Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

Iraq Reopens the Baghdad Museum

The Iraqi National Museum was reopened today, 12 years after it was looted in the wake of the U.S. invasion. Today’s opening came as a response to ISIS’s destruction of antiquities in the Mosul Museum, many of which were priceless Assyrian … Continue reading

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What Greece Needs

An article in the NYT today focuses on Greece’s microeconomic needs, rather than the macro needs that are more often stressed in the media. The author points to three central factors: regulation, fear, and size. The first refers to the notorious … Continue reading

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Μες’ το Βαθυ Σκοταδι – Ροζα Εσκεναζυ

Good tune…..

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Syria’s Monuments Men

The civil war in Syria has unleashed looting on an epic scale there, and the rise of ISIS has only made the situation worse (and extended it to northern Iraq). After oil, looted antiquities are now the largest source of … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Amphipolis Tomb

Archaeology, politics, and crisis – from Yannis Hamilakis. “With the country about to go to the polls, Alexandromania and national treasure-hunting are proving too seductive to be abandoned.”

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Greece Heads to Early Elections

The governing coalition today failed to acquire the 180 votes necessary to elect its presidential candidate, Stavros Dimas, to office (the first such failure in Greek history). Dimas received 168 votes – no change from the second round. Elections are … Continue reading

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The Upcoming Greek Presidential Election

It’s no fun to check my “Greek crisis” tag yet again for a blog post. I had hoped that the worst was over for the country, yet events to come may demonstrate that these hopes were mere wishful thinking on … Continue reading

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