’tis the season for holiday shopping!

Happening in the World: Myanmar’s military-installed president, former General Myint Swe, has issued a warning about the country potentially breaking apart due to ongoing fighting in Shan State. The conflict, involving coordinated attacks by anti-military insurgents, has inflicted significant losses on the armed forces and led to the capture of military posts, border crossings, and key trade routes with China. This marks a major setback for the junta, which seized power in a 2021 coup, and demonstrates the insurgents’ alignment with the broader campaign to restore democratic rule. The conflict has been exacerbated by China’s frustration over the proliferation of scam centers in Shan State. Despite China’s support for the junta, it has not intervened in the current operations. This conflict signifies a significant development in Myanmar’s political landscape, with various ethnic insurgent groups taking part in the fight against military rule. (BBC)

Happening in the US: In the recent Republican presidential debate, five candidates discussed various issues, including foreign policy, abortion, and their positions on former President Donald Trump. Trump, who is the front-runner, once more did not attend. Despite confrontations and a feud between Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, the debate did not significantly impact the nomination race. It seemed the primary race was mainly about who would come in second to Trump, as none of the candidates appeared to have a clear path to victory. (AP)

Happening in NYC: This December, New Yorkers will once again have the opportunity to stroll along a car-free Fifth Avenue for holiday shopping and festive window displays. The 0.6-mile stretch from 48th to 59th streets will be closed to car traffic from noon to 6 pm. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17, offering a 25% increase in space compared to last year. West 49th and 50th streets will be transformed into pedestrian plazas starting Nov. 29 when Rockefeller Center lights its Christmas tree. The initiative is expected to enhance the holiday experience for both locals and visitors, with public seating and performances planned during designated Open Streets times. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: Tonight from 6 to 8 pm, join the Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program for an evening with Dr. Daniel Druckman, who will be presenting his newest book, “Negotiation, Identity, and Justice: Pathways to Agreement”. Following his presentation and audience Q&A, there will be a networking reception and book signing for anyone who brings their own copy. The event will be held at The Forum at Columbia University, 601 W. 125th St. Registration for this event is required.

Rockefeller Christmas via Wikimedia Commons.