Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

Powerful earthquake in Pakistan hits home for Seattle man

Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest.
Oct 3, 2013
A MQ-9 Reaper drone of the type used to target militants in Pakistan's Tribal Areas. (Photo by U.S. Air Force/Paul Ridgeway)

The 6 big myths that turned us against drone strikes

The political tide in the US is turning away from drone strikes, as it did long ago in Pakistan. But are we giving up our best tool for fighting terror?
Jun 3, 2013
Soldiers lower the Pakistani flag in Karachi. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Tigers, tumbles and Taliban: Making sense of Pakistan’s election

Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner? 
May 19, 2013
A traditional Pakistani wedding.

Why it’s harder to find a date in Seattle than in Pakistan

The Seattle freeze makes for a chilly Valentine’s Day for new arrivals from other cultures.
Feb 14, 2013
A student holds an image of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a rally in Lahore

Will attack on child activist end Pakistani apathy about civil rights?

The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley was virtually under Taliban control, Malala, using the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary that was published and broadcast on BBC’s Urdu language radio service. In it she […]
Oct 15, 2012
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Global women’s rights supporters buzz off hair in Bald Solidarity

She saw it all roll down on the floor of her office building with a mere stroke of a roaring electric shaver. With her head peaking out of a draped trash bag that worked as a hair-cutting cape, Hannah Perls saw her long, brown hair all gone in less than five minutes. Perls shaved her […]
Aug 20, 2012
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For Pakistani journalist, Seattle news scene is a breath of fresh air

Late last month, a bomb ripped through a train station in a small town near Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan where I started my journalism career. The loss was colossal: the blast killed eight people while maiming more than 25 others. But it was no big news for Pakistani media. Instead, […]
Jul 24, 2012