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* THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has indicated that it plans to be
tough on colleges as the Higher Education Act is renewed next
year, but the president hinted Wednesday that he approves of
the job that community colleges are doing.
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MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the July/August issue of "Archaeology":
Blocking the sale of looted antiquities
Neil Brodie looks at the illegal wartime traffic in stolen
artifacts and asks, What can be done to stop it in Iraq?
"Museums are ripe for the picking during times of conflict," yet
little action has ever been taken to block the sale of looted
materials, writes Mr. Brodie, who heads the Illicit Antiquities
Research Centre at the University of Cambridge's McDonald
Institute for Archaeological Research.
A lack of attention from the news media is partly to blame, he
argues. The recovery of such artifacts in Iraq "will be long
term, and the greatest threat it faces is loss of public
interest and thus political support when the media gaze is drawn
to other cultural disasters," Mr. Brodie writes. It is
imperative that the sacking of Baghdad's museums "not become
last year's news."
The bigger challenge, however, is preventing stolen treasures
from being smuggled abroad in the first place. Unfortunately,
past experience suggests that the outlook is grim. "Large
numbers of antiquities from Iraq," probably looted during the
Persian Gulf war, "have been on open sale in Europe and America
for the past 10 years, and nothing has been done about it," he
Outside Iraq, stricter enforcement of international laws and
better training for customs officers would help to curb
trafficking, Mr. Brodie writes. In addition, amnesties and small
rewards might be offered inside the country to entice people to
return stolen objects, he concludes.
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