Immigrants travel across Washington to lobby Olympia

Immigrant activists left as early as 4 am to travel to Olympia in support of education and policy reform. Our youth reporters got up pretty early as well to cover the action.
Feb 7, 2013

Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013

Celebrate the Chandeleur with an authentic French crêpes orgy

Today is the world’s sweetest holiday, the Chandeleur. Celebrate as the French do by cooking up a mountain of fluffy (yet paper-thin!) crêpes.
Feb 2, 2013

New Chinese highway exposes medieval Tibetan kingdom to the modern world

Cheap denim jeans replace handwoven textiles and ancient farming techniques give way to tractors as the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Lo gets a long-awaited taste of modernity. 
Jan 30, 2013

Top 5 bizarre plans for tonight’s Mayan apocalypse

The end is near! And for Seattleites that means going out with a bang. It’s almost December 21st, the day the Ancient Mayans predicted (sort of) that the world would end. Or maybe John Cusack just starred in a movie about it and we’ve officially lost touch with reality. Either way, Elysian Brewery is serving […]
Dec 20, 2012

Waiting for Assad’s fall, record numbers of Syrians flee to Jordan

ZAATARI, Jordan–As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their homes during dangerously cold winter months. There are roughly 60,000 Syrians in the Zaatari, one of the largest refugee camps that sits just across the Jordanian border. According to a recent […]
Dec 11, 2012

Vancouver native delivers soy milk for Myanmar’s malnourished

It almost sounds too good to be true. In remote areas of Myanmar, a portable soy milk machine that runs without electricity, is cheap and delivers life-saving proteins and vitamins to malnourished orphans. One family from Vancouver has made it their life’s work to keep the milk flowing. 
Dec 3, 2012

Finding a new branch of my family tree in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand– They were complete strangers, but it instantly felt like a family reunion. One week before I departed for my first international reporting trip, my grandmother Cece and my great aunt Karen casually drop to me on Facebook that, oh by the way, I have relatives in Thailand. Come again? Now I’m from a long and […]
Nov 26, 2012

Northwest expats in Thailand cheer Obama victory with locals

BANGKOK, Thailand–As the elections unfolded yesterday in the US, a small huddle of Americans glued their eyes to the CNN report, broadcasting the returns in a mostly empty bar here in Bangkok. The American-owned Roadhouse BBQ was one of only two bars in the city advertising an election watch. Yet in a city packed full […]
Nov 7, 2012

From Seattle to Spain, youth united by a stagnant economy

The photo made me stop short, my coffee cup hovering a few inches above the newspaper. A young man in jeans and a Barcelona soccer jersey bent over a Dumpster rummaging for food. Spain is suffering 50 percent unemployment among young people, the article explained, and hunger is on the rise. The last time I […]
Nov 2, 2012

Exploring the world’s connections with Seattle

Seattle Globalist co-founder and columnist Sarah Stuteville starts a new weekly column in The Seattle Times today: Friday night at The Comet Tavern on Capitol Hill: the music pounds, the bathrooms stink and Russian politics are the topic of the night. I’m at a benefit show for Pussy Riot — a punk rock band arrested […]
Oct 26, 2012

Family ties defy the Israeli-Palestinian divide in ‘The Other Son’

Babies accidentally switched at birth. From Mark Twain to the ABC Family Monday night lineup, it’s a familiar plot device – and a usually a pretty cheesy one. But French director Lorraine Levy successfully adopts this clichéd premise in her third feature film, The Other Son, which opens Friday at the Egyptian Theatre. Levy delivers a […]
Oct 25, 2012

Scotland wants a breakup, misogynist schooled on sexism, cats turned copters

Scotland launches breakup campaign after 300-year relationship with England There’s nothing worse than ending a long-term relationship. You have to tell your friends and family and decide who’s going to keep that TV you went halfsies on. But that’s just what the Scottish National Party wants after successfully initiating a referendum for Scottish Independence. However, […]
Oct 18, 2012

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

New OneAmerica director aims to boost immigrant voter participation

In the past six months alone, big things have started happening for the immigrant community is Seattle. President Obama announced a new deportation deferment policy for undocumented young adults. The Seattle City Council created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and a new Washington State Voting Rights Act could significantly increase voting participation among immigrant […]
Oct 9, 2012
Memes mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin, like this one on a sign in Moscow, are reminiscent of parodies of US politicians. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Pussy Riot, Putin and Romney: Seattle musicians rally for Russian punk band

The music is defiant, the bartenders studiously inattentive and the balaclavas sequined. If it weren’t for the smell of grilled onions wafting in from the hotdog stand outside and the cold beer (instead of warm vodka) I could still be in Moscow. But I’m at the Comet on Capitol Hill watching Corina Bakker of The […]
Oct 5, 2012

Mood at Seattle debate hints that Washington will deliver world’s first pro-gay marriage vote

Washington State could be one of the first places in the world to legalize gay marriage by ballot this November. Currently there are only 10 countries that have legalized or recognized gay marriages, but all have done so through parliaments and governmental bodies. Maryland, Maine and Minnesota are also voting on the issue that would move […]
Oct 3, 2012

Three videos you have to see: A $26,000 cocktail, airport holograms and PSY goes viral

Singapore mixes Asia’s most expensive drink  When a club dangles a one-karat diamond as a “garnish” on a drink, you know they’re taking lavish excess to a whole new level. And that’s just the tip of the decadent iceberg for this $26,000 cocktail made with Hennessy, champagne and edible gold flecks served by a gloved […]
Sep 28, 2012

Dinner with Alma: Stories of family and reunification abroad

There is nothing quite like the stories that unfold when good friends gather to share an honest, home-cooked meal. For this special dinner, I hosted four of my friends to eat, drink and talk about their travels abroad in search of family they have never met. I made vegetables in green curry with coconut milk, […]
Sep 19, 2012

All-female band shakes up Colombian mariachi scene

The iconic hats, the intricately embroidered suits and vibrant, boisterous music; sure it sounds and looks just like traditional mariachi music. But one, all-female band in Bogota, Colombia is shaking up the landscape of this male-dominated profession. Amy Lieberman reports from South America. 
Sep 17, 2012