Thursday, October 06, 2005

Culture Ministry plagued by bickering
An article looking at the problems plaguing Farouk Hosni, including lost treasures, the closure of the Graeco-Roman museum in Alexandria, and his recent disagreement with Zahi Hawass:
"Hosni insisted that he was determined to find the officials responsible for wrecking the treasure, ignoring his subordinate's denials. On top of this latest uproar, numerous artifacts have been vanishing from museums and archaeological sites around the country, leading to accusations that Egypt is not doing enough to protect its rich history or ensure safety standards at entertainment venues. Instead the Culture Ministry officials are arguing among themselves. A few weeks ago, officials announced the disappearance of three artifacts from the Egyptian Museum basement, which houses thousands of priceless treasures from different periods". See the Daily Star article for more details.

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