‘… murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other
inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war; or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where perpetrated.’ – Article 6 (c) of international agreement on Crimes against Humanity. [The semi-colon in line 3 was later changed to a comma, thus altering the meaning, suggesting a connection to war was necessary for the charge to stand up in the international court at Nuremburg].
Inequality has no street. It can be in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Santiago, Caracas, La Paz or Baghdad. In Australia people voting for a government that promises tax cuts were casting a vote for inequality. Capitalism is not on trial in this country. On 24 Nov 2019 I attended a forum at the Albion Peace Centre about Iraq about recent events in that country where reports say over 600 people have been killed while demonstrating for basic human rights.
In my life I have experienced Keynesian-ism, followed by neoliberalism … both have now passed and proven unable to solve the problems of the world. Now we are in a period of confusion, and who knows what follows?
I spoke with a member of the Brisbane Iraqi community about the dire situation in her country. While mainstream media have covered similar demonstrations in Hong Kong, Chile, Bolivia, Beirut, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia, we hear nothing from the Baghdad Street.
Dr Rawaa Abdul Jabbar spoke about the young people of Iraq peacefully demonstrating, and the changes they want to see. Dr Abdul Jabbar speaks of the criminal behaviour of government officials who also have foreign passports and are engaged in stealing the resources and assets of Iraq.
Her main message is that the young people want the corruption and destruction of the country stopped, and world governments should ensure that the harsh treatment of firing upon demonstrators cease.
Those governments who were involved in occupying Iraq in the name of democracy need to ask what happened to the promises that the Iraqi people would be better off!
Meanwhile UN special envoy, Jeanine Antoinette Plasschaert, visited Baghdad challenging the government of Iraq to plant trees for peace.