Cultural property in Australia, indigenous and illicitly imported
In politics, in Germany, the return of human remains to nations of origin has the potential to increase calls for repatriation of art, antiquities, and other cultural property. In Egypt, the director-general of the Repatriation of Antiquities Department resigned over lack of cooperation by other departments.
In a crossover of politics and economics, in Australia, an initiative seeks to gain the same level of distinction for indigenous art as for non-indigenous art in historical and contemporary exhibitions.
In a crossover of politics and security, in the Holy Land, cultural heritage sites that lie in regions of conflicting Israeli-Palestinian jurisdictions suffer from neglect. China seeks to preserve the language internationally by determining when and how translation might occur. In Turkey, police clashed with protesters over the planned demolition of the park in Taksim Square.
In economics, in India, the government turns to the option corporate donors for preservation of cultural heritage sites in exchange for promotional opportunities. In the UK, Christie’s announced the upcoming sale of the estate of T. S. Eliot. In Lebanon, the Beirut Art Fair for 2013 has the potential to further strengthen the contemporary art market in the Middle East.
In a crossover of economics and security, in France, Egypt requested that an auction house halt the sale of a Quran manuscript. In the West Bank, the family that holds the remaining fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls intends to sell the artifacts, while Israel claims rightful ownership.
In security, in Sri Lanka, the Antiquities Protection Division reported the attempted smuggling of rare artifacts. In Egypt, sales of looted antiquities, reportedly, goes undeterred in public spaces. In Australia, evidence has been retrieved on the purchase of $3.8 million in antiquities from the Indian smuggler, Subhash Kapoor. In Mali, UNESCO reports that damage to Timbuktu by insurgents is greater that first assessed.
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