Erin Thompson

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"Shipwrecked Boat" (Bote naufragado), 2011, de Djamel Ameziane en exhibición en John Jay College de Justicia Penal de la Ciudad Universitaria de Nueva York Credit John Jay College de Justicia Penal

El tapete de oración de Moath al Alwi está manchado de pintura. Todos los días se levanta antes del amanecer y trabaja durante horas en un complejo modelo de barco elaborado con materiales reciclados; esta es una de las decenas de esculturas que ha creado desde su primera detención en la prisión militar de bahía de Guantánamo en 2002. Moath al Alwi es considerado un detenido de bajo perfil, pero su estancia en la prisión es indefinida; su arte es su refugio.

Las velas de los barcos de Alwi están hechas de retazos de camisetas viejas. Una tapa de una botella dirige un timón elaborado con piezas de una botella de champú, que gira con delicados cables de hilo dental.…  Seguir leyendo »

Since 2011, Egypt’s police force and other governmental authorities, overwhelmed by political upheaval, have let their protection of the country’s thousands of archaeological sites and museums fall to a bare minimum. Looters have taken full advantage of this opportunity.

More than a thousand objects were stolen from the Malawi National Museum in Minya last year and satellite photographs show some 10,000 hastily dug looting pits cratering the country’s archaeological sites. In some places, more organized gangs of looters have used dynamite and bulldozers to uncover and steal antiquities under the protection of guards armed with automatic weapons.

In response, the Egyptian government has attempted to stanch the flow of antiquities to the United States, which has some of the highest demand for these artifacts.…  Seguir leyendo »

The conflict in Syria is destroying not only the lives of the Syrian people but their heritage — the world's heritage — as well.

Syria is a treasure house of history. Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra and almost 10,000 other archaeological sites there hold the remains of thousands of years of culture. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Christians and Muslims lived and fought in what is now Syria. As the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, explained at a recent UNESCO meeting, "Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, are so important for what we are, all of us, for all the things that make, have made, human civilization."…  Seguir leyendo »