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IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION: The different faces of society

CPTnet
8 September 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN REFLECTION:The different faces of society

by: Peggy Faw Gish

“So, what’s it like for the people in Iraqi Kurdistan?” my friends back home ask me over the Internet, now that I’m back on the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team.

My answer would probably start with explaining that, of course, Iraqi Kurdistan and its government, the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) continues to be the most secure and stable area of Iraq. It’s not so far in miles from Mosul, but is fairly removed from the battles with the “Islamic State.” From outside the country, it may appear that life in Iraqi Kurdistan is going smoothly, but from here, one can see that the average Iraqi Kurd is beset with various social challenges.

Girl students with Kurdish flags

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 6 September 2017

Pray for the nearly 800,000 "dreamers", who based on the US presidential decision are in danger of losing legally provided permission to work, study and live in the USA and of deportation to countries they left as children.

Your classmate, your colleague, your neighbor, your friend, your partner, the person who helps you in the shop, the person who shakes your hand in the church, any one of them could be a "dreamer."

"Dreamers" are called women, men, people who arrived to the United States of America as minors before their 16th birthday and have lived there since 2007 or longer. Most of them came from Mexico and different countries of Central America.

Yesterday the president of the United States announced the end of the program that has provided legal temporary immigration status to the "dreamers." Nearly 800,000 people will lose their legal protection and permission to work, study and live in the USA. They are in danger of being deported to places they have not known since being children or infants.

Let us pray for all those who came to the USA following the difficult decisions made by their families and adults around them. Let us pray for their safety and protection so that they may continue living their lives in the USA. Let us pray for all who act in solidarity with the "dreamers" and others deemed "illegal" by nationalistic segregation. Let us work together to change the increasingly restrictive and selective immigration policies of the countries we live in.

People holding banners: Protect all immigrants, and You say I'm just a dreamer but I'm not the only one.
           Photo from Al Jazeera

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos August 30 - September 5

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Through Family Streets

 
Pictured here: Israeli soldiers and Border Police making a barricade around Israeli settlers and Zionists as they participate in a settler incursion while Palestinian families look on. This last week, the speaker for the settler incursion guided the tour through a new route, a route through Palestinian yards as families ate dinner. At least thirty soldiers and Border Police, and as many Zionists, walked through Palestinian families' homes during the incursion. 

(02/09/2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers, 1 September 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 1 September 2017

Prayer for members of Iraqi Kurdistan's civil society whose lives are in danger for voicing their opposition to the approaching referendum on independence, and for the safety of the Iraqi Kurdistan team in their work. 

Ruling parties of Iraqi Kurdistan prepare the people of the region and of the world for an unprecedented referendum vote on independence of this part of Kurdistan to take place on 25 September. Many who support the Kurdish peoples' century-long struggle for self-determination cherish this historic event. For obvious reasons, Iraq alongside Kurdistan's oppressive neighbors and the USA oppose this political move. However, based on radically different grounds, also many Iraqi Kurds themselves declare: "No for now!"

"No for now" is a movement that a broad group of parliament members, business people, journalists, religious leaders and members of Iraqi Kurdistan's civil society started. They want independence but not on the current terms as dictated by the today's ruling parties. They ask for an open and direct democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and freedom of expression. Iraqi Kurdistan's security forces have used threats, abductions, beatings and other forms of violence to silence them. CPT in Iraqi Kurdistan accompanies some of the members of "No for now" campaign. This week the team published a report about these abuses against freedom to voice publicly one's concerns and opinions.

Please pray for Sherwan Sherwani, a journalist and human rights defender, Farhad Sangawi, a member of Parliament and journalist, Mullah Saman, religious leader and advocate for women rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, and all others who those with weapons attempt to silence. Please pray for the safety of the Iraqi Kurdistan team as they amplify voices and accompany those who speak against this oppression. Please remember in our prayers all those who do not keep silent in the face of tyranny and violence. Let them inspire and encourage us to follow their example.       

Please, read and share the newest CPT Iraqi Kurdistan report.

Two Iraqi Kurdish activists threatened by security forces
Photo: Sherwan Sherwani, journalist and human rights defender (left) and Farhad Sangawi, journalist and a member of Parliament (right), threatened for their involvement in "No for now!" campaign.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Shoal Lake 40- Celebration of the road construction mixed with uncertainty

CPTnet
30 August 2017
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Shoal Lake 40- Celebration of the road construction mixed with uncertainty

by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

Change brings both joy and uncertainty. Even if the change is something that has been pleaded for by generations of people for the last 98 years.

Just over a hundred years ago the municipal engineers of Winnipeg were searching for a good source of water for the city. Among other possibilities, such as the Winnipeg River, they “discovered” abundant, safe drinking water 100 miles away in Shoal Lake. The Anishinaabe people in the area were in the way of what was deemed the best site for the aqueduct, so the city appropriated 3,500 acres of land and moved the community to a peninsula sticking out into the lake. Then, with the building of a dyke and canal that cut through the isthmus, that peninsula was made into an island.

The people of reserve Shoal Lake 40 (SL40) were left for 98 years with no way to reach stores, hospitals, friends or relatives other than private boats or a decrepit ferry barge in summer, or an ice road in winter. During the freeze-up or thawing months they were stuck on the island. People have died trying to cross the ice. People have died because they could not get across.

Their resistance and pressure has gone on for decades. Chief after chief have spoken and written about their situation to politicians: Winnipeg city, Manitoba province, Canada country. Bureaucracies’ promises have been made: for economic opportunities, a water treatment plant and an all-weather road, and then reneged upon.

Meeting at the road construction Shoal Lake 40
Photo: CPTers and visitors speak with a community member, Cathy Green, as she tells about the situation on Shoal Lake 40 and the construction of the road.