Middle East

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.

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As a second-generation nuss-nuss (“half n’ half”) Arab American who is Lebanese and German,  it was only in my adult life that I took...

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Do "Desert Dancer" producers equate "positive" with depicting Iranians as Westerners?

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Seattle Afghans gather at a vigil remember the brutal March 19 murder of Farkhunda, calling for justice in a case that has gripped the nation.

Two children play around Chaharshanbeh Suri bonfires, a Nowruz opening ceremony the author grew up with. (Photo by Lucinda Homa Gray)

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Ancient Nowruz traditions celebrated around the world make a big splash in Seattle.

A belly dancing craze in the 1960's promoted the stereotypical, exoticized, sexualized images often associated with the dance. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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A Seattle dance instructor says anyone should be able to enjoy belly dance, regardless of it's origins.

A guard at the Red Security Building in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, the headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service under Saddam Hussein’s regime where many Kurds were imprisoned and tortured. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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After years as a secular, stable, pro-American bastion, Iraq's Kurdish region is under serious threat and deserves our help.

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For young progressive Jews in the Northwest, talking about Israel with the older generation can be a minefield.

Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine's many offerings of beef, lamb and chicken kabob. (Courtesy of Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine)

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Newly opened Ariana Authentic Afghan Cuisine aims to bring the spirit of Afghan hospitality to diners in Kirkland

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With their houses in ruins and former villages now ghost towns, more than 1.5 million Syrians have fled their homeland. Lebanon and other neighboring...

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After more than 2 years and tens of thousands of people killed, the civil war in Syria keeps dragging on. Is there any end...

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Too many weeks ago, I was invited to Janne Abullarade's home for a super duper special treat: homemade baklava. Janne was born in El Salvador...

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Step off Melrose Street and into Mamnoon, and you could just as well be in the trendy Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut as on Capitol...

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ZAATARI, Jordan--As the Syrian civil war and the fight to remove President Bashar Assad unfolds, more than half a million people have fled their...

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Babies accidentally switched at birth. From Mark Twain to the ABC Family Monday night lineup, it's a familiar plot device – and a usually a pretty...

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Lyari is the most notorious neighborhood in Pakistan's largest and most chaotic city. But just like in poor urban areas in the US, young...

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Israeli peace activist Miko Peled is in Seattle this week to give a presentation called "Beyond the Zionist Paradigm: New Hope for Israel/Palestine." I saw...

TSA Body Scanner Images

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I waited too long to book a flight home to visit my family in Amman to be picky about my flights. The only option...

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Fasting for 17 hours a day is no walk in the park. But it's that much harder when the person sitting next to you...

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I was staying at a beachfront hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania when I saw the first images of the unrest in Syria on TV. I watched...

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This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State...