Analysis | How to stay safe with a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant on the loose

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 22 U.S. states, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now? We saw what

World Views | Biden inaugural wasn’t normal, but we’re getting there

That was almost … normal. And, as presidential inaugurations go, nicely done. Three excellent musical performances, an outstanding poem from Amanda Gorman, fully appropriate prayers from clergy. The Capitol balcony filled with distinguished

World Views | Covid-19 vaccine passports are a ticket to nowhere

Every identity document brings its own dystopia. Austrian author Stefan Zweig, who saw the modern passport change international travel after the First World War, wrote: “Formerly man had only a body

World Views | Citi’s new CEO must fix old problems fast

Jane Fraser is about to join an elite group. From next month, she’ll be one of a handful of women pulling strings in global finance. But the incoming Citigroup Inc.

Our Desk | Hengqin the new ‘El Dorado’?

History says that when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas around 1492, the moment marked one of the first chapters of the world’s clash of cultures. Reports for those times depict

World Views | Biden has already calmed the Middle East

Reconciliation is breaking out across the Middle East. A Saudi-led quartet of Arab states has ended a three-and-a-half-year embargo of Qatar. Turkey is seeking accommodations with France, Greece, Israel, Egypt,  the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia after

In Memoriam – Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson was a visionary in many ways. He was the first one to realize that there was room in Las Vegas for a privately-owned large convention center, and the first

Our Desk | The veil of statistics

It appears that things in Macau have gone down the right path — locals are splurging through their e-vouchers and vacationing in mainland cities. Most importantly, there is no specter

World Views | China’s Very Distressed Developers Are Also Very Clever

Wary of billion-dollar defaults, China does not want its daredevil real estate developers to take on any more debt. Banks have been asked to limit their housing loan exposure, while developers

Our Desk | McD reads MDT!

In my previous Our Desk article, the lack of marketing by a particular chain restaurant for other types of meat products – other than the prime quality type of beef

World Views | America is making me feel like Sarah Connor

Lately I’ve been thinking about Sarah Connor and motherhood. She’s the Los Angeles waitress in the “Terminator” film series who, upon learning that her as-yet-unborn son must survive in a

World Views | Republicans’ electoral theatrics will do lasting harm

  It’s a spectacle that precisely captures America’s current dysfunction: Nothing is really happening in Congress today , yet something is being irreparably broken all the same. In its first joint session, the

World Views | Why China is sentencing a tycoon to death

The bigamy conviction got a lot of the attention but Lai Xiaomin received a death sentence on Tuesday over a much more serious issue troubling China. Lai oversaw China Huarong Asset Management

World Views | NYSE just gave China Inc. one more reason to leave

What’s more shocking? Kicking out Chinese companies listed in the U.S., or a sudden U-turn from one of America’s biggest stock exchanges on its plan to do so? The final days

China Daily | China sheds light on global poverty eradication

  China has made historic achievements in eradicating absolute poverty. It was a problem that has plagued the Chinese nation for thousands of years. It is also a victory for humanity. In

Our Desk | How much of a ‘sham’ is a ‘sham marriage’?

In October 2019, the Court of First Instance issued a three-year suspended imprisonment sentence to a “couple” because the court had found them guilty of forging documents in order to

World Views | 2020 had a silver lining for math geeks

They say that hindsight is 20/20, and like many, I can’t wait for 2020 to become hindsight. But for math geeks like me, one thing was sure in a year of so much uncertainty — admittedly

World Views | Just send the bigger checks already

Let’s get down to brass tacks: Sending $2,000 in direct payments to Americans is a politically effective but economically inefficient way to provide needed relief to workers and families. When Congress

World Views | Covid’s worst should be over by Valentine’s Day

Watching the U.S. Covid-19 data every day, as I tend to do, has been a grim ritual. In my neighborhood, in the places where my friends and family live and

Our Desk | Macau’s only problem

Reading the daily news and strolling around the city, one might easily be led to think that Macau, despite being a beautiful and safe place to be right now, is

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