Queens of Syria & The Trojan Women
Greece / Leaders & People / Syria

Queens of Syria & The Trojan Women

Special post in support for the British Arab Centre in London. First staged in Amman in 2013, and the subject of an award winning documentary, Developing Artists presents Refuge Productions’ Queens of Syria, an adaptation of Euripides anti-war tragedy, The Trojan Women. Performed by an all-female cast of Syrian refugees, the production skilfully amalgamates the … Continue reading

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Damascus Hide and Seek: Synagogues and Sotheby’s
Cultural Heritage / Syria

Damascus Hide and Seek: Synagogues and Sotheby’s

Special report by Adam Blitz. On 17 December 2013 Sotheby’s (New York) commenced its Important Judaica sale. To be auctioned was “An Exceedingly Rare Hebrew Synagogue Carving” (Lot 93). Sotheby’s catalogue states that the object was made of Walnut and incised with seven words from Psalm 19 verse 9 framed by an ebony border and inlaid with … Continue reading

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Father Paolo dall’Oglio in Syria
Leaders & People / Syria

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Father Paolo dall’Oglio in Syria

Special report by Adam Blitz for Father Paulo’s 60th birthday, who continues to be held captive in Syria.
“Paolo’s vision was to create a monastic order dedicated to Abrahamic hospitality and Christian-Islamic dialogue and, until the war, Deir Mar Musa was a meeting point for Syrians of all faiths from across the country… Continue reading

Behemoth’s Footprints: The Fate of Syria’s Crusader Legacy
Cultural Heritage / Syria

Behemoth’s Footprints: The Fate of Syria’s Crusader Legacy

Vulcan’s stones tell a story. High above the azure waters of the Eastern Mediterranean sits Qala’at Marqab. Menacing and foreboding, it spies upon the Syrian coast two kilometres away. Today Marqab flies the regime flag as it peers over the Banias Oil and Gas Refinery. A special contribution by Adam Blitz, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London and a former Fulbright scholar. Continue reading

Syria: Artists Engage, Compel the World to Bear Witness and Act
Art / Leaders & People / Syria

Syria: Artists Engage, Compel the World to Bear Witness and Act

Artists dare to compel the world to look, actually see and feel the emptiness, fear and loss of life that millions are experiencing in this very moment as refugees of the Syrian conflict. Syri-Arts Beirut: 101 Works of Art for Syrian Refugee Children launches their campaign today. With the support of more than 140 artists from the region … Continue reading

Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?
Art / Cultural Heritage / International

Monuments Men: Is Art Worth Dying For?

Art exposes the best and most fragile qualities of man in the very moment of war. The nexus to choose between humanity and visceral destruction beyond death, ruination. Leaders and individuals have the choice to save art, steal art or simply shatter art beyond identity.

Robert Edsel, author of Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasurers from the Nazis and Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (George Cluny film of the same name) is the clarion in the dark recognizing and honoring the men and women who served in the Allied forces during World War II to preserve and protect European cultural treasurers.
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