November 20, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Reversal on the West Bank; Intelligence Leaks in Iran; China: Plague, Protests, and Prison Camps; Protest Power; Elections and Divides; EU Looks to 2020; India: Trouble in the Air; Venice Underwater
Quote of the Week
" Dad, my sitting here today, in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our elected officials is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family (...) Do not worry - I will be fine for telling the truth."
-- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, in his opening testimony Tuesday, Nov. 19, before the House Intelligence Committee.
Reversal on the West Bank
Israelis Laud, Palestinians Blast Pompeo’s Statement on Legality of Jewish Settlements” Linda Gradstein -- Voice of America, November 19, 2019

What’s Behind Washington’s Unsettling West Bank Announcement?” Philip Gordon -- Council on Foreign Relations, November 19, 2019

Why Has the U.S. Said Israeli Settlements Are No Longer Illegal?” Aaron Miller -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, November 18, 2019
Iran: Intelligence Leaks and Tax Increases

Iran Intel Leak: 700 Documents Show How Iran Outplayed the U.S. in Iraq” Seth Frantzman -- Jerusalem Post, November 18, 2019

The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power in Iraq” Tim Arango; James Risen; Farnaz Fassihi; Ronen Bergman; Murtaza Hussain -- New York Times, November 19, 2019
China: Plague, Protests, and Prison Camps
The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak” Laurie Garrett -- Foreign Policy, November 16, 2019

Hong Kong Protesters Pinned Back on Campus Amid Fears of Crackdown” Jessie Pang and James Pomfret -- Reuters, November 17, 2019


Protest Power
The Common Element Uniting Worldwide Protests” Yasmeen Serhan -- The Atlantic, November 19, 2019

After Protest: Pathways Beyond Mass Mobilization” Richard Youngs -- Carnegie Europe, October 24, 2019

The People's Rebuke Is Significant for Chile, a Country Once Hailed as a Miracle” Rashmee Lall -- The National, November 19, 2019

Latin America Faces a Second ‘Lost Decade’?” National Endowment for Democracy, November 18, 2019
Elections and Divides

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sworn in as Sri Lanka's New President” Al Jazeera, November 18, 2019

Britain’s Angriest Election?” Sunder Katwala -- The UK in a Changing Europe, November 18, 2019
EU Looks to 2020
France Outlines Proposal to Overhaul EU Accession Process” David Herszenhorn and Rym Momtaz -- Politico, November 17, 2019

Block on North Macedonia and Albania Is Wrong Way Forward for EU” Anthony Salamone -- The National, November 18, 2019

EU Set to Offer Derivatives Industry Extra Year to Prepare for Brexit” Philip Stafford and Jim Brunsden -- Financial Times, November 17, 2019

India: Trouble in the Air?

What India Can Learn from Other Countries to Beat Air Pollution” The Hindu BusinessLine, November 17, 2019

India Says Kashmir Improving but Restrictions Stay” New York Times, November 20, 2019

Protests Against Citizenship Bill in Northeastern States” The Times of India, November 18, 2019

India’s Troubled Economy” Karim Raslan -- The Star, November 17, 2019
Venice Underwater
Why Is Venice Disappearing” Jeff Goodell -- Rolling Stone, November 15, 2019

It’s Not Just Venice: The Extreme Weather Lashing All of Italy” The Local Italy, November 18, 2019

Venice Is Underwater - and a Preview of What Climate Change Will Bring to Coastal Cities” Alex Horton and Andrew Freedman -- The Washington Post, November 15, 2019