(Re-published from the Passaport Project blog)
Last January, Catalan journalist Nicolás Valle published a highly informative article detailing the increasing number of physical border walls and barriers that are popping up across the planet. 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are now 41,890 km of walls (concrete, metal, or a combination of both) straddling nation-state borders. Some of these are visible from space, among them the Mexico-US border, and the borders separating Egypt, Israel and the Gaza strip (both recently photographed by astronaut Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station). String these 41,890 km of border walls into a single line, and it will be long enough to form a Saturn-like ring around the bulging equator.
(adapted from the Maltese by Albert Gatt & Antoine Cassar)yoursthis passportfor all peoples, and for all landscapes,take it where you will, there is no need for a stamp or visa,you can leave or stay as you please, it does not expire,you can renounce it, it is not the property of the government, duke or queen, you may even have several,if you want, you can leave it at home, or throw it in the garbage, nobody will demand it,if you want, you can throw it to the sea, and watch as the ink runs, the pages tear, and the unkempt sadness of your face dissolves in the waves and the salt,if you want, you can hurl it into the air, and watch it flutter and take flight on the wind,taking you, if you want,with it.
on power, passports, and freedom “To leave a country is like breaking out of jail,
and to enter a country is like going through the eye of a needle. …
It’s incongruous that in this atomic age of speed,
we are shut in and shut out by passports.”
(thanks to Wes Man for the tip off)