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January, 2008
GHF Mirador Featured in International Press

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October, 2007
GHF Cyrene Featured in The New York Times

September, 2007
GHF Cyrene Featured in Daily Telegraph. Quote from Stefaan Poortman, Manager, International Development

December, 2006
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March, 2008
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January, 2008
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November, 2007
Prince Charles visits Ancient Site in Anatolia to Commemorate new Site Museum and Visitors Center

Fall 2007
Saving the Mirador Basin. GHF featured in American Archaeology Magazine

July, 2007
Global Heritage Google Earth Outreach Launch

June, 2007
Site-seeing: Reports from the Field: Along the Nakbe Trail

April, 2007
Fire Alerts Go Global

February, 2007
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January 7, 2007
Destination: Guatemala
Atop the world of the Maya

December 31, 2006
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December 15, 2006
GHF Mirador Featured in Daily Mail

Nov, Dec 2006
The Mission for Mirador: Ecoconservationists are working to save Guatemala's wilderness, wildlife, and ruins

September 12, 2006
The United States Department of the Interior and the Government of Guatemala Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Protect Major Maya Archaeological Sites at El Mirador

August, 2006
A Home for the Indus - GHF's support of Indus Valley research, excavations and museums in Gujarat

August 18, 2006
Iraq's ancient gem - GHF mentioned in Arizona Daily Star article

July 4, 2006
Group guarding world's heritage

June 30, 2006
Indus Heritage Center Explores Ancient India Roots

June 17, 2006
Haunted By History - The ruins of a contested capital are still hostage to geopolitics

June, 17, 2006
The Ties That Divide - KARS: Locals dream of reopening the frontier between Turkey and Armenia

May, 2006
On Ancient Walls, a New Maya Epoch

March, 2006
Scanning Our Heritage. Laser Scanning For Cultural Heritage Applications. US Berkeley team scanning GHF Project, Chavín de Huántar

February 25, 2006
GHF Chavin de Huantar Featured on History Channel's 'Digging for the Truth'

February 10, 2006
Into The Wild - Searching The Jungle For Buried Mayan Treasure In Guatemala

January 25, 2006
$10m Museum to Re-Visit an Ancient Civilisation

January 17, 2006
Flip side of World Heritage status

December 24, 2005
GHF and Jindal Group to rebuild Hampi

December 20, 2005
GHF Founding Investor Bill Draper Featured in San Francisco Chronicle
Draper Fellowship Awarded to Global Heritage Fund in 2003

December 10, 2005
Running after fabulous ruins - Global Heritage Fund featured in The Hindu for work in Hampi UNESCO World Heritage site, Karnataka, India

November 25, 2005
GHF's Conservation in Shanxi Province Featured in Wall Street Journal - 'History's Last Salvation'

November, 2005
Global Heritage Fund Kars Heritage Program Featured on CNN Turkey

November 12, 2005
In Guatemala, A Battle Over Logs And a Lost Kingdom. Mr. Hansen Aims to Preserve Vast Mayan Ruin as Park; Skeptical, Villagers Fight

October 5 2005
Jeff Morgan's global approach to preservation could bring tourism, stability to postwar Iraq. Cornell University Chronicle Online article

October 2005
Return to Cyrene. GHF Funding Assists GIS Mapping of Cyrene

August 24, 2005
Kars wants to reopen its border on the Caucases

May 2005
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April 28, 2005
Repairing Lost Monuments in Vietnam. GHF featured on ABC Vietnam special

March 31, 2005
El Mirador Nominated as World Heritage Site. ElPeriodico article

March 31, 2005
El Mirador to be declared cultural heritage. Siglo article

April 18, 2005
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April, 2005
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March 30, 2005
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Oct 20 , 2004
From Ancient Ruins To Tourist Destinations

Local man fights to protect cultural sites

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The Ties That Divide

KARS: Locals dream of reopening the frontier between Turkey and Armenia

The Economist

Ani, A Disputed City: Haunted By History

Ani:The ruins of a contested capital are still hostage to geopolitics

WHATEVER you think about ghosts, it is hard to speak of this desolate plateau on Turkey's eastern edge without using the word "haunted". A millen­nium ago, Ani rivalled Byzantium as one of the great cities of the Christian world. At its height, the Armenian capital had over 100,000 inhabitants. Now all that stands is an impressive wall, and the gaunt but beautiful remains of churches - and mosques randomly scattered across a vast expanse of grassy earth. On a hot day in early summer, with flowers blooming and birds swooping through the ruins, the place is utterly empty.

Anithing Goes
Anithing goes

Ani's location at one of Eurasia's nodal points, where rival civilisations either clash or co-operate, has been both a blessing and a curse. The "silk route" linking Byzantium with China ran through it. But less than a century after it became the Armenian capital in 961, the city began falling victim to waves of con­querors, including Seljuk Turks, Geor­gians and Mongols. In 1319 it was devastated by an earthquake.

Even as a ruin, Ani has been a dis­puted City. In 1921 when most of the site " was ceded to Turkey, the Armenians were dismayed. They have since accused the Turks of neglecting the place in a spirit of chauvinism. The Turks retort that Ani's remains have been shaken by blasts from a quarry on the Armenian side of the border.

Turkey's authorities insist that they are doing their best to conserve and develop the site. "By restoring Ani, we'll make a contribution to humanity," says Mehmet Ufuk Erden, the local governor. "We will start with one church and one mosque, and over time we will include every single monument." The culture ministry has listed Ani, with an Armenian church on an island in Lake Van, among the sites it is keenest to conserve. For a country that was reluctant, until recently, to accept the cultural heritage of non-Turks, this is a big change.

But some scholars say more is needed. "Piecemeal restoration is no substitute for a master plan for Ani as a whole," argues Stefaan Poortman of the Global Heritage Fund, a California-based conservation group that helps to manage endangered historic sites. And making a master plan for a site straddling two countries is impossible unless they co­operate. Could it happen? In September, some 14 Black Sea countries hope to meet in Istanbul to discuss their cultural heritage. So Turks and Armenians will get a chance to talk about Ani, if history's ghosts can be exorcised.

NAIF ALIBEYOGLU, mayor of Kars, a town bordering Armenia, has a dream. He pictures a party of Turkish officials embracing their Armenian counter­parts in the middle of an ancient bridge over the river that divides their countries. Reduced by war and neglect to a pair of greyish stone stumps on opposite banks of the river, its condition is an apt symbol for relations between the two countries. The bridge, part of the historic site of Ani, would in theory be easy to reconstruct. Fixing the broader relationship between Turkey and Armenia promises to be a great deal harder.

Turkey was among the first countries to recognise Armenia when it emerged from the Soviet Union's wreckage in 1991 But bitter arguments over the fate of the Ottoman Armenians did the mass killings of 1915 constitute genocide? -together with lingering border disputes have stood in the way of formal ties. The estrangement deepened in 1993 when Turkey sealed its land frontier with Armenia (while still allowing direct air travel). The Turks acted after Armenian forces had occupied a chunk of Azerbaijan in a war over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Years of secret talks between Turkish and Armenian diplomats-the latest of which were held in Vienna in March­have failed to ease tensions. And this is despite vigorous backing for renewed ties from both America and the European Union, which Turkey is seeking to join.

Mr Alibeyoglu, who is from Turkey's ruling AK party, says the people of Kars are paying the price. With average annual in­comes of only $823, Kars is among the country's poorest and most neglected provinces. Yet before the cold war Kars was among the young republic's most progressive places. It is vividly evoked in "Snow", a novel by Turkey's most famous writer, Orhan Pamuk. Locals would attend the theatre and ballet and dine on caviar and champagne. Such tastes were inherited from former Russian occupiers, whose traces can still be detected in the grandeur of its Tsarist-era architecture.

Mr Alibeyoglu, whose penchant for wine and naughty sculptures would have gone unnoticed in those days, now sees a chance to reverse his city's decline, but only if Turkey unconditionally reopens its borders. By doing this, Turkey would regain some moral high ground, as well as securing access to strategic markets in Central Asia and beyond. Kars could even become a regional hub in the Caucasus, especially if a rail link to Armenia's capital, Yerevan, were restored. Trade volumes be­teen the two countries, now averaging a measly $100m a year, almost all of it con­ducted via Georgia, should soar.

There is more. As many as 200,000 members of the Armenian diaspora return to their homeland every year. Many would like to cross the border into Turkey in order to visit Armenian archaeological sites. The tourist trade could be worth millions of dollars. "They would also meet Turks and realise they aren't quite as evil as they imagined," adds Kaan Soyak, co­chairman of the Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council.

But how to break the diplomatic dead­lock? Mr Alibeyoglu's answer is to take matters into his own hands. In 2000 he drove to the Armenian town of Gyumri, where he appeared on television with his fellow mayor and appealed for peace. This autumn, Mr Alibeyoglu will host a festival that features, for a second time, performers from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Armenians will have to make a tortuous journey via the Turkish cities of Trabzon and Istanbul. But the mayor hopes that, one day soon, their journey will be much quicker.

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