Originally published 05/29/2015
The process of obliterating the horde of ancient statues has already begun. It commenced almost as soon as the militants seized control of their quarry.
Originally published 05/25/2015
Both critics and supporters of Obama apparently think Iraqis need more training. This is specious. They could use their own air force but we won't let them have it. Too risky.
Originally published 05/22/2015
Why it’s important to focus on the loss of heritage sites like Palmyra in Syria even as people are dying
"Clearly, we must have have concern for people first, but culture is also an essential part of us as people, as human beings."
Originally published 05/16/2015
Islamic State militants move to within a few miles of one of the world's oldest and most important archaeological cities, Palmyra, in the latest stage of their campaign in Syria.
Originally published 03/20/2013
As the Syrian crisis enters its third year, an end to the violence in the country is nowhere to be seen. The world has become accustomed to rising death tolls and reports of shelling and destruction. However, another threat looms in Syria, and this time it is targeting its cultural heritage.Palmyra, one of the oldest cities in the country, has been subjected to intermittent shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The ruins of the city, which is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, date back thousands of years. “Bombs and rockets come in all directions,” eyewitnesses said. Assad forces have struck the Roman Temple of Bel – built in 43 A.C. – and damaged its northern wall, eyewitnesses said, adding portions and stones of the wall have been destroyed....
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