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ARTE TV : Treasures of the past against weaponry

Les pays en guerre favorisent le trafic d’antiquités : l’Afghanistan, l’Irak et la Syrie voient ainsi aujourd’hui disparaître une partie de leur précieux patrimoine. Des villageois afghans pauvres vendent pour quelques dollars des sculptures qui en vaudront des milliers, achetées par des collectionneurs peu soucieux de leur origine. Al-Qaïda et ...

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Smuggling of antiquities in Syria – How terrorists are plundering the cultural heritage

Kunstschmuggel in Syrien – wie Terroristen das Kulturerbe plündern Kriege kosten Geld. Die Gotteskrieger der ISIS finanzieren ihre Waffenkäufe zu einem großen Teil aus dem Handel mit geraubten und geschmuggelten Antiquitäten. Ein boomendes Geschäft, das nach dem Waffen- und Drogenschmuggel inzwischen auf Platz drei der organisierten Kriminalität steht. ttt hat ...

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Pulitzer Center: Stealing Syria’s Past

by James Harkin 27.08.2014   It came at the end of a long conversation in the cool heat of early March in the Turkish border town of Antakya. Foreign journalists, fearing kidnap at the hands of Islamic extremists, have largely given up crossing the border into rebel-held northern Syria, and ...

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Der Spiegel – Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria’s History

by Katrin Elger 04.08.2014 While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country’s ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can — and are risking their lives to do so. Cheikhmous ...

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Die Welt : Antiquities: sold to make money… or destroyed

Die Welt – Kunst bringt Geld – oder sie wird zerstört. by Vanessa Schlesier. 15.07.2014 Schmuggler und Terroristen verscherbeln an der syrisch-türkischen Grenze Statuen und Schmuck. Es sind Schätze aus der Wiege der Menschheit. Eine “Welt”-Reporterin gab sich als potenzielle Kundin aus. Habibi schielt ein wenig aus ihren lapislazuliblauen Augen. ...

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BBC. How Syria’s ancient treasures are being smashed

by Diana Darke. Writer on the Middle East Syria, graced with thousands of historic sites, is seeing its cultural heritage vandalised, looted and destroyed by war – but volunteers are doing what they can to document the damage and save the country’s cultural identity from obliteration. They have taken many ...

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In Syria, the “heritage preservation” cannot be limited to cooperation with the regime

Dans le cadre d’un “projet de trois ans pour la Sauvegarde d’urgence du patrimoine culturel syrien, financé par l’Union Européenne et lancé en mars 2014”, l’UNESCO a organisé, du 26 au 28 mai dernier, avec le soutien financier du Gouvernement flamand, une “réunion internationale d’experts” intitulée “Ralliement de la communauté ...

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The Dailybeast: Exclusive Photos – Syria’s Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad.

by Josh Rogin – 27.05.2014 The Jobar Synagogue was one of the holiest Jewish sites in Syria and contained priceless historical artifacts. Now it’s destroyed—and the opposition says Assad is to blame. Syrian Arab Army forces flattened the Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus over the weekend. ...

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Who is (really) protecting Syria’s archaeological and historical heritage?

29/05/2014 . all4syria.info Corbulo, an officer fighting for the Roman emperor Nero (reigned AD 54-68), once said that a war is won with a pickaxe and not just with a sword. He was referring to how soldiers dug under fortifications and opened tunnels to besiege enemy cities and destroy walls. ...

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