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Despite detente, search for art looted in Cuba could take years

Despite detente, search for art looted in Cuba could take years

  Alistair Bell Reuters 7 January 2015   When Gil Marmol and his family fled Cuba in 1961 the revolutionary government seized 17 paintings that they left behind, including two watercolors by Mexico’s Diego Rivera. Years later, he discovered that one of the works was smuggled abroad and then sold at auction in New York [...]

Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft and Denial

Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft and Denial

Property restitution is an indispensable step to right the wrongs of the past and, thus, to legitimize one’s system as free and just; hence a democracy. The Republic of Turkey projects itself as a modern democracy, a state that has successfully fused secular and religious elements and aspires not only to represent the Muslim world in [...]

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Money Trumps Morality: Armenian-Canadian Businessmen Invest and Lose Millions in Totalitarian Cuba

Money Trumps Morality: Armenian-Canadian Businessmen Invest and Lose Millions in Totalitarian Cuba

By Vilen Khlgatyan | 28.10.2014 Late last month the regime of Raúl Castro sentenced a Canadian businessman of Armenian origin, Cy Tokmakjian to 15 years in prison on corruption-related charges. The sentence follows a three-year ordeal which began as part of a wider campaign targeting foreign investors in Cuba by the Castro regime. Cuba follows the Soviet [...]

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El anzuelo de la apertura económica

El anzuelo de la apertura económica

In Séptimo Día – El Nuevo Herald of 1 September 2013 I comment (in Spanish) on the similarities between V.I. Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP) and the so-called economic reforms of Cuban leader Rául Castro: Los comunistas jamás han sido reconocidos por su creatividad. Por lo tanto, el que haya estudiado bien sus métodos de [...]

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Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham: Hero for Our Time?

  Peter Freeman 9 August 2013 Crisis Magazine   Professor Peter Freeman notes in Crisis Magazine the relevance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham with respect to current United States sociopolitical issues. Below is an excerpt about Farmer Giles and the defense of private property:  What motivates Giles to take a loaded gun to [...]

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Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Art theft and restitution, interview with Tania Mastrapa

Miami, 22 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Tania Mastrapa directs Mastrapa Consultants, which focuses upon the privatisation and confiscation of art works from Cuba. Each December, she organises a conference entitled “The Art of Looting”, which takes a look at some of the most controversial issues surrounding the theft or misappropriation of cultural goods. [...]

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Chile’s First Fulbright Scholar Reflects on Chile’s Political Economy 1957-1970

Chile’s First Fulbright Scholar Reflects on Chile’s Political Economy 1957-1970

When I arrived in Santiago in early January 1957 I was met by John Rhodes, Cultural Affairs Attaché at the US Embassy. A bon vivant, John was well connected with Santiago’s cultural-intellectual community. He opened doors for me that proved invaluable for the pursuit of my research project that focused on Chile’s U.S.-owned copper mining industry, [...]

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