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News News Organisation to go further RSF_en News News Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Border firmly condemns the murder of journalist Sardasht Osman, whose body was found in Mosul this morning, two days after he was kidnapped outside the language department of Salahadin University in the nearby city of Erbil. A 23-year-old student of English language and literature, Osman wrote under the pseudonym of Dashti Othman for the newspaper Ashtiname and for various independent websites such as Sbeiy.com, Awene.com, Hawlati.info and Lvinpress.com.According to Sbeiy.com, Osman was killed because of an article he wrote for Ashtiname about a senior member of the Kurdistan regional government. His family and friends are convinced that his abduction and murder were linked to his journalist activities.“Osman’s murder again highlights the extreme danger to which independent journalists are exposed in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the authorities to shed light on his death. Those responsible must be arrested and tried. We also urge the government of Kurdistan to accept the gravity of the situation and to ensure that journalists are protected.”Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the decline in the press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan in a release yesterday, noting that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the two parties that control the region, seemed to have reached an agreement to muzzle the press and restrict the freedom of journalists as much as possible. “Many reports and op-ed pieces have been published in which Kurdish journalists and intellectuals are unanimous in voicing their concern about the current situation and their determination to defend press freedom,” yesterday’s press release said (http://en.rsf.org/irak-parties-in-ruling-coalition-agree-05-05-2010,37382.html).The city of Erbil, where Osman was kidnapped, is mostly controlled by the KDP, whose leader, Massoud Barzani, is Kurdistan’s President. His son, Masrur Barzani, heads the KDP’s security services.Osman is the first journalist to be murdered in Iraqi Kurdistan since Soran Mama Hama, who was gunned down outside his home in Kirkuk on 21 July 2008. Aged 23 (like Osman), he wrote articles critical of local politicians and security officials for the magazine Leven. He had repeatedly been threatened and warned to stop his investigative reporting but his courage and professionalism pushed him to continue (http://en.rsf.org/iraq-journalist-gunned-down-in-kirkuk-22-07-2008,27900.html). February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts May 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second journalist killed in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo May 21, 2020 The Guatemalan Army seized more than 3 tons of cocaine in several counter-drug operations conducted April 19-21. Two of the seizures originated in the Maracaibo region of Venezuela, where small aircraft departed on suspicious flights over the Caribbean Sea that ended up violating Guatemalan airspace.An April 21 counter-drug operation in Laguna del Tigre National Park, in the municipality of San Andrés, Petén department, resulted in the capture of 10 criminals and the seizure of about 54 bags of cocaine weighing about 1.6 tons, the Guatemalan Ministry of the Interior reported. One of the detainees was injured in a fire exchange with authorities, who also seized a pickup truck, eight motorcycles, six horses, and firearms. In another area close to where the drug was found, security forces also carried out operations where they seized several illicit items, according to the news portal Publinews.Other seizuresThis was the second most recent seizure in Petén, since on April 19, in Las Cruces, military and police forces located the remains of another small aircraft, according to the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General.Authorities found two corpses in the area, believed to be crew members of the aircraft, and seized nearly 1.5 tons of cocaine.During another seizure, personnel of the Caribbean Naval Command intercepted and inspected a suspicious vessel in the Amatique Bay, Izabal department. According to a Guatemalan Army report, divers from the naval special forces found what is called a “parasitic” device, a cylindrical container used to smuggle drugs, with several packages of cocaine weighing about 30 kilos.
“It’s nice to think about becoming an elite destination. But it takes a lot more preconditions for that than the mere desire and steps of individual private investors. Apart from its natural beauty and clear sea, Croatia has not yet created its competitive advantage in order to successfully cope with its Mediterranean competitors. Thus, even a small Montenegro is already taking some of our guests, and experts announce that Albania will only become a tourist discovery. Namely, tourist destinations, in addition to the price policy, do not increase earnings from tourism, they must also work on more creative marketing, innovation and constant creation of diversity in relation to the competition. “- is only a small part of the book” What are the Croats “by Dr.sc. Bože Skoke, which in my opinion is a must-read for all current and future tourism workers.Dr.sc. Božo Skoko, professor at the University of Zagreb and expert on the identity and image of countries, after an extremely successful and sold-out book in the Croatian language entitled “What are Croats like”, and has now published an amended edition in English entitled “Understanding Croatia – A Collection of Essays on Croatian Identity”.It is one of the few editions available to readers around the world through Amazon, which speaks in a popular, interesting, but also critical way about Croatian identity and image in the world. Through a collection of essays on Croatian identity, image, politics, culture, way of life and peculiarities, the book talks about Croats, their history, contributions to the world, the relationship between the homeland and the diaspora, coping in the European Union and mentality.Mandatory reading for all current and future tourism workersRarely has a book thrilled me like this, because it deals with one of the important questions: Who are we Croats, what is the Croatia brand or Made in Croatia and what can we offer to the world. I keep emphasizing how we need to start respecting ourselves, in order for others to respect us as well. We must respect our identity, culture and way of life, history kako and how our authentic story must be our main tourist product.The book is written based on many facts and research, but it is very drinkable, entertaining and educational. What is also extremely important, the book introduces you to the story as if the author is directly conducting an argumentative dialogue with you. Personally, it was very “difficult” for me to read the book and I had to read it one more time, and I will certainly read it a third time, because through constant dialogue, discovery, awareness and questioning from fragment to fragment, it aroused a creative storm in me. thoughts wandered through the prism of the wider picture and its implementation. It was enough to just set up one hypothesis such as: “Do Croats have wine?”, And a couple of reasoned thoughts of the author that a creative storm was happening in my head. But that only speaks to the value of this book because it forces you to think and think critically.You just can’t start reading it and not read it in one breath and one day. From piece to piece it pulls you to read it and you ask yourself: Are we really so blind that we don’t see the significance and potential we have? A banal example, we have a tie, and no one knows that it is the work of Croats. Crazy, isn’t it?Some of the interesting topics you can read about in the book: Croatian mentality, European stereotypes about Croats through history, Complex of small country and small nation, Croats by birth and Croats by choice, 14 lessons that Croatia needs to learn from the Republic of Dubrovnik, Forgotten Croatian greats, How Croats present themselves to Europe and how Europe perceives them , What are the real achievements of Croatian diplomacy, What has Croatia brought to the European Union as a dowry? Why are Danes happy and Croats not? Why do Croats prefer the protector of Ireland to the protector of Croatia? Similarities and differences between Croats and Serbs, Croats as the first Slavic people to accept Christianity, How Pope John Paul II branded Croatia, Innovative and creative Croatia, Croatian sports gene, Do Croats have wine? and others. We have to deal with the brand, and not let it develop by inertia and the worst that happens to us, that someone else develops it and tells our story as it suits him. You know that familiar definition of a brand, how a brand is what people talk about when you leave the hall. It is precisely this story and perception that we must take care of. You don’t have to or you might agree with everything written, but an argumentative discussion is the first foundation for us to develop as a society and as individuals.”If we look at the trends in Europe we can see how serious countries have just made networking of all forms of promotion to create a single brand. Because we will no longer be able to get more and more demanding tourists only through a tourist story, but we must tell a story about our greats, our literature, way of life and culture, so that he gets a complete picture of what Croatia is, to buy Croatian products when he meets him in his shop. , that investors come to invest in our country and the like. It’s that link. “Skoko said recently at a tourist conference.Photo: HNSAnd that is the message for the end, tourism is our great tool and channel to tell a much broader story about Croatia. But, as I said, we must first become aware of ourselves, to start being proud of our identity, because that is the only way we can valorize it. It is important that we manage the image and the brand ourselves. This can certainly not be done by foreigners or foreign labor, or anyone else, if we do not live alone and are not proud of our brand and the way and culture of living in the true sense of the word. We must be proud of the Croatia brand, and the book “What are Croats like” is just the best possible first step towards that.That is why the English edition of the book is extremely important for positioning and raising awareness of the Croatian brand on the global stage. Christmas is approaching, give yourself and others, especially foreigners, this book that you can only be proud to be a Croat when you read it.