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A standoff over when to reopen Iraq's National Museum, plundered after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, offers a glimpse into the political turf wars that are replacing sectarian violence. Iraq's Culture Ministry and the Ministry of State for Tourism and Antiquities have each claimed the authority to decide when the museum, closed since looters robbed it of 15,000 artefacts after the invasion, will be back in business.
After years on the run from Shiite and Sunni militias and morality police, Iraqi musicians are slowly returning to the streets of Baghdad, looking to fill the silence left by the fading civil war.
The principal goals of the Project include: establishment of a Conservation and Historic Preservation Institute in Erbil; the Iraq National Museum: Improvements to the professional environment within the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad; professional Development and Capacity Building for Iraqs Museums.
Kurdistan parliament approved the journalism law in Monday's session after amending articles that had been criticized by Kurdish journalists.
The head of the United Nations culture agency today condemned the murder of a senior Iraqi Government official who had long worked to protect and preserve his country's cultural heritage.
Iraqi singers, actors and artists are fleeing the country after dozens have been killed by Islamic radicals determined to eradicate all culture associated with the West.