Smoke rises from clashes near Falluja, Iraq, May 31, 2016.  (Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani for Reuters.)

Civilians trapped as Iraq army and Islamic State intensify battle in Fallujah

The latest offensive, which started May 23, is causing alarm among these organizations as more than 50,000 civilians remain trapped without resources.
May 31, 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
A statue of a girl that represents the sexual victims by the Japanese military is seen in front of Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, December 28, 2015.   (Photo by Ahn Eun-na for News1 via Reuters.)

S. Korea, Japan reach agreement on wartime “comfort women”

The issue of "comfort women," the euphemistic name for women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, has long plagued ties between the neighbors.
Dec 29, 2015
Anny Khan speaks at the weekend grassroots gathering to organize aid and advocacy for Syrian refugees. (Photo by Alex Garland.)

Could Syrian refugees resettle in Seattle? New group explores ideas

Dozens of Seattle-area residents gathered over the weekend to explore increasing the number of Syrian refugees who can resettle in Washington state.
Sep 8, 2015
A building damaged in fighting in Kurakhove, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. (Photo by VO Svodboda via Picasa)

What the heck is happening in Ukraine (and why you should care)

A filmmaker from Ukraine visited Seattle last week and shared some shocking footage from a conflict that has turned into all out war.
Feb 17, 2015
More than 500 Muslim Americans gathered in the state capitol in Monday to send a clear message to the Legislature: protect low-income housing, pass the DREAM Act and vote against invasive drone surveillance. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Muslim Americans flex muscle in Olympia, press for minority rights

Hundreds of Muslims from around Washington gathered at the state capitol Monday with clear messages for their legislators.
Jan 21, 2014
An ash covered Mundarichild celebrates the first South Sudan Independence Day in 2011. (Photo by Giovanni Turco / Freedom House DC)

We, the children of war in South Sudan, reject this war

I come from a place with a long memory of war.
“Lay down your arms; fight with the pen” in northern Afghanistan. (Photo by Dean Chahim)

Syria won’t be another Iraq – but it’s already another Afghanistan

“Lay down your arms, fight with the pen.” Take a lesson from Afghanistan: the only way to end the bloodshed in Syria is to stop the flow of weapons to both sides.
Sep 11, 2013
Children fetching water from Cockle Bay, in Freetown. (Photo from Flickr by Matt Stephenson)

Refugee from Sierra Leone puts personal struggle with PTSD to work for others

Salifu Mansaray has turned his own experience of trauma from Sierra Leone’s bloody civil war into an asset in serving mentally ill seniors in Burien.
Aug 19, 2013
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Our connection to Guatemala’s landmark genocide verdict

Update: Ten days after this post, Guatemala’s high court threw out the verdict. The Nation calls this “the latest blow in what had been a sustained dirty war waged by Ríos Montt’s supporters since his indictment in 2012 to delay, obstruct, divert and otherwise sabotage the genocide case” and “evidence of the persistent and grievous […]
May 13, 2013
A young Syrian in Deraa, at a protest commemorating the massacre at Al-Houla last May, where over 100 women and children were allegedly killed by pro-government militias. (Photo by  Syrian Revolution Memory Project)

What the heck is happening in Syria?

After more than 2 years and tens of thousands of people killed, the civil war in Syria keeps dragging on. Is there any end in sight?
Apr 15, 2013
Tuareg people spread across five nations in the central Sahara have long sought independence. But last January rebels in Northen Mali began a movement for succession. (Photo via magharebia.com)

What the heck is happening in Mali? (and why you should care)

Until a couple weeks ago, you probably didn’t think much about Mali, the large, former French colony that spans North and West Africa. I know I didn’t. But then we started hearing about French troops invading northern Mali, and militants kidnapping foreign workers in Algeria and that this all somehow connected to the fall of […]
Jan 24, 2013
A North Korean army (or is it Chinese?)  invades Spokane in the remake of Red Dawn, opening this weekend. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

North Koreans invade Spokane, xenophobia invades box office

A sunny morning in Spokane — shaggy green lawns, puffy clouds and compact SUVs parked outside of 100-year-old houses. Then a boom, a rattling snow globe featuring the Space Needle and the blue sky fills with white parachutes. The North Koreans have just invaded Washington state. To children of the ’80s this might sound vaguely […]
Nov 23, 2012
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Colin Powell is coming to Seattle. Will that work for you?

Colin Powell is coming to Seattle on Wednesday for a conversation around his new book It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. City Club (which also supports the Globalist), is organizing the event and has put up billboards around town. In the online advertisement, they urge you to join the conversation with Powell as he […]
Jun 1, 2012
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As tensions mount between Iran and Israel, an Iranian Jew is asked to pick a side

“So are you on team Iran or Israel?” A few days ago I walked into a coffee shop to meet my friend and that was the first thing she asked me. A quick Google search revealed the headlines like “Iran Says Preemptive Strike on Israel Possible” “Israel Threatens to Strike Iran’s Nuclear Facilities” “Iran and […]
Feb 29, 2012