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Culture on Demand: Black is Beautiful
The American Express black card is the ultimate status symbol

Asia Buzz: Should the Net Be Free?
Web heads want it all -- for nothing

JAPAN: Failed Revolution
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori clings to power as dissidents in his party finally decide not to back a no-confidence motion

Cover: Endgame?
After Florida's controversial ballot recount, Bush holds a 537-vote lead in the state, which could give him the election

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SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE Live and in color, Bill Clinton gets angry and dodges questions about marital infidelity on tapes of his grand jury testimony released by a House committee. Will they make Americans more eager to get rid of him--will they spark a backlash against his Congressional and journalistic tormentors?

C O V E R   S T O R Y
ONE OF US Robert Wright on why people still back Clinton

GLASS HOUSES Margaret Carlson on Republican adultery

CAPITALISM IMPERILED With shares and currencies gyrating, governments are finding it harder to resist temptation to meddle in the markets

VIEWPOINT David C. Roche on why Brazil matters

T H E   A R T S
CINEMA Taiwan's movies win awards, not viewers

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ESSAY Memories of a personal opium war

TRAVEL WATCH No place like a home away from home

THE PLOT TO KILL THE DALAI LAMA India: Police arrest two men in an alleged scheme to blow up the Tibetan spiritual leader on behalf of a rival Buddhist sect

FAITH HEALING Pakistan: With his country on the verge of collapse, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to impose strict Islamic law

WAR TALK Iran and the Taliban turn up the heat

GROWLING STOMACHS Indonesia: Looting and demonstrations rise along with the price of rice

FAMILIAR STORY Cambodia: Hun Sen backs his rivals into a possible compromise

VIEWPOINT Jeffrey A. Winters on Malaysia's thunderbolt

FAMILY FEUD Religion: The empire of Korean-born Rev. Sun Myung Moon is tarnished by scandal and squabbling within his immediate family

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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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