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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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SUBADIO SASTROSATOMO, 82, SOCIALIST author, critic and former general secretary of the Socialist Party of Indonesia (PSI). Subadio died on Dec. 7 in Jakarta of complications following a stroke. A life-long rebel, he was first jailed during Dutch rule for his Independence activities, and again under President SUKARNO. He turned down the prime minister's post in 1947 and in his old age wrote a number of books criticizing the New Order regime of President SUHARTO. Suharto's government imprisoned Subadio for his alleged involvement in a student revolt in 1974. His most recent books were banned until Suharto resigned in May. The best known of them is Badio Menolak Pemimpin Orde Baru (Badio Rejects the New Order).


S.S. GILL, 84, FORMER chief justice of Malaya and a civil servant for 43 years, at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, on Dec. 7, following a prolonged illness. Gill qualified for the English Bar in 1950 and became chief justice in 1974.


WILLIAM TAN HO CHOON, 95, former speaker of the Sarawak state assembly, at his home in Kuching on Dec. 6. A senator from 1963 to 1971, Tan was a founder of the now defunct Sarawak Chinese Association, part of the alliance that formed Sarawak's first elected government after the formation of Malaysia in 1963.


TENGKU JONARIS BADLISHAH, 24, for murdering SALLY POH BEE ENG, 42, a beautician in Singapore. A nephew of Malaysia's Sultan of Kedah, Jonaris fatally bludgeoned Sally Poh earlier this year to steal her gold-and-diamond-studded Rolex wristwatch, which he then gave to his Thai girlfriend, a prostitute. The High Court of Singapore passed the sentence on Dec. 8, dismissing Jonaris's claim of mental illness.


TIAN CHUA, 35, PRO-TEM chairman of Malaysia's People's Coalition for Democracy (Gagasan), an informal grouping of opposition parties and NGOs, on Dec. 5. He was charged earlier with taking part in an illegal assembly and failing to disperse. Police will tell him Dec. 19 whether he faces additional charges.

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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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