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One of my colleagues recommended this book, though I can t recall how he or she used it or the subject matter of the class I currently teach a writing class and am interested in using a theme of global engagement citizenship, so this looks interesting It s absolutely not what I was expecting.I figured the book would beabout seeing beyond national borders to see ourselves as citizens of the entire world thus making international concerns our own , and that was actually not far off in som One of my colleagues recommended this book, though I can t recall how he or she used it or the subject matter of the class I currently teach a writing class and am interested in using a theme of global engagement citizenship, so this looks interesting It s absolutely not what I was expecting.I figured the book would beabout seeing beyond national borders to see ourselves as citizens of the entire world thus making international concerns our own , and that was actually not far off in some ways Abrahamian focuses on the issues of those people who are not legally or officially recognized as citizens of any country I would argue that a significant part of the population in the US doesn t have to worry about that I know I certainly didn t But for people who were legally in a country until they suddenly weren t, life is close to a guessing game The book also looks at countries who are not well off economically and how business people can take advantages by buying and selling citizenship This is what happens when whole countries have agreements to honor the passports and citizenship of other countries It s politically and economically convenient, and apparently it s also a pretty successful business But countries that weren t well off to begin with still aren t well off It s sort of like having the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil police brutality, unemployment, political instability, and horrendous violations and rape of women aren t going away anytime soon.I m living in a time where my passport isn t a big deal I mean, I can t just go live in Italy, but my passport will get me there and home, and I won t be arrested and moved to some other country that I ve never known And I don t think the possibility of a President Donald Trump will change that, necessarily But man, we re talking a lot about borders these days, and it s worrisome that all it takes is a politician s signature that can so dramatically change the world.There really is no closure to this issue of course, it s still happening But I think it really effectively brings up the concept of borders and how often we rely on them and on the ideals of nationalism I also have to give to the author Abrahamian does a fantastic job of relaying the information in an objective, clear, and powerful way This isn t to say that she doesn t have a message, but she s letting the information speak for itself I am absolutely using this book in my writing class, and I m interested in readingof the Columbian Global Reports They re short, easy to read, and significant This was an interesting book, but it wasn t as varied as I had expected. I started re reading this book during quarantine because of the situation we re all faced in.This book is a great read as it examines a good variety of ways citizenship has been commercialized and also in a sense weaponized. wealthy and white, you re an expat hard 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 Fascinating stuff I wish it had expanded a little bitto 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 they could get rid 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. This is a marvelous book I knew virtually nothing about how citizenships are sold nowadays, by the rich who wantuseful passports, either for international travel or to avoid taxes e.g did you know that one of Facebooks co founders renounced his US citizenship in order to avoid taxes as well as by the poor Kuwait, the Emirates etc are trying to get rid of their stateless population by deporting them with freshly bought passports Definitely gets you to think about the concept of This is a marvelous book I knew virtually nothing about how citizenships are sold nowadays, by the rich who wantuseful passports, either for international travel or to avoid taxes e.g did you know that one of Facebooks co founders renounced his US citizenship in order to avoid taxes as well as by the poor Kuwait, the Emirates etc are trying to get rid of their stateless population by deporting them with freshly bought passports Definitely gets you to think about the concept of a nation and borders, 2500 years after the first cynics and stoics hated the idea and thought of themselves as being cosmopolites There s a couple of interesting story arcs in this anthology of extra citizenship, and a tolerable minimum of filler There sin the way of uncritical reporting than actual analysis, though every mention of Bitcoin makes my teeth itch. At first, I tread through this book extremely cautiously, as I remembered that historical don t tread on me type saying, but later on, I found Abrahamian s style incredibly harmless, positive and constructive for this brave new world that we are building together About 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 she had to say intrigued me.It encouraged me to check out the pa At first, I tread through this book extremely cautiously, as I remembered that historical don t tread on me type saying, but later on, I found Abrahamian s style incredibly harmless, positive and constructive for this brave new world that we are building together About 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 she had to say intrigued me.It encouraged me to check out the paper Al Jazeera a little bitoften Beforehand I thought maybe I shouldn t since I was honestly just willing to 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 (FREE PDF) ñ The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen ï 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 , and creator of the World Passport, was a former Broadway actor and World War II bomber pilot who renounced his American citizenship inas a form of protest against nationalism, sovereign borders, and war Today there are cosmopolites of all stripes, rich or poor, intentional or unwitting, frompercenters who own five passports thanks to tax havens to the Bidoon, the stateless people of countries like the United Arab Emirates Journalist Atossa Abrahamian, herself a cosmopolite, travels around the globe to meet the people who have come to embody an increasingly fluid, borderless worldAlong the way you are introduced to a colorful cast of characters, including passport burning atheist hackers, the new Knights of Malta, California libertarian seasteaders, who are residents of floating city states, Bidoons, who have been forced to be citizens of the island nation Comoros, entrepreneurs in the business of buying and selling passports, cosmopolites who live on a luxury cruise ship called The World, and shady businessmen with ties to Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad A very interesting concept, but the book focused on one story at the expense of many it could have mentioned The intro, afterword, and a chapter in the middle about the technological changes pushing for national sovereignty changes are the integral parts The rest is mostly just in depth about one story introduced in the beginning To be fair, it s a very interesting story, but I was hoping forbreadth.