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January 14, 2000
BY democratic choice, Croatia is moving into Europe's mainstream and away from its neo-fascist recent past. When Croatia does arrive in the promised land, the isolation of its bitter rival and mirror image, Serbia, will increase until Serbs make similar reforms. Franjo Tudjman led Croatia to independence in 1991, brutally cleansing it of Serbs. Behind flimsy democratic decor, he ruled as a dictator surrounded by profiteers. After President Tudjman died Dec. 10, Croatians mourned. Then they voted Jan. 3 to oust his legacy, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Yesterday in one sentence: They were draws in the scorebook, but Mexico beat Brazil, 0-0, and South Korea beat Russia, 1-1. What's on tap: Australia vs Netherlands, noon, ESPN; Spain vs. Chile, 3 p.m.; ESPN; Cameroon vs. Croatia, 6 p.m., ESPN. What you'll see: I said yesterday would decide Group A, and it did in the sense that Brazil decided they didn't terribly want to take control of the group. The goalless draw with Mexico leaves both teams on four points, and a draw today in the Croatia-Cameroon game leaves the juicy possibility that all four teams could finish on four points and create the kind of silly chaos only the World Cup can provide.
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NEWS
August 3, 1991
The European Community mission to Yugoslavia scheduled for this weekend will come too late. The war between Serbia and Croatia has begun. Serbian irregulars using the historic name of Chetniks are infiltrated into Croatia to defend its Serbian minority and fire at Croatian police and then look to the federal army for protection. The Yugoslav air force attack on the Croatian village of Kostajnica was an example of some such escalation at work.The 12-member European Community raised the stakes on its involvement in Yugoslavia from monitoring an agreed cease-fire in Slovenia with 50 observers to a commitment to do so in Croatia, with three times as many in tripartite patrols with federal and Croatian soldiers.
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August 8, 1995
The Croatian invasion of Krajina is another step in the inexorable ethnic partition of the former Yugoslavia.This military action has been in the works since Croatian Serbs seized control of the area in 1991. Before counter-attacking, though, Croatia needed to acquire armaments and train men. Thanks to long borders with Austria and Hungary, the U.N. arms embargo was never a problem. When Croatia had an army ready to go, it set about reconquering the areas it lost four years earlier. Its greatest successes were where the Croatian Serbian supply lines to Serbia were longest and most tenuous.
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By Samantha Power and Samantha Power,Contributing Writer | January 13, 1994
ZAGREB, Croatia -- In a development that Western officials are hailing as a significant diplomatic success, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman has reportedly ordered Bosnian Croat leader Mate Boban to "take a long vacation."Mr. Boban is president of the self-declared republic of Herzeg-Bosna. His troops have obstructed the passage of countless humanitarian aid convoys and conducted a military campaign that has left thousands of Muslims displaced or killed since the alliance between Bosnian Croats and Muslims broke down last May.U.
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By Dusko Doder and Dusko Doder,Special to The Sun | July 21, 1991
BELGRADE -- Yugoslavia's quarreling political leaders could agree on little last week except to effectively accept the independence of Slovenia, thus recognizing an important piece in the country's disintegration.Now attention shifts to Croatia and the potential it poses for a wider civil war.Croatia, which along with Slovenia declared independence June 25, appeared to have suffered a serious setback. Croatia's representative on the eight-man collective presidency, Stipe Mesic, had cast the only vote against the army withdrawal from Slovenia --the move that seemed to guarantee Slovenia's independence.
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By Dusko Doder and Dusko Doder,Special to The Sun | September 10, 1994
ZAGREB -- Today's visit of Pope John Paul II to Croatia has sent a deeply divisive message throughout the former Yugoslavia. It was something he had tried to avoid with his original plan to visit all three warring parties: the Croatian Roman Catholics, the Bosnian Muslims and the Serbian Orthodox.But the Serbian Orthodox Church rebuffed him. His security could not be guaranteed in Sarajevo. So he has ended up doing exactly what he did not intend: visiting just Croatia and raking up the kind of memories that have led to the present civil war.More than half a million Roman Catholic faithful from Croatia and abroad have bought tickets for his planned Mass in a Zagreb racetrack.
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By Samantha Power and Samantha Power,Contributing Writer | March 27, 1994
ZAGREB, Croatia -- The final film credit rolled at Friday night's premiere of "Schindler's List," and all heads in Zagreb's packed European Theater turned toward the mezzanine, where Croatian President Franjo Tudjman sat stone-faced next to the film's Oscar-winning co-producer, Branko Lustig.Amid a round of subdued applause, Mr. Tudjman rose and embraced Mr. Lustig, a Croatian native and Auschwitz survivor. Coming from Mr. Tudjman, whose sensitivities regarding Jews in Croatia have been questioned, the gesture seemed to go beyond one of appreciation.
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By Samantha Power and Samantha Power,Special to The Sun | June 21, 1994
NOVSKA, Croatia -- Some 462 Muslims, ethnically expelled from Serb-controlled Bosnian territory last week, have been refused entry by Croatia.United Nations peacekeepers -- Jordanian and Nepalese troops -- have pitched tents at the border for the bewildered refugees, who include 110 children and 12 civilians in need of medical evacuation."
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Every morning, we'll break down the coming day's World Cup action in Brazil. What's on tap: Brazil vs Croatia, 4 p.m., ESPN Group preview:   Group A . What you'll see: There's only one game on the opening day of 2014 World Cup, but it'll go a long way to determining the fate of Group A. The physical advantage Brazil has over Croatia will only be magnified in Sao Paolo, where the opening ceremony will work the home crowd...
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By Mike Bresnahan, Tribune Newspapers | July 28, 2012
A handful of journalists were on hand to watch the U.S. women's basketball team win its Olympic opener against Croatia. It was an obvious contrast to the crammed news conference the previous day for the U.S. men's team, where reporters scurried toward Kobe Bryant and LeBron James before packing into a dense semi-circle seven or eight people deep. "This is more physical than our games," Bryant quipped as media members pushed and shoved one another. "I've seen at least two flagrant fouls.
EXPLORE
June 2, 2011
I love the knack Croatians have for taking a humble stretch of rocky shoreline and turning it into a wildly romantic bar or cafe. At Valentino Bar in the coastal town of Rovinj, the woman who runs the place hands out pillows as you arrive, an invitation to find your own nook in the rocks overlooking the bay. As the sunset fades and the flames on the old-time candelabra seem to brighten, you realize that you don't need to be rich to enjoy a luxurious moment...
NEWS
August 29, 2010
Eric Gordon sank four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and the United States used a dominant second quarter to cruise to a 106-78 victory over Croatia on Saturday in its opening game of the world championships in Istanbul. Kevin Durant added 14 points and Chauncey Billups 12 for the U.S., which shot 55 percent from the field. Leading by only two after the first quarter, the U.S. outscored Croatia 26-6 in the second. "People aren't expecting us to come out here and win, so we just wanted to make a statement and I think we did," Durant said.
NEWS
July 23, 2008
DINKO SAKIC, 87 Concentration camp chief Dinko Sakic, the last known living commander of a World War II concentration camp, who had been serving a 20-year sentence for war crimes, died Monday in a hospital in Zagreb, Croatia, officials said. A former chief of Croatia's infamous Jasenovac camp, he fled Croatia at the end of the war, when the country's pro-Nazi regime was crushed. He had lived in Argentina for decades until 1998, when he was extradited to Croatia for trial. In 1999, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for carrying out or condoning the torture and killing of inmates while in charge of Jasenovac in 1944.
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By Julia Gorin | January 16, 2007
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush recently echoed Vice President Dick Cheney's support for Croatia to join the European Union, a bid that has been stalled because of the former Yugoslav republic's slowness to own up to and prosecute its 1990s war crimes and its failure to ensure protections and rights for minorities, including returning Serb refugees. Croatia also faces the possibility of being excluded from the 2008 European soccer championship because when an Italian team's fans taunted the Croatian team's fans at a match in August by waving Yugoslavia's old communist flag, the other side took great offense and showed the competition what it was really made of: They formed a giant human swastika and gave Nazi salutes.
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By Julia Gorin | January 16, 2007
LAS VEGAS -- President Bush recently echoed Vice President Dick Cheney's support for Croatia to join the European Union, a bid that has been stalled because of the former Yugoslav republic's slowness to own up to and prosecute its 1990s war crimes and its failure to ensure protections and rights for minorities, including returning Serb refugees. Croatia also faces the possibility of being excluded from the 2008 European soccer championship because when an Italian team's fans taunted the Croatian team's fans at a match in August by waving Yugoslavia's old communist flag, the other side took great offense and showed the competition what it was really made of: They formed a giant human swastika and gave Nazi salutes.
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By Alan Cowell and Alan Cowell,New York Times News Service | September 22, 1991
ZAGREB, Yugoslavia -- Federal army tanks battered Croatia's easternmost garrisons with shellfire, and warplanes struck its Adriatic coastline yesterday as the army launched the civil war's broadest and harshest assault against the secessionist republic.Croatian officials appealed to Yugoslav military leaders in Belgrade twice for a truce in a conflict that is threatening to escalate beyond control, but there was no public response, suggesting that the federal authorities are bent on expanding territorial control in a weakened Croatia.
TRAVEL
By ROBERT CROSS and ROBERT CROSS,CHICAGO TRIBUN | July 9, 2006
LAPAD, Croatia "These are all nice people. Everybody's nice in my group." Coming from the big, unsmiling Irene Demsar, our Slovenian tour guide, this sounded a little like a threat - or a warning. On a Saturday in May, the beginning of our nine-day, eight-night bus tour of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and a bit of Slovenia, Demsar gathered us into a lounge at the Argosy, a no-nonsense, group-oriented hotel on a fantastically beautiful chunk of Adriatic shore. Through the magic of travel agencies and the Internet, 40 travelers from Canada, Australia and the United States ended up in that hotel lounge, where a gray-vested waiter served wine and Demsar told everybody what to expect.
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