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An Ethiopian woman at her community center holds a candle in remembrance for the Christians killed by ISIS Center. (Photo by Agazit Afeworki for the South Seattle Emerald.)
An Ethiopian woman at her community center holds a candle in remembrance for the Christians killed by ISIS. (Photo by Agazit Afeworki for the South Seattle Emerald.)

This story originally appeared on the South Seattle Emerald.

Seattle’s Eritrean and Ethiopian communities held separate vigils on April 25 and May 1 at the Ethiopian Community Center and Rainier Valley Cultural Center to honor the Eritrean and Ethiopian men brutally executed in a video by the terrorist organization ISIS last month.

During both events, community members moved from prayers and mourning to speak extensively about what may have caused their countrymen to be in Libya. Some at the open forums faulted their country’s economy and for not providing opportunities for youth to stay at home.

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Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, are believed to have been killed in the Nepal earthquake. (Photo via IndieGogo.)
Bailey Meola (left) and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, are believed to have been killed in the Nepal earthquake. (Photo via Indiegogo.)

Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, two Seattle backpackers who were in Nepal when the devastating 7.8 earthquake hit in April, are now believed to have died, their families announced on Thursday.

The women, both 19, were hiking along the Langtang Valley Trek when the earthquake hit the region on April 25, killing at least 8,000 people. Meola and Schumacher, recent Garfield High School graduates, have not been heard from since.

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Nestora Salgado. (Photo courtesy FreeNestora.com)
Nestora Salgado. (Photo courtesy of the organization Free Nestora Salgado.)

Renton’s Nestora Salgado Garcia, who ran a community police force in Mexico until her arrest, has been on a hunger strike for more than a week, protesting the conditions of her two-year detention by Mexican authorities.

Salgado was arrested in 2013, after the community police force that she commanded in Olinala, Guerrero, arrested local a city official on suspicion of stealing property. The official complained, and Salgado was accused of kidnapping and organized crime by federal authorities and placed in maximum security prison.

Since then, her family and her supporters say that Salgado has been denied due process, and that she has been given limited access to her attorneys to fight the case.

Her family told The Seattle Globalist earlier this year that Salgado is innocent of the charges, her arrest was politically motivated and they expect a long court battle.

Russia Today's cozy relationship with holocaust deniers and the ultra right

Talk show legend Larry King hosts the show PoliticKING on 'RT' (aka 'Russia Today') a cable TV network funded by the Russian government.
Talk show legend Larry King hosts the show PoliticKING on ‘RT’ (aka ‘Russia Today’) a cable TV network funded by the Russian government.

You might not have even noticed you were watching it, but RT has become one of the most widely viewed news services on the internet.

The network has made inroads with young American viewers with its comprehensive coverage of stories that go underreported by major American media outlets. An early focus on sharing segments of those broadcasts via YouTube made it the first TV news channel to reach a billion views online.

In 2011, RT (which dropped the original name “Russia Today” altogether in 2009) focused a great deal of its coverage on Occupy Wall Street, and has since turned to a strategy of hiring American political commentators and television personalities like Lee Camp, Abby Martin and Larry King.

The Kremlin-funded outlet has practically unlimited resources, which have allowed it to present itself, without advertising, as the alternative to what it characterizes as corporate American media.

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Screen shot of British network Channel 4’s Twitter page. (Photo via Twitter.)

A British news organization linked a Seattle woman to recruitment for the Islamic State, citing her posts on social media.

British television network Channel 4 traced the Twitter account @_UmmWaqqas to “Rawdah Abdisalaam, a twenty-something female believed to be from Seattle,” according to the report.

Reporters for the network said @_UmmWaqqas had more than 8,000 followers before her account was shut down and was one of the most influential accounts linked on the social network site to the Islamic State on Twitter.

Along with pictures taken from various Seattle locations — including photos that appear to be taken from West Seattle and I-5 — Channel 4’s report says that the operator of the Twitter account “defends ISIS brutality; she justifies the burning to death of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh as ‘an eye for an eye.'”