With nothing but poverty, trauma and political strife in the news for the Gaza Strip, the future seems unremittingly bleak. People are resilient, but how much more can they stand?
Some corporations dipping their toes into new modes of campaign funding have been rebuffed by hostile consumer and stockholder reaction, but Chevron doesn't seem to mind.
Andrew Lam is author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres and Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diasora. His next book, Birds of Paradise, is due out in 2013.