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Podcast: Financing Terror Through 'Cultural Cleansing'

A Syrian policeman patrols Greco-Roman ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, on March 14, 2014, before Islamic State forces seized the city the following year. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the third episode of the Asia Society Podcast, we’ll look at the destruction and trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East — how it perpetuates terrorism and what can be done to stop it.

Video: The Daily Show Profiles Terror Financing

The ruins of Palmyra, Syria, are now under occupation from the Islamic State. (Michal Unolt/Flickr)
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Comedy Central's iconic news program looks at how ISIS traffics in stolen antiquities to earn revenue.

Weekly Rewind: North Korea's Girl Band, Candy-Colored Apartments in Singapore, and One Million Mandarin Students in America

Hazy conditions cover the Marina Bay Circuit before the start of the practice session for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 19, 2015. (Mohd Fyrol/AFP/Getty Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.

Can the World Save Antiquities Under Terrorist Threat?

Asia Society Policy Institute president Kevin Rudd (L) looks on as Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Iraq, discusses antiquities trafficking at Asia Society on Thursday.
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Statesmen, archaeologists, and other experts discuss the trade in priceless artifacts and terrorist financing at a Thursday event at Asia Society.

Before and After: This is What's Happening to Historic Sites in the Middle East

Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria. (Aleppo Media Center/Antiquities Coalition)
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Before-and-after photos offer a glimpse of the recent destruction of historic sites and cultural treasures in the Middle East and Africa.

Watch: Five of Charlie Rose's Top Interviews on Asia

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Ahead of the veteran TV journalist's February 17 Asia Society conversation with Kevin Rudd on Asia's future, Asia Blog compiles some of his most memorable interviews with major Asian figures.

'We Must Act': UN's Ban Ki-moon Calls for Syrian Arms Embargo in Asia Society Address

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Asia Society New York on June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake, here and now, across the devastated landscape that is Syria today," the UN Secretary-General told listeners at Asia Society New York.

Complete Text of Ban Ki-moon's Address, 'Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)

"The immediate priority of the United Nations in Syria is to end the violence," the United Nations Secretary-General said Friday, June 20, 2014, at Asia Society in New York.

Book Excerpt: 'Cyber War Will Not Take Place' by Thomas Rid

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In his new book, Thomas Rid explores the opportunities and challenges that cyberspace creates for those who use violence for political purposes. In-person appearance tonight at Asia Society New York.

Interview: Does Cyber Terror Need to Be Violent to Be Considered a 'War'?

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Author Thomas Rid says he "can't see a good reason why an innovation that has never injured or killed a single human being — cyber-attacks — should prompt us to rethink the notion of war."