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One year after Paris and Beirut: How to shake Western media bias

Do we care about all deaths equally? A look at Western media bias.
Nov 13, 2016
Model Salwa Elrashid models a 'burkini', designed by Lebanese-born Australian Aheda Zanetti at her fashion store in Sydney, August 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed for Reuters.)

France has “misunderstood” burkini, Australian designer says

Designer Aheda Zanetti says the burkini is meant to open choices for women who want to dress modestly or want more coverage from the sun.
Aug 25, 2016
An unidentified woman reacts as she waits outside the Egyptair in-flight service building, where relatives and friends of passengers who were flying in an EgyptAir plane that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo are being held, at Cairo International Airport, Egypt May 19, 2016. (Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany for Reuters.)

EgyptAir jet missing after mid-air plunge

The jet was less than a third full, with 66 people on board, including 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals.
May 19, 2016
People gathered Sunday outside of Ines Patisserie in Capitol Hill in Seattle for a vigil honoring the victims of last week's attacks on Paris. (Photo by Megan Herndon.)

Seattleites pray for Paris and for humanity at vigil

Some mourners thought of the victims in Paris and of the victims of an earlier devastating attack in Beirut also claimed by ISIS last week.
Nov 16, 2015
Vigils expressing solidarity widespread immediately following the Charlie Hebdo attacks. But consensus about the limitations of free speech has since fallen apart. (Photo from Flicrk by Valentina Calà)

France’s double standard on free speech

Rallies for free speech in France following the Charlie Hebdo attacks have ironically given way to calls for censorship of anti-Semetism.
Jan 26, 2015
A synagogue in Paris. (Photo from Flickr by Susan Sermoneta)

An American dream for French Jews

In the face of growing anti-Semitism, French Jews eye a better life in America
Jan 20, 2015
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French Seattle reacts to Charlie Hebdo attacks

Seattle’s French community was shaken by the killings, which many say were a challenge to the core beliefs of their home country.
Jan 14, 2015
The Society of Professional Journalists assembled a graphic showing its support of a satirical newspaper in Paris where 12 people were gunned down. (Graphic courtesy Society of Professional Journalists.)

Seattle journalists, politicians respond to deadly attack on French cartoonists

The Seattle area reacted this week to the deadly attack in Paris on the offices of satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” on Wednesday, with vigils and statements expressing sadness over what many saw as an attack on freedom of expression. Two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, accused in the deadly attack were killed Friday after three-day manhunt […]
Jan 9, 2015
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How to be a real Francophile for Bastille Day

Zut alors! It's time to celebrate Bastille Day. Here are the best places to see Seattle à la française.
Jul 10, 2014
Delaney Ruston, in the field. (Photo courtesy Hidden Pictures)

On World Mental Health Day, local film takes on global stigma

“Hidden Pictures” follows people diagnosed with mental illnesses on four continents to reveal how a shift in attitudes might improve care.
Oct 10, 2013
A Bakery Nouveau twice-baked chocolate croissant that I just happened to have lying around the house. True story. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

New Russian and French snack spots come to Capitol Hill

Carb lovers rejoice: It just got a whole lot easier to get your hands on good croissants and dumplings on Capitol Hill.
Apr 29, 2013
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Celebrate the Chandeleur with an authentic French crêpes orgy

Today is the world’s sweetest holiday, the Chandeleur. Celebrate as the French do by cooking up a mountain of fluffy (yet paper-thin!) crêpes.
Feb 2, 2013
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Top 5 bizarre plans for tonight’s Mayan apocalypse

The end is near! And for Seattleites that means going out with a bang. It’s almost December 21st, the day the Ancient Mayans predicted (sort of) that the world would end. Or maybe John Cusack just starred in a movie about it and we’ve officially lost touch with reality. Either way, Elysian Brewery is serving […]
Dec 20, 2012
A croissant and coffee at Ines Patisserie in Madison Valley (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Ines Patisserie brings the taste (and attitude) of France

It’s 5 a.m. on a black and blustery morning as I drive through the empty streets of Madison Valley looking to find out what croissants have to teach Seattle about living right. Little yellow leaves — wet with rain and stuck to the black asphalt — are illuminated by light glowing through the steamy windows […]
Nov 9, 2012
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Bourgeois bakery brings flavor of “French Tokyo” to Queen Anne

The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that’s now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke Miura, his wife Tomoyo and their son Lion (the cafe’s namesake) moved from two years ago. Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg play in the background as young diners enjoy green tea […]
Jul 10, 2012
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Secret Seattle blogger uncovers Europe’s weirdest music videos

About a month ago an anonymous Seattle blogger called Videofedhead started a remarkable but unadorned collection of the wildest and weirdest international music videos I’d ever laid eyes on. Most of them are European, with a few notable Israeli, Korean, Japanese and American exceptions. Some are pretty porny (I’m still blushing from that Giant Panda’s strip […]
May 10, 2012
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Five fantastic foreign films playing at SIFF 2012

The Seattle International Film Festival returns May 17, boasting a line-up of 459 films including 24 feature films making their world premiere. And as usual, this year’s lineup stays true to the International in “Seattle International Film Festival” with a ton of foreign films that you probably won’t get another chance to see. To help you cull through […]
Apr 27, 2012
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A ‘Messi’ initiation into the Seattle soccer scene

I hate sports. And I’m not talking your run-of-the-mill “football is too violent” or “I just don’t get baseball” hate. I’m talking terror-inducing phobia. I was a puffy, overly serious kid and sports were a daily reminder that I sucked. I got hit in the face with basketballs (how is it possible for one kid to […]
Apr 26, 2012
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Five ‘can’t miss’ foreign bands playing Seattle this month

Concert season is upon us, and what better time to discover some new music? Starting next week, a slew of amazing bands from overseas are playing in Seattle. Some have enough domestic charm that you’ll barely detect their accents, while others mix rock music with traditional African and Middle Eastern sounds. Here’s a rundown of […]
Apr 19, 2012