Saturday, February 1, 2014
They Are Out to Get You
Or, so it would seem from this report about a confab of cultural bureaucrats, academics and cops that took place back in September in the Hague. There is nothing wrong with States seeking to protect their own archaeological sites and items of cultural significance. But that should not be confused with draconian measures aimed at controlling everything old or targeting foreigners for dealing in the exact same cultural goods that are openly available at home. Unfortunately, that's just what the "activists" commended in the report advocate. Why not instead adopt a balanced but fair approach like that found in the United Kingdom? CPO would rather have the UK seen as a model rather than the favorites of these activists, countries like Cyprus, Greece and Italy.