FILTER CONTENTS


Topics
Topics

Video Gallery

Current Affairs

Why Terrorists Engage in 'Cultural Cleansing'

NEW YORK, September 24, 2015 - As the jihadist extremist group Daesh (better known as the Islamic State) has asserted control of a wide swathe of the Middle East, it has rampaged through archeological sites and museums. In addition to stealing artifacts to sell on the black market, Daesh has destroyed numerous millennia-old historical sites, including the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria. UNESCO Director Irina Bokova, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Foreign Minister of Jordan Nasser Judeh explain why terror groups like Daesh feel compelled to engage in this "cultural cleansing." These remarks are excerpted from the event Culture Under Threat: Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing, held Thursday morning at Asia Society. (3 min., 25 sec.)

Read/watch more about this program
 


Policy
 /  Australia
Greg Earl and Ed Johnson map how attitudes have changed towards Australia's role in the region.
Policy
 /  Australia
The "Deals and Dollars" panel discussed where Australia sits between a potential team west and and team China.
Policy
 /  Australia
Dr Martin Parkinson opened the business and economics session with a sense of optimism about the economic prospects for Australia and the region.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Hong Kong people are not asking for the moon, argues lawmaker Alvin Yeung, they are simply asking for what had been promised from the start.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Hong Kong lawmakers Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung talk about protesters' concerns and Beijing's bluster over the possible use of force.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Hong Kong Legislative Council members Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung share their insights into the profound political crisis shaking the territory.
Policy
The New York Times China correspondent talks about life in the country — beyond the headlines.
Policy
 /  India
Parag Khanna and Manisha Girotra discuss Asia's role in the future of the world.
Policy
 /  India
Salman Khurshid and Sidharth Bhatia discuss the role of Islam in Indian democracy.
Current Affairs
 /  Northern California
Consuls General from South Korea, Japan, India, and China convened in San Francisco to discuss President Trump's foreign policy with journalist Mary Kay Magistad.
Arts
 /  India
Conservation architect Vikas Dilawari discusses three recently restored Victorian-Gothic fountains in the Fort area of Mumbai: the Wellington Fountain, the Ruttonsee Mulji Jetha Fountain, and the Flora Fountain.
Arts
 /  India
Filmmakers Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar discuss their documentary films Nostalgia for the Future and Lovely Villa, and the relationship between architecture and identity, in a conversation moderated by George Jose.