Captain Vampire – the Croatian Connection

CBR Editor Brian Gallagher has had a book published – The Return of Captain Vampire. It’s a collection of his stories published in the yearly Black Coat Press anthology series Tales of the Shadowmen. The book series features Russian vampire Boris Liatoukine’s – known and feared as ‘Captain Vampire’ – exploits in stories that take us from 1830 to 2024, covering various moments in European history. 

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Why Croatia commemorates Vukovar

Today is the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar in 1991. Here is the 2015 talk CBR Editor Brian Gallagher gave at the Croatian Church in London.

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CBR Editor Brian Gallagher was priviliged to be asked again to give a speech in regards to Vukovar on Croatia’s Remembrance Day service at the Croatian Chaplaincy in London.

Croatian Chaplaincy London, 22nd November 2015

Why Croatia commemorates Vukovar

Brian Gallagher

The 18th of November is a day of commemoration in Croatia. It is the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar in 1991. Days around this date and indeed for the next few months will see commemorations for various crimes and atrocities perpetrated by invading Serbian and Yugoslav armed forces. Such commemorations are similar to Remembrance Sunday in the UK, but there is a greater focus on people killed in atrocities.

A limited look at some events in 1991 should be enough to show why Croatia commemorates Vukovar and thus why we are here today.

The city of Vukovar was bombarded by the Yugoslav Army for three months, reducing…

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Dayton Peace Accords Webinar – 21 November

The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation is having a Webinar on 21 November to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, the agreement made possible by Croatia’s Operation Storm. This will be an unmissable event for anyone with an interest in recent history and the current situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. An impressive list of speakers includes:

Peter Galbraith, former US Ambassador to Croatia will speak about the Dayton Peace Accord and Erdut Agreement.

Mate Granić, Croatia’s Foreign Minister in 1995 will represent the Republic of Croatia and speak about Croatia’s DPA role. Continue reading

Posted in Croatia's Foreign Relations, Croatian politics and elections, Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croats Overseas/Disaspora, Events, History, Homeland War, Webinar

Important Fundraiser for the Croatian Catholic Mission in London

The Croatian Catholic Mission in London is need of funds for urgent restoration work. This is quite important, as the Croatian presence in London is not very large, unlike larger diaspora communities in the US, Canada, Australia, Germany etc. The Mission is the centre of the Croatian community in London, and has proved essential during the Covid-19 crisis under the leadership of Fr. Ljubomir Šimunović.

Nicholas Frankopan is intending to raise no less than £10,000 for the work. Continue reading

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Crodiaspora Online Summit

The non-profit organisation Crodiaspora is to hold an online summit, with a strong emphasis on business.

As Croatia Week reports:

“On the 30th of October, Crodiaspora will be releasing the videos for its online summit, which will feature a wide array of representatives from the corporate, political, sports, tourism, and legal spheres of Croatia and its diaspora communities represented across the world.

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United States to move forward with the Visa Waiver Program

A message from Steve Rukavina of the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation:




United States to move forward with the Visa Waiver Program
Dear Friends and Croatian American Supporters:
 
On Friday, October 2nd, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in Dubrovnik that the Department of State has formally nominated Croatia for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. This is an important step in continuing to increase security, economic, cultural, and people-to-people connections between the two nations.

Now that Croatia has been nominated, the Department of Homeland Security will take the necessary steps, as soon as possible, to assess Croatia’s entry into the program. If Croatia is designated as a Visa Waiver Program country, its nationals would be authorized for visa-free travel to the United States for business and tourism. This development within the bilateral relationship between the United States and Croatia and when approved, will only serve as another cornerstone accomplishment for U.S. and Croatian relations.

The Republic of Croatia had to achieve a less than 3% rejection for visa requests by September 30, 2020.  Also, there is an additional U.S. government administrative process for Croatia to submit many documents and required protocols to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Upon completion of these requirements, the Secretary of Homeland Security will announce the date for which the new visa-travel program may commence. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings in Dubrovnik with
Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings in Dubrovnik on Friday, October 2nd with Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman and was joined by the U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Bob Kohorst. The Croatian and American officials and diplomats discussed NATO-related topics, the F-16 fighter jet opportunity for Croatia’s air force, Croatia’s LNG terminal and also, several sensitive issues involved with Chinese influences and commercial activities in Southeast Europe.

The NFCACF wants to congratulate the Croatian government for this milestone achievement, hopefully soon to be approved.  We must applaud and salute all the work done by Minister Davor Bozinovic of the Interior Ministry and his colleagues partnering with the U.S. Department of  Homeland Security within the realm of terrorism, cybercrime, travel restriction protocols and other joint bilateral security issues.


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Minister Davor Bozinovic of the Interior Ministry

The NFCACF has long been supportive of Croatia’s pursuit of this bilateral security agreement with the U.S. government.  Our Croatian American organization has helped maintain attention and focus in the nation’s capital with several U.S. agencies and the State Department, over the past ten years, to fully appreciate and acknowledge  Croatia’s progress in meeting the program’s administrative requirements. Sincerely,

Steve Rukavina

President
National Federation of Croatian Americans 
Cultural Foundation 
email: sjrukavina@gmail.com

P.S.  The NFCACF is pleased to announce that we will host a virtual panel discussion on  Saturday, November 21st on the 25th Anniversary of the initialing of the Dayton Peace Accord, to discuss this agreement and all the constitutional issues on-going in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Virtual Town Hall event with Croatian Ambassador to Canada

The Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce are having a virtual Town Hall event with the Croatian ambassador to Canada, HE Vice Skracic on 8 Oct at 1900 EST. Details below:

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on CNN

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković appeared on CNN’s ‘Quest Means Business’ programme on Monday. He discussed with host Richard Quest Croatia’s tourist season in light of the Covid-19 risks. It was reported on extensively in Croatian media. The full interview can be seen here.

Posted in Business, Covid-19/Coronavirus, Croatia and the EU, Croatia's Foreign Relations, Economy, Tourism

Live on 9 Sep: Common Croatia Residency Questions

Expat in Croatia will be holding a live Facebook Q and A on 9 September about getting residency in Croatia. It will take place at 1600, Croatian Time. It is an event that will interest anyone thinking of moving to Croatia. More details here.

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NFCA Book Club Discussion with Three Talented Croatian American Authors

The National Federation of Croatian Americans recently had a book club webinar (above) featuring three Croatian American authors:

Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Death in Her Hands

Nadean Stone, author of No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey To Identity.

Catherine Kapphahn, author of Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me.

All three talk about their books came about, and give insights into their works. Well worth watching.

 

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