Free income for all? Swiss say ‘no thanks’
Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone.
Jun 6, 2016
Maverick mayor Duterte looks to clinch presidency of Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte outpolled rivals with incendiary rhetoric, criticism of political establishment and advocacy of extrajudicial killings to stamp out crime.
May 9, 2016
Apply for citizenship! America needs your vote in November
by Tahmina Watson
There’s still time for Legal Permanent Residents to apply for citizenship and vote to choose our next President in November.
Jan 28, 2016
Should Seattle give noncitizens the vote?
by Sarah Stuteville
Politically active Seattleites who aren't citizens say they're frustrated to be excluded from local elections.
Sep 18, 2015
‘Desert Dancer’ film’s Western bias denies audiences a more accurate view of Iran
by Lucinda Homa Gray
Do "Desert Dancer" producers equate "positive" with depicting Iranians as Westerners?
Apr 17, 2015
El Salvador shows signs of progress in the shadow of U.S. intervention
by Sean O'Neill
With popular media influencing U.S. perceptions of El Salvador, it's easy to forget the progressive democratic changes that are underway.
Mar 24, 2015
Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements
by J.M. Wong
How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015
Young refugees from Burma speak through art
by Gennie Gebhart
By 2009, Burma became our state's largest refugee community.
Nov 19, 2014
I-1351 tied, but global data shows one class size doesn’t fit all
by Jeanny Rhee
What do Japan and South Korea have to say about the value of small class sizes?
Nov 7, 2014
As Syria holds sham elections, some in Seattle keep hope alive
by Cooper Inveen
A lot has changed in the seven years since Syria’s last presidential election back in 2007. But the expected result hasn’t. After all the lives lost in the country’s three-year civil war, it’s hard to imagine these — officially the first multiparty elections in Syrian history — will have any impact on the lives of those on […]
Jun 4, 2014
Pramila Jayapal racking up endorsements for State Senate run
by Reagan Jackson
Just months after Democrat Adam Kline announced his plans to leave the State Senate, Pramila Jayapal has emerged as the candidate to beat in an already crowded race for the 37th District seat. Jayapal — longtime resident of the Southend district — is most widely known as the founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, the […]
Apr 23, 2014
Immigrant farm workers at center of GMO food-labeling debate
by Ashley Stewart
Some of the people with the most at stake in the I-522 debate won’t be able to vote on it either way.
Nov 3, 2013
Candidates for Seattle mayor tout their global credentials
by Sarah Stuteville
The race between Mayor Mike McGinn and his opponent, state Sen. Ed Murray, is an opportunity to recognize what a global city Seattle has become.
Oct 18, 2013
What Washington should know about GMO’s
by Rebecca Randall
This fall we get to vote on an initiative that requires labeling of genetically modified foods. But it may not be an obvious choice.
Jul 3, 2013
Tigers, tumbles and Taliban: Making sense of Pakistan’s election
by Muatasim Qazi
Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner?
May 19, 2013
In Kenya, as in US, adjusted expectations for Obama
by Abby Higgins
At the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2010, Obama joked about his abysmal approval ratings: “My approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth.” At the time, it was a funny quip about the far right’s insistence that Obama was actually born in Kenya. But now election day is looming, and […]
Nov 5, 2012
No on I-1240: Why charter schools aren’t the answer
by Devon Alisa Abdallah
Unless you are immersed in the education world, your exposure to charter schools might be limited to the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman. But with Initiative 1240 on the Washington ballot this year, you’re being asked to make a major decision regarding our education system with little information other than the ample evidence that our […]
Nov 1, 2012
You might be a socialist if… An interview with Kshama Sawant
by Sarah Stuteville
Update: Sawant lost the below-mentioned election for State Legislature, but she just won a seat on the Seattle City Council. To the best of our knowledge, everything else she said in this interview from last year is still true. Kshama Sawant is a pretty cool lady. She’s a socialist who won the opportunity to challenge […]
Oct 30, 2012
Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district
by Melanie Eng
When Washington’s congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split the city of Seattle between two districts in order to create the state’s first ever “majority-minority” district. The 9th Congressional District was shifted northward, leaving behind the Fort Lewis area and rural Pierce County to take in […]
Oct 28, 2012
Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you
by Anna Goren
The Farm Bill is a classic democratic-process-headache: a 1,000 page piece of legislation that takes on all things food and agriculture related. It covers everything from food stamps to farmland conservation to nutrition programs to farm subsidies. Past versions have mostly benefited big farmers of soy, corn, and other commodity crops, along with large corporations […]
Jul 18, 2012