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Sustainable energy venture seeks to turn a profit in the new age of aid

When it comes to international charities, Seattle is home to some of the biggest names in aid that cater to developing countries across the world. But a new model has arrived that is not about handouts, but about making a profit. The idea behind Burro, founded in 2008 by Cranium co-founder Whit Alexander, is to […]
Aug 15, 2012
Brandi Finn, a student at Seattle Central Community College, hands out signs for the Student Debt Noise Brigade protest on Wednesday, August 8. (Photo by Hallie Golden)

All quiet on UW campus as tuition rises

When students in Quebec heard earlier this summer that the government planned to raise college tuition by 75%, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Montreal in massive protests. If the increases go through, their tuition will be almost $4,000 per year. University of Washington students, on the other hand, may soon be paying more […]
Aug 10, 2012
A market in El Salvador, which has the highest rate of homicide against women in the world. (Photo from Flickr by Jpeg Jedi)

Seattle orgs meet to help combat violence against women in Central America

Inside a conference room in Seattle’s Municipal building all eyes are fixed on Shira Downs as tears run down her face. She’s talking about the epidemic of violence against women in her home country of Nicaragua. “We have laws to protect women, but how do you make sure the law is effective or obeyed?” she […]
Jul 31, 2012
A girl practices reading the Koran in Jakarta. More than 1,400 children gathered at a park in Indonesia to read the Koran to mark the holy month of Ramadan, which start Friday. (Photo from REUTERS/Supri)

Seattle Muslims prepare for long Ramadan days

Fasting for 17 hours a day is no walk in the park. But it’s that much harder when the person sitting next to you is eating a cheeseburger, or a succulent slice of pizza. Or, for Mohammad Ismail, there’s that tempting looking Starbucks on the way to work. Born in Pakistan, this is the second […]
Jul 20, 2012
Melinda Gates spoke at the London Summit on Family Planning July 11th. Photograph: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development via Flickr.

Millennials go glam with Melinda Gates at Agency this Saturday

On Wednesday, Melinda Gates announced in London that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to donate more than $1 billion to increase birth control access globally over the next eight years. On Saturday Mrs. Gates will fly back to Seattle just in time to celebrate the news with the young and glitzy crowd at […]
Jul 13, 2012
Supporters of Pena Nieto celebrate at party headquarters in Mexico City

A Globalist primer on the Mexican election

Enrique Peña Nieto has just about clinched the Mexican presidency after coming out of Sunday’s election with a 7 percent lead. He is a candidate of the PRI party, which has been out of power in Mexico since its 70-year stint as the ruling party ended in 2000. The election, which happens every six years, […]
Jul 2, 2012