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Plans to ‘Invest’ in Ancient Sites Angers Palestinians

January 31, 2013


Israel is forging ahead with plans to invest in a number of its national heritage sites, including nine sites along the West Bank. The plans, including that of adding a handicapped accessible entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, have elicited a an angry response from Palestinians. When Israeli officials initially announced that they would […]

Mali Conflict Puts Timbuktu in Danger

January 28, 2013


In light of the escalating violence in Mali, UNESCO has recently began to urge armed forces to protect Timbuktu’s historic and religious landmarks. As recently reported, the ongoing conflict has posed a grave and imminent threat to Timbuktu’s cultural heritage. According to residents of Timbuktu, the Islamic fighters have already committed severe damage the city’s […]

Metal Thieves Use Google Earth to Identify Heritage Sites to Plunder

March 26, 2012


According to Mike Harlow, a legal director at English Heritage, internet mapping services like Google Earth and his own organization are making it easier for thieves to target heritage sites. Harlow explained onBBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “There are particular threats at the moment because of the valuable materials that there are on old buildings. […]

Istanbul’s Cultural Property in Danger of Destruction

June 28, 2010


The Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review reports that UNESCO might not just remove Istanbul from the World Heritage List, but may also it straight to the List of World Heritage in Danger. “UNESCO officials were shocked when they saw that so many buildings under protection were either damaged or gone,” architect Korhan Gümüş, the […]

Cultural Property Law on April 1, 2010: Folk Dance, Chilean Heritage, and Those Diligent Canadians

April 1, 2010


And today in cultural property law news… The Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) has launched their new website.  There’s a new web 2.0 design, and they took off the outdated internship database. As you might have guessed, the major earthquake in Chile has taken a toll on historical sites. A traditional folk dance […]

New Mexico Village Fights Demolition of Historic Church

March 2, 2010


It’s not often that I have the opportunity to bring you news from my neck of the woods, but the time has come.  Just up the road from town is a little town called Questa, and the local residents are fighting to preserve one of the oldest buildings in town, a 175-year-old church, now slated […]

UPDATE on “Haiti Struggles to Save Cultural Property”

February 24, 2010


On February 11, 2010, I gave a rundown on CPAL as to the current status of culturally significant property in Haiti.  Among other issues, the presidential palace was listed as one of the properties about which UNESCO was particularly concerned. I wanted to update with a photo of the palace, since it speaks for itself […]

Haiti Struggles to Save Cultural Property and Historic Buildings

February 11, 2010


Beyond the shocking loss of lives and destruction of homes, the recent earthquake in Haiti has also endangered many culturally significant and historic buildings.  A summary of those articles pertinent to the subject follows. After sending experts to assess the damage to Haiti’s cultural property, UNESCO urged a ban on trading in Haitian artifacts, “so […]

Chinese Leper’s Hospital Seeks UNESCO World Heritage Status

March 9, 2009


The Losheng Sanatorium was constructed in the 1930s during the Japanese colonial period. It has since served as a sanatorium for patients suffering from leprosy. The Sanitorium will be seeking UNESCO World Heritage Status, even though advocates have admitted it is not “a masterpiece of creative genius” nor a “testimony to a cultural tradition.” The […]

Heritage in Iraq: Good news and bad news.

December 19, 2008


The Art Newspaper has published an article, “Unesco inspection finds no evidence of recent looting in Northern Iraq.”  Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  I always go with the good news. Good news: “The [UNESCO inspectors] visited four key sites—Nimrud, Ninevah, Ashur and Hatra—and found no evidence of recent looting… […]