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Post image for German Media Corroborates $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking

There is significant evidence that illicit antiquities trading contributes to paramilitary funding. It does not happen everywhere, all the time, but it does happen.

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Post image for UNESCO Announces New Cultural Center for Bamiyan Valley

It’s rare that architects have the opportunity to design a building for a UNESCO World Heritage site — much more so for one recently devastated by cultural destruction.

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Post image for When in Rome, Refrain from Carving Your Initials into Ancient Buildings

A 42-year-old Russian tourist visiting Rome was arrested and fined €20,000 (~$25,000) for carving a “K” nearly 10 inches tall into a wall inside the Colosseum, the first century CE amphitheater.

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Post image for 30,000 Digitized Documents Retrace the Origin of ‘The Origin of Species’

The digitization of Charles Darwin’s scientific archive is half completed. When it’s finished, the project will allow researchers and anyone who’s curious to follow the steps that brought the 19th-century naturalist to formulate his evolutionary theory.

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Post image for NYPD Crackdown Has Subway Performers Risking Jail Time

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that arrests on New York’s subways were up 300% over 2013, the result of police commissioner Bill Bratton’s zealous focus on the transit system as part of his approach to policing the city.

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Post image for Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city’s art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Post image for Evidence Points to Fresh Destruction of Yazidi Temples by Islamic State

New video and testimony has emerged of Yazidis who have returned to the village of Babila (also known as Babira and Babirah), which was occupied and devastated by the Islamic State. It documents the community’s resumption of its life amidst the ruins of two temples.

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Post image for Smithsonian: Exhibiting Cosby Collection “Does Not Imply Any Position on the Serious Allegations”

After last week’s radio silence, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art has released a new statement acknowledging the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

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Post image for St. Louis Museums Close Following Grand Jury Decision on Michael Brown Case

Museums in St. Louis are closed today due to the protests that have been underway in the suburb of Ferguson since last night, when the grand jury in the Michael Brown murder case announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

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Post image for Free Wi-Fi for NYC? Yes, After This Advertisement

New York City has unveiled a plan to replace its 7,302 pay phones with wireless internet hubs that will offer amenities including free Wi-Fi, free domestic phone calls, USB chargers, and, naturally, advertising space that is projected to generate enough revenue to not only pay for the ambitious project, but also bring the city an additional $500 million in the project’s first 12 years.

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