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Antiquities Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign To Fight Cultural Racketeering And Terrorist Financing
To honor World Heritage Day, the Antiquities Coalition is launching a new video campaign today to raise awareness about how the sale of “blood antiquities” is financing ISIS and other violent extremist organizations.
Antiquities Coalition Partner CLIR Receives $1.12 Million To Implement Platform And Processes For Digital Library Of The Middle East
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.12 million to implement a sustainable, extensible digital library platform and set of curatorial processes to federate records relating to the cultural heritage of the Middle East.
United States And Libya Strengthen Joint Fight Against Cultural Racketeering And Terrorist Financing
Today in the State Department’s Treaty Room, both countries signed a bilateral agreement to stop the black market trade in "blood antiquities" and other stolen art, which is financing Daesh (ISIS), armed insurgents, and organized criminals throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
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The city might be one of the last holdouts that allows for the laundering of illegally obtained cultural objects 11 Mar 2018 Between 2011 and 2012, a wave of thefts hit museums and auction houses [...]
Since the CPAC hearing, Libya has continued to experience threats to their cultural heritage while also taking new steps to protect it in the midst of conflict. In the months that transpired between the July 2017 hearing and the February 2018 MOU signing, Libya has faced continued crisis which has fostered ongoing pillage and destruction of their cultural property.