Wednesday, October 23, 2013
US State Department Presses Foreign Governments on Repatriation at the Expense of the US Taxpayer
Dustin Roasa has written a comprehensive report about the ongoing forfeiture dispute between the US Government and Sotheby's over the fate of a Khmer statue. Whatever the moral case for a return, the story should raise troubling questions about how elements within the US State Department, acting in concert with archaeologists with an axe to grind against private collecting, actively press foreign governments to seek repatriations from American interests. And all at the expense of the US taxpayer.