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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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A MALAYSIAN COURT SENTENCED Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent Murray Hiebert to three months' imprisonment for contempt. Hiebert was also ordered to pay court costs in the case, which concerned an article he wrote about a legal action involving a student who was dropped from his school debating team. Justice Low Hop Bing ordered Hiebert, a Canadian, to surrender his passport, but suspended the sentence pending appeal. Hiebert was released on an $85,000 bond, which had to be secured by a Malaysian citizen. The mother of the student, Chandra Sri Ram, had applied for an order to have Hiebert jailed over his article "See You in Court" which appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of the magazine.


THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN Hanoi is not sure of its significance yet, but the release of dissident Pham Duc Kham was covered by at least one Western journalist the government invited specifically to write about the move. Kham was jailed for 12 years in 1990 along with other Vietnamese intellectuals. They were members of the Freedom Forum, which published an underground newspaper forum from January to November in 1990, featuring political commentary by writers linked to the former South Vietnamese government. Last month, another activist, Le Hong Ha, was freed four months before the end of a two-year jail term for revealing state secrets.


ALTHOUGH A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT of his Sept. 6 expulsion from the Party has yet to be made, expect Chen Xitong, the disgraced former vice-mayor of Beijing to come under criminal prosecution soon. Chen was first investigated in 1995 for corruption. His younger son and several associates are already serving prison terms.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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