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AUGUST 23-30, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8

Spotlight

YOU GOTTA BELIEVE: In last year's Bulworth, Warren Beatty played a U.S. Senator crazy enough to speak the truth--in rap lyrics. Now, he's mulling a real-life run for the presidency. A self-proclaimed liberal Democrat, Beatty says his pet issue is campaign-finance reform. Quick, what rhymes with soft money?


Winners
JIMMY CARTER
Still fighting the good fight, ex-Prez blasts Indonesian government for ethnic violence in East Timor
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Now that's a Human Touch. Taxman says the Boss gave his hometown $350,000 to repair old-age homes
JOERN UTZON
Sydney Opera House architect who quit project in disgust can return to finish job, 33 years later
  Losers
PRINCE PHILIP
Queen Elizabeth II's hubby puts foot in mouth again, this time with a quip about Indian workmanship
SERGEI STEPASHIN
Here today... Fourth Russian premier in 17 months to be sacked by President Yeltsin
FRANCISCO BRENNAND
Brazilian artist's proposed phallus-like sculpture outrages many in Recife


Verbatim
"Isn't it better to take out Milosevic [and] Saddam Hussein than to spend billions of dollars on a war that harms innocent civilians?"
PAT ROBERTSON, head of the Christian Coalition, a conservative U.S. religious group

"Jesus never said anything about assassinating heads of state."
BARRY LYNN, leader of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, disputing Robertson

  "He is not a KGB man, he is my pupil."
ANATOLI SOBCHAK, former liberal mayor of St. Petersburg, on Russia's new Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin

"The more controversy, the better. Only this way will everyone pay attention to... the Republic of China's existence."
LEE TENG-HUI, President of Taiwan, relishing his country's continuing confrontation with China


This edition's table of contents

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WASHINGTON
U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

MANILA
Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

ALLAHABAD
Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

COLOMBO
Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

TOKYO
Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

BANGKOK
Thai party announces first coalition partner



TIME:

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



ASIAWEEK:

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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