Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created A Currency For World Domination

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk covering how cryptocurrencies are used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her series from Rojava, Syria.  As Islamic State (ISIS) sought to dominate large parts of Syria and Iraq, it used a subtle weapon to go with the car bombs and suicide attacks: money. The self-declared […]

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This North Syrian School Is a Baby Step Toward a Blockchain Society

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her series from Rojava, Syria.  “It’s a first for Rojava and a first for the Middle East.” That’s how 22-year-old programming student Mohamed Abdullah describes the Open Academy – a new school […]

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Murder, Censorship and Syria: Crypto and the Future of Uprisings

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her ongoing dispatches from Rojava, Syria.  In August 2011, a hackerspace in Damascus, Syria, was stormed by armed guards. Known as Aikilab, the guards stripped the place; televisions, computers and […]

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