1) History of Jihadi Forums:
I’ve always been skeptical about the significance of Jihadi internet forums, perhaps due to my experience using the Net in the Middle East. Like spending ten minutes waiting for my AOL account to load at one of those Internet Cafes in Cairo that brags about their “High-Speed Internet” and then having to spend another ten minutes arguing that “No, I haven’t been here for half an hour when its 8:30 and I clearly entered at 8:20.” Things like that. It can’t be any easier for Jihadis right? However, I have to admit I haven’t spent alot of time researching the issue in depth, so that’s why I recomend History_of_the_Jihadi_Forums by Thomas Hegghammer at Jihadica who takes a look at some new research on the topic.
For readers looking for good blogs, take note: I’ve always considered Jihadica MUST-READ even if I disagreed with the previous_owner over the significance of Dr Fadl’s Revisions. Its MUST-READ because everyone who posts there are doing all of their research in the local language (Arabic) and that in my mind is essential when it comes to anything related to Islam.
2) A Child Prodigy?
My friend Adrian Martin has just published his first_book. It’s a chapter in a book called Threats_in_the_Age of Obama which looks at how rational people become involved in terrorism and gang violence. Check out the book and for those who can’t get enough of the author’s wisdom, here’s a couple of dope posts he has written at MediaShack such as CT in the South_Sahara and another which looks at whether deterrence can work with Al-Qaeda. Big ups to my main man Adrian.
3) Shakeup in Egyptian Media?
The Arabist has a good post on a coming shake-up in Egyptian media. Mr Egypt told me this story a few weeks ago and had promised a post…..dude what happened to that? I don’t want to say anything else because I’m not sure how much I am allowed to say. I’ll say this: it wouldn’t surprise me if some big names in Egypt switch writing homes in the near future.