Cultural Repatriation, Politics, and Royalties
In repatriation, a professor at Brandeis University helped the return of artifacts to Guatemala by identifying the Mayan objects, while Turkey made demands for the return of Roman mosaics from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. In protection, Jordan garnered support from UNESCO in preventing Israel from taking unilateral action at sites of cultural heritage in Jerusalem, and tragically, looting in Egypt endangered lives by making homes unstable. In the art market, the economic development minister of Nunavut encouraged Canada to instate the right for Inuit artists to recover resale royalties, and Occupy Museums set up shop outside of the annual Armory Show in New York. In diplomacy, UNESCO continued a four-year debate over whether or not the President of Equatorial Guinea should be allowed to sponsor an award.
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