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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      Subject: 7/31/2003 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for
      Thursday, July 31.

      * 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.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2003/07/2003073101n.htm



      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.

      The article is available online at http://www.archaeology.org/

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