To own or not to own: Is that the question?

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“Who Owns the Past?” “Who Owns Antiquity?” “Who Owns Culture?” “Who Owns Art?” “Who Owns Objects?” “Who Owns History?” A flurry of similar-sounding questions has been circulating in the media for some time now. Varying on the same theme, they are used as headlines in an array of formats: books, articles, lectures, panel discussions, etc. While these questions raise some … Read More

Five Years On, SAFE Remembers the Looting of the Iraq Museum

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“The way you remember the past depends upon your hope for the future.”-Story Musgrave, astronaut Five years after the looting of the Iraq Museum, SAFE is still the global leader in commemorating this tragic event and making sure that its lessons are not forgotten. Cultural heritage around the world remains vulnerable to looting and destruction, but sometimes the most powerful … Read More

Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War

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Review of “Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War” April 9 2008, National Press Club, Washington D.C. “A nation stays alive when its culture stays alive.” ~ as seen above the door of Kabul’s Museum in Afghanistan On April 9, 2008 members of academia, press, SAFE and the public gathered together at the National Press Club in … Read More

Are Strings Attached?

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Today’s New York Times article When Strings Are Attached, Quirky Gifts Can Limit Universities rekindles concerns over the ethical and moral issues of big donations to educational institutions. Two years after the announcement of the $300 million gift from private collector Shelby White to New York University to finance a new Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), … Read More

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq

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Yesterday marked the London launch of the book The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq, edited by Peter Stone and Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly. The book is being released on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum with the sad acknowledgment that cultural heritage in Iraq is still in a dire state. The book is … Read More