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November 30, 2000

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Why hasn't Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid been in a rush to travel to Aceh to personally try to quell secessionist sentiments there? Because he has been meeting quietly with some leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (its Indonesian acronym is GAM) in his temporary residence, the State Guest House, in Jakarta. A staffer at the facility says weekly meetings have been going on for a while. Teuku Maulida, GAM's strategic commander, admits such sessions do take place, but insists they are only conducted on a personal, not official, basis. Maulida says his faction of GAM (it has split into two groups recently) is ready to ease its demands for total independence for the territory. But it will not enter into direct or binding negotiations with the government unless they are attended by a third party.  

Hyundai's Foreign Affairs
These days, if you want to know about North Korea, ask someone at Hyundai -- the conglomerate seems to have the best contacts within Pyongyang's power structure. And the word from Hyundai is that the possible December visit of North Korea's Kim Young Soon, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (APPC) of the DPRK's Workers Party, might be downgraded. Instead of Kim coming to Seoul, Son Ho Kyung, a vice chairman of the committee, might show up in his place. The explanation from within Hyundai (and remember, the chaebol has a powerful political agenda of its own) is that President Kim Dae Jung's administration is so troubled by political scandals that the timing of the visit could be embarrassing. Kim Young Soon had been invited to "come on down" by Chung Ju Yung, the founder and honorary chairman of the Hyundai Group, when he made his high-profile visit to the North in October. But there could be many reasons for the downgrade. A North Korean delegation to the U.S. is being led by another APPC vice chairman, the former chief of North Korea's U.N. missions in New York Kim Hyong U. Maybe the APPC's Chairman Kim just isn't interested in racking up more Air Koryo frequent flyer miles.  

All the News That Fits, They Print
Digital media might be getting all the attention but in Singapore, newsprint is still hot. "Project Eyeball" -- an undertaking of Singapore Press Holdings -- will be going head-to-head with Metro sometime in 2000. Metro, which has yet to get a license, will be hitting the streets -- actually the 48 stations on the Mass Rapid Transit lines -- as a 36-page freebie designed to occupy your mind with more news nuggets than chunks in a bowl of granola. Under the guidance of former Straits Times editor-in-chief, Peter Lim, it will be published by the Scandinavian group MTG, which pursues the same formula in several European and Latin American cities. Lim's successor, Cheong Yip Seng, says SPH will shortly launch its own no-cost paper -- no name for it yet. Nor is there one for "Project Eyeball," SPH's info-tech slanted morning read for yuppies to peruse over their lattes. It's due to enter the fray in a few months. Eyeball's (let's call it that for now) editor-designate is Bertha Henson, a former ST political reporter, best known for her enthusiasm when reporting on the governing People's Action Party. Insiders expect less of that and more fluffy content this time around.

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