A North Korean army (or is it Chinese?) invades Spokane in the remake of Red Dawn, opening this weekend. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)
A sunny morning in Spokane — shaggy green lawns, puffy clouds and compact SUVs parked outside of 100-year-old houses.
Then a boom, a rattling snow globe featuring the Space Needle and the blue sky fills with white parachutes.
The North Koreans have just invaded Washington state.
To children of the ’80s this might sound vaguely familiar. In the 1984 Cold War film “Red Dawn,” the Cubans invade a small town in Colorado, forcing a gang of teenagers (Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey) to form an insurgent militia to fight off the commies.
The remake, released this week, follows a similar script. Except it’s a new teenage gang (Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth, Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson, even Tom Cruise’s son Connor Cruise) and a new enemy.
How could a country that boasts one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems be spewing out more carbon and methane than economic powerhouses such as Germany and Japan?
The answer lies in the forest. Or what’s left of it. Indonesia has cleared close to half of its forested land for agricultural development. The country’s peat forests, which sequester immense quantities of carbon are often targeted by developers, resulting in a disproportionate amount of emissions.
A montage of action at various recent Seattle Fandango Project events. (Photos by Scott Macklin)
Over the past few years, I’ve had the good fortune of documenting and being to able to do some deep hanging out with the Seattle Fandango Project.
The Seattle Fandango Project is dedicated to community building through participatory music and dance. SFP takes as its original model the fandango celebration of Veracruz, Mexico, in which music, singing, and dancing are used to generate a spirit of convivencia — living/being together — building communication and trust.
After much insistence from members of SFP to put down the camera and pick up the jarana, this year, I did. And I am here to attest that if I can learn to play and participate then the field is open to anyone!
I couldn’t refrain from picking up the camera when Los Cojolites made their first trip to Seattle. This inspiring group from Jaltipan, Veracruz, Mexico conducted a series of workshops and performed at the historic Washington Hall. A night of convivencia with the Seattle Fandango Project followed.
Ma Myaw and her son William Hu are two of hundreds of refugees from Myanmar who have settled in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by Ana Sofia Knauf)
President Obama is on his way to Burma (aka Myanmar) on Monday for a six hour visit that will be the first by any sitting US president in history.
According to Reuters, in advance of the visit the Burmese government plans to release some 452 prisoners, some of them political prisoners who will be granted amnesty upon release.
In the last few years, the Burmese government, long considered one of the world’s most repressive, has implemented a number of democratic reforms.
But despite these changes, Washington’s Burmese refugee population has continued growing steadily over the last two years, and still makes up the largest incoming refugee population in the state, ahead of both Iraqis and Somalis.