E–pub READ [The Cosmopolites] ´ Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
A fascinating thought provoking book about citizenship
in the 21st centuryThe book s main story arc covers a group of stateless people known as the 21st centuryThe book s main story arc covers a group of stateless people known as bidoon who live in Middle Eastern countries like the UAE and Kuwait As non citizens of the countries they inhabit the bidoon are denied many of the benefits that full citizens enjoyThe oil rich Middle Eastern governments did not want to grant their own citizenship to the bidoon so they instead Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) hatched a fanciful scheme to give the bidoon citizenship of Comoros a tiny impoverished island nation thousands of miles away off the coast of AfricaIn exchange for selling Comorion passports to the bidoon in the Middle East the Comoros would receive a much needed injection of funds For their part the Arabsoped to ease the pressure coming from the international community who were demanding they solve the bidoon s stateless status The reader gets treated to a wonderful piece of investigative journalism around Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, how the whole affair played outHowever the part of The Cosmopolites which I enjoyed the most was the author s probing inuiry into the concept of citizenship itself in our globalizing worldNation based citizenship is something which most people take for granted because itas been the only system we The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew have really known in our lifetimes It originated in the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 It might be long overdue for a shake up As Abrahamian writes The nation state system was neitherumanity s first conception of citizenship nor will it be the lastGiven the greater international mobility many people now enjoy their identity is often not so easily categorized into one particular place Add to that the fact that many of the world s most crtitical challenges are global rather than local in scopeIn particular the book raises two contrasting visions of those who dream of a world without bordersFirst the rejection of all citizenship and politics going all the way back to the Cynic school of ancient Greek philosophy In the book this is characterised by Roger Ver a radical libertarian tech entrepreneur who wants to opt out of interference from the state and create a kind of Galt s Gulch of Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged where Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru he can exist free from the reach of any goverment infringement on personal liberty including the obligation to pay taxesSecond a universal concept of citizenship which envisions allumankind united under a global government The only slightly less ancient Stoic school of Greek philosophy advocates this and so too did Garry Davis the deceased founder of the World Service Authority granting the unrecognized world passportmy main criticism of the cosmopolites World PassportMy main criticism of The Cosmopolites that I wish some of the very interesting developments in this space could ave been fleshed out The Seasteading Institute Bitcoin and Estonia s e residency were all mentioned but only in passingHowever The Cosmopolites raises some very topical uestions especially since as Abrahamian notes such so much of lives are now onlineI will finish this review with my favorite uestion the book poses What does citizenship become when it becomes detached from any kind of civic engagement and political identification when it is a matter of convenience not community What are the states when members of a community no longer feel a particular kinship or loyalty to any particular place wealthy and white you re an expat ard working and from a third world country you re an immigrant poor or black or on the brink of death you re a migrant the sale of citizenshipspeaks to the arbitrariness of the concept of belonging to a nation to begin with This was an interesting book but it wasn t as varied as I Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) had expected Fascinating stuff I wish itad expanded a little bit to discuss global immigration trends or trends with regard to visas and passports Nonetheless it goes into some really detailed discussions on specific issues for example the purchasing of Comorosian citizenship by the Kuwait government so that
could get of their stateless people or the passport industry of St Kitts and Nevis which now makes up around 25% of their entire GDP Would recommend At first I tread through this book extremely cautiously as I remembered that On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS historical don t tread on me type saying but later on I found Abrahamian s style incrediblyarmless positive and constructive for this brave new world that we are building togetherAbout A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) halfway through I remembered to check the back for the endnotes She does not note where each comment is inserted where it is meant but I am OK with that as what shead to say intrigued meIt encouraged me to check out the paper Al Jazeera a little bit often Beforehand I thought maybe I shouldn t since I wa. The cosmopolites are literally citizens of the world from the Greek word kosmos meaning world and polites or citizen Garry Davis aka World Citizen No 1 and creator of the World Passport was a former Broadway actor and World War II bomber pilot who renounced is American citizenship in 1948 as a form of protest against nationalism sovereign borders and war Today there are cosmopolites of all stripes ri.they could get
DOWNLOAD The CosmopolitesS onestly just willing to Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children hide in my closet with my cats since the world is a terrifying place But seriously my International Relations professor discussed Al Jazeera right alongside the New York Times Why not Some are born citizens some purchase citizenship and someave citizenship thrust upon them this in a nutshell provides the narrative arc to Abrahamian s wonderful little book At its analytic core this book is an account of the rise of the passport sales industry pioneered by various passport entrepreneurs who ave figured that this is a good revenue generation scheme for many impoverished island nations she focuses
on the Comoro Islands a former French colony in the Indian Ocean andthe Comoro Islands a former French colony in the Indian Ocean and Kitts and Nevis a former British colony in the Caribbean who often ave very little else to sell Essentially these passport entrepreneurs arrive in these islands with a pitch for arbitraging one of the great remaining barriers within our globalizing world namely the stolidity of citizenship still something that the vast majority of people inherit as a birthright much as titles are inherited by aristocrats Some of these citizenships are worth a great deal than others the Swiss being the best and Afghan perhaps the least valuable measured both by the global mobility that the passport afford as well as the social benefits the Lonestar Sanctuary holder can claim from the state As Sam Moyn and othersave pointed out citizenship in a particular state is the still the primary vehicle through which rights are claimed Many of these passport entrepreneurs combine Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator hucksterism with ideological passion either of a libertarian sort claiming they are undoing arbitrary and repressive government regulations or aumanitarian sort claiming they are solving the problem of statelessness Both types also claimed that by providing a new income stream to these poor islands they were kick starting a development process that in the case of the Comoros involved imagining these islands as a future Arab HawaiiPart of what is most interesting about Abrahamian s account is the varied customers for these passports for sale On the one Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India hand the primary customers consist of the most privileged people on the planet who prefer toave multiple passports since each one comes with a particular mix of privileges these are the primary customers that the libertarian Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, hucksters see themselves as serving In this phase of the story we seem toave classic story globalization eroding national sovereignties with these passport entrepreneurs promoting themselves as avatars of modernization and global cosmopolitanism against the atavistic mono citizenship regimes inherited from the 20th century Abrahamian asks some difficult uestions Biocentrismo. 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La nuova teoria del tutto here about the relationship between the rights that come with citizenship and the duties that may also attend with the same mainly to criticize the deeply uneual nature of different sorts of citizenship as well as the absurdity ofaving basic political rights becoming a tradable commodity Citizenship far from being a universal category that provides the basis for universal A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design human rights turns out to be as varied in its ualities as the states that supply them What s clearowever is that How Drawings Work having passports means youave rights and so for many globe trotting elites Truly Irresistible having multiple passports represents both a convenience and a political insurance policy in case things get dicey for them in a particular locale A foreign passport can serve as a literal get out of jail free cardBut the other category of consumers for these commercial passports is even intriguing namely the stateless for whom the possibility of a being able to purchase a passport and thus finally gain access to the the right toave rights as Arendt put it might seem like an unmitigated blessing Here Whisper Loudly however is where Abrahamian s story turns particularly interesting and dark It turns out that in the case of the Comoran passports some of the biggest customers turn out toave been the Kuwaiti and Emirati governments which were interested in purchasing thousands of Comoran passports in order to give them to the bidoon The bidoon are Gulf born residents who for various reasons often because their forebears I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life had been immigrants from elsewhere did not claim or receive citizenship status when the opportunity arose in the postwar period The statelessness of the bidoonave been a political embarrassment for years one made worse by the progressive Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 hardening of the Gulf states definitions of citizenship in the wake of Ira s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 which was prompted in part by a desire to re write the kinds of state and citizenship lines that the Brits and French beueathed to the middle ea. Ch or poor intentional or unwitting from 1 percenters who own five passports thanks to taxavens to the Bidoon the stateless people of countries like the United Arab Emirates Journalist Atossa Abrahamian The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & herself a cosmopolite travels around the globe to meet the people whoave come to embody an increasingly fluid borderless worldAlong the way you are introduced to a colorful cast of characters inclu.