The Northwest’s revolutionary Libyans determined to rebuild homeland

Have you ever met a real-life revolutionary freedom fighter – someone who took up arms to overthrow a dictatorial regime? It’s not every day you meet someone who not only talks that talk, but walks that walk. But Libyans who have done just that live here in the Northwest. Last year five Seattleites from Libya […]
Mar 5, 2012

Pounding the Pavement to get out the Asian Pacific Islander vote

Despite a growing population, Washington’s Asian Pacific Islander community has a disproportionately low percentage of registered voters. This election season, community leaders are launching a big push to change that. Nancy Huang, a senior at Garfield High School, had never canvassed before. But there she was on a sunny afternoon in Beacon Hill, standing nervously on […]
Apr 20, 2012
Egypt Elections

A Globalist primer on the Egyptian elections

Egyptians went to the polls this week to vote in the first presidential election since the revolution last year. If all goes according to plan, the winner will be the first freely elected president in Egypt’s history, and the standard bearer for a new era of politics in the Middle East. In short, this is […]
May 24, 2012

Iranian-American candidates weigh in on foreign policy

This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State Representative (in the 36th and 48th districts respectively), and Shahram Hadian is running for Governor. Though Hadian isn’t likely to make it past the primary, Fathi and Habib both have decent chances […]
Jun 8, 2012
Supporters of Pena Nieto celebrate at party headquarters in Mexico City

A Globalist primer on the Mexican election

Enrique Peña Nieto has just about clinched the Mexican presidency after coming out of Sunday’s election with a 7 percent lead. He is a candidate of the PRI party, which has been out of power in Mexico since its 70-year stint as the ruling party ended in 2000. The election, which happens every six years, […]
Jul 2, 2012
Farm laborers harvest asparagus in Eastern Washington. Many of the low-wage migrant laborers that harvest our fruits and vegetables depend on food stamp programs that are on the chopping block in the proposed version of the Farm Bill (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Why the food fight over the Farm Bill matters to you

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

Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

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

You might be a socialist if… An interview with Kshama Sawant

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

In Kenya, as in US, adjusted expectations for Obama

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

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

Tigers, tumbles and Taliban: Making sense of Pakistan’s election

Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner? 
May 19, 2013
A wheat farm in eastern China, where the government is making a big investment in genetically modified crops. (Photo by Imaginechina via AP Images)

What Washington should know about GMO’s

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
Mayor McGinn signing a memorandum of understanding with counterpart in Seattle sister city Chongqing, China. (Photo courtesy McGinn Campaign)

Candidates for Seattle mayor tout their global credentials

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

Immigrant farm workers at center of GMO food-labeling debate

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
(Photo courtesy PramilaJayapal.com)

Pramila Jayapal racking up endorsements for State Senate run

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
A Syrian refugee in Beirut holds a ballot from Tuesday's multiparty presidential elections. Bashar Al-Assad (right) is almost assured victory. (Photo from Reuters)

As Syria holds sham elections, some in Seattle keep hope alive

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
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
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
Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements

How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015

El Salvador shows signs of progress in the shadow of U.S. intervention

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