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The Ubiquity Of Modernity

Francis Levy | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Someday there won't be anymore need for airports or air travel at all so at least one venue employed by terrorists will be eliminated. Of course every...

What We Owe the People of Syria

Irina Bokova | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Irina Bokova

That we need to do more and better is clear. Nobody, including UNESCO, has any lessons to give. All that counts is the desire to work with everyone, focusing on the heritage, refusing to let it be exploited.

Press Freedom in Russia? Tune in to the Political Talk Shows to See for Yourself

Gilbert Doctorow | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Gilbert Doctorow

I remember with a shudder an exchange I had with Elmar Brok on 5 March 2015 on The Network, a debate program of Euronews. Brok, a German, is the chair...

Where culture meets terrorism: art and the ongoing fight to save history

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

The Assad regime is not just destroying cultural heritage. Like Daesh, the Al-Nusrah Front and others, it is reportedly involved in the trafficking and/or looting of antiquities from Syria. So while Daesh may be the most notorious actor in destroying and looting antiquities, it is not alone.

Syria Says Mass Grave Found In Palmyra After Recapture From ISIS

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.03.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops have identified 45 bodies so far in a mass grave found in the city of Palmyra after it was recaptured from Islamic St...

How to Resolve the Syrian Crisis and Alleviate the ISIS Threat

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

While the self-proclaimed Islamic State has lost a significant amount of its territory and leadership, including its second-in-command, Brussels shows that it will become even more aggressive in its foreign operations as it loses ground, with some stating the attack is an indication of panic in the group. Here are seven suggestions that may help resolve the civil war in Syria, end the refugee crisis and alleviate the terrorist threat posed by ISIS to Europe and the rest of the world.

Images Show ISIS Didn't Completely Destroy Palmyra

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.28.2016 | World

The first images and videos released of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, which government forces retook from the self-styled Islamic State on Sund...

ISIS Crisis After Brussels: Obama's Approach May Yet Help Trump and Hurt Hillary

William Bradley | Posted 03.28.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The reality is that sometimes the trigger does need to be pulled. And pulled fast, too. With ISIS, Obama has been consistently late and light.

Officials: Islamic State Dealt Hefty Body Blow With Death Of Top Aide

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.26.2016 | World

BAGHDAD, March 26 (Reuters) - Islamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose over...

Syrian Government Troops Recapture Palmyra Citadel From ISIS

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.28.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian soldiers recaptured the old citadel of Palmyra overlooking the city's ancient ruins on Friday, state media and a monitoring ...

Syrian Army Tries To Capture Historic City Of Palmyra From ISIS

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

BEIRUT, March 24 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fought their way into Palmyra on Thursday as the army backed by Russian air cover sought to reca...

Review: Cleopatra's Wedding Present, Travels Through Syria

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Austin Blake Mullins

Around twenty years ago, a young English journalist by the name of Robert Tewdwr Moss packed his bags and headed to Syria. Much like his colonial forbearers of the previous century, Moss was drawn explicably to the romantic, even Orientalist ideals of this most Arab of nations.

Sunrise in Palmyra

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

"Things we do in Lebanon we cannot do in Syria," Shady said and left it at that. We slept in separate beds that night. He was in a state of worry, looking out the windows to see if anyone in the empty hotel was walking past.

Georgia GOPer: Ending Confederate Holidays Is What ISIS Would Do

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

Georgia State Rep. Tommy Benton (R) thinks efforts to end state holidays celebrating the Confederacy are on par with terrorist acts committed by the s...

Archaeologists Revive Jailed Activist's Dream Of Reconstructing Palmyra

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.14.2016 | World

Eleven years ago, Palestinian-Syrian computer engineer and activist Bassel Khartabil dreamed of reconstructing the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. Kh...

While Palmyra Burns, We're Losing the War on History

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Jeff Biggers

The destruction of standing monuments from the Roman-era is not about a 2,000-year-old relic; it is a war-time act against humanity today, and a rejection of the contributions of those outside our chauvinistic views of history who have, in fact, shaped our modern ways.

Russia Reportedly Strikes ISIS Targets In Historic Palmyra

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Russian jets hit Islamic State targets in the Syrian city of Palmyra and the northern province of Aleppo, Syrian state telev...

Islamic State Blows Up Ancient Arch of Triumph In Palmyra

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.05.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, S...

Are We So Different From ISIS?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

When I was younger, I used to work on archaeological excavations in the Middle East. I spent 8 seasons digging in Cyprus and Israel.

Why Jordan Is Key to Ending the Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Lord David Owen

LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war.

Want to Annoy ISIS? Learn About This Awesome Ancient Queen.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Sledgehammering priceless statues. Bombing temples that date back to the era of Jesus and Augustus. In just a few short months, the Islamic State grou...

Syria: ISIS Destroys More Ancient Artifacts In Palmyra

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Sept 4 (Reuters) -- Islamic State has blown up three ancient funeral towers in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said o...

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

Preserving World Heritage

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Melissa Biggs Bradley

I am often asked what I think are the world's greatest sights. For me, they are those that expand your soul and your vision, filling you with gratitude for being in their presence, with wonder at how they have come to be and with a sense of duty to protect them.

ISIS Destroys Part Of Another Ancient Temple In Palmyra, Monitor Says

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.30.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra city, a group monitoring the co...