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
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

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
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

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

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