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

Seattleites and Ugandans join forces against Malaria

“Let me take you to Uganda with me.” That’s how Dr. Ben Khingi began his presentation last Thursday evening at the Washington Global Health Alliance. The crowd was mostly of global health professionals who were eager to join Dr. Khingi on his virtual journey. Through a series of startling images and vivid descriptions, Dr. Khingi […]
Oct 11, 2012

Tacoma man faces steep prison term in Nicaragua, eye-controlled TVs and Uganda’s first little league team

Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to a 22-year prison term. Purcal, a realtor and former Peace Corps volunteer, has spent the last 23 months on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering. A UN working group reviewing […]
Aug 31, 2012
Pride Parade

The international fight for gay rights comes to Seattle

The national conversation about LGBT rights has reached a fever pitch. On Wednesday, President Obama confirmed his opinion that same-sex marriage should be legal, becoming the first sitting president to publicly support one of the most controversial civil rights issues of our time. Just the day before, North Carolinians voted to ban same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions, becoming the […]
May 11, 2012

Kony 2012 covers the night… sort of

Last night was supposed to be the big night. After a record breaking viral video and over 1400 likes on the local Facebook event page, the youth mobilized by the Kony 2012 campaign were supposed to come out in force to “Cover the Night”. They were to blanket Seattle, and the rest of the country, […]
Apr 21, 2012

Reporter’s Notebook: Covering cancer in the developing world

As a reporter I’ve been covering global health issues for about 15 years.  For most of that time, the talk has been all about HIV, TB, and malaria. Lately, neglected tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes have joined the mix. But cancer? Are people in poor countries even living long enough to get it?  Isn’t […]
Feb 24, 2012

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