Iraq reopens Baghdad museum 12 years after looting

Iraq’s national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion were recovered.

The reopening was brought forward in what officials said was a response to the destruction of priceless artefacts by Islamic State group jihadists in the northern city of Mosul.

"We have been preparing to reopen for the past couple of months, the museum should be open to everyone," Qais Hussein Rashid, the deputy tourism and antiquities minister, told AFP. 

"The events in Mosul led us to speed up our work and we wanted to open it today as a response to what the gangs of Daesh did," he said, using an Arabic acronym for the IS group. Read more.

A 1910’s heritage home I often visit, just to sit on this very spot and think of all the stories and memories that will soon be destroyed forever… All because of greedy and disrespectful  overseas investors and a pathetic City Council that places zero value on this city’s rapidly dwindling history.

Forever in shame.

Biertan village … just Pure Romania

(German: Birthälm, Romani: Biyertan, Hungarian: Berethalom)

Biertan is one of the most important Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, having been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993. The Biertan fortified church was the see of the Lutheran Evangelical Bishop in Transylvania between 1572 and 1867. (source wikipedia)

#Romania #fortifiedcurches #medievalfortress #medieval #fortress #fortified #church #Pureromania #Saxon #village #UNESCO #travel #tour #world #heritage #biertan #Transylvania

Sometimes I get scared I'm just a white person in a Japanese and mexican body who has no right to defend, portray, speak, or enjoy either of my heritage cultures.

I have been exposed to and raised by white culture for what feels like my whole life and I never had an interest in my own culture until I was in the ninth grade and discovered manga

I feel like I’m a horrible poser just because I wasn’t interested in my own language and culture during my preteen and teenage years.

I mean… When I was born up until I was 10 I was very invested in my culture because my japanese family was always around me but then everything changed when my first stepdad’s drug addiction attacked and now I just feel like a whitewashed person.

Like I bleached my souls for society and now I’m just a fake


SIDESHOW: Sometimes I have other ideas that I think would be awesome. So think of these as guest blog entries from other sections of my brain.

This is from a Tumblr that doesn’t exist called Uncle Jesse Williams. All quotes are by wunderkind Jesse Williams  (jessehimself) who has some THINGS to say.


Feliz dia de la Independencia Dominicana. Que viva mi gente! I found these walking around la zona colonial in SDQ back in November. 

If you know any Dominican people please do wish them a happy independence day. They will love you for it.

Photography by Ruddy Harootian