PERSPECTIVES

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Seattle’s notoriously polite driving culture can pose a real challenge for drivers from other countries. Here are some tips to help.

GLOBALIST COLUMNISTS

Flordeliza Querijero (right) works on a mosaic that will be installed in the lobby of Courtland Place — an affordable housing project for seniors in the Rainier Valley. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

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The rattle of thousands of tiny pieces of glass pouring from buckets and Tupperware was the steady soundtrack in the basement of Courtland Place (a senior housing project in Columbia City) last Tuesday morning. Well, that and the crooning of Barry White.

POLITICS

Seattle's new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Cuc Vu (center) flanked by Mayor Ed Murray and outgoing Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta. (Photo by Kamna Shastri)

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Tuesday morning, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray introduced Cuc Vu as the new acting director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). Vu will be taking the place of Interim Director Aaliyah Gupta.
Walid Alkheyat, of the new Iraqi Community of Washington State leads a group of children, women and men to Seattle City Hall during a protest in June asking for US intervention in Iraq. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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Iraqi refugees in the Northwest are quick to downplay the sectarian divisions that are causing fault lines in their home country.

AID AND DEVELOPMENT

Shanghai, China shrouded in smog. Overall China emits 6.2 metric tons of CO2 per year. (Photo from Wikipedia)

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University of Washington research points to air pollution, tobacco, and diet as the deadliest drivers of disease in China.

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Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.

ARTS & CULTURE

Break dancing in Uganda during the Obumu Media Lab workshops earlier this year. (Photo by Scott Macklin)

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Ziwa will be showing until the end of July at the 2312 Gallery. All proceeds from art sold at the show go directly to arts education organizations.
Italian and French players rucking during Six Nations Rugby Championship in 2014. (Photo by Pierre-Selim Huard)

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Having Seahawks withdrawal this offseason? Is the World Cup just not doing it for you? You may have a new sport to turn.