Pakistan

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (center) sits with girls inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on July 12th. (Photo from Reuters / Jamal Saidi)

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How organizations working on global girls' education can get beyond oversimplified "one girl at a time" messaging.

Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

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Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle's South Asian community has a growing passion for film. Rita Meher had been a U.S. citizen...

(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

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Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to...

Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

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Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest. “Will there be...

(Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

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Americans are all rich, white and promiscuous. At least that's what Adnan Ali Syed thought before he came here and found out for himself.  It’s...

Muatasim Qazi, a journalist from Balochistan, Pakistan, is seeking asylum in the U.S. The hearing for his second attempt is next week. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

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For asylum seekers like Muatasim Qazi, sometimes the threats they face are so horrific, they're hard for the judges who decide their cases to...

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When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true? Ever since India and Pakistan were partitioned in 1947,...

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The political tide in the US is turning away from drone strikes, as it did long ago in Pakistan. But are we giving up...

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(Photo by Erika Schultz/THE SEATTLE TIMES ) Diversity Means Opportunity in Tukwila – From Somalis to Bosnians to Nepalis, Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz put together...

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Pakistan beat the odds last week and held relatively peaceful elections. But was the Taliban the real winner?  Pakistanis voted last Saturday after five years...

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The Seattle freeze makes for a chilly Valentine's Day for new arrivals from other cultures. Picture this: You’re by yourself in a restaurant that...

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My friend and I squeeze in the front seat of the pickup. We’re lucky–others are stuck in the back without seats in the freezing winter,...

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The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley...

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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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Late last month, a bomb ripped through a train station in a small town near Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan...

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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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When my friend Kathleen invited me to a Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall in Federal Way, the first image that popped into my head...

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The last couple weeks have seen one former Microsoft executive become the Prime Minister of Mali and another hatch an ambitious plot to mine...

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My finger froze over the mouse as I squinted at a blurry photo of a young Pakistani man holding an AK-47 on my Facebook...

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The lights are low and excitement high at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.  Murmuring gives way to whistling and foot stomping and finally...

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Chicken handi is the dish that defines Pakistani food for me.  The first time I tried it I was sitting on the roof of...