There was a news report about the Field Museum in Chicago which houses, more aptly warehouses, over 10,000 pieces of Filipino art & artifacts. The curator, who inexplicably is a white guy, said most of the works were obtained during the US occupation of the Philippines. He assured the reporter that all of these works were obtained legally. (So maybe his appointment isn’t so inexplicable after all.) Anyone familiar with disputes around theft by the British Museum & all anthropology museums, not to mention the Iraq war, understands that ‘legal’ in the context of war & occupation is a euphemism for wholesale plunder & might makes right.