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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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THE U.S. USED THE rationale of military necessity to avoid signing an international treaty banning landmines. It claims the DMZ dividing North and South Korea, where it deploys thousands of the hidden killers, is just too much of a strategic flashpoint to risk their removal. But Jody Williams, who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize along with a coalition of groups called the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, does not buy it. "I think it's tragic that President Bill Clinton does not want to be on the side of humanity," she told the press camped outside her house when the Nobel news came. Soon after the announcement, Russia said it would support the accord. And Japanese Foreign Minister Obuchi Keizo said he would seek domestic support for the agreement, which will be signed in Ottawa in December. The pact goes into effect once 40 countries ratify it.


"I AM HANDING DOWN a lighter sentence because this is the first case in which someone has been punished for tax evasion in connection with political payouts," said senior judge Son Ji Yul, who called Kim Hyun Chul's behavior "unseemly" for the son of a president. He was charged with hiding $7.3 million milked from six businessmen in borrowed-name bank accounts since his father, President Kim Young Sam, came to office. He clenched his fists and closed his eyes as the judge read the sentence -- three years in jail for influence-peddling and tax evasion, $1.57 million in fines, and confiscation of $569,000 of his assets.


INDIAN NOVELIST ARUNDHATI ROY'S The God of Small Things took this year's Booker prize, but the Indian novelist says she has no intention of creating a second work. "I've never believed in professions," she explains. "I believe in professionalism. But I don't believe in writing a book just because I am a writer. For me this prize is about my past. Having written this, I am back to square one." The Booker Prize, considered one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world, is in its 29th year.


THAI PREMIER CHAVALIT YONGCHAIYUDH'S appointment of Korn Dabarangsi to oversee the country's economic affairs is a large concession to the key partner in his six-party coalition. The appointment of Korn, a deputy prime minister and industry minister and the deputy leader of the Chart Pattana party, follows pressure on the embattled PM -- from the second-largest party in the government -- to shake up economic management in his 10-month old administration. Chavalit denied he was influenced in his decision by Chart Pattana leader, former PM Chatichai Choonhavan, who is Korn's uncle.

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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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