Monday, 18 May 2015

A Bit of Perspective

Yvonne Ridley, 'Do we really value stones and artefacts more than human flesh and blood?', Middle East Monitor, 17 May 2015. [While the general argument is sound, I am not sure I agree with all of her interpretations here] but one might ask whether the money dealers and then collectors pay to "save artefacts" (for themselves that is) actually do anything to alleviate the suffering Ms Ridley writes of. Or does a large part of it go to those causing the suffering in the first place? Where does the money from no-questions-asked transactions actually go? The chain of criminal activity, concealment and corruption involved goes back to whom?

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