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MAY 29, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 21

C O V E R   S T O R Y
THE PHILIPPINES: Nice Guys Finish Last
A backslapping former movie actor with a penchant for telling off-color jokes, President Joseph Estrada seems ill-equipped to solve his country's many problems
Hostage Drama: In search of a breakthrough


A S I A
SRI LANKA: Reversal of Fortune
Dismissed as toothless just a few years ago, the Tamil Tiger rebel group is on the verge of a major military victory

JAPAN: Dirty Little Secret
As deadly toxins contaminate the environment, the nation's leaders simply look the other way
The Activist: One man's clean-up crusade • Viewpoint: A plea to take action before it's too late

AFGHANISTAN: Religion in Command
The Taliban have ignored the intricacies of governing, leaving the impoverished nation in crisis
Herat: The country's golden goose has its own rules
Women: Opportunities are still dismal
Education: Home-based schools for girls quietly flourish

MALAYSIA: Pirate Trade
Authorities struggle to stop booming exports of digital counterfeits

INDIA: Holy Cow!
Animal-rights activists expose the barbaric transport and slaughter of the country's most revered beasts




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