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Bang in the middle of the Hillary:Trump Presidential diatribe, the US Congress passed this Bill... 415:0. That’s how you prioritize an issue across the aisle. #BloodBuddhas 11/n…
Even countries like Pakistan and China have new laws and enforcement wings to fight #BloodBuddhas. #BloodBuddhas 12/n…
Jordan's GDP is <2% of India's. Yet they have an enforcement agency for heritage. #BloodBuddhas 13/n…
India still has neither passed a new law, nor created an enforcement agency to deal with the issue. (However, agencies like DRI @debidashindia have been doing a splendid job lately). #BloodBuddhas 14/n
Internationally also, #HeritageCrimes seen as a “heritage” or a “faith” issue; not a #NationalSecurity challenge. #BloodBuddhas 15/n
MSM / #Lutyens Media doesn’t really care about #BloodBuddhas. The likes of @ShekharGupta communalize the issue… #BloodBuddhas 16/n…
…while the American Govt’s official publications commends our efforts. #BloodBuddhas 17/n…
Conferences continue to glorify Bureaucrats & Theorists; not Activists. So you have a lot of 3-W’s (Wining, Whining & White Papers)… but limited results. #BloodBuddhas 18/n
While Syria, Libya, etc are also targets; Indian heritage is by far the largest (eg. >50% of US market). #BloodBuddhas 19/n
…as India has historically been. #BloodBuddhas 20/n…
Most #HeritageCrimes have a strong international angle to it; making it difficult for any one country to prosecute. #BloodBuddhas 21/n
That’s why, the @INTERPOL_HQ runs an separate unit for #HeritageCrimes. So does @Unite4Heritage. #BloodBuddhas 22/n
India however, is NOT part of Interpol’s effort and does NOT subscribe/use/contribute to their Art-Crimes database. #BloodBuddhas 23/n
Since the crackdowns in USA, Australia, etc; potentially Illicit-art dealers have moved online. The anonymity is an added layer of protection for them. #BloodBuddhas 24/n
But since the #DarkWeb / #ToR, it has really been quite a ride for #BloodBuddhas dealers. Anonymity, Masking, cryptocurrencies and a general lack of traceability. #BloodBuddhas 25/n
#ToR’s usage for the weirdest searches is well known. #BloodBuddhas 26/n
I’m not sure how many countries use cyber forensics to track #BloodBuddha dealers on the Dark Web (like they do for narcotics, counterfeit currencies or other crimes). #BloodBuddhas 27/n
ISIS for sure has migrated their communications an recruitment efforts there. #BloodBuddhas 28/n
Thankfully, Anonymous @YourAnonNews targeted these terror groups and found millions of $ Bitcoins stashed away. #BloodBuddhas 29/n
However, that’s a drop in the ocean compared to the $700 billion #cryptocurrency market. #BloodBuddhas 30/n
The DarkWeb’s usage for illicit narcotics, wildlife, human-trafficking, etc is well known… #BloodBuddhas 31/n…
…Its usage for Illicit Art & Heritage is new. See example: #BloodBuddhas 32/n
As narcotics, sex-slaves, etc are “high visibility” crimes, ISIS moves to peddling #BloodBuddhas coz “nobody is watching”. #BloodBuddhas 33/n
In “Digital World War” @haroonullah reports how Javaid, an ISIS member, uses #DarkWeb for these deals “with no footprints left behind”. #BloodBuddhas 34/n
Interestingly, legal/official antiquities dealers have officially started accepting Bitcoins. Even if the intent is genuine, you can’t wish away the potential to play havoc. #BloodBuddhas 35/n
“Posh” looking art-dealers are already being arrested “on suspicion of jihadi terrorist financing. #BloodBuddhas 36/n…
While Jihadi groups are trying to sell heritage coins through Telegram (just one of the examples). #BloodBuddhas 37/n
Jihadis are being prosecuted at the Hague right now. They’re destroying/selling heritage; when they’re not busy kidnapping sex-slaves or planning terror attacks. #BloodBuddhas 38/n…
The saddest part– NONE of this new-age form of terror-funding, is in the public narrative… #BloodBuddhas 39/n
… we STILL think of Jihadis as testosterone driven brutes, holed up in caves somewhere; NOT as sophisticated cyber-criminals.
They are leveraging OUR dumb assumptions to THEIR advantage! #BloodBuddhas 40/n
Now why should all this matter to India?
#BloodBuddhas 41/n
So far, citizens-groups have to beg governments to restore stolen heritage. #BloodBuddhas 42/n…
When the US offered us 200 heritage-items back, our bureaucrats brought back only 11. Yes! ONLY 11 out of 200 . #BloodBuddhas 43/n…
But as @peterbcampbell reported, the #Haqqani network is involved, so this makes it “real” for India. #BloodBuddhas 44/n…
In Kashmir alone, 499 temples were destroyed/looted in #CulturalCleansing. #BloodBuddhas 45/n
In Karnataka, elected politicians are involved in Temple theft. #BloodBuddhas 46/n
In Tamil Nadu, senior police officers are looting Temples. #BloodBuddhas 47/n
And remember, the Indian people are STILL the biggest victims. #BloodBuddhas 48/n
You are naïve if you believe that all of these are isolated-incidents and NOT interconnected. #BloodBuddhas 49/n
The global narrative on heritage is changing, with USA & #Israel leaving @UNESCO . #BloodBuddhas 50/n…
Hopefully this expose, will change some of your assumptions. #BloodBuddhas 51/n
Hopefully, our heritage will not be sold, so bombs can be thrown back at us! #BloodBuddhas 52/n
Hopefully YOU will ensure the narrative in the Art/Heritage Community changes. #BloodBuddhas 53/n
Hopefully, instead of idle banter, YOU will share this story with friends & fellow citizens. #BloodBuddhas 54/n
Hopefully YOU will demand that your Government gets their heads out of the sand... & DO something about it. #BloodBuddhas 55/n
Hopefully History will come back to its Geography. #BloodBuddhas 56/n
Jai Hind! . . . #BloodBuddhas 57/n
.@threadreaderapp unroll pls. #BloodBuddhas 58/n. n/n

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