Author Sebastian Junger in a photo by photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed covering conflict in Libya in 2011. (Photo via Town Hall Seattle)

Can war bring us together? Sebastian Junger at Town Hall Seattle

Why is it such a challenge for military veterans to readjust to civilian life? Author Sebastian Junger tackles this question in his new book "Tribe."
May 26, 2016
The newest member of Sesame Street's international cast is Zari, an Afghan Muppet who wears traditional clothing from the country's different ethnic groups. (Photo from REUTERS/ John E. Barrett)

A new Afghan muppet moves onto Sesame Street

Zari is here to teach viewers about girls' empowerment and national identity.
Apr 13, 2016
A man carries a boy, who was injured in an earthquake, at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan October 26, 2015. (Photo by Khuram Parvez for Reuters.)

More than 200 dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reports of shock waves being felt as far as New Delhi.
Oct 26, 2015
A classroom in the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, designed for natural daylight and ventilation. (Photo by Nic Lehoux)

Architect’s life’s work culminates in school for girls in Afghanistan

The spirit of local architect Bob Hull lives on in Gohar Khatoon school for girls inAfghanistan, which opened this summer.
Oct 12, 2015
Afghan staff react inside a a Doctors Without Borders hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Photo via Doctors  Without Borders.)

Doctors Without Borders demands probe of U.S. bombing of hospital

The United States military took responsibility on Tuesday for the air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 staff, calling it a mistake.
Oct 7, 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
The methodical use of art like drawing, painting, collage and sculpturing is used to shape and express feelings and memories as well as give PTSD sufferers an active process and final result to benefit from. (Photo by Joanna M. Kresge)

Coloring books and welding help vets cope with PTSD

When traditional talk therapies fall flat, more and more Northwest military veterans suffering PTSD are turning to art therapy.
Jul 3, 2015
Wasfia Nazreen on the summit of Aconcagua, highest point outside Asia, with her hula hoop and Bangladeshi flag. (Photo by Jamie McGuinness)

On mountain high for women’s rights

A passion for extreme adventure has taken two women from two different parts of the world on a journey with one purpose: women’s empowerment.
May 25, 2014
Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine's many offerings of beef, lamb and chicken kabob. (Courtesy of Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine)

Authentic Afghan cuisine spices up Kirkland

Newly opened Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine aims to bring the spirit of Afghan hospitality to diners in Kirkland
Mar 3, 2014
“Lay down your arms; fight with the pen” in northern Afghanistan. (Photo by Dean Chahim)

Syria won’t be another Iraq – but it’s already another Afghanistan

“Lay down your arms, fight with the pen.” Take a lesson from Afghanistan: the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria is to stop the flow of weapons to both sides.
Sep 11, 2013
United States Army photograph of Bradley Manning (via Wikipedia)

Bradley Manning’s defiant statement against the War on Terror

“Sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.”
Aug 21, 2013
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Issaquah entrepreneur puts flip flops to the test in Pamplona

This Afghanistan veteran really, really wants you to like his company on Facebook.
Jul 11, 2013
Women sort pistachios in a privately-owned factory in Herat, Afghanistan. (Photo by United Nations Photo )

Issaquah company fights to rebuild Afghan economy, one flip-flop at a time

How a couple of local veterans found out that rebuilding a war torn economy is almost as hard as fighting the war in the first place.
Feb 26, 2013
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Peace Corps job in Afghanistan gave Seattle architect a love for mud

When Robert Hull heard he was headed to Afghanistan his first response was “where is it?” It was 1968. Hull, who grew up in Moses Lake, had just graduated with a degree in architecture from Washington State University and was looking to see the world — as well as stay out of the Vietnam War.
Feb 8, 2013
My first attempt at Chapli Kabobs get the Instagram treatment. (Photo by Brett Konen)

Mastering the art of Afghan cooking (with a little help from Kabul)

Until recently I knew next to nothing about Afghanistan, except that we’ve been at war there for more than half my lifetime. From what I saw in the news I envisioned dry, desolate terrain throughout, with militants popping out from rocky outcroppings just long enough to shoot at a nameless target. I knew this wasn’t […]
Dec 5, 2012
William S. Street, former president of Fredrick & Nelson department store and promoter of the Seattle World's Fair, at a restaurant in Afghanistan during a 1966 expedition to collect mammalian specimens for the Chicago Field Museum. (Photo courtesy Kergan Street)

Pakistani immigrant finds a taste of home at ‘Afghan Cuisine’ in Federal Way

When my friend Kathleen invited me to a Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall in Federal Way, the first image that popped into my head was of the ubiquitous Afghan restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan, where I lived before I came to Seattle. Millions of Afghan refugees fled to Northwest Pakistan after the Soviet War in the […]
Jun 13, 2012