Current News

Below are links to current articles in newspapers, journals, websites, etc. that have news of direct interest to the CHAMP members. Older articles will be archived after three months.

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"“Islamic State’s War on Art Turns a Profit” (18 May 15)" (19 May 15)

"“Report on the Destruction of the Northwest Palace of Nimrud”" (19 May 15)

"“UN says destruction of Mideast historical sites ‘war crime'” (18 May 15)" (18 May 15)

"“UN, Egypt launch conference against heritage destruction in Cairo” (13 May 15)" (18 May 15)

"“Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria” (16 May 15)" (18 May 15)

"“Islamic State ‘pushed back’ from Palmyra, but danger not over yet” (19 May 15)" (18 May 15)

"“Syria’s Monuments Men hide 2,000-year-old artefacts as ISIS advance on Palmyra – one of the world’s most important sites” (17 Mar 15)" (18 May 15)

"“World War II Looted Art: Turning History Into Justice” (slide show of looted art, Monuments Men, and archived information)" (17 May 15)

"“Iraq says Islamic States’ destruction of historical sites is cover for sophisticated looting” (12 May 15)" (17 May 15)

"“Syria conflict: IS advances on ancient ruins of Palmyra” (14 May 15)" (17 May 15)

"“Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk”" (17 May 15)

"“Antiquities at risk: Islamic State surrounds ancient ruins of Palmyra” (14 May 15)" (17 May 15)

"“Palmyra: IS threat to ‘Venice of the Sands’ (15 May 15)" (17 May 15)

"“Syrian forces battle IS near ancient ruins of Palmyra” (15 May 15)" (17 May 15)

"“US Returns $2.5M in Egyptian Antiquities as Experts Call for Tougher Punishment on Smugglers”" (6 May 15)

"Syria conflict: The illicit art trade that is a major source of income for today’s terror groups is nothing new”" (6 May 15)

"“Amid the Destruction of Syrian Antiquities, Some Restoration”" (6 May 15)

"“Before and after: World Heritage sites in ruins”" (6 May 15)

"“Returning the Spoils of WWII, Taken by Americans”" (6 May 15)

"“Monuments Men Foundation returns historic paintings won in poker game to Germany”" (6 May 15)

"“Missions’ World Heritage big gets key endorsement”" (6 May 15)

"Destruction of cultural and religious heritage in Middle East” Youtube presentation of interviews with experts (10 Apr 15)" (6 May 15)

"“All the King’s Horses: Essays on the Impact of Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade” (4 May 15)" (6 May 15)

"“5 paintings missing since WWII returning to Germany” (5 May 15)" (6 May 15)

"“Heritage destruction in conflict zones provides archaeological opportunities (University of Leicester)” (1 May 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Heritage destruction in conflict zones provides archaeological opportunities” (1 May 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Stolen Artifacts from Roman museum recovered” (28 Apr 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Archaeological activists: Elad must cede control of Temple Mount tunnel” (1 May 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Archaeologists Return to Dig Kea Area Near Temple Mount” (26 Apr 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Interpol steps up search for ancient artifacts stolen in Syria, Iraq” (28 Apr 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Syria: On the trail of looted antiquities” (4 May 15)" (5 May 15)

"“How to recast antiquities” (29 Apr 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Police arrest alleged antiquities thieves for stealing 2,000-year-old coins” (3 May 15)" (5 May 15)

"“Meet the US Treasure Hunters Racing to Protect Artifacts From War” (16 Apr 15)" (18 Apr 15)

"“Syrian World Heritage Site used as battlefield” (14 Apr 15)" (18 Apr 15)

"“IS video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city” (11 Apr 15)" (18 Apr 15)

"“Egypt’s antiquities under constant threat” (10 Apr 15)" (17 Apr 15)

"Islamic State continues depraved destruction of historical sites and churches” (5 Apr 15)" (17 Apr 15)

"“Watch: New video shows how the Islamic State destroyed an ancient city” (6 Apr 15)" (17 Apr 15)

"A Struggle To Secure Iraq’s Shared Past, and Perhaps It’s Future" (9 Apr 15)

"Archaeologists in Iraq defy militants" (7 Apr 15)

"Iconoclasm redefined (opinion)" (6 Apr 15)

"Ancient cities destroyed by modern madness" (1 Apr 15)

"Islamic State destruction renews debate over repatriation of antiquities" (31 Mar 15)

"West Seeks Tighter Curbs on Trade in Antiquities Looted by Islamic State" (31 Mar 15)

"Cultural Property Protection Bill Reintroduced in the House" (21 Mar 15)

"Honduras sends soldiers to protect ‘lost city’ from drug cartels" (20 Mar 15)

"The Assyrian Head Repatriation: Filling in the Details of ICE’s investigation" (19 Mar 15)

"Tunisia rampage raises new fears about reach of Islamic State groups" (19 Mar 15)

"ISIS claims responsibility for Tunisia attack" (19 Mar 15)

"Terrorism and tourism: the two faces of Tunisia" (19 Mar 15)

"Tunisia attack: One British woman killed in museum shooting – latest" (19 Mar 15)

"Leptis Magna: War-torn Libya’s forgotten ancient Roman city" (18 Mar 15)

"Attack stokes instability fears in North Africa" (18 Mar 15)

"Inside Tunisia’s Bardo National Museum" (17 Mar 15)

"US returns Iraq treasures as IS threatens heritage" (16 Mar 15)

"Widespread condemnation after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city" (13 Mar 15)

"ISIS Attacks Nimrud, a Major Archaeological Site" (5 Mar 15)

"New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts" (26 Feb 15)

"Islamic State is selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight" (25 Feb 15)