Current News



Below are links to current articles in newspapers, journals, websites, etc. that have news of direct interest to the CHAMP. Older articles will be archived after three months. There is a separate archive for the news from the 2011 Egyptian Uprising. Very  important news about job announcements, various organizations, contact information, emergencies, and about how CHAMP members can impact heritage are provided in the separate News section titled “Special Announcements.”

NOTICE: CHAMP posts these articles for the purpose of disseminating information ONLY! This does not constitute official CHAMP advocacy for any means, methods, processes, or programs. Everyone should be aware that mention (including text, photos, and personal identification) of specific individuals operating in conflict zones may endanger their lives and those of their families and friends. Looters and terrorists could use mention of specific sites and artifacts to target them.


Cultural Property Protection Bill Reintroduced in the House” (21 Mar 15)

Honduras sends soldiers to protect ‘lost city’ from drug cartels” (20 Mar 15)

The Assyrian Head Repatriation: Filling in the Details of ICE’s investigation” (19 Mar 15)

Tunisia rampage raises new fears about reach of Islamic State groups” (19 Mar 15)

ISIS claims responsibility for Tunisia attack” (19 Mar 15)

Terrorism and tourism: the two faces of Tunisia” (19 Mar 15)

Tunisia attack: One British woman killed in museum shooting – latest” (19 Mar 15)

Leptis Magna: War-torn Libya’s forgotten ancient Roman city” (18 Mar 15)

Attack stokes instability fears in North Africa” (18 Mar 15)

Inside Tunisia’s Bardo National Museum” (17 Mar 15)

US returns Iraq treasures as IS threatens heritage” (16 Mar 15)

Widespread condemnation after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city” (6 Mar 15)

ISIS Attacks Nimrud, a Major Archaeological Site” (5 Mar 15)

Islamic State is selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight” (25 Feb 15)

New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts” (26 Feb 15)

Syria says must be part of fight against antiquities theft” (23 Feb 15)

The ISIS smugglers making up to $1Million per item selling ancient antiquities looted from the rubble of Syria” (17 Feb 15)

Cultural protector advises DOD on historic sites in fight with Islamic State” (15 Feb 15)

Ancient tablets displayed in Jerusalem fuel looting debate” (12 Feb 15)

Russia pushes UN to cut off Islamic State funds” (4 Feb 15) Contains language to prevent illegal trafficking of antiquities to fund terrorism.

Cultural heritage: Save Libyan archaeology” (28 Jan 15)

Libyan archaeology threatened by years of violence” (28 Jan 15)

Diplomatic Malpractice: Cultural preservation grants to culture-destroying regimes” (2 Feb 15)

The best Middle East political science books of 2014 “(29 Dec 14)

Syria’s ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.” (20 Dec 14)

Looters raid Jordanian cyrpts in search of gold, jewels and artifacts” (30 Oct 14)

The Black Market Battleground: Degrading and Destroying ISIS Could Take Place in the Halls of Sotheby’s, Not the Pentagon” (27 Oct 14)

Turkey’s role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb” (1 Oct)

War has damaged all but one of Syria’s World Heritage Sites, Satellite images show” (24 Sep 14)

[Secretary of State John Kerry’s] “Remarks at the Threat to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria” (22 Sep 14)

“New high-resolution satellite image analysis: 5 of 6 Syrian World Heritage sites ‘exhibit significant damage.’ (18 Sep 14)

War Is Damaging Syria’s Historical Castles and Landmarks” (19 Sep 14)

“The Islamic State sells ‘blood antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria to raise money” (14 Sep 14)









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