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#CultureUnderThreat Task Force Recommends Steps to Combat 'Cultural Crimes'

On March 31, 2016, a photographer holds his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
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A new report by a task force established to address antiquities trafficking in the Middle East lays out recommendations for governments, NGOs, and private stakeholders.

The New York Times on the 'Broken System' That Allows Art Trafficking

Terror groups like ISIS are able to profit from looted art by selling stolen artifacts through preexisting black market channels. (Claude Valette/Flickr)
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The New York Times explains how terror groups like ISIS are able to profit off of looted art.

Photos: From Fujisan to Iran, UNESCO Names Eight New Heritage Sites in Asia

Japan's Mount Fuji, hailed as a

UNESCO's list for 2013 includes eight newly minted cultural and natural heritage sites across seven Asian countries.

On a Day for Languages, Discovering, Celebrating, and Saving Our Mother Tongues


On International Mother Language Day, Asia Society's Chris Livaccari argues that while a lingua franca is important, so is linguistic diversity.

On Feb. 21, Bangladeshis Have Good Cause to Celebrate Int'l Mother Language Day

A Bangladeshi art student paints on a wall in front of the Shahid Minar in preparation for Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day in Dhaka on Feb. 20, 2012. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

This Thursday, a nationwide celebration for Bangladesh takes on worldwide significance in the struggle to preserve native languages.