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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




My cat Klimey digs Scoop Away cat litter made from clay that clumps. But it sickens me that it all gets dumped into landfill and does not decompose.

I recently asked in a Tangents mass email if anyone can recommend a biodegradable cat litter? And how long did it take for your cat to get accustomed to it?

The Tangents community is filled with cat lovers and the response was quick and thorough.

You can read the replies here.

Add your thoughts by sending an em to
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I did find this link but owner testimonials from Tangents folks are more convincing. Thanks.


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.



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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
May 27-June 4, 2017

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

Argentina - Get Tangoed!
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





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.
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Click below for the withdrawn 2017 UN report:
“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.

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Gaza Corner Audio 4/22/17

Gaza Corner focuses on this week's NY Times Op-Ed by Palestinian imprisoned leader Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti spearheaded a mass prison hunger strike and explained his reasons for doing so.

note: The audio from this broadcast should be uploaded
to the
Gaza Corner Archive this week.


A man holds a photo of Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti calling for his release during a rally supporting those detained in Israeli jails, in the West Bank town of Hebron on April 17, 2017.
AFP Photo/ Hazem Bader

Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons

"What is it with the arrogance of the occupier and the oppressor and their backers that makes them deaf to this simple truth: Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost."

excerpt from Marwan Baghouti NYT Op-Ed:

Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.

Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to take part in this hunger strike.

Israel, the occupying power, has violated international law in multiple ways for nearly 70 years, and yet has been granted impunity for its actions.

Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation. In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.

Palestinian prisoners and detainees have suffered from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, and medical negligence. Some have been killed while in detention.

I was only 15 when I was first imprisoned. I was barely 18 when an Israeli interrogator forced me to spread my legs while I stood naked in the interrogation room, before hitting my genitals. I passed out from the pain and the resulting fall left an everlasting scar on my forehead.

Over the past five decades, according to the human rights group
Addameer, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel — equivalent to about 40 percent of the Palestinian territory’s male population.

Israel has established a dual legal regime, a form of judicial apartheid, that provides virtual impunity for Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians, while criminalizing Palestinian presence and resistance.

Israel’s prisons have become the cradle of a lasting movement for Palestinian self-determination. This new hunger strike will demonstrate once more that the prisoners’ movement is the compass that guides our struggle, the struggle for Freedom and Dignity.

Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor. Freedom and dignity are universal rights that are inherent in humanity, to be enjoyed by every nation and all human beings. Palestinians will not be an exception. Only ending occupation will end this injustice and mark the birth of peace.

(Marwan Barghouti, Op-Ed NY Times, 4/16/17)


The main demands of the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.  Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel Places Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti in Solitary Over Prisoners' Hunger Strike

Thousands in Gaza, West Bank rally in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

excerpt:

Most of the demands...are new, such as the closure of the Israel Prison Service clinic in favor of bringing prisoners who need medical care to a hospital. The prisoners are also demanding an end to detention without trial and of solitary confinement.

Dore note: Detention without trial and administrative detention allow for indefinite prison terms. Some of the prisoners are setting world records for the longest period of political detention.

(Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz, 4/17/17)



Demonstrators take part in a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in Ramallah, April 17. 2017. Mohamed Torokman/Reuters

The Palestinian Hunger Strike Aims Beyond the Jailhouses

excerpt:

The Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike is about basic human rights that even prisoners, even prisoners who are members of the other nation, deserve.

Give them a public phone, and be done with the prison guards who get big money for smuggling in cellphones. Let them meet with their families without the continuous agony-strewn path to a once-per-year permit. Lengthen the visits and see what a positive impact that will have on the atmosphere. What the prisoners are trying to say to the Israel Prison Service and the Israeli public is that both sides have an interest in the prisons maintaining a level of decency.

The imprisoning of Palestinians is Israel’s default policy. But beyond the regular prisons, Israel has created and continues to create all kinds of other means of imprisoning Palestinians. Thus the experience of imprisonment, whether in a formal prison or another kind, is shared by all Palestinians.

The strike...has refreshing subversive potential. One can see in the strike an attempt to get the Palestinians to shake off their fatalism and inaction in light of Israel’s ever more powerful malevolence and rouse their quarreling leaders out of their complacency with the status quo and their delusion of sovereignty.

(Opinion, Amira Haas, Haaretz, 4/19/17)

Barghouti's N.Y. Times Article Met by Israeli Ritual of Diversion and Denial

Comparing article to terror attack and suggesting sanctions against the Times,
as Michael Oren did, is more damaging
to Israel’s image

excerpt:

At the end of his opinion piece in the New York Times about the Palestinian prisoners’ strike, Marwan Barghouti was originally described as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” After 24 hours of outrage and condemnation, an editor’s note conceded that further context was needed, pointing out that Barghouti had been convicted on “five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization.” News of the clarification spread like wildfire on social media. It was described in glowing terms as yet another historic victory of good over evil and of the Jewish people over its eternal enemies.

It was another example of the time-tested Israeli ritual of accentuating the insignificant at the expense of the essence, the results of which are well known in advance. First you manufacture righteous indignation... then you assault the newspaper...and cast doubt on its motives, then you demand to know how this was even possible and who will pay the price. In this way, the Israeli public is absolved of the need to actually contend with the gist of the article or public utterance, in this case Barghouti’s claims that he was physically tortured, that almost a million Palestinians have been detained over the years, that their conviction rate in the Israeli military court system is absurdly high, whether it’s really wise to hold as many as 6,500 security prisoners in custody at one time...

The guiding principle of this perpetual war waged by Israel and its supporters against the so-called hostile press... is “Don’t mention the occupation!”

(Opinion, Chemi Shalev, Haaretz, 4/19/17)


A mural of jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti,
painted on the West Bank separation wall.
Photo: Sharon Bukov

Palestinian Prisoners' Hunger Strike Would Seek to Rehabilitate Barghouti

The Fatah member held by Israel stands most
to gain from the move.

excerpt:

This hunger strike has a double purpose. Outwardly, it’s a defiant move against Israel. But inwardly, it seems there is a different, perhaps more important reason: To restore the status of Marwan Barghouti, the senior Fatah prisoner who hopes to succeed current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
(Analysis/Opinion, Amos Harel, Haaretz,  4/4/17)

Will Marwan Barghouti be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?

Nearly a decade and a half after he began serving multiple life sentences for his role
in the killings of the second intifada, Marwan Barghouti is still seen – among most Palestinians, many Israelis and world leaders – as the man who could lead his people to independence. Through a mediator, Barghouti tells Haaretz that he remains a staunch proponent of the two-state solution and that
he intends to run for Palestinian president should elections be held.

Historical References:

US State Department Report
on Human Rights Practices
in Israel and The Occupied Territories

excerpt:

Military courts...rates of conviction of Palestinians charged with various crimes are...nearly 90 percent, according to Yesh Din.
(4/13/16)


Release Marwan Baghouti
and All Palestinian
Political Prisoners

excerpt:
Since 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have endured imprisonment at some point in their lives. This is a very striking example of mass detention, aimed at breaking the will of an entire people. Some of them have spent over 30 years in Israeli jails, setting shameful world records for the longest period of political detention.

Marwan Barghouti was sentenced to five life sentences plus 40 years, by Israeli courts that regularly prove they are instruments of occupation rather than of justice. He was the first member of parliament to be arrested. Many more would follow. A widely popular Palestinian leader, a unifying figure, and a strong advocate of peace based on international law.

Some make the unacceptable argument that prisoners should be released only after peace between conflicting parties is concluded. This disregards what has proven to be the case in other conflicts – that prisoners, once released, can be instrumental in achieving peace.

Mandela stated that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people.

(Ahmed Kathrada, Palestine Chronicle.com,
Oct 2013)

The trial of
Mr. Marwan Barghouti

Report by Mr. Simon Foreman, lawyer and expert appointed by the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

excerpt:

Conclusion:

 The numerous breaches of international law recalled in this report make it impossible to conclude that Mr. Barghouti was given a fair trial.

Most of the persons contacted are convinced that Mr. Barghouti will receive a severe sentence, but all are equally convinced that the verdict will have no legitimacy because it will have been dictated far more by intense media pressure and political interests than by any rigorous application of procedures respecting the integrity of the defendant and his right of defence.

The Barghouti case has very clearly demonstrated that, far from bringing security, the breaches of international law have, above all, undermined the authority of Israeli justice by casting discredit on its conduct of investigations and the procedures used.

Gaza Corner Audio 4/15/17

The US air force bombed Afghanistan with its most deadly non-nuclear weapon in a largely symbolic move that will not impact the course of the longest war in US history. The bomb's one mile blast radius terrorized the local population at a cost of $16 million to target about several dozen IS fighters.


A screenshot from the US Department of Defense shows
the MOAB bomb drop in Afghanistan.

'It felt like the heavens were falling': Afghans reel from Moab impact

Locals describe the moment the ‘mother of all bombs’ was dropped, as critics question the wisdom of deploying the weapon

excerpt:

Afghanistan’s envoy to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal tweeted it was “reprehensible and counterproductive”.
 

Dr Omar Zakhilwal @DrOmarZakhilwal
If big bombs were the solution we would be the
most secure place on earth today.

9:15 PM - 13 Apr 2017

Some observers questioned the necessity of deploying a weapon of that scale against a group whose estimated 600 to 800 fighters pose only a limited threat to the Afghan state.

“ I don’t see why the bomb was dropped,” said the mayor of Achin, Naweed Shinwari. “It terrorised our people. My relatives thought the end of the world had come."



A MOAB - massive ordinance air blast,
or ‘mother of all bombs’.
Photograph by Elgin Air Force Base/ Handout via Reuters

Trump Drops the Mother of All Bombs on Afghanistan

excerpt:

The U.S. decision to drop the bomb was striking for several reasons. America’s biggest non-nuclear bomb–which costs sixteen million dollars, and three hundred million dollars to develop—was used on one of the smallest militias it faces anywhere in the world. ISIS-K is estimated to have only about seven hundred fighters in Afghanistan.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the mission. “This is not the war on terror, but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as [a] testing ground for new and dangerous weapons,” he tweeted.


“Mother of All Bombs” Never Used Before Due to Civilian Casualty Concerns

excerpt:

Fulfilling Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS, the Pentagon dropped the “mother of all bombs” — one of its largest non-nuclear munitions — for the first time on Thursday, in Afghanistan.

Marc Garlasco, a former senior targeting official in the Bush-era Pentagon and currently a senior military analyst for the Human Rights Watch stated
“It’s got a huge blast radius. I mean, it’s beyond huge. I’m sure the collateral damage estimate is going to be fairly extensive. And you’re not talking about just blast, and people within that blast, you have to consider secondary and tertiary effects of use of the weapon. So looking at things like: How does that affect the water supply to people? Is it going to destroy power within the area?”


MOAB attack on Isis
was a baffling choice
in cold-blooded terms of cost
excerpt:

Each MOAB, or massive ordinance air blast – nicknamed the “mother of all bombs” – costs $16m out of a total programme cost of $314m which produced about 20 of the bombs.

Crunched down – and in the most cold-blooded terms – that means the US military has expended some 5% of its stockpile of Moabs to kill three dozen Isis members at a cost of almost $450,000 per individual. (Dore note: On April 15 The Guardian updated ISIS death count to at least 92.)

Thursday evening’s strike was against what amounts to a handful of largely lightly armed Isis fighters in a crude tunnel system.


Air Force drops non-nuclear 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan

excerpt:

It is 30 feet long, weighs nearly 11 tons and produces a devastating above-ground explosion. It supposedly obliterates everything in a 1,000 yard radius, sends a lethal shock wave more than a mile and a half away, and creates a mushroom cloud nearly five miles high.

Like the U.S. retaliatory missile strike in Syria last Friday, however, use of the monster munition in Afghanistan is more symbolic than tactical since it is unlikely to change the course of America’s longest war.