Internationalist Commune of Rojava - Newsletter #04

Dear friends,

the February past by, and also half march, with the feelings of sadness and anger about the casualties in Afrin in the resistance against the Turkish invasion. But the month was also full of hope and excitement about the solidarity from all around the world. The riseup from so many people gave us strength and conviction to continue our work.

With the spirit of this resistance, we want to give a short reflection in our Newsletter #04 about our work as the internationalist commune and the campaign “Make Rojava Green Again”. In the following, we will mention:

* Internationalist Commune in the Afrin resistance

* The international plot against Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish freedom movement

* Internationalist March in Europe

* Call for protests against the NATO-Conference in Munich

* Make Rojava Green Again

* Call for Global Solidarity Campaign: Women Rise Up for Efrîn! #WomenRiseUpForAfrin

* Article “Democratic confederalism: From capitalist modernity to democratic modernity”

* Defend Afrin means Defend Women’s Revolution!

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* Internationalist Commune in the Afrin resistance

Also Internationalists from the Commune of Rojava followed the general call from the youth structures in Rojava to come to Afrin and be part of the peoples resistance. Tree of our comrades made their way at the 21st with a large carawan to Afrin. In an videos of “Resistance Diaries”, this comrades explained their motivations and there work in Afrin. their reported this week of resistance from Afrin, under the “#ResistanceDiaries” on youtube and the website of the internationalist commune.

[ https://internationalistcommune.com/one-week-in-afrin-one-week-of-resist... ]

You can see here a list with the 7 videos of the Resistance diaries [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmKZu_mtOkA&list=PLH7OWlXXLkMsU2rBc0WKM7... ]

* Defend Afrin means Defend Women’s Revolution!

In the 8th of March, the internaitonal women’s day, the autonomous the women of the internationalist commune published a statement ‘to all women and feminists in the world on this important day for the struggle of all women’, explaining the motivations to support the resistance in Afrin and the Rojava revolution. This statement was in the frame of the campaign ‘Women rise up for Afrin’, and in coordination with the big women demonstration that took place in Afrin on the international women’s day.

You can read the statement in english [ https://internationalistcommune.com/statement-for-the-womens-day-8th-of-... ]

In spanish [ https://internationalistcommune.com/comunicado-mujeres-comuna-internacio... ]

And in german [ https://internationalistcommune.com/statement-zum-frauentag-8ten-marz-20... ]

You can also see the video made from the international jineoloji committee, a compilation of different solidarity messages from women all around the world with the Afrin resistance and the kurdish women movement [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s7TCu57HTg ]

* Make Rojava Green Again

Already in the first month of the campaign “Make Rojava Green Again”, we revived overwhelming mails with solidarity and support. We have got so many greetings, questions for interviews and questions from experts related to ecological issues in Rojava, that we spend many ours on the computer answering them. But also our practical work became more. With our first greenhouse, we made space for first shoots from gape trees, figs, olives, pomegranate and planted different seeds, like lemon, oaks and dates.

With the help of many people, we got in contact with different journalists and the campaign got covert in different languages. We want to share tree links with you: in german “Bäume pflanzen nach dem Syrienkrieg. Wasserversorgung als Druckmittel” in the newspaper TAZ [ https://www.taz.de/Baeume-pflanzen-nach-dem-Syrienkrieg/!5479721/ ], in the english newpaper Newstatesman “planting trees below turkish bombs” [ https://www.newstatesman.com/world/middle-east/2018/02/planting-trees-be... ] and in italien “Siria, nel Rojava gli internazionalisti lavorano a riforestazione” [ http://www.dire.it/16-02-2018/175053-siria-nel-rojava-internazionalisti-... ]

Even there are still many shoots and seeds to pant, we will start with a next step in our work for an ecological energy supply for the academy, with installing a first wind turbine. More informations about that will be public soon.

* The international plot against Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish freedom movement

At the 15th of February in 1999, Abdullah Öcalan was captured by an international complot of the world leading forces with the aim to destroy the Kurdish freedom movement. To call one more in remembrance, for what the thougths of Abdullah Öcalan stands for, we published an english translation of an older text by Öcalan: “How to live, what to do, where to start?” [ http://internationalistcommune.com/how-to-live-what-to-do-where-to-start... ]

As the commune we also used that day to reflect our works, to give meaning to it, in the time of the world crises of wars, ecological destruction and suffer. But also to remember the potential the human being has, to create a better future.

* Internationalist March in Europe

Many of our friends and comrades participated at the long march for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and the defense of the revolution in Kurdistan this year. We were following every step they made, on there long way from Luxemburg to Strasbourg and sent them our greetings.

[ http://internationalistcommune.com/greetings-message-to-the-internationa... ]

* Call for protests against the NATO-Conference in Munich

Between the 16th and 18th February, representatives of military, government and arms companies meet in Munich to how to protect theur hegemonical interests of the states and the interests of capital. We called to participated in the protests against the meeting, because if they talk about security, the result are weapons and wars. And that is not the interessed of the people who want to live in peace and justice, in equality between each other and the nature.

[ http://internationalistcommune.com/call-for-protests-against-the-nato-co... ]

* Call for Global Solidarity Campaign: Women Rise Up for Efrîn! #WomenRiseUpForAfrin

The Internationalist Commune joined the call for “Global Solidarity Campaign: Women Rise Up for Efrîn”, made by the womans structures of Kongra Star Efrin. With media work and actions, the womans from the Commune participating in this campaign. [ http://internationalistcommune.com/call-for-global-solidarity-campaign-w... ]. The call got translated in many different languages, with are all available on the website of the commune.

Spanish [ https://internationalistcommune.com/llamamiento-por-una-campana-de-solid... ]

Italian [ http://internationalistcommune.com/appello-per-la-campagna-globale-di-so... ]

German [ http://internationalistcommune.com/aufruf-zur-globalen-solidaritatskampa... ]

Kurdish [ http://internationalistcommune.com/bangawazi-ji-jinen-cihane-re-jin-rabi... ]

French [ http://internationalistcommune.com/appel-a-la-campagne-mondiale-de-solid... ]

* Article “Democratic confederalism: From capitalist modernity to democratic modernity”

With the article about democratic modernity, one of the members of the commune is analyzing the concept of capitalist modernity and in opposition to that, the democratic modernity. The article touches the main aspects, on witch the capitalist modernity based on, like Positivism ad the nation-state. But also the democratic modernity is lined out, as an idea, based on the methods of taking always the historical envelopment of society into account, critic and self critic and self-defense.

[ http://internationalistcommune.com/democratic-modernity/ ]

We are also working with other solidarity group for make a call for a world day of Solidarity with Afrin for the March 24. Stay tuned and #DefendAfrin!

Internationalist Commune of Rojava

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