Other Rojavas: Echoes of the Free Commune of Barbacha–Chronicling an Autonomous Uprising in North Africa

Posted: November 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

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In north Africa, in the region of Kabylia, an ethnic minority oppressed by racism and state oppression has initiated in a series of revolts comparable to what the Kurds have accomplished in Rojava and the Zapatistas in Chiapas. Direct democracy is not only possible – it’s already happening.

CrimethInc.

The autonomous region of Rojava has gained international visibility as a beacon of struggle against the Islamic State and other forms of autocratic power, an experiment in which many anarchists are currently participating. Yet Rojava is not the only region in which a struggle for self-determination has expanded to open a path towards total liberation. In north Africa, in the region of Kabylia, an ethnic minority oppressed by racism and state oppression has initiated in a series of revolts comparable to what the Kurds have accomplished in Rojava and the Zapatistas in Chiapas. Throughout decades of struggle, they have established zones of autonomy and built bridges to others in revolt, in hopes of bringing about “a genuine emancipatory social revolution.” Read on to learn about this underreported struggle.

Demonstration in Kabylia, April 20, 2014, commemorating the Amazigh Springs of 1980 and 2001.

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  1. It would seem that millions the world over are struggling to overcome oppression, while here in the states, we simply refuse to acknowledge our oppressive state by maintaining a hypnotic trance with our ‘smartphones’.

    • Great find, thank you, Stu; this is not much different to tribal Southern Africa; unanimous decisions by wise councils of elders;

      • I was really inspired by the article, UZA. When I lived in the UK in the 1970s, I had a close friend who was Kabyle and had emigrated to French. He shared a lot about the Kabyle way of life and how it had been disrupted by the battle for independence from France. It’s great to see them reclaiming their right of self-determination.

    • Shelby, it is not quite true; there are many First Nations standing up; and, there are common law jural assemblies forming; choose who you wish to assist or support and get cracking;

      Start educating and informing yourself and then others; education is the greatest weapon we can use to bring about change; in peace

    • I share your concerns, Shelby. I’m beginning to think that smartphones – all screens really – are like a drug people use to number themselves against the reality of their existence.

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