Ten countries that were ahead of Washington on same-sex marriage

After a vote in the Washington state Senate last night, we’re just a few small steps away from becoming the seventh state in America to approve same-sex marriage. As a long-time bastion of gay culture and gay rights activism, many believe it’s about time. We Seattleites pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of […]
Feb 2, 2012

Kenya’s got the beans, but the Nairobi coffee culture leaves me missing Seattle

It wasn’t until I moved away from Seattle for the first time that I realized not everyone in the world becomes a coffee junkie by age 15. My memories of growing up in the Pacific Northwest are steeped in coffee. How my Dad took it straight and black as tar and my mom brewed coffee […]
Feb 9, 2012
Kenyan food

Strip mall secrets: Uhuru Kenyan restaurant

When Seattleites think African food, the first thing that comes to mind is probably one of our region’s umpteen Ethiopian restaurants. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the tangy, expand-in-your-stomach pleasures of injera as much as the next guy. But the craving that followed me home from a four month visit to East Africa, and […]
May 7, 2012

SIFF film picks from Africa

Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the SIFF programmers, they can only screen the films that get submitted, and only a few African countries have robust film scenes. But c’mon – only 5 features and 4 shorts? […]
May 20, 2012

The visitor brings the sharpest knife

Telling the stories of others is a fraught endeavor. It’s hard enough when you’re doing it in your own city or community, but interpreting cultures and places that are not your own is especially problematic. International journalists and travel writers take (often deserved) criticism for superficiality, ethnocentrism or exoticizing their subjects. Not a day has passed since […]
Jun 4, 2012
East Africa volunteer

Want to volunteer abroad? How to actually make a difference.

Every year, more young westerners are traveling to places like Africa, India, and South America in search of meaningful volunteer experiences. And why not? There’s plenty of valuable work to be done, travel and living expenses are low, and even the most challenging volunteer position might look easy compared to trying to find a job […]
Jun 19, 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

New NW immigrants bring diversity to military ranks

Turns out you don’t pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to head off for basic training this week, I imagined huge duffel bags stuffed with gear. Instead, she showed me a backpack the size of a school bag, full of white […]
Nov 16, 2012

Kenya offers cautionary tale on abortion

Although the November elections yielded women-friendly returns, the War on Women continues, both in the US and around the world. In the last week alone the Michigan Congress pass a bill limiting abortions and Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his goal to eventually make “abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.” In the […]
Dec 17, 2012

Slum Rising explores innovations in tomorrow’s megacities

One sixth of the world’s population lives in slums, but there’s a lot more going on there than poverty. You can support Slum Rising, a new series by The Seattle Globalist uncovering what’s really going on in the world’s slums, today on Kickstarter. 
Feb 13, 2013

Slum Rising: Life in Kenya slum sheds light on growing global reality

Slum Rising is our new three-part series exploring the economically complex and culturally rich life in the world’s urban slums.
Mar 11, 2013

Seattle, you have had your share!

A former slum-resident from Kenya thinks his hometown can teach Seattle a thing or two about consumption and green-living. 
Apr 3, 2013

A Mother’s Day gift from Seattle to Kenya

Motivated by her own complicated pregnancy, Heidi Breeze-Harris founded One by One, a Seattle-based organization working to wipe out obstetric fistula in Africa.
May 10, 2013
Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

No strings attached: the new experiment in international giving

What happens when donors give directly to the world’s poor, without any conditions or accountability?  
Sep 16, 2013
(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

Well this is embarrassing: Global perspectives on the government shutdown

Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to the government shutdown with a shrug of the shoulders and a chuckle at our expense.
Oct 7, 2013
Children who live on Rusinga Island in western Kenya. (Photo by Jason Koenig)

Nairobi mall attack is a symptom of neglected youth

In Africa, and around the globe, we’re losing our young men to militancy and extremism.
Oct 4, 2013
(Photo by Kelly Ranck)

How I got over the guilt and hired a housekeeper in Kenya

In most countries having domestic servants is a fact of middle class life. So why do we Seattleites have such a taboo against it?
Dec 5, 2013

Memories of Christmas in a Kenya slum

How to create your own Christmas decorations using clay, cigarette packs, and a little un-permitted pruning.
Dec 24, 2013

Can DIY medical tourism change the world?

How much can volunteer medical travel actually help developing nations?
Feb 25, 2014

Nairobi street fashions put Seattle thrift shoppers to shame

Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.
Jun 3, 2014