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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
Laos' economic and political future is balanced on the tracks of the Trans-Asian Railway project. Watch the video report, "Unlocking Laos," above.(Photo by Ore Huiying)

Trans-Asian Railway Unlocks Laos Borders

VIENTIANE, Laos – Imagine a day when it is possible to take a train continuously from London to Singapore. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) hopes to realize that vision by constructing the Trans-Asian Railway Network (TAR). Laos, the least developed country in East Asia, sees this rail […]
Aug 7, 2012
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Kitchen Stories: Gluten-free bread that defies the fad

Until I came to Seattle, I’d only met one person in my life who had a wheat allergy. But it seems that for the past year I have heard nothing but “I don’t eat gluten.” Is this the new fad? The new Atkins? What is up with the United States and people with allergies and […]
Jul 12, 2012
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Bourgeois bakery brings flavor of “French Tokyo” to Queen Anne

The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that’s now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke Miura, his wife Tomoyo and their son Lion (the cafe’s namesake) moved from two years ago. Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg play in the background as young diners enjoy green tea […]
Jul 10, 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
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Cheers! to the Seattle International Beerfest

It’s no secret that Seattle is home to about a million craft breweries. For a lot of us, it feels like we can hardly keep up with the latest local brews, let alone keep tabs on the hundreds of international options on tap. This weekend, Seattleites will get to be the judge of exactly how their home […]
Jul 5, 2012
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Hundreds of new citizens sworn in on July Fourth

Over 500 candidates from 80 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at the Seattle Center.  The annual event marks the end of a multi-year process of naturalization that includes a civics and history exam, residency requirements, filing fees and background checks. The Philippines, India, Mexico, and Somalia […]
Jul 4, 2012
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Seattle Globalist launches with a crowd and a bang

The Seattle Globalist launch party drew over 300 people to celebrate our new hyperglobal blog last night at Washington Hall. Performances by Seattle Fandango Project and music by Last Night’s Mix Tape kept party goers dancing well into the night, as our hashtag, #ImAGlobalist, trended on Twitter. It was an amazing kickoff and show of […]
Apr 29, 2012
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It’s official: Seattle Globalist Launch Party tonight!

Today we’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Seattle Globalist! Okay, we cheated a little – we’ve actually been posting since back in December. But today is the day that really counts because we’re throwing a gigantic (free) party! And we’ve got a lot to celebrate: We’re kicking off a new partnership with […]
Apr 28, 2012
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Five global hipster meccas even cooler than Seattle

Last week hipster Seattleites shrugged indifferently at the news that our city had been named by Travel and Leisure as America’s best city for hipsters. Seattle took the prized vegan cupcake for first place, and was lauded by the site for our brains, Mac products, coffee snobbery and unique “buttoned-down” brand of hipster. We even […]
Apr 13, 2012
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Who is an immigrant?

I am an immigrant. I landed in Florida with my mother on August 11, 1996 at age 18. For six years I had to carry a laminated card that read Resident Alien on me at all times. In November 2002, at age 24, I was granted US citizenship and a passport. On the day of […]
Jan 27, 2012
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Seattle Egyptians celebrate revolution, but keep up fight for freedom back home

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, thousands have flooded into Tahir Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution which overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. This photo of the packed square is getting heavy play on  Facebook profiles worldwide. Despite the celebration, it’s been a long year for Egypt. When Mubarak left, the military took […]
Jan 25, 2012
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ICE exaggerating number of people deported, says transparency group

A Syracuse University-based transparency group released the results today of a two year long Freedom of Information struggle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The startling data, based on case-by-case numbers of immigrants apprehended, detained and deported by ICE in 2005 appears to show that agency vastly over-reported these numbers in official statements. The new records show […]
Jan 4, 2012

Measuring gross happiness: Should Seattle be more like Bhutan?

As the recession dragged on in 2011, America’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew only a few percent. Economists say GDP is an important indicator of the health of an economy. But is GDP the best way to measure how the country is faring? Sustainable Seattle, a local nonprofit, says GDP fails to to account for […]
Dec 28, 2011