Thursday, September 19, 2013
Peruvian Officials Look the Other Way
The Peruvian cultural bureaucracy has made a big show of going after smugglers using the mails, demanding the repatriation artifacts long held by "Yanqui" institutions like Yale, and even seeking its cut of Spanish treasure. On the other hand, the same Peruvian cultural bureaucracy seems unwilling or unable to stop the bulldozing of major archaeological sites within the country in the name of development. Should Peru be branded a "malefactor source country" and be denied further U.S. taxpayer assistance to finance the U.S. State Department's repatriation efforts? CPO believes so.