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Forceful, bold and controversial, Thailand’s THAKSIN SHINAWATRA stakes his claim to a second term as Prime MInister

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NOTEBOOK.............................9 MILESTONE.............................14 A S I A VIETNAM: Despite prevention efforts,an upsurge in bird flu cases

ON THE COVER Viva Macau! A casino and construction boom is turning a once-quiet port into a gambler’s paradise that will one day eclipse Vegas.....................................30 Thakisin Thailand The Prime Minister looks sure to win re-election, but is Thaksinomics wise in the long run?

revises fears of a pandemic ....22

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PAKISTAN: Tribesmen in the country’s wild Baluchistan province are comforting the country’s army over an allerged rape.......24

CHINA : The country’s economy is still hot. But can Beijing revive its scorned stock markets? .........................................................43

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destruction, the tsunami has mocked our marvels of science and technology and technology and humbled us. HARISH C. SHUKUL Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.

When I began to read your tsunami report [Jan. 10], I immediately recoiled. I was angry that your photographs showed dead bodies until I realized that my anger was a reaction to human suffering. Then I softened and opened my heart and wept. I never again want to be unmoved by the suffering of another human being. Thank you for bringing the struggle and anguish of our brothers and sisters into our com-

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SCOTT WYNN Chico,CaliforniaU.S An unthinkable disaster? For ages, humans have been living on the slopes of active volcanoes, the floodplains of major rivers and the shores of oceans. The past two centuries of advancements in science and technology have changed nothing. Major cities are still growing right on top of earthquake fault zones. Millions live on ocean shores a couple of feet above sea level, within sight of safer, higher, more stable ground. Over the past century millions have died in volcanic eruptions, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. The Indian Ocean tsunami is just one example of the price we pay for our lack of respect for Mother Earth. Once again we will bury the dead, fight disease, feed the hungry and rebuild. We will survive. But will we learn from the experience? The “unthinkable” was in fact a predictable natural disaster.

HENRY KAMINSKI

Sudbury,Canada Isn’t it time to put in place global systems that can help minimize the disaster and casualties resulting from events like tsunamis? To that end, developed

countries must work together for the sake of humanity and not their individual interests. There is no shortage of skills and resources throughout the world. And if we join together, the next tsunami will command only a small amount of press coverage.

UMESH C. PANDEY Sahibabad,India Even though my wife and I were far away from the tsunami that devastated South Asia, we still felt a jolt, as our daughter, son-in-law and twin two-year-old granddaughters were on the island of Phuket when the tsunami struck. Anxious hours passed before we learned they were safe. Tears not only of relief but also of sorrow were shed for the many parents who have little to rejoice about. The spontaneous generosity of those who are giving aid to tsunami victims has once again highlighted our common humanity. It contrasts sharply with the smallness of the terrorists, whose sole legacy for the world is hatred, destruction and death. Our praise goes to those who think of others, not just themselves.

JON RALPH Cape Town Islamic radicals especially those in Indonesia who think it’s cool to attack Western interests and die for their beliefs should seriously rethink their priorities. The people who are providing much of the aid to Indonesia’s devastated Banda Aceh are not the Arabs with their petrodollars or Osama bin Laden

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The destruction caused by the tsunami requires a similar degree of extended help. We all hope that the U.S. can rediscover its postwar glory.

By causing unprecedented death and destruction, the tsunami has mocked our marvels of science and technology and humbled us. But it has also given us an opportunity to bolster faith in our capacity to unite and fight against the common MOHINDER KUMAR JAIN enemies of war and terrorism. New Delhi HARISH C. SHUKUL

SONTAG’S STYLE Author, intellectual and cultural critic Susan Sontag, who died at the end of December [MILESTONES, Jan. 10], described herself as a “zealot of seriousness.” Her writing style and serious approach were examined by TIME almost 36 years ago when her second collection of essays, Styles of Radical Will, was published [May 9, 1969]: “When it comes to manner, alas, Miss Sontag can be as exasperatingly pretentious as anyone in the not overly humble world of cultural punditry. Her work abounds in self-contradictions. She is a girl almost without a sense of humor; yet she made her reputation with an article on the high frivolity of ‘camp.’ She is a part-time novelist [who writes] ... like a grim translation from the German: ‘By literary genre,’ she observes, ‘I mean a body of work belonging to literature considered as an art and to which inherent standards of artistic excellence pertain.’ She is the kind of girl who takes 33 talky pages to tell you that art ‘must tend toward the pursuit of silence’ ...

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The magnitude of death and destruction has exposed the limits of scientific knowledge and the lack of cooperation among nations in using sophisticated tools to prevent human suffering. Considering the breathtaking technological innovations of today’s era, it was shocking for so many people to perish instantaneously. Had there been a global tsunami-warning network in place, the death and suffering of tens of thousands could have been avoided. Natural disasters cannot be predicted with absolute certitude, but appropriate technological tools can minimize devastation by providing warning.

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he President’s flatfooted response to the tsunami disaster is an example. Handed the perfect p.r. opportunity to demonstrate compassion for Muslims and other non-Christians in the developing world, Bush took his time before personally responding to the disaster. And when he finally spoke out, he was petulant about criticism of the U.S. for being “stingy.

ROBERT J. INLOW Charlottesville, Virginia,U.S.

Why the Poor Suffer More AHMED S. KHAN In his essay “The Class System of

Addison,Illinois,U.S. Catastrophe” [Jan. 10], economist Jeffrey D. Sachs argued that “what Rapid Reaction Required the rich world suffers as hardships the poor world often suffers as mass I was appalled by President George W. death.” That says it all. The U.S. Bush’s slow response to the tsunami has, with its wealth and abundant disaster in South Asia [Jan. 10]. By resources, the ability to lead the waiting until three days after the event to make a public statement, he appeared world in reaching out to those far less cold and indifferent. Bush will be asking fortunate. Instead, over the years we Congress to come up with billions of dol- have chosen to put our resources into lars this year for the Iraq war and related military spending and most recently costs there and in Afghanistan. His initial into a war that has become an enorpledge of $15 million in humanitarian aid mous money pit. LAURA GEISEL was an insult. Only after days of criticism did he increase the pledge to $350 milRedondo Beach California,U.S. lion. RICK SCHREINER Sachs’ essay, while an excellent description of the vast differences in San Marino,California,U.S. how rich and poor nations are affect-

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Will Chávez’s Oil Still Flow? or not Venezuelan Presiw hether dent Hugo Chávez is the next

Fidel Castro, the leftist firebrand has mastered the Cuban’s art of pushing the U.S.’s buttons--including the ones on our gas pumps. Venezuela is the U.S.’s fourth-largest oil supplier (15% of U.S. imports), a nearby and reliable source that few in Washington want to alienate. But the visit to Caracas last week by Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong was the latest reminder that Chávez, a sharp critic of U.S. foreign policy, wants to cut Venezuela’s dependence on

sharp Venezuelan shortfall, “as this could have serious consequences for our nation’s security.” Other Senators are urging the Bush Administration to mend fences with the democratically elected Chávez, whom it accuses of Venezuelan crude to Pacific is nonetheless starting trying to destabilize Latin America, as ports in Colombia and Panama to worry that the Castro once for that very purpose. flow of Venezuelan was. But Secoil might shrink retary of State Analysts question whether significantly by the Condoleezza Chávez can profitably ship end of this decade. Rice. oil all the way to Asia, and Indiana Senator Venezuelan officials insist Richard Lugar has that U.S. supplies will remain asked the Govern-

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THE COMMON TOUCH

He’s tough and controversial, Thaksin Shinawatra looks poised to ride massive popular support to a second term as Thailand’s Prime Minister

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here are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues a deeper understanding of the world around him, and his humanitarianism gives a depth and wisdom to his performances. As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was a man locked away within himself but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s Speech, he revealed the vulnerability and sense of inadequacy that can be found

The current Atlantic Monthly contains an article by the brilliant Dean of St. Paul’s, London, discussing the Catholic Church and the Anglo-Saxon mind. He makes it his purpose to examine whether or not Protestantism is a spent force. He points out that although the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Established Church in England is strong among the clergy, especially in Canterbury, yet the movement has but a weak hold on the laity. “But,” he adds, “a schismatical Catholic Church is a contradiction in terms. The (AngloCatholic) movement will probably

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As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was a man locked away within himself but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s Speech, he revealed the vulnerability and sense of inadequacy that can be found even in the high and mighty. Colin’s innate decency, self-discipline and self-deprecation make him into the archetypal Englishman. His kind, thoughtful, passionate soul makes him into Everyman.

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A Mixed Record Since he became Thailand’s Prime Minister four years ago, Thaksin Shinawatra has inspired both adulation and animosity TRIUMPHANT: Thaksin appeared before parliament

January 2001 Thaksin and Learning of the verdict, a his new Thai Rak Thai party jubilant Thaksin declares that sweep to victory in the gen- Thailand is “open for busieral election. He promises to ness again.” revive the depressed rural economy and to crack down January 2003 A Cambodian mob trashes on corruption and drugs. the Thai embassy in Phnom August Penh after reports that a Thai 2001 In an 8-7 actress asserted Angkor Wat decision, was “stolen” from Thailand. the Thai More than 500 Thai nationConsti- als, including the ambassatutional dor, are evacuated. Thaksin averts a crisis by rejecting Court a plan to send Thai special clears Thaksin forces into Phnom Penh to secure the embassy and by of concealing talking Cambodia’s Prime his busi- Minister Hun Sen into restorness as- ing order. sets while February 2003 in public The Thai authorities start office. A to crack down on the drug convic- trade. By year’s end, more tion could than 2,500 people, mostly

The Thai authorities start to crack down on the drug trade. By year’s end, more than 2,500 people, mostly small-time pushers, are killed nationwide. The government says criminal gangs are responsible; human-rights groups say the deaths are extrajudicial killings. The U.S. State Department later complains that Thailand’s human-rights record has “worsened.” Thaksin responds by calling the U.S. “an annoying friend.” Thailand repays the International Monetary Fund the $13 billion it loaned the country following the 1997 Asian finan-

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It was Halloween night in Jerusalem, and Benjamin Netanyahu came dressed as a peacemaker. “We’re prepared to start peace talks immediately,” the notoriously reluctant Israeli Prime Minister proclaimed, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton standing at his side, poker-faced. “I think we should ... get on it and get with it.” It was a ploy, of course. The Palestinians were tangled up in themselves, yet again. They had elections looming,

the $13 billion it loaned the country following the 1997 Asian financial crisis—two years ahead of schedule. “We are now free,” says Thaksin. August 2003

than 600 lives by year’s end. January-March 2004 An outbreak of bird flu causes the deaths of 10 people and the near collapse of Thailand’s billion-dollar poultry industry. Thaksin admits he had “suspected” an outbreak “weeks before” the official announcement was made; his critics accuse the government of a cover-up.

In a major victory in the war on terror, small-time pushers, are killed Thaksin— nationwide. The government who had says criminal gangs are relong desponsible; human-rights groups nied that say the deaths are extrajudicial Thailand killings. The U.S. State Department later complains that Thai- was a terrorist hideout—an- April 2004 In a single day, Thai security land’s human-rights record has nounces the capture of Jemaah Islamiah’s alleged “worsened.” Thaksin responds by calling the U.S. “an annoying operations chief Riduan Isamuddin, a.k.a. Hambali, friend.” in Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital. July 2003 Thailand repays the Interna-

They had elections looming, and their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, had to hang tough: he was demanding a total freeze to Israeli settlement-building on the West Bank — which was precisely what the Obama Administration had previously said it favored. Netanyahu was offering a partial freeze, not including new settlements in East Jerusalem, the desired capital of a future Palestinian state. This was a nonstarter for the Palestinians, but it had the holographic

playing second fiddle at the Bibidoes-Gandhi show. President Barack Obama had softened his language on the settlements a few weeks earlier: instead of a total freeze, he had talked about Israeli “restraint” in settlementbuilding. And now Clinton seemed to cement the Administration’s retreat, agreeing that Netanyahu’s proposal was, indeed, “unprecedented,” even though the U.S. still favored a total freeze. The most important thing, she added, was for the parties to get to the table as quickly as possible. The onus was back on the Palestinians — and the Palestinians quickly expressed outrage at the Obama Administration’s retreat. Their Arab

Suddenly the Obama Administration seemed wobbly on the Middle East; clearly, Clinton had been too bullish on Netanyahu’s proposal (which had been negotiated over months with Middle East envoy George Mitchell and was seen, privately, by the Americans as real progress). But the Administration’s mission was to get the parties into peace talks without preconditions. The Israelis were now in favor of talks. The Palestinians

many from suffocation, while in military custody, following a protest outside a police station in the south. Thaksin suggests December 2004 Thousands are killed when a tsunami devastates communities on the western coast of southern Thailand, including the tourist resort of Phuket.

The job of Secretary of State is more thankless than glamorous; in some ways, the Department of State, a noble antique, is still trying to come to terms with the invention of the telephone. In an era when Twitter haikumessaging rules, diplomacy moves at the speed, and requires the nuanced complexity, of literature. Power has drifted from State to the National Security Council and the Pentagon, especially in wartime.

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They had elections looming, and their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, had to hang tough: he was demanding a total freeze to Israeli settlement-building on the West Bank — which was precisely what the Obama Administration had previously said it favored. Netanyahu was offering a partial freeze, not including new settlements in East Jerusalem, the desired capital of a future Palestinian state. This was a nonstarter for the Palestinians, but it had the holographic glow of a step forward. It was an “unprecedented” offer, Netanyahu trumpeted, with the joy of a chess master springing a trap. They had elections looming, and their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, had to hang tough: he was demanding a total freeze to Israeli settlement-building on the West Bank — which was

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playing second fiddle at the Bibi-does-Gandhi show. President Barack Obama had softened his language on the settlements a few weeks earlier: instead of a total freeze, he had talked about Israeli “restraint” in settlement-building. And now Clinton seemed to cement

the Administration’s retreat, agreeing that Netanyahu’s proposal was, indeed, “unprecedented,” even though the U.S. still favored a total freeze. The most important thing, she added, was for the parties to get to the table as quickly as possible. The onus was back on the Palestinians — and the Palestinians quickly expressed outrage at the Obama Administration’s retreat. Their

The job of Secretary of State is more thankless than glamorous; in some ways, the Department of State, a noble antique, is still trying to come to terms with the invention of the telephone. In an era when Twitter haiku-messaging rules, diplomacy moves at the speed, and requires the nuanced complexity, of literature. Power has drifted from State to the National Security Council and the Pentagon, especially in wartime. Only a few of Clinton’s recent predecessors have distinguished themselves. Henry Kissinger, a National Security Adviser who belatedly became Secretary of State, was Richard Nixon’s schizophrenic alter ego; George Shultz was a strong policy voice in the Reagan Administration; James Baker had clout because he was George H.W. Bush’s best friend and a worldclass dealmaker. Most of the others have been frustrated or forgettable. And yet this is Hillary Clinton we’re talking about — the second most

Can Thaksin Lead Southeast Asia? Only if he first wins over the region’s Muslims

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here are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues a deeper understanding of the world around him, and his humanitarianism gives a depth and wisdom to his performances. As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was a man locked away within himself but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s Speech, he revealed the vulnerability and sense of inadequacy that can be found

The current Atlantic Monthly contains an article by the brilliant Dean of St. Paul’s, London, discussing the Catholic Church and the Anglo-Saxon mind. He makes it his purpose to examine whether or not Protestantism is a spent force. He points out that although the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Established Church in England is strong among the clergy, especially in Canterbury, yet the movement has but a weak hold on the laity. “But,” he adds, “a schismatical Catholic Church is a contradiction in terms. The (Anglo-Catholic) movement will probably end by... It was Halloween night in Jerusalem, and Benjamin Netanyahu came dressed as a peacemaker. “We’re prepared to start peace talks immediately,” the notoriously reluctant Israeli Prime Minister proclaimed, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton standing at his side, pokerfaced. “I think we should ... get on it and get

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here are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues a deeper understanding of the world around him, and his humanitarianism gives a depth and wisdom to his performances. As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was The current Atlantic Monthly contains an article a man locked away within himself by the brilliant Dean of St. but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance Paul’s, London, discussing the Catholic Church and that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s the Anglo-Saxon mind. He makes it his purpose to exSpeech, he revealed the vulneramine whether or not Protability and sense of inadequacy estantism is a spent force. that can be found even in the high and mighty. Colin’s innate decency, He points out that although

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It was Halloween night in Jerusalem, and Benjamin Netanyahu came dressed as a peacemaker. “We’re prepared to start peace talks immediately,” the notoriously reluctant Israeli Prime Minister proclaimed, with U.S.

Secretary of State, was Richard Nixon’s schizophrenic alter ego; George Shultz was a strong policy voice in the Reagan Administration; James Baker had clout because he was George H.W. Bush’s best friend and a worldclass dealmaker. Most of the others have been frustrated or forgettable. And yet this is Hillary Clinton we’re talking about — the second most

The job of Secretary of State is more thankless than glamorous; in some ways, the Department of State, a noble antique, is still trying to come to terms with the invention of the telephone. In an era when Twitter haiku-messaging rules, diplomacy moves at the speed, and requires the nuanced complexity, of literature. Power has drifted from State to the National Security Council and the Pentagon, especially in wartime. Only a few of Clinton’s recent predecessors have distinguished themselves. Henry Kissinger, a National Security Adviser who belatedly became Secretary of State, was Richard Nixon’s schizophrenic alter ego; George Shultz was a strong policy voice in the Reagan Administration; James Baker had clout because he was George H.W. Bush’s best friend and a worldclass dealmaker. Most of the others have been frustrated or forgettable. And yet this is Hillary Clinton we’re talking about — the second most popular American in the world, an

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playing second fiddle at the Bibi-does-Gandhi show. President Barack Obama had softened his language on the settlements a few weeks earlier: instead of a total freeze, he had talked about Israeli “restraint” in settlement-building. And now Clinton seemed to cement the Administration’s retreat, agreeing that Netanyahu’s proposal was, indeed, “unprecedented,” even though the U.S. still favored a total freeze. The most important thing, she added, was for the parties to get to the table as quickly as possible. The onus was back on the Palestinians — and the Palestinians quickly expressed outrage at the Obama Administration’s retreat. Their Arab neighbors soon joined in, causing Clinton to backtrack two days later, telling reporters the Israeli plan “falls far short” of U.S. expectations, although she still insisted on calling it “unprecedented,” which was neither diplomatic nor wise. Read more: http://www. time.com/time/magazine/

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here are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consider-

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here are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues

playing second fiddle at the Bibi-does-Gandhi show. President Barack Obama had softened his language on the settlements a few weeks earlier: instead of a total freeze, he had talked about Israeli “restraint” in settlement-building. And now Clinton seemed to cement the Administration’s retreat, agreeing that Netanyahu’s proposal was, indeed, “unprecedented,” even though the U.S. still favored a total freeze. The most important thing, she added, was for the parties to get to the table as quickly as possible. The onus was back on the Palestinians — and the Palestinians quickly expressed outrage at the Obama Administration’s retreat. Their Arab neighbors soon joined in, causing Clinton to backtrack two days later, telling reporters the Israeli plan “falls far short” of U.S. expectations, although she still insisted on calling it “unprecedented,” which was neither diplomatic nor wise. fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but

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