Canada to extend military training mission in Ukraine

Canada will announce as expected on Monday that it is extending a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine, a source directly familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland More »

The House of Lords needs ‘total reform’ according to the person writing Corbyn’s constitutional policy

by Chris Jarvis The House of Lords has long been a feature of British politics. But the person responsible for developing Labour’s constitutional policy has called for it to be scrapped. ‘Total More »

No breakthrough but US, Taliban hail progress in Doha talks

After 16 days of discussions, US and Taliban negotiators have wrapped up their longest round of talks yet hailing progress on some key issues – but without producing a major breakthrough. More »

Kiev regime continues to harass opposition journalists

On March 5, the SBU officers searched the apartment of the Kiev-based journalist Vladimir Skachko. Skachko is known for his publications, which are oppositional to the current Ukrainian government, notes “Strana” web-site. More »

Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea

by Patrick Donahue and Jennifer Jacobs The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to More »

 

Croatia | Big Lockheed Martin against small Croatia: the failure of purchasing aged Israeli F-16 jets

by Marko Knežević

The story of the Croatian procurement, more precisely a purchase attempt, of Israeli F-16 fighter jets has all the elements of a foreign-policy thriller, including intrigues, transnational interests, corruption, a plot twist, and the shocking ending when the main character realizes he has fallen into something bigger than him. Still, it is not a memorable blockbuster, only an everyday episode of the long-running sitcom set in the Government of Croatia. Already in April 2018, the BalkansPost reported about a high-level corruption behind the sale and cyber attacks against investigative journalists who published sensitive documents related to it, but the controversial story reached an unexpected twist over the last few weeks.

Croatia | In His Final Act, War Criminal Hijacks Court

The shocking public suicide of Slobodan Praljak at the Hague Tribunal has overshadowed the significant findings of Croatia’s complicity in mass crimes in Bosnia and has further diminished the legacy of the international court.

Wednesday’s reading of the appellate verdict in the case against six Bosnian Croatian defendants was the last verdict issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Croatia | Electoral Advance For The Radical Left in Croatia

by Mate Kapovic

Local elections were held in Croatia on May 21st. This was the first time since the 1990 that the radical left has made significant gains, which is especially encouraging in light of the probable parliamentary snap elections in September.

Croatia | Struggle for secular education in Croatia

This autumn a public scandal has shaken the University of Zagreb, Croatia. It has broken out on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. New elected dean of faculty decided to integrate its curriculum with the Catholic Faculty of Theology. The dean was dismissed after public protest, but his proposal had deeper roots. Political cleanings developed in the university. Violating existing regulations and laws, the President of the University of Zagreb and the University Senate installed a new dean and dismissed the democratically elected student representatives in the Faculty Council hoping to achieve the majority necessary to command the Faculty. A majority of professors in the Council vehemently opposed these moves but to no avail. The Faculty has been taken over by the new management that continually, with the support of the President of the University, dismisses the professors’ attempts to return to lawful procedures, legitimate student representation and normal functioning of the Faculty Council.

Croatia | Students and professors in Zagreb university oppose Catholic offensive

by Saša Vejzagic

“Vlatko Previšić will go down in history as the worst and the most despised Dean ever! – The dean will fall! – Rector Boras is a disgrace!” are just some of the statements made by students at the University of Zagreb in the course of the past few weeks. During this time an extremely serious situation has been unfolding at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Croatian acronym – FFZG). Among the biggest faculties in Zagreb consisted of 23 separate departments and serving more than 6000 students. The situation escalated when the Dean hired a private security company to use as his own private army while maintaining an inexplicable and illegal state of emergency at the Faculty. Most recently, security guards unjustifiably enforced a complete lockdown of the Faculty building in the middle of the exam period, thus preventing a student general assembly (known as “plenum”) from taking place. The following day the guards blocked a hallway that leads to the library, the registrar’s office, and some of the lecture halls in order to stop elected student representatives and others not on the list provided to them by the Dean to access the Faculty Council meeting taking place that morning. Since the situation at the FFZG has been heating up for some time now, it is best to begin at the inception of these developments.

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