Middle East

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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.