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DECEMBER 27, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 25

C O V E R   S T O R Y
Person of the Year
Open for Business: The explosion in electronic commerce has changed the rules of buying and selling, how we form communities, even the map of the world--and Jeff Bezos helped make it happen
Asian Newsmaker: Masayoshi Son owns more of the Net than anyone else--and an empire that may be tomorrow's model


A S I A
SRI LANKA: The Forgotten War
On the verge of a presidential election, the country struggles with a conflict that continues to defy resolution

PAKISTAN: Silence of the Lambs
The nation recoils from the ghastly murders of 100 children

THAILAND: Boom to Bust
Authorities go after a high-flying financier who says he's being made a scapegoat for the Asian financial crash of 1997




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