Syrian Kurds Are Working on a Constitution – Robert Fulford (National Post-Canada)
(Daily Alert, Feb. 28, 2014)
Kurds are now effectively running parts of Syria. In Qamishli, a northeastern Syrian city of 200,000, the Kurds are working on a constitution. Amidst the chaos of Syria’s civil war, they are acting a lot like a small state, creating an autonomous government.
Their police, the People’s Protection Units, authorized by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, keep the streets comparatively safe. Their municipal government issues building permits. Schools teach Kurdish.
They expect democracy will come to Syria as a federal system, with a Kurdish province. Looking farther, they dream about a pan-Kurdish nation, uniting them with Kurds from Iraq, Iran and Turkey.