This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Nov. 20, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Israel kills senior Islamic jihad commander in Gaza
  • Once a financial recipient, California governor now accuses P&G of 'corporate greed'
  • How The Battle for Seattle 20 years ago woke a generation

• In a surprise attack, Israeli missiles killed a top Palestinian commander of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Bahu Abu al-Ata. In response to the assassination, Iran-backed Islamic Jihad fired more than 450 rockets into Israel before a ceasefire negotiated by Egypt and the United Nations, took hold.

(“Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza,” New York Times, Nov. 12, 2019; “PM Sought Abu Al-Ata’s Killing After Rocket Forced Him off Stage Before Election,” Times of Israel, Nov. 12, 2019)

• In the aftermath of another year of deadly wildfires, California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted electric utility Pacific Gas & Electric for paying huge bonuses to the company’s executives and cash dividends to its investors instead of spending more on infrastructure upgrades that could have prevented the fires.

(“PG&E Helped Fund the Careers of Calif. Governor and His Wife. Now He Accuses the Utility of ’Corporate Greed,” Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2019)

• Twenty years ago, a broad alliance of labor and social activists mobilized in Seattle, Washington to protest the emerging World Trade Organization that set new pro-corporate rules on global trade.

(The Battle for Seattle at 20,”  American Prospect, Nov. 11, 2019)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Elaine Osowski.

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