Abu Sayyaf

Abu Sayyaf gained notoriety as a kidnap gang, snatching Filipinos and foreigners for no greater cause than cash

Thailand's Terror (Asia)

The kingdom's trouble-prone south has harbored Muslim militants in the past. Can the current government keep them out, or will Thailand be the next front in the Southeast Asian war against terror?


Hu's in Charge?

Jiang Zemin stepped down at the 16th Party Congress, but the force is still with him


Dead Wrong? (Notebook)

North Korea's compulsive lying gets it in trouble over kidnapped Japanese—again


The China Syndrome

Orville Schell says a smooth transition to new leadership is not enough. China needs to move in bold new directions


Give It Away Now (Notebook)

Bill Gates gives millions to help India's suffering massesand the striving few as well

Milestones (Notebook)

For the Week of November 25, 2002


Scraping the Bottom

A new plan by the Hong Kong government to prop up real estate prices smacks of desperation


Pop Master

Haruki Murakami is a great novelist who just happens to be Japanese

Asia Scares America

The success of The Ring is encouraging Hollywood to mimic Asia's most popular pictures


Short Cuts

Phu Tork means "lonely mountain" in the northeast's Isaan dialect


Kam Chanodethe islandlike abode of the mythical Naga