Building peace in the minds of men and women

Stop the art thieves!

Enough is enough. The destruction of Afghanistan’s Buddha statues, the longtime cultural despoiling o f Indians in the Americas and the systematic plundering of Mali’s archaeological treasures are running up against an increasingly resolved opposition. State control of the market, the return of pieces acquired by museums through questionable means and a flurry of personal initiatives point to a steadily rising awareness that world heritage is indeed universal.

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April 2001