The idea of a Cabinet-level official for the arts has gotten some buzz lately. After all, many other countries have ministers of culture. High-profile artists such as Quincy Jones think it's necessary in the U.S., but not everyone agrees.

Latest Syria Latest News News - http://www.israelnewsreport.net/latest_news/latest-syria-latest-news-news-12/

Latest Syria Latest News News - http://www.israelnewsreport.net/latest_news/latest-syria-latest-news-news-12/

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A fine Mamluk gold- and silver-inlaid cast brass bowl with inscription, Egypt or Syria, late 13th or early 14th century Estimated $ 400,000-500,000. Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's

A fine Mamluk gold- and silver-inlaid cast brass bowl with inscription, Egypt or Syria, late 13th or early 14th century Estimated $ 400,000-500,000. Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's

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Gravestone for "Zosime, daughter of Herakleon", from Syria, late 1st century B.C. The hands on the stele symbolize her relatives' vow to avenge her death which was apparently not a natural one.

Gravestone for "Zosime, daughter of Herakleon", from Syria, late 1st century B.C. The hands on the stele symbolize her relatives' vow to avenge her death which was apparently not a natural one.

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18-year-old Thomas van Linge’s maps show the changing faces of Iraq and Syria.

18-year-old Thomas van Linge’s maps show the changing faces of Iraq and Syria.

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An Ottoman 'Dome of the Rock' tile, probably Aleppo, Syria, late 16th century
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Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday defended the White House against charges that they did not act quickly enough to protect the Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks. Gates, who served in the administrations of both Presidents George W. Bush’s and Obama said that some critics who said that military force could have saved lives had a “cartoonish” view of U.S. military capabilities.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday defended the White House against charges that they did not act quickly enough to protect the Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks. Gates, who served in the administrations of both Presidents George W. Bush’s and Obama said that some critics who said that military force could have saved lives had a “cartoonish” view of U.S. military capabilities.

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En #Alepo, llegar hasta los heridos se está volviendo cada vez más difícil debido a los bombardeos y porque sólo hay 11 ambulancias en funcionamiento para una población de 250,000 personas.

En #Alepo, llegar hasta los heridos se está volviendo cada vez más difícil debido a los bombardeos y porque sólo hay 11 ambulancias en funcionamiento para una población de 250,000 personas.

TWO OTTOMAN BLUE AND WHITE TILES, TURKEY OR SYRIA, LATE 16TH CENTURY each of rectangular form, decorated in cobalt blue, with issuing sprays of saz leaves, tulips, carnations and rosettes

TWO OTTOMAN BLUE AND WHITE TILES, TURKEY OR SYRIA, LATE 16TH CENTURY each of rectangular form, decorated in cobalt blue, with issuing sprays of saz leaves, tulips, carnations and rosettes

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Paris attacks: French military launches second wave of air strikes against Islamic State in Syria - latest news - Telegraph

Paris attacks: French military launches second wave of air strikes against Islamic State in Syria - latest news - Telegraph

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