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Trg Republike, Split, Croatia (Pic du Jour)

A quiet moment on this large square surrounded on three sides by attractive neo-Renaissance buildings known as the Prokurative. With a population nearing 200,000 --its metropolitan area is home to about 350,000-- Split is the largest city on the Dalmatian coast and the second-largest city in Croatia. Split, Croatia, 12-Feb-2008
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Cablegate in the Balkans – And the winner is:

Croatia, apparently. Of the 251,287 secret US Embassy cables which Wikileaks began making public yesterday, 2,053 relate to Croatia, according to the 'Cables by Country' graphic on Wikileaks Cablegate website. Bosnia & Hercegovina is next at 1,419, followed by Serbia & Montenegro, with 1,244. Slovenia comes in a distant fourth with 947,…
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Susak Notebook

Dolphins as PR/tourism icon are everywhere in Mali Lošinj. So it made my day to see a school of 10 or so during a relatively brief boat ride to Susak, a small…
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May pic(k)s

This is the Pula Arena (or amphitheatre, or coliseum), in the Istrian city of Pula, Croatia. Built in the 1st C. AD, it's the sixth largest of 200 surviving Roman arenas. The last time I visited here was 32 years ago. Well maintained these days, at its peak it was able to accommodate more than 20,000. There's a nice little museum on the premises…
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Lošinj notebook

The Croatian island of Lošinj is the northernmost area of Europe where lemons grow. That tidbit tells you quite a bit about what to expect from this northern…
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Corruption in Croatia

It's not very new, but surely, this deserves a few more views, no? Via a BBC story today on corruption and organized crime in Croatia comes this youtube vid (in Croatian) of Josip Matanović, a former VP of Croatia's Privatization Fund (CPF), accepting a big ole envelope of cash. Can anyone help with some quick translation? Direct link is here.…
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