Two villages - two worlds apart

Two villages - two worlds apart

Posted: 2014-08-15 Category: EMPA article awards

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… 

Protection and Relief Abroad Crisis Support Teams in the “Arab Spring“

Protection and Relief Abroad Crisis Support Teams in the “Arab Spring“

Posted: 2014-08-15 Category: EMPA article awards

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.

Landings Beaches’ candidate for UNESCO World Heritage List

Landings Beaches’ candidate for UNESCO World Heritage List

Posted: 2014-06-20 Category: EMPA news

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.

Baltic Defence College is proud of all of its graduates

Baltic Defence College is proud of all of its graduates

Posted: 2014-06-17 Category: EMPA news

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.

Saber Strike 2014

Saber Strike 2014

Posted: 2014-06-11 Category: EMPA news

On June 9, there was a solemn opening ceremony of a military exercise "Saber  Strike 2014" at Ādaži military camp, which this year coincides with the host-nation exercise "Baltic Host 2014" and naval exercise "BALTOPS 2014".

Interview: General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Interview: General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Posted: 2014-04-28 Category: EMPA news

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. 

Main historic exhibitions in remembrance of World War I in Austria 2014

Main historic exhibitions in remembrance of World War I in Austria 2014

Posted: 2014-04-28 Category: EMPA news

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien)
 
Exhibition: 
 
Reassembling of the standing exhibition on World War I. Besides other artefacts the visitors can see the car used by Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo as well as his uniform. Amongst the weapons shown are a 38-cm-howitzer and an armed gun from the Przemysl fortress.
 
The exhibition aims on the explanation of chronology, geography and special topics concerning this “basic catastrophe of the 20th century”.