January 28, 2022
From Gatorna (Sweden)


The Internationalist Commune is a place that gathers people from
around the world to take education on the ideological basis of the
revolutionary movement in Kurdistan and to take part in the revolution
in Rojava. To share a bit of the reality of the internationalists who
come to Rojava we asked four members of the Internationalist Commune to
tell us what were their motivations to come here and what has so far
impacted them the most.

<figcaption>Bruno, Germany</figcaption>

I am an internationalist from Europe. I came to Rojava because the
ideology of the Kurdish freedom movement and democratic confederalism
are great sources of hope and understanding.

I come from the radical left in Germany. There I saw that the
mentality of the system does not stop at the left. Individualism,
liberalism, patriarchal behavior, reformism or a great hopelessness are
predominant phenomena.

I came here to develop an attitude in the revolution that can stand
up to this in the long term and take a different path. Life and
societies in Europe are fragmented, very isolated by capitalism and far
from a collective understanding. This makes it very difficult for us to
live a life according to communal and socialist principles.

In our time, one of the most important revolutions of our time is in
Rojava and Kurdistan. For revolutionaries and all those who are looking
for a way out of capitalist domination, it is an important reference
point and spark of hope. Supporting and defending this spark of hope,
through public relations and media work, educating and reporting from
the ground is also an important reason why I came here.

In order to get to know the revolution in Rojava, the
internationalist commune is the ideal place, here we get to know the
culture of the region, the language and the political particularities of
the revolution.

Also the common exchange about the situation in our home countries is
a valuable experience. Here a process of awareness takes place and
offers the possibility that we can organize ourselves according to the
revolutionary necessities in order to find our place in different works.

It is the ideal place to learn about the revolutionary process here and to make a start in the works here locally.

Living and learning in the collective, helping each other to develop,
reflecting on the mentalities of the system and patriarchy and changing
is a very good experience. The understanding of criticism, namely as
something that moves us forward and helps us change, instead of putting
ourselves above others with it, is an important part of this mutual
help. After some time of living together and criticizing each other, a
deep understanding and connection with each other emerges. These
connections are what revolutionary organizing needs and it is possible
here in the internationalist commune to build the capacity to learn and
develop together.

<figcaption>Tekoşer, United States of America</figcaption>

I first arrived in Rojava in early 2020. I came here with the
intentions of taking part in the Revolution and learning from the
Kurdish Liberation Movement, from their decades of experience in
revolutionary practice. I arrived in Rojava with little expectations but
something that surprised me was the real sense of community that is
still very alive here but is nearly dead in Europe. In Rojava, and
elsewhere in the Middle East, society is still breathing and our
Revolution is not only preserving this but bringing it to a new level of
development. In the first village I lived in, the civilian neighbors
would often bring us yoghurt and food that they made themselves. At the
time this sort of behavior was very strange to me but I soon realized
that this is how society should be; and of course this giving without
the expectation of return is reciprocated. It is important for us as
Revolutionaries raised in the core of neoliberalism to learn from the
way of life that still survives in Rojava. Throughout the time I have
stayed in Rojava, I have experienced this way of living in every village
that I stayed in. Many of these families have given so much to see the
success of the Revolution; their martyrs and activity in the movement
bridges the gap between us, and every member of the family feels like a
comrade. Aside from experiencing society here, education from the
movement has been the most impactful on my personal development.
Challenging the deep influence of patriarchy has been a very difficult
process, especially considering my background, and without this
education I can safely say that not only would I not work on overcoming
it but I would not have realized the extent of the influence. These
types of struggles are necessary to develop a genuinely revolutionary,
militant mindset and something that I could not find outside of the
Kurdish Liberation Movement.

<figcaption>Christoph, Switzerland</figcaption>

I came to Rojava with a mix of the serious concern to change the
world and a bit of adventure-seeking. I knew a little bit about the
revolution before coming here, but not anything about Kurdish culture.
So the internationalist Commune with its function of being a interface
between the local culture, ideology and revolution and the place I come
from, is really really helpful for me. I am very thankful for all the
friends who gave a lot of efforts and energy into building it up.

In the 2 months since I am here, my perspectives on many things
changed quite a lot. With enough space away from the System, its
ideology and the circumstances I grew up in, it’s much easier to see
clearly how these affected my character. We create a environment
together in the commune to actively fuel this inner process. Of course I
often feel confused with my emotions, thoughts and needs because of
that, which doesn’t really feel comfortable. I have a bit of a
identity-crisis here. But to struggle with ourselves is actually the
goal. We of course help each other with that. We also talk a lot about
what a revolutionary personality is and what method’s what struggles are
needed to develop yourself.

There were some moments which I have really good memory’s on. One for
example was the day we analysed and critisised each other’s personality
heavily after two weeks of a self organised education-block. To stand
there and receive all the critics from the friends, knowing each one
wishes only the best for me, was a more valuable gift than I could
imagine before. Another time we visited a family with three kids and
stayed over night. To be invited and warmly welcomed and cared of was
precious. Also the joyful interaction with the kids and the communal way
they act are good in memory. And at last: I really like to dance the
traditional Kurdish dances. There was a big cultural event in the city
nearby. Everyone took the hands of each other and we formed a huge
circle while dancing. Somehow this connected all of us.

<figcaption>Mário, Portugal</figcaption>

In my home country, I did not know what to do, how to live. I did not
accept nor could I bare to be integrated into the system, to live an
individualist life and to be a tool of the capitalist system. The only
right thing to do was to fight for a revolution, but there wasn’t a
revolutionary struggle, truly and actively opposing the system, that I
could join, nor was I able to develop my own, being generally isolated
and surrounded by liberalism. Facing this situation, the Rojava
revolution and the Kurdish freedom movement seemed like a peak of hope
for true and worldwide liberation, a revolutionary struggle that offers
an alternative to the capitalist system in the 21st century, a
struggle that is able to reinvent itself trough criticism and
self-criticism, reject liberalism and oppose the roots of oppression,
the roots of the 5000 year old patriarchal state system.

I had for quite some time thought about going to Rojava, in the
search for a meaningful life and to develop myself as a revolutionary.
In this, the Internationalist Commune emerged as a means to get to
Rojava and to get involved with the Kurdish revolutionary movement, see
ideological education and understand better how can I develop a
revolutionary struggle in my own country, even if that is still very
distant. I think it offers a good opportunity for internationalists
around the world to see the reality of a revolutionary movement and to
realize better the role that the liberal ideology has in preventing
revolutionary struggles to emerge and how we can struggle to overcome
it. It also has of course the potential to strengthen internationalist
ties, not only with the Kurdish movement but also between the countries
of the internationalists that gather here, and to learn from each other
as well.

In here, getting involved through the Internationalist Commune with
the revolutionary movement and its methods, I am developing a better
connection between theory and practice, and between feeling, thinking
and acting, namely in communal life, and in this way developing a series
of aspects to build up a revolutionary attitude. To this movement, the
internal struggle is perhaps the most important one, as it is
fundamental for revolutionaries to act in accordance to their principles
if their aim is to spread them to all society. In this sense, criticism
and self-criticism become of utmost importance, since our characters
have been deeply shaped by the environment we grew up in.

One thing I can say had a particular influence on me was having a
platform, which takes place in the end of an education. Here, everyone
analyzes themselves and their participation in the education, and is
then analyzed and critiqued by its fellow comrades. These are not meant
to bring de-motivation but to help and push everyone to improve
themselves as revolutionaries. In my experience, this has been an
important moment of renewal of revolutionary perspective and mindset.

If you are interested in coming to the Internationalist Commune write to us at [email protected] or check our information page about joining the revolution.

There are also other ways you can support the revolution,
such as organizing all kinds of events to give it visibility and
material aid, spread its ideology and methods, and denounce the attacks
of the Turkish fascist state, pressuring other entities to take a

Internationalist Commune of Rojava

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Source: Gatorna.info