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5 Urdu words I wish we had in English

If your "Phuppo" (aunt on the father's side) looks at you with "mohabbat" (loving adoration) you might want to check if that look is sideways, according to Urdu and South Asian stereotypes.
Oct 5, 2016
Family members comfort a woman mourns the death of a relative, who was killed in a blast outside a public park on Sunday, during funeral in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016. (Photo by Mohsin Raza for Reuters.)

Easter Day bombing in Pakistan kills 70, including 29 children

Sunday's suicide bombing at a public park was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State.
Mar 28, 2016
A man carries a boy, who was injured in an earthquake, at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan October 26, 2015. (Photo by Khuram Parvez for Reuters.)

More than 200 dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reports of shock waves being felt as far as New Delhi.
Oct 26, 2015
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Tasveer’s 10th film festival brings South Asian geopolitics home

Six films to watch at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival explore complex issues of "#ComingHome" in the South Asian diaspora.
Oct 12, 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (center) sits with girls inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on July 12th. (Photo from Reuters / Jamal Saidi)

10 ways to maximize global girls’ education

How organizations working on global girls' education can get beyond oversimplified "one girl at a time" messaging.
Jul 14, 2015
Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

New crop of local South Asian filmmakers shine at Tasveer festival

Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle’s South Asian community has a growing passion for film.
Oct 11, 2013
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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
Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

Powerful earthquake in Pakistan hits home for Seattle man

Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest.
Oct 3, 2013
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Top five South Asian stereotypes about the U.S. (and why they’re wrong)

Americans are all rich, white and promiscuous. At least that’s what Adnan Ali Syed thought before he came here and found out for himself. 
Sep 30, 2013
Muatasim Qazi, a journalist from Balochistan, Pakistan, is seeking asylum in the U.S. The hearing for his second attempt is next week. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Young journalist running from Pakistan’s “dirty war”

For asylum seekers like Muatasim Qazi, sometimes the threats they face are so horrific, they’re hard for the judges who decide their cases to believe. 
Sep 6, 2013
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Archrivals abroad become fast friends in the Northwest

When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true?
Jun 11, 2013
A MQ-9 Reaper drone of the type used to target militants in Pakistan's Tribal Areas. (Photo by U.S. Air Force/Paul Ridgeway)

The 6 big myths that turned us against drone strikes

The political tide in the US is turning away from drone strikes, as it did long ago in Pakistan. But are we giving up our best tool for fighting terror?
Jun 3, 2013
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News Roundup – Diversity in Tukwila, Soda Diplomacy and an Endless War on Terror

(Photo by Erika Schultz/THE SEATTLE TIMES ) Diversity Means Opportunity in Tukwila – From Somalis to Bosnians to Nepalis, Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz put together a brilliant photographic tour of diverse immigrant communities in Tukwila.
May 21, 2013
Soldiers lower the Pakistani flag in Karachi. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Tigers, tumbles and Taliban: Making sense of Pakistan’s election

Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner? 
May 19, 2013
A traditional Pakistani wedding.

Why it’s harder to find a date in Seattle than in Pakistan

The Seattle freeze makes for a chilly Valentine’s Day for new arrivals from other cultures.
Feb 14, 2013
Public transportation in South Waziristan, in the lawless Tribal Areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Photo by Gohar Masud)

A long commute through Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter, getting tossed in the air when the driver crests the hills. It was another one of those days when I would travel between my home in Dera Ismail Khan and […]
Jan 17, 2013
A student holds an image of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a rally in Lahore

Will attack on child activist end Pakistani apathy about civil rights?

The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley was virtually under Taliban control, Malala, using the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary that was published and broadcast on BBC’s Urdu language radio service. In it she […]
Oct 15, 2012
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Karachi neighborhood shakes violent reputation to produce top Pakistani athletes

Lyari is the most notorious neighborhood in Pakistan’s largest and most chaotic city. But just like in poor urban areas in the US, young residents are looking toward sports as a way to escape from the violence and turn their neighborhood’s reputation around. Faris Kasim reports from Karachi on the real story behind Lyari’s bad […]
Oct 8, 2012
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For Pakistani journalist, Seattle news scene is a breath of fresh air

Late last month, a bomb ripped through a train station in a small town near Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan where I started my journalism career. The loss was colossal: the blast killed eight people while maiming more than 25 others. But it was no big news for Pakistani media. Instead, […]
Jul 24, 2012
A girl practices reading the Koran in Jakarta. More than 1,400 children gathered at a park in Indonesia to read the Koran to mark the holy month of Ramadan, which start Friday. (Photo from REUTERS/Supri)

Seattle Muslims prepare for long Ramadan days

Fasting for 17 hours a day is no walk in the park. But it’s that much harder when the person sitting next to you is eating a cheeseburger, or a succulent slice of pizza. Or, for Mohammad Ismail, there’s that tempting looking Starbucks on the way to work. Born in Pakistan, this is the second […]
Jul 20, 2012