Archive for ‘Research’

13/11/2019

reputation-laundering through the art market in Europe

greenwashing/brownwashing of misconduct

There is already concern about greenwashing or brownwashing of repressive regimes and other exploitative systems through collaboration of cultural institutions with governments and corporations. Within the cultural sector, there is particular concern about complicity in potentially unethical or illegal environmentally-destructive activities and/or socially-violent activities that displace or otherwise mistreat indigenous and other resident communities. And efforts at greenwashing/brownwashing persist around processes of global governance.

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12/11/2019

cleaning dirty money from tainted antiquities and cleaning dirty money with clean antiques, in North America, Europe and Asia: art trading and money laundering

known unknowns in Turkey

The historical development of money-laundering crime in Turkey has been summarised by criminologist Bahadır Küçükuysal and (seemingly former) security official Yasin Köse (who seems to have been purged in the post-coup witch-hunt, though it may be a different person with the same name in the same directorate).

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07/10/2019

mental health and treasure-hunting

Following the posts on trafficking of antiquities and narcotics and women’s participation in looting and trafficking, this is yet another section that has been cut from a study on looting in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

This is a difficult issue to discuss. I am not associating mental health with criminal activity (I have, after all, experienced mental health issues myself), nor any of the legal participants in metal-detecting or treasure-hunting with criminal activity (nor even with each other). Here, I am only interested in a potential connection between participation in treasure-hunting and experience of mental health.

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03/10/2019

sex and treasure: women’s participation in looting and trafficking of Mediterranean antiquities

Following the post of work-in-progress on antiquities and narcotics in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, this is another section that has been cut from the same study (minus one paragraph, while I process some data). Hopefully, this one will be incorporated into a study on the demographics of cultural property criminals.

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25/09/2019

multi-commodity trafficking or poly-trafficking in the Mediterranean: antiquities and narcotics in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey

In the course of a study of looting in the North-Eastern Mediterranean, in order to check for potential evidence of multi-commodity trafficking or poly-trafficking, I reviewed the 167 results for antiquities and narcotics in Greek (αρχαιότητες and ναρκωτικά) and the 120 results for antiquities and narcotics in Turkish (tarihi eser and uyuşturucu).

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06/09/2019

there are problems with the presentation of evidence by police and journalists in Turkey, in the case that inadvertently involves Gökhan Sarıgöl

The investigation is still developing and I may write a separate update before the conclusion of the case. Nevertheless, it is important to note that, as I prove with photographs from Gökhan Sarıgöl and open-source evidence, there are problems with the presentation of evidence by police and journalists in the case that inadvertently involves him. The police’s presentation of at least one object in the seizure is misleading, the police’s presentation of the seizure itself is misleading and journalists’ appropriation of an irrelevant photograph is misleading.

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29/08/2019

unidentified lawyers, unnamed clients, unidentified court ruling, unspecified requests…

A law firm in Turkey, who have not identified their lawyer(s), nor their client(s), nor an alleged court ruling (mahkeme kararı), nor the quotations of publicly-accessible statements that are now the subject of the alleged court ruling, nor even one of the posts that contain those quotations (nor responded to my request for those pieces of information)… have requested that I edit (or, literally, delete) or remove two posts. I only know [then, only knew, the link to one post].

note on editing

4th September 2019

I have edited this post to remove names in relation to a case, simply so that it cannot be misused. Updates to that post and/or other posts will reveal developments in the case and the machinations around it.

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29/08/2019

Ukraine: resolution of the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, a Principal Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the head of the Association of Archaeologists of Ukraine, Yakiv Gershkovych or Yakov Gershkovich (Яків Гершкович) presented the resolution of the seminar.

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28/08/2019

the need for archaeological research in the area of the refurbishment of the state border between Ukraine and Russia (‘Wall’ project)

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, the Deputy Head of the Department of Culture, Nationalities and Religions of the Luhansk Oblast State Administration, Yu. V. Vybornov or Yu. V. Vibornov (Ю. В. Виборнов) explained the need for archaeological research in the area of the refurbishment of the state border between Ukraine and Russia (‘Wall’ project).

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27/08/2019

international law and ‘bloody antiquities’: new challenges and perspectives in light of Ukraine

At the seminar on archaeology in occupied territories and in zones of armed conflict, a Senior Researcher at the V. M. Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Alexander Malyshev or Oleksandr Malyshev (Олександр Малишев) considered international law and ‘bloody antiquities’: New challenges and perspectives.

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