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A weekly information sheet, produced, published, and distributed in its entirety by Dubravko Kakarigi, P.O.Box 1742, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, tel. 904/877-0620, with lots of help and support by Mr. Jim Peterson, especially as an amanuensis. Thank you Jim.
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The very first edition came out on Saturday, June 13, 1992

June 13, 1992 Number 1
 

Help Sarajevo
Over 300,000 people are starving in Sarajevo - 25% of them children. Food has run out, they have no access to medical attention, no running water, no electricity. This is their third month under siege! Please be creative and seek help for them. We don't need to wait for the airport to open, supplies can be air-dropped!
My Corner

Often our lives are difficult and too busy for us to be able to digest so much information that comes our way every day. Consequently, more often than not, we tend to overlook information that, we feel, does not directly impact us. Even when we do pay attention, the information is presented so matter-of-factly that it frequently leaves us emotionless, unaffected, and therefore unmoved to act.

I am a Croat, a Croat of Albanian ancestry. In the last year, my world has tumbled down. My dear motherland (Yugoslavia) is in pain. My family, my friends, my people are suffering. I feel the grief of loss of history, lives, and future.

What can I do to contribute to lessening of this pain and grief? I can not fight, even though that is what I feel I would like to do sometimes. I can not tell the warring people to stop, they can not hear me. But I feel I know what is right. If I could only motivate enough compassionate people to pay attention, to act out their consciousness, I will have fulfilled my duty. Thus, I decided to create this "Hrvatski Glasnik" in order to bring my homeland closer to you. I will try my best to bring you a news summary, some historical bits, odds and ends of our culture, and any items that need urgent attention. My hope is that you will be stimulated by all this and will identify more closely with my people. In the process, I hope that you can help my people and will also see a reflection of your own life situation in their destiny. This could bring us, the people of the world, all closer together and could give us a chance to avoid future calamities like the one which has befallen my countrymen and women.

What's New

Challenge to the West The war in Yugoslavia is a challenge to the conscience of the West. (Croatian television)

Bosnia must be split-up Leader of Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic declares on Friday that Bosnia must be split up among the Croats, the Muslims, and the Serbs. (CNN)

President refuses to consider military involvement Mr. Bush says that "we are not the world's policeman." This in reply to Senator Lugar's urging that the US threaten with military involvement, unless the warring parties stop fighting. (CNN)

Dobrinja still without food After more than 50 days, Sarajevo's suburb Dobrinja is still under siege. From a friend who calls me daily from Dobrinja, I find that the situation is desperate: food supplies have run out, wounded can not be transported out to receive medical attention, people huddle in basements without food, light, or heat. They have lost hope in negotiations. They believe the only way out is by force. (Personal account)

Destruction of Dubrovnik continues After 15 days, the people of Dubrovnik are still without electricity and water. Daily, a variety of artillery equipment sends mortal loads to destroy lives and the treasure of Croatian and world culture. Numerous churches, schools, public buildings, and private houses have been destroyed or seriously damaged. The image of the destroyed dome of the famous bell tower overseeing the East end of the main street (Stradun) still lingers in my mind. (Personal account)

President of Bosnia-Herzegovina met Croatian President Croatian radio reports that on Thursday Bosnian President, Mr. Alija Izetbegovic, met in Zagreb with his Croatian counterpart, Dr. Franjo Tudjman. The subject of their conversation is not known at this time. (Croatian radio)

FROM THE FOREIGN PRESS BUREAU, Zagreb, Thursday, June 11, 1992.

DUBROVNIK - Croatian positions came under attack by Serb forces and the YU Army stationed in Trebinje this morning. The attack subsided at 7:20 however the general alert is still on. The city has been quiet in the afternoon after this morning's attack on Zupa Dubrovacka. No casualties or injuries were reported. The general alert has been in effect here for fourteen days. Water supplies are low. A boat delivering humanitarian aid, food and medicine arrived in Cavtat today where 3,500 civilians have been held since the YU Army occupied the region. The delivery of the aid was organized by the Dubrovnik Red Cross and the EC mission stationed there.

SARAJEVO, B-H - An early attack was launched by Serb forces on the suburb of Novi Sarajevo yesterday as well as other parts of the city. Shells landed on Kotor- sko Brdo and Velesici on public buildings and homes. There was also fierce fighting in residential quarter of Mojmilo. A French UNPROFOR member was lightly wounded yesterday when the convoy he was traveling with was fired at by sniper fire. About ten shots were fired at the convoy which was on route to meet with UN military commander Louis McKenzie who arrived in Sarajevo to negotiate with all sides involved in the conflict about the reopening of the Sarajevo airport. Nine people were killed and 100 wounded here yesterday when Serb forces attacked the city with heavy artillery. The children's hospital and nursery were hit as were many mosques and houses. The attack resumed today.

Urgent Action Needed

It seems that the world community is closer to military involvement in Bosnia-Herzegovina (B-H). (Please refer to: Sen. Richard Lugar: "Settling Yugoslavia Unrest Requires Military Action," Herald--Sun, Friday, June 12, 1992. Also, the US Senate nonbinding resolution on use of force in B-H.) While the immediate motivation is very much justified (rescue of several hundreds of thousands of citizens of Sarajevo) the method is questionable.

What the people of Sarajevo are saying is that they do not need foreign soldiers to liberate them. What they do need is material support. In fact, if the international community decides to send troops to establish peace in B-H, the only thing that is certain to happen is the immense slaughter of civilians and troops. The situation in B-H is known best to the people of the region. I can testify that it would not be possible for the foreign military strategist to clearly distinguish between the aggressor and the defender. We need to take leadership from the people who are asking for help rather than impose our solutions in a missionary style of the past.

What is needed is air support and supplies. B-H as a state has its own defense forces. What it lacks is control of its air space, which could be effectuated by foreign powers; and heavy military equipment: tanks, heavy guns, armored personnel transporters, and communication devices.

Please, do what you can to bring this message to our government:

DO NOT SEND TROOPS, SEND SUPPLIES AND PROVIDE AIR SPACE CONTROL!!

On a Lighter Note

The following cartoon appeared in "Slobodna Dalmacija", a Split daily, on May 27, 1992. The barricaded figure depicts a Serbian soldier and the sign says: "The Embassy of SAO Krajina." SAO Krajina is a name for an area of Croatia where the Serbian minority has established its "autonomy."

This is where several years ago the Serbian minority, instigated and supported by the Belgrade regime, unilaterally asserted its own power by the force of arms.

(Click on the image to get its large version)

A History Bit

Croats, and South Slavs generally, have been treated by the history writers as orphans. They are not mentioned in their stories frequently.

In this section, I will be presenting some important, interesting, and little known historical facts about Croats which might make them take their just place in your history books.

Prince Nikolas Zrinski defends Europe In 1566 Süleyman I -- called the Magnificent in Europe and the Lawgiver among the Ottomans -- the most powerful ruler of Ottoman Empire (ruled 1520-1566) gathered an army of 200,000 men and 300 canons and started a march against Vienna King Maximilian in preparation for defense convoked the nobles under his protectorate into a "crown council." Croatian Prince, Nikolas Zrinski, the participant in the council, decided to meat the Turks in his fort, the Siget, and hold them there until Vienna prepares. So, with 2,500 men, Prince Zrinski, held Ottoman armies, 200,000 strong long enough for Germans and Magyars to gather a good size army near Sopron.

When Zrinski found out that he could not hold any longer against the great odds, he opened (Sept. 16) the doors of the fort and led his men in a desperate attempt to break through the Turkish lines. Needless to say, they all perished. But Süleyman did not know of the outcome of this battle, for he died a few days before (Sept. 13) and his army never reached Vienna.

History Quiz

Who was the first Croatian king? When was he crowned and which area did his kingdom cover? Answer in the next issue.

A Dalmatian Dish

Stuffed squids

1600 g squids medium-size
20 g garlic
160 g rice
1 dl olive oil
300 g fresh tomatoes
2.5 dl red wine
300 g onions
20 g parsley leaf
3 g red pepper
20 g salt
Clean, wash and dry the squids, Cut the head and tentacles into small cubes. Lightly brown finely chopped onion and tentacles in oil. Add salt, pepper, chopped parsley, and rice, pour in the water (or fish stock) and stew until the rice is done, Stuff the squids with the mixture, finish by closing the ends with toothpicks. Arrange the stuffed squids in a pan, pour in the sauce, cover and simmer at a moderate heat. At the end pour in the wine, simmer for about 5 minutes, and serve warm.

Sauce preparation: In the rest of the oil fry finely chopped onion, diced tomato, sliced garlic with parsley, add salt and pepper, pour in a little water, and boil for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Number 1, Jun 13, 1992
Number 2, Jun 20, 1992
Number 3, Jun 27, 1992
Number 4, Jul 04, 1992
Number 5, Jul 11, 1992
Number 6, Jul 18, 1992
Number 7, Jul 25, 1992
Number 8, Aug 1, 1992