ISIS and the World's Cultural Heritage

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The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has been liberated, but ISIS is still selling off looted antiquities from there and other historic places. Worldwide publicity is increasing the value of stolen objects, and there’s reportedly a thriving black market in Europe, Asia and the United States. Museums and antiquities dealers say the criminal trade is exaggerated, damaging legal business. But are private collectors protecting the heritage of the Middle East or perpetuating colonialism?


Barbara Slavin - Atlantic Council / Al-Monitor - @barbaraslavin1, Amr Al-Azm - Shawnee State University - @alazmamr, Kate Fitz Gibbon - Fitz Gibbon Law / Committee for Cultural Policy, Deborah Lehr - Antiquities Coalition - @CombatLooting

Warren Olney

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