In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, several Middle Eastern countries have descended into violence as terror groups like the Islamic State have gained power. As theyâ€™ve seized territory in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere, these organizations have systematically destroyed millennia-old archeological sites and trafficked priceless artifacts, creating a self-perpetuating cycle that provides funding for arms and erodes the region's shared identity. This process â€” which some experts have deemed "cultural cleansing" â€” has augmented the tragedy of the human lives lost to the conflict. In this episode, we explore whatâ€™s happening and what the world can do to stop it.
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