FROM Deborah Lehr
ISIS and the World's Cultural Heritage 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?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.