ROAR Magazine

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ROAR Magazine
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ROAR Magazine's Logo by Noam Galai
Staff writers Carlos Delclos
Nozomi Hayase
Leonidas Oikonomakis
Tamara van der Putten
Joris Leverink
Jerome Roos
Categories Politics, culture
Circulation 50,000+
Founder Jerome Roos
Year founded 2010
Language English

ROAR Magazine (Reflections on a Revolution) is an independent online publication that describes itself as a "journal of the radical imagination".[1] Writing mostly about social movements, political economy, digital activism, environmental issues and international affairs from a left-libertarian perspective, its stated aim is to "provide grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy".[2]

Referred to by Naomi Klein as "a very exciting window into the global uprisings",[3] ROAR has become especially known for its coverage and analysis of the crisis of global capitalism and the mass mobilizations that began in 2011.[4] With a worldwide readership numbering in the tens of thousands, its articles have been picked up, among others, by The New York Times,[5] The Guardian,[6] Wired[7] and WikiLeaks,[8][9] while its editors have appeared on BBC World,[10] Al Jazeera [11] and RT News.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

ROAR is run on a volunteer basis by a transnational editorial collective of citizen journalists, scholar-activists and independent filmmakers based in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berkeley, Florence, Istanbul and Quito.[18] All original content is published online for free, without advertisements, and under Creative Commons license.[19]


ROAR was founded in the summer of 2010 by writer, activist and political economist Jerome Roos, who intended to create "an online platform for young writers and activists to share critical perspectives on the status quo and to propose creative new visions for an alternative future."[20] The history of ROAR is bound up with the revolutionary events that unfolded between 2010 and 2013.

In early 2011, while covering the popular uprisings in the Arab world, ROAR helped to break the story of the LSE-Gaddafi affair as its early reports about the close ties of the London School of Economics to the Libyan regime were picked up by various mainstream media, including the BBC.[21] The negative media attention eventually led to the resignations of LSE Director Howard Davies[22] and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's former PhD supervisor, Professor David Held.[23]

Starting in May 2011, as anti-austerity protests spread across Southern Europe, ROAR expanded its team of contributors and started a collaboration with Take The Square,[24] the international commission of the Spanish 15-M movement. As a result, ROAR's editors became directly involved in transnational coordination efforts between the various movements,[25] and actively participated in the preparations for the global day of action on October 15, 2011.[26]

In its tactical briefings prior to Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011, Adbusters, the Canadian anti-consumerist magazine that originally called for the action, drew on ROAR's reports about the Spanish indignados to help inspire the "swarming tactics" of the Occupy movement,[27] and in 2012 again drew on ROAR reports about the indignados in an attempt to reinvigorate the movement with a number of tactical innovations.[28] Occupy-related websites like,[29][30] and[31] regularly feature ROAR's reports from Europe and Latin America.

In November 2011, ROAR launched a proposal for the creation of a new and independent social network for the global movements "to perpetuate the creative and cooperative spirit of the occupations and transform them into lasting forms of social organization".[32] The proposal, tentatively called "The Global Square", gained the support of WikiLeaks[33] and free software activist Richard Stallman,[34] and received widespread attention in the international media.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71]

In March 2012, ROAR participated in a public intervention against German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a lecture at the European University Institute in Florence, asking him some "hostile questions" [72] about the punitive and counterproductive austerity measures being imposed on Greece and the rest of Southern Europe. The action was reported by La Repubblica[73] and the Financial Times.[74]

In November 2012, ROAR launched its first internally produced documentary, 'Utopia on the Horizon', a 27-minute film on the occupation of Syntagma Square in Greece.[75] The documentary, which featured three Greek activists alongside 89-year-old WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos, was freely shared online and featured on Adbusters,[76] Zero Hedge,[77] Top Documentary Films,[78] and Films for Action.[79]

Political views[edit]

ROAR's political orientation can be described as broadly libertarian socialist in outlook, combining elements of traditional anarchism and autonomism with the horizontalist, leaderless and decentralized spirit of the contemporary social movements.

ROAR's editors and contributors have often come out in support of experiments with autonomy and direct democracy in social movements like Occupy Wall Street,[80] the Spanish indignados,[81] the Greek anarchists,[82] the Turkish çapullers,[83] the Brazilian Free Fare Movement,[84] the Zapatistas of Mexico,[85] the South African shackdwellers,[86] and the anti-authoritarian revolutionaries of Egypt,[87] as well as whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and hacktivist collective Anonymous.[88]


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