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JANUARY 24, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 3

C O V E R   S T O R Y
Mergers: The Medium Is the Message
America Online's takeover of media giant Time Warner is not just the biggest deal in history. It's a sign that the Net future many have been predicting has indeed arrived
Interview: TIME talks to Steve Case and Jerry Levin about the merger


A S I A
CHINA: Opiate Wars
As citizens look outside the Communist Party for solace, officials struggle to harness the unwieldy tentacles of religion

Viewpoint: How Beijing mishandled the Karmapa case

MALAYSIA: Payback Time
Some Mahathir opponents get their knuckles rapped

INDONESIA: Calm Before the Storm
Religious differences have turned the Moluccas into a battlefield, filled with hate and the prospect of more violence
Eyewitness: On the ground, confusion reigns

TAIWAN: Balls and Brickbats
Gangsters and illegal betting send baseball into a tailspin

JAPAN: Killer Concrete
Shoddy materials plague the bullet trains and other projects




T H E   A R T S
CINEMA: Lights!
Director Ann Hu's debut feature looks at how movies first came to China

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TRAVEL WATCH: Watch Japan's Chefs Colonize World Cuisine


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