Middle East

Two children play around Chaharshanbeh Suri bonfires, a Nowruz opening ceremony the author grew up with. (Photo by Lucinda Homa Gray)

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Ancient Nowruz traditions celebrated around the world make a big splash in Seattle.

A belly dancing craze in the 1960's promoted the stereotypical, exoticized, sexualized images often associated with the dance. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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A Seattle dance instructor says anyone should be able to enjoy belly dance, regardless of it's origins.

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)

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After years as a secular, stable, pro-American bastion, Iraq's Kurdish region is under serious threat and deserves our help.

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For young progressive Jews in the Northwest, talking about Israel with the older generation can be a minefield.

Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine's many offerings of beef, lamb and chicken kabob. (Courtesy of Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine)

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Newly opened Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine aims to bring the spirit of Afghan hospitality to diners in Kirkland