looting and destruction of cultural property in secure societies – equally wrong, but not equally urgent

Recently, I’ve shared some links to news about looting and destruction of cultural property in secure societies, which I’ve included here. I accept that “secure” and “insecure” are not perfect distinctions, but I also think that the differences between England and Bangladesh, or between Canada and Nigeria, are clear.

The scale and range of violence; the power of violent movements, the complicity of political and community authorities, the performance of law enforcement agencies; and the ability of civil society (from neighbourhoods to newspapers) to resist violence and achieve change; they’re all fundamentally different in secure and insecure societies.

Obviously, violence within secure societies is equally wrong, but it is not as urgent as violence within insecure societies. (I’ll continue to investigate the role of members of secure societies in looting and destruction in insecure societies, but) I’m not going to curate news on crimes against cultural property in secure societies anymore.

Still, as my “last” one shows, it may prove difficult not to share any more ever… USA: memorial to child victims of sexual abuse within church, including local victims, has been destroyed, again.

damage to and destruction of cultural property in secure societies

Australia

  • Australia: fire, Morris Crescent Mosque, Whyalla – no previous problem in community but suspected hate crime (@newscomauHQ‘s story moved or removed)

Canada

England

France

Germany

New Zealand

USA

looting of cultural property in secure societies

England

France

Germany

Norway

USA

  • Jack Harelson, Oregon looter of thousands of Indigenous American artefacts and would-be hitman-hirer, has died
  • 37 religious artefacts stolen from Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church, Hollywood, USA
  • Harness Racing Museum’s historic trophies stolen; to be listed on Art Loss Register(?) to prevent sale on open market

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