Raiders Of The Lost Art

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART There seems to be a major problem arising in Egypt and Great Britain. There have been hundreds of recorded art thefts in Egypt. Jonathon Tokeley- Parry is one of the assumed thieves. The thieves steal the art or artifacts to sell to people. Jonathon says that he sells them so they can be saved in people's homes not in poorly guarded museums. This type of problem has been occurring more and more. There are three main solutions. One is for the government to take more control. Two is for Egypt and Great Britain to get stronger laws. The third is to get the United Nations involved. The most valued item Tokely-Parry stole was valued at 1.4 million dollars. The governments are saying that they are destroying clues to older civilizations and it needs to stop.

One solution to this problem would be if the governments would take more control.

If they did they could educate people about the importance of the antiquities and artifacts, which are their cultural history. By doing that it might make people more cautious about getting the art stolen. That also might make people who do steal these things stop. The government could also hire lawyers like Larry Kaye who is fighting for the return of antiques. If they got more lawyers they would have a better chance to get them back.

Right now some of the laws in Egypt are not thought up well. One major problem is that Egypt and Great Britain's laws are different so there is conflict on who is breaking what laws. If Egypt and Great Britain could talk to other countries about their laws before another incident happens they might be able to agree on what should happen with the thief. Or Egypt could make stricter laws on stealing. People would not want to steal as much because there would be stricter consequences.

If none of these solutions work, then probably the final solution would be to involve the United Nations to help with the problem. The United Nations would make it a lot easier to have a court hearing because they would have their own laws instead of two or more country's different laws because of the shift of moving from country to country. It would probably be good for resolving who was guilty or not but it would be harder for the United Nations to stop the thefts. That job is for the government of the country. The United Nations would be very helpful in resolving this issue.

Probably the best solution would be too let Great Britain lend or give Egypt soe money to help prevent further stolen goods. Its not really Great Britains fault that artifacs have been smuggled into Great Britain but if they don't help in some way these occurrences will keep occurring and will bother Great Britain. Therefore if Great Britain would give Egypt money, Egypt could use it to get better security or make sure everyone leaving the country is checked thoroughly. That seems to be the easiest solution if Egypt and Great Britain both agree.

A lot of these solutions would help stop the thefts that have been occurring in Egypt and other countries. Egypt wants the thefts to stop because they are losing clues to their culture in the past They want to keep their own heritage and gain pride and understanding from their past. Hopefully the thefts can come to a stop and countries don't have to risk loosing their heritage or their cultural past.