Archive for November 11th, 2014


Turkey could employ cultural heritage workers to support seizures of conflict antiquities from Syria and Iraq

Hyperallergic has published my update on the threatened hunger strike of cultural workers in Turkey, which has been averted by government concessions (or postponed with empty promises).

In the article, I note that the state could employ cultural heritage workers to support policing of the trafficking of antiquities through Turkey from within Turkey and from Syria and Iraq, but ‘very serious questions continue to be raised – most recently by a pressganged Islamic State worker – about Turkey’s intentions regarding the Islamic State and the Kurds‘.


There is a lot wrong with Robert Fisk’s report on the destruction of the Armenian Genocide Martyrs’ Memorial Church

There is a lot wrong with Robert Fisk’s seven-week-late report that Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history, including the date of the commemoration of the genocide and contradictions between his story this year and his story last year, grimly concerning his digging up of genocide victims’ bones (despite their delivery to the memorial church). Even the central point of the article – Jabhat al-Nusra’s responsibility – does not appear to be correct. I’m working on a complete report.

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