Published in Hrvatski vojnik No 451 ( 4.July 2014)
In short about article: written during journalist visit Afghanistan and Croatian soldiers deployed there. Croatian soldiers take care about few poor villages and during our visit they delivered supplies to local school. It was impressive to see so many contrasts in all Afghanistan, poverty on one side and wealth on the other, as well as warm welcome to our soldiers on each step…
On 17 December 2010, around midday, a young grocer, desperate because of frequent harassment by administration and police and a hopeless social situation, was seen pouring petrol over his body and setting himself on fire in front of the governor’s office in the Central-Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. The self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi was the trigger for the events that are known today as “Arab Spring”. After that, the country was gradually taken in by a wave of strikes, demonstrations and riots, despite all efforts of long-term President Ben Ali to pacify the masses. However, it was too late. By the time of Bouazizi’s agonising death in a Tunis hospital on 4 January 2011, the revolution was already in full swing.
Editor-in-Chief of the MoD magazine Odbrana Radenko Mutadzic talked to General Frank Grass, Chief of the US National Guard Bureau, during his recent stay in Belgrade, Serbia
A ceremony on the occasion of sending off the members of the Infantry Company of the 21st Infantry Battalion of the 2nd Army Brigade into the UN UNIFIL mission to Lebanon held in the “Stefan Nemanja" barracks in Raska, Serbia.
Every year, hundreds of commemorations take place in Normandy to remember D-Day and its veterans. This year was quite special. Never have so many heads of state participated in the celebration. June 6, the same date as the landing took place, 18 Heads of State met to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings. 1000 WWII veterans from several countries were invited to the grand official celebration that took place at Ouistreham, on the beach with the code name Sword where British forces in 1944 fought ashore.
On 17 June the Strategic Communications (StratCom) Centre of Excellence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) organises the public discussion “Russia’s Information Campaign against Ukraine: from Vilnius Summit to the Crimea Referendum”.
On 18th June at 11.00, in the Baltic Defence College befall the Joint Command and General Staff Course
and the Civil Servants Course graduation ceremony. The Graduation Ceremony will be held in the Baltic Defence College
main hall with the presence of representatives of the Baltic States as well as many honourable guests from partner countries.
On 24 April, 150 paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Unit located in Italy arrived in Latvia, Riga International Airport, by several planes.
In early April Croatia marked its first five years of NATO membership. As a unique opportunity to additionally mark the anniversary we conducted an interview with General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, discussing Croatia's participation in NATO-led operations and contribution to Smart Defence initiative respectively. General Bartels also spoke about new challenges before the Alliance in the future.