginal life."

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Joan Lindsay (Australia)
"Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.

They never returned."

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (New Zealand)
"It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky."



5 LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS TO READ RIGHT NOW
50 Books by African Women That Everyone Should Read
50 books by African Women That Everyone Should Read (pt. 2)
25 New Books by African Writers You Should Read Note: Some of these writers are not women
Writing Against the Grain: Contemporary Korean Women to Watch
10 Classic Japanese Novels by Women Authors
South Asian Women Authors We Love
10 Must Read Women Writers From the Middle East
Thanks to milfordacademy for these links!


SOURCES: AFRICA: 1 2 3 4 5 AMERICAS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ASIA: 1 2 3 4 5 EUROPE: 1 2 3 4 5 OCEANIA: 1 2 3 4 5



What will you read for the challenge, ONTD? If you're on Goodreads, join our challenge group! This month's thread is here.
          The South Asian diaspora and speculative fiction   
The Great Indian Diaspora has always been a key topic of discussion whenever the theme of Indian writing in English has come up. Many of the world’s most successful writers of Indian origin live outside the subcontinent yet set their books there, and many critics feel this harms the authenticity of their work. A lot of the criticism stems from the fact that a number of serious literary writers from India are also the most commercially successful writers from India, and the uncomfortable relationship between the creation of literature and the sale of literary products to well-defined markets is not something most critics or writers seem to want to talk about – and hence every aspect of the plot, the settings and language used by Indian writers at home or abroad who work in and sell their works to Western markets has been ruthlessly analyzed and criticized, often unfairly, for being strung together to dupe susceptible readers . Diaspora writers who write about India or Indians have also regularly been accused of selling out, of peddling India to the West with over-exotic, elephant/arranged-marriage/spices/maharaja-laden versions of India that have nothing to do with reality, but bring them large advances, of sitting in comfortable ignorance in the West and not truly understanding the nation they are seen to be ‘explaining’ to the rest of the world.

Fortunately for genre writers of Indian origin living outside India, they are less likely to be accused of distorting reality, since that is what they set out to do in the first place in order to understand the real world better. Or of being overly exotic – how exotic is an elephant when placed next to a demon or a spaceship? Unfortunately for them, they are unlikely to pick up huge advances from the literary publishing world at this point, because the publishing market for speculative fiction is a very different one from mainstream lit, and while the mainstream fiction market is still eager for Indian fiction, the speculative fiction world, which already has a fair number of colourful, mysterious, fragrant otherworlds.

British diaspora writer William Dalrymple stirred up a good amount of controversy recently with an Observer article where he claimed, among other things, that the diaspora was the last brown hope as far as Indian writing was concerned. While his views came in for some stringent criticism and ridicule, even prompting writer Amit Chaudhuri, that most literary of Indian litterateurs, to write speculative fiction (in an article where he compared the planets Dalrymple and he lived on), one observation he used while making his claims was that most of India’s most commercially successful and most widely published authors spend a large chunk of their time outside India – not noting, however, that this might have something to do with the fact that in writing, as in all other jobs, access is important, and resources flow to the places where they are optimally utilized.

In fact, what really most significantly differentiates the SFF writer in the Indian diaspora and the Indian writer in India is access. SFF is a very close-knit, community-driven market, possible even more so than mainstream lit, and a lot of sales of manuscripts are made at giant SFF conventions, where fans, editors, agents and writers gather to celebrate all things speculative. While obviously the quality of a work of fiction would determine its eventual future, the practicalities are important too – it’s impossible for even great books to reach bookshelves unless they reach the right editor or agent at the right time, and simply because there isn’t a tradition of Indian spec-fic publishing, it’s difficult to establish one. While opinions are widely divided on how relevant these conventions are for writers to sell manuscripts to editors and thus get their work published (completely essential, say some, no longer relevant, say others, in the interviews that follow these essays), the fact remains that Indian/South Asians in the diaspora are simply in a better place as far as getting their work out is considered. Also very relevant is the fact that apart from the leading names in children’s fantasy literature, contemporary, cutting-edge spec-fic is not widely available in India at all. But these problems, while very real now, will hopefully disappear, thanks largely to the Internet, over the next few years. As conditions stand now, though, it is very likely that if there is a genuine wave of Indian/South Asian speculative writing over the next few years, it will be led by the diaspora. Of course, the question that comes before this is whether writers in the Indian diaspora are writing speculative fiction in large numbers in the first place.


Mary Anne Mohanraj, US-based writer and founder of the Speculative Literature Foundation:
“Most South Asian/diaspora authors I encounter seem more concerned with writing mainstream 'literary' fiction. In part this is simply where their interests lie -- in part, I wonder whether some of the leanings in that directions come out of a desire for respectability. Making your living as a writer is generally not one of the acceptable career tracks for an ambitious South Asian, and it may be that many authors are
afraid to venture into sf/f for fear of even more mockery from the relatives. But that's pure speculation on my part -- it may be just that most South Asian/diaspora authors didn't grow up reading and loving spec fic, and so it doesn't occur to them to try writing it.”

”Cecilia Tan and I tried to pitch an Asian companion volume to _Dark Matter_ (an anthology of speculative fiction from the African diaspora) some years ago, and were told that the publisher didn't think there was a sufficient market for it. Maybe in a few years...”

But hopes of a wave of SFF writing from the diaspora aren’t entirely speculation even at this point. Already, a few writers living in the US like Vandana Singh and Anil Menon have established their presence in the SF community, getting short stories published in leading genre magazines, and in the process of finishing their first speculative fiction novels.

SFF author Vandana Singh, author of the Younguncle series of children’s books:
“I think there is definitely an interest in seeing something new. Unfortunately Americans in general are sadly uninformed about India and what little they know is often caricatured and stereotyped beyond recognition. In addition there are a lot of Western SF writers who have used Indian characters or settings in their stories, sometimes honestly and sometimes with a hostility that harks back to the old colonial British hack writers of penny-dreadfuls. An Indian SFF writer thus has to overcome all these stereotypes. One of the things that helps is that writers of colour in North America are getting together across ethnicities --- African-Americans, South Asians --- forming groups like the Carl Brandon Society that gives out its own rewards to people or writings that focus on issues of race --- or publishing anthologies like So Long Been Dreaming that are being treated seriously by SFF critics and academics alike. So I think there is a lot of hope and new interest, now, in expanding the boundaries of SFF. We have more and more Indian names popping up. For instance there is Anil Menon --- remember his name, you will see it again! And emerging others who are going to Clarion workshops, working away at their stories, getting ready to see their names in print. “
“It is true that in the West the SFF culture has developed an enormous fan base and also great support for new, emerging and established writers, through conventions and writers’ workshops. There is no reason why these things cannot be organized in India, where we already have traditions like the literary mehfil. Even in the US conventions and workshops arose as ideas dreamed up by penniless writers (probably over coffee at 3 am), evolving from a very small scale to epic proportions (the last Worldcon I attended in Boston had at least 5000 participants). I think we have to start small, with writers getting together in neighborhoods and localities and giving honest critiques of each others’ works. The next steps may include launching small-press magazines or ezines for publishing outstanding works, holding conventions, doing readings at bookstores to popularize SF and generating fan newsletters. “
“We can consider Japanese SF as an example. Now Americans generally think the world revolves around them, and unfortunately this is mostly true of American SFF writers and editors as well. But lately I’ve been hearing more and more about Japanese SF in US publications, and of American SF writers going to Japanese SF conventions. (The next Worldcon is in Japan, by the way.) I am no expert on the history of Japanese SF but I really think that creating their own subculture of SF helped put the Japanese on the world SF map. There is no reason why Indians can’t do this as well. Now, with the publication of the international SF magazine Internova (from Germany) there is a real interest among SF writers around the world (particularly Europe) to find SF from all over the globe and publish it. I have heard of SF from Croatia and Argentina, from China and Sri Lanka. Each SF community enriches the whole. “

Indian-origin US-based SFF writer Anil Menon, is optimistic about the future of South Asian SFF:

“If it wanted to, Indian SFF could kick some major ass. Indians (south-asians) are born storytellers. The earliest speculative fiction -- Jataka tales -- was home grown. We have the talent, we have the untold stories and we have an audience -- mostly young and mostly female -- sick of reading about cowboys in outer space. But we're like the elephant who doesn't realize its an elephant. So we politely wait for American or British editors to develop a taste for SFF with an Indian flavor. That's not going to happen any time soon.”

”But it doesn't matter. The way I see it, the future used to happen exclusively in the US. It doesn't any more. The focus has shifted. The future has been democratized. Look at what the Japanese did with Manga. Suddenly, Superman is a 60 year old dude with a weird penchant for wearing his underwear on the outside. We've as much a shot at manufacturing the future as do the Americans. And we can probably do it cheaper too.”

”What's to prevent us from building websites like Strange Horizons, which are entirely volunteer and donation driven? Why can't we start small print-on-demand publishing houses? In the US, there's a lot of resistance to publishing innovations, and for good reason: they could lose their shirts. But heck, we are already broke; what do *we* have to lose? Why can't we have our own Clarion India, conferences and awards?”

”I'm not saying that we shouldn't address western audiences. Of course we must. But sometimes it seems to me that we're like the dude who went sailing around the world when the pot of gold lay right in his backyard.”

On breaking into the SF community and getting his stories into print:
“ It's been a lot easier than I had expected. In my case, Clarion West turned out to be the big break. I met a lot of writers and editors in the six week program, got a lot of tips, and my writing improved. But there was/is no secret handshake. I remember that Charles de Lint, who was one of our instructors in 2004, was so impressed with a student's story, he sent along a recommendation when she submitted it to Fantasy & Science Fiction. It still got rejected. It's almost a cliche that the key to good writing is rewriting. But equally important, a successful submission is usually a resubmission.”
“There's definitely a lot of interest. I've found my "Indian stories" move a lot faster than the "ethnically neutral" ones. What I find in most contemporary stories though is that the Indian-ness, if present, tends to be an exotic touch; a character may have an Indian name, but she/he could just as well be Irish-Eskimo.”
Thomas Abraham, president, Penguin Books India:

On the probability of the diaspora leading an Indian SFF wave:

“I don’t see why not. And not just the diaspora but from here. Leaving aside conferences, access is pretty much available to everything else. And even going with the notion that flights of imagination are still inevitably rooted someway to cultural influences; we’re now (at least in urban India) definitely tech advanced for SF and have a mythology that’s definitely richer than Celtic folklore to be able to produce world class fantasy. The problem is we need a basic readership here, which I think will be available over the next 10 years. All those Potter and Alfred Kropp readers will hopefully graduate into reading SFF.”
On Indian SFF writers needing to piggyback on Indian themes:
“Not as a generalization, but if they don’t, they have to labour against the prejudice that “there’s nothing new here; this is essentially a western universe”. It’s a bit of a catch-22 situation. It would be far easier to position their work as rooted in their own cultural contexts and try to break through on the exotica platform. But conversely they would probably come up with the objection from agents that this is too culturally alien to succeed in the west. But that’s now. Increasingly these barriers are being wiped out and hopefully in ten years it won’t matter.”

Critic, writer and prolific blogger (The Mumpsimus) Matthew Cheney:

“I think we're already seeing some exhaustion in the SF field with the typical props and models of writing, and so U.S. and British writers are looking elsewhere for ideas. Also, we live in a world where it's much easier to encounter people from outside our own countries, and to gain information about places other than our own, and many readers hunger for it. Some of it may just be the attraction of exoticism, but I think the success of
books like Tobias Buckell's "Crystal Rain", which mixes a variety of influences in a traditional SF adventure story, or Ian MacDonald's "River of Gods", which is more specifically Indian, bodes well for the future, because such books show writers trying to bring an honest sensibility about non-Western or post-colonial cultures into their work,
and to do so in as honest a way as possible

Ashok Banker, the best-known name in Indian SFF worldwide:

“We should be writing about our culture, our mythology, our people, right? But then you look around at the US genre scene today: There are fantasy novels with characters named after Indian characters, set in places like Hastinapura and Ayodhya! There are references to Indian myth, legend, history everywhere! You can hardly read a genre novel today without encountering multi-cultural references...and I'm talking about genre fiction written by white, European or American writers.”

”By the same yardstick, why shouldn't it be acceptable for an Indian or Asian writer to write a book using American characters or European-Celtic elements? For that matter, why should subject matter be restricted to a writer's own culture or nationality? A good writer writes about anything he or she pleases, and should be free to do so.”

”But try stepping across the same line that western writers step across routinely and see the result. I don't think you'll find the acceptance you accept, and it might often have nothing to do with the quality of your writing or intrinsic strength of your book.”

Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning SFF author (Shriek, City of Saints and Madmen):

“There's a difference between an artistic scene or movement and getting attention and publicity for that scene or movement. No one needs to rely on a diaspora to create original, innovative, and moving work. The important thing is to focus on the work and to create something powerful and important. Then, in the fullness of time, you make people come to you. This is increasingly true considering we live in an Internet age where everyone is just a click away.”

”That said, I think it is imperative that non-English speaking countries leverage the internet by creating website for the fiction of their country, with translations into English. There's no avoiding the fact that English is the language that dominates the marketplace outside of Asia. But I do not believe you have to physically be in the US or UK to be successful. It may be harder, but it is possible. You just have to have people who are PR and market savvy in addition to people producing amazing work.”

Cheryl Morgan, writer, critic and blogger who runs online SFF magazine Emerald City:

”Editors are always looking for something new, so if you can blend South Asian culture and traditions into your writing it will help get it noticed. Ashok Banker has had some success with that. I'm afraid I don't know enough about South Asian writing to answer the last question, but I do think that we will see more and more SF books set in "Third World" countries from now on. There's a general view that the American Economic Empire is on the wane, and that "the future" will happen in India, China, South America and Africa. Ian McDonald's _River of Gods_ has been a huge success - you guys should build on that.”

“Remember that Zoran Zivkovic has been very successful despite writing in Serbian and never leaving Belgrade. He just got a good translator and submitted stories to places like Interzone, and Jeff VanderMeer's _Leviathan_ anthologies. Now he's won a World Fantasy Award and the small presses all love him. There's nothing particularly Serbian
about Zoran's writing, he is just talented and has worked hard.”
          Uber launches speedboat service along Croatia's coast   
Uber Technologies Inc. launches its speedboat service in Croatia, connecting major tourist spots along the country's Adriatic coast. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

          Slovenia dismisses claims from Croatia's protest note   

In its reply, the Slovenian government reiterated its position made known after earlier warnings to remove the fence from locations that were on Croatian territory.


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          Slovenia and Croatia reignite border dispute - EUobserver   

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          7/1/2017: TRAVEL: UberBOAT to tour Croatian islands   
Tech giant Uber has launched a floating transportation service serving the islands of Croatia. The U.S.-based ride-hailing specialists say UberBOAT is the first time boats will be available on the mobile app for an entire season. It will provide “point...
          Eight Croatian companies on Deloitte's list of 500 fastest growing   

Eight Croatian technological companies, which is four more than last year, have found their way on Deloitte's list this year of the 50 fastest growing companies in central Europe


          Milanovic rules out refugee congestion in Croatia   
Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of refugees congesting in Croatia because the government is operating in an organised manner and life in the country is going on as normal and will continue to do so regardless of the opposition coveting chaos.
          Croatian Highways More Expensive From This Saturday   

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          Plenković najavio reviziju uvoza radne snage, kvalitetniji priljev stranih radnika   

Premijer RH Andrej Penković rekao je u subotu u Dubrovniku kako će se odluka o uvozu stranih radnika morati revidirati s obzirom na manjak radne snage u pojedinim zanimanjima, a gradonačelnik Dubrovnika Mato Franković požalio se da Croatia Airlines tretira Dubrovčane kao građane drugog reda. Plenković se u Dubrovniku sastao s gradonačelnikom Matom Frankovićem te […]

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           Croatian National Tourist Board director requests to be relieved of duty   

The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), Ratomir Ivicic, on Monday requested to be relieved of his duties and a call for applications for this post will be published in a month.


          Over 65 million tourist overnight stays in Croatia YTD   

As many as 21 million overnight stays were registered in Croatia in the first 21 days of August, and the number of overnight stays so far this year stands at over 65 million, according to data collected by eVisitor system for registration of incoming and outgoing guests.


          Vienna Ferienmesse heralding good tourist season in Croatia   

The HTZ also used this opportunity to promote the national tourism under the new slogan "Croatia Full of Life!"


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          Tusk says Croatia's achievements in 25 years of independence amazing   

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Zagreb on Monday that Croatia had made amazing achievements since its international recognition 25 years ago and that today it played a key role in Southeast Europe.


          Tusk, Zvizdic, Vucic congratulate Plenkovic   

European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday congratulated Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on his appointment, saying he was confident that, with him at its helm, Croatia would be a reliable partner in tackling the challenges facing the EU.


          Tusk and Oreskovic insist on compliance with Schengen rules   

There is no alternative to the Schengen regime in tackling the migrant crisis, European Council President Donald Tusk and Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic agreed at their meeting in Zagreb on Wednesday.


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Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) programmes director Sasa Runjic on Saturday dismissed claims by First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko that the HRT was in the service of one political party and served to destroy the political cooperation between the HDZ and Bridge.


          Celtics sign Jayson Tatum, Ante Zizic and German forward Daniel Theis   

No big fireworks yet for the Celtics on the first day of NBA free agency, but there has been some activity.

The Celtics announced the signings of rookie Jayson Tatum and 2016 draft pick Ante Zizic and, according to an ESPN report, the team has also inked German forward Daniel Theis to a two-year deal.

Tatum was the third overall pick of this year's draft after spending his freshman season with Duke, where he averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Any scoring help Tatum could add would be a welcome addition to a Celtics lineup that struggles to get points when point guard Isaiah Thomas is off the floor.

Zizic, the 23rd overall selection last season, spent this past year competing in both Turkey and Croatia. The 6-foot-11, 258-pounder could provide immediate assistance in the post for a Celtics team that lacks bulk on the interior.

Theis is 6-foot-8, 243 pounds and at 25 years old is still considered more of a project offensively and more reliable on defense and as a rebounder.

He has played with Brose Bamberg of the German Basketball Bundesliga over the past three seasons. This past year, he was named the league's best defender as his team won its third consecutive title.

Earlier in the day, Thomas tweeted out, "Congrats to everybody getting that $$$$.... Keep it going! #Brinks" That hashtag is, of course, in reference to Thomas saying during last year's summer league that he hopes someone will "bring out the Brinks truck" for his next contract. Thomas is set to become a free agent in 2018.

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          Zvizidic: Bosnia-Croatia governmental meeting likely in late April or early May   

A joint meeting of the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia will be held in late April or early May, the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic said in Sarajevo on Tuesday.


          Bosnian PM says unpleasantly surprised by Petrov's denial, Petrov responds   

Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on Wednesday that he was "unpleasantly surprised" by Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov's denying that at his talks with Bosnia and Herzegovina's top officials on Tuesday, he explicitly opposed the establishment of new entities in that country, Zvizdic's office said.


          Bosnian PM says expects sincere cooperation from Croatia, not fault-finding    

Bosnia and Herzegovina Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic has described as inappropriate the statements by Croatian officials about Bosnia and Herzegovina posing a security threat due to potential terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq, calling on neighbouring countries to refrain from fault-finding and cooperate sincerely.


          Plenkovic's visit to confirm Croatia-Bosnia partnership, says Zvizdic   

 Croatia is a friend and important partner of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the visit which will be paid by the new Croatian premier to Sarajevo is expected to confirm the good bilateral relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on Wednesday.


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          Croatian Highways More Expensive From This Saturday   

From this Saturday, July 1st, tolls for motorcycles and personal automobiles on the highways run by the Croatian Motorways and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway are ten percent more expensive. Thus, from...

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          Slovenia wins legal territorial dispute against Croatia in The Hague   

The disputed waters, which belonged to the former Yugoslavia before its disintegration, were claimed by both countries. A Court of Arbitration in The Hague Thursday ruled in favour of Slovenia in its legal dispute with Croatia and ordered that the maritime border between the two countries be modified in the coming months. The decision has not been accepted by Zagreb.


          Croatian parliament speaker, U.S. Senator meet in Zagreb   

Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner and U.S. Senator Robert Corker on Sunday held talks on relations between their countries which they described as friendly and partner-like.


          Re:RE: Jeremy Corbyn - by: newcarlislefan   
You're absolutely right. It is the minimum wage that costs jobs. It's a terrible thing. Luckily it wasn't the completely deregulated financial sector which was allowed to parcel up bundles of loans, trade on futures and options, buying bad debts and then imploding. That didn't cost any job, houses, business or banks.That awful minimum wage knackered us all up. Greedy [censored] on £7.50 they cost us jobs and continue to do so. Although nearly 200,00 bankers lost their jobs after 2008. I knew we shouldn't have been paying them the minimum wage. If we had paid them £5 per hour we could have been more competitive. We should definitely lower corporation tax as well. How dare companies pay 20%? For goodness sake! I mean it's alright for France and Germany to have 30% corporation tax but who would want to be like them. We should be on a level with corporation tax with other great economic powerhouses like Poland, Slovenia, Latvia, Finland, Croatia and the Czech Republic. You're spot on. Lower the minimum wage and pay less corporation tax! More zero hour contracts. It's the only way to be more competitive. That Mike Ashley is a great bloke, isn't he? And you're right about the public sector. Who needs social workers, teachers, firemen and ambulance drivers? Greedy [censored] the lot of them
          false alarm – WordPress core file modified: wp-config-sample.php   

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idea for BUG FIX:
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          EY: Croatia 16th in business bribery, corruption ranking   

A survey by Ernst & Young (EY) about corruption, bribery and fraud in the business world ranks Croatia 16th on a list of 62 countries.


          All bribery charges against Patria in Croatian deal dismissed    

The Turku Court of Appeal has dismissed all charges of aggravated bribery against the Patria arms company during the sale of armoured vehicles to Croatia in 2007, the company reported on Wednesday.


          HDZ MP calls for lustration of media   

Member of Parliament Zeljko Glasnovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) called on Thursday for the lustration of the media, which he described as the biggest obstacle to true democracy in Croatia.


          Croatia ranked 11th in "Money, Politics and Transparency" survey   

he survey, entitled "Money, Politics and Transparency", was conducted in 54 countries by the non-governmental organisation Global Integrity.


          Uber Technology To Be Launched Speedboat Services   

Uber Technologies Inc launched its speedboat service in croatia on Friday. It has connecting major tourist spots along the country’s Adriatic coasts. UberBoat , it has already tested in Istanbul Miami among other locations and also will operate Croatia during the  summer tourist season. At once 12 people are travelling on the speedboat. It will […]

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          Minister visits Dubrovnik Airport, biggest EU project in Croatia   

Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic visited Dubrovnik Airport on Friday, saying the primary function of this big European Union development project was transport connection and that in the long term it would enable tourism development and economic growth in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the whole region.


          Split airport records biggest passenger traffic in Croatia   

Split Airport had over half a million passengers in July, which is the biggest passenger traffic in one month since the airport opened and the biggest passenger traffic at a Croatian airport.


          Croatian airports report increased turnover, seaports record fewer passengers   

The largest increase in the number of passengers was recorded by Pula Airport, of as much as 45.9 per cent to 17,900. 


          Inaugural Brussels Airlines flight arrives in Zagreb   

Belgian Ambassador to Croatia Philippe Benoit also believes that this route is important for tourism


          Croatian airports record 7% more passengers in Jan-July   

The figures show that the number of passengers at the airports in July 2015 was 1.24 million, which was nearly 70,000 or 6% more than in July 2014.
 


          New Voices - entered!   
Well, I did it! My entry is up: Secrets & Speed Dating.

I would love to hear what you think!

Writing at the beach in Croatia
Thank goodness that's done :) It was written over the past week, while I've been in Vela Luka, Croatia. However, it turned out to be a little frustrating to write. My first version, I liked. After writing the first 2000 words, I happily emailed it to my amazing crit partners, confident that I was on the right track. I kept on typing, and by the time I heard back from them the next day, I had a good 3500 words down. For me - Captain Slow Writer - this was super sonic speed!

Sadly, what I'd written was crap. This took me a few hours to digest, as I'd been told in the nicest possible way :) But basically I'd lost my voice, it just wasn't "me".

Where had I gone wrong? I think the problem was I was trying to write what I thought Mills & Boon wanted. I think I figured that with the changes from Sweet/Romance to Cherish and Riva, that I was more a Cherish writer, so I need something a bit gentler than my normal style. Clearly, this was a stupid mistake - I'm not capable of this style, and my chapter featured a neurotic, unlikeable heroine and a plot that was going nowhere.

So, I started again. I was able to salvage much of the first scene, but the rest - thrown out. Almost 3000 words! And only three days to go before the deadline!

But, I managed it. I know it isn't perfect, but it's me. It is in my voice. So if it crashes and burns in the competition, and least I've got that.

At the beach with my own hero :)
Due to lack of consistent Internet (I need to buy it in 24 hour blocks) I've been lurking a bit on the New Voices web site, but there are some very impressive entries there. Including the work of some of my favourite bloggers! Here are their excellent entries:

Sorry if I've missed anyone!

Also, I must mention how sad I was to lose all of my (possibly overused) italics when I pasted in my entry. Poor italics :)

          Real life romance (and New Voices)   
Sorry to have been so absent - I will write a long, detailed, many-pictured blog post soon that covers my fabulous time at the Romance Writers of Australia conference.

But I DO have a good excuse. On arriving home from Sydney I immediately launched into last minute panicking (and packing) prior to leaving on a one month holiday to the UK and Croatia. Getting everything sorted at work, and the house half-decent for our house sitter, took up a stupid amount of time.

And then... on the Saturday afternoon before we left (our flight was 1am Sunday), my boyfriend and I took our dogs down to the park for a walk. We read the paper, ate fish and chips, and the dogs ran around in circles. Then I look up - and my boyfriend is on his knee, with the most incredible ring (box upside down). I cried for about a minute, so he had to ask me again... but of course I said yes.

It was at the park where we first met 3.5 years ago. He'd intended to ask me in Croatia, but thought that I'd want to be able to share it with my family and friends before we left. Plus he wanted the dogs to be there.

So I'm feeling incredibly happy, and incredibly lucky.

The last week has been a bit of a blur, can't quite believe I've been in London more than a week! But my visit to London turned out to be very timely, as I was able to attend one of the New Voices workshops. It was this afternoon in East Sheen, which is absolutely nowhere near where I'm staying with my sisters. So I was super brave and battled the tube strikes to take a combination of buses and the overland train to actually get to the library - and even be on time!

The editors gave a great overview of how to write for Mills & Boon, and I even got to take home some books - yay! It was great motivation to sit down and get my new chapter together and enter New Voices, which I'll do over the next week or so.

I've been very absent from blogland the past 10 days, I can't wait to read everyone's entries - it looks like competition will be fierce!!
          New country classifications by income level: 2017-2018   

Updated country income classifications for the World Bank’s 2018 fiscal year are available here.

The World Bank assigns the world's economies into four income groups — high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low. We base this assignment on GNI per capita calculated using the Atlas method. The units for this measure and for the thresholds is current US Dollars.

At the Bank, these classifications are used to aggregate data for groups of similar countries. The income-category of a country is not one of the factors used that influence lending decisions.

Each year on July 1st, we update the classifications. They change for two reasons:

1. In each country, factors such as income growth, inflation, exchange rates, and population change, influence GNI per capita.

2. To keep the dollar thresholds which separate the classifications fixed in real terms, we adjust them for inflation.

The data for the first adjustment come from estimates of 2016 GNI per capita which are now available. This year, the thresholds have moved down slightly because of low price inflation and the strengthening of the US dollar. Click here for information about how the World Bank classifies countries.

Updated Thresholds

New thresholds are determined at the start of the Bank’s fiscal year in July and remain fixed for 12 months regardless of subsequent revisions to estimates. As of July 1 2017, the new thresholds for classification by income are:

Threshold GNI/Capita (current US$)
Low-income < 1,005
Lower-middle income 1,006 - 3,955
Upper-middle income 3,956 - 12,235
High-income > 12,235

Changes in Classification

The following countries have new income groups:

Country Old group New group
Angola Upper-middle Lower-middle
Croatia High-income Upper-middle
Georgia Upper-middle Lower-middle
Jordan Upper-middle Lower-middle
Nauru High-income Upper-middle
Palau Upper-middle High-income
Samoa Lower-middle Upper-middle
Tonga Lower-middle Upper-middle

The country and lending groups page provides a complete list of economies classified by income, region, and lending status and links to previous years’ classifications. The classification tables include all World Bank members, plus all other economies with populations of more than 30,000. The term country, used interchangeably with economy, does not imply political independence but refers to any territory for which authorities report separate social or economic statistics.

Tables showing 2016 GNI, GNI per capita, GDP, GDP PPP, and Population data are also available as part of the World Bank's Open Data Catalog. Note that these are preliminary estimates and may be revised. For more information, please contact us at data@worldbank.org.


          GRATIS 4GB SD! Nieuwe 3G 5 inch smartphone Android 6.0 THL T6C 1gb/8gb E 69   

Dit weekend tot en met zondag 2 juli GRATIS 4GB kingston SD kaartje bij deze telefoon... nu is de tijd om te kopen!  Zie onze CAMERA demo van deze telefoon in het volgende filmpje: https://youtu.be/x001uZZgJwU opgenomen aan de Amstel in Amsterdam

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          World Bank projects Croatia's growth in 2015 at 1.5%   

In order to ensure macroeconomic stability and growth, it is essential to continue dealing with fiscal weaknesses and the high rates of inactivity and unemployment and to resolutely implement long-term structural reforms


          Croatian Adjectives Cheat Sheet   
Croatian adjectives. Published by Easy-Croatian on 30th June 2017.
          Croatian Verb Forms Cheat Sheet   
Croatian adjectives. Published by Easy-Croatian on 30th June 2017.Published by Easy-Croatian on 30th June 2017.
          7/2/2017: SPORT: (Croatia)   

Automated highlights, augmented reality and an all-knowing chatbot called ‘Ask Fred’ are among the new innovations from the All England Lawn Tennis Club and IBM at this year’s Championships. The All England Club and IBM announced this week that they...
          Croatian travel agencies, Russian tour operators strengthening cooperation    

Croatian travel agencies and Russian tour operators are enhancing their communication and cooperation in an effort to attract more Russian tourists to Croatia during the entire year, it was said at the signing of an agreement between the association of Croatian travel agencies (UPHA) and the association of Russian tour operators (ATOR) in the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) headquarters on Thursday.


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          Sam Divine – Defected In The House (Guest Soul Clap) – 30.06.2017   
Sam Divine – Defected In The House (Guest Soul Clap) – 30.06.2017 Sam Divine brings you the latest episode of Defected Radio, featuring fresh cuts from Avon Stringer, DJ S.K.T, Melé, Josh Butler, CamelPhat, KiNK, Ninetoes and loads more. On guest mix duties this week is American DJ and production duo, Soul Clap. You can catch them playing at Defected Croatia 2017.
          The Ever Dynamic & Comfortable Hanse 445 in Croatia   
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          Cross-border transmission line losses calculation using adaptive Monte–Carlo method   
This study deals with calculation of transmission line losses. Having in mind that this type of losses, besides the line load and the other external input quantities such as atmospheric conditions, strongly depends on measurement uncertainty as well, the issue can be considered through finding the most convenient approach in calculation of measurement uncertainty. In this respect, two approaches (methods) are the most common: traditional method based on the guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM) and the adaptive Monte–Carlo method (AMC). The study reveals the main disadvantages of the GUM, which is so far considered as a most accurate method. The observed drawbacks of the GUM can be successfully overcome by using of the AMC method. The comparison between the methods is performed on 110kV cross-border transmission line from Croatian Transmission System Operator Ltd. The results show the great difference in the estimated variances, i.e. GUM variances are significantly overestimated what results in incorrect transmission losses allocation procedure with respect to its final financial effect. The study confirms that the AMC method is likely to be more practically suitable method for transmission line resistance and losses calculation.
          he the hell where BC Donetsk is   

BC Donetsk got closer to complete its roster for the upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds by inking shooting guard DeMarcus Nelson and big man Vitaly Kovalenko to respective one-year deals. Kovalenko (2.01 meters, 27 years old) arrives from BC Kyiv, where he averaged 10.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 46 Ukrainian League games last season. He has also played for Cherkassy Monkeys and Budivelnik in Ukraine, as well as for Znicz Jaroslaw in Poland. Kovalenko has been a member of the Ukrainian national team. Nelson (1.93 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Cholet Basket, where he averaged 9.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 Euroleague games last season. Nelson made a name for himself playing college basketball at the famed Duke University, where he was team captain for his senior year. He was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-ACC First Team after the 2007-08 season. The next year Nelson played for Golden State in the NBA, averaging 4.1 points in 13 appearances, and for Austin and Bakersfield in the NBDL, where he posted 19.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 20 games. He also played briefly in Croatia for KK Zagreb that season. He joined Air Avellino in 2009-10 before making his Euroleague debut with Cholet last season. Donetsk also signed three players - Vadim Myakinin, Andrei Korochkin and Ilya Shemosyuk - to respective one-month deals, with an option to keep them for the entire season.

http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/86871/180/bc-donetsk-inks-kovalenko-nelson


          Int'l cured meats fair opens in Istria   

Around 110 exhibitors, including 39 producers of traditional cured meat products from Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, gathered for an international salami fair at the Istrian town of Sveti Petar U Sumi on Saturday.


          Bush urges independence for Kosovo   
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.


"Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.

Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.

In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.

"We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.

When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.

Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.

"It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.

Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.

Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.

The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.

Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.

The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.

Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.

The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.

"I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."

Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.

Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.

Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.

But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.

"I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.

In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."

During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.

Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
          Opponents of new Kosovo must be stopped - Joseph Biden   
By Joseph Biden
Published: January 2 2007 19:12 | Last updated: January 2 2007 19:12
Years of hand-wringing and chest-thumping over the future status of Kosovo may finally be drawing to a close. In the next few months, adroit diplomacy to secure Kosovo’s independence could yield a victory for Muslim democracy, a better future for south-east Europe and validation for the judicious use of American power.

But along with the potential for triumph in Kosovo, there is a growing risk that Serbia and Russia will conspire to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. Extremists in Belgrade and Moscow are – for very different reasons – hoping to use Russia’s United Nations Security Council veto to quash Kosovo’s bid for independence. If they succeed, the Balkans will emerge as another source of bad news in a world already crowded with crises.


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During the seven years since Nato ended Slobodan Milosevic’s reign of terror in Kosovo, a UN-backed administration has largely succeeded in bringing stability to the province. However, Kosovo’s people are justifiably tired of a status quo marked by uncertainty and economic privation. These two intertwined problems will continue so long as the debate over the province’s future remains unresolved. Its ambiguous status is also leading to stagnation in Serbia.

Nationalist politicians in Belgrade have embraced the fight against Kosovo’s independence to divert public attention from their own failures and Serbia’s stalled bid for European Union membership. The actions of Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s prime minister, have been particularly disappointing. In addition to refusing international requests to call for the arrest of war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, Mr Kostunica has rejected every attempt at compromise on Kosovo. Serbia’s moral authority on the issue hit a new low in October when the 1.5m ethnic Albanian residents of the province were denied the right to vote in a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that declared Kosovo an integral part of Serbia.

To their great credit, the people of Serbia have proved more realistic about Kosovo than their elected leaders. Opinion polls show that many Serbs foresee that the province will gain independence. Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, meanwhile, overwhelmingly expect to sever ties with Serbia. With citizens on both sides of the issue ready to finish the debate and move on to more constructive challenges, leaders who block a solution will do so at their peril.

Historically, trouble in the Balkans is almost always the result of false expectations. On the whole, the citizens of south-east Europe are mentally prepared for an independent Kosovo.

If Belgrade postpones a settlement it will reopen the issue for many Serbs previously resigned to Kosovo’s independence and further inflame frustrations among the region’s ethnic Albanians. The result could be a return of the mob violence that shook Kosovo in March 2004.

A Russian effort to delay a deal on Kosovo would be in keeping with the Kremlin’s habit of fostering weak, subservient governments in formerly communist states. Moscow has apparently reached the conclusion that impoverished, unstable regimes are easier targets for manipulation than prosperous, independent countries. It has made extensive, public use of oil and gas diplomacy to undermine the budding democracies of eastern Europe. Less attention has focused on the Kremlin’s quiet efforts to exacerbate territorial conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan. Serbia could become the latest victim of this strategy.

Kosovo is not ready for full sovereignty. Even after independence, Nato and the international community will need to provide security guarantees for Kosovo’s minorities and strengthen its economy and institutions. But it is time to grant the province independence. The longer the status debate continues, the further Kosovo and Serbia will fall behind other rapidly progressing former Yugoslav republics such as Croatia and Slovenia.

Success in Kosovo, if realised, will have implications far beyond the Balkans. A responsible Russian approach to the issue could demonstrate the Kremlin’s commitment to global order at a time when its credibility is in tatters. The people of Kosovo – already the most pro-American in the Islamic world – will provide a much-needed example of a successful US-Muslim partnership. Stability in south-east Europe would be a welcome bit of good news and offer hope in a season of tremendous foreign policy challenges.



The writer is the incoming Democratic chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2000
          Jailed war crimes suspect to top his party's ballot list in Serbia's election   
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Vojislav Seselj, a war crimes suspect charged with being part of a plot to murder, torture and expel non-Serbs during the 1990s Balkans wars, will top his party's ballot list in Serbia's upcoming general elections, his aide said Monday.

Seselj is currently in jail in the Netherlands awaiting the start of his trial by the Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal. He is first on the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party's list of candidates in the Jan. 21 parliamentary vote, the party's campaign chief Dragan Todorovic told the state Tanjug news agency.

Seselj's placement at the top of the ticket practically guarantees him a seat in Serbia's next parliament after the elections. His party's ballot list will be called "the Serbian Radical Party -Vojislav Seselj," Todorovic said.

Seselj ruled Serbia with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic during the Balkan wars. His extremist party holds 80 seats in Serbia's 250-seat assembly and will be the chief challenger to several pro-democratic groups.

Seselj's party, which he heads from jail in the Netherlands, said he started a hunger strike last week demanding the tribunal grant him free choice of legal advisers, unrestricted spousal visits and an unconditional right to conduct his own defense.

He has lost 11 kilograms (24 pounds) since starting the hunger strike, the Radical Party said in a statement Monday, adding that Seselj "was aware of the (health) risks ... but will not give up" his demands and will continue refusing to be examined by physicians at the detention facility.

Seselj has pleaded innocent to nine charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly being part of a criminal plot to murder, torture and illegally imprison non-Serbs in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in the wars during the breakup of Yugoslavia.

His trial is scheduled to start Nov. 27. He voluntarily turned himself in to The Hague tribunal in 2003.
          EU urges Serbia to cooperate with U.N. effort to resolve status for Kosovo   
The European Union urged Serbia on Wednesday to "take a constructive approach" in negotiating the future of its breakaway Kosovo province and said it must cooperate with the U.N.'s war crimes tribunal if it wants closer ties with the EU.Serbia and its Balkan neighbors must also do more to tackle corruption and step up political and reforms needed to prepare them for eventual EU membership, according to the EU's annual progress reports on the prospects of would-be EU members."I trust that Serbian citizens as well as political leaders now focus less on the nationalist past and more on the European future, that's best for Serbia, that's best for the western Balkans," EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told reporters after the release of the EU reports."On Kosovo, we expect Serbia to take a constructive approach," he added.The EU's report on Serbia reiterated that steps toward eventual membership were suspended until Serbia proves it is fully cooperating with the U.N. war crimes tribunal and hands over top war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic.The report said the EU was also concerned over Serbia's new constitution, warning it did not fully guarantee judges' independence. It also called on Belgrade to intensify its fight against corruption and ensure full civilian control over its armed forces.On Kosovo, the EU report acknowledged that the focus on the sensitive status negotiations led by the U.N. "has delayed significant reform efforts."It said the province's administration "remains weak, affecting the rule of law," adding that judicial bodies there have made "little progress" in civil and criminal justice.Separate reports were also released on Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.On Croatia already opened entry talks with the EU last year and hopes to join in 2009. However, the report said there was "considerable scope" for improving the nation's judicial system and its fight against corruption. It also called on Zagreb to ensure better protection of minorities and to solve its border dispute with EU member Slovenia.Croatia's President Stipe Mesic said the critical report on his country showed it had to follow through on reforms. "It is easy to pass the laws, but it is much harder to implement them," he said in Zagreb. "It all depends on us."The EU warned Macedonia over its problems with corruption. It said reforms must go faster, if wants to get a starting date for membership talks.
           Constitutional Court president Jasna Omejec says nobody is above law   

"Croatian citizens can be calm - if a law is unconstitutional, it will be quashed, just as any law complying with the Constitution will be upheld by the Constitutional Court.


          Croatia fares poorly in EY mergers and acquisitions ranking   

Lena Habus, Director at EY Advisory Service, said on Tuesday that after two years of an increase in M&A, Croatia saw a drop in the first half of 2015.


          Royal couple attend performances marking 400 years since Shakespeare's death   

British Crown Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on Monday visited the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) in Zagreb to attend a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare ...


          Prince of Wales interested in state and potential of Croatia's economy   

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, began their two-day visit to Croatia with a meeting with President Grabar-Kitarovic.


          6月29日(木)のつぶやき   

■②記者は、なぜ突っ込まない?? 選挙違反でしょ?(blog.goo.ne.jp/activated-slud…) 『「撤回した。これで終わりだ」政府、稲田氏発言の幕引き急ぐ』(東京新聞)/「稲田氏はしっかり説明した。今後も誠実に職務に当たってほしい」と語り、辞任の必要はないとの考えを示した」

— AS (@ActSludge) 2017年6月28日 - 21:35

[菅官房長官「稲田氏はしっかり説明した。」]・・って,「誤解を招きかねない発言」って説明? 説明にも,謝罪にもなってないし。

東京新聞:「撤回した。これで終わりだ」 政府、稲田氏発言の幕引き急ぐ:政治(TOKYO Web) tokyo-np.co.jp/article/politi…

— あらいぐま (@racoon1020) 2017年6月28日 - 22:15

警察の不祥事止まらんな
広島県警の8500万円横領
愛知県警の金塊強盗へ情報漏洩
福岡の母子3人の殺人

細かいのだと
安倍御用聞き記者山口レイプもみ消し、
痴漢冤罪 関連
会計課職員が拾得物横領
豊田警察生活安全課杉原己一課長

公安委員会 何やってるんだよ 税金泥棒

— DANGOR THE B (@YK_NYR99) 2017年6月8日 - 22:41

福岡県色々事件ありすぎ。
1994年バラバラ殺人事件
2002年北九州監禁殺人事件
2006年海の中道大橋飲酒運転事故
2014年リサイクル店連続殺人事件
2016年博多駅前道路陥没事故
2017年金塊強奪事件
2017年3億8千万円強盗事件
2017年母子殺人事件 \New/

— 大空みのり (@ozora_minori) 2017年6月8日 - 19:25

これって、小池百合子らを支援している日本財団、創価学会の犯罪集団の仲間!母子3人殺人事件もやった?麻生ら天皇?~「野口兄弟」の弟は過去に愛知県警守山署に拘置中脱走~【福岡・金塊強奪事件の主犯格は根っからのワル 山口組直系組織が後ろ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2017年6月29日 - 07:38

これって、小池百合子らを支援している日本財団、創価学会の犯罪集団の仲間!母子3人殺人事件もやった?麻生ら天皇?~「野口兄弟」の弟は過去に愛知県警守山署に拘置中脱走~【福岡・金塊強奪事件の主犯格は根っからのワル 山口組直系組織が後ろ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2017年6月29日 - 07:38

・フランスの年金制度が崩れつつあるという新たな報告が首相府の専門家から提出された。財政バランスがとれる様になるには20年以上かかるとされ、何もせず手をこまねいていれば年金生活者の生活が悪化しかねないという。寿命が延び続けている事が原因で、'21年以降赤字額は90億€に上る見込み

— フランスF2ニュースまとめ (@F2newsjapon) 2017年6月21日 - 11:44

フランス、公共投資削減で年内に財政赤字目標達成へ=経済相Reuters jp.reuters.com/article/france…
>「フランスは公共投資によって身動きが取れずにいる。重要な国家主権のために公共投資を削減しなければならない」と言い

あっ…(察し
ドイツよりヤバイ気がしてきた

— ゲーテ&ワーグナー支持者 (@eikouarucroatia) 2017年6月27日 - 22:27

平日毎朝8時からのモーニング宇宙ニュース、そろそろ始めます!
USTライブ放送
ustream.tv/channel/tweettv
対話型ツイキャス放送
twitcasting.tv/tweettvjp/
YouTubeライブ放送
youtube.com/user/tweetTVJP…
では!

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2017年6月29日 - 07:48

@banzaiJAPONICA @wadamasamune @miosugita @yamagiwasumio @hyakutanaoki @hasumi29430098 @kohyu1952 @KentGilbert01… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— アミ (@suwatanabe) 2017年6月24日 - 21:43

欧州委員会の見解、ユーロ圏諸国の財政スタンスは改善し、EUの金融安定化が進展している兆しが見られるが、フランスとスペインはEUの財政ルールが定める財政赤字限度を引き続き上回っており、イタリアはなお「差し迫った」課題に直面している
jp.reuters.com/article/eu-bud…

— ulala france (@ulala_go) 2017年5月23日 - 03:11

【母子殺害 夫の巡査部長起訴へ】福岡県の民家で母子3人の遺体が見つかった事件で、福岡地検は県警の巡査部長を殺人罪で起訴へ。巡査部長は容疑を否認。 yahoo.jp/QTexvM

— Yahoo!ニュース (@YahooNewsTopics) 2017年6月29日 - 00:39

先ほど自民党本部に電話で尋ねましたが、やはり小池百合子はまだ離党していません。なぜか幹事長がまだ発議しないから、党内手続きに入れていないそうです。こいつら対決ポーズ取ってるだけで、明らかにグルです。
#小池自民党辞めてないってよ twitter.com/medicis1917/st…

— SHERBET_SOUND (@SHERBET_SOUND) 2017年6月26日 - 18:03

離党届は出したが離党していない小池百合子の存在が非常に胡散臭い。彼女の思想が安倍首相と相通ずる部分ばかりという事実を考慮に入れても、都民ファーストへの投票は結局の所自民党への投票と同義。

— 異邦人 (@Medicis1917) 2017年6月28日 - 23:14

民進党や自民党を抜け出し、小池人気に取り入って都議選に出馬した人たちがカメレオンなのかと思ったら、大将は究極のカメレオンであった。もっとも、都ファのシンボルカラーは緑色で、よく見る自民党色だが。 / “小池知事の離党届 自民、当…” htn.to/wYw9RWc5

— 渡辺輝人 (@nabeteru1Q78) 2017年6月29日 - 10:13

小池都知事は離党届出した云々は別にして、現在自民所属。自民党VS都民F は明らかに間違いでは?1人区においてそういう構図にマスコミがしていますが・・・。野球で1軍と2軍が試合をしているようなものです。ばからしい。

— 三宅雪子(自公都民ファ対野党) (@miyake_yukiko35) 2017年6月27日 - 10:54

吉原市議の離党届は即日受理されたのに、小池百合子の離党届は未だ受理されておらず、本人もそれに一言も触れていないというのは妙ですね。確か小池百合子は「進退伺を出して判断を委ねてきたが、なかなか決めてくれない」と言って離党届を提出した筈なのに。

— 異邦人 (@Medicis1917) 2017年6月26日 - 22:35

小池百合子は自民党に離党届を出しただけですからね。そもそも、小池百合子に本気で自民党と真っ向から対決する気があるなら、最初から進退伺ではなく離党届を出す筈です。その点を考慮しても、これらが単なる演出であると分かりますね。 twitter.com/SHERBET_SOUND/…

— 異邦人 (@Medicis1917) 2017年6月26日 - 22:02

佐川理財局長が国税庁長官に大出世でございます。安倍政権の中では、国民を愚弄するあの国会答弁が高く評価されたと言うことですね。安倍政権の中ではね。 / “国税庁長官に「森友学園問題」で答弁の佐川宣寿氏 財務省主計局長に岡本薫明氏 …” htn.to/ic2bBMy

— 渡辺輝人 (@nabeteru1Q78) 2017年6月29日 - 09:10

しかし、これは言葉がないほど酷いな。東電は解体しかないだろ。

(抜粋)あたかも主に凍土遮水壁の効果で流入が減ったかのような説明をし、原子力規制委員会の更田委員長代理が激しく怒った。
東電説明に「ウソだもん、これ」規制委激怒… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— ⓢⓐⓘⓣⓞ (@kentaro_s1980) 2017年6月28日 - 22:10

東電説明に「ウソだもん、これ」規制委激怒(日本テレビ系(NNN)) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/nnn?… @YahooNewsTopics

— 服部和枝(脱戦争・脱原発) (@wajuntei) 2017年6月29日 - 07:57

6/29(木)
都民ファーストは自民ファースト:幹事長いまだ小池離党発議せず!加計学園に建設費“水増し”疑惑!国税庁長官に森友答弁の佐川!東電説明に「ウソだ」規制委激怒!仏もスペイン同様、財政危機に!下村、豊田が出て、河井出ず!…… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2017年6月29日 - 11:57

6/29(木)
都民ファーストは自民ファースト:幹事長いまだ小池離党発議せず!加計学園に建設費“水増し”疑惑!国税庁長官に森友答弁の佐川!東電説明に「ウソだ」規制委激怒!仏もスペイン同様、財政危機に!下村、豊田が出て、河井出ず!…… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 服部順治(脱戦争/脱原発) (@JunjiHattori) 2017年6月29日 - 11:57
          Croatian Serb official condemns SDP leader's rhetoric   

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, on Thursday commented on his Facebook account on an audio recording of a meeting between Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic and a group of war veterans by saying "It was way out of line, even for Zoran."

 


          Nearly 46 mln people live in modern slavery, 0.4% of Croatia's population   

Nearly 46 million people are enslaved in the world today, most of them in India, according to the latest Global Slavery Index, and in Croatia, some 17,000 people, that is 0.4% of the population, are captured in modern slavery.


          Eduardo excited by SWC debut   
Croatia striker Eduardo admits the prospect of making his World Cup debut in Brazil is a dream come true.
          Why Croatia is a haven for jaded travellers   
After a few visits, Uday k Chakraborty feels Croatia offers everything a jaded traveller yarns for If you imagine a country which combines the history and gaiety of Italy, the undulating hills and magnificent architecture of Austria, the island ambience of Greece and blue coast of Mauritius – you would get an idea of Croatia....
          Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Fabinho and Ivan Perisic   

Mooted Manchester United transfer target Fabinho has reportedly agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain, despite the latter having a bid worth €45 million rejected by the player's club, AS Monaco.

A report from Goal's Loic Tanzi detailed PSG's initial offer for the versatile Brazilian: "Monaco have rebuffed that approach and are understood to be reluctant to do business with a domestic rival."

However, as Tanzi also pointed out, the player himself is keen on a move to Monaco's Ligue 1 rival: "The 23-year-old is understood to have already agreed a contract with PSG and is now waiting on Monaco to reach a compromise."

The idea Fabinho has already agreed terms with PSG will come as a blow for United after the Red Devils have been heavily linked with the player in recent days. In fact, United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly enamoured with Fabinho's ability to act as a holding midfielder or play right-back, according to Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent.

There is no doubt Fabinho would be an asset if United could get a deal done. He was a terrific workhorse during Monaco's title-winning campaign last season.

His ability to operate at the base of midfield would be welcome at a club where Mourinho is seeking new options in deep areas. United have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan and Nemanja Matic of Premier League champions Chelsea, per Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

In terms of playing right-back, United could make 23-year-old Fabinho the obvious successor for 31-year-old Antonio Valencia. However, it looks increasingly as if United will have to enter a bidding war if Mourinho is determined to land Fabinho.

It may not be worth it, given how much Mourinho's squad could use new, more prolific options up front.

      

Inter Milan Winger Ready to Force United Move

One target Mourinho may have an easier time securing is Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. In fact, United's manager is reportedly prepared to offer Italian full-back Matteo Darmian to Inter to make a deal happen, per Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t David Wright of the Daily Express).

Di Marzio has reported United's bid of £34 million isn't enough for Perisic, and Darmian could be used to make up the difference. However, the Red Devils may not need to give up Darmian if Perisic forces his way out of Inter.

The 28-year-old reportedly intends to force a move to Old Trafford now the Nerazzurri no longer need to sell him to meet financial fair play requirements.

Goal's Kris Voakes detailed how Inter have met FFP standards without selling Perisic: "The Nerazzurri believe they have managed to stave off sanctions by UEFA thanks to a number of smaller deals which have raised the €30 million they needed by the June 30 deadline, cancelling out the immediate need to offload Perisic."

As Voakes pointed out, United want to sign Perisic, but for less than the €45 million Inter are demanding for the Croatia international. It could happen if the player forces the issue, per Voakes: "And Goal understands his new negotiator, Fali Ramadani, has been given orders to take a far more aggressive approach in helping the 28-year-old to make a move this summer, leaving United in a healthy bargaining position when it comes to a transfer fee."

United don't want to pay more than €30 million, according to Voakes. Offering Darmian to sweeten the deal looks like the ideal compromise in this situation.

The full-back may have played well towards the end of last season, but he still looks unlikely to be a regular in Mourinho's preferred starting XI in the new campaign.

It also appears unlikely Fabinho will be involved, as PSG continue to circle.

Read more Manchester United news on BleacherReport.com


          (Fayetteville) Gen2 PTR 32 Rifle That Takes AK-47 Magazines - $ 1,099   
This rilfe is in great shape and only has about 300 round though it ever.    It's takes all AK-47 magazines that I've tried with the exception of the Croatia made ones.   The delayed roller system in this caliber really is a very smooth shooting rifle.    It comes with the Magpul PRS stock which is ~$250 by itself.

It has:
H&K navy type polymer trigger group housing, black polymer stock, black polymer HK 91 length handguard, black powdercoat finish, welded scope mount, paddle magazine release

Please let me know if you have any questions about the rifle.

Not looking for trades.

$1099 obo
          Lesjak delivers home success at WKF Karate1 Youth Cup   

Croatia’s Lucija Lesjak delivered home success at the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate1 Youth

          U.S. beach teams halted in Porec quarterfinals   
The top U.S. beach teams in Croatia were unable to advance out of the 5-Star tournament's quarterfinals
          Defence Ministry probing overhaul of MIG-21 aircraft   

The ministry said it would continue to act in line with the valid legislation and the demands of relevant state bodies because of serious indications of worrying actions which could affect Croatia's defence readiness.


          Company talks equipment of Croatian armoured vehicles with weapon stations   

Jutarnji List daily reported today that, because of lobbying by the Israeli company Elbit, the ministry had scrapped the development of weapon stations for armoured vehicles which Norway's Kongsberg was developing in cooperation with Djuro Djakovic.


          Toni Vary, a Café Musician   


Remember that time we went to...?
What was the name of that place?
Wasn't he grandpa's uncle's cousin's son?
Oh, yes, I remember now!

Why does someone save an old postcard?
How can such small photos
retain a magical power
that compels a person to preserve it?
What mysterious voice
gives it this seductive charm?
A kind of siren's call that whispers,
"Save me! Protect me!"
forcing the possessor to entomb this paper relic
into some shoe box or desk drawer.  

These are questions I often think about
as I search the websites of postcard dealers.
And the only answer that makes sense to me
is memory,

because I collect the ephemera,
the talismans, the amulets
of forgotten people's memories.



So skipping over why I would collect it,
why would someone save a photo postcard
of a smiling young man in a bowler hat?

Because he was once someone's sweetheart.

Michen's Liebling!
~

Michen's Darling!







The postcard was mailed on 29 November 1909
from Tilsit in East Prussia,
now known as Sovetsk, in the Russian oblast of Klaliningrad.
A non-postal souvenir stamp
of Tilsit's Deutsche Strasse, and Deutsche Kirche.
was affixed to the front photo.
One hundred years on, in this Russian enclave
of the Baltic States,
bordered by Lithuania and Poland,
the German population
has now nearly vanished. 

It was addressed to:
Freulein (sic) Minchen Hamacher
of Grefeld, Rheinl. (Krefeld, Germany)

                     Tilsit 29.11.09
Deine liebe karte mit bestem
Dank erhalten bin aber ganz
erstaunt, dasschau(?) mich nicht
mehr wiedersehen wilst pc s! (?)
jedoch, deshalb grüsst dich
erst recht der umseitig abgebildete
Mann.
Abs. Toni Vary   Deutschland postl.
~
Your love card received
with great thanks but am quite amazed,
(?) no longer
see me  again wilst pc s! (?)
However, that is why
the man pictured on the other side greets you.

Toni Vary

{better translations or corrections always welcome} 



The young man with the pencil mustache and wide grin was a violinist with the Original Schrammel Quartet „Fidele Geister or „Jolly Spirits”.  He and his fellow musicians, Mich'l Hüsten on accordion, Sepp'l Pessi on contraguitar, and Franz Helige on 2nd violin appeared on a promotional postcard for their group. They were available as first class artists, playing Schrammelmusik, a Viennese style of lighthearted instrumental music popular in cafés, restaurants, taverns, and wine gardens. The contraguitar, a kind of harp guitar with an added neck and mulitple strings, provided the basso continuo accompaniment to the more melodic voices of the violins.












The postcard was never mailed and is otherwise unmarked
except for a stamped imprint of the:

Orig. Schrammel'n
Toni Vary
„D'Deutschmeister”




It seems that Toni Vary was the leader of the quartet. On another postcard D' fidelen Geister posed in their traveling clothes, instruments in cases, as they get ready to board a train to their next gig..




Neither of these cards has a postmark but Toni seems about the same age 19-21, maybe even a bit younger, as he was in the first photo card of 1909.

Let's pause to have the Philharmonia Schrammeln Wien play some typical Schrammelmusik.  

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A few years later, Toni Vary moved up to a elite level of salon music, changing from a quartet to a trio. Exchanging his casual Schrammelmusik folk costume for a formal white tie and evening jacket. he stands in the center without his violin, holding just a roll of music. The two other men do not have instruments but the one on the right resembles the accordionist Mich'l Hüsten from the Fidele Geister quartet. The gentleman on the left might be a cellist or a pianist.





The postcard has a printed caption on the front:

Salon–Terzett  Toni Vary





The postcard was sent from Cöln, an archaic spelling of Köln, Germany
on 6.2.12 – 6th February 1912.  




By a curious coincidence,
it was sent to Herrn Hermann Hamacher of Willich, Germany
which is just 10 km from Krefeld, the address for Minchen Hamacher.
The handwriting is very different
so I was unable to decipher the message,
but I believe the name Minchen, a diminutive of Wilhelmina,
is written in the center.
Is there a connection?



But before we answer that
let's reconsider my theme.
Why would anyone save an old faded blue postcard,
an image of three men in formal wear,
that's not even a real photo, but a half-tone print?

A century later,
after two catastrophic wars,
after divided nations,
after redrawn borders,
it's now secure
in a binder of similar postcards
on a bookshelf in my studio.
Yet in this long tumult of history,
how did these simple paper postcards manage to survive? 

Memory is a powerful force.





So why on earth
would I want to have
these postcards in my collection?





Because Toni Vary once worked with
a second violin who was a very unique musician,

a woman of color.








She is seated to his left, dressed in a frilly white blouse with embroidered vest and shiny satin pantaloons. She has a violin resting in her lap. Her costume is a folk style not unlike the female musicians of Eastern European musical ensembles from Croatia, Hungary, or Romania. Except that her complexion is distinctly darker. Surely she is not originally from a European race but is of African descent. How/why/when did she get into this little band with Toni Vary? 





Seven musicians pose in a photographer's studio, five men and two women. The men wear fancy military style band uniforms with embroidered cuffs and button braid. One man has a snare drum, another a trombone, another a double bass, and one is without instrument. The second woman is of middlish age, a bit stout, and dressed in a vaguely European folk fashion that matches the violinist. She holds a roll of music, the symbol for the piano player. Toni Vary sits in center front with his violin.

It's a photo postcard of a musical group that resembles countless other small ensembles that played in Europe's salons, restaurants, and cafés in the years before World War One. The striking difference is that one musician is a woman of color. How she got there remains a mystery.

The postcard has no marks, not even a printing logo, so I can't definitively say that it is Toni Vary's orchestra. Unfortunately I've lost the original proof which was a sale listing of the same photo which included a caption with Vary's name. But I am confident it is the same man. It's what made me go look for more corroboration. It's what made me wonder how ephemera like this gets preserved. 








This postcard is a promotional portrait of Toni Vary with violin. A typical artist's publicity shot with his name angled into the lower corner. The half-tone print has faded so I've improved the contrast. The brown color of the cheap rag stock paper is typical of postcards made during the war years.





There is no postmark
but the words
Wien Schrammel Musik
Klavier & Violine

are written in the upper right corner

And curiously the address reads:
Willich 
c/ Krefeld


The handwriting looks very similar
to the writing on the blue postcard.
Another connection?








Once upon a time,
music was a common color of urban life.
It added a dimension of sound
to a stroll in the park,
to an afternoon tea at the café,
to a evening supper after the theater.
Toni Vary's orchestra was part of that musical culture.






Here he stands on a small stage leading a chamber orchestra of seven other musicians. On the left are some string players and on the right is a flutist, a drummer, and another obscured instrument. The violinist seated just left of Vary looks like the uniformed musician standing without instrument in the septet photo. Behind Vary is a large cabinet stacked with music. In front of the stage's wooden rail are restaurant tables and chairs, and the walls are lavishly decorated. This is no cheap beer hall, but a proper high class establishment.

The postcard's back has a penciled note,  

Orchester Toni Vary im Café Grosse, Frankfurt/Main


There is no date but it's likely the photo was taken during the war years. Even though the German public endured many hardships, there was always live music in German restaurants and theaters throughout 1914-1918. Toni Vary must have been very popular there as in October 1919, nearly a year after the war ended, Café Grosse honored him with a special postcard commemorating his 350th concert at the restaurant.



Sonnabend, Den 4. OKTOBER 1919,
8 UHR Abends
Ehren = Abend
für den beliebten, genialen Geiger
nd Dirigenten Herrn Kapellmeister

TONI VARY
anläklich seines 350ten Konzerts im

CAFÉ GROSSE

Toni Varz wird an diesem Tage mit
seinem verstärkten Künstler Orchester dem
hochverehrten Publikum und Stammgästen
einen besonders genukreichen
Abend bereiten
 
Weinzwang
Besondere Getränke Karte liegt auf.
Tischbestellungen beim geschäftsführenden
Herrn Direktor, den Kellnern und am Büffet
Die Direktion
~
Saturday, the 4th October 1919
8 o'clock in the evening
Honorary evening
for the popular, brilliant violinist
and conductor Mr. Kapellmeister

TONI VARY

On the occasion of his 350th concert at

CAFÉ GROSSE

On this day Toni Varz
will be presenting a special
genius evening to the
highly esteemed audience and guests.
Wine order required
Table orders with the managing director,
the waiters and the buffet


It was a special delight to discover this bit of ephemera showing that my musician had made it beyond the devastating years of war, and the tragic Great Influenza epidemic too. The fortunes of war can be good and bad, so the implication of his 350 concerts means that for much of 1918 if not earlier, Toni Vary was playing at the Café Grosse in Frankfurt. Though it's very likely that he did army service during the war, with his talent Vary may have been assigned to a military band or orchestra. Yet even those units were not entirely safe from incurring casualties.




* * *



We started with Toni Vary's story in 1909, jumped to 1919, and now enter a fog of time. For most of the photos in my collection there is just a single moment of a camera's shutter. Sometimes I find a few more that let me measure time in years, but rarely a decade, and never more. Yet somehow the magic of memory shields ephemera from harm. Eventually a postcard dealer puts it up for sale with enough description that a photo sleuth like me can find it on the internet. 


Now we jump ahead two decades to April 1939. 




It's a modern collage of photos making a promotional postcard. A violinist in white tie and tails stands on one side, four vignettes of women's faces on the other, a pile of musical instruments – drum set, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, accordion. The caption reads:


Toni Vary
mit seinen Künstlerinnen

~
Toni Vary
with his artists (female)









The card was posted from Iserlohn, Germany and addressed to:
Café u.Konditorei
GROSSE
Steckenberg/Harz


The message is typewritten. 

Iserlohn, 26.4.39
Sehr geehrte Direktion!
Freitag 1. Juni erstklassiges Trio
2 junge fesche Damen 1 Herr
mit hervorrangender Sängerin!!!
Lieder, Arien, Stimmungsgesang
beider Damen. ganz erstklassige
Musik bis schwerstes Konzert
u(nd) mod Tanz und Stimmungsmusik !
eleg(anz) Auftreten in schwarz und
grau. größtes Notenrepertoir.
arrangieren von dekorativen
Sonderabenden, gute Reklame!
überall prolongiert, Hier im
2. Monat. Refr. die Direktion.
Mit Deutschen Gruß
Toni Vary, Iserlohn i/Wwest
Haus Schulte"


~
Dear management!
Friday June 1st first-class trio
2 young ladies 1 Mr.
with outstanding singers!!!
Songs, arias, mood songs
of both ladies. Very first-class
music to the most difficult concert
and modern dance and mood music!
Elegance appearance in black and
gray. Largest musical repertoire.
Arranging decorative specials, good advertising!
Everywhere prolonged, Here in the
2nd month. Refr. the direction.
          With German greeting
Toni Vary,
Iserlohn i/Wwest
          Haus Schulte"


Four months later
on September 1st, 1939
Germany invades Poland
and another Great War begins.




This is a story with only questions
and no real answers.
Each postcard was found separately
over several years from different dealers.
The coincidences seem as remarkable to me
as a paleontologist finding rare fossils
in unexpected geological stratas. 

I don't know if Toni Vary survived
the terrible storm that we know will
soon envelope all of Europe.
And I really know nothing at all
about his life or his family.
His music making is just a guess. 
Did he ever perform in British music halls?
Did he have a favorite café in Wien?
Did he ever learn to play
American jazz music on his violin?
Answers to these questions are locked up in time.

Yet we do know something about Toni Vary.
He was a talented musician
who looked pretty sharp in a white tie and tailcoat.
And he once played music in a Viennese style
with a female African-German violinist.
And once long ago he was Minchen's Liebling!
 
The rest belongs to memory.



* * *



For a coda I offer a video of
the Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln
playing in a café for an old woman
who knows a thing or two about the power of memory.


***


***











This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where you can always find something good on the menu.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/05/sepia-saturday-366-6th-may-2017.html





          Zaključci stručnog skupa – Gospodarenje otpadom 2015 (Croatia Waste Expo 2015)   
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          Grace Atwood   

Throughout life we have all been cautioned against and steered away from dressing in stripes. Whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal, they are constantly regarded as one of the biggest fashion no-nos to decorate a hanger. However, Grace Atwood, founder of The Stripe, a highly stylized lifestyle blog that features goodies like designer DIY tutorials, seasonal must-haves and chic style ideas for every life moment, has taken the forever faux pas and transformed it into a wardrobe necessity. An upbringing in the seafood- and lighthouse-filled Cape Cod peninsula was a huge influence on Grace’s classic coastal style—she lives for blue and white stripes and embroidered dresses. And while the seaside town will always have a place in her heart—and her closet—living in New York City for the past decade has nudged her in an edgier direction. “I've been lucky enough to befriend some amazing designers and have access to some of the best shopping in the world,” said Grace. “I always try to wear something that's a little bit cool and different. My style is very simple and feminine, but I like to keep it interesting with my accessories.”

A self-admitted introvert with a goofy side, Grace is a hard-working content creator who cut her beauty- and fashion-industry teeth at many notable companies, including Procter & Gamble, Coty, Sally Hansen and most recently BaubleBar where she ran social media for several years. A little more than a year ago Grace left to pursue her own projects full time, which is where the next chapter in her career story begins.

Grace fills us in on the last few years, which has been a perfect combination of glamorous fun, including the acquisition of a new pair of Jimmy Choo lace-up rope platforms and a two-week stay in the Greek Islands, and nose-to-the-grindstone hard work with an ultra-successful blog as the outcome.


What inspired you to start blogging and how did you come up with the name “The Stripe?”
I've always been obsessed with fashion and beauty and wanted a place to catalog the things I love. I was working at a job where I felt fairly stifled from a creative standpoint, so I started a blog and started writing. Originally it was called Stripes & Sequins, which are two of my favorite things, but in January 2015 I rebranded to The Stripe. I love stripes—always have, always will—so it felt like a natural choice.
 
Hundreds of blogs launch every day, what do you believe makes “The Stripe" unique?
That's hard to say—there are so many great blogs out there. Several readers have told me that they come to my site every day because it makes them feel like they are talking to a friend. I like to think that my voice is what keeps my site unique—and hopefully keeps my readers coming back for more.

What other blogs give you inspiration?
There are a lot, so I'll just tell you five of my favorites. They are all friends of mine. I love With Love From Kat. Kat lives in New York, has great style and is always going somewhere fun. Liz from Sequins and Stripes is adorable and has the cutest baby, Charlie. Her outfits are always great. Chassity Evans from Look Linger Love tracks down the cutest clothes, and she lives in Charleston so her outfit posts are usually set somewhere dreamy. Speaking of dreamy backdrops, Jess Kirby from Prosecco & Plaid lives by the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, and her posts always transport me to an ocean state of mind. And last but not least, Annie Atkinson's blog, She's in the Glow. Her beauty stories are always well researched and on point and we share a lot of the same favorite products.

You are always visiting a new place. What is your favorite travel destination?
Visiting the Greek Islands for two weeks while in between jobs was the best vacation I’ve ever taken. I also really love Tulum, Mexico, and Charleston, South Carolina. Tulum is wonderfully relaxing, and I have made a great group of friends in Charleston—plus I’m obsessed with their restaurant scene.


Where will your next adventure take you?
I actually don't know! I spent most of July traveling and just got back from a whirlwind trip through Northwest France with Saint James. Right now I want to stay put for a little bit. That being said, there are a lot of travel destinations that are high on my list, including Cuba, Thailand, Cambodia, Croatia and Chile.

What are your essential travel products?
A small carry-on—I never check, even for a ten-day trip. When I get on the plane, I mist my face with an Odacité Facial Mist, and then apply Goop's Enriching Face Oil. Hydration is key. I always bring my laptop and my Fujifilm X-T10 camera. I keep all my cords, beauty products and essentials organized with pouches from LeSportsac. I'm also never without a Tide Stick (I'm such a klutz and always spill something), extra hair ties (I always lose them and have full-blown anxiety when I can't pull my hair up when I get hot), Burt's Bees Lip Balm, and a snack (right now I love Quest Bars). And, of course, travel-size Dry Texturizing Spray and Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Simple and streamlined—a great design should allow your content to really shine. My site is mostly black and white with pops of blush pink throughout. 

How do you feel your style has evolved since you started the blog?
It's gotten a lot more simple and pared down. I was 28 when I started my blog and now I'm almost 35. I'll still experiment with a trend or two—this year I got really into off-the-shoulder everything—but if I do, I keep everything else pretty minimal. I also wear a lot less jewelry and accessories. I look back at some old photos and think, "Wow! I was really wearing all of that!”


Fall and winter are right around the corner. How do you transition your beauty routine from warm to cold weather?
My skin is dry, especially when the cold weather hits. Thus, my skincare routine becomes a lot more focused on hydration in the fall and winter months. I'll switch from a gel cleanser to a creamy one, and I'll start using thicker moisturizers. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I'll play with my eyes a bit more in the winter, or I’ll do a bold lip—one or the other, never both. For my hair, I get more blowouts as they last longer in winter.

What is your must-have beauty product and how do you use it?
I'm obsessed with SK-II's Facial Treatment Essence—it's the fountain of youth. The brand has such a cool story, and Pitera is an amazing ingredient. I pat it on every morning and night, between cleansing and moisturizing, and like to think it keeps me looking young.

When you’re not at DreamDry, what’s your go-to routine for achieving your perfect beachy waves?
Those beachy waves are almost always courtesy of my favorite DreamDry stylist, Jay Jackson, but when they're not, it's all about the BEACHWAVER. It's my favorite curling iron. You push a button and the wand automatically twirls either left or right, depending on your preference. Getting my waves to curl the proper direction was always something I struggled with until discovering this. I'll shower the night before and let my hair air dry. Then, in the morning, I’ll go over my naturally wavy hair with the BEACHWAVER. I'll add a little bit of Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, Dry Texturizing Spray and Supershine Moisturizing Cream to the ends, and I'm good to go.


What tips would you give someone starting a blog?
Starting a blog is really hard right now as the market has become very oversaturated. I started nearly seven years ago, which blows my mind. Unless you are famous or incredibly well connected, you have to be doing something special and different from what is already out there. You need to have a unique angle and niche—your blog needs to be different and stand out, otherwise you are going to get lost in a sea of personal-style blogs filled with dresses under $100.

And don't go into it for the money because the money won't come for years. I blogged for more than two years before I made any money.
 
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Keep your head down and work hard. It was something Amy Jain, one of the BaubleBar co-founders, said to Daniella Yacobovsky, the other co-founder, while discussing their approach, and it stuck with me. There are so many startups and blogs that launch every day, and everyone wants a piece of it to get famous. There's also a lot of talk about networking and building a brand, and while all of that is important, at the end of the day, it's about hard work. I just want to build something really great and create a space where my readers walk away feeling a little happier, inspired and more knowledgeable than they did when they got there. I work hard to do that.

Who is your role model?
Gwyneth Paltrow. I love her commitment to health, wellness and clean living, and I also think she's done a great job parlaying her acting career into a business. Goop is really well done.

What is one fashion statement that will never go out of style?
Being yourself. At the end of the day you just have to own whatever it is you are wearing. Confidence and self expression are two things that will always be in, no matter what you are wearing.


 
What is your favorite Oribe product and how do you use it?
I have so many favorites, but I always go back to the Dry Texturizing Spray. It smells incredible. Jay Jackson tells me I smell like an "Orib-aby," which, if you ask me, is pretty much the best way a person can smell. I also really love the Bright Blonde collection, but I'm thinking of going darker for fall.

Trend under $100 that you are most excited to flaunt this fall?
I'm not a huge trends person, but maybe a matte, burgundy lipstick—I usually do bright red or clear gloss)—or an off-the-shoulder midi-dress.

Most luxurious possession you can’t live without?
My cat, Tyrion—yes, he is named after the Game of Thrones character. He's a fluffy Persian with a grumpy face. He's very luxurious...or at least he likes to think he is. I am lucky to have a lot of nice possessions, but I wouldn't say that I couldn't live without any of them.



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          CROATIAN -- BENJAMIN FULFORD: 26:06:2017   


Posebno izvješće: Miš koji je rikao ili kako su ljudi Bougainvillea pobijedili Rothschilde


26. lipnja 2017.



Otok Bougainville u Južnom Pacifiku bio je scena epske desetljetne borbe koja je rezultirala time da su domorodci, naoružani samo sjekirama i lukovima, pobijedili postrojbe naoružane s najnovijim oružjem svjetske klase. Bitka je nametnula domorodcima da se bore da sačuvaju svoje domove predaka protiv Rothschildove multinacionalne kompanije koja pokušava ukrasti najveće svjetske naslage zlata u Panguna rudniku. Kao rezultat njihove pobjede, Nasoi narod središnjeg Bougainvillea postao je prvi autohtoni narod u svijetu koji je prisilio globalnu rudarsku kompaniju da odustane od svog zahtjevnog pothvata.

Ovo nije samo lokalna stvar jer na tom otoku je toliko zlata da bi ono moglo utjecati na budućnost globalnog financijskog sustava. Međunarodni bankari kažu da je tamo samo nekoliko desetaka milijardi dolara vrijednog zlata i bakra, ali ako koristimo frakcijsku rezervnu metodu koju su koristile Federalne Rezerve 2008. godine za odre