In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, countries in the Middle East have seen a surge in the looting of antiquities. In Egypt alone, an estimated $3 billion dollars worth of artifacts have been plundered. Looters have broken into museums and left thousands of empty pits, all to feed the global demand for antiquities — especially in the United States. Gianna Toboni goes to Egypt to meet some of the people behind the black market trade as well as those trying to preserve what’s left of Egypt’s archeological heritage.
Then: despite the fact that China is on track to dominate the world economy, the country still looks at the Western white male as the epitome of cultural cachet. Among China’s growing upper class—there are now more than 2 million millionaires there—nothing spells cool like importing a European butler or having a white businessman appear at your event. In fact, you can even rent a white guy by the hour or by the day. Thomas Morton heads to China to check out these unusual jobs, whose only requirement is that the applicant be white and male.
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