Jimmy Carter at the World Affairs Council: Not your grandfather’s American Exceptionalism

The lights are low and excitement high at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.  Murmuring gives way to whistling and foot stomping and finally shouting and thunderous applause. A smiling white-haired man steps onstage.  No, it isn’t Bono or the Boss, it’s former President Jimmy Carter, and Seattle loves him. I knew three things about […]
Feb 6, 2012
Colin Powell UN WMD

Colin Powell is coming to Seattle. Will that work for you?

Colin Powell is coming to Seattle on Wednesday for a conversation around his new book It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. City Club (which also supports the Globalist), is organizing the event and has put up billboards around town. In the online advertisement, they urge you to join the conversation with Powell as he […]
Jun 1, 2012

World Affairs Council seeking host families for international students this summer

Traveling abroad can mean adventure, challenging life lessons, and the chance to kindle friendships across cultural barriers. But it’s not the only way to have an international experience this summer. The World Affairs Council is seeking hosts families for four State Department-sponsored youth programs, bringing students from Mexico, Zambia, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle […]
Jul 19, 2012

Whidbey import store at least one positive result of the Iraq War

Ten years ago Fred Lundahl quit his job in the foreign service in protest of the Iraq invasion and started a new career running an awesome import shop on Whidbey Island.  
Mar 20, 2013

From Iraq to Sea-Tac, refugee adjusts to new life in the Northwest

Iraqi refugee Muthanna Al Nidawi has gone from protecting his family from assassins in Baghdad, to protecting fragile glass art at in Seattle.
Apr 12, 2013

We are all Boston, but not Baghdad, Benghazi or Mogadishu

Right now we are all Bostonians. Maybe in the near future, we can also be the rest of the world sometimes.
Apr 22, 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
Kev (Ryan Higgins) reunited with fellow U.S. Marine Tom (Jonathan Crimeni) and his new robotic hand. (Photo courtesy Washington Ensemble Theatre)

Washington Ensemble Theatre rattles the cage with “Baghdad Zoo”

A new production of Rajiv Joseph’s acclaimed play about post-invasion Iraq sheds light on America’s changing attitudes toward military intervention abroad.
Sep 19, 2013

Torture survivors thrive on a new kind of treatment in Seattle

A new program bridges the gap between different refugee service providers helping victims of torture in the Northwest.
Mar 10, 2014
Walid Alkheyat, of the new Iraqi Community of Washington State leads a group of children, women and men to Seattle City Hall during a protest in June asking for US intervention in Iraq. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Iraqis in Washington reject sectarian divisions

Iraqi refugees in the Northwest are quick to downplay the sectarian divisions that are causing fault lines in their home country.
Jul 14, 2014
A guard at the Red Security Building in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, the headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service under Saddam Hussein’s regime where many Kurds were imprisoned and tortured. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Why I’m resisting the urge to tune out news from Iraq

After years as a secular, stable, pro-American bastion, Iraq's Kurdish region is under serious threat and deserves our help.
Aug 29, 2014
President Obama delivers a speech from the White House announcing an expanded military campaign against ISIS.

Cautiously, Iraqis and Syrians welcome expanded US fight against ISIS

What are people in the Middle East saying about Obama's ISIS speech?
Sep 11, 2014
Gender roles in pre-war Syria were much more progressive than under ISIS control, with women moving freely and holding high positions in the Assad Regime. But the constitution still included many misogynist clauses. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

ISIS brutality toward women a shocking symptom of a larger disease

A video of ISIS stoning a woman to death last month shocked the world. Having grown up in the region, I wasn't that surprised to see it.
Nov 18, 2014
ISIS Insurgents

Why you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about ISIS

Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.
Nov 26, 2014

Please touch the art: new exhibit invites more than just looking

Next time you drive by "the mysterious place with all the marble" right next to the Delridge onramp for the West Seattle Bridge, stop in and say "hi" to sculptor Sabah Al-Dhaher
Jan 23, 2015
Khagindra Rijal shares his experiences living as a Bhatanese refugee in Nepal. (Photo by Megan Herndon)

Seattle refugee teens share their wisdom with the world

A "Refugee Story Circle" video chat connected young Seattle refugees with Brazil, Qatar and beyond to share their stories of finding a new home.
Mar 17, 2015
Peyton yawns and stretches as my sister Katie holds her during our first Skype conversation. (Screen grab by Janelle Retka)

Learning to bond between screens, across borders

As immigration and military deployment separate families across borders, many rely on social media to stay connected.
May 20, 2015

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
Artistic director John Murphy, left, rehearses EZID, which opens June 20th. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

EZID acrobatic theater performance draws on ravages of Iraq

Choreographer’s recent trip to Northern Iraq inspires latest dance performance from The Cabiri nonprofit troupe in Seattle.
Jun 12, 2015

At least 60 dead in Paris shootings, hostages held

A coordinated attack at five venues in Paris left at least 60 dead.
Nov 13, 2015