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.
Charlotte Silver is a journalist in San Francisco, formerly based in the West Bank Palestine. Follow her on Twitter @CharESilver.