Serbian refugees fleeing Croatia, 1995.

Operation Storm took place between 4th of August and was declared completed on 7th of August 1995. It was one of the last military operations in Croatian war for independence. Although hailed as a very important victory by Croats, for many Serbs it presents mourning over a lost home.

Although having played a significant role in ending wars in the Balkans, Operation Storm resulted in an exodus of Serbian population (around 220000 people) from Croatia. People who were not able or did not want to flee suffered violence. 1192 civilians were killed.

Most refugees are to this day unable to return to Croatia due to a variety of reasons, some of them being Croatian refugees being settled in homes that Serbs had left, difficulty obtaining a residency and/or a citizenship, fear of legal persecution (because, although Croatia issued a general amnesty, the amnesty does not extend to war crimes) and a poor economical situation in Croatia.

In 2010, Serbia sued Croatia before the International Court of Justice, claiming that the event constitutes a genocide. The ICJ ruled that Croatian authorities did not have an intention of exterminating Serbian population, though it noted that serious war crimes had taken place.

Every 5th of August, the date Croatia took the city of Knin in Operation Storm, Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders takes place in Croatia as a memorial to Croatian War of Independence. The event is to this day a subject of high controversy and is often tied to incidents of WW2 imagery related to Ustaša movement appearing.

Kannst du mich hören abi? Ich vermlsse dich. Ich vermisse dich abi, ich vermisse dich so sehr und ich schwöre bei gott ich kann es nichtmehr ertragen. Abi, diese menschen haben mich Alleine gelassen, ich bin allein auf dieser welt und es gibt keinen der es ändern kann. Du hast mich alleine gelassen abi, du bist gegangen und hast mein Herz mit in dein Grab genommen ohne zu bedenken dass ich es brauche um zu überleben. Wie konntest du gehen und mich hier alleine lassen? Du wusstest doch dass ich niemanden habe, du kanntest meine Ängste und Sorgen abi, ich hatte nur dich auf dieser welt, du warst mein ganzes glück aber dieses glück verliess mich stück für stück. Gott ich weiß nicht wie ich es dir sagen kann, aber ich will nicht mehr ohne dich weiterleben. Du sagtest mir dass ich stark bin und alles schaffen werde, aber abi glaubst du mir wenn icj sage dass ich keine kraft mehr habe um aufzustehen? Dass ich angst habe vor jeden morgen, dass ich angst habe es nicht mehr zu schaffen? Ich kann nicht mehr abi, ich vermisse dich. Mein herz weint seit jahren und es tut mir so leid, dass ich meinem herz so viel angemutet habe. Ich vermisse dich abi, bitte komm zurück. Bitte komm zurück und bring mein Herz zurück.
—  @ellayyah mein Herz 💕
May it please the court

Pairing: Daphne Greengrass x Percy Weasley
Setting: Law school moot court module AU
Word count: 1664 words
Written for: provocative-envy‘s birthday 
Notes: Happy early birthday, Envy! You’re an Actual Inspiration #yelling xxxxxxx 


Percival Ignatius Weasley can recite the headnotes of every case that has been on his reading lists for the past two years. He can name every lord benched in the Supreme Court, the Privy Court, and the fucking Senior Courts of England and Wales from 1993 onwards. He can, upon given a set of facts, reason the judgment out the exact way that the leading judgment did it (albeit only about seventy two per cent of the time, but that’s still a pretty decent hit rate).

Tl;dr: Percy Ignatius Weasley knows a whole lot.

What he doesn’t know, however, is which forgotten but definitely evil deity that he might have offended in order to have landed Daphne Princess Greengrass as his partner for this moot court module. This only five people out of forty get As module. This doubles as the selection trials for the Jessup team module.

This Daphne is probably taking because it involves a field trip to the Hague module. 

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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it “regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision”.

Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise.

The court’s decision is considered legally binding.

Japan had argued that the suit brought by Australia was an attempt to impose its cultural norms on Japan.

Science ‘myth’

Reading out the judgement on Monday, Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones.

It said Japan had caught some 3,600 minke whales since its current programme began in 2005, but the scientific output was limited.

Japan signed up to a moratorium on whaling in 1986, but continued whaling in the north and south Pacific under provisions that allowed for scientific research. Norway and Iceland rejected the provision and continued commercial whaling.

The meat from the slaughtered whales is sold commercially in Japan.

Japan has clashed repeatedly with Australia and some other western countries, which strongly oppose whaling on conservation grounds.

Japan has argued that minke whales and a number of other species are plentiful and that its whaling activities are sustainable.

A spokesman for Greenpeace UK, Willie MacKenzie, welcomed the ICJ’s decision.

“The myth that this hunt was in any way scientific can now be dismissed once and for all,” he said.


[Lupa’s note: About damned time.]

141206 Brave Writers summary post…thing

Hi guys, I thought I’d make a post summarizing the interesting stuff that was talked about in Brave Writers since under the current circumstances, it’s unlikely it will ever get subbed and i don’t want to make any more gifs of this show

And just in case some people don’t know, Brave Writers is a talk show that Eli and Soohyun went on last winter along with Laboum and some guys from NH media, and they mainly discuss about what happens in the entertainment industry behind the scenes.

Quick disclaimer: my Korean is not that great and they use a lot of high-level words in this show so it’s possible that I might have gotten something wrong—please take my words with a grain of salt (*´A`*)
This is also not a direct transcription of what they said (I just wrote down the essential info and paraphrased stuff), so please don’t take this as exact translations.

People list:
U-Kiss: Eli, Soohyun
Laboum: Yujeong, ZN
MCs: Hyun Moo, Boom
NHM: Head Manager Shim Hwa Seok, Representative Kim Myung Hoon (note: he’s a different person than CEO Kim Nam Hee)
Scriptwriters: there are a lot so I’m just going to refer to them as Writers 1, 2, 3 etc

-This is nothing important but when Hyun Moo asked Soohyun if he was in his twenties yet, he answered, “26, the best age to get married.”

—Q: Do you have any dissatisfactions to tell the writers?
Manager: When writers tell me “U-Kiss are the main this time, they have to come out on the show”, but in the end, it’s another idol that gets the spot. I know it’s an inconvenient truth, but I still get hurt by it.  But it can’t be helped because the managers are at a lower position.
Writer 1: They’re on the guest list/cue sheet up until a few days before the broadcast. But during then, we’re still thinking about who to include or not and we can’t decide the final results. However any way we look at it, we have to prioritize the stars that come from big companies/making their comebacks and then start considering the other companies and rookies afterwards.
Boom: Because there are limited spots
Writer 1: So because of that, it keeps on changing
Writer 2: It’s difficult to get the stars we personally want. We have to consider the requests of all the people we know and also play according to the market.

-Writers talk about their dissatisfactions
Writer 2: The worst is when stars delay their decision or their appearance but then reject it in the end. They should just say they won’t do it in the beginning! But even worse is when they say they’ll do it but they don’t come during the broadcast (looks at Manager, who then admits that there was a case like this).
Boom: What do you do then?
Writer 2: When they come on the show next week, we ask the stars the questions they hate the most/tell them to to the “individual talents” they hate the most…to make them really embarrassed. Basically, we get revenge.
Writer 3: Another is when it doesn’t work when writers call to cast the star, but when the PD or director calls, it works.

—Q: When your casting gets rejected?
Writer 1: Recently there’s a group like this, we’re just ignoring them for the whole season.
Writer 4: When we call the manager and the casting doesn’t work, we call the representative. There are cases when it does work out after that, but it probably makes it awkward for the manager.
Manager: There were times when I rejected them respectfully, but then they went to the higher ups and got an okay from them. Actually, I’d feel bad right?

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Marshall Islands sues nine nuclear powers over failure to disarm

Pacific nation that was site of 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958 accuses states of ‘flagrant denial of human justice’

The Marshall Islands is suing the nine countries with nuclear weapons at the international court of justice at The Hague, arguing they have violated their legal obligation to disarm.

In the unprecedented legal action, comprising nine separate cases brought before the ICJ on Thursday, the Republic of the Marshall Islands accuses the nuclear weapons states of a “flagrant denial of human justice”. It argues it is justified in taking the action because of the harm it suffered as a result of the nuclear arms race.

The Pacific chain of islands, including Bikini Atoll and Enewetak, was the site of 67 nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958, including the “Bravo shot”, a 15-megaton device equivalent to a thousand Hiroshima blasts, detonated in 1954. The Marshallese islanders say they have been suffering serious health and environmental effects ever since.

The island republic is suing the five “established” nuclear weapons states recognised in the 1968 nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) – the US, Russia (which inherited the Soviet arsenal), China, France and the UK – as well as the three countries outside the NPT who have declared nuclear arsenals – India, Pakistan and North Korea, and the one undeclared nuclear weapons state, Israel.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/24/marshall-islands-sues-nine-nuclear-powers-failure-disarm