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A very good site, with up to date information on the political situation in Syria, and the efforts of the Syrian people to resist the CIA \ Mossad \ Al Qaeda death squads operating against the ordinary citizens of Syria:

 

 

http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/pro-assad-rally-damascus-aleppo-lattakia-deir-ezzawr-video/

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Syria’s Draft Constitution: Genuine Reform based on Pluralism and the Ballot Box.

 

Donn MacGill and Fahd 20/02/2012

 

 

On the 26th of February, the citizens of Syria will have the opportunity to vote, in referendum, on one of the most exciting and progressive achievements in constitutional law in recent times. The reforms that President Bashar al-Assed has been introducing, over the last number of years, have been formalized in a brand new Draft Constitution for the Syrian state.

 

In a region where most states define themselves as religious states, some of the most striking features of Syria’s proposed new Constitution are it’s rigorous separation of church and state, the legal protection of freedom of religious opinion, and the protection of the private life of the citizen. While due recognition is given to the fact that Islam is the religion of the great majority, Article 3 states that “The State shall respect all religions, and ensure the freedom to perform all rituals that do not prejudice public order. The personal status of religious communities shall be protected and respected.”

 

As has become common in the West, but is a major moment of progress for the Middle East, the judiciary is to have complete independence from the state. This proposal may not meet with universal approval, as there are powerful forces in the region, who believe the courts only exist to enforce religious doctrine on the population. This is particularly the case in certain Gulf states, which do not have any constitutional law at all, and are ruled, in perpetuity, by a handful of private families. However, Syria’s tradition is one of secular tolerance and the rule of law, and President Bashar al-Assad proposes to place this noble tradition on an even more secure constitutional foundation.

 

One of the principal bones of contention in Syrian political life had been the special place given to the Ba’ath Party. Under the Draft Constitution, no party will have any exceptional position. Article 8.1. states that “The political system of the state shall be based on the principle of political pluralism, and exercising power democratically through the ballot box.” All political parties, who accept the principal of political pluralism and the ballot box, may register for election, and freely promote their policies.

 

Parties, which promote sectarian or ethnic hatred, are expressly excluded from registration. This may sound, to some, like a limitation on democratic expression, but, in fact, such a limitation is the very condition of possibility for democracy. This is particularly true in a region where religious and ethnic hatreds are being exploited, with murderous consequences, by unscrupulous elements to promote their own geo-political ambitions.

 

The term of the People’s Assembly will be four years, and the Presidential term seven years. The president is elected directly by the people, and can only be re-elected once. Freedom of the press is guaranteed, as is the right of assembly. In a progressive move that most Western states could learn from, the freedom to form and join trade unions, and the right to strike, is expressly guaranteed. Public ownership of Syria’s natural resources and vital institutions is protected, and progressive taxation will be applied so as to ensure social justice and equal opportunity. Health care, education and social welfare will remain the responsibility of the state.

As more and more Western states subject their own citizens to the use of torture and internment for long periods without charge or trial, Article 53 of Syria’s Draft Constitution outlaws torture and upholds Habeas Corpus.

 

In the West, we have come to accept that our national parliaments have become exclusive gentlemen’s clubs for the rich and soon to be rich. There is almost total exclusion of the workers and poor farmers. Needless to say, the claim of such elitist assemblies to represent all the people is weak indeed, and this fact translates into a massive fall off in working people even voting in elections. The Syrian Draft Constitution sets out to avoid such a disastrous pitfall. A minimum of 50% of all places in the People’s Assembly is reserved for the workers and farmers, who, in fact, make up the great majority of every nation. We can only hope that democracy in the West can improve to the point of adopting such a positive and inclusive concept.

 

In conclusion, this Draft Constitution is a document that will be welcomed by genuine democrats all over the world. It is a Constitution that the Syrian people can give themselves with pride. Syrians will look forward to the 26th of February with a mixture of hope and fear, as it is certain that the enemies of Syria will take every opportunity to use their mercenary and terrorist gangs to intimidate people away from the ballot box. Nothing the Syrian government can ever do will satisfy foreign forces and native traitors, who’s only purpose and ambition is the total destruction of the Syrian state, and the collapse of Syrian society into a sectarian Holocaust. However, these foreign orchestrated gangs, and their allies in Al Jazeera and the rest of the Zionist media, have not stopped millions of Syrians from coming onto the streets to support President Bashar al-Assad in his great task of bringing this Constitution into being. The Syrian people are unlikely to be intimated from casting their vote.

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