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Four years ago, Mokhtar Al-Khanshali had never tried good coffee. Now the Yemeni-American imports coffees consistently rated among the best in the world. As he helps to rebuild Yemen's coffee industry, he must return there often. In 2015, civl war broke out and he was forced to make a dangerous escape. But he kept going back. Today his coffees cross cultures, boundaries, and messy politics to bring people together over a wonderful experience.
In 1979, as the Islamic Revolution got started in Iran, Eddie Baba was just five years old. His father had just died and the family was Christian at a time when religious persecution seemed close at hand. With an older brother nearing the age when boys could be recruited into the army, Eddie’s mom feared for their safety.
San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district is one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in one of the most politically progressive cities in America. Here, as we inaugurate a new president, many find the world that’s unfolding around us troubling.
But for all of the fear and anxiety, we had a look around the neighborhood and had no trouble finding people whose joy, optimism, and adorable smiles uplift the neighborhood.