December 2018
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Refugees Welcome?

It’s strange when something you’ve been paying attention to for a long time suddenly becomes interesting to those around you.

But Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis has become large enough that even though who don’t want to are paying attention. I wrote about the closing of Europe’s open door recently for the World Policy Blog and talked [...]

Poland For Poles

Tonight the third and final radio documentary piece, this time focusing on the lives and experiences of people of African descent in Poland airs at 7:05pm Eastern time on

“The system didn’t support racism officially but the wave… after the fall of this system… people felt free… there are this group of people that [...]

East Is East

Part two of my three part radio documentary series airs on at 7:05pm Eastern Time on Here and There with Dave Marash. Today we’ll hear the stories of people of African descent who grew up under Communist Rule in East Germany. Unlike in West Germany, where the influence of American soldiers was widely felt, [...]

The Lives of Black Folks

You might have noticed a decrease in posts over the past few months. That’s because this summer I spent several weeks working on a series of radio documentaries about the history and experiences of people in color in Germany and Poland thanks to a Holbrooke Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.

Today the first of [...]

The Dividing Line

I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe in many different places. But it surprised me that I didn’t feel more at home in one of the few English speaking nations I’ve been to.

Let’s Talk About Europe!

Join me up at Fort Dunree on Saturday for a panel discussion about the future of Europe and Ireland’s place in it.

“MEP Marian Harkin and Artlink’s Declan Sheehan. Damian Dowds, editor of the Inishowen Independent, will moderate the discussion.”

For me art is the starting point for this important discussion and this is an opportunity for those [...]


“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

― Herman Melville

Even for those who like to believe that they lead a life of critical self inquiry there are certain assumptions so ingrained they don’t merit the very questioning that everything and [...]

New Multimedia Piece

Many of you read the profiles I created during my fellowship with the French-American Foundation. Now is your chance to hear some of the voices of those I profiled as well in a short multimedia piece I created.

FAF Presentation from Damaso Reyes on Vimeo.

Here And There

Yesterday my interview with the legendary Dave Marash aired on KUNM. We had a wide ranging discussion which centered around immigration in Europe and my work on The Europeans. If you’d like to hear it just visit this link:

and click on the POD icon or click here

Seen and Unseen

Life makes strange bedfellows

Zurich, Switzerland 2014

Linking France And Turkey Through Culture

“Today I think of myself as an international citizen,” Ekim Öztürk tells me as we sit under a tree drinking Turkish tea at the Institute Francias.

Learn more about what brought him from France to Turkey on

Home Away From Home

“I always felt like a foreigner even if my mother was German,” Oğuz Yenen tells me over tea in Istanbul. He was born in Germany and became a successful director there but moved to Istanbul more than a decade ago.

Read about his story in the latest in a series of profiles of Europeans of Turkish [...]

Bridging Cultures and Continents

“I know that I wouldn’t have this kind of position in France,” he tells me. “But in Turkey it’s possible because the employers appreciate a candidate having dual cultures.”

Learn more about how French born entrepreneurs are finding success in Turkey at

Living Like a Chameleon in Sweden

Before the attacks of September 11 James felt real progress was being made but “after 9/11 it felt like we are back on the first page. And if you’re not blonde or not European people just don’t like you just because of your name or where you come from. If you’re from a [...]

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 [...]