When the ques­tion is raised of a “solu­tion for Syr­ia” and, beyond, for all of the Mid­dle East, the most com­mon answer always con­sists in a Nation-State pat­terned on those export­ed for over a cen­tu­ry. In the begin­ning of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry, this pat­tern had already led to straight lines drawn on maps with rulers, treaties, ter­ri­to­r­i­al divvy­ing up under the patron­age of col­o­niz­ing imper­alisms, con­tribut­ing to the dis­man­tling of the Ottoman Empire. There even exist­ed a « Kur­dis­tan on the maps ».

A cen­tu­ry lat­er, the cri­sis of the cen­tral­ized Nation-State built on a dom­i­nant nation­al iden­ti­ty, often of an eth­nic char­ac­ter, is patent.

It is at the very root of all the wars that have haunt­ed the region for the past cen­tu­ry. We might even con­sid­er it was the con­di­tion, or at least the use­ful tool, for the main­te­nance of exter­nal dom­i­nance over fos­sile wealth and its exploita­tion. Which is why, how­ev­er the divi­sions and shares may be divvied up for a bet­ter rule, a new peace solu­tion based on the tri­umphs of nation­al­ism would only set con­di­tions for anoth­er cen­tu­ry-long cycle of wars.

This essen­tial reflec­tion on Nation-States con­cerns us all, as much as it does the Mid­dle-East. It even offers a solu­tion for a big­ot­ed and exclu­sive Turkey with its geno­ci­dal pol­i­cy against the peo­ples in its demo­graph­ic mosaic.

In the midst of war itself, the pop­u­la­tions of Roja­va have cho­sen to renounce this war-induc­ing pat­tern. They pro­pose a polit­i­cal solu­tion that allows an escape upward, and have begun apply­ing it to their own sit­u­a­tion. This is one of the teach­ings pro­posed by the ongo­ing process in Roja­va (in North­ern Syr­ia) and which forms the basis for its constitution.

We had not pub­lished this chart in this for­mat before. It is now done.

The French version of the document is also available on the official site of the 
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The Eng­lish ver­sion is avail­able HERE

Trans­la­tion by Renée Lucie Bourges.
French ver­sion : Doc­u­ment • Con­sti­tu­tion • Le Con­trat social du Rojava

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