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NOVEMBER 15, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 19

C O V E R   S T O R Y
Microsoft: Busted!
Now that a U.S. judge has ruled the tech giant has "monopoly power," what's next for Bill Gates' chastened monolith?



A S I A
BURMA: One Step Forward
While making small gestures to improve its image, the regime continues to drag the country toward economic ruin
'This government is not capable of running the economy'
Online Exclusive: Full text of TIME's interview with Aung San Suu Kyi
'Sincerity is needed on their side'
Online Exclusive: Full text of TIME's interview with Foreign Minister Win Aung

CHINA: Panic Button
Beijing goes all out to squash a "cult" of spiritual devotees

INDIA: Nature's Fury
The eastern state of Orissa, slammed by a massive cyclone, struggles to recover from the watery blast

HONG KONG: Fashion Forward
Esprit's Michael Ying looks to revolutionize Asian retailing




T H E   A R T S
TELEVISION: Big in Beijing
A locally produced sitcom is a hit in China, heralding a new era of (gasp!) fun for the world's biggest TV market

CINEMA: Portrait of a Land Divided
Deepa Mehta's latest film revisits a painful subject: partition

BOOKS: Divorce, Chinese-Style
A fine first novel, Waiting, revels in one man's comically thwarted quest for personal happiness

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