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NOVEMBER 22, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 20

C O V E R   S T O R Y
LEISURE: Pokémania
Their creator thinks of them as inner monsters, but the Pokémon have gone far beyond his mind to sweep Japan--and now the rest of the world

Review: As I describe my exasperation with Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, be gentle in your derision
Psychology: Should Children Play with Monsters?
Inside Stuff: What's all the fuss about the game? A seventh-grader explains it for us
109 New Monsters!: A sneak preview of three of the new Pokémon characters
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Interview TIME speaks with Satoshi Tajiri, the man who launched Pokémon


A S I A
MALAYSIA: Snap Decision
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad calls an election that will almost surely return him to power, but it could also raise uncomfortable questions about his long rule

INDONESIA: Faith No More
As angry Acehnese rally for independence, President Wahid finds himself trapped by a promise he probably can't honor

PAKISTAN: Backed Against a Wall
The tables have turned as criminal charges pile up against Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Sharif




B U S I N E S S
SPIRITS: Uncorked
Australia's upstart wine industry has won fans across the world and taught the vintners of Europe a thing or two

E N D   P A G E S
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

ESSAY: When Centuries Collide



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