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Kassioun Editorial 1182: Is the Syrian-Turkish Settlement Imminent?

The People’s Will Party (PWP) took a supportive position for an Astana-sponsored Syrian-Turkish settlement from the outset of talking about this subject in mid-2022. It is not an exaggeration to say that the PWP was among the first to ponder this idea and its importance on the pages of Kassioun even before it was announced. Despite the usual and expected attacks from the enemies of the political solution on all sides, nevertheless, the PWP continued to defend, explain, and interpret its position through a number of articles and studies.

The People’s Will Party’s Draft Program

Based on a decision made by the Presidency of the People’s Will Party, Kassioun puts, below, between the hands of the comrades and readers, and the Syrian people in general, the draft program of the People’s Will Party, which will be presented to the eleventh periodic conference of the party (the second after legally registered according to the new Parties Law in Syria).

The draft program in its first version was published on 31/8/2013, and in this version some amendments and additions were made to cover the interval between the first version and the current version.  In its subsequent issues, "Kassioun" will afford a room to receive opinions, remarks, and additions of comrades and friends to the draft program, provided that the size of each contribution should not exceed 350-500 words, in order to permit the widest possible interaction and condensed ideas.

Introduction

The People’s Will Party (PWP), in its vision and program, represents the interest of the working class and all other toiling Syrians (with their arms and brains), and struggles to get their recognition of the PWP as a representative of their interests. The PWP considers that recognition as its main entry point for achieving its functional role in building socialism in the 21st century.

The PWP adopts Marxism-Leninism as its ideological reference, which the PWP works to apply creatively through experience and working among the masses, and through constant review of its constant and variable limits, away from the destructive mentality of nihilism and textualism.

The PWP considers itself the carrier of the values and heritage of both the national liberation movement and the communist and revolutionary movement in Syria and the world in the 20th century and as a continuation of it.

The PWP is the culmination and completion of the work of the National Committee for the Unity of Syrian Communists (NCUSC), which was launched at the beginning of this century, based on a scientific conviction of the reasons for the defeats of the second half of the 20th century, which merely a temporary blocking of the historical prospects in the face of the global revolutionary movement, and a temporary opening in the prospects for its enemies. The PWP relies on scientific certainty that the great capitalist crisis that erupted in 2008 – something the NCUSC had predicted at the beginning of the millennium – will shut historical prospects for good before global capitalism and in turn open historical prospects widely before the revolutionary movement.

The PWP’s work, based on this deep scientific conviction, means precisely working with the mentality of victory in the era of victories, the victories of the peoples’ pole against the global capitalist system; the victories that have begun, and the most beautiful of them are those that are yet to come.

Preliminary Notes on the Autonomous Administration’s Initiative stars

On Tuesday, April 18, the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (AANES) published a document entitled “An initiative to solve the Syrian crisis”. Those who issued the document called on the various Syrian forces to consider it.

China Closes the “Creative Chaos” Door and Open the Stability Door stars

(The following article was originally published in English on geopolitika.ru on the 17th of March 2023)

On Friday, March 10, a historic agreement was announced between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including resumption of diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries after an interruption that lasted more than seven years (since January 2016). This agreement was reached through Chinese mediation at the highest levels. The two sides expressed gratitude to Chinese President Xi Jingping personally for his efforts to achieve a settlement between the two countries.

Once Again, Re-raising The Question About US Presence in Syria

US House of Representatives member Matt Gaetz introduced on February 21 a bill pursuant to the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The brief bill states that “Congress directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Syria by not later than the date that is 15 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution”. Later, on March 1, Gaetz introduced a modified copy of the bill, in which the period was changed from 15 days to 180 days. The bill is still in the early stages, where it has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and it has not yet been put to vote.

Kassioun Editorial 1111: What After the Earthquake? stars

It has now been three weeks since the earthquake catastrophe. While the space the disaster occupies in the media and politically is gradually receding, the reality reveals every day new depths of the disaster, as well as tremendous pain and suffering that is crushing the bones of (survivors), if it is correct to describe those who were not killed by the earthquake as survivors.

After The Earthquake, A Syrian-Turkish Settlement Is More Urgent stars

(The following article was originally published on geopolitika.ru website)

 

On Tuesday, February 14, a Russian MFA media release about a meeting between Mikhail Bogdanov, the Special Representative of the Russian President, and Kadri Jamil, one of the Syrian Opposition leaders, stated: “the Russian side stressed the need to establish practical cooperation between Damascus and Ankara in order to overcome the consequences of the earthquake on February 6.”

This statement confirms Russia’s pursuit of a Syrian-Turkish settlement, which over the seven months preceding the earthquake, was the main item on the agenda of the Astana Format (for Syria peace talks).

Is the Earthquake or the Aid Being Politicized, or is the Issue Fundamentally Political? stars

Nearly two weeks after the devastating earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey, seismographs are still recording aftershocks that usually occur after every major earthquake, the strength of which gradually decreases until it fades away. This is the opposite of what is happening on the humanitarian level, where the strength of the aftershocks increases on the humanitarian side in all the areas affected by the earthquake, especially those in Syria.

A Syrian-Turkish Settlement to Break the Sanctions

For the Syrian public, inside and outside Syria, the humanitarian aspect related to the earthquake disaster and the deep pain it left behind, as well as to their crisis that erupted 12 years ago, is always the most valued and important aspect, at least in its emotional and national side. For the political sides, especially the extremists, as well as for the external powers, especially the Western ones, the humanitarian aspect is the least important, and it is just a tool to pass policies.

Did the U.S. really lift sanctions off Syria temporarily? stars

(The following article was originally published by CGTN, on the 17th of February 2023)


The U.S. Treasury announced a decision on February 9 claiming to allow an easing of sanctions imposed on Syria for the ensuing six months until August 8, as part of "earthquake relief efforts."
The decision allows for "third parties" to transfer aid to Syria without fear of U.S. sanctions, but should only be intended for aid to earthquake-effected areas. Nonetheless, the sanctions programs applied to Syria for many years, the most severe of which are the Caesar Act (2019) and Captagon Act (2022), provide for "humanitarian exceptions," but are conditional on U.S. approval.