Tuesday, November 17, 2015
A House Foreign Relations subcommittee held a hearing on terrorist financing. ISIS gets most of its $1 bn from confiscations, taxes and "hot oil," but the terror group also gains funding from ransoms, donations and sales of looted antiquities. ASOR/State Department Point Man Michael Danti rightly declined to to put a number on the value of these looted antiquities, and noted that far more needs to be done by Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria, which are the main transit points to the EU. Frankly, the last four have a special obligation to act given their own self-righteous stance when it comes to their own cultural patrimony. But will the archaeological lobby hold their feet to the fire?