Iraq

Peyton yawns and stretches as my sister Katie holds her during our first Skype conversation. (Screen grab by Janelle Retka)

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As immigration and military deployment separate families across borders, many rely on social media to stay connected.

Khagindra Rijal shares his experiences living as a Bhatanese refugee in Nepal. (Photo by Megan Herndon)

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A "Refugee Story Circle" video chat connected young Seattle refugees with Brazil, Qatar and beyond to share their stories of finding a new home.

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Next time you drive by "the mysterious place with all the marble" right next to the Delridge onramp for the West Seattle Bridge, stop in and say "hi" to sculptor Sabah Al-Dhaher

ISIS Insurgents

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Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.

Gender roles in pre-war Syria were much more progressive than under ISIS control, with women moving freely and holding high positions in the Assad Regime. But the constitution still included many misogynist clauses. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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A video of ISIS stoning a woman to death last month shocked the world. Having grown up in the region, I wasn't that surprised to see it.