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Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Source: ABC American arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $US3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artefacts smuggled from the Middle East that the Government alleges were intentionally mislabelled, US federal prosecutors have said. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York in which the Oklahoma City-based corporation consented...
When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

Paper prepared prior to the 2017 meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, 2-12 July 2017. The International NGO Forum on World Heritage takes place in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting and will present cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their safeguarding and management,...
Who is Responsible for Destruction of Iraq's Cultural Heritage?

Who is Responsible for Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage?

Almonitor – Adnan Abu Zeed  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, a conference held in Abu Dhabi December 3-4, called for international support to protect the endangered cultural heritage of the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. Conference participants approved establishing a $100 million fund and a safe haven network for use during conflicts. The problem in Iraq is one of conflict...
A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon of the 40th session of...
Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands as a world heritage site! The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq” UNESCO said. “The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and...
International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

International Civil Society Urges WHC Member States to Vote YES for Iraqi Marshes

  Istanbul, 10 July 2016 Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign At the conclusion of this year’s annual conference of World Heritage Watch in Istanbul, civil society organizations presented their list of resolutions. These have been announced in a press conference and will be submitted to the World Heritage Committee (WHC). The resolutions...
Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women's Work in Iraq's Mesopotamian Marshes

Ecological Collapse Circumscribes Traditional Women’s Work in Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes

Eurek Alert As the land at the heart of the cradle of civilization dries out, an ancient culture is being lost with the unique ecosystem that sustains it For thousands of years, the marshes at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern day Iraq were an oasis of green in a dry...
Who Stole the Mysterious Baghdad Battery?

Who Stole the Mysterious Baghdad Battery?

Mohamed altaher – arabic.rt With the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraq has lost many of its rare archaeological treasures, including the astonishing “Baghdad Battery” which — to this day — remains a phenomenon for which scientists have found no satisfactory explanation. This precious historical and scientific artifact, meticulously crafted in materials with distinct chemical...
Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

Cultural heritage in times of conflict in Syria and Iraq: a case for prosecution?

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI The Hague, December 2015 In a landmark case for cultural crimes, the first person charged with the destruction of cultural heritage appeared recently before the International Criminal Court (ICC), the international tribunal with the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is an alleged extremist militant accused...
Dominican Monk Saves 800 Manuscripts at Risk from Daesh across Kurdistan

Dominican Monk Saves 800 Manuscripts at Risk from Daesh across Kurdistan

Shafaq News Nothing concerned Dominican Iraqi monk Najib Michael from the Dominican Fathers Church in Paris more than saving his manuscripts before Daesh terrorists reached them in Mosul and Qaraqosh. Michael’s attempt to smuggle 800 manuscripts to Kurdistan Region coincided with Daesh’s control of the ancient Syrian city Palmyra, which raised fears for the city’s...
Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

Looted in Syria – and Sold in London: The British Antiques Shops Dealing in Artefacts Smuggled by Daesh

When Mark Altaweel agreed to hunt for ‘blood antiquities’ in London dealerships, he was expecting more of a challenge. But as the archaeologist discovered, relics from the ruins of Palmyra and Nimrud are now on display in British shops – and so far no-one has worked out how to stop it Mark Altaweel is surprised...
UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

UK to Adopt Hague Convention to Protect Artefacts in War Zones

Source: BBC A major international agreement designed to protect cultural property during military conflict is to be finally ratified by the UK. The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq...