Thursday, 10 July 2014

Iraq: Cultural Crime Continuum

Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for the Daily Beast, speaks to Melissa Block on 'The Plight Of Mosul's Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin',

As Sunni insurgents have swept through Iraq seizing cities, they've also begun destroying ancient artifacts. Shrines, tombs and statues that the group ISIS believes are against Islam. Present day Iraq was once Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and considered the cradle of civilization. Now there's great concern that antiquities and archaeological sites will be wiped out. As Christopher Dickey writes in the Daily Beast, it's a virtual certainty that irreplaceable history will be annihilated or sold into the netherworld of corrupt and cynical collectors.

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