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How will the end of sanctions against Iran impact you?

UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.
Feb 1, 2016
international adoption Ethiopia

The trouble with international adoption

New restrictions on international adoption have led to a huge drop in placements with American families. But have protections missed the mark?
Dec 21, 2015
A volunteer doctor working with the Salaam Cultural Museum examines a Syrian refugee child. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

How to help Syrian refugees in Seattle

Want to know how to help Syrian refugees? We've got answers.
Dec 1, 2015
Pastor George Everett, at an Ebola Relief concert in 2014 (Photo courtesy Tino Tran)

Kent congregation raising money to build Ebola orphanage in Liberia

A local Liberian American congregation is raising money to build an orphanage for children left parentless because of Ebola.
Nov 27, 2015
Milena, age 16, says lowering the adult trial age will just add to unfair application of criminal law in Brazil: “A rich kid can steal and murder but pay bail and be out of jail easy, while a kid from the favela will be stuck in prison.” (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

Failing and jailing our youth, from Seattle to São Paulo

Brazil and the U.S. face surprisingly similar struggles with high incarceration rates and a school-to-prison pipeline facing poor youth.
Nov 23, 2015
Clinical director Andrew Kritovich, background, celebrates at the grand opening of the International Counseling and Community Services' new facility in Kent. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Counseling service for refugees expands to Kent

International Counseling and Community Services, which specializes in mental health care for refugees, has opened a new office in Kent.
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Somali health fair confronts cultural barriers to care

The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.
Nov 13, 2015
A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees

When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
A man carries a boy, who was injured in an earthquake, at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan October 26, 2015. (Photo by Khuram Parvez for Reuters.)

More than 200 dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reports of shock waves being felt as far as New Delhi.
Oct 26, 2015
Weseem Shoulub, 7, resting in the Palestine Children's Relief Fund office in Gaza last year. Shoulub underwent surgery to amputate both legs at Spokane Shriners Hospital on October 7th. (Photo courtesy PCRF)

Young visitor from Gaza underscores lack of medical access in Palestine

7-year-old Weseem Shoulub is in Washington this month for a surgery he can't get near his home in Gaza.
Oct 22, 2015
A classroom in the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, designed for natural daylight and ventilation. (Photo by Nic Lehoux)

Architect’s life’s work culminates in school for girls in Afghanistan

The spirit of local architect Bob Hull lives on in Gohar Khatoon school for girls inAfghanistan, which opened this summer.
Oct 12, 2015
Dyed yarn hanging on a fence at the Jubilee Farm in Snoqualmie, part of a class on using natural plant dyes. (Photo by Carolyn Higgins)

Your organic cotton tee-shirt probably poisoned a river in Asia

Textile dyeing is an oft overlooked part of clothing manufacturing that can have devastating human and environmental impacts. But one Seattle woman has a solution.
Oct 8, 2015
Afghan staff react inside a a Doctors Without Borders hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Photo via Doctors  Without Borders.)

Doctors Without Borders demands probe of U.S. bombing of hospital

The United States military took responsibility on Tuesday for the air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 staff, calling it a mistake.
Oct 7, 2015
Oscar Maldonado, one of three men on the 14th day of a hunger strike, protesting corruption in Honduras' government. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

Why isn’t the world talking about the Honduras corruption scandal?

Multinational business and foreign aid are a part of life in Honduras, but the world has been silent as Hondurans protest government corruption.
Sep 18, 2015
Former Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque (Photo by Dan Poss for the Seattle Sounders.)

Soccer fields and chain stores: Weighing U.S. influence in Honduras

U.S. influence is part of everyday life in Honduras' capital — from youth community centers to fast food restaurants.
Sep 15, 2015
Anny Khan speaks at the weekend grassroots gathering to organize aid and advocacy for Syrian refugees. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Could Syrian refugees resettle in Seattle? New group explores ideas

Dozens of Seattle-area residents gathered over the weekend to explore increasing the number of Syrian refugees who can resettle in Washington state.
Sep 8, 2015
Tima Kurdi, sister of Syrian refugee Abdullah Kurdi whose sons Aylan and Galip and wife Rehan were among 12 people who drowned in Turkey trying to reach Greece, cries while speaking to the media outside her home in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Photo by Ben Nelms for Reuters.)

Grassroots gathering to explore bringing Syrian refugees to Seattle

Worldwide focus on the Syrian refugee crisis grew this week, as pictures emerged of a Syrian toddler who drowned while his family tried to reach Greece.
Sep 3, 2015
Opening of Financing For Development Conference.
Election of the President of the Conference.

Prime Minister of the host country, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn.

The huge UN development conference you should be tracking on Twitter

The FFD3 conference this week in Addis Ababa will determine how global development gets financed over the next 15 years. Here's how to track them on Twitter.
Jul 14, 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (center) sits with girls inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on July 12th. (Photo from Reuters / Jamal Saidi)

10 ways to maximize global girls’ education

How organizations working on global girls' education can get beyond oversimplified "one girl at a time" messaging.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (center) has pledged $32 billion to charitable causes, including to 'empower women.' (Photo by Alwaleed Philanthropies, via Facebook.)

Saudi prince pledges $32B to charity, citing inspiration from Gates Foundation

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced that he will pledge $32 billion to charity, including women's causes, citing the Gates Foundation as inspiration.
Jul 1, 2015