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SF Tangents Party: Fri., Sept 22

Sold Out in one week!


Middle Eastern/Cretan music feat:
  
Gari Hegedus
(multi-instrumentalist)
Sonja Drakulich (vocals)
Faisal Zedan (percussion)
Elana Brutman (Cretan lyra)


Gari Hegedus and oud

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Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.





Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.


October 2017 Tangents
Greece Music Tour 3 Spaces Left


(click to learn more)


On recent scouting trip to Greece, Dore was entertained by Cretan cats in Chania, Crete - one of the stops on the Oct 2017 Tangents Greece Music  Tour.
Photo by Donna Ludlow



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Songlines Music Travel
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Shares the Tangents philosophy that nothing beats experiencing music at its source.

2017 Trips:

Romania - At Home with the Gypsies
September 2-10, 2017

China - A Musical Discovery
September 16-25, 2017

India - Rajasthan Musical Adventure
September 28-October 10, 2017

Argentina - Get Tangoed!
November 2017

Senegal - Never Mind the Mbalax
November 17-26, 2017






Gaza Facts

Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).


Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI); The only Israel based NGO providing medical assistance to Gazans. Click above logo to donate.

Click below for the withdrawn 2017 UN report:
“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid”





Click for Gaza Corner Archive

Saturdays 11p on Tangents, 91.7 fm SF, webcast/archived at
kalw.

You can subscribe to Gaza Corner as a podcast by accessing this feed URL.
(for iTunes users the menu item is "File / Subscribe to Podcast...")

Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.  Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

 Click headlines below for full stories. 
Headlines are sometimes retitled to more accurately reflect content.

Gaza Corner Audio 8/19/17

The work of  Israeli NGO Gisha, Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, is highlighted. Gisha recently  launched an interactive website, 50 Shades of Control, which describes Israel’s control over the lives of 1.9 million Gazans.

Gaza Corner also discusses Israel's absurd law of forcing Gazans to stay abroad for a year if they are able to receive a travel permit.

related articles:

Gisha presents: 
50 facts that prove Israel 
still controls the Gaza Strip

excerpt:

To mark ten years of closure on the Gaza Strip and 50 years since its occupation by Israel, Gisha (Legal Center for Freedom of Movement) has launched a new interactive website, 50 Shades of Control, promoting a better understanding of the scope of Israel’s continuous control over the lives of almost two million residents of the Strip.

In a PDF format, for your convenience: 
Here.
(Gisha.org, June 2017)

Gisha in letter to Gaza CLA: Stop the unlawful practice of making Gaza residents sign a commitment not to return for a year as they exit via Erez Crossing

excerpt:

Gaza residents traveling abroad via Erez Crossing attested to a practice imposed on the Israeli side of the crossing, by which, at the very last minute, residents were forced to sign a waiver, committing not to return to Gaza for at least a year, as a condition for being allowed to depart on their journeys.
(Gisha.org, 8/9/17)

More Gazans now allowed
to travel abroad via Israel,
but there’s a catch

excerpt:

“The fact that they made people sign after they had already received permits and were on the shuttle to go abroad indicates that the military authorities had already concluded that they met the criteria for travel from Gaza and did not pose a security threat,” said Tania Hary, executive director of Gisha.

“Wherever they are made to sign and at whatever stage, this is an unacceptable practice,” she added.

(Dov Lieber, The Times of Israel, 8/17/17)

Israel to Let Gazans Leave via West Bank - as Long They Don't Return for at Least 12 Months

excerpt:

The condition that one must remain outside the country for at least a year is a strong deterrent since there is hardly any possibility of returning via Egypt.
(Amira Hass, Haaretz, 3/10/16)

Restricted Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

excerpt:

Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967.  However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive.

Taken together all of these factors contribute to forced displacement, severely limit Palestinian access to basic resources including land and water and basic services including health care and education, and perpetuate a system of segregation and legal and structural inequality between Palestinians and Israelis.  Understanding how Palestinian’s freedom of movement is restricted is important to understanding the severe impact of Israel’s occupation on average Palestinians.

This paper provides background information on how Israel has restricted Palestinian movement and the impact that these restrictions have on Palestinians lives.