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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"“Destroyed Holy Sites Find New Life Online”" (21 Jul 15)

"“Iraq receives artifacts found by U.S. Special Forces in Syria”" (21 Jul 15)

"“Slaughter in the Roman Amphitheatre”" (8 Jul 15)

"“Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS”" (8 Jul 15)

"“ISIS Destroys More Artifacts in Syria and Iraq”" (8 Jul 15)

"San Antonio’s historic Missions gain World Heritage recognition" (8 Jul 15)

"Islamic State militants ‘destroy Palmyra statues’" (8 Jul 15)

"“Syrian heritage initiative report on the importance of Palmyra”" (30 Jun 15)

"“Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism”" (30 Jun 15)

"“Islamic State crisis: ‘Mines planted in Syria’s Palmyra'”" (24 Jun 15)

"“Britain signs convention on protecting treasures in war zones”" (24 Jun 15)

"“Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy That Ancient Artifact”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Syrians face global war to preserve their monuments, antiquities, and museums GM asserts”" (21 Jun 15)

"“‘Blood antiquities': a wound the world struggles to staunch”" (21 Jun 15)

"“The unbelievable damage Islamic State has done to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Save our stones”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Facebook purges pages offering priceless ISIS plunder for sale”" (21 Jun 15)

"“How ISIS funds activities through sale of ancient artifacts”" (21 Jun 15)

"“From the archive, 12 June 1926: A trip to Palmyra in Syria”" (21 Jun 15)

"“UNESCO condemns Yemen heritage site ‘air strike'”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Explosion destroys ancient site in Yemen”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Lebanon safeguards region’s cultural heritage”" (21 Jun 15)

"“In the Middle East, the way we were”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Suicide bomber, 2 other armed men target Egypt’s temple site at Luxor”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Syria regime ‘launches airstrike on world famous ancient city of Palmyra'”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Famed Syria mosaic museum damaged in barrel bombing: NGO”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Fears after Islamic State group mines Syria’s Palmyra”" (21 Jun 15)

"“Baghdad’s Reopened Museum Battles Bombs, Sparse Attendance”" (12 Jun 15)

"“The Ramifications of ISIS’ Conquest of Palmyra”" (12 Jun 15)

"“Palmyra looting: ‘Britain must do more to stop trafficking of looted treasures,’ British Museum boss urges" (12 Jun 15)

"“Why We Need to Protect Ancient Treasures From ISIS”" (12 Jun 15)

"Islamic State isn’t just destroying ancient artifacts – it’s selling them”" (12 Jun 15)

"“The world may be ignoring the destruction of cultural treasures in Yemen” (5 Jun 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“A How-to Guide to Buying Artifacts Looted by the Islamic State” (28 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“Islamic State sets up ‘ministry of antiquities’ to reap the profits of pillaging” (1Jun 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk”" (5 Jun 15)

"“Under Secretary Richard Stengel Travel to Paris” (29 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“U.N. Resolves to Combat Plundering of Antiquities by ISIS” (28 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“Islamic State says ‘historic monuments’ of Palmyra safe – except for the statues” (27 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“We must save Palmyra or the maniacs will raze civilization” (17 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“Palmyra’s ‘Monuments Men’ stash ancient relics before Daesh can destroy them” (18 May 15)" (5 Jun 15)

"“The Fall of Palmyra Is a Strategic, Historical, and Human Loss”" (25 May 15)

"“Rescuing Palmyra: History’s lesson in how to save artefacts”" (25 May 15)

"“Militants fortify grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast’s most renowned sites”" (25 May 15)

"“Ancient statues removed from Palmyra as ISIL ‘infiltrates’ the city”" (25 May 15)

"“Islamic State ‘closes in’ on Syria’s Palmyra”" (25 May 15)

"“Syrian army pushes back Islamists from ancient Palmyra”" (25 May 15)

"“‘Cyber-archaeology’ salvages lost Iraqi art”" (25 May 15)

"“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)