Richard Humphries

For Richard Humphries's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sep 9, 2003

Using the right words in Kosovo

When it comes to media access, Kosovo’s population is spoiled for choices. No apartment block is complete without its symmetrical rows of white satellite dishes scanning the heavens for news and entertainment. One estimate has it that 75 percent of the population has media ...

From Myanmar to Mae Sot

May 13, 2003

From Myanmar to Mae Sot

MAE SOT, Thailand F rom a distance, the textile factories near Mae Sot, Thailand, loom like fortified castles. The main buildings resemble fully encased airplane hangers. Cement walls enclose the compounds, though sometimes these, in a decorative touch, are plastered with white stucco. Entrance ...

Dam Politics

May 13, 2003

Dam Politics

Poverty haunts the people of Myanmar but those who live in remote, landlocked Karenni State are among the poorest of the poor. Karenni, Myanmar’s smallest state, is also the least populated with less than 250,000 inhabitants, many of them landless. Communication is poor and ...

| Oct 27, 2002

An unflinching look at the face of suffering

FEAR AND SANCTUARY: Burmese Refugees in Thailand, by Hazel J. Lang. Cornell Southeast Asia Publications: Ithaca, New York, 2002, 240 pp., $24 (paper) An army column enters a small farming village without warning. The soldiers have been taught that everyone there is a potential ...

Imprisoned in the devil's playground

Jan 22, 2002

Imprisoned in the devil's playground

After liftoff, Ariane rockets leave the Guiana coast and travel over three small islands known as the Islands of Salvation. These lie some 15 km off Kourou. For several hours after a launch, the only person allowed on the islands, now owned by the ...

Jungle rockets in French Guiana

Jan 22, 2002

Jungle rockets in French Guiana

KOUROU, French Guiana — It must be one of the best-protected sites in South America. To the north is the ocean, full of devious currents and deadly sharks. To the south is dense rain forest, unforgiving to those who enter unprepared. The site’s most ...

Jan 22, 2002

Imprisoned in the devil's playground

After liftoff, Ariane rockets leave the Guiana coast and travel over three small islands known as the Islands of Salvation. These lie some 15 km off Kourou. For several hours after a launch, the only person allowed on the islands, now owned by the ...

Jan 22, 2002

Jungle rockets in French Guiana

KOUROU, French Guiana — It must be one of the best-protected sites in South America. To the north is the ocean, full of devious currents and deadly sharks. To the south is dense rain forest, unforgiving to those who enter unprepared. The site’s most ...

Oct 8, 2001

Russian writer's memory lives on in divided region

CHISINAU, Moldova — Count Vorontsov, governor general at Odessa in 1823, was clearly annoyed with Alexander Pushkin, a young subordinate, who was having a love affair with Vorontsov’s wife. Vorontsov decided that as a punishment Pushkin should be sent away to prepare a lengthy ...

Oct 8, 2001

Transnistria: relic of a bygone era

TIRASPOL, Moldova — Think of the end of the Soviet Union as the Big Bang of recent politics. The successor states are the new planets — large or small, and subject to varying amounts of gravitational pull from Russia. And then there are the ...