We, as internationalists from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europa, America and Oceania, have been working in different structures of the revolution in Rojava and Northern Syria for many years. Though we come from different political backgrounds, the Kurdish movement united and inspired us with a new revolutionary perspective going far beyond the Middle East.
In the beginning of 2017 we started to organize the Internationalist Commune of Rojava as a self-organized collective, working in coordination with the youth movement of Rojava (YCR).
Until then, the internationalists working in Rojava were different people, from different countries, doing different things. But since that time we have been continuing with our works in a ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) The Kurdish women’s liberation movement presented its proposal for a democratic confederalism of women for the first time in October 2018 at the International Women’s Conference in Frankfurt, which was organized by the network “Women Weaving the Future” under the title “Revolution in the Making”. In its five-page declaration for this year’s 8 March the KJK (Komalên Jinên Kurdistan, Communities of Women of Kurdistan) then addressed the following appeal to the women of the earth.
Meral Çiçek, REPAK, Silêmanî
The first principle of the women’s liberation struggle is organization. Freedom cannot be possible without organization. It is necessary to transf... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) It’s common to hear internationalist groups and collectives talk about ‘democratic confederalism’ referred to as the ideological paradigm of the Kurdish Liberation Movement. Despite the fact that this concept has been useful to understand the ideological evolution of the movement, it remains somewhat incomplete, and it may be more appropriate to talk about Democratic Modernity. Why?
To understand the concept of democratic modernity, it’s not enough to think of the words that make up the concept since, like Ocalan explains in his books “Manifest for a Democratic Civilization”, these words have been used for a lack of better ones. The concept is proposed as a juxtaposition to the capitalist modernity, whic... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Women of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava made a call for an international feminist delegation throughout Rojava. We wanted to get to know the women and society of the Rojava Revolution. The fight against patriarchy for freedom of human and natural life is an international struggle. Regardless how diverse our lives’ realities are, our hearts are beating in the same rhythm, are burning for the social revolution. All in all fifteen women and non-binary persons from the USA, Kurdistan and seven different nations of Europe followed the call. To discuss and to live autonomously in such a diversity is very important and gives us the possibility to feel, develop and live the strength of our worldwide relations.
Delegates arrived in... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Part 1: Experiences and shortcomings of global liberation movements
Resistance against any forms of oppression and exploitation and the search for freedom are social realities which no system of power has ever been able to eradicate. These social resistances and struggles for a life of dignity, freedom and equality reflect fundamental human values, such as conscience and morality, collective culture of remembering, social awareness and the art of political self-organization and leadership. All these struggles form a unity, a virtually unwritten history contrary to the history of centralistic-dominated civilization – a civilization based on state, class domination and the appropriation of social values. For 5,000 years this civiliza... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Despite being under attack from the Turkish state and its allied militias operating under the banner of the Free Syrian Army on the one hand, and the Islamic State (ISIS) on the other, behind the front lines of the Syrian civil war the revolution in Rojava continues to develop in exciting ways. Inspired and shaped by the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan and the struggle of the Kurdish freedom movement, Rojava is a revolutionary project with the aim of challenging capitalist modernity through women’s liberation, ecology and radical democracy.
For several years, internationalists from all over the world have traveled to Rojava to contribute to and participate in the revolutionary project. Foreign fighters who have joined the armed struggl... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) We need to apply the methods used by the Kurdish struggle and struggles in South America to actually start a revolutionary movement that is there for the people and not only for some abstract ideas.
At the 2nd Youth Conference of the Middle East we had the chance to discuss with Jose from Colombia who currently lives in Central-Europe about the political situation in Venezuela andSouth America, the revolutionary left and the relationship between the situation there and in Rojava.
How do you think the Middle Eastern Youth Conference can be related to the situation in South America and what do you think are the biggest problems facing South America at the moment?
So, basically we’ve been talking about imperialism throughout ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) As Turkey begins its attack on Rojava, the autonomous region in Northern Syria, we are calling for people all around the world to mobilize to impose consequences on Turkey and the Trump administration for this senseless atrocity. We present the following short interview with participants in the Internationalist Commune, one of several projects in Rojava that involves participants from around the world, to offer visibility to some of the many people who may be murdered in a Turkish offensive and to the worthwhile projects they are undertaking. The interview was conducted after Trump gave Turkey permission to invade Syria two days ago, with death’s scythe hanging in the air.
A revolution began in Rojava in 2012, radically changing the ... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Dedication
The freedom to face the challenges of building an ecological society in Northern Syria is, first and foremost, due to the many martyrs of this revolution. Without their struggle, there would be no liberated ground in Rojava on which to sow the seeds of ecological living.
This book is dedicated to them.
by Debbie Bookchin
It is impossible to ignore the fact that this beautiful book was first published in late 2018, in the shadow of Turkey’s invasion of the largely-Kurdish canton of Afrîn in northern Syria. As the heroic fighters of the YPG and all female YPJ continue to fight off the fascist thugs mobilized by Turkey wishing to impose its authoritarian, anti-woman, ecologically-rapacious, capitalist i... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Thoughts about democratic autonomy vs. nation state, by Duran Kalkan, member of the executive council of KCK in an interview with Kurdistan Report. and was translated and published in English by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava.
How can we understand democratic autonomy or democratic confederalism? Is it a system that is regionally specific and therefore only able to address the Kurdish population?
I can explain the democratic autonomy by giving a historical overview, as follows: the earlier concept of non-state society later became known as civil society, and stood for democratic achievements. Certain sections of society have won certain economic and democratic rights by a form of self-organizing. Some time ago the unions were ver... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) On December 2017 a solidarity committee made this interview, but for different reasons, it has not been published until now. We think is a good interview which can help people to better understand the project of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava so we decided to publish it.
What kind of work have you been doing so far?
Before the commune, the internationalists in Rojava were different people from different countries, doing different civil work in Rojava. After a collective reflection and debate process, we decided to continue with our works in a more organized way. Before us, other projects with internationalists had been working in Rojava, but it was difficult to give continuity to this works, cause internationalists use to come a... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) A total revolution of all kinds of relationships existing in society has been going on in Rojava for 6 years now, but it is far from being completed – if such a thing as completion is even possible. It is on the contrary at its very beginning. It has to be defended against its enemies, deepened and continuously developed further.
Therefore, internationalists who come to Rojava do not come as tourists to look at a finished work. Rojava is not a museum where the revolution can be examined and measured. Rojava is not a monument of past battles. Rojava is a living and developing organism. And those who approach it as revolutionaries become part of it.
We internationalists in this revolution, which is still in its infancy, came from vari... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) 1. Abdullah Öcalan on the return to social ecology
By Abdullah Öcalan
The text is an excerpt from Abdullah Öcalan’s defense pamphlet “Bir Halkı Savunmak” (engl: “Beyond State, Power and Violence.”)
Humans gain in value when they understand that animals and plants are only entrusted to them. A social ’consciousness’ that lacks ecological consciousness will inevitably corrupt and disintegrate. Just as the system has led the social crisis into chaos, so has the environment begun to send out S.O.S. signals in the form of life-threatening catastrophes. Cancer-like cities, polluted air, the perforated ozone layer, the rapidly accelerating extinction of animal and plant species, th... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) 1. What is the Internationalist Commune of Rojava?
The Internationalist Commune of Rojava (ICR) gathers the internationalists in Rojava and is a base for international revolutionaries working in the civil structures of Northern Syria.
Since the beginning of the revolution in 2012, the philosophy the revolution is based on and its practical implementation became a new hope for revolutionaries all around the world. This made a lot of people from different countries travel to Rojava, but once in Rojava it is necessary to find the right way to support this revolution. In the beginning, it was difficult for internationalists to find their place, especially the ones who came to work in the civil society. But with the help of the kurdish movem... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) Gönül Kaya is a journalist and representative of the Kurdish women’s movement. This article is the transcript of her speech at the Jineolojî Conference in March 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
The Free Women’s Movement of Kurdistan evaluates jineolojî as an important step in its ongoing intellectual, ideological-political self-defense and mobilization struggle of about 30 years. I would like to introduce — albeit briefly — the main principles of jineolojî, which the Kurdish women’s movement offers to the women’s movements around the world.
Jineolojî is described as the “creation of a women’s paradigm” by the freedom struggle of Kurdish women. This represents... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) We came to Rojava as women and feminist internationalists, eager to learn from the Kurdish Women’s Movement, to live and to work with our Kurdish friends and comrades and to be part of the revolutionary process of building up and defending vivid alternatives of social organizing – here and elsewhere in this world. We want to share and discuss our experiences, this time we want to write about our reflections on Jinwar.
In between wheat fields a small village is being built up. The houses are made of mud in the traditional and most sustainable way, just as they have been built here in the region for thousands of years. The newly planted garden makes a change in the landscape; little fruit trees, olive trees, tomato plants, cucumb... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.) A revolution is taking place in Rojava as we speak. It might not be perfect, nor the utopia we dream of as we read Bonano while sipping coffee on our couches, nor the spontaneous insurrection against all authority that the invisible committee talks about, nor the epic revolution that we imagine when we speak of the 1936 Spanish Revolution. But it is happening here and now, and it is the closest to a revolution that we can experience nowadays. It is up to us that it goes down in history as such.
What is happening in Syria is a popular movement; organized and armed. A movement fighting to exist and administer a territory against forces which wish to occupy it. They are defending a massive revolutionary process through collective action i... (From: TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)