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The door to my homeland

I just arrive from school. There is a good smell from the kitchen where my mother is fixing dinner mixed with a  tobacco smell from my father’s room where he is typing furiously in his typewriter the column for tomorrow’s newspaper about international news immersed in a cloud of smoke. Some static sounds emerge from […]

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Why I'm glad there is a Treaty to limit Global Arms Trade

  I’m glad the UN approved the Arms Trade Treaty for a vast majority, with the only opposition of Iran Syria and North Korea and absences of countries like China, Cuba or Venezuela. I know this Treaties are difficult to control and now this one need to be ratified for the countries before it enters in […]

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I believe in human beings, not in masses

I have a friend who is walking from Santiago, Spain to Jerusalem in behalf of an association of families with people ill of Alzheimer who is already in Croatia after doing almost 1,900 miles. One of is friends advised him in is blog to be careful, entering the Balkans, “land of tribal fights” “Religion fundamentalism”, […]

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Nikolić President in Serbia and the memory of Vukovar in Croatia

I was so distracted with Syria, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, that I did in’t pay attention in my blog to a problem in my back yard: the victory in the Serbian’s elections of Tomislav Nikolić, the ultranationalist opossitor of the more moderate incumbent Boris Tadić. Nikolić was active during the Balkans war, friend with […]

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Mediterranean Ice in Croatia

This is an unusual entry in this blog. No politics, no big problems, no ethical questions, only a look to something beautiful, powerful and unique: Mediterranean sea ice in the city of Senj (Croatia), the home town of my mother. This picture shows how it looks the harbour  this weekend. It’s the result of a strange combination […]

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Jumping into a sinking EU

Finally the Croatians said yes to de European Union. It was as I predicted yesterday a low participation and a positive outcome for the government. It was a vote for the future, no doubt, because the present of the Union is not very attractive in the middle  of the economic crisis and the dis-union between […]

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Little Croatia in the Big and Troubled UE

Sunday 22, Croatians have a referenda to corroborate or not the governmental decision to enter the EU. If this had been 20 years ago, when Croatia was proclaimed independent the result would be without doubt: yes, yes, as soon as better, because there was, (and there is) a very strong perception and a long history that situate […]

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A tribute to Luka Brajnović, a man who knew what's real love

Today was my dad’s birthday. Luka Brajnović. He would be 93, but he died eleven years ago and the wound in my soul is still open. He had a hard life. An independent Journalist in Croatia during the WWII, He was prisoner of all the sides of the war, first was detained by the Italian […]

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My Christmas Angel in a Foreign Land

One by one, the candles on the tree where beginning to light and the tiny bubbles by the figures of the scene of Bethlehem began to shine in the otherwise dark room while we, children waited at the glass-paneled door in line, the youngest, first, the oldest last. Only my dad had access to the […]

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Why can't we just live in peace?

It’s a pity to don’t understand the words in this video. Yesterday marked 20 years from the siege of Vukovar. 4.000 dead, many more hungry and thirsty, the hospital bombed, many held prisoners. There, a Croatian journalist, Siniša Glavašević, achieved to broadcast from a basement daily programs spreading news of why was happening there, day by day, or […]

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