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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

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
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.

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Morocco - Eassaouira Gnawa Festival
June 27-July 3, 2017

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August 2017

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September 2-10, 2017

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September 11-22, 2017

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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).

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“Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid”

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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 6/17/17

Life in Gaza is worse than it's ever been. And now Israel has partnered with the Palestinian Authority to further cut electricity in Gaza to only 3 hours per day. Who can live like this?

Gazans may be nearing a boiling point as the incremental genocide in Gaza accelerates with an indifferent world looking on.

Audio is usually uploaded within 72 hours of broadcast.

related articles:

Palestinian children at home reading books by candle light due to electricity shortages in Gaza City on 13 June (AFP)

Israel implements illegal cuts to Gaza’s power supply


The cuts come despite dire warnings in recent weeks from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization and UN officials that the induced electricity shortage is causing a humanitarian catastrophe, as essential health, water and sanitation facilities cannot function.

“As the occupying power, Israel has obligations to ensure the basic needs of the civilian population are met,” Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said last week.
(Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada, 6/19/17)

Palestinians walk on a street at the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City during a power outage on 11 June 2017 (AFP)

One question left in Gaza: Death by massacre or lack of electricity? 

It may sound very benign – electricity has been cut to Gaza – but it is a death sentence for the almost 2 million Gazans like me living in the Israeli-imposed blockaded strip.
(Haidar Eid, Opinion, Middle East Eye, 6/15/17)

Who's in Favor of a Massacre in Gaza? 

One more hour in Gaza without electricity, and the signal there will be given: Qassam rockets. Israel once again will be the victim, and the massacre will begin
What other way does Gaza have to remind the world of its existence and inhuman distress, except the Qassam rocket?  
(Gideon Levy, Opinion, Haaretz, 6/15/17)

A Palestinian woman washes the dishes by candlelight in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. SAID KHATIB/AFP

There's a Partner for Hurting Gaza 

Israeli government must order the supply of electricity to Gaza to continue, and make it clear to Abbas that internal Palestinian battles won’t be waged on the back of either Israel’s own citizens or the people living under its control

Gaza Power Crisis Explained: Why Israel and Hamas Are Heading for a Face-off Neither Side Wants 

With Israel's decision to curb power supply to Gaza, the Strip is coming to a boiling point
(Amos Harel, Haaretz, 6/12/17)

Blackouts and bedlam: Gazans left in the dark about their future

Mohammed and Noor Yasin study their lessons on candlelight in Gaza City 1/17/17 (MEE/Mohammed Asad)


"I don't remember a day without power cuts."

Mohammed Yasin was born after the beginning of the electricity crisis in 2006, when an Israeli air strike hit the sole power plant operating in the Gaza Strip.

“I'm getting better at lighting the candles, and sticking them on plates with my mother's help,” Mohammed said
(Mousa Tawfiq, Middle East Eye, 1/191/17)

Gaza Corner Audio 6/10/17

Live performance from members of Aswat Ensemble including Palestinian singer Samira Kharoubi.  Samira sings songs from Libya, Syria and Iraq, 3 of  the countries originally targeted by Trump's travel ban.

Aswat Ensemble member Samira Kharoubi singing live
at the KALW studio during Gaza Corner, 6/10/17.
photo by Dore Stein

Also discussed will be Israel's policy of arbitrarily resentencing Palestinians after being released.

Saturday, June 24 
Notes Against Trump's Travel Ban

A concert by Aswat Ensemble
and guest performers showcasing
the music of the 7 countries

SF Live Arts @ St. Cyprian's  $25
(gen) $22 (seniors, students, children)

2097 Turk St. (2 blks east of Masonic)

Advance Tickets

Salma Al Aasal, the Voice 
No Travel Ban Could Silence 

Outstanding Video (4:17)
(KQED Arts, May 2017)

Maan News file photo

Israel resentences 74 year old Palestinian 34 years after being released in prisoner swap deal

Israeli authorities  regularly redetain Palestinians who were released during prisoner exchange deals, in violation of the agreements.
(Maan News, 6/5/17)

Israel rearrests Palestinian released in prisoner swap 34 years ago 

Two years ago, he started to take steps to return to his birthplace and the Israeli authorities granted him permission to do so.

He returned to Israel two weeks ago and “was immediately arrested and brought before the parole board,” which accepted a request to “cancel his release and to force him to immediately serve the life sentence imposed by the military court.”

(Middle East Eye, 6/6/17)

Israeli military court reimposes life sentence on longest-held Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi


Under Israeli military order 1651, former Palestinian prisoners released in an exchange can have their former sentences reimposed on the basis of “secret evidence” at the discretion of an Israeli military commission. 
(Samidoun.net, 2/22/17)