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Iraqi Archives comes to the Hoover Institution

Iraq's Baath Party's archives, most recently stored on an American naval facility, is being moved to Stanford's Hoover Institution. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Institution signed a deal with the Iraq Memory Foundation despite Iraq's national archivist's call for immediate repatriation of the records.

Saad Eskander, the director general of the Iraq National Library and Archive, argues that the records of the Baath Party -- which ruled Iraq from 1968 to 2003 -- are inalienable public property and belong in the national archive without delay.

Officials of the Iraq Memory Foundation say they received the blessing of Iraq's deputy prime minister and of the prime minister's office to carry out the deal with Hoover.

According to the terms of the deal, Hoover has agreed to hold the records for the foundation for the next five years. At the end of that period, the two parties will examine the possibility of repatriating the documents to Iraq.

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