November 2013
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Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes

Jülide Yaşar Soncu grew up in France but moved to Istanbul and started a small business. “I didn’t want to live in a country that doesn’t give equality of chance,” Jülide recalls of what began motivating her to look beyond France.

You can read more about her on in the latest of my [...]

Bargin Bin History

Lost and found in Vienna

The New Normal

Haydar Zorlu reached the top in Germany as an actor but decided to move to Istanbul to pursue his creative freedom.

Haydar performs Faust in Istanbul.

“I was, and I am, part of two countries. In my case there is no difference and no border between both,” he says. Read his story on

His Own Man

For my latest profile from Sweden we turn to an Iranian born member of Parliament to broaden our perspective on the immigrant experience.

Hanif Bali reflected in the doors of a stadium in his district.

“Swedes are very open in what they identify as Swedish. If you speak the language, know the social codes you’re [...]

Finding Their Way

You can read the first two profiles I’ve written about Swedes of Turkish descent on!

Unlike most ethnic Swedes of his generation, Mikail married young at 22 and now has two children.

Keep coming back each day over the next week to read more profiles from Sweden and Turkey.

“When you have parents who are [...]

Finding Europe’s Lost Generation

Starting today you can see what I’ve been up to over the past few months. Check out and start reading my latest series exploring the lives of Europeans of Turkish descent as they try to find a place in Europe’s social fabric.

Into Plowshares

Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States and Armistice Day or  Remembrance Day in other parts of the world.

Dawn patrol

Every generation we send our young men and women off to war for reasons we think are good or bad and wait for them to return. Some do, many don’t and those who do [...]

Still Waters

The Bosphorus reflects the city and its people better than any mirror could.

Istanbul, September 2013

What You See Is…

Not always what you get.

Istanbul, October 2013

Looking From Europe to Asia

Walking from here to there we look for each other and sometimes find ourselves.

Disappearing Act

Istanbul has a pretty lively art scene.

Performance Art, Istanbul, September 2013

And the Sea

Istanbul is a city between two seas and split by a straight. I crossed the Bosphorus nearly every day…

Water, water everywhere…

Since I’ve been gone…

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. It turns out that is blocked in Turkey so I haven’t been able to share the great images I have been taking for the past two months.

The Queen of Art. Istanbul, September 2013

But all that is changing this week. You’ll see the streets [...]