Donny George on Iraq

The former Chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH) in Iraq spoke to Cindy Ho in this 38-minute interview. Dr. George discussed the circumstances surrounding his decision to leave Baghdad for the United States, where he served as visiting professor at New York’s Stony Brook University. The interview focuses on the continued looting of ancient sites in Iraq, the situation at the Iraq Museum, the recent recovery of the statue of Entemena, the disputed status of more than 1,000 Sumerian cuneiforms now at Cornell University. It includes Dr. George’s recommendations for safeguarding Iraq’s ancient sites and his near-term plans. Dr. George, a 2008 SAFE Beacon Award Winner, passed away on March 11, 2011 on the way to a lecture about these issues. (December 12, 2006)

Donny George on Iraq