Seattleites joined Mayor Murray, Rep. Adam Smith and immigrant rights advocates at a rally outside the Federal Building Thursday, heralding Obama's executive action and demanding further steps toward immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Obama announces largest immigration overhaul in decades

Despite warnings from Republicans, the president took unilateral action Thursday that shields millions from deportation.
Nov 20, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers in the city of Slovyansk this summer, anticipating an attack by Russian separatists. (Photo by Sasha Maksymenko)

Local Ukrainians see an irreparable rift with Russia

As the ground war continues, so does the information war, further dividing once kindred Russians and Ukrainians.
Chinese students make up the largest portion of international students in the University of Washington. (Photo by Irene Lu)

Chinese students swoon at visa extension announcement

Longer visa validity will mean a big break for Chinese students, and more Chinese visitors to Seattle.
The boy who painted this visual story dreamed of a world where impoverished ethnic Burmese villagers were considered as worthy of human rights as wealthy city dwellers. (Image courtesy of Erika Berg)

Young refugees from Burma speak through art

By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
A classroom full of students in Japan, where class sizes average around 30 students. (Photo by Shintaro Ozawa)

I-1351 tied, but global data shows one class size doesn’t fit all

What do Japan and South Korea have to say about the value of small class sizes?
Nov 7, 2014
Pramila Jayapal and supportes wave signs at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Way and Rainier Ave on Election Day. (Photo courtesy Jayapal for State Senate)

Big win for Pramila, but diversity in WA politics at a standstill

Metro funding, Pre-K education and several candidates with international backgrounds came out ahead at the polls yesterday. But overall, immigrants and people of color are still underrepresented in state politics.
Nov 5, 2014
Protesters in front of the Consulate General of Mexico in Seattle demonstrate solidarity alongside the 43 missing students in Mexico and their loved ones. (Photo from Sarahy Sigie's documentary video, Seattle Is With Ayotzinapa's Pain)

Seattle rallies to support 43 missing Mexican college students

Seattleites are banding together to call for justice on behalf of 43 Mexican college students who have been missing since September 26.
The entrance to the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing. (Photo by Senhao Liu)

City offers resources in 11 languages to prevent home foreclosure

The City of Seattle has stepped up resources to help residents avoid foreclosure. But reaching the people in need is a bigger challenge.
Nov 4, 2014
From left to right, Laune Torres, Rosie Dino, Elaine and Jill Mangiliman read a letter aloud to Jennifer Laude in mourning, authored by Katrina Pestano.

Justice for Jennifer Laude and all trans hate victims

Activists gathered Sunday in a vigil for a trans woman in the Philippines who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. marine stationed there.
Nov 3, 2014
(Photo by Kseniya Sovenko)

Ukrainian transplants find unity in crisis

In the face of Russian aggression, local Ukrainians are embracing their heritage.
Oct 30, 2014
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Don’t tease the bear: Why we Russians love Putin more than ever

Vladimir Putin has been making plenty of headlines since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis last November — and never in a good light. Whenever a new crisis hits the news, from the Malaysia plane crash, to street battles in Odessa, to the controversial aid convoy this summer, it’s cited as another example of Russian aggression masterminded by Putin. And with President Obama’s UN […]
At the NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, in October 1992 , Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, US President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney along with trade officials from all three countries. Bill Clinton finalized the negotiations after taking office the next year. (Photo from the George Bush Presidential Library)

Not Another Fu**ing Thing Again: NAFTA turns 20, Seattle celebrates?

Inside the Canadian consulate's bizarre 20th birthday party for NAFTA.
Oct 28, 2014
Protesters carry a wounded teenager to a waiting stretcher after a protest in Hebron devolved into clashes between stone throwers and Israeli soldiers. (Photo by Tom James)

Shooting to injure: Israeli crowd control tactic crippling young Palestinians

While war in Gaza made headlines this summer, hundreds of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank were shot with low caliber rifles.
Oct 20, 2014
UW students Sophia Lo (Left) and Tina Choi (Right) hold yellow ribbons to show support for the Hong Kong protest. (Photo by Katy Wong)

Chinese students in Seattle respond to Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong is 10,404 km away from Seattle. But that's not stopping students at the University of Washington from supporting the protests in Hong Kong.
Oct 15, 2014
Mayor Ed Murray shakes hands with tribal leaders shortly after signing Seattle's Indigenous People's Day Resolution. (Photo by Christina Twu)

Seattle’s new Indigenous People’s Day is more than symbolic

A symbolic move away from Columbus Day also comes with real changes to education policy.
Oct 14, 2014
Residents of Ferguson, MO took to the streets in August after unarmed teenager Mike Brown was shot by police. (Photo by Jamelle Bouie)

The ‘black prophetic fire’ behind Cornel West’s Ferguson arrest

Following a sold out event in Seattle last week, Cornel West was arrested this morning in Ferguson.
Oct 13, 2014
Chinese military men march out to welcome Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace during an honor guard ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Beijing, China. (Photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen/United States Air Force)

7 ways we misunderstand China

Americans love to talk about China in sweeping generalizations. What are we missing when we stereotype a vast country with 1.4 billion people?
Oct 7, 2014
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My responsibility to fight for democracy in Hong Kong

"We are not here for fun, we are here for our future."
Oct 6, 2014
Children at immigration reform protesters in front of the White House in July. (Photo from Center for Human Rights)

Northwest families open their homes to unaccompanied immigrant kids

While the numbers of unsupervised youth crossing the border from Mexico and Central America has begun to wane in recent weeks, the challenges faced by those awaiting their fates in holding facilities along the border are still very real.
Umbrellas, used by student protesters in Hong Kong to shield themselves from police pepper spray, have become symbols of the nacent pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Gennie Gebhart)

Umbrellas up: UW students turn out in force behind Hong Kong protests

Seattle’s skies were clear on Wednesday night, but the University of Washington’s Red Square was a sea of umbrellas.
Oct 2, 2014