Chinese man builds own prosthetics after fishing accident

Sun Jifa is the new face of DIY disability adaptation after making his own prosthetic arms from steel and scrap metal. The arms took eight years to construct, but were the alternative to the expensive models recommended by the hospital. (Via Daily Mail

A backwards baseball hat will get you pulled aside by TSA in Boston airports

The Transportation Security Administration is under investigation for using racial profiling techniques that not only targeted Middle Easterners (as Globalist reporter Alma Khasawnih writes), but also Hispanics traveling to Miami and black people wearing backwards baseball hats or expensive jewelry. (Via the New York Times.

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vintage TWA airline timetable
Traveling While Arab can mean a whole different timetable. (Photo by Jeremy Keith via Flickr)

I waited too long to book a flight home to visit my family in Amman to be picky about my flights. The only option under $2000 was a four hour layover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The price and timing was fine.

The racial profiling and accusation that I might be a terrorist was not.

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Preparing gluten-free bread
Jenny Asarnow prepares the dough for her gluten-free bread – note the scale for weighing ingredients. (Photo by Alma Khasawnih)

Until I came to Seattle, I’d only met one person in my life who had a wheat allergy. But it seems that for the past year I have heard nothing but “I don’t eat gluten.”

Is this the new fad? The new Atkins? What is up with the United States and people with allergies and food issues? Is it the same everywhere or just here?

It came up again as I was searching for recipes for my Kitchen Stories series. My friend Joaquin told me I must meet with Jenny Asarnow who bakes the best gluten-free yummies ever.

My first reaction was “gluten-free, umm, why?”

I tend to eat a lot of bread because it is easy food to find and it is filling. And so far, it didn’t seem to be hurting me.

Or maybe it was.

I had to learn more. And where else would I go but Wikipedia.

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A few of the seasonal offerings at Cafe de Lion in Queen Anne. The cafe’s Facebook page showcases their daily lineup. (Photo courtesy of Cafe de Lion)

The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that’s now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke Miura, his wife Tomoyo and their son Lion (the cafe’s namesake) moved from two years ago.

Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg play in the background as young diners enjoy green tea macarons or lobster bisque. Miniature Eiffel Towers adorn the bakery case and bar. Daisuke teases a customer for killing off his bowl of chowder in mere minutes.

The ornate cursive lettering on the sidewalk A-frame sign boasts “luxury boutique pastries.” But do not mistake this patisserie for one of the many trendy pie and cupcake shops strewn about Seattle. Cafe de Lion’s sweets cost a few dollars more — about $5.50 apiece — but they are made dense, dainty and detailed by Tomoyo herself. And they are beautiful, like edible Limoge boxes.

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The 32nd annual Seattle to Portland (STP) Bicycle Classic is coming up this weekend.  Ten thousand riders will set out from the University of Washington and, after some 200 miles and 43,000 energy bars, end up in northeast Portland.

Looking for a unique way to experience a new country? Try it on two wheels. Above, Deric travels with his bike on a trip to Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Deric Gruen)

Sadly, the trip has been sold out for months, so if you didn’t register way back in March, I’m afraid you are out of luck until next year.

Not to worry. There’s an entire world of road (or off-road) for intrepid cyclists to choose from. Traveling internationally with a bicycle is a low impact way to get a little bit closer to people, land and places you might never visit by any other mode.

As you ponder your first overseas experience with a bicycle, consider the following questions in planning your ride.

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Seattle International Beefest is showcasing over 200 beers at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion July 6-8 (Photo by Mor Naaman)

It’s no secret that Seattle is home to about a million craft breweries. For a lot of us, it feels like we can hardly keep up with the latest local brews, let alone keep tabs on the hundreds of international options on tap.

This weekend, Seattleites will get to be the judge of exactly how their home brews measure up to the international competition – one 4-oz. beer at a time.

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Over 500 candidates from 80 countries were sworn in as new U.S. citizens at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony at the Seattle Center.  The annual event marks the end of a multi-year process of naturalization that includes a civics and history exam, residency requirements, filing fees and background checks. The Philippines, India, Mexico, and Somalia had the highest numbers of candidates represented.

Alma Plancich, executive director of Ethnic Heritage Council and event organizer, encouraged the new citizens to find ways to preserve their culture in their new country. “You must never forget why you came to this country,” Plancich said, “Whatever it takes to remember where you come from.”

Candidates for U.S. citizenship wait to be sworn in at the 28th Annual Naturalization Ceremony on July 4th at the Seattle Center.

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The Seattle Globalist launch party drew over 300 people to celebrate our new hyperglobal blog last night at Washington Hall. Performances by Seattle Fandango Project and music by Last Night’s Mix Tape kept party goers dancing well into the night, as our hashtag, #ImAGlobalist, trended on Twitter. It was an amazing kickoff and show of support from all of Seattle’s brand new Globalists.

See below for a few photos from last night and check out our flickr page to download your own photobooth shot!

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Today we’re thrilled to announce the official launch of the Seattle Globalist!Free Launch Party April 28th

Okay, we cheated a little – we’ve actually been posting since back in December. But today is the day that really counts because we’re throwing a gigantic (free) party!

And we’ve got a lot to celebrate: We’re kicking off a new partnership with the Seattle Times as part of their Local News Partner Network. We’ve got a lovely new design for the website.

And best of all, we have you! We hope you’ll come to share the celebration with a quickly expanding network of readers, writers, sponsors, supporters and, well, Globalists.

We’ll be coming together at Washington Hall tonight from 6-10pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome.

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(Photo by Dave Sizer)

Last week hipster Seattleites shrugged indifferently at the news that our city had been named by Travel and Leisure as America’s best city for hipsters.

Seattle took the prized vegan cupcake for first place, and was lauded by the site for our brains, Mac products, coffee snobbery and unique “buttoned-down” brand of hipster.

We even beat out our ever-quirkier southern neighbors, despite Portlandia. (The ensuing roller derby standoff is bound to be fierce).

But cool knows no borders, so here is a list of global hipster enclaves that might just give us a run for our money:

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I am an immigrant.

I landed in Florida with my mother on August 11, 1996 at age 18. For six years I had to carry a laminated card that read Resident Alien on me at all times. In November 2002, at age 24, I was granted US citizenship and a passport.

On the day of the oath ceremony, I went alone. I was one of few who did not have a family member with them. The ceremony took place at a high school basketball court, with a thousand immigrants in attendance and at least as many in audience.

It was one of the largest oath ceremonies since September 11, 2001. The diversity of the audience was astounding; in front of me was a family from Mexico, next to me was another Jordanian, behind me an Iraqi Chaldean woman and her daughter. Together, we all stood and performed the Oath of Allegiance and then sang the national anthem. Many of the new citizens and their families were crying–sobbing even.

In this my privilege was undeniable. I did not cry.

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Photo from Mujaz.me via Facebook

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 over. The regime has been reticent to give power over to an elected government and has repressed demonstrations with violence.

The Globalist spoke with local Egyptian-Americans about how far the revolution has come and how it affected the Seattle-area Egyptian community.

“The entrenchment is still there. We killed the head of the snake but the body is still lingering,” says Alaa Badr, an Egyptian-American who works at Microsoft who organized solidarity demonstrations last year. “And no one’s expecting that to go away over night.”

Tarek Dawoud, another Microsoft employee, recalled the elation of community members when Mubarak finally fell from power.  At an impromptu public celebration, “we were giving out candy and chocolate, and people [passing by] knew what we were celebrating. For Egypt, people were honking and waving at us and everything.” 

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    Inmates stand in a holding cell at Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center.

    A Syracuse University-based transparency group released the results today of a two year long Freedom of Information struggle with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The startling data, based on case-by-case numbers of immigrants apprehended, detained and deported by ICE in 2005 appears to show that agency vastly over-reported these numbers in official statements.

    The new records show just under 7,000 people deported in 2005, the most recent year for which data was provided to The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) a non-partisan organization that monitors the federal government through FOIA requests. But in official statements ICE claimed to have deported 24 more times as many individuals that year, some 166,075 people. The numbers of immigrants arrested and detained also don’t match up to past ICE statements.

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      Mother and Three Children, Bhutan by Flickr user

      As the recession dragged on in 2011, America’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew only a few percent. Economists say GDP is an important indicator of the health of an economy. But is GDP the best way to measure how the country is faring?

      Sustainable Seattle, a local nonprofit, says GDP fails to to account for overall well being of the citizens. Inspired by the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where the government maintains a “gross national happiness index,” they created a survey assessing “the conditions for happiness” in people’s lives. Over 7,000 Seattleites filled it out last year.