Syria

  • Greece’s First Housing Squat for Refugees & Migrants, Notara 26

    May 8, 2018
    Athens, Greece – Notara 26, a refugee and migrant housing squat in Athens, has housed over 7,000 refugees and migrants since its inception in September 2015. Unicorn Riot visited and toured Notara 26, the self-organized squat in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Athens, Greece. During our…...
  • Building Autonomy Through Ecology in Rojava

    February 28, 2018
    Rojava – After almost seven years since the war in Syria began, battles between Kurdish-led democratic forces (SDF/YPG/YPJ) and Daesh (IS) have left the Islamic State nearly defeated throughout the region. When Rojava was liberated from direct Syrian government control in summer 2012, this set…...
  • European Alt-Right Exposed Organizing Sock Puppet Smear Campaigns on Discord

    February 8, 2018
    Germany – On Saturday, February 3, the Twitter account Alt Right Leaks began releasing screenshots, video and audio from an alt-right Discord server called ‘Reconquista Germanica.’ Leaked video shows users discussing how to create fake accounts en masse in order to exploit algorithms against opponents…...
  • Blockchain: Revolution or Business as Usual?

    January 26, 2018
    WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN? The term “blockchain” describes a type of internet-based decentralized ledger system which can be used to record transactions and store data in a manner potentially more secure than one might find in a centralized database system. Blockchains are managed using peer-to-peer (p2p)…...
  • Kurdish Fighters Defend Afrin From Turkish Military Invasion in Northern Syria

    January 25, 2018
    Afrin, Syria – On January 20th, 2018, the Turkish Armed Forces launched “Operation Olive Branch” which amounted to a full-scale military invasion of northwestern Kurdish-controlled Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces rank second to the United States, as the largest military force within the NATO alliance.…...
  • Kobane Rebuilds as ISIL Control Diminishes in Syria

    December 27, 2017
    Democratic Federation of Northern Syria – Communities across northern Syria have begun to rebuild following the cessation of six years’ worth of conflict that transformed once-thriving areas into bombed-out ghost cities. Battles between hardened fighters from the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) continue around…...
  • Greece: The House of Women for Empowerment and Emancipation

    November 6, 2017
    Athens, Greece – During another year of intense migration crisis in Greece, a self-organized, feminist, anti-fascist, and anti-racist initiative called The House of Women for Empowerment and Emancipation is building networks of mutual aid for detained refugees and migrants. In the squatted and self-managed Embros…...
  • As Course of War Turns, Turkey Challenges Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava)

    October 30, 2017
    Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava Cantons) – A Unicorn Riot contributor reports from Syria the quiet aftermath scene of an April 2017 attack by Turkish armed forces on a media center and military base operated by the YPG (People’s Protection Units, KU: Yekîneyên Parastina…...
  • Crowds of Attorneys and Protesters Converge at Airports Across U.S. to Oppose #MuslimBan

    February 3, 2017
    Update 3/9/17 4:00pm MST: On Monday, March 6th, 2017, the Trump administration issued their new version of the “Muslim Ban”–“Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” Here are the key parts of the new ban: Iraq was removed from…...
  • Pipeline Politics in the Syrian Civil War

    September 20, 2015
    Oil politics in the Syrian civil war is a complex web of money deception and proxy war. What began as non-violent grassroots rebellion against Bashar al Assad and the Syrian state has morphed into a complex proxy war involving countless factions and alliances competing for…...