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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Syria-Kurdistan, A libertarian communist in the IFB # 05: ecology in democratic confederalism (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:38:29 +0200

In Afrîn, one does not fight only to beat the Islamists and the Turkish imperialists ; we are also fighting for a different project of society: democratic confederalism. I would like to examine it through several aspects ... ecology, direct democracy, feminism ... ---- Libertarian Alternative reproduces the posts of the blog Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution where, after Arthur Aberlin, engaged in the YPG, now expresses Damien Keller, engaged him in the International Battalion of Liberation (IFB). ---- Over the weeks, he will testify to life in the IFB, the debates that are going on and the evolution of the revolutionary process in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. ---- Canton of Cizîrê, February 15, 2018 ---- The battle of Afrîn continues, but what is obvious is that Erdogan and his Islamist henchmen of the Free Syrian Army are trampling. In three weeks of attack, they have almost failed to penetrate the township, and the Syrian Democratic Forces have inflicted significant losses, by shooting down helicopters and tanks. If it continues like this, it will start to look like Afghanistan for the USSR, or Vietnam for the United States.

But at what price ? Many comrades are paying for this in their lives, not to mention civilian casualties and material destruction in the towns and villages of Afrin Township.

"Long live the internationalism of the workers. Long live proletarian internationalism "(Kurmanji, then Turkish).
Inset: martyrs of the International Liberation Battalion.
As I am forced to stay in the back ( see my previous post ), I will not be content to comment on the battle of Afrîn. I would like to start publishing some notes on the revolutionary process here in Rojava and in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

The " democratic confederalism " claimed by the PYD and its sister organizations in the different regions of Kurdistan is an overcoming of Marxism-Leninism, which integrates different aspects: ecology, direct democracy, feminism ...

I would like to examine them one by one, and to express to you personal critical observations, or resulting from my discussions with different revolutionary, Kurdish or not.

Ecology. This is probably the least currently working axis in the civil society of Rojava - and of course this is due to the current crisis - when the needs are enormous.

First of all, it must be borne in mind that the Hafez al-Assad regime carried out a massive deforestation of Rojava in order to make it the breadbasket of Syria. This has resulted in the destruction of the entire ecosystem of the region. It would take a large-scale and proactive policy to replant whole forests. This is obviously not the case, when the Rojava is in a very precarious economic situation - the public garbage collection service is not even provided everywhere, for example.

A slogan to keep the streets clean: "A culture of cleanliness, a democratic nation."
In a street of Tell Tamer (Girê Xurma).
It should be added that the years of war have led to the dissemination of ammunition and cartridges whose chemical components pollute the soil for decades, as can be seen in France where the ecosystem of some departments still bears the stigma of First World War.

Lastly, the energy question is decisive. On the one hand, the ease of access to oil does not encourage the population to do without this resource, despite the shortages following the ban on refineries, which are far too polluting. On the other hand, the blockade imposed by Turkey and its ally, Kurdistan of Iraq, prevents the importation of materials such as solar panels or cleaner refining systems.

Finally, the principles of anticapitalist ecology, based on the local and autonomous production of energy rather than on industrial centralization, are unfortunately not sufficiently worked in our own political organizations, and too little shared internationally.

To be continued.

Damien Keller

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