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By prospect   April 2007

Walled world

One of the most tangible effects of globalisation is, paradoxically, a sharp increase in the number of physical barriers springing up between countries around the world. A recent article in the Jerusalem Post by the Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer identified a global epidemic of wall-building. Israel’s new wall through the occupied West Bank—which adds to existing mined fences along its frontiers with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and around the Gaza strip—is, of course, well known. But similar projects are now under way in Thailand (which is sealing off its 47-mile frontier with Malaysia), India (which is securing its…

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