Zach Torres & Jon Moreland: Union Chapel London

With nothing more than a Montana ”Hey y’all,” John Moreland launched into a spellbinding set at London’s Union Chapel.  Simple staging allowed the audience to focus on the depth and colour of Moreland’s achingly beautiful lyrics. As is so often the case, praise must be given to Union Chapel’s resident expert, Les Mommsen, who mixed Moreland’s natural talent, the chapel’s natural acoustics and […]

Can a Flotilla of Kayaks Block Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rigs in Seattle?

No one really knows what the weather and wave conditions will be when Shell Oil’s first Arctic drilling rig arrives in Seattle later this month. That’s why activists are training now for rapid-response kayaks at any hour and a mass demonstration on the water. It’ll be a lot different than the typical landlocked march. In […]

Carbon Washington’s Climate Ballot Measure Will Boost Social Justice.

Climate change has much more to do with social justice than you might think. One connection is that global warming will hit the poor harder than the rich, so there is a social justice benefit to reducing carbon emissions. Climate action will also provide co-benefits such as reducing emissions of local air pollutants like particulate […]

World Affairs Council Spanish Conversation Group- Seattle

April 21 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Free and open to all If you can hold a conversation in Spanish or are interested in improving your Spanish-speaking skills, then check out this group!  They always have a diverse group of globally-minded people, all working on their Spanish. This is a very fun and inclusive group, so go […]

Why Enabling Arctic Drilling Is Such a Huge Mistake

Eric Larsen, polar explorer, says Seattle shouldn’t be enabling arctic drilling. (And neither should the Obama administration.) As a polar explorer and expedition guide, I’ve completed more polar expeditions than any other American in history. In 2006, I completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole. In 2010, I completed a world record […]

President of Tanzania lauds Seattle, seeks investments

The President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, swung by Seattle Thursday for a whirlwind visit to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and to give a talk downtown hosted by the World Affairs Council that was focused mostly on boosting foreign investment in his country. That same day, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Kikwete to chair a new initiative […]