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Atossa Araxia Abrahamian is a journalist based in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the London Review of Books, and other publications. She has worked as an opinion editor at Al Jazeera America and a general news and business reporter for Reuters. Atossa grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Columbia University, where she returned for a master's program in investigative reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Follow her on Twitter @atossaaraxia

  • Tax-Free Storage Wars

    Long Reads 29 May 2018

    Arcis is a new art storage facility in Harlem that offers its clients a Foreign Trade Zone. But are they selling the art world a luxury tax haven, or just banking on confusion?

    Photo: Zoe Wetherall for Artsy
  • Data Subjects of the World, Unite!

    The New York Times 28 May 2018

    We should all start thinking of ourselves not just as clients of a company, residents of a state or citizens of a country, but also as data subjects of the world. Data is currency; creating and holding it is power. This power has gone to...

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  • The New Passport-Poor

    The New York Review of Books 21 May 2018

    Read as a migration narrative, however, Casablanca reminds us that the identification papers we carry were created not to give us freedom but rather to curtail it. The right to mobility is granted not by the individual but by the state, and access to that...

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  • The Lemming Market

    London Review of Books 10 May 2018

    The commoditisation of art has turned it into a lifestyle.

  • Saving the Sacred Cow

    The Nation 03 May 2018

    If anyone can figure out a way to put a chicken in every pot and a bottle of bubbly on every table, it’s Yanis Varoufakis.

    Illustration by Joe Ciardiello
  • Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?

    The New York Times 05 Jan 2018

    Giving the bidoon citizenship would mean paying them the same generous social welfare benefits that Emiratis enjoy. So nine years ago, the United Arab Emirates came up with a solution: it began paying the Comoran government hundreds of millions of dollars to issue them passports.

    ...
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  • Let's Not Forget #MeToo is About Work, Not Sex

    The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC 12 Dec 2017

    Rebecca Traister and Atossa Araxia Abrahamian argue that this moment is not just about sex, it’s about sexism in the workplace.

    Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images
  • The Problem Isn't Sex, It's Work

    BuzzFeed 06 Dec 2017

    Workplace harassment is about power, not desire. And it’s a symptom of deep economic and professional inequality.

    Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts / Getty Images
  • When the Price of Reporting Is a Car Bomb

    The New York Times 18 Oct 2017

    The car bomb that killed the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday did not go off in Honduras, Afghanistan or any other country where one might expect to hear about brutal violence against reporters. The device exploded in the early afternoon down the road...

    Photo: Rene Rossignaud/Associated Press
  • International Territory

    The Nation 12 Oct 2017

    Three new books map the ambiguities of the UN’s extraterritorial status.

    Illustration: Tim Robinson.
  • How a tax haven is leading the race to privatise space

    The Guardian 14 Sep 2017

    Luxembourg has shown how far a tiny country can go by serving the needs of global capitalism. Now it has set its sights on outer space

    Illustration: Ben the Illustrator
  • The ‘Perfect’ T-Shirt Is a Myth

    Racked 13 Sep 2017

    But I still want to try and find one.

    Photo: Artur Tavares/Getty Images
  • This Teen Troll Fled To The US For Political Asylum. Now He's Stuck In A Detention Center

    BuzzFeed 31 Aug 2017

    18-year-old Amos Yee went up against the repressive Singaporean government with ideas and tactics he learned on YouTube. Then he fled to the US to seek asylum in the country that all but invented trolling. Now, he’s stuck in an immigration detention center, in limbo....

  • Snoring Is an Annoyance Worth Taking More Seriously

    The Cut 30 Aug 2017

    Like a lawn mower. Like a chain saw. A bulldozer. A buffalo. A suffocating goat. A wounded warthog. Many, many more varieties of unhappy livestock. The sleep deprived find comfort in these unflattering similes — which, as it turns out, do have some scientific basis.

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  • Who’s Afraid Of Linda Sarsour?

    The Fader 27 Apr 2017

    In a divided nation, Linda Sarsour is a walking controversy. She intends on using that power.

    Photo: Brad Ogbonna
  • Before the Refugee Ban

    The New Republic 22 Mar 2017

    One family’s journey from Iraq to Ohio—and how life has changed under Trump.

    Photo: Holly Pickett
  • Hundreds of New York Bodegas Are on Strike Today Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

    The Nation 02 Feb 2017

     The Yemeni-American diaspora is hitting back against the new administration’s Islamophobic travel ban.

    Photo: Nathaniel Pinheiro
  • Dear Americans: Trump's travel ban is an outrage, but we're used to it

    Los Angeles Times 02 Feb 2017

    The groundwork for Trump’s order was laid long before he was the Republican nominee.

    Photo: Alessandro Di Meo / AP
  • Décret anti-immigrés  : Trump n’innove pas

    Le Monde 02 Feb 2017

    Le texte signé le 27 janvier ne sort pas de nulle part  : le Congrès en avait jeté les bases, en janvier 2016, avec une loi qui créait déjà deux catégories d’Américains.

    Illustration: SERGUEI
  • Billionaires like Peter Thiel get citizenship abroad so they can run from the problems they create

    Quartz 25 Jan 2017

    It is the current system of passports and nations and states, along with moralistic attitudes about patriotism, that enables the rich to opt out.

    Photo: Carolyn Kaste / AP
  • An Economist's Case for Open Borders

    Dissent 01 Jan 2017

    Branko Milanovic has come up with a proposal to open borders in the age of Trump – but his proposal has uncomfortable implications for democracy. 

  • This Land Is Their Land

    TakePart 28 Nov 2016

    There is something existentially troubling, from the perspective of a country’s national sovereignty, about a company or government from another state owning large portions of its land.

    Photo Illustration: Marc Fusco; Photos: Getty Images
  • Donald Trump hates globalization, but globalization is what made Donald Trump’s life possible

    Quartz 07 Nov 2016

    Today, “globalization” can mean anything you want it to mean: open borders, lower wages, the European Union, that godawful Pitbull record. Whatever it is, Donald Trump is against it.

    Photo: Reuters/Osman Orsal
  • Cosmopolitan Pop

    The Nation 02 Nov 2016

    DJ /rupture and MIA capture the new global spirit of pop music.

    Illustration: Jason Raish
  • An open letter to Mark Carney and all UK immigrants: Strike against Brexit!

    Quartz 14 Oct 2016

    A day or two without foreign labor might teach Theresa May and her cabinet a thing or two about the value of a diverse workforce and force xenophobes to reconsider their position on how people from the EU and beyond can help Britain.

    Photo: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
  • Mirror, Mirror

    Racked 12 Oct 2016

    There are more ways to see ourselves now than ever before — but are we seeing ourselves any more clearly?

  • Can the Left Reclaim Nationalism?

    The Nation 02 Aug 2016

    A leading proponent of globalist capitalism has recanted, advocating instead the development of “responsible nationalism.” Is that an oxymoron?

    Photo: CC / Aotearoa
  • The elite used hate, fear, and anxiety to trick ordinary Brits into voting for Brexit

    Quartz 29 Jun 2016

    Now, the great irony is that those who voted “Remain” may want to leave very badly–but have no place left to go.

    Photo: AP/Matt Dunham
  • PNL's World Or Nothing

    The Fader 14 Jun 2016

    A French duo ushers in a new era of rap that speaks to the whole globe.

  • Le monde ou rien de PNL

    The Fader 14 Jun 2016
    Deux frères français inaugurent une nouvelle époque de rap qui parle au monde entier.
  • Rossini in Bushwick

    The Village Voice 08 Jun 2016

    Classical Music Gets Casual (and Sweaty) in Kitchens and Warehouses

    Photo: Dina Litovsky
  • Congress's Visa Law Is Un-American

    New York Times 07 Feb 2016

    The surprising thing about H.R. 158 is the way it treats some dual nationals as second-class citizens, ignoring their mixed heritage or their decision to build lives abroad while denying them rights and privileges their compatriots can enjoy. This is un-American.

  • The New York Times review of The Cosmopolites

    The New York Times 10 Jan 2016
  • The bizarre scheme to transform a remote island into the new Dubai - Podcast

    The Guardian 04 Jan 2016

    Written by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, read by Ruth Barnes and produced bySimon Barnard

  • Cosmopolites

    Columbia Magazine 01 Jan 2016
    Illustration: Davide Bonazzi
  • The Asian Review of Books review of The Cosmopolites

    The Asian Review of Books 22 Dec 2015
  • Among Strangers

    Guernica 15 Dec 2015
    Illustration: Jason Arias
  • Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on The Cosmopolites

    Shakespeare and Company Podcast 14 Dec 2015

    As all eyes turn to Paris for the COP21 Climate Conference, we’re excited to introduce journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian speaking about her new book The Cosmopolites - The Coming of the Global Citizen.

  • Shakespeare and Company Hosts Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

    Columbia Global Center Paris 03 Dec 2015
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  • Booked: A Suitcase Full of Passports

    Dissent 19 Nov 2015

    Booked is a monthly series of Q&As with authors by contributing editor Timothy Shenk. For this special podcast edition, Tim spoke with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian about her book, The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen (Columbia Global Reports, 2015).

    Photo: Svetlana / Flickr
  • Global Citizenship: A Discussion with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

    Columbia University Pulitzer Hall World Room 17 Nov 2015

    Columbia Global Reports and the Committee On Global Thought welcome Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, acclaimed novelist Joseph O’Neill (The Dog, Netherland), and Columbia University Professor of Anthropology Rosalind Morris. Nicholas Lemann, director of Columbia Global Reports, will moderate a panel discussion on global citizenship, statelessness, and Abrahamian’s debut book The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen.

  • 'The Cosmopolites' Launch at Brooklyn's BookCourt

    BookCourt 14 Nov 2015

    In her debut book ‘The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen,’ journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian travels the globe to meet willing and unwitting “cosmopolites,” or citizens of the world, who inhabit a new, borderless realm where things can go very well, or very badly. Abrahamian will be introduced by Nicholas Lemann, director of Columbia Global Reports and New Yorker staff writer.

  • The New Republic review of The Cosmopolites

    The New Republic 12 Nov 2015
  • Citizenship for Sale

    WBUR 11 Nov 2015

    Global statelessness and a new look at the booming market for passports. Nationality for sale.

  • The Bizarre Scheme to Transform a Remote Island Into the New Dubai

    The Guardian 10 Nov 2015

    Bashar Kiwan’s dream was to turn the Comoros into the new Dubai. At the time, it did not seem entirely unlikely

    Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
  • Pacific Standard review of The Cosmopolites

    Pacific Standard 10 Nov 2015
  • Publishers Weekly review of The Cosmopolites

    Publishers Weekly 10 Nov 2015
  • The Passport Bubble

    The New Republic 28 Oct 2015

    Since we live in a globalized world, [Kalin] said, birthplace and blood no longer hold the same significance as they used to.

    Illustration: Giacomo Bagnara
  • Spies, Lies, and Guys on a Tropical Island

    New York Magazine 22 Oct 2015

    I went to the Comoros in search of a crook — and found more than I expected to.

    Photo: Marka/Getty Images
  • Little Boxes of Decision Avoidance

    The New Yorker 30 May 2014

    By effectively outsourcing buying decisions to someone else, these services attempt to help people avoid what Barry Schwartz describes as the “misery-inducing tyranny” of the modern American marketplace.

    Photo: Alexandra Dost/Lumi Images/Corbis
  • A Bum Without a Country

    Vice 27 May 2014

    In late 2008, Mike Gogulski walked into the US embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and renounced his citizenship; later he burned his passport in defiance.

    Photo: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
  • Vaping for Yuppies

    The New Yorker 29 Apr 2014

    If enjoying cannabis is no longer a fringe activity, then it only makes sense for the means through which we consume it to evolve, too.

    Photo: Courtesy of Ploom
  • Enjoy the Silence

    The New Yorker 13 Mar 2014

    Time stood still: for better or for worse, there was nothing in the world but Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” The experience felt oddly adolescent—suddenly, the attention that I was focussing on a song was as intense as it had been in high school.

    Photo: Andi Singer/Getty
  • Short Cuts

    London Review of Books 20 Feb 2014

    The second passport business tends to attract people with strong persecution complexes who subscribe to a paranoid libertarianism.

  • What's In Your Bag, America?

    Pacific Standard 27 Jan 2014

    Popular culture has become obsessed with peering into people’s bags. Disclosing the things we carry has become a national pastime. But what are we hiding?

    Photo: Courtesy of The Verge
  • Citizens, Denaturalization, and Assassination

    Dissent 01 Aug 2013

    Today the native is no more safe in “his own” country than the citizen by adoption.

    — Emma Goldman, A Woman Without a Country, 1903

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons
  • Seasteading

    n+1 05 Jun 2013

    Existing governments have no interest in making themselves vulnerable by opening up their borders, so the only solution is to go create thousands of “start-up countries” in the legal vacuum of international waters.

    Photo: Liz Henry via flickr
  • Countries with a cash-flow problem market citizenship

    Reuters 19 Dec 2012

    Call it citizenship tourism, passport peddling, or the latest frontier of global capitalism: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, cash-for-citizenship programs and investor visas have become an appealing gambit for strapped economies.

  • Native of Nowhere

    New York Times 19 Aug 2012

    Winning, then losing, the Green Card lottery.

    Illustration: Alexander Glandien
  • Tax time pushes some Americans to take a hike

    Reuters / Chicago Tribune 16 Apr 2012

    Not everyone’s motivations are as lofty as Superman’s. Many say they parted ways with America for tax reasons.

  • Passports for a Price

    Reuters 12 Feb 2012

    For decades, the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis exported sugarcane to keep its economy afloat. When sugar prices fell, St. Kitts began to sell an even sweeter commodity: its citizenship.

  • The Placenta Cookbook

    New York Magazine 21 Aug 2011

    “I threw a chunk of placenta in the Vitamix with coconut water and a banana.”

    Photo: Kathryn Parker Almanas