In politics, in England, debate arose over the creation of a statue of Baroness Thatcher in Grantham. The United States signed a memorandum of understanding with Belize to protect the nation’s cultural patrimony.
In a crossover of politics and economics, in Washington, the Cowlitz tribe is pursuing recognition of Mount St. Helens as “Traditional Cultural Property of significance,” which may have implications for drawing tourism.
In a crossover of politics and security, the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, called for Africans to guard their cultures at the regional summit, “Women and Youth in the Promotion of Cultural Security and Development in Africa,” where Zainab Maina, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, added, “economic growth without social and cultural justice cannot be our idea of development in Africa.” In Syria, government officials continue to claim that looting has occurred in major museums but that looting at remote sites remains a problem. In contrast, websites reported a theft at the Raqqa Musuem.
In economics, in Canada, an article reported on renewed efforts to establish a market in contemporary art. The ArtNewspaper reported on the lagging middle market in the art world, while Art13, a new fair in London, will target the middle-market. Artprice and Art Market Monitor of Artron (AMMA) formed an alliance to comprehensively assess Western and Asian art markets. Global art sales continued to expand despite a slowdown in China. Internationally, art fairs have emerged as a significant force in the market. In China, speculation surrounded the performance of the auction market for 2013.
In a crossover of economics and security, the HuffingtonPost published a follow-up article on the fourth year of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, which builds fences around archaeological sites in emerging nations so that locals can protect and charge admission to the areas. In Egypt, agricultural development continues to threaten sites of cultural heritage.
In security, a post in Foreign Policy, showed photos of the destruction of statues of deposed dictators over the past 60 years. In Canada, Mounties arrested two men for trafficking in antiques. In Yemen, the Antiquities General Authority, Sana’a’s Airport Security and Antiquities Prosecution has recovered about 1500 antiques over the past six years at Sana’s International airport.
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