Russell Working

For Russell Working's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 26, 2003

Killers in U.S. rely on mercy of Mexico

LOS ANGELES — Anabella Vara was pregnant at 14 and married at 15, and by the time she was 21 she was living in fear. On Valentine’s Day 1999 her husband, Daniel Perez, looped a rope around her neck and tried to strangle her. ...

Jan 12, 2003

Closest point to bridging an ethnic divide

PYLA, Cyprus — Maksim Restaurant sits on the United Nations “green line,” which separates the Greek and Turkish sides of this divided island, but it’s a popular stop for members of both ethnic groups. On Friday nights the restaurant thumps with music and dancing, ...

Dec 14, 2002

City of hope for Russian Muslims and Jews

KAZAN, Russia — It was a time of turmoil in Russia’s Tatar Autonomous Republic. In 1994, local officials were demanding independence for the historically Muslim region, and taxpayer dollars were rebuilding mosques that had been converted to warehouses during Soviet times. Fifteen Jews decided ...

Nov 18, 2002

Only bitter solutions remain in Chechnya

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — Europeans have a way of knowing what’s best for other peoples’ conflicts but facing their own crises with ineptitude, and there is no better demonstration of this than their attitude to the war in Chechnya. There is something galling about Gauls ...

Nov 3, 2002

Russian youth dodge conscript military

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — It took a while to get the young deserter to talk. Roman had fled his army unit and was staying with Tatiana Barykina and her family, and they could see the scars on his wrist and sense the pain that ...

Oct 27, 2002

War talk doesn't faze Tatar oil people

KAZAN, Russia — The Tatar Autonomous Republic is an area where minarets rise above the whitewashed kremlin walls, where Muslim villagers have pitched in to construct more than 1,000 mosques over the decade since the Soviet Union fell apart. One might expect this Volga ...

Sep 30, 2002

Give democracy a chance in postwar Iraq

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — In recent months, the Iraqi debate has played in the news like a tennis match, with observers awarding points to U.S. President George W. Bush for his U.N. speech, then to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his shrewd move to admit ...

Aug 25, 2002

Republican 'criticism' no war-stopper

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — An interesting debate broke out in Washington last week about the possible war against Iraq. The discussion isn’t just about whether to go to war; it has morphed into a quarrel about whether top Republicans are breaking ranks with U.S. President ...

Aug 17, 2002

Iran hardly qualifies for the 'evil' club

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — Earlier this year, U.S. President George W. Bush granted Iran a membership card in the “axis of evil” — a triad of nations so iniquitous that they deserved to be cast out of the world community. There were reasons for Bush’s ...

Tussling over a stolen treasure

Aug 6, 2002

Tussling over a stolen treasure

ATHENS — In 1801, Thomas Bruce, the seventh Earl of Elgin and British ambassador to Constantinople, hit upon what he considered a splendid idea. The ancient Greek temple of the Parthenon — perhaps the most famous building ever erected — was decorated with a ...