Volunteers from immigrant rights non-profit OneAmerica campaigning for civic engagement by immigrants at Seattle Central Community College this past August. (Photo courtesy OneAmerica)

Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

When Washington’s congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split the city of Seattle between two districts in order to create the state’s first ever “majority-minority” district. The 9th Congressional District was shifted northward, leaving behind the Fort Lewis area and rural Pierce County to take in […]
Oct 28, 2012
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Ashtanga Yoga feeds spiritual hunger in West, but few Indian followers

The legions of Americans taking their winter workouts inside to the warm sanctuary of yoga classes are part of a global trend taking to the Indian physical-spiritual practice. A love of yoga took one Ashtanga instructor from Abu Dhabi to Finland, pushed her physical limits and brought her in to a whole new community. But […]
Oct 24, 2012
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Seattle start-up Härnu launches social network for Globalists

We coined the term “hyperglobal” here at the Globalist to describe the combination of “local” and “global” in our content – bridging gaps between communities, from neighborhoods to nations, across the planet. Now, a fellow Seattlelite has taken the same approach to social networking. His name is Jason Gowans, and like us, he’s been all […]
Oct 11, 2012
A shrine to Jagganath at a temple in India. You know the guys who made this were big time potheads, BIG TIME. (Photo via Flickr by Sureshnarsimhan)

In honor of I-502: A Globalist marijuana travel guide

My name is Sara and I smoke pot. Ahh. I feel so much better. And if Initiative 502 passes next month, there’s going to be a lot more people coming out of their smoky closets. Our state looks to be on the verge of legalizing pot for recreational use, so it’s about time we start […]
Oct 10, 2012
An oil worker shows the scar where he says he was shot by police during protests in Zhanouzen last December (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

More blood for oil in Kazakhstan

I spent my first night in Kazakhstan at a punk show in the hills surrounding the capital, Almaty. There were 22’s of local beer, calf tattoos, bikes, a guy named “Joy” bragging about his small family farm and French Screamo music. It could have been a late summer evening in Seattle – well, minus the […]
Sep 25, 2012
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Kazakhstan’s punks reflect global millennial sub-culture

It could have been Olympia. Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan. But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the […]
Sep 11, 2012
The iconic sign welcoming visitors to Portland. Globalist writer Simona Trakiyska explores this northwest city with a global perspective. (Photo by Sara Stogner)

Portland offers global flair in cheap weekend getaway

For those bitten by an international travel bug but stuck with a modest budget, a weekend trip to Portland could be the cure. Some may call it a city with a laid-back pace, but in reality Portland pushes its guests to be open to new adventures from savory Thai dishes to the Japanese Gardens. The […]
Sep 5, 2012
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Mexicans wait in limbo after failed border crossings

The illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. can be dangerous, expensive and terrifying for thousands of Mexicans walking across the Arizona desert each year. Facing possible sexual assault and death from dehydration, the most devastating turn comes when they are picked up by border patrol and sent back over the border. Rachel Alexander […]
Aug 27, 2012
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NBA dreams deferred, Seattle players look overseas for court time

As the Seattle city council ponders a vote approving bonds for a new arena that could bring back men’s professional basketball, the summer Olympics proved the game’s popularity is still growing quickly overseas. The U.S. men’s basketball team sped past Spain for a gold medal in the summer Olympics, but other countries showed burgeoning strength. […]
Aug 22, 2012
Chandni Gautam is one of the few women drivers on the road as she navigates her cab through the streets of New Delhi, India. Gautam is one a select few female cab drivers at Sakha, a company for and by women offering safe, 24-hour transportation. (Photo by Bhamati Sivapalan)

Female cab drivers break into India’s hostile male profession

Chandni Gautam, above, is one of the first of her kind; a female cab driver in India. Gautam works for a company employing and training women to become cab drivers and chauffeurs. But the job is about more than getting a license. It means going to work in openly hostile field, where road rage, physical threats […]
Aug 21, 2012
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Young Muslim counts the blessings of Ramadan

The scent of home-cooked food at three in the morning and the calm of utter silence as hundreds of people stand together in prayer can only mean one thing: it’s Ramadan. In my mosque, people from Egypt, Tanzania, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and countless other countries come together to commemorate this blessed month. While […]
Aug 16, 2012
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Exotic animals symbolize luxury in Lebanon’s illegal trade

Grey parrots and vervet monkeys mingle with cats, dogs and hamsters in many of Lebanon’s pet shops, but if you want the really exciting animals, you have to ask behind the counter. Lions, panthers and bears—in fact many of the mascots from the American sports franchises—are just a few of the animals you can buy […]
Aug 13, 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
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The trouble with traveling while Arab

I waited too long to book a flight home to visit my family in Amman to be picky about my flights. The only option under $2000 was a four hour layover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The price and timing was fine. The racial profiling and accusation that I might be a terrorist was not.
Aug 9, 2012
Mass shootings like the one by James Holmes at a Batman movie premiere in Colorado last month have not prompted serious political dialogue about gun control, despite the ease with which mentally ill people and members of hate groups appear to obtain weapons. (Photo from REUTERS/RJ Sangosti)

Getting strapped in New Zealand, Americans learn ropes of gun control

Gun violence is an unfortunate and irrefutable part of American culture. An American my age can almost mark years of their life by instances of extreme violence committed by armed nutcases, from Waco, to Columbine High School, to the DC Sniper, to Virginia Tech, to Tucson, to last month in Aurora, Colorado, and the shootings […]
Aug 6, 2012
Gencer Gokeri, the owner of Fremont's Istanbul Imports, sits on a stack of handmade, tribal rugs that he brought over from Turkey. (Photo by Allison Int-Hout)

Seattle import stores face fierce competition from China and online retailers

With import stores across the country struggling with changing regulations and growing transportation costs, it’s easy to guess why Istanbul Imports in downtown Fremont might have a huge “STORE CLOSING” sign hanging above the door. But the savvy import shopper might be surprised to find out that, unlike what the signs outside suggest, the owners […]
Jul 26, 2012
Pago Pago, on the island of Tutuila, is the capital of American Samoa. The South-Pacific islands have a similar climate to Hawaii. (Photo from NOAA via Flickr)

Samoans in Seattle sue feds for citizenship

Imagine being born in a country where you can work, travel freely and even join the military, but you’re not considered a citizen. That’s the situation facing 56,000 residents of American Samoa, the only one of 14 US territories that does not allow an easy path to citizenship for people who move to the mainland […]
Jul 23, 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
Farm laborers harvest asparagus in Eastern Washington. Many of the low-wage migrant laborers that harvest our fruits and vegetables depend on food stamp programs that are on the chopping block in the proposed version of the Farm Bill (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you

The Farm Bill is a classic democratic-process-headache: a 1,000 page piece of legislation that takes on all things food and agriculture related. It covers everything from food stamps to farmland conservation to nutrition programs to farm subsidies. Past versions have mostly benefited big farmers of soy, corn, and other commodity crops, along with large corporations […]
Jul 18, 2012
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Tips for traveling the world with a bike and a backpack

The 32nd annual Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic is coming up this weekend.  Ten thousand riders will set out from the University of Washington and, after some 200 miles and 43,000 energy bars, end up in northeast Portland. Sadly, the trip has been sold out for months, so if you didn’t register way back […]
Jul 9, 2012