Sunday, January 24, 2016

More Transparency Needed Where "T Word" Pushed

The Antiquities Coalition is pushing a link between looting and terrorism hard on its website, demanding action on behalf of "saving" antiquities and "friendly" Middle Eastern Governments, like that of Egypt.  But all this spinning of the "T word" just raises more questions about the Antiquties Coalition's aims.  CPO does not doubt the sincerity of its member's views, but if there is also a "quid pro quo" between Coalition members and those authoritarian Middle Eastern Governments with which the group has promoted "public private partnerships," that should be disclosed.  For example, to date details of the coaliton's "MOU" with the Egyptian Government have yet to be made public.

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