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The recent New York Times article on the role of two respected US scholars in the looting of Cambodian antiquities is interesting. It reminds me that Cambodia suffered from a far more illustrious looter – André Malraux. The story, told by Steven Boswell in his highly acclaimed alternative guide to Phnom Penh, King Norodom's Head, is reproduced here: http://wp.me/p4EQSY-K.
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The New York Times on March 30 carried an excellent piece of investigative journalism that deserves attention -- it is another revelation of scholars legitimizing the ownership, by museums and others, of stolen and smuggled fragments of cultural heritage, in this case from Cambodia: