The Great Debate

Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

By Belkis Wille and James Ross
October 9, 2015
Woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city

A woman walks on a bridge in the Old Sanaa city January 10, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The true motives behind Islamic State’s use of sexual slavery

By David Frankfurter
September 8, 2015
Members of the minority Yazidi sect hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk

Members of the Yazidi sect, among the 200 elderly and infirm released by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Kirkuk, April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

How the West buys ‘conflict antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria (and funds terror)

By Sam Hardy
October 27, 2014

1“Many antique collectors unwillingly support terrorists like Islamic State, ” Michel van Rijn, one of the most successful smugglers of antique artifacts in the past century, told German broadcaster Das Erste this month.

The UNESCO meltdown

October 27, 2011

By Alan Elsner
The opinions expressed are his own.

On Monday, unless the Palestinians can be persuaded to back down, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will vote to accept Palestine as a full member state, triggering an automatic cutoff of U.S. funding and wreaking havoc with many of the agency’s programs.