Thursday, 19 October 2017

There are customers for everything from Syria and Iraq

Sam Hardy in a post ( There are customers for everything [Für alles gebe es Kunden]’ from Syria and Iraq  Conflict antiquities October 19, 2017I) discusses an upcoming German documentary:
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)/Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (ARD) will explain ‘how looted Syrian antiquities are sold in Germany [Wie syrische Raubkunst in Deutschland verkauft wird]’.
He outlines the kep points ist will discuss from the diggers and middlemen traffickers (through Turkey, then to Greece, Macedonia, Austria and… Germanyor through Lebanon), the role of Internet traders and finishing with
 The greedy and ignorant market: ‘There are customers for everything [Für alles gebe es Kunden]’, an illicit dealer tells (Syrian) journalists in Idlib province, who are working with the journalists in Dresden. Those customers include ignorant profiteers who form a market for fakes and forgeries.
It is the greedy and ignorant who are buying the stuff, and the fact that they will buy 'anything' that are the real problem.

Vignette: Corruption and the antiquities market

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