Women who work at the Kahatagaha mine show graphite chips they’ve broken by hand. Their work is labor-intensive and done without any machinery. (Photo by Nirasha Piyawadani, GPJ Sri Lanka)

Mine workers demand better pay in lagging Sri Lanka graphite industry

Lack of investment is hurting graphite mine industry in Sri Lanka, miners say.
Nov 3, 2016
Felix Ngoussou, a Seattle Central District business owner and an immigrant from Chad, supports Initiative 1433, but acknowledges the initiative puts a burden on small businesses. (Photo by Lee Nacozy.)

Business owners weigh effects of I-1433 minimum wage measure

Despite the potential burdens of raising the minimum wage, there are small business owners who are backing the statewide measure.
Nov 2, 2016
Credit Cards (Photo from Flickr by frankieleon)

Is the American dream still alive for new immigrants?

Even after decades of professional accomplishments in her home country, Frederica Jansz says the American Dream has been elusive.
Oct 10, 2016
Sylvia Zhao, 22, sits in her newly rented room in a townhouse owned by a fellow Chinese international student in Lake City. (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

Are Chinese international students feeding Seattle’s real estate crisis?

For some wealthy Chinese families hoping to park money offshore, sending a kid to study in Seattle and buying them a new house seems like a great investment.
Oct 3, 2016
Photo is taken behind the King County Juvenile Detention Center on Aug. 5, 2015 during a press conference launching Got Green's campaign to increase green career pathways. (Photo by Mike Renaissance Moynihan/Renotography)

Green careers proposal advances to Seattle City Council

A proposal to promote internships, entry-level positions and outreach for environmental careers for young people of color will head to Seattle City Council.
Sep 23, 2016
Sakuma Bros. Farms entrance. (Photo by Ashley Stewart)

Sakuma Brothers workers set union vote, berry boycott ends

Familias Unidas por la Justicia also announced that while workers vote, the boycott of Sakuma Brothers' berries has been called off.
Sep 6, 2016
Startup Visa-

Making sense of the proposed Startup Visa alternative

The White House announced proposed a new visa alternative for international entrepreneurs.
Aug 30, 2016
Model Salwa Elrashid models a 'burkini', designed by Lebanese-born Australian Aheda Zanetti at her fashion store in Sydney, August 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed for Reuters.)

France has “misunderstood” burkini, Australian designer says

Designer Aheda Zanetti says the burkini is meant to open choices for women who want to dress modestly or want more coverage from the sun.
Aug 25, 2016
The GEO Group's headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo from Wikipedia)

GEO Group stocks fall after Justice Dept. plans end of private prisons

Activists also have criticized GEO Group's management of the Northwest Detention Center, accusing it of cutting costs on services for immigration detainees.
Aug 18, 2016
Scarecrow Video (Photo from Wikipedia by Aurorasm)

Seven spaces Seattle can’t afford to lose to development

At the Residents’ Podium for Seattle Legacy Spaces, Seattleites got the chance to talk back to the people influencing our city's development.
Aug 15, 2016
Michael Schutlzer of the Washington Technology Industry Association speaks at a press conference with other business leaders on immigration reform. (Photo by OneAmerica via Facebook.)

Washington business groups push pro-immigration policies

Agriculture and technology organizations say that Washington state's economy depends on immigration reform.
Aug 10, 2016
Jackson's Catfish Corner at its location on Rainier Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Jackson’s Catfish Corner)

Jackson’s Catfish Corner plans to reopen

Rumors of the restaurant's demise have been overblown, owner says.
Aug 9, 2016
Children enjoy a risky ride in a tuin, a rope and pulley system, over the Trishuli River in Nepal’s Dhading district. The government plans to replace all 155 of Nepal’s tuins with suspension bridges. (Photo by Kalpana Khanal, GPJ Nepal)

Perilous Nepal river pulley crossings to be replaced by bridges

The government of Nepal has vowed to replace the hand-operated trolleys suspended over rivers that some villages depend on for business and other needs.
Jackson's Catfish Corner has been shuttered suddenly after reopening in the past year. (Photo courtesy the South Seattle Emerald.)

Shock greets closure of Jackson’s Catfish Corner

Jackson’s Catfish Corner in South Seattle’s Brighton Neighborhood has closed suddenly.
Aug 2, 2016
“People used to try to run over me, because I was a Black woman, and small-statured," Williams recalls. "I’d fight them…I’m a good fighter.” (Photo by Chloe Collyer)

DeCharlene & Goliath: A Black business pioneer outlasts Seattle developers

Seattle's Central District is transforming before our eyes, but DeCharlene Williams sees a way for small business owners like her stand up to developers.
Aug 1, 2016
View of the farm rented by Monsanto to the public Land Authority in Juana Díaz. (Photo by Abimael Medina for Centro de Periodismo Investigativo.)

Mired in debt, Puerto Rico gave millions to Monsanto

Throughout the decade of fiscal crisis, the Island has been a corporate welfare paradise for companies that even get free water.
Jul 20, 2016
Meqdam "Mike" Almaroof (Photo by Rachel Anne Seymour / JFS)

Helping highly skilled refugees find their niche in Seattle

More skilled refugees are arriving in our state. But they say cultural barriers keep them out of white-collar jobs that could use their talents.
Jul 14, 2016
Aburu beads quickly, she says: she can make almost an entire necklace in the time it takes her to watch an episode one of her favorite crime shows on Netflix, How to Get Away with Murder.

Self-taught fashion designer draws from Ugandan upbringing

Shalom Aburu's designs will turn heads at Bellevue Fashion Week Independent Designer Runway Show in September.
Jul 5, 2016
People arrive in a ballot office to vote on whether to give every adult citizen a basic guaranteed monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560), in a school in Bern, Switzerland, June 5, 2016. The sign reads, "Ballot office."    (Ruben Sprich for Reuters.)

Free income for all? Swiss say ‘no thanks’

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone.
Jun 6, 2016
Abodolloh Zay serves a drink to a drive-through customer at First Cup Coffee. Fewer cars have come through during the months of construction. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

“Mama” closes coffee kiosk on 23rd, citing disruptive road construction

The long road construction project on 23rd Avenue has been been too much for one small business owner — "Mama's" announced its closure this week.
May 26, 2016