Protestors throw Molotov cocktails at police in Kiev in January. (Photo by Mstyslave Chernov via Wikipedia)

To local Ukrainians, the true enemy is corruption

The protests in Ukraine were originally framed as a conflict over whether or not the country should join the European Union. But Ukrainian Americans here in the Pacific Northwest say the “revolution” is really a desire to end corruption.
Feb 28, 2014
One of the author's hosts in Aleppo.

As war rages on, a message from inside Syria

I was staying at a beachfront hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania when I saw the first images of the unrest in Syria on TV. I watched footage of Syrians in the southern city of Deraa brazenly burning the pictures of President Bashar al-Assad that once lined every street, store, restaurant, and home. I was glued to the news, watching the […]
Jun 11, 2012
Egyptian-Americans protested at Bellevue Square Mall last month.

Seattle Egyptians celebrate revolution, but keep up fight for freedom back home

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, thousands have flooded into Tahir Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution which overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. This photo of the packed square is getting heavy play on  Facebook profiles worldwide. Despite the celebration, it’s been a long year for Egypt. When Mubarak left, the military took […]
Jan 25, 2012