A Jailed Activist’s 3-D Models Could Save Syria’s History From ISIS

WHEN BASSEL KHARTABIL first began creating photographic three-dimensional models of the ancient ruins known as Palmyra, he hoped to preserve one of Syria’s greatest archaeological treasures. Ten years later, Khartabil is a prisoner of Syria’s fascist Assad regime, and Palmyra is being systematically destroyed by ISIS. Now Khartabil’s friends and fellow activists hope his 3-D models might save not only Palmyra, but Khartabil himself.

  • tom_billesley

    Nobody will be interested in saving IS artefacts.
    A burnt out Toyota, a beheading knife.

    • UCSPanther

      The Islamic State has no artistic talent, unless one considers snuff flicks “fine art”.

  • ontario john

    He is obviously Islamophobic.

  • DD_Austin

    At least this will kill any future tourism

    Come see the ruins of the ruins of Palmyra

  • Hard Little Machine

    I hope he uses Israeli software. If only to read in the NYT how that’s evil.