Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cultural Security News (May 27 - Jun. 02)

Trend of Repatriation Policy
An undated photo attached as an Exhibit to the Manhattan US AttorneyTurkey continued efforts of repatriation with inquiries into objects at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sri Lanka and Cambodia also furthered initiatives to retrieve cultural patrimony. Neglect of historic sites compromises knowledge of the development of Christianity in Iraq, and looting of Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site damaged record of pre-Colombian civilization in Illinois. Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD) warned that Belgian Islamist Sheik Abu Imran called for the destruction of the a national symbol of Belgium. Israel's antiquities law enables looting within the nation and transfer of looted objects from abroad. Risk of forgeries was reported in Russia and Indonesia. On the upside, the Brazil art market is booming.
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