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One Human Family: Snowden Gets New Passport, Sort Of

Abby Zimet


In a supportive move more symbolic than practical, Edward Snowden, stranded in Moscow's airport, has been issued a new passport by the World Service Authority, a tiny, D.C.-based non-profit dedicated to the utopian ideal of a "world citizenship" that transcends arbitrary national borders. In a statement, the WSA said it issued the passport to Snowden "to affirm the right to the freedom of travel and the right to seek refuge from persecution." It concedes that countries "can still reject somebody outright no matter who they are - they have the power to violate our human rights with impunity," but says 180 countries have accepted the passport on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately for Snowden, Ecuador is evidently not one of them.

"Throughout history the reason we've had wars is we separate ourselves into different tribes, only today the tribes are called America, or Guyana...We're one human family and we're one Earth and if we want to continue existing on this planet we have to understand first and foremost we are one."


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