Thursday, June 26, 2014

Repatriation and Fundamentalism go Hand-in-hand?

Peter Tompa, a valiant defender of US and collectors' rights has an interesting piece about the relationship of retentionist restrictive repatriation cultural property laws, corrupt dictatorial foreign governments intent on persecuting US art and relic collectors and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism:
I can't but help wondering after reading Thomas Friedman's interesting opinion piece whether the "State Owns Everything" model favored by Arab Dictators inexorably leads to the "Trash the Past" model of Islamic Fundamentalists. The former have mismanaged and exploited cultural heritage for their own ends for generations. The latter recently ransacked the Malawi Museum in Egypt. And now, they are even more menacingly being embodied by the iconoclasts of ISIL. Hammer in one hand and video camera in the other, they gleefully record their work.  
More at:  Cultural Property Observer 'Two Sides of the Same Coin?


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