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
Travellers believed to be migrants coming from Hungary enter a train to Germany at the railway station in Vienna, Austria, August 31, 2015. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger for Reuters)

Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks

European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of migration — much of it from Syria — as thousands make their way to Germany.
Aug 31, 2015
Michael Perez puffs from a shisha at Cloud 9, a hookah lounge in Seattle's University District. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman.)

Seattle backs down on hookah crackdown (for now)

Hookah lounges can remain open as city officials and hookah lounge owners open dialogue.
Aug 28, 2015
Nith Lewis, who came to the U.S. in 1981 as a refugee from Lao explained what a good job looks like and jobs created under EB-5 are not.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Hotel workers union denounces “$500,000 Green Card”

Critics of the EB-5 immigrant investor program say the program benefits wealthy investors, without delivering on well-paying U.S. jobs with benefits.
Aug 27, 2015
An Afghan National Police armored vehicle patrols on a street in Lashkar Gah capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS.)

U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Taliban grab district

Taliban fighters have made recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.
Aug 26, 2015
Captain John Hayes and his hosts at the Oromo Community Center during a recent iftar. (Photo by Eric Scigliano for Crosscut.)

Seattle East Africans reach out to police, politicians through iftars

Crosscut posted a two-part series about efforts to build the relationship between Seattle's growing East African communities and city officials and police.
Lobsang Dargey in a video about Path America. (Screen shot of Path America YouTube video.)

Tibetan monk-turned-developer accused of defrauding immigrants

The SEC filed a lawsuit against Lobsang Dargey, whose development firm Path America woos Chinese investors with the EB-5 immigrant program.
Aug 25, 2015
Nestora Salgado's husband Jose Avila leads a demonstration in support of his wife, who has been jailed in Mexico for two years facing charges of kidnapping after she led a community police force. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Nestora Salgado accusers fail to appear in court; supporters mark anniversary

Nestora Salgado, who led a community police force in her hometown in Mexico, marks two years in jail without the chance to address the charges against her.
Aug 24, 2015
Alaska Airlines food workers demonstrate in May at the airline's corporate headquarters after the company fought the city of SeaTac's voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Court ruling confirms $15 minimum wage for airport workers

Washington State's highest court rejected an argument by airport vendors that the airport was exempt from the city of SeaTac's voter-approved minimum wage.
Aug 20, 2015
Screen shot of an ad that  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is running in Honduras as part of a campaign to discourage undocumented immigration. (Stilll of U.S. Customs and Border Protection video.)

U.S. ad campaign in Central America aims at curbing undocumented crossings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ad campaign aims at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States without documentation.
Aug 18, 2015
The crosswalk stripes that were colored in by members of United Hood Movement in homage of the neighborhood's African American history will spark a redesign of the crosswalks with input from the community, says the city. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Rogue Pan-African makeover sparks new Central District crosswalk design

Central District crosswalks will get an official redesign after an unofficial paint job that honored the neighborhood's African American history.
Aug 7, 2015
People pray for the atomic bomb victims in front of the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing of the city.  Photo by Toru Hanai for Reuters.

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps toward war

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, but officials objected to the term "aggression" to describe its World War II actions.
Aug 6, 2015
The wall of old signs inside of Thompson Signs' warehouse serves as a visual reminder of the mostly white, male political candidates in the northwest. (Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

Seattle and Yakima could see more diverse city councils after Tuesday’s primary

Leading candidates were more diverse than the current councils after Tuesday's primary, the first after both cities switched to district elections.
Aug 5, 2015
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Who gave Central District crosswalks a Pan-African makeover?

Red, black and green paint turned up on crosswalks around the Central District last weekend, honoring the neighborhood's African-American legacy.
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Claudia Castro Luna named as Seattle’s first civic poet

Claudia Castro Luna has masters degrees in poetry and urban planning and is a K-12 certified teacher.
Aug 4, 2015
Omima Adam, 38, who came to Anchorage as a refugee from Sudan 5 years ago and now runs a food truck called "Sultan Shawarma" in Mountain View, hailed as the most diverse neighbhorhood in the U.S. according to data from the 2010 Census. (Photo by Alex Stonehill.)

Anchorage population more diverse than you might think

Modern Anchorage enjoys a surprising amount of ethnic diversity, posing a challenge to the city’s culture, identity and services.
Jul 31, 2015
Michael Hadgu, with UTNA, youth rehearsing for Tigray Festival 2015 in Seattle, Tigray Community Center (Photo Credit: Goorish Wibneh)

Tigray Festival in Seattle promotes unique Ethiopian culture

The Tigray Festival celebrates culture and connections to Tigreans in Ethiopia, and kicks off in Seattle this week.
Jul 29, 2015

‘Good Samaritan’ sought in Donnie Chin shooting

Seattle Police are seeking a "well-intentioned" man who picked up bullet casings at the crime scene where International District community leader Donnie Chin was shot and killed on Thursday.
Jul 28, 2015
Mourners join hands in a moment of silenceto honor of International District community leader Donnie Chin, who was fatally shot Thursday morning. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Donnie Chin remembered at Sunday night vigil

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night to honor the commitment and colorful life of International District leader Donnie Chin.
Jul 27, 2015