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Dore entertained by Cretan cats on recent trip to 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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Cuba - Rumba and Revolution!
March 15-29, 2017

China - A Musical Discovery
March 25-April 3, 2017

Romania - At Home with the Gypsies
May 27-June 4, 2017

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

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August 2017

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

Colombia - Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena
September 11-22, 2017

India - Rajasthan Musical Adventure
September 29-October 10, 2017

Senegal - Never Mind the Mbalax
November 19-28, 2017

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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.

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Gaza Corner discusses Israel's surge of house demolitions in the heart of Arab communities inside Israel while continuing the ongoing destruction of Bedouin villages in the Negev.

Gaza Corner audio is usually uploaded within 48 hours of broadcast.

related articles:

Violent clashes erupt in Israel as Palestinians protest the largest increase in house   demolitions in decades

Protests have intensified after an autopsy report casts doubt on claims that Palestinian teacher was killed after driving his car into soldiers
(Middle East Eye Staff, 1/21/17)

Bedouin women react to the destruction of houses on January 18, 2017 in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, near the southern city of Beersheba, in Menahem Kahana
Photo credit: AFP

  Israeli demolitions
spark deadly violence
in Palestinian village
"The Israeli supreme court’s decision to allow the state to proceed with its plan to demolish the village,
Umm al-Hiran, which has existed for 60 years, in order to establish a Jewish town called ‘Hiran’ over its ruins, is one of the most racist judgments that the court has ever issued," Palestinian-run rights group Adalah, which has represented the villagers in court.
(The National, Agence France-Presse, 1/19/17)

Hasounah Makhlouf with some of his family members in the rubble of one of their demolished homes in the Israeli Arab town of Kalansuwa on January 10,2017. The razing of the 11 illegally built houses is one of the biggest demolition operations in the Arab sector in recent years.
Credit: Heidi Levine for The National

Israeli Arabs vow to press on against Netanyahu’s demolition plans


Arab leaders and citizens argue that discriminatory government planning policies preclude Arabs from getting building permits, forcing them to build illegally on their own land.

The demolitions came nearly a month after Mr Netanyahu called for increased demolitions of illegal buildings in Arab towns, apparently to counterbalance the expected demolition of the illegal Amona settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank.

Demonstrators said there was no comparison between illegal Arab building and the Amona settlement outpost, stressing that the Arab citizens had built on their own land, while the Amona construction was carried out on the private property of Palestinians.

Israeli officials demolished 11 buildings put up without proper permits in the Israeli Arab city of Kalansua. January 10, 2017.
Photo credit: Moti Milrod


While Coddling Illegal Outpost, Israel Demolishes Arab Construction With Glee

The government cites a lack of permits,
but the Arab community can't accept
its bleak situation for long.


Israeli Arabs – particularly their elected officials – fiercely object to the comparison with the settlers. Arab citizens aren’t stealers of land and haven’t built towns under the auspices of the occupation. They’re building on their own private land they bought with their own money, or inherited.

Israel’s political leaders are taking a stand to find a solution for 40 families of land thieves – the settlers at the Amona outpost. The political leaders are recruiting the attorney general and top experts in order to bypass the High Court of Justice’s decision to evacuate Amona. But they’re refusing to discuss any proposal to legalize tens of thousands of Arab homes built on private land in the heart of Arab communities and lead a consensual move for efficient planning for Arab society. 

(Jack Khoury, Analysis, Haaretz, 1/11/17)