• A botched undercover raid by Israeli special forces in the Gaza Strip led to several days of intense fighting between Hamas and the Israeli military, that included Hamas militants firing more than 400 rockets inside southern Israel and Israeli forces bombing 160 targets in Gaza. An all-out war was averted by a ceasefire negotiated by Egypt. The fighting between Hamas and Israel was the most intense since the 50-day war in 2014.
(“Why Ceasefire With Hamas Has Forced Cracks in Israeli Coalition,” CS Monitor, Nov. 19, 2018; “Netanyahu Keeps Coalition Intact, but Hamas Emerges Stronger,” AP, Nov. 19, 2018; “Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman Resigns Over Gaza Ceasefire,” BBC, Nov.14, 2018)
• The recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, forum held in Papua New Guinea, and attended by both vice-president Mike Pence and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, was the first such summit meeting since 1989 to fail to issue a joint declaration. Analysts say this failure, caused by disagreements over trade between Beijing and Donald Trump, signals rising tensions between the two nations, with China demonstrating its willingness to cast diplomacy aside in favor of a more aggressive posture as it challenges U.S. dominance in the region.
(“China’s Great Leap Backwards,” Foreign Policy, Oct. 15, 2018; “U.S.-China Clash at Asian Summit Was Over More Than Words,” New York Times, Nov. 19, 2018)
• Since the great black migration of the 1940s, Oakland emerged as a center of black culture and politics in California. It once was called the “Harlem of the West’s” jazz and blues music scene in the 1950s – and was the birthplace of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s.
( “We’re Being Pushed Out’: The Displacement of Black Oakland,” Guardian, June 1, 2018;“The Last Black Oaklanders,” In These Times, Nov. 1, 2018; “In Oakland, This Is Gentrification When It Knocks on Your Door,” San Francisco Chronicle April 19, 2018)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Ruth Anne Baumgartner.