Unite for Global Heritage: Find or host an event near you

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On April 10, 2003, news of the looting of more than 15,000 priceless artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq shook the world. Archaeologists, museum professionals, and public supporters alike raised their voices against the senseless destruction of cultural objects; objects which not only held significance to Iraq and its history, but to the history of the world. It was ... Read More

Attorney Rick St. Hilaire discusses UNSCR 2199

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Attorney Rick St. Hilaire joined SAFE to discuss the implications of United Nations Security Council’s recent adoption of Resolution 2199 (listen to the podcast here.) The resolution, drafted by Russia and unanimously adopted by all the member states of the Security Council, aims to undercut ISIS’s major financial sources—oil, kidnap ransom, and antiquities trade. Member states of the UN have been ... Read More

White House March to stop ISIS from destroying what remains of Mesopotamian Civilization: Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Organized by Jabbar Jaafar and Abdul Amir AL Hamdani

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This following Media Advisory is posted at the request of the organizers Jabbar Jaafar and Abdul Amir AL Hamdani. Contact: Jabbar Jaafar Phone: 703-459-6004 E-mail:  Jabbar.jafar@gmail.com Urgent action is needed to stop ISIS’s barbaric acts against Iraq’s and international heritage We are cultural and archaeological activists preparing to kick off a campaign in Washington, DC to urge and pressure the policy and decision makers to take immediate … Read More

Iraq’s heritage: a global concern

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SAFE has added Iraq to the “A Global Concern” page of its website. SAFE was founded in 2003 in response to the looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. This overview of Iraq’s heritage and the threats it faces, therefore, adds an important layer of meaning to the mission and cause of SAFE. Heather Lee, a summer 2014 intern, explores … Read More

What do you think: “Gleaming in the Dust” by George Richards and Tristan Summerscale

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Gleaming in the dust

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. George Richards and Tristan Summerscale from London, England, have recently published an audio documentary titled, “Gleaming in the Dust.” It focuses on exposing the deep-rooted problems of illicit antiquities trade and … Read More

New legislation introduced to protect international cultural property

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SAFE applauds the introduction of a new legislation aiming to improve the efficiency of the U.S. federal efforts to protect international cultural property. On November 13, Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Christ Smith (R-NJ) proposed the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) in response to the terrible state of affairs brought by ISIL/ISIS in Syria and … Read More

What do you think: “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu” by Joy Lynn Davis

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Remembering Kathmandu

Following up with the previous blog post, “What do you think?”, this blog post introduces another cultural heritage protection project that reached out to SAFE for suggestions and advice. Joy Lynn Davis leads a public-awareness and art production project, “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu.” It started in 2010 as a response to the illicit smuggling of sacred stone sculptures … Read More

Help SAFE serve you better

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SAFE is working on a planning initiative to better the organization and help achieve its mission. We have designed a survey to measure readers’ opinions of SAFE and its programs, mission, strengths, and weaknesses. We would appreciate if you could take a couple minutes of your time to participate in this survey. Please follow the instructions, and where appropriate, add … Read More

Inspirational Past: college student’s appeal for cultural heritage protection

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I do not have many memories from my childhood. But if I fumble through the deepest and the most distant recollections, one particular memory surfaces amidst the haze. I remember—vividly and intensely—standing in front of the colossal statue of a winged human-headed bull at the British Museum. How can I ever forget the initial encounter with this beautiful beast? Its … Read More