David Frum

01.13.13

Not All Borders Are Created Equal

The Financial Times dispatched a photographer to document Europe's relatively vanished borders. Since it's paywalled and the photos are by an FT photographer, that doesn't mean much if you aren't a subscriber. Therefore, I thought I'd take the idea and make it useful for you. Enjoy.

China-Russia:

A Chinese paramilitary officer stands guards at the Sino-Russia border on August 28, 2009 in Manzhouli, Hulun Buir League of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China. Manzhouli is an important gateway for business in Inner Mongolia and receives 60 percent of all of China's trade to and from Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images) ()

Egypt-Israel:

Egyptian border guards (R) observe from a watch tower as their Israeli counterparts supervise the construction of a border fence along Israel's border with Egypt near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat on February 15, 2012. Far from the uproar of Cairo's Tahrir Square, Israel has been doubling its efforts to erect a giant, impenetrable security barrier along its 240-kilometre (150-mile) border with the Egyptian Sinai. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages) ()

China-India:

In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008 a Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. When the two Asian giants opened the 4,500-metre-high (15,000 feet) pass in 2006 to improve ties dogged by a bitter war in 1962 that saw the route closed for 44 years, many on both sides hoped it would boost trade. Two years on, optimism has given way to despair as the flow of traders has shrunk to a trickle because of red tape, poor facilities and sub-standard roads in India's remote northeastern mountainous state of Sikkim. DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images ()

Denmark-Germany:

Cars pass the German-Danish border on May 13, 2011 near Flensburg, Germany. Denmark has introduced border controls at its borders to Germany and Sweden in what it says is a necessary step against organized crime. The move has caused an uproar among liberal MPs in the European Parliament, who claim the unilateral action by Denmark goes against the spirit of pan-European cooperation and is only a political stunt meant to placate conservative voters. Denmark is among countries in Europe that signed the Schengen Agreement, which guarantees the free flow of people and goods across borders, though an individual country can suspend it if deemed necessary. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images) ()

A cordial moment along the border of India-Pakistan:

Major General Mohammad Yaqub (L) shakes hands with Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Commander S. Singh (R) during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day on the Pakistan-India border at Wagah on August 14, 2010. Pakistan has celebrated its 63rd anniversary of independence with prayers and a national minute of silence, low-key festivities for a country in the grip of political and religious turmoil. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images) ()

USA-Canada:

Vehicles line up to enter the United States at the border crossing between Blaine, Washington and White Rock, British Columbia November 8, 2001 in White Rock, BC. The Peace Arch border crossing is one of the busiest crossings in North America. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) ()

Turkey-Iraq:

Turkish commandos walk on a mountain near the Turkey-Iraq border in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Sirnak, on February 24, 2008. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) slammed Sunday the United States and Iraqi Kurds for helping Turkey in a major offensive against the separatist group in northern Iraq, a news agency close to the rebel reported. AFP PHOTO/MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images) ()

South Africa-Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwaen immigrants cross the border from Zimbabwe into South Africa May 27, 2008 over the Limpopo River near Musina. Despite the recent violence against immigrant communities in South Africa, thousands of Zimbabwaens continue to flood over the border due to economic strife and political oppression in their own country. Between 3-5 million Zimbabwaens are currently in South Africa, according to estimates from human rights groups. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ()

Brazil-Argentina:

View of the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side on April 11, 2012, in Foz de Iguazu, Brazil. The waterfall system --of 2.7 km long-- consists of 275 falls, and has an annual peak flow of some 6,500 cubic meters a second. An acute drought has hit the famed horseshoe-shaped Igauzu falls which straddle two countries, cutting back the tumbling waters to reveal the rocky sides. Only a third of the usual volume of water is now flowing over the top of the stunning falls, which were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984 and border both Brazil and Argentina. AFP PHOTO/Norberto Duarte/Getty Images ()

Haiti-Dominican Republic:

Haitian children watch a unit of the United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti riding an inflatable boat while conducting a demonstration for the press of a patrol across the Etang Saumatre, a lake at the border with the Dominican Republic, which is often used for contraband and drug smuggling. The UN police delegation is currently training the Haitian police in various border-control tactics. AFP PHOTO/Thony BELIZAIRE (Photo credit should read THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images) ()

Update: Commenter "BioProf" directs us to this amazing image from the US-Canada border. 

International border runs through the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, Derby Line VT/Stanstead QC. (Wikimedia Commons) ()

What did we miss? I'm happy to update this post all day with more pictures from borderlines around the globe.