Sunday, 29 Nov 2020

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | The Loneliness of One-Click Shopping

One December day in 1991, a woman walked into a Bon-Ton department store in Ithaca, N.Y., in a state of high anxiety. Christmas loomed and she had yet to purchase a single gift. A clerk devoted herself to the customer’s cause, moving through the store with her to select something for each person on her […]

A reshuffled deck awaiting the Biden administration in Asia

As analysts pore over US President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks for signs of what to expect by way of Asia policy directions, let us consider the other side of the coin – what awaits the new administration as it gets down to changing course and resetting relations with regional friends and allies after four years […]

Opinion | Why Did So Many Americans Vote for Trump?

President Trump’s disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic probably cost him re-election. Yet it seems mind-boggling that he still won more votes than any incumbent president in American history despite his dereliction of responsibility at a time of a once-in-a-century health crisis and economic devastation. Why are President-elect Joe Biden’s margins so thin in the […]

Opinion | Surveillance as a Service

Here’s a tip: Don’t get into a car with your family and tell everyone that Jeff Bezos is listening through the device on your wrist. “He’s going to blackmail you,” my wife joked. “That’s creepy,” my nephew said. My younger teenage son was more clear, telling me to turn it off right away. He was […]

Opinion | A Turkey Recipe for 2020

Julia Rothman (@juliarothman) illustrates the Scratch feature in The Times’s Sunday Business section. The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor. We’d like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles. Here are some tips. And here’s our email: [email protected] Follow The New York Times Opinion […]

Opinion | Thai Protesters Want to Rein in an Absentee King

There is something noble and inspiring about masses of people rising up to demand democracy. Such movements may not always succeed in ushering in better government — witness Hong Kong, or the Arab Spring — but even when they do not, they deliver an indelible message that elemental freedoms cannot be forever denied. The mass […]

Opinion | Meghan’s Miscarriage, and Mine

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “The Losses We Share,” by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex (Op-Ed, Nov. 25), about her experience of a miscarriage: Decades ago, I also suffered a miscarriage. At a follow-up visit to the doctor, I confessed to the nurse that I felt ashamed for feeling so sad and […]

Brazil's Highline acquires Blackstone-backed Phoenix Tower do Brasil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Highline do Brasil, a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Digital Colony, has reached a deal to acquire telecom infrastructure firm Phoenix Tower do Brasil, it said on Tuesday, adding new 2,500 sites to its portfolio. Phoenix is backed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities funds. After the acquisition, Highline will have […]

Opinion | What Does China Think U.S.-China Relations Should Look Like?

This article originally appeared in the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it in your inbox each weekday morning. As the 20th century closed, I sat as a teenager in a lecture hall and listened to Henry Kissinger declare that China would soon be the next global superpower — and all […]

Your Tuesday Briefing

The transition to Biden’s administration begins. By Natasha Frost Good morning. We’re covering the official start of Biden’s transition period, a planned end to England’s lockdown and a contentious statue of Margaret Thatcher. After weeks of delay, Biden’s transition can finally begin Emily Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, formally designated Joe Biden […]