“Rising Son” chronicles personal story of a Japanese American WWII soldier

A new book tells the story of Masao Abe, who died in 2013 at age 96, and his service in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service during World War II.
Mar 6, 2019

U.S. intervention in Venezuela gets critical eye at Seattle event

Critics of those calling for sanctions or military action against its President Nicolas Maduro say it is a ploy to grab political control of the oil-rich nation, especially given the United States' track record with intervention in South America.
Feb 27, 2019

Movement to push U.S. military out of Pacific Islands comes to Seattle

On the “Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific” speaking tour, three activists will highlight efforts to remove the U.S. military from Indigenous lands in the Pacific Islands.
Feb 11, 2019

The South Sound’s key role in Korea diplomacy

The South Sound region has military and community ties to the Korean Peninsula, and the sometimes unpredictable diplomatic developments between North Korea, South Korea and the Trump administration would have an effect on the region.
Oct 1, 2018

Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

Russia, which received warning ahead of the strike, has military advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.
Apr 7, 2017

U.S. strikes airfield in Syria in response to chemical attack

President Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Assad for a chemical attack that killed at least 70 Syrian civilians, including many children.
Apr 6, 2017

Helping highly skilled refugees find their niche in Seattle

More skilled refugees are arriving in our state. But they say cultural barriers keep them out of white-collar jobs that could use their talents.
Jul 14, 2016
Author Sebastian Junger in a photo by photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed covering conflict in Libya in 2011. (Photo via Town Hall Seattle)

Can war bring us together? Sebastian Junger at Town Hall Seattle

Why is it such a challenge for military veterans to readjust to civilian life? Author Sebastian Junger tackles this question in his new book "Tribe."
May 26, 2016
An American MV 22 Osprey flies over Okinawa. (Photo from Flickr by Ojo de Cineasta)

Seattle City Council should stand up to new military bases on Okinawa

Dozens of American military installments are packed onto the small Japanese island of Okinawa. Seattle should voice our opposition.
May 12, 2016

U.S. Marine found guilty in death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude

Joseph Scott Pemberton had been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, but was convicted of the lesser offense of homicide.
Dec 2, 2015

Doctors Without Borders demands probe of U.S. bombing of hospital

The United States military took responsibility on Tuesday for the air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 staff, calling it a mistake.
Oct 7, 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
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