Islamic State Rampage: A Threat To Cultural Heritage That Belongs To All – Analysis

30 Nov 2015 8:45 AM | Anonymous

Islamic State Rampage: A Threat To Cultural Heritage That Belongs To All – Analysis

By YaleGlobal Online November 25, 2015

The world must find ways to intervene and protect antiquities when nation-states cannot do so.

By James Cuno*

Warfare has always put cultural heritage into harm’s way, but the threat of today’s armed conflicts are without precedent in the modern era. The breakup of Syria into separate enclaves of influence and governance has put at risk the United Nations’ regime for protecting cultural heritage. The systematic and planned destruction of millennia-old antiquities by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has made the task of the UN more difficult. It is time to consider concrete measures as to how to safeguard the artistic legacy of our ancient past. 

http://www.eurasiareview.com/25112015-islamic-state-rampage-a-threat-to-cultural-heritage-that-belongs-to-all-analysis/

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