By Nancy Mancias and the End Cross Border Bombing coalition
On July 6, 2021, near the villages of Dohuk, a series of very heavy bombings took place on the civilian population. Since 2015, the ongoing bombings led by the Turkish and Iranian governments. In contravention with the international agreements that Turkey has signed with Iraq, the bombing of the Sinjar region in Dohuk Province is expanding beyond the limited 30 km (little over 18 miles) of entry to the region’s border.
The impact of the bombings are devastating: it has caused numerous civilian casualties; for instance, in the last operation put in place by Turkey, “Operation Claw-Lightning” (April 2021), over 1500 civilians have had to leave their villages (this data comes from the international NGO Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Turkey has also established several military bases beyond the 30km (roughly 18 miles) line, taking land from villages and generating a massive environmental impact on the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey justifies the invasion and the attacks as an operation against the PKK; however, most of the territories and villages bombed civilians, causing them to suffer. In addition, Iran has also committed a series of bombings in recent months along the Kurdistan-Iran border, creating much damage to the territory and hundreds of displaced people from villages.
The Local Peace Economy joins the United Nations in its call for a Decade of Action to transform the world by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 17 goals, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. This month Sustainable Development Goal the Local Peace Economy is working on are two:#9 Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure, to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. #12 Responsible Consumption & Production, to ensure sustainable consumption production patterns. In today’s world industrial production, infrastructure and consumption is an engine of overall economic growth. Over the last century economic production patterns, infrastructure and consumption has been accompanied by environmental degradation that is endangering the very systems on which our future development and very survival depend. Now is the time to develop recovery plans that will reverse current trends and shift our consumption and production patterns to a more sustainable course.
CODEPINK Bay Area activists along with Co-Founder Jodie Evans, CODEPINK’s Nancy Mancias, Judge Julie Tang from Pivot to Peace, Michael Wong from Veterans for Peace and more gathered on Sunday July, 11th to demonstrate for the rights of Whistleblowers on the Golden Gate Bridge and at the house of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Read our recap below!
By Toby Blome, CODEPINK Bay Area