Ever wanted to sit down with an oil CEO and ask some clear and direct questions? George Monbiot is very good at asking clear and direct questions. Bearing in mind that, at least in the USA, a CEO's first priority is to his/her shareholders, he reveals that this emperor has little more than an advertising fig leaf.
The other side of the Gaza story (the inside story) is having a tough time getting out. The (North American) media are inundated with PR interviews supporting Israel's actions, while Israel has forbidden reporters entering Gaza. A further sign of imbalance is this post I found today on a forum I moderate. The forum is on agriculture and the poster, knowing it was an inappropriate place, apologized and went ahead anyway. I'll remove it from the forum and give it an audience here.
Subject: Stop the Violence (sorry to write here )
Website: www.mayanafarms.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Are you a farmer/gardener?: farmer Message: On Monday, Masouda al-Samouni lost her 10-month-old son to an Israeli
missile attack. She had been preparing food for the baby when the
missile struck. "He died hungry," she said.
With 1.5 million people, the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely
crowded areas in the world, and Israeli artillery, tank and missile
fire can easily cause civilian casualties and deaths. At least a quarter
to one-third of deaths in the recent attacks have been civilians.
Unlike other conflicts, where there's a chance to flee the war zone,
Gaza itself has become the war zone, and there's nowhere else for the
population to go.
Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks, but
this "war" is a disproportionate response, placing thousands of
civilians at risk of injury and death.
So far, Israel has resisted international calls for a ceasefire. The
United States has a special relationship with Israel. Let's use that
goodwill to bring an end to the violence in Gaza.
More than 600 innocent civilians are killed till today.