Politics

Kenneth Bae in China before his arrest. (Photo courtesy FreeKenNow.com)

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With yet another North Korean political prisoner released this week, Kenneth Bae's family and supporters are left wondering if media attention is helping or hurting.

Protestors throw Molotov cocktails at police in Kiev in January. (Photo by Mstyslave Chernov via Wikipedia)

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The protests in Ukraine were originally framed as a conflict over whether or not the country should join the European Union. But Ukrainian Americans here in the Pacific Northwest say the “revolution” is really a desire to end corruption.

Author Seth Holmes (center) with Triqui family in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Washington native Seth Holmes spent five years conducting research farm workers in Skagit Valley berry farms and found a disturbing pattern of "normalized" abuse.

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Local activists hope their push for a strong regional identity leads to something more.

LGBT Activists at a September 2012 anti-Putin rally in Moscow. Photo by Sarah Stuteville.

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What's a Russophile to do about Vladimir V. Putin's homophobic policies?

Sung and Un “Missy” Bang, owners of The Original Deli, which is slated to close at the end of the week. (Photo by Atoosa Moinzadeh)

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When landlords terminate the leases on small businesses, they usually have the law on their side. Is that all that matters?

A rainy day in Istanbul (Photo by Thomas Leuthard)

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Can Turkey weather political scandal? Forecast gloomy.

A street scene from Yazd, Iran. (Photo by Nate Robert).

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A recent boom in tourism to Iran has sparked excitement in the Seattle travel community. It’s also created a new sense of hope for Iranian...

More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

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Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators. For Amira Al-Salami, Martin Luther King Jr....

An ash covered Mundarichild celebrates the first South Sudan Independence Day in 2011. (Photo by Giovanni Turco / Freedom House DC)

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I come from a place with a long memory of war. Starting in the mid-fifties, we fought two civil wars, that both times lasted two...

Magdaleno Rose-Avila addresses the crowd at an immigration rally in Seattle in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Rose-Avila)

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With his tenure at the city's Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs ending, Seattle activist Magdaleno Rose-Avila is back at his typewriter to carry on...

Border Patrol Agent Mike Burmudez at a command center along the Canadian border in Blaine, Washington. (Photo by Eroyn Franklin)

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If you come with 100 miles of the Canadian border, the government can search your phone or laptop without cause. In a fitting end to...

Rio Blanco residents hold a sign near their blockade of the access road that to a proposed dam project. (Photo by Madeline McClure)

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A fraudulent election is another disturbing sign that U.S.-supported impunity is back in Central America.

Nelly Kinsella shows off the website of the Washington health insurance exchange before it's launch on October 1st. (Photo by Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

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Local organizations like Sea Mar and Global to Local are hoping to seize on a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to get immigrants and...

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For an Eritrean community leader in Seattle, Nelson Mandela's legacy lives on. (Artwork by Marc Alexander) I was introduced to Nelson Mandela by my father,...

An elder Salvadoran man who survived the armed conflict is preparing a poster memorializing slain family members for the annual “Encuentro de Victimas” (Meeting of Victims) in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo by Alex Montalvo)

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In the Eighties, Seattle was a hub for resistance to U.S. funded human rights abuses in Central America. With new hope for justice in...

Many Uch, who was detained in the INS building before it closed in the late 90's, gives one of the interviews used in "left:behind". (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Local artist Morgan Dusatko's experimental audio tour of Seattle's old INS building offers a chilling, emotional journey through a facility where thousands of immigrants...

Samia El-Moslimany, an American woman who has lived most of her life in the Middle East and has dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia, was detained by Saudi police while participating in a driving protest in October. Women are prohibited by custom, but not by law, to drive in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

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 A quick trip around the block in Saudi Arabia landed Burien resident Samia El-Moslimany in jail — and put her at the forefront of...

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A gender-specific swim program developed by Muslim women in Tukwila has seen a flood of public support in response to a human rights complaint...

Campaign pamphlets for Indian-American Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant. (Photo by pnwbot via Flickr)

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With all of the progressive steps our city has taken in the past few years, why does meaningful minority representation still elude us? Like many...

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With 10,000 people feared dead, the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines is a sure sign it’s time for real action on climate change. The...