Thursday, March 27, 2003

Honduras wants its moon rock back

In Britain, there has been an increasingly fraught discussion about the return of the Parthenon Marbles (aka the Elgin Marbles). Why it is appropriate to break up a fine collection of antiquities in the British Museum to satisfy populist politics in Greece is anybody's guess.

But now, a court case in Florida has opened up a more bizarre discussion. BBC News reports that a Florida businessman has been refused the right to keep a moonrock he bought from a Honduran general for $50 000 in the early 1990s. It had been given to the Honduran government in 1973 by President Nixon but was subsequently stolen.

Now, Honduras has demanded the return of the rock. The US government is still deciding what to do with it.

US wins custody of moon rock, BBC News, 26 March 2003

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